Monday, March 19, 2012

Russian River Supplication Sour Brown

Although typically I scoff at the fervor to which the name Russian River inspires in the world of beer geekdom, I have to admit that when we are able to secure even a tiny amount of their product (thanks Matt) I do a little dance of joy because, let me face it, they make damn, damn fine beer.

Russian River Supplication:

Sour Brown Ale Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels with Sour Cherries

Supplication in a Glass

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.
Original Gravity:1.060
Alcohol by Volume:7.0%

These babies are pricey at $12 for a 12oz cork and cage bottle.  Real sour beers take a looong time to make and most breweries need to have a separate area to brew them to stave off the chance of cross infection from the little critters that make sour beers wonderfully tart and refreshing.  This is why so many sours have that high price tag.  This beer is ready to drink now or cellar for a special occasion.

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