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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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Photo of bkkt
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gooseman80
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeMarinello
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rockernino
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmgeng
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this on my second trade but have just been letting it sit trying to gather up the nerve to try it after being wrecked by the Sourness that is Consecration.

A - Vibrant amber color. With rocky white head and great lacing. This beer looks similar to a Dr. Pepper with some malt body.

S - The smell comes off with a fruit bouquet with mostly a tart black cherry smell that is quite nice. After the initial fruit aromas it has complexity. There is a sour character, some oakiness, and some tannins and a wine character from the barrel. In addition to all that there is also a malt, grain, and a sweet diacetyl which really adds depth.

T - With the first sip you get rocked by all of the different flavors but like all of the best beers it is complex but you can dissect it. Initially the cherries, sweet malt, and oak hit the front and then develop quickly in the middle with the sour but still fruity character that is more vinous. On the finish the sour helps cleanse the ton of different flavors but there is enough residual sweet malt, cherry, and grape to keep it tasty.

M - light mouth-feel with high carbonation. The low ABV makes this very easy to drink and the balance of sweet and tart is pleasant.

Overall, a very tasty sour. The cherries really make this beer. I really enjoyed how the fruit flavors blend well with the wine and malt but in a light bodied ale. It isn't like a Lindemans Kriek cherry flavor but more like a dark cherry that rounds out the flavor instead of being a more candy cherry flavor. The sour is a strong contributor being at different intensities throughout the entire taste but is always complimented by some other flavor. This is much better than Consecration because of the balance of cherry, wine, oak, malt, sweet, and sour without the sour really making you cringe or overrunning all the other flavors.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good sour beer, the cherries come through well but the acidity was a tad over for me, shared a bottle and struggled a bit with the excess sourness. It's a very well made beer.

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Photo of Kinger86
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, dark red/brown in color, some sediment, low carbonation

Smell: cherry, sour mix, and sweet sugary fruit

Taste: cherry, wood, sour mix, and sweet sugary fruit

Mouthfeel: sweet and sour, light bodied, medium carbonation but very prickly--maybe due to the sourness.

Overall: I remember this being better on tap at Extreme Beer Fest a couple years ago. That said in the bottle this is still excellent. Very sour, yet not as sour as most I have had from Cantillon. I could drink several glasses of this if I could find it. One of my favorites from Russian River.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into Mikkeler tulip. Batch 5.

A - Resembles a darker Felmish red ale as it is a dark reddish brown. Has a glow about it that almost makes it resemble a spirit. Small head head slowly went down to just a layer of foam on the sides.

S - Tart cherries, sweet sugar, oak lemon, red wine tannins, and a slight Brett funk.

T - Cherry, slight Brett funkiness up front. As it moves on, there is lemon, slight orange peel, wheat grass, oak, red wine tannins. There is a slight sugary sweetness as well that keeps it nicely balanced from being too tart. Well-balanced and complex as each sip brings a slightly different experience.

MF - Nicely, medium carbonated. Slightly thick body with a slight stickiness. The carbonation helps bring the tart flavors that leave a tingle in the tongue. There is a slight astringency that hangs on in the finish.

O - Probably the most complex of the Russian River sours that I've had. Each sip brings something new as it is tart, sweet and funky all in one beer.

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4.3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of vandemonian
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Supplication is an amazing beer. There are so many flavours: sourness; wood; grape; cherry; and malt. They are all noticeable and they are integrated into a wonderful overall flavour. Great beer!

A: Red colour and a 5 mm head that fades leaving little lacing. Shake the glass and the head comes back. 4

S: Malt, lemon rind and some sourness. Pleasant. 4

T: Sourness with hints of wood. Dry. The sourness dominates over the malt. There is some sour funk from the bugs as well as some bitter grape sourness from the wine. The finish is a a mix of grapeskins and a little funk. So many flavours in there and yet they combine into something great. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

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Photo of gregshead
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/light brown with slight haze but mostly clear. Half finger of head.

S: Cherry (light smell) & oak smell. Not a lot on the nose. Also a little barnyard.

T: So Sour. Tart cherries up front and oak aftertaste. Light acid taste.

M: Dry finish. Champagne like carb

O: The overall value of this sour wild ale is incredible. For the amount that is made of this sour, its pretty impressive

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Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dkachur for being kind enough to share this one.

A: A crisp golden, with the finish adding a bit of haziness between a couple glasses. Moderate head of white.

S: Straight up sour cherry, somewhat peppery.

T: Tart cherry flavours, some notes of apple (sour apple), a soft spiciness and the slightest bit of funk and woodiness.

M: Very dry... Crisp. Leaves very little behind, amazingly clean. I love me a dry drink, especially when they are tart/sour

D: Not too shabby. Not really one of my styles, perhaps, but a good example of the style.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Ruby, caramel color. Not much head, but carbonation is present.

S-Cherries, grapes, oak, smells dry.

T-Tart not overly sour. Cherries and oak, well balanced. Some grassy notes as well.

M-Medium bodied, silky smooth but not much carbonation.

O-A great well balanced sour. Looking forward to Temptation, but it was better than Consecration.

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Photo of abagri
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was acquired in a recent trade with BrewerB. Thanks Brian! I've been wanting to try this one for awhile. This bottle was Batch 6X1.

This beer pours a rich, brownish amber in color, very reminiscent of cherry wood. It featured a nice cream colored head which laces the glass and sticks to the sides. The aromas consist of primarily sour cherry with a light grape like sweetness. It has a good amount of funk but it's hard to tell which is winning, the cherry or the funk. I'm glad the sweetness is allowed to show past the cherry. The flavors are very sour and dry. You definitely get a boatload of cherry, oak, and nice funk. The tartness is in your face initially before letting the other flavors take place. The most impressive aspect is how the flavor resonates even five minutes later. It leaves behind a really, really nice aftertaste of all of the flavors meshed together in perfect harmony. Overall this is a very, very good wild and I definitely prefer it over Consecration.

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Photo of Maltster85
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of razorhawk
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HosP
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this a couple weeks ago to celebrate a weekend of moving. Big thanks to Scottfrie to this wonderful beer.

A- Nice big pop from the cork opening this bottle. Poured nice light brown with good size head to it.

S- Lots of cherry notes to this aroma. Very small hints from the oak aging.

T- Very interesting first sip. The tartness isn't overbearing but allows you to enjoy each drink. The sour cherries were just right and gave a good taste amazingly.

M- Nice tart, crisp, almost a little dry. Medium body with lots of carbonation.

T- Was very excited to try my first wild ale and it didn't let me down. Thought maybe it would be a little to much, but it had great balance and good taste. The acidity to the beer probably would stop me from another bottle that night, but would drink another one anytime.

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Photo of Tommo
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007. 375 mL corked bottle bought for $11.99 at Cork n Bottle in Monument, Colorado.

The body of this beer is beautiful crimson-brown and clear, initially full of large bubbles (no head) and after a few minutes settling down to a number of tiny streams of bubbles rising to the surface.

Lacto/pedo wine-like notes paired with cherries are the forefront aromas in the nose, followed by a subtle brett character and possibly a touch of oak. Less complex on the nose than I expected.

Unexpected in the flavor department. Instead of full fledged sourness and cherries, the flavor of this ale takes a different route. Initially there is tartness and a touch of sour, but quickly sweet cherries show through. Right after the sweet is a wash of brett and slight funkiness, at this point the flavor is really getting good. To top it off, an interesting honey malt flavor arrives and brings the whole experience to a conclusion. This pronounced malt flavor is not quite like anything I have had in a wild ale, and sets this beer apart. Overall less bold than I expected.

The mouthfeel is on the dry side (however the flavor is fairly sweet) with ample (but not excessive) carbonation. Medium bodied.

Conclusion: Not what I expected, but very tasty and complex. I always thought this would be more sour and singular, with bracing sourness and a real smack of cherries. Instead it is softer and presents its flavor profile a gentle touch. The flavors are defined and layered, and overall this is just a great beer.

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Photo of evil
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle split with my brother. Batch 007.

A: the cork pops off this beast with the ferocity of champagne. Active body through the reddish hues. Thin white head leaves behind mild lace.

S: wow, sour goodness ahead! Tart fruit, cherries, funky yeast.

T/M: very actively carbonation blasts your tongue as the first wave of sour fruit approaches. Plenty of wine-like qualities to be appreciated here alongside the funky Brett yeast. I don't drink *that* many sours, so it's still kinda hard for me to describe exactly what's going on. Finishes bone dry and quite smooth.

...and then comes the aftertaste. A bitter oak barrel flavor sets in about 15 seconds after you swallow and lingers. Interesting, sure, but not really my thing.

D: 375mL split two ways is simply not enough. Russian River delivers once again! Now if only they'd ship to NYC...

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