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Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of otto251068
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade from Emmasdad, thanks! Poured from a 12.68 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Looks like a deep brown apple cider. When held up to the light it glows dark red. Pours a fingers worth of light brown/tan head. Very dense. It fades slightly but clings to the outside of the glass and remains throughout the drink.

Smell: Cherries and citrus dominate. Some apple as well. Smells like a wine, very robust, makes my mouth water.

Taste: Sour, very sour, plenty of tart cherries, green apples as well. Alcohol comes through in the middle. The oak comes out really strong as well with the tannin. Again, makes my mouth water, the flavors are so strong. Also has a pucker effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. The sourness and the tannin remind me of a chardonnay, and leave me with a dry finish in my mouth. I am not crazy about that dry finish.

Overall: The tannin and sourness mellow as the drink warms a little, which I like. The sourness really wakes up the palate, which I also like. I could have a couple of these a night. The flavors are bold and delicious. Just flat out different, tasty, and I want more.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: slightly hazy brownish red maybe from a little bit of mistaken yeast. white one finger head that dissipates into a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing

S:Grassy sour cherries. lots of oak with a bit of an alcoholic smell

T: really nice sour cherry and oak just like the smell. it hits hard with sour and just when its about to hit the "too much stage" it backs off like it knows what its doing.

M: doesnt completely dry my mouth out which lets me enjoy it more. just enough carbonation to allow the flavors to open up with each sip

D: Mighty tasty i must say. while i would want to drink this quite often i couldnt exactly down a whole bottle 375 or 750 for that matter. im still a bit of a rookie with sours but this is the top 2 along with sui generis for me. worth the money for a nice long really well made sipper beer

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Photo of mryuk
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish orange with a small head that does stay around.

Smell is very overpowering strong sour cherries. There is a bit of citrus sour in there also.

Taste is also very sour. For me the sour flavor was overpowering most everything else.

Mouth was surprisingly thick with a good carbonation.

WOW. This beer was without a doubt like nothing I had ever had before... hard to tell at times if that was a good thing or a bad thing. I am leaning toward good but really struggled to finish with the overpowering flavors eventually getting to me. Quite a bit too much sour for me to enjoy finishing the entire bottle let alone having another.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Russian River "ation" series of sour ales is really good. They have yet to let me down and this one is no different.

The beer is a cloudy brownish yellow with bits of dead yeast slowly floating to the base of the glass. It pours with a medium head that is a lovely yellowish white and sticks around till the glass is finished.

The nose entices the senses with cider, apple, oak, and a little apricot. There are some faint notes of almost a chemical smell as well as some heat and for that it got marked a down a little on the smell.

The ale has an orchard fruit profile with notes of apple, pear, and a bit of cherry on the tip of the tongue. The beer starts sweet and then bites you at the end with its lovely sour characteristic.

The body is thin but balanced by a good amount of carbonation which adds to the sour nature of the beer.

Overall this is an exceptional sour beer and I tend to choose it when I'm in the mood for something out of my ordinary. I definitely recommend this beer to any sour lover and its also a great beer for those who aren't the typical beer drinkers.

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Photo of Jenkster4
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a semi hazy brownish color Nice bubbles flowing from the bottom
S: Tart cherries, funk, fruity esters, strong funky cherry sourness dominates.
T: Follows the nose. Tart cherries, lemon zest, sour apple, and a slight oak note in the back of the palate. Really balanced. Not too sour, but just enough to get you hooked.
M: Pretty decent carbonation, dry mouthfeel, medium bodied.
O: This is pretty delicious. As it warmed sat for a while I got more of the oak in the nose as well as the flavor. It's pretty complex and just damn good. Only complaint was the price, and of course I had to drive to Philly to pick it up.

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

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Ommegang Game Of Thrones chalice. Found it at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Thanks to Evan from Manayunk Brewery for tipping me off to go there.

AP: Nice rich amber and reddish rusty colour. Initial head was about 1" but faded quickly to 1/8". Had that nice acidic sizzle sound of the carbonation with small tight little bubbles flowing from bottom to top.
AR: Has that classic aroma I associate with Wild Ales, Lambics, Sours, Flanders, etc., which is like taking a hard sourdough pretzel and liquefying it. Apple cider/vinegar notes as well with grape skins and cherries, a bit of barrel mustiness, too. Great nose on this.
T: Very much like the nose. The balance of the sour and acidity is nearly perfect. Nice apple cider like flavour with rye sourdough grains. The addition of the cherries and Pinot Noir barrel add great depth to this. They blend well with the base of the beer. After the initial cider taste, the fruits come softly rolling in, like putting a couple of dark grapes and a cherry in your mouth and biting down on them. I also get a bit of plum as well. A very well rounded beer.
M: Neither the sourness nor tartness are too much here. In fact, they are just about right. Good carbonation, crisp and acidic on the tongue, palate cleansing but a nice viscous feel from the fruit and barrel to make for a rather smooth finish.
OV: I'm really wishing this was a 500ml bottle right now. I love Wild Ales and Sours and this beer is delicious. Well done base with the addition of cherries and PN barrel mixing well and making this a well rounded treat.

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Photo of Monsone
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 003 poured into a Allagash chalice

A - Big white foamy head. Nice reddish amber color. Head disipates to a skim of white foam leaving a little lace

S - Tart cherries, citrus, sour. Maybe a bit of strawberry?

T - Sour/tart cherries. Slight oakiness with a dry finish. Just enough sweetness. Sourness lingers.

M - Active carbo, medium bodied with a dry finish

D - Fairly easy drinking for the style.

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

Maybe it’s because I just finished watching Somm for the thirteenth time or maybe it’s because I drank three Supplications tonight, but this Russian River creation has me a bit confused— is it a fine wine or a finer beer? Since we can’t pick up on scents like new rubber hose or fresh tennis ball canister, we’re assuming it’s a beer… and a damn good one at that. If you haven’t seen Somm then you have no idea what I’m talking about…

Dispensing with the wit for a moment, I can’t help but stare at this beauty — in the words of Zoolander, she is “really really ridiculously good looking.” Supplication, of course, pours an inviting amber-mahogany color. The most sophisticated description of smell that I could initially muster was: sour. After giving the beer a minute to breathe, though, it reveals fragrances of cherry and cranberry that then give way to scents of green apple and lime. Taking the first sip is an experience unto itself. While the nose gives you every indication that you should expect a Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Cranberry concoction, the sour profile puts your tongue in a chokehold. This aggressive taste eventually does mellow and reveal an oaky red wine flavor. Tannins are present and add to the tartness of the sour cherries. Overall, this beer is one of the pinnacle sours available today. And beyond all else, you have to love the fact that the carbonation bubbles – like the old man in Up – continue their journey through the very last sip.

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Photo of chadspivey
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to witbier for the opportunity....
375 ML. Poured into my st. bernardus goblet

A: Pours a murky brownish golden red. One finger yellow, offwhite head to a thin cap in one minute

S: can smell apples, other fruits, maybe cranberries. can smell hints of alcohol, but not so apparant.

T: I wondered where the cherries were in the smell, but they hit in the first sip. This tastes like it could be a wine of some kind. grapy, viney taste with candied apple taste and other fruits.

M: velvetty... perfect for the style

D: gets better with every sip. That being said, I feel satisfied after drinking the one bottle...good thing too because it's $15/bottle.

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Photo of tprokop7
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is clear and reddish, with a small head that fades quickly. Some earthy scent and some, but less, earthy taste. Bright with carbonation, maybe even a little too much. The RR sour taste is nice and cleaner than many other sours. Burns all the way down to the stomach, which is the only thing that decreases drinkability.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cork and caged 375ml bottle.
Batch :04X5

First sour ever so lets see what these are all about.

A:pours a burnt orange color with an appealing amount of cloudiness. The head is bubbly lace in the shade buttermilk. Its leaving nice thick lace sheets comprised of foamy bubbles. The top of the head is smooth and frothy looking

S:gobs and gobs of sour cherries and yeasty funk. No booze present in the smell but its almost like brandy soaked cherries. Very sweet smelling and I cant really pick out a ton of brett but it is apparent.

T: WOW. I have heard sours were interesting and that in no way could describe this beer. No amount of words could ever describe this much flavor. First a TON of sour, all different types. mainly cherries but there is a reminiscence of other fruits as well like apples but its mostly a berry sourness. There is a sweet flash almost as things shift from sour to smooth. No off flavors to be found or any alcohol. The aging has done amazing for this beer as all the types of yeast now work as one smooth complex flavor that melds perfectly with the sour from the cherries. The finish is clean and smooth with no aftertaste. I am very impressed.

M:Carbonation is almost the the level of champagne but it fits this style perfectly. Lots of bubbles keep things moving along nicely. Its very nice although im not really sure what the mouthfeel is supposed to be on these or how difficult it is to attain but there is for sure nothing wrong with it.

D: This is great beer. By all accounts this beer is delicious. I cant imagine having a lower quality version. The sourness does take a little getting used to after the initial sip but its all world class from there.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Russian River brewing company, Santa Rosa Ca. First I'll have to warn that this is the most expensive beer that RR makes, coming in at $12 for a 12oz bottle, so the best way to enjoy it is by the glass which is only about 6 bucks. The reason being is that this beer is aged in pinot noir barrels in the nearby wine country, and uses expensive ingredients such as the sour cherries which gives the brown ale the sour.

Most people will admit they don't like sour beer, and it does sound gross at first, but give this a try and you won't be disappointed. This is the kind of sour ale where each sip beckons for the next. A refreshing change from the hop overload of RR's famous other beers. The taste is dominated by the sourness of it, but in an enjoyable way. The mouthfeel is wine like in it's tartness, but entices you to drink more. This is a beer that defines specialty, hand craftsmanship, and care. Get it on tap if you can, this beer does NOT bottle well.

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Photo of TaySuth
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark amber color with a small head of pure white bubbles that hangs around for quite a while and some lacing. Nice and inviting.

Smell: Sour and unique aroma. Very fruity but I'm having difficulty picking out anything specific. Smells great though.

Taste: This is an amazing beer. The flavor revolves on my palate from sour to cherries to salty to bread to the moon. I am truly blown away by this beer.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation and perfect body. Just perfect.

Overall: So impressed by this beer and would happily drop another $15 to get another bottle.

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Photo of laglocal
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle poured into a tulip

A - Pours with a ruby translucency, head was a finger but was almost gone before I could observe it. Interesting that this was originally a brown ale as it looks nothing like that after the almost year of labor put into it.

S - Intoxicating. Sour cherries and a bit of alcohol warms the nose. Smells almost like the favorite sour cherry chewy gummy things of my youth. I know I said this on another recent review but this is one of the best smelling beers Ive ever smelled. Maybe my nose is just getting better

T - It should be mentioned that this is also my first sour ale. Interesting. The sour cherry flavor from the nose comes across slightly but the wine undertones are definitely stronger. The funk of traditional sour ales is definitely strong. Not sure this is my favorite style although if it were stronger on the sourness it would not be as tasteful I don't think. Still really enjoyable and pleasant, but with the price I will save this for really special occasions. I am curious about how it would age though, so I will probably toss a few bottles in the cellar

M - Really pleasant carbonated, a thin mouthfeel leaves the sour cherry and wine flavors sitting on your tongue to linger.

O - I'm sure if I had more context for the style I would have been wowed by this beer but as such I am a sour noob. I still loved the cherry and wine notes and think those will come out stronger as I age it (hopefully!)

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Capone's. Poured into an appropriate Russian River Barrel aged glass. Poured a dark red/light brown murky color. The smell was very yeasty which was expected because of the appearance. The taste was great. Sour and yeasty with a little carbonation. This was a nice wild ale and was enjoyed over an hour to experience different temps. Another good barrel aged product from Russian River.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a tan amber red, with a thin white head. Smell is a mix of sour fruit with musty funk, taste is more of the same. The beer has a good malt sweetness that comes through a little, but the taste is overall dominated by the tartness. A good beer, but not for all occassions.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to my RR goblet
Batch 5

Color: A hazy copper color with hints of brown at the core of this beer. A nice nickle sized head forms of the off white color. A good amount of lacing is left behind in the glass.

Nose: Complex and intense! Tart cherries hit first followed by hints off oak and wild yeast funk.
Rounding off the aroma of this beer are apples and a slight vinegar smell.

Palate: An amazing mouth feel. Sour/tart with a great level of carbonation. The cherries coat the tongue and are then washed away by earthy tones and barnyard flavors.

Finish: Wow! Dry and complex. An immaculate beer that offers plenty of texture and surprises. One of the better beers in the world.

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Photo of Knuckles
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My wife was visiting her parents in Vallejo over the fourth, and went through Santa Rosa on her way to a spa treatment at Osmosis, just outside of Sebastopol (I think). I had cajoled her into stopping in at Russian River on her way back and picking up anything that wasn't either Damnation (of which I have thre bottles in the basement) or Sanctification (which I'd already had). She came back with one bottle each of Temptation and Supplication.

Appearance: Gorgeous. Pours into my wine goblet a light golden brown, then as the glass fills it exposes its murky, cherry-colored heart. This is a beer with gentle secrets.

Smell: The oak from the pinot barrels is really the predominant smell, but it backs away to expose the light fruitiness of the cherries, brett and candy sugars.

Taste: Very, very nice. Again, light and fruity (almost like a chardonnay), but the oak and the cherry truly take over in the middle, with the oak politley excusing itself and allowing the cherry to dominate the finish. A light alcohol warming once the beer comes up to temperature.

Mouthfeel: Exquisite. Gentle, but weighty. This is a 7% beer that isn't shy about throwing it's weight around, however, it isn't overpowering. A wonderful balance.

Drinkability: This is hard to quantify. I have to say a four, because I think I could (at most) drink maybe three glasses of it. It's a sipping beer, a conversational beer, not a session beer.

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Photo of alpineclimber
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 006X2, cork and caged 375ml bottle that popped loudly and then gushed all over the kitchen, off to a good start with this one....

A good looking ruby brew with a huge white foamy head that recedes to leave a ring of bubbles and good lacing.

Nose is of sour and tart cherry, oak cask, a good amount of funk and a slight sweetness.

Taste is fairly complex, the cherry takes front and center with layers of funk, the wine barrel comes through nicely, a slight sweetness and a slight tanic taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin with a decent amount of carbonation.

Supplication is a good wild ale, not overly sour or sweet but very approachable.

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Photo of biga7346
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rusty, cloudy, a brownish murkiness almost caramel hue

N - Very tart, unripe cherries, raspberries, freshly picked fruit, vinous, tart puckering stone fruit to maybe even blackberries wraps around a nice wafting barnyard wet hay, mossiness; smattering of Belgian like spiciness like peppercorn and a little spike of veiny blue cheese.

T/M - Super tartness assaults the palate up front but levels with an irony, long and dry finish; mineral oil, seltzer water; texture is reminiscent of an unblended lambic, a little thinness mixed with a champagne feel. As it warms we get more of the stone fruit bitterness like grape skin or even lemon skin, more vinous, red wine vinegar.

D - This is an excellent, teeth chattering sour beer but something I can drink a lot of, like drinking a dry, expensive champagne without the bubbles.

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Photo of HotHands
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a reddish copper color with a nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Loud audible fizz, like champagne.

S - great smell of cherries, pinot noir type notes (like jammy fruits), other stone fruits, and a good amount of funk to balance it. Not unlike some krieks.

T - Significantly sour but not unpleasantly, with plenty of fruit flavors dancing around. Sour cherries predominate and there are some apple and pear notes as well. The funkiness is a bit subdued in place of sourness.

M - high prickly carbonation, like a sparkling wine. Finish is a split between dry and silky.

Overall - a superb sour. I can pick out the cherries and the pinot noir barrel aging fairly easily. It's not as funky as some others, which is fine because the flavors are very well balanced. Definitely seek out RR beers if you can.

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Photo of chalsk
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great sour from Russian River. Damn tasty brew. Pours a lighter amber color with a thick white foam head. Has an aroma of vinegar and cherries. Has a nice frothy, medium mouthfeel. Has a sour taste with some bitters and notes of cherries. Really enjoyed this sour.

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Photo of FirstMan
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I went to RR to try the oh-so-raved-about-Plinys (with reason), the beer that absolutely floored me was Supplication. This ranks in the top 10 beers I've ever had (which is determined by a complex algorithm involving the beer, where I had it, and the overall experience of drinking said beer).

Color is bronze to orange - darker with hints of evil lurking.

Wonderful sour cherries and wood in the nose. Earthy, musky, clean forest decay. Just what you want from a wild.

Cherry tartness up front as you'd expect, but eased out and rounded by sweet ripe fruit and then the dryness of the oak lingers. The acitic tannins sit on the back center of your tongue forever, just tempting you to mellow them out again with another sip.

Despite the complex flavors and darker character, I found this beer to have a lighter mouthfeel due to its tartness and dryness.

Drank a ton. Too much, actually. Paid for it the next day in the Muir Woods bathroom (or was it the oysters?).

Was worth the payment, regardless.

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Photo of dborginis
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Into snifter from 375 mL bottle, reddish copper...almost pink tint. Smells of funk, red wine.
Very sour, acidic. Burns my throat a bit. Almost too Vinegary. Complex. Funk comes through in aftertaste, lingers. Sweetness in there as well.
Slow drinker due to the overwhelming sour/vinegar. Glad this was in a 375 mL, I don't know what I would have done with a larger bottle.

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Photo of wd40
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005x2

A really exceptional beer as I have come to expect from Russian River, especially their wild ales.

The appearance is a dark and slightly hazy honey-amber without much lasting head.

It smells of pear and apples when first poured, and once the carbonation calms down a little, then the sour cherries emerge.

The taste has a bright acidic quality from the sourness, but also a sweet earthy balance from the pinot noir oak barrels.

The mouthfeel is very good, although not quite as spectacular as some of RR other brews. The carbonation isn't harsh, but it's not as soft and fuzzy as say their Pliny. Still excellent though.

Very drinkable beer despite having a wet finish of lingering pinot noir and cherries.

A very satisfying beer that has both the bright acidity of Temptation and the sweet complexity of Consecration. Liquid awesomeness.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,193 ratings.
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