Russian River Supplication
Santa Rosa, California
Russian River Brewing Company is famous for their barrel-aged creations. Located in the heart of Sonoma County, where wine flows freely, wine barrels are re-used to age beer. Supplication, one of these ales has been aging in local Pinot Noir wine barrels for one year along with sour cherries. Brettanomyces yeast is added to this honey-brown colored ale for extra leathery funk. Lactobacillus and Pedicoccus, two types of bacteria from the used wine barrels, impart a very tart zing. The taste is tart up front before giving way to the smooth wood-aged components on the finish. Grape flavors leap out at you, along with lemon and cherry. The acidic quality is not overpowering at all and neither is the 7% ABV.