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 Immortale25
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says 082712

A- Pours a rubyish light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that bears little retention time before fizzing away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Bright fruity nose with some lactic acid sourness. Notes of cherries, grape juice and plum. Slightly effervescent.

T- Semi-heavy sourness plays off the cherry and other fruit notes well with some vinegar in the aftertaste. Not much else going on but there doesn't need to be. Very straightforward.

M- Prickly and crisp with a tartness that causes the mouth to salivate after every sip. Medium-low carbonation is a surprise but doesn't detract from the overall experience. Medium body.

O- Finally starting to truly develop a palate for sours. This one isn't my favorite, but it drinks well and has enough sweetness to balance.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to Ommegang flute

A: Orange to brown in color it has a small tan to brown head that leaves a thick lacing around top of the glass. It is semi translucent but not cloudy, it looks clean and there is some carbonation that can be seen.

S: you can smell the wine from the pino barrels for sure and there is definitely the smell of sour cherries (I only know they are sour cherries because it says so on the bottle) they have a sweetness to them and they become the dominant smell. There is also a little bit of that yeasty funk but you have to really try to smell it.

T: to start you can definitely taste the pino barrels and other yeasts, but then there is a sweetness that kicks in and mixes with that tart wine flavor. Then the sour starts to kick and you realize that the sweetness was definitely the sour cherries as the cherry flavor is apparent. The finish is that sweetness which is then taken over by the pino and yeasts that leads to that wine/champagne flavor that lasts for a good five seconds.

M: It is smooth and somewhat carbonated with the refermentation process giving it a light champagne like feel. Though the thing that makes this goes down really easily is the fact this thing is super oily, but not overwhelming.

O: I continue to be extremely impressed with russian river sours I would go as far as to say I love this beer it is delicious, has so much depth and so many flavors. It pretty much has everything as advertised cherries pino and yeast/sour taste, I can't think of how to improve it. Its not the best beer I've ever had, but its definitely up there I highly recommend this beer.

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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. I have had the pleasure of drinking this beer many times, but have never been in a situation in which I could mull over a review. Fortunately I brought back a bottle recently and had the opportunity to do so.

375 ml bottle, bottle date 04/11/2013. Poured into a HF tulip.

A. Deep amber. Not a classic yellow amber, but rather an opaque brown. I imagine this is what some 100 million year old insect amber looks like. The beer possesses some light carbonation, and forms a small tan head which quickly recedes, leaving a hazy lacing.

O. Tart and lactic. Sour but not bitingly so. There is a cherry sweetness that really comes through here. The oak lingers in the nose, and really starts to take over as the beer settles.

T. The cherry shines up front, with some breadyness complementing it. There is a pleasant sourness all the way through, and a tart oaken flavor dominates at the end. The wood is present here through and through. Very exciting.

M. This beer is almost wine like, especially as the carbonation gives away. That said, it's more medium bodied, not like a heavy red wine or anything, and the alcohol is well hidden.

O. This is a marvelously drinkable beer, and a classic American wild ale. One of my favorite "readily available" sours. The balance of tart, sweet, and oak in this brew is superb, especially when fresh. The mouthfeel is lacking a bit, and I wish there was a bit more carbonation in the bottling of this beer. Otherwise it's fantastic.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bmwats
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Golden amber. Not much head and no real lacing to speak of.

S: Sourdough bread, and raspberry.

T: Flavor follows suit.... bready, raspberry and fermented cherry. A little alkaline

M: Slightly bitter with a dry finish.

D: Enjoy....

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice appearance although not much in terms of head or lacing. Nose is a basic but a strong fruity bready combo. Flavor is fruity, but only a little sweet, white bready. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 6,456 ratings