Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.56 w/ 6,361 ratings

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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4.16/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(375 ml bottle, bottled on 120516, kept out of fridge for 45-60, poured sans lees into a teku)

L: cinnamon-colored liquid, sea of suds padding the top... hard to tell, but there could be a slight haze... slippery flecks of lace, does maintain a smeared collar though

S: dried cherries, blend of soft apple cider and red wine vinegars, perhaps an undertone of a blood orange... background presence of a subtly sweetish light caramel and a thinly-oiled tan leather baseball glove... nice intensity, but maybe has lost its edge

T: rather tart up front with a melange of zippy citrus fleshes through the finish... grapefruit and a hint of a couple shades of caramel malt in the aftertaste; sweetness subdued... slice of pedio seems to cut dull and hang through the middle; old, weather-worn wooden fence... cherry flavor has a good nip of pit with it, their nutty and bitter flavor as well

F: does have a elegantly lush touch to the body, hardly lightweight; soft swell of heat in the finish, thin residual stickiness... puckering factor low-to-moderate... on a cool day, I could see taking my time to sip

O: 5th of 6th time having this, first time getting to quietly sit and take notes... this bottle was purchased at a warehouse joint my bro said was sweltering hot a week or two before when he went in - perhaps it affected the flavor? I do remember this having a little more bite on it, but the pour was colder and the keg/bottle a little more fresh I suppose... decent, but not at the price I bought it - best to get a bottle in Cali maybe?

originally rated in 2013 - 4.25; this review done on 15 Sep 2017

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks for rutager for this one!

A: Pours a brownish orange with a 3/4 finger off-white head with small bubbles. Head fades quickly. In the glass, this thing is a beautiful reddish-copper with brown notes.

S: You really have to get in there to get a good nose on this one, but when you do - wow. Sweet, tart cherries, little bit of vinegar, definite funk with some leather notes. Really nice.

T: Whoa. Hang on. Balance. Right up front, you are hit with the tartness. And then some funk. But towards the end, you get some sweet cherry and fruit notes. Some definite wine notes from the barrels. The funk adds another dimension to this beer. terrific stuff.

M: Pretty much perfect. Not too carbonated, very refreshing.

O: Super impressed. This one is a winner. I keep delving deeper into the "tion" series, and continue to be very pleased. I would have this any time. Great stuff!

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

This beer is absolutely amazing. The smell reminded me of some very good wines I've had. I can't say I've every smelled a beer that had that familiar a smell of a really good wine. Even my wife, who is much more a vinophile than I am, smelled it, she was impressed. Combine that with a phenomenal sour ale, and you've got a sure winner. Absolutely phenomenal, perfect beer. If I could find a stock of this, I'd buy everything they had.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Realistically, it is almost not fair how close to perfection this beer is. For the style, it hits and nearly surpasses many of the characteristics. This is a textbook example of the style.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the beer was a deep magenta color with a slight bubbly white head. The aroma, best described as a flowery cherry aroma, was enchanting. In the initial taste, one detects notes of tart and sour cherry, grape skin, sour grapes, sour fruit, and a hint of vanilla from the barrel aging. The vanilla notes come to the front more as the beer progresses toward the aftertaste. The pleasantly acidic mouthfeel is allowed to linger momentarily as the ale's thickness lingers on the back of the tongue. I could easily drink this sour before any other. I like it a lot.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Though listed as a wild ale, I'll go out on a limb and say that this is what every sour should aim for in terms of profile. It pours a burned red-orange to pink with some lacing. The aroma is out of this world. There are definite hints of cherry and pinot noir as advertised, but I also pick up a hint of eggnog, oddly enough. The taste follows the aroma. There's a definite mouth-puckering cherry tartness that quickly fades to a dry, clean finish. The sourness is very pronounced, and I think it may mask other flavors that are present. Nevertheless, this is one of the best sours I've ever had.

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