Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
6,330
Reviews:
1,466
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
2,721
Gots:
2,191
For Trade:
135
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,330 |  Reviews: 1,466
Photo of Buck89
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small taster glass. A hazy rusty-brown color with a modest off-white head. The nose was full of wine notes- cherries, pinot, oak, and vanilla. Also a bit of hay and funk. The taste showed the pinot and had a distinctive wine character, but was complex with Brett, hay, bread, and funk. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of jmg480
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HattedClassic
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a nice ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself has a very nice wine look to it with it's nice medium brown amber that is clear. It's a really nice beer to look at and the texture has a nice slightly syrupy appearance. The look is pretty nice.

The smell and taste have similar notes but at different strengths that create different experiences. The smell is a bit more bitter with the brett notes and a light berry pinot noir note that creates a nice light balance between the two notes. The oak note is a bit light and the cherry adds a nice tartness, which unfortunately gets lost in the brett every once and a while. The taste has a stronger pinot noir note as well as the other notes except for the Brett, which is weaker. The Brett note is weak but shows up stronger in the end as well as a slight vinegar note.The wine notes along with the oak mix very well but the cherry tart seems to be even lighter.

The feel is pretty good. It has a nice medium body that has a nice heft to it with some nice tingling carbonation to it. The beer is pretty smooth.

Overall, this a very good beer and worth getting if you enjoy sours. It's a nice mixture of different notes that complement and contrast each other. If you can get it, go for it.

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Photo of zimm421
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 051115. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a fluffy off white head. The nose is sour cherries, funk and a touch of oak. The taste starts out nicely tart with loads of cherries, good wine notes and oak. There's a touch of sweetness in the middle, and it's nicely balanced between the sour and sweet. The finish is funky, sour and woody. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth without the typical bite I get from a lot of sours. The carbonation is spot on. This is something I could go back to repeatedly - if only I had the access.

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Photo of shareallthebeer
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Markyg21
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ead73
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PhamilyJewels
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unoriginal
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TboneRN
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gibgink
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015, pours a dirty brown with a surprising amount of head. Good funk on the nose. The taste was a very nice tart/sour with just a hint of cherry on the finish. A very well made beer, would suggest picking up a lot if you ever get the chance.

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Photo of Drel
3.64/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeantownBrews
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage:

Honey amber pour, slight head

Acidic, vinegar scents with layered malt and citrus sweetness

The acidity is near absent, lovely fruit (raw cherry, grapefruit, orange, papaya, lemon/lime, sour grapes) flavors with a wine like playfulness, slight horse blanket-iness

Feel similar to an IPA almost pillowy, light but fullbodied

Overall, glad I sought this out might be the first "sour" I seek out more of

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Photo of Cparthemore
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bum4ever
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ajcuster89
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ty_M
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grackos
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of al2913
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matthewrdale
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beerthulhu
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

- bot. 02.23.16. consumed 01.29.17. in duvel glass.

A: Monstrous soapy foam head with a macro-bubbly topping, light tan coloring dominates the greater portion of the vessel with a leisure decline. Backlighting reveals a dark ice tea coloring with a bubbly sense of micro-carbonation. Lacing kept to a minimal.

S: Huge funky barn scent, animal feed, hay and sour fruit, cherries and musty wood. Good scent.

T: Smooth sour cherries, damp fruit and barn like funk. Feed grains, apple-plum esters like flavor. Light sour lemon fruit, cypress greenery, sour caramel and light herbal tea with a lightly acidic nature and acetic notes.

M: Silky smooth, no carbonation, medium-full density.

O: The flavor is very good, soothing sourness. Hard to go wrong with a Russian river, very eloquent, smooth, well blended complexity and transiition of flavor from start to finish. A bit $ at 16.50 per 12oz, but worth the experience one time. Barrel aged, and sure to impress.

4 3.75 4.5 4.25 4.25

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Photo of Daveshek28
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome sour beer that tastes almost like a wine. Good balance of flavors between sour, sweet and bitter. A good beer to try if you are just getting into sours.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,330 ratings.
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