Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.56 w/ 6,363 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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4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottled poured into a tulip. Batch 082712.

Appearance – Reddish/brown with glowing orange highlights. Deep red-orange glow when held to the light; dark honey. Slightly cloudy from visible yeast particles; 1 finger white head dissipates quickly to a lasting ring of thin foam with nearly no lacing. Very active carbonation.

Smell – I was hit with the sour aroma as soon as I uncorked the bottle! The smell starts with a sour fruitiness from the cherries which gives way, as I soon detect some fairly strong oak that is almost buttery (if that makes sense).

Taste – Taste follows the nose, starting with sour black cherries. The oak comes in at the back end, with distinct vanilla overtones. Very nice. It finished dry with some more, extra tart fruit, making me want another sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability – A fair amount of carbonation on the tongue, putting this beer at the very thin side of medium bodied. The sourness is there in a big way, but not overpowering, playing a huge role in this beer's drinkablitly.

Overall – An awesome beer that is complex, but not overly so, and very tasty. I only wish I had another bottle!

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4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monks for $5 during Zwanze Day 2012.

Pours a a hazy, dark amber/light brown color with little-to-no head and some spotty lacing.

Aroma begin quite sweet and tart. Initially you get the Brett with a little bit more sweet on the nose though then some of the recent sours I have had. Cherries and other tart fruitiness become more apparent as it warms close to room temperature. Funky yeast continues to evolve more with some light woody aromas as well now as it gets a little warmer; this was turning out to be very nice indeed.

The taste begins with the funkified Brett tartness with a surprisingly substantial pilsner malty sweetness. Deep sour tastes join the party, but not as much as I was expecting. Maybe this is still too "young". Nice notes of dark cherry throughout. As it warms you get some more cherry sweetness with some nice tones of wood mixed in throughout.

The mouthfeel is average with appropriate carbonation for the style. Brett and traditional yeast really help this to finish quite dry with a nice lingering taste of sour Brett. It came off a little bit fuller then some of the other sours I have had, with more of a rich feel despite the loads of carbonation.

Overall this is a really great sour beer. I don't believe it is the best I have had by far but I cannot deny the extremely high drinkability this possesses. Normally I do not seek out this beer because of the high price tag and "average" flavor profile for a sour but for $5 on draft, I'll take that everyday of the week and 2x on Zwanze Day.

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

Pours a rusted brown with a little brownish head that sticks around longer than expected. Lots of oak on the nose with hints of sour cherry but nothing overpowering. There’s also a bit of red wine and some funkiness, but not that much really. Over ripe cherries start the palate off and then there’s a nice funky, wood middle with a solid sour finish that doesn’t last quite as long as I’d like.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.7% out of 100 with 6,363 ratings
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