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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.

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Ratings: 6,391 |  Reviews: 1,472
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a great amber cherry red with a beautiful two finger thick creamy off white head that keeps great tention and amazing lacing.
S= cherries and sourness. A slight touch of wood. Some vinegar and funk is also present.
T= really quite interesting. Smooth cherry sourness with a touch of funk. Lots of great wood characteristics come in to mellow the whole thing out. Some funkyness but nothing overebearing. This beer is simply breathtaking.
M= super dry finish and very very smooth. Amazing
D= super amazing. One of the best beers I've ever had by far. Lew me away.

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4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Last review from notes and then I think I'm all caught up. Consumed 5/28/2010 at The Broad Axe Tavern (couldn't believe they had this in the bar. Also couldn't believe the price). 375 ml. bottle marked Batch 04x2. Unfortunately the bartender must not have known anything about this beer as she presented it in a pint glass. Hoping it doesn't detract from the experience...

A - Slightly amber-yellow color with a fluffy creamy colored head that fades quite quickly leaving very little lacing. Despite the pint glass, it looks very inticing.

S - Wow. Woody, oak, and brett right up front. Vinous as well (as hoped) as the pinot noir deffinitely comes out as does the cherris. Really smells quite fantastic.

T - Extremely well balanced combination of woody oak, cherries, brett and lacto. Very bright and fruity wuth the cherries being oh so tasty. Everything seems to be working so well together. The sourness actually stays with you throughout the entire bottle which I found very nice.

M - Very carbonated and it works quite well. Medium bodied and actually quite silky despite the carbonation. Lactic acid bite at times in the throat, but nothing that detracts from the beer.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially for a sour. Everything is so well balanced that it makes it easy to drink the whole way through. Really can't wait to stock up on a few bottles of this baby.

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4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007, thanks to Sean for this one! Corked & caged 375ml bottle popped and poured into a red wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber golden color with a quickly receding fizzy off-white head. No lace.

S: Tart, Brett sourness, sweet wet grass, some juicy fruit character, lemon peel, all mixing wonderfully with the cherries. A touch of oak.

T: Cherry, lemon juice, and Brett overwhelm the palette...lactic sourness and light vinous notes. Some creamy, woody oak character provides a facade of balance. Puckeringly tart but quite enjoyable for me, and I'm not a sour fan.

MF: Smacks of wet, crisp tartness. Lighter body for sure. Refreshing.

O: Truly a good beer. 'Delicate' comes to mind, its not too over-the-top or in-your-face like other Brett sours, the barrel aging and cherries are a perfect combination.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.6/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle, batch 003.

Reviewed Jul 2008.

Small creamy faintly pink head. Well carbonated. Cloudy rosy amber color. Smells like sour cherry pastry, earthy, yeasty. Starts very sour, puckery, tart. Sour enough to take your breath away. Finshes dry. Some white wine character in finish and aftertaste. Still very sour. Medium body. I want to like this more but sourness overpowers everything.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beagle75
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Batch 5

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with an off-white peripheral ring of small bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Red fruit--a pleasant combination of berries and cherries--and musty oak are both featured prominently. Bacterial culture is also detectable, although not overpowering or detracting. Qualities suggest extreme transformation of beer-type ingredients, with practically nothing recognizable as malt or hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with dynamic stone fruit and sourness that seems explosively intense at first exposure but becomes quite comfortable as the beer warms. Oak also takes a few beats to develop, but once present it infuses the flavor profile from beginning to end. Some yeast funk turns the middle into a tidy, well-ventilated goat pasture. A whiff of sulfurous bitterness toward the finish is like green wild mustard stems.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and cooling on the palate while acidity is confined to the throat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: One of Russian River's signature wine barrel-aged wild ales, Supplication excels at finding the happy medium between the golden Temptation and the high gravity Consecration. While the former is overtly wine-affected and the latter is challenging for almost any palate, this is just right. It successfully captures the mood of an authentic Belgian Kriek, at times comparable to lambics and Flanders-style ales. It deserves to be held up as one of the superlative examples of why Russian River beer is so good.

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

One of the best sours out there. Great beer. Temptation is my favorite of the line but this one is very amazing. Perfect sour with a little bit of funk like the old world sours. To many of the American sours are just sour and miss a lot of the funky barnyard flavor that a sour should have. If this beer is ever available. Don't think twice.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Photo of Etan
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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3.25/5  rDev -28.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/16/15, consumed 1/28/17.

This beer pours a hazy reddish brown color. When held directly up to the light it reminds me of juicy juice. There is a fizzy, one finger off white head that recedes quickly to a 1/4 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a microfilm layer across the top. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is red wine, sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, slight barnyard funk and oak.

Taste is the same. Just a touch of sweet at the start that is washed away by tart flavors. 7 out of 10 on the pucker scale. Very complex.

Feel is light, crisp and well carbonated.

Overall a fantastic beer. I'm not extremely well versed in sours, but I've had more than a few, and this is really incredible. The best of the best.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 6,391 ratings
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