Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 6,361 |  Reviews: 1,468
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a rather fantastic and expensive that for cantillion lovers is a must.

I am finding that american wild ales seem to fall in two categories... failed belgian attempts made sour and stored by knowledgable brewer... and the sour intentionals. This is the latter. there is no intent to save a missed beer style. this was very much so a goal in mind.

pour is orange crimson cloudy with almost no head. White bubbles. Nose of tart. The palate is very much so that as well. Mild wood and floral lambic qualities, cherry tart, the black berry in the finish as a mineral fused with the malt. Could use some more of that. A fantastic quality the unites malt and sour fruit.

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of kmoen
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark brownish ruby color with a half finger head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a blanket of lacing. Tons of sediment, but that is expected with the amount of yeast added. Smells of funky, sour cherries, oak, vinegar, grapes, lots of funkiness. Lots of dryness that really does give it a wine-like smell. Smells almost like a cherry warhead. Taste starts with a very astringent, dry, sour cherry flavor, as well as some oak and funkiness. Then get some of the brown ale qualities: slight breadiness, maybe some cocoa (but i could just be imagining that), some carmel malt. Then the astringent sour notes from the brett and bacteria come back even stronger, along with lots more cherry, grape, funkiness, vinegar, oak, some carmel. Extremely dry finish that blends the wine and the beer qualities nicely. So sour, yet extremely balanced. High medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very lively carbonation from the refermentation that does give it a very champagne-like crisp finish. Very complex and so delicious. Just getting into this style, but I have a feeling I won’t come across many sours better than this one. Hope to try this again someday.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love goes out to BigLove for this beer.

Poured an incredibly murky brown. Really like thinned out muddy water. Thin head that dissolved almost completely but for a ring of thin bubbles around the edges.

Nose is full of cherries with some woodiness coming out towards the back of the nose.

Flavor is really nice. I got some nice flavors from the yeast. But the cherries nearly overpowered everything else and did a great job concealing the alcohol. Cherries are both sweet and sour. Slight wood flavors come out at the end.

Mouthfeel has a very dry finish. The cherries linger throughout and afterwards. Makes me think of a light red wine.

Found myself holding the bottle over my glass trying to milk out any remaining drips or drops of beer in there.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a light dark red with a nice finger or two of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a bit sour and fruity with some nice white grape and some light apple. There is some hints of wet leather and candy apple.

The taste is a bit tart with some light fruit flavor and a really nice spicy hop flavor. There is a really nice green apple flavor that is really sweet. It has some an interesting Hawaiian punch flavor as well that is in back of this apple skin, granny smith flavor. It brings back memories of jolly rancher candies. Some nice sugary sweet flavor

The feel of this beer is really great and pleasant on the palette. It has a nice warming feel with a nice fizzy feel. It goes down really well and is quite refreshing. The sweetness is really light on the palette and is really enjoyable. One of the best beers I have had.

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4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Real nice golden red hue with a light head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sour cherry, woody and peppery.

T: Crisp sour cherry with a well balanced bready and plum-like finish.

M: Light and silky smooth.

D: Exceptionally smooth and easy to drink in large quantities. I only wish I could afford to at nearly $15 a 375ML! Well worth every penny though.

Without a doubt one of the finest sour-style ales i've ever had the privilege of tasting.

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Photo of jooler
4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of cherries and not feet. Initial taste is very alcoholic but I get use to the taste and it starts tasting better. The finish is less alcoholic and tart. Pretty good

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4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jjanega08
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a great amber cherry red with a beautiful two finger thick creamy off white head that keeps great tention and amazing lacing.
S= cherries and sourness. A slight touch of wood. Some vinegar and funk is also present.
T= really quite interesting. Smooth cherry sourness with a touch of funk. Lots of great wood characteristics come in to mellow the whole thing out. Some funkyness but nothing overebearing. This beer is simply breathtaking.
M= super dry finish and very very smooth. Amazing
D= super amazing. One of the best beers I've ever had by far. Lew me away.

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4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007, thanks to Sean for this one! Corked & caged 375ml bottle popped and poured into a red wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber golden color with a quickly receding fizzy off-white head. No lace.

S: Tart, Brett sourness, sweet wet grass, some juicy fruit character, lemon peel, all mixing wonderfully with the cherries. A touch of oak.

T: Cherry, lemon juice, and Brett overwhelm the palette...lactic sourness and light vinous notes. Some creamy, woody oak character provides a facade of balance. Puckeringly tart but quite enjoyable for me, and I'm not a sour fan.

MF: Smacks of wet, crisp tartness. Lighter body for sure. Refreshing.

O: Truly a good beer. 'Delicate' comes to mind, its not too over-the-top or in-your-face like other Brett sours, the barrel aging and cherries are a perfect combination.

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4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.6/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle, batch 003.

Reviewed Jul 2008.

Small creamy faintly pink head. Well carbonated. Cloudy rosy amber color. Smells like sour cherry pastry, earthy, yeasty. Starts very sour, puckery, tart. Sour enough to take your breath away. Finshes dry. Some white wine character in finish and aftertaste. Still very sour. Medium body. I want to like this more but sourness overpowers everything.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.7% out of 100 with 6,361 ratings
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