burg326 (2762) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, poured an amber red color with aromas of Brett, light funk, sour Cherieís, and some light wine. Flavors follow suit, sour cherries with a dry finish, another great beer from these guys.
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I poured a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 12/17/12 and cost $18 ($1.42 per ounce). Thanks to Dave S. for picking up this bottle for me in Philadelphia.
Appearance: Brown proper color from a distance, though actually ruby red upon closer inspection. Carbonation can be seen streaming up the side. Forms a small, dirty white, soapy head which fizzles away quickly like a soda and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Pungent red wine scent; dark cherries and a general sour aroma.
Taste: Itís kind of ironic that beer snobs love sour beers since they tend to taste like liquid candy to me. Thatís okay, because a delicious beer is still my idea of a good beer and a reason why Iím rating Russian River Supplication so highly. While the craftsmanship that goes into making this beer is quite impressive, itís the actual outcome that I appreciate so much.
This beer starts out as a brown ale and is then aged in pinot noir barrels with sour cherries and a cocktail of yeasts and bacteria are added for fermentation and the souring effect. The result is a luscious, complex palette that has so much going on and itís all wonderful. To call this beer sour or tart is an understatement. Any beer can be soured, but itís pointless without the right base brew. Though the core brown ale is difficult to distinguish, there are still plenty of individual components that are noticeable. Sweet, confectionery flavors of caramel and toffee come through in the finish. The cherries are present from start to finish - initially tart and sharp, but sweeter and more refined at the end. This palette probably wonít be enjoyed by everyone, but those who have the taste for it are in for something really special.
Drinkability: Russian River Supplication is about as far from subtle as you can get. That being said, itís no challenge whatsoever to drink. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but not spastic or obtuse. Itís actually really refreshing while in the mouth and leaves just a hint of cherry in the aftertaste. Nothing cloying here at all. It doesnít seem nearly as strong as its 7.75% ABV weight should be. Thereís no alcohol presence or excess body here at all.
D_i (21) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just amazing, what a beer! Notes of dried fruits, red wine and cherries in such a balanced way that I think this is top 5 beers I ever tasted.
ansalon (631) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany with no head. Aroma is cherries, almonds, oak, hints of dates and grapes. Taste is sour cherries, dates, plum, grapes. Extremely well balanced and very good!
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PapaSkeetSkeet (788) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright amber, thin white head. Soft sweet cherry, wine barrel, bubble gum, sourness. Medium-light, oily body. blanket of fine cotton carbonation. Flavor is cherry cough syrup, booze, tannin, malty wood. Light acetic, wallop of lactic pucker. Too sour to be consumed rapidly or delicious, but a fun sipper. Light earthy leafy hop flavor comes through a second in.
Fritz123 (566) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Thanks Derek and Erin! Pours a nice amber haze into a small snifter. Good white foamy head and great lacing. Aroma was brett, fruit, paper, and wine. The taste was complex and well balanced with sour fruit, paper, wine, wood and great brett sourness. I love sours and this one was really really good. Great mouth and bubbly finish with sour after taste.
Blairgus (2195) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 aug 2013, bottle. Dark yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is sour. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Dry sour, sour, sour, sweet malt. It's all sour but not puckeringly so. Good.
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Arcanor (47) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Source : Library Alehouse Santa Monica.
Appearance : Dark amber with a fast disappearing head.
Aroma : Cherry and Oak.
Taste : Complex sourness and wood.
Palate : Full mouth and effervescent.
Overall : Perfect West Coast Bret beer, I need more !!!!
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is, in a word, divine. If you believe sour is at the top of the beer-flavor hierarchy, as I do, than this beer is for you. If you donít believe this, well chances are this beer is still for you. It offers a rich amber color, abundant head, delicious aroma, and even better taste. Aroma is citrus-y, sour, candy-sweet, yet somehow (despite what Iíve already said) balanced and distinctly beer-like. Flavor is distinctly sour, although Iíve certainly had beers sourer. It has a musty, sweet-tart, clove, complex and delicious. Mouthfeel is excellent.
Caskalefan (136) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Perfect balance of sour cherries, vinegar, horse blanket, and barnyard funk. Mouth-puckering sourness is mind blowing, but never overwhelms the other components.
Simply one of the best sours out there