Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,348
Reviews:
1,467
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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2,725
Gots:
2,193
For Trade:
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Photo of Mplsbrew
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of mpayne5
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of tom10101
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of alcstradamus
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/cherry color with a finger of head that camps out forever. Smell is cherries up front with surprisingly little tartness or funk. Granted, there is definitely some cobweb and band aid present, it's just not an assault on the senses. Some dry oakiness is also present. Overall just a fine wild ale aroma.

The taste is superb. Tartness is relatively light for the style, inducing only the slightest of puckers. The funk is a bit more prominent on the tongue than it was in the smell, and it carries along with it a rich cherry fruit flavor that adds depth and complexity . I also sense notes of other dark fruits such as raisins, but they are extremely subtle. White grapes, oak, band aid, and yeast round out the flavor profile.

The body is medium and the carbonation levels are very high, but fairly standard for the style. Drinkability is solid thanks to the funk and sourness being kept in check. Overall this is a fantastic beer, and definitely one of the best sours available.

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Photo of RobIPA88
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of laituegonflable
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant orange colour with delicious dense head, about 2cm thick, retaining well with craters bubbling on the top. Stunning ring of lace is left behind. Slight haze shows a slow but steady stream of bubbles. A few floaties chunks which are a bit unnerving, but otherwise damned nice.

Smell is very funk-é, with a lot of tart yeast aromas coming off that, hints of cranberry and citrus zest with a slight paw-paw note as well. Slight brassy fragrance as well. Seems a bit simple, but decent, yeah.

Taste starts out sour, stays sour. Kind of vinegary on the front, with more of that brassy metallic character, then gets really pleasantly sweet actually, early on the mid, with a sweet-and-sour-sauce flavour and maybe some lemon squash. Lemon juice is the dominant flavour on the back, lots of citric acid with a very slight rubbery character as well. Nice fresh zest on the very back kind of clips off the sourness so there's isn't much tartness left lingering. Yeah, very nicely done - potentially repellent but is made crisp and refreshing. Good sipper for flavour but also very good for just throwing back - again, like lemon squash.

Good body to it, and no harshness from the wild yeast. Pretty damned nice texture, actually.

Yeah, I like this a lot. It's sour and interesting, but really nicely quaffable. A very steady and skilled brewing hand is behind this. Great Summer or Spring quencher.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottled on 4/11/2013.

A: Gorgeous ruby red body, hazy. Some floaties at the bottom of the glass. Thin head that has some decent retention.

S: Tart cherries, good amount of oak, pinot. As advertised and amazing!

T: I'm not a sour connoisseur, I've only had a few. This isn't as sour as the others I've had, but I'm OK with that. The pinot/oak flavors hit the tongue first. Then puckering sour cherry that finishes sour and dry. Very unique and RR did a great job with this.

M: Heavy carbonation, which works for the style. Dry like a red wine.

O: Awesome beer, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of pagriley
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lawsonciv
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ace1117
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MiScusi
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002.

A: Poured into Stone IRS snifter, Light brown, reddish, off-white thin head that forms a rung around glass. Effervescent.

S: Could probably smell this a block away. fruit, tart cherries mixed with light oak.

T: tart fruit, vinous.

M: Cidery. Light and prickly on the tongue. Pretty acidic.

Enjoyed this very much. Had a nice rich taste within a relatively light alcohol body. Acidity is its limiting quality, as it somewhat burns on its way down. Otherwise the sour and fruit work very nicely together.

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Photo of AussieActor
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 04x5

Appearance -- Pours ruddy amber with just enough haze to catch light and two fingers of creamy white head. No lacing as much as frosting hte glass with head. Beautiful.

Smell -- Mild funk and cider vinegar, cherries, pinot, Granny Smith, pear, faint vanilla oakiness. Overall: very delicate and balanced. Love the way this smells.

Taste -- More tartness than the nose would let on. Bright cherry tartness, mild cider vinegar bite, amber malt, some wine character, and bretty funk. Dab of vanilla in the finish. Nothing is overpowering. Everything is gently layered upon one another. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with abundant fluffy carbonation. Almost velvety in the finish. Mild astringency from the barrels, but not at all distracting. Very pleasant.

Drinkability -- Given easy availability and no lambic-stomach, I could drink this regularly. A rare treat that I enjoyed to the fullest.

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Photo of Auracom
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of captainkrad
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bruachan
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

every time i'm at the brickskeller i ask for this...finally they did. delish. batch 001

i just had jolly pumpkin's la roja recently, and it makes sense now. i gett brett. sour, sharp spice (but not spiced). i can pull out the cherries but only because i was looking for them. complex, but so easy to appreciate

i've got nothing but praise for vinnie. truly a pioneer

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Photo of HopHeadLouie
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose with cherries, literally. Fragrant cherry aroma hit me immediately. Reminds me of cherry sweet tarts or smarties . Looks great in my Duvel glass, perfect lacing and nice head. Taste is more tart than sour with slight notes of cherry chloraseptic, but not in a bad way, must be the Brett. As it warms, noticeable oak, well balanced. Drinkable? As much as any 12.7 ounce $15 "if you can get it at that price" beer can be. Kind of bummer that it is not more affordable and available. Would love for it to have a chance to grow on me more and perhaps share a little with the wife. Very unique!

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Photo of tally
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaasen64
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of UGA45211
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaseydad
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with some slight burgandy tints and nice foamy throughout the session. A lot of floaties but good. Nice funk in the aroma with some cherries, raspberries and wine-like whiffs. Nice. Tough on the esophogus after each sip for me....right to the finish. Tart but not overly distracting. Some cherries and more tart fruit in the taste. Nice. Dry and clean finish. Salivation on the buds after each sip. Overall I thought this was a great wild ale and a great starter if someone is looking to try the style. Not overly sour and pleasant to sip.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,348 ratings.
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