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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Thanks to Gkunkle for sending this my way.

Appearance: Dusky copper. Almost no head, but what head does form is bright-white, bubbly and loose. Pours with some carbonation and on the heavy side. Nice and still.

Smell: Delightfully tart. Big notes of sour cherry mix with oak and slight wine characteristics. Mild funk buried under delicious cherry flavors. Lactic acid is on point. Gotta love that Russian River wild ale aroma. There's magic in those barrels. Woody and sour.

Taste: Sour cherry loaded with oak goodness. Smooth wood layered over a bright citric acid bite. Lactic acid adds a nice element. Pulls like a white wine fused with tart cherry flesh. Juicy cherry flesh. Almost sherry-like booziness. Sweet in good measure. The barrel really helps blend everything together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Body runs almost full and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Tart edge dries the tongue and begs for another sip.

Overall: My favorite offering in theRussian River wild ale lineup. A solid blend of fruit and barrel tartness. More of this would never be a bad thing.

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Batch #10

A- 1 finger of a coarse light tan foam. It's a bit champagne like at first with bubbles rising through the glass. No lacing and the color looks like a Roobios (SP?) tea.

S- Fruity sour a little medicine-y twinge of green apple with a musty almost nutty smell at the end (Oak ?) As it warms in the glass the Pinot really comes through.

T- Cider-like that drops off sharply to a sour cherry and mild currant. The malt characteristic is really not present but the tannins are revealed when you exhale. It does become more wine-y as you drink it.

M- effervescent at first that mellows to a level of a cask ale. It is only mildly sweet, but the sour zing comes more from under the tounge. It is also somewhat dry

O- Its a great sour, gets better with every sip. Would age well, would pair well with cheese. Its wine its beer its sour its great! Its an experience!

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 6,442 ratings