Russian River Brewing // Supplication Aged Sour Ale // Santa Rosa, CA // 7.75% ABV
The supplication by Russian River Brewing is one I've been cellaring for a few months. And by cellaring I mean keeping in a box in the back of my closet among piles of shoes. Sometimes you just have to wait till the moment feels right to break out a good beer. It was finally time. The Supplication is an aged sour that is kept in Pinot Nior wine barrels for 9-15 months with cherries and an array of yeast including Brettanomyces, Lactobacilius, and Pediococcus. It is then refermented inside the bottle. The theme of this ale is patience. And it is well worth it.
Color: Light amber, copper brown, sparkling wine bubbles, an airy yet substantial head in soft blonde.
Smell: The cork smelled like it was fresh off a Pinot bottle - floral, plum, delicate yet recognizable. The ale itself holds an aroma of deep red fruit, oak, sour yeast, and floral brightness.
Taste: High sour level with succulence from cherries accompanied by citrus brett, deep hop and oak flavors. It holds deep, heavy wine characteristics and pungent to say the least. Boozy in stark contrast to the sour notes. Highly carbonated in the front of the profile to end in heavy, bitter, and full wine flavors. Savory yet tart, smooth yet tangy, this ale puts your taste buds in a wild ride.
Overall: Originally brewed as a brown ale, the Supplication has spent a long time in Pinot barrels and thus takes on a heavy wine flavors. This is a beer not to be bored with. Waves of sensation interact with bubbles on the tongue, spasms in the jaw, and warmth in the belly. Patience is the essence of the ale, from the process of wine making, to aging, and to drinking. There's a lot to take in. Savor it and you too will supplicate.