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Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 6,400 |  Reviews: 1,473
Photo of rkarimi
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of sour cherries with a slight earthiness.

Tastes of the tart cherries with various counter notes. The cherries lead off with a moderate lactic sourness. This then fades into a white wine like sweetness. Earthy undertones are present throughout to give the beer some depth.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer definitely lived up to the hype, and I wish I had tried it sooner.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

A little celebration tonight, decided to open this and give it a try. Thoroughly enjoyed the graphics telling you not to put this in a pint glass. Very clever.

See all descriptions below for appearance, taste, mouthfeel, etc. Overall, a wonderful sour, and a great beer. Definitely something I would drink again given the opportunity. Looking forward to trying some additional Russian River beers. Only quasi-complaint is the price point.

With that said, for my palate, I actually prefer Le Terroir. Honestly. Maybe that's just me.

**Edit: After more extensive sour testing, this is defintely a higher quality beer than I initially gave it credit for. Raised to a solid 4.5. I look forward to trying this again.

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Photo of kennethkearns
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MarkFy
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a half-finger of frothy off white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries with some dark grape sweetness, oak, vanilla, Brett funkiness, and just a touch of brown sugar.

T - Starts off with some sharply sour cherries with some dark grape sweetness and tannin with some vanilla. Through the middle, oak flavors come through with some more mellowing sweet cherry and grape with some Brett funkiness. The finish is a mix of sour cherries with some Brett funk and tartness, alongside some oak and vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a very sour and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The sour cherries come through really nicely without being overpowering. The balance is very nice with the barrel flavors adding some great complexity.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of phishphorce
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Amber body with some light tan bubbles on top.

S- Smells like red wine with some oak presence.

T- Wow, unlike any beer I have ever had. Wine-like presence is definitely there, with a blast of sour cherries and oak.

M- Crisp, clean, leaves with a sweet presence.

O- Not really sure what to say, it's unique, different, incredibly complex and an experience in itself.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Thanks merc for sharing this, batch #7

The beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is pungently sour with notes of acetone, wine, and a slight yeastiness. Very intense flavor profile with bursting tart cherries and an incredibly dry finish. This may be one of the driest and most tart sours I've had, but it's incredibly drinkable. Definitely worth trying if you can finagle a bottle.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of G-Hawk
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding. Thin, thin head dissipates, but continues to create sliding lace as I sip. If you're a sour/wild lover, you owe it to yourself to try the finest I've ever had in the style. Tart nose right off the bat incites salivation, dried not-so-ripened cherries . . . some kind of subtle lactose in the taste, drying tannin, tart flavor with cherries and big oak. Don't have words. It's one of those beers that make you think: how'd they make a beer do that? For the record, I don't like wilds!

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of 316nuts
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of phishsihq
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008 pours ruby-brown with a very thin, off-white head which contributes a spotty lace. Aromas of cherry, oak, funk, and some lactic sourness create a wonderful bouquet. The tart and lactic sourness blend amazingly well with the sweet and tart cherry flavors. Tongue tickling carbonation in this medium bodied ale. Another GREAT beer from a GREAT brewery!


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Photo of erha2
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BenH1068
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Bike2work
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 6,400 ratings
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