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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4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: brown to red, clear work a bit of haze, good tan head

S: tart, cherry, vinous, and slightly earthy

T: amazing sour cherry with some earth, a bit of saltiness,

M: excellent carbonation and dry, but has a medium body

O: amazing beer, as expected. Can't think of much to make this beret. $18 per bottle here.

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4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 010, Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy mahogany with amber highlights. 3 fingers of head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

N: Sawdust, caramelized brown sugar, peach, nectarine and cherry as well as notes of chocolate and barnyard.

T: Upfront - Nectarine, lactic acid, lemon warheads and brown sugar along with hints of balsamic and sawdust.
Mid-palate - Sour cherry, red wine (Pinot Noir), hints of black currant and blueberry.
Finish - Chestnut, naked oak, hints of chocolate and tobacco. Lingering peaches and chestnuts.

M: Light bodied, tart, clean, slightly puckering and refreshing.

O: Extremely complex with a moderate sourness. Transforms multiple times throughout the palate. Big, oaky characteristics with a good emphasis on sweet red wine. A lot of fruity and nutty flavors going on as well. There's not as much barnyard as reviews suggest, more of a lactic sourness. Phenomenal!

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 10. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a cloudy burnt orange amber color, with 3 fingers tan head that leaves some nice lacing as it goes down.

S- Smells very vinous. Sour grapes, and tart apples add a fruitiness to it. Mild funk factor. An extremely aromatic beer.

T- Tart, sour, cherries hit first followed by a pleasant earthy taste. This is unlike any beer I have ever had. A wonderful sour mixed correctly with wine characteristics as so they both compliment each other. Well done.

M- Lively carbonation dances on the tongue, for a short time upon drinking. Nice dry finish with sticky flavors.

O- Very impressed. Russian River is successful in merging the fine characteristics of wine to the fine characteristics of beer. A must try sour. Glad I have another bottle.

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4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the brewery (had bottled as well) in a sniffer

A - Cherry ruby with a 1 finger rose bubbly head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Cherries, apricots, pino wine.

T - Such a rich experience. The fruit in the beer lighten the whole affair while the casking flavors deep complex tannins, funky yeast, sourness, and a bit of bready bitter just rock the palate. Great combo of complex wild ale and wine flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy, sticky.

O - Got to be my favorite wild ale in the country at the moment. Could drink this every day.

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

B10 supplied by Mikey, thanks friend! 6 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on July 5th, 2012.

A - Ruby-red brown coloring. A bit murky. One finger of a creamy light-tan head. Decent retention, great lacing.

S - Vinous, earthy, and less ripened cherry skins. Touch of lemon vinegar. Port-like oak barrel note. Light carmelized malts.

T - Soft wine grapes at front palate. Sourness kicks in at the middle and transitions into a more ripe cherry note with dry oak and spices at the back.

M - Light body, very dry finish with semi-sweet cherry and citrus finish. Appropriate carbonation.

D - A bit more graceful than your typical sour. Unique in that I can sense the alterations between both the grapes and the cherries. Very easy to revisit this one and for that I am thankful.

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4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into a tulip. Batch 9.

A: Pours a reddish-brown with a nice white head.

S: Moderate vinegar and lactic tartness, along with a soft fragrant wheat aroma. Tart cherries, slight earthy funk, sweet wheat.

T: Nice cherry sourness with some juicy sweetness underneath. Lactic, slightly vinous, mildly sweet bready malt and wheat underneath. Dry.

M: Fine but frothy carbonation, full-bodied. Very dry.

O: Quite enjoyable.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Batch 4

A: Cloudy brownish-amber in color. Forms a minimal off-white colored head. Some light lacing.

S: Strongly aromatic with the scent of sour cherries, red wine, green apples, red wine vinegar, and just a slight hint of oak.

T: Rather vinous. Starts off with notes of sour cherries, unripe apple, and red wine vinegar. Then the flavor turns earthy, oaky, and musty with a mild funkiness. Exceedingly long, earthy finish just lingers on the tongue.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a rather crisp, acetic, and downright sour mouthfeel to it. Good carbonation.

O: Take my review for what it is worth as I admittedly don't care much for sours, though I do tend to like and appreciate RR sour beers. But something about this beer just didn't sit right with me. And while I do think this a very finely crafted beer, I think I just found it too sour, too acetic, too similar to the beginnings of a nice salad dressing for me to be able to really enjoy it.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

375ml bottle. Batch #008. Cork pops off with a very nice "pop".

A- Pours a slightly golden reddish brown. On the darker side, but translucent. About a finger of white with slight hue of yellowish brown foamy head with good retention. Above average carbonation. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Sour cherries, sour apple, pinot noir, a little bit of yeast, vinegar, acetic notes. Very aromatic, smelled almost instantly after the cork popped off, one of the most aromatic beers I've ever encountered. Nice sour/funk smell too.

T- Sour cherries, vinegar, sour green apple, a little bit of a sour/wine like finish. Nice lingering lightly sour aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing, just the right amount of carbonation, great feel, very smooth, abv very well hidden.

O- This was a fantastic sour. I'm just getting into sours, but this was one of the better one's I've had. The smell was phenomenal, very aromatic and could smell forever. The flavor was also excellent- with a nice amount of sourness and fruit flavors that were very well balanced. A little bit more age probably would have helped this a little bit- the 2009 Lou Pepe Kriek I had a couple weeks ago definitely had more flavor. Definitely not bad though. For a sour of this caliber that has been barrel aged for over a year, you can't beat the price on this one. A must try for sour fans.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 6,468 ratings