Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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Photo of abuliarose
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005X3, poured into a Goose Island glass revealing light ruby red colored body under a finger of thinned white head. Lively bubbling. Little lacing. Very graceful looking. Smells sweet and sour like peach nectar and white vinegar. Some white grape juice. Some nondescript Belgian spiciness and oak. Sour cherry isn't what I think of when I smell it, but sour cherries tend to smell different than "cherry smell" anyway.

Tastes deliciously fresh with a serious sourness up front which cleans up to a gentle mealy malt finish. Some sour cherry and grape to the flavor, but everything is very well-integrated. Slight meatiness. Hints of mineral water on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lively and light with huge volume-adding waves of carbonation. Very drinkable, flavorful but clean.

Overall I quite like this beer. Really wished I lived closer to where this was sold on the shelves.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle batch number 006X2 POPPED open with a bang! Holy carbonation - if pried off instead of pulled, could be considered a lethal weapon.

Before I go on, this is my first sour ale, so take my review with a grain of salt if you will.

Pours a violently fizzy deep clear grape red amber hue. Very pretty little thing. Head is violent fizzy storm but is gone within a matter of seconds.

In the nose I get all sour grapes! Woody base to it, but sour grapes really steal the nose.

Have not tasted anything like this before, at least from a beer. The best thing I can relate this to is those tear jerker sour grape round bubblegums I used to eat as a kid. This is really good, very fruity, sour & drinkable. Sweet & sour, jaw clenching at times but makes your mouth water for more. Aftertaste is straight pinot noir, but right before this hits the punch of sour that radiates through your jaw.

Note: I know it says cherries added, but grape is the fruit that really steals my nose & my palate.

This is a lighter bodied fizzier brew, although the head is nowhere to be found after the initial pour. Carbonation is ideal for the style.

Picked this up for $13 online + shipping.

Even though its a solid brew & I loved it, it is not readily available for me & costs a pretty penny. Will be trying other RR sours, but just a taste of this is good for me. Pliny the Elder on the other hand, well that is my first brewdiction!

Overall, really nice for my first sour.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Josh_951
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tjthresh
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lots and lots of samples at the GABF 06. This thing wreeks of funk and tart cherries. I love it. Golden straw color with lively carbonation with a spritzy white head. The cherries come through very nicely. Oat and then the bugs. Awesome stuff. Next time they are selling the barrel stuff online, I’m pulling the trigger.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of eclipse54
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 335 mL bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks again man! Batch 005x2, poured into my trusty Deschutes tulip.

A moderate pour produces a curious shade of red/peach/blood orange, a rather unique color. About a centimeter of dirty white head that lingers briefly before leaving a ring of bubbles around the surface and a few scattered patches across it. Little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is of tart cherries, some peach, a bit of oak, some funky yeast, hay, straw, and small elements of orange and grapefruit citrus. Really though, tart cherries and a certain white wine essence really carry the nose through in a wonderful fashion.

The taste begins with subtle fruits: cherry, tangerine, grapefruit. It gives way to sour cherry esters, a dry oak flavor, white wine, various light grains, and a hearty dose of funk. The sour really kicks in on the swallow, but subdues quickly.

Plenty of carbonation to keep this one alive, despite the somewhat lacking head. Dry finish that keeps you coming back.

Overall, this is phenomenal. A strong sour cherry presence that plays beautifully off of the more subtle citrus and light grain notes; the wine barrels add an extra layer of complexity that will certainly keep one coming back for more.

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

Photo of jnich2424
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bobbypaulson
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tally
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Russian River "tion" glass. Bottled on 12/17/2012.

A: Pours a finger of very thin bone colored head with a reddish brown body. What there was in head quickly fizzes away to a cap and ring. Nice sudsy lacing which slides down the glass quickly.

S: Fantastic nose. The first thing I noticed was tart cherries leading into a nice wine soaked oak. Transfers to a musty, dirty hay funk in the middle and some pleasant cheesy tang in the finish.

T: Tart, juicy cherries and acidic stomach acid up front leading into some excellent wine barrel and musky B.O. Finishes with a nice lactic sourness and some nice chocolate malts to bring you down.

Mf: Prickly carbonation with a medium feel. Sharp and drying. Sip sip sip.

Overall: An outstanding AWA from Russian River. Nice juicy almost Kriek like cherries, and acetic short sharp shock with lost of remaining wine from the barrels in the middle. The musky jock strap Brett on the way down and the lactic acid tang complete the package. Really an outstanding sour ale from Russian River.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of oskinker
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spacebear09
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of natelocc787
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very impressed by this beer, and found I craved another badly the very next day. Golden brown color, tart cherry smell with a bit of funk in the nose but not much, mostly wood and cherries. The taste offered ripe, juicy cherries, wine-soaked oak and tart, sour cherry skins. Mouthfeel was superb, moderate carbonation with big bubbles, a nice dry, fruity finish. Highly recommended, an outstanding sour.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 6,432 ratings