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Your prayers will be answered with Supplication

Russian River is a truly outstanding brewery; I’ve reviewed Pliny The Elder and Consecration in previous posts. So I’m now happy to report on two more of their superb offerings.

I broke open a bottle of Russian River Supplication (Russian River Brewing Co.; Santa Rosa, CA; American Wild Ale; ABV: 7.0) this evening to share with Anne. Supplication is aged for one year in Pinot Noir oak barrels with sour cherries. It pours a honey amber color and the sour cherry notes are quite apparent in the nose and initial taste. The latter is complimented by tart fruit, Brettanomyces yeast, and spices with a red wine and oaky presence at the end. It’s worth noting that Supplication is very smooth for a beer of such complexity.

I also recently had a chance to try Russian River Damnation (Russian River Brewing Co.; Santa Rosa, CA; Belgian Strong Pale Ale; ABV: 7.8), after my friend Mark broke open a bottle from his private stock. Damnation pours a hazy golden color and there’s lots of citrusy fruit in the nose. The taste is well balanced between citrusy fruit, toasted malt, and floral hops with a nice dry finish. Like Supplication, it’s very easy to drink for such an eclectic beer.

I highly recommend both of these ales as Russian River continues to make me a believer!

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