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Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.56/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#52
Reviews:
1,473
Ratings:
6,400
pDev:
8.77%
Bros Score:
4.62
 
 
Wants:
2,726
Gots:
2,202
Trade:
136
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Ratings: 6,400 |  Reviews: 1,473
Photo of apeschel
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heymikew
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle dated 09/02/2016, a pop of the cork released a wave of funky, tart, cherry wine like aroma. Pours a clear reddish brown with minimal head. Initial taste had a sour bite but then seemed to become slightly tart. Tart up front, getting the wine and barrel in the middle, getting some cherry on the end. Seems more carbonated in the mouth than in the glass. Then came a burp, exhaled slowly and really got the funky, yeasty flavor (maybe the best tasting burp I've ever had). Overall a wonderful first experience with a RR sour, I'd definitely drink this one again!

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Photo of mschrei
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A total wow beer. Only got a little pour but it's amazing. Cloudy brownish orange color. Smell is tart bubble gum and cherry with a wine background. Taste is tart cherry and gentle wine barrel flavors. Dry finish, flavorful, fruity, absolutely amazing.

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Photo of delgotit99
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WickedBeer
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW. This beer is absolutely incredible. Poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 02/23/2016, 7.75% ABV. 12.68 oz bottle.

Look: Pours an opaque burnt crimson color, no head, quickly dissipating lace.
Smell: Dominated by oak and white grape, tart cherries, and peach. The woodiness is an amazing afterthought that is so crucial to the balance of aromas. The yeast even give it a slight hint of mold and grain.
Taste: So much going on here. Very tart, but with such strong notes of Pinot grapes. The subtle acidity finishes with strong oak barrel influences and a very subtle smokiness in the finish. Fruit notes of tart cherry and peach again evident in the taste.
Feel: Very dry body, seltzery and medium bodied. Although it has sweet characteristics, it is definitely a lip smacker.

An amazing experience. I've never had a sour so positively influenced by its containing barrel. You get notes of all the right things, and the yeast adds just enough chaos of funky tartness to perfect this beer's amazing profile. Get this bad boy while you can.

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Photo of FBarber
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dadthew
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of marycarol
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BlakeAM
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bauers
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mjklaus1
4.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Honeybourne
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12.17.12.

Probably the oldest beer I've had (that I've been aware of anyway).

Tea brown in color with a slight fizziness. The aroma is almost boundless and full of funky notes of over ripened peach, white grape and plum with a base of spent grain, and damp straw. Tastes vinous with a nice mix of sweet and tart up front followed by more smooth, long tartness to finish. Has a medium tartness all the way through while notes of grain and wheat mingle with a touch of white grape juice, peach pith, cherry, other fruit peel and faint wood. Body is medium and goes down super dry.

Never overbearing, but never boring either. This one knows right where it needs to be, and for that reason it enjoys its place among the elites.

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Photo of Spoild
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chackman151
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nachos4two
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bugsmcl
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keffa
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fathercharles
4.07/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of senglish7
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Russian River Brewery. Look was red with a brown hint...wine-like. Taste was sweet, almost like wine, yet with a bitter finish. It was smooth without lingering bitterness.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber with a little sediment, almost no head, some lacing and rising bubbles present.
Smell is very mild and pleasant, of warm ripe cherries, maybe some green apple and a little pear, some funkiness. I feel like I'm smelling a sweet fruity wine.
Taste is unexpectedly sour. When you get past that, you start noticing layers of fruit and funk and a nice little yeasty character, sour cherries and apple. Feel is medium bodied. After swallowing, what lingers is some sourness that fades and you notice a slight sweetness behind it. You get used to the sourness as you drink and it starts to feel more balanced.
I'm not a big fan of sour but there is something strangely compelling about this beer.

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Photo of juneof44
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 6,400 ratings
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