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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,396 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,396
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,453
Gots: 1,738 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

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.
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Ratings: 5,396 | Reviews: 1,367
Photo of Belgeko
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An amazing sour, tastes of a sour candy, with just the hint of that bitterness from a cherry skin that is almost ripe.

Photo of martinimike82
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't need to tell you how amazing it is. But it's pretty damn amazing. Tart cherry pie.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding but not like the plinys

Photo of dmgeng
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this on my second trade but have just been letting it sit trying to gather up the nerve to try it after being wrecked by the Sourness that is Consecration.

A - Vibrant amber color. With rocky white head and great lacing. This beer looks similar to a Dr. Pepper with some malt body.

S - The smell comes off with a fruit bouquet with mostly a tart black cherry smell that is quite nice. After the initial fruit aromas it has complexity. There is a sour character, some oakiness, and some tannins and a wine character from the barrel. In addition to all that there is also a malt, grain, and a sweet diacetyl which really adds depth.

T - With the first sip you get rocked by all of the different flavors but like all of the best beers it is complex but you can dissect it. Initially the cherries, sweet malt, and oak hit the front and then develop quickly in the middle with the sour but still fruity character that is more vinous. On the finish the sour helps cleanse the ton of different flavors but there is enough residual sweet malt, cherry, and grape to keep it tasty.

M - light mouth-feel with high carbonation. The low ABV makes this very easy to drink and the balance of sweet and tart is pleasant.

Overall, a very tasty sour. The cherries really make this beer. I really enjoyed how the fruit flavors blend well with the wine and malt but in a light bodied ale. It isn't like a Lindemans Kriek cherry flavor but more like a dark cherry that rounds out the flavor instead of being a more candy cherry flavor. The sour is a strong contributor being at different intensities throughout the entire taste but is always complimented by some other flavor. This is much better than Consecration because of the balance of cherry, wine, oak, malt, sweet, and sour without the sour really making you cringe or overrunning all the other flavors.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of Swright752
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage aged for 3 Years! All I can say is, You wish you had this right now!

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really delicious but not quite as tart as I wanted.....

Photo of Ian_B
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful amber-orange with a thin head that retains a ring around the glass. Tart funky yeast aromas with a creamy, nutty brown-ale canvas and bright notes of woody oak, acidic Pinot Noir, and sour cherries. Beautiful balance and delicate taste.

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/17/12 not a huge sour guy but a very unique beer. pinot,cherry and yeast combination works towards an amazing combination feel and flavor

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great sour brown ale. I liked it a lot.

Photo of chrisjws
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At the brewery, served in a tulip glass.

A: Amber/brown in color. Can't see through. Very little carbonation, silky in appearance on top.
S: First impression reminds me of a wine with a hint of sourness. Cherries, apples and funky sourness. Oaky hints.
T: Pinot, cherry. Little funk. Not too sour. Tart, vinegar like aftertaste. Very accessible sour.
M: Low carbonation, dry finish.
O: One of the first sours I've tried that I really like. I'm not a sour person but this is such a well executed beer I can't help but enjoy it.

Photo of thebeers
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Muddy rose in color (amber-pink) with a thin white head and clumps of yeast at the bottom of glass even with a fairly careful pour. It has the awesome, tangy aroma you'd expect from the style, with sour apple notes and other subtle fruity notes, including cherry and plum. Tartness and the fruit alike continue over into the taste, but there's more sweetness and blended smoothness than many other sours. There's some carbonation and syrup in the mouthfeel, but it comes off lighter than many of its peers. It's a great beer.

Photo of dboon
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml batch 04X1. This might just be my favorite sour by RR. This sour solder is orange/amber in color with a small head. The old cake whole is inundated with tart and sour cherries, light fruit, oak, funk, and brett.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Russian river! Thanks to my buddy Zach for tracking this one down!

Photo of cducap
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nearly flawless beer. One of the sours I judge all others against.

Photo of DockHops
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Darker brew than i thought, pinot barrel really came through. Opened my eyes to the wonderful world of sours

Photo of robbieracer
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite sour beer! Smooth with tartness, think sour cherries.

Photo of ColdWaffles
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's actually a pretty modest looking brown ale, but the lacing is a perfect off-white around the glass. (A taller 10z goblet)

The wine cask element overwhelms, but it's very pleasant.

Again, the wine cask element overwhelms, but it's a very pleasant sour ale. Tart cherry is the key element.

Medium to light body, ample carbonation with a somewhat dry finish.

It's as good as advertised.

Photo of JonnyBoyy
4.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite Sour beers

Photo of MadCat
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a nice clear reddish color without too much head

Smell: Tart cherries and hints of dry red wine

Taste: A complex brew of nice sourness, tart cherries, subtle dry red wine, hints of oak

Feel: Medium body and carbonation

Overall: This is a an excellent brew. Would love it if this was easier to get, though that might not be good for my wallet.

Photo of abravo52
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer, sour cherries round it out nicely. Not quite as amazing as Consecration but what is?

Photo of NMMcCune
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Takes over the title of "champagne of beers."

Photo of Erikberglund
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A delicious sour. Look beautiful copper. Smell of cherries and pinot noir. Taste of cherries and delicious sours. A very pricey beer but worth it one of the best sours I've tasted.

Photo of BeerCountry
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love sours. This is the best sour I've ever had.

Photo of smb
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 9/24/2014

L: Pours crystal clear auburn with a silky and luscious billowy white head that settles to around 1/2 inch and stays. Carbonation is light-to-medium and has a champagne like effervescence. One of the most amazing looking beers I've seen.

S: Sour and tart cherry-funk first, with a sour apple and light pear aroma following, not overwhelming but very enticing and inviting.

T: Follows through on the nose, although the cherry flavors are very understated, as is the oaky sour apple/pear funk. What struck most was the silky, creaminess of the cherry flavors, which don't hit at the front of the tongue like everything else, but at the back.

F: Unbelievably creamy, full, rich and smooth. As mentioned above, the cherry flavors coat your mouth like whipped cream and balance out the oak and funk. 7.75% abv and you don't really even taste 0.5% of it.

O: Beautiful to look at, inviting aroma, complex flavors that unfold slowly, but never fight for their place as they move across the palate, all while remaining smooth and silky. The best sour for me thus far.

Photo of aleigator
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Tom for the bottle!

Pours an amber-orange color, with a foamy, fizzy head, which reveals fiery spots in the glass, when faded.

The aromas reveal cherry stone pits among dried cherries, vanilla, warm, old wood and a zippy funkiness. Due to the present tartness, the cherries get a vinous, fermented note, gracefully balanced by the wooden, leathery malts, which lets their sweeter side stand out even more. Cherries evoke a pungent, rich impression of sunbathed, ripe fruits during a warm summer, with just a hint of invigorating lemon zest to them.

Has an unusual sweet taste for a sour beer, based on its malt and ripe fruit foundation, accompanied by matured, wine soaked chunks of wood, topped with a hint of vanilla. Lactic sourness rises from the fruitiness, giving the cherries a powerful, pleasant character, hovering above musty malts and oak. Acidity then blends outstandingly well into the cherry flavor, adding a vinous note to it without becoming too sour, accentuating the rich fruitiness, balanced by the earth and leather. The beer finishes pleasantly dry nontheless, supported by a vivid carbonation, with cherryskin, toasty stone fruit pits, a vinous tang and tooth quenching sourness, still leaving enough space for rejuvenating cherry qualities.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,396 ratings.