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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,702
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,132
Gots: 1,408 | FT: 95
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:
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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Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06 alongside a sanctification, temptation and consecration.

dark mahogany, almost brown/red. like the others, the head is thin and bubbly. smell is pretty fruity...cherry, almost brown sugar. taste is nutmeg, brown sugar, cherries...definitely strong cherries, very tasty! smooth easy drinker, not too heavy at all. overall i dug it in the side-by-side.

cosmicevan, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of SwillinBrew
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Hollingshead.

A - a nice brassy orange color filled my tulip with a half finger of white head. Very bubbly inside with many small bubbles happily bubbling away.
S - tart apples and floral notes hit my nose with some spice. Tickeled a little bit.
T - A solid but not overpowering tartness glazes your tongue like an aged apple cider. Borders on green apple peels and sour cherries but ends with a sweetness and some spice. Great combination and complex.
M&Dr - Effervescent on a medium bodied brew ending on the somewhat dry side. Very tasty and drinkable.
I took 3 bottles home and have had 8 tulips of this beer before the keg was killed.

SwillinBrew, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005x2 poured in my NB Goblet

A- Amber and slightly hazy, 1/2 inch head that dissaptes quickly, very little lacing and no retention.

S- My fav smell and style as I always say. Caramel, tart cherries, funk, brett, oak and a fruity spiciness.

T- same as nose. Oak, tart cherries, brett, funk & deliciousness.

M- Very good tartness and acidity.

Overall- Great beer, always love it!

GrandCruDrew, May 19, 2011
Photo of BreweryRun
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ruby color with a small head. Smells strongly of tart cherries and sour grapes and tastes the same. Not an offensive flavor, very tasty. Overall, taste is dominated by a pleasant tart cherry flavor. Of all the sour beers I have had (which is only about 5) this is far and away the best. I would eagerly have a full pint of this which is more than I can say with most sours.

BreweryRun, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of djmichaelk
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the excellent Rose & Crown in Palo.

A - Hazy pinkish-orange, with a two-finger head that doesn't last too long. Thin cap and generous lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S - Cherries dominate the nose, not sweet but very sour. At first there is a bit of funk around the edges, then the sour cherries come right up the middle. I had my nose in the glass most of the night.

T - The cherries are much more subtle than I would've thought from the aroma. They linger in the background, you know they're there but they never really step into the spotlight. Sourness is the king of the ring here. Not just cherries but apple cider and maybe a little bubblegum and brown sugar around the edges. No alcohol that I can detect.

M - Pretty light, which works well with the other characteristics of this beer. Substantial but also dancing across the tongue.

D - A mixed bag... As much as I love this beer, the sourness just gets to me after a while and I need a change of pace. But I keep coming back to it.

O - I sampled six beers last night, and this is the only one I had several of. And next time I go back I'll certainly have more -- hell, it'll be the reason I go back.

djmichaelk, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of dsigmon
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to todd1 for this bottle!

A: Pours a deep murky orange with thin head that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: Smell of funkiness and spices with a deep cherry smell. Very little smell of oak but just enough to add a more complex nose leaving you asking...what the hell is that smell?

T/M: One of the most complex beers I have ever had roll across my tongue. The most misleading thing is that I would not relate any brown ale that I have ever had to this beer, yet the more I drink, the more subleties of a brown ale arise. The taste up front is a sour funky cherry taste. This is followed up with a sweet maltness that is hardly apparent but is the one thing that relates to a brown ale. About 1000 different tastes then swirl across your tongue consisting of 1000 different unknowns. I honestly can't begin to describe the tastes but they are delicious and they are there. The mouthfeel is amazing. Not too thin and not too thick, medium...just right! Wonderfully carbonated which adds so much to the beer.

D: Delicious. I could suck this down all day. The funky taste may get to you after a while but definitely not from this bottle!

dsigmon, May 17, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003
A: Brown body with reddish hints. small off white head, little lacing.

S: Sour cherries, oak, apple cider, slightly wine-like in feel.

T: This is the epitome of wine smoothness and beer complexity. Sour and tart fruits up front, with a hint of bitterness. Lots of cherry flavors. Some wine like acidity from the barrel aging. Delicious.

M: Smooth. Flavors seamlessly transition on the tongue. The tart and sourness is not overwhelming, but distinctive enough to make this beer special.

D: I had no problem putting this bottle down... and would have another if it wasn't so pricey.

callmemickey, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Bright orange-brown with little to no head.

S – Dry tart cherry. Relatively soft.

T – A smooth body and prickly carbonation pave the way for a tidal wave of tart, unripe white peach, tanniny fruit pits, and dried leaves. The sourness somehow manages to be both bracing and restrained; pushing your palate to the edge, but not over it.

M – Medium frame with a nice smoothness. Dry finish.

O – A great, uncompromising, sour.

vfgccp, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of JBogan
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive dark amber body supports a one finger off white crown. There's a substantial amount of lacing left behind. This is one good looking beer.

The delicate aroma consists of cherry, oak and a light barnyard funk.

The taste is even better. One again cherries play the leading role, the oak the supporting cast (cask?), and the barnyard funk is there in the finish along with a bit of lemon. A near perfect blend and extremely delicious.

The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and with a slightly dry finish.

Wow, what a nice sour. I was extremely impressed by this beer and would recommend it to anyone who even remotely likes this style.

JBogan, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of mltobin
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Jose Pistola`s.

Appearance is a red brown body with a small tan head. Its` nose contains cherry, red wine and a general sourness. Supplication has a taste of of more cherries, sour apple, funk and some oak. The mouthfeel of it has some life to it, a very nice crispness. It really has a certain wine/champagne quality to it. This was another very good wild from RR. When I find myself in Philly, its` always a treat to try something from this brewery.

mltobin, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005x5

Pours a deep orange and light brown color with a fluffy white head that has moderate retention and great lacing

Aroma is tart, sour and funky with a nice white grape touch.

Taste starts out sour and funky with lots of citric notes. Sour cherries and grapes appear in the middle. Finishes very sour and astringent.

Mouthfeel is very dry and tannic with high carbonation and medium to low body. Aftertaste is funky and lasting leaving the mouth watering.

Great sour experience from RR. Very balanced and yet "in your face" at the same time.

paulozanello, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of femALEist
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Toronado during SF Beer week.
Supplication by RR is a brown Ale aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and sour cherries. 7% abv.

The Supplication 07 is a two year old aged version. It poured beautiful teak color. It smelled of fresh sour cherries, oak and Brett. It tasted sour on the sides and back of my tongue with some oak dryness. There is cherry fruit upfront but it is sour but not super pucker sour.

The Supplication 09 looked pretty much the same except a shade lighter. It's nose was not as pungent at all compared to the 07. The taste is more fresh bing cherries, more oak and less sour pucker. I got some pucker on the roof of my mouth, but it has much more fruit compared to the 07. If you are new to sours, this one would be a good one to try. It's not as full bodied as the 07 but it tastes more fruity and oak. Dave liked the 09 better, however I appreciated the more sourness you got out of the 07.

femALEist, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of ElGallo
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Chowdahead for sharing this one. Cellared for a year, then poured into a snifter. Reddish brown in color, not much head or lacing. Nose is tart cherries, apple, and some sweet sugary notes. Taste is mix of tart cherry and sour apple with a little brown sugar in the mix. Never thought I would become a fan of sours, but the Allagash releases got me hooked, and this one takes the cake as my favorite thus far. Mouthfeel was smooth and not overly sour. Looking forward to trying some more sours from Russian River. Top notch.

ElGallo, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 37ml bottle. Batch 005.

A - Pours a strong gorgeous amber color with some nice copper hints. A nice off white light cream head is present with some nice dense bubbles interlaced with some medium sized ones. There is about 1 inch of head and retains pretty good.

S - Some corn husk and hay come in fast with the nice cherry tartness. Nice and very slight fruit aroma is mixed in with the tartness. Some good funky yeast in the nose that is perfectly balanced with the sour notes. Delicious woody oak hints finish this beer of with a clean nose.

T & M - Tart cherry notes puckers the mouth quickly. The sour notes are more toward the fruiter side at the beginning but then finish off a bit on the vinegar side, good balance. Some nice tart grape and obviously cherry. Wood dryness coats the palette. The funk is present but less so on the taste. Feel is nice and light and clean. Delicious brew with good carbonation and a prickly feel. Some slight alcohol is noticed but not too much.

D - Delicious beer by RR. I really enjoyed this sour and have been slowly getting into them; with this one being the best yet.

JoEBoBpr, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A hazy ruby/copper hue with thin white head. Head fades to a thin lacing of bubbles. Seems to be hazy due to carbonation.

S - I can safely say I have never smelled that aroma before in my life (this is the first sour I have ever had). I will assume the brett is what I smell. Sweet smelling but I can't place any aroma at all...

T - Wow. Wow. Sour. Lots of sour apples. Dark cherry flavor as well. Complex, but once again I can't place any of the flavors as I have never had anything like it before.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonation. Sour all the way through with a nice crisp finish.

D - Extremely drinkable. ABV doesnt show at all, this might as well not have any alcohol as far as I'm concerned. The sourness isn't too overpowering either. I had never had a sour, so I expected this to force my to pucker up the entire taste, not the case.

Batch 04x5

GarrettMD, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery on 2010-08-20 in Santa Rosa, CA and again on 2011-12-03 and 2012-12-08 in Paoli, PA at TJ's.

A - Mahogany with a short tan head

S - Could smell it from two feet away. Cherries and what reminded me of the inside of a spring house on a summer day. So inviting.

T - Amazing. Like biting into a sour cherry while swigging apple cider. Sour, acidic, puckering, brilliant although I slightly prefer the Consecration.

M Light-medium boday and carbonation.

D - You could savor this until you can't walk straight :>)

Tucquan, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of msmezher
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supplication, by Russian River fits well into their line-up. As in it's damn near incredible. Aptly described, strong aromas of cherries and oak, with tastes to match. The beer is slightly sour tasting, but even stronger sourness to the smell. A highly refined package, and a treat whenever afforded. Russian River doesn't mess around, and neither should you. So drink Russian River. A premium beer with very classic sour notes, well aged, with a fine wood finish. (By the way, I think this is my worst review for a Russian River beer, so really, if you have the chance drink everything you can by them)

msmezher, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of messyhair42
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into an oversized wine glass, one finger head dissipates into a thin foam and leaves a lacing pattern on the glass

S: Oak, Leather

T: notes of tobacco, oranges, lime, chocolate and a fresh apple crisp. tart, the oak is present but blends with the other flavors. the amber aleness is almost completely masked. long finish of oak. stronger sour taste than consecration

M: effervescent, light

O: would drink again on a special occasion.

messyhair42, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of bbothen
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2008

Sampled while sitting on the patio in beautiful Bodega, Ca. Looking out at the Pacific Ocean. That's right. Listening to Mark Lanegan's "Bubblgum". Good times right here.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter. Pours out a rusty/amber color with a creamy tan/of white colroed head. The head stays around for quite some time. Not much lacing or webbing left on glass.

Smeels quite tart, fruity, funky, musty, yowza, brett.

This is something. Tart fruit & cherry, mouth puckering tartness, wine like complexity, bready malt, nice sweetness, noticeable wood character. The wood & tart/sour play nicely. Possibly the most complex beer I've had to date. I likey.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry, lingering sourness.

To say I enjoyed & savored every gulp would be an understatement. Worthy of the hype & kudos this brew gets.

bbothen, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best, and most, sour beers ive ever had! pours a thin brownish rust color with a short but very active tan head. fizzy. smells like sour cherries, old church wine, and brettanomyces. its almost like smelling salts, it throws the head back in intensity. wow. flavor is hard to describe, there are notes of cherries, but nothing sweet. there is so much sour here it puckers you rich up for a moment, then it goes insanely dry and is gone without a trace. the brown ale base is inconsequential here as the bacteria and fruit steal the show. the tannic tang from the wine barrels adds another layer of sour depth to this one. feel is perfect perfect perfect. more than effervescent carbonation serves the sour train well, and the drinkably medium body is a welcomed surprise. russian river rules the roost on beers of this genre. this baby is alltime!

StonedTrippin, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of HopDerek
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Union Jacks Inn on the Manatawny, enjoyed at home in a tulip glass, just like instructed on the cork. Batch 002.

Pours a hazy copper with pink hues with fizzy beige head, little retention and spotty lacing. Smells of sour cherry, citrus zest, caramel, bread, yeast, and red wine. Taste is very tart with lots of sour cherry presence. Beyond that there is a taste of grapes, caramel, oak, brown sugar, and a musty funk. Medium-light in body with good carbonation and lots of tartness and an acidic balance. With a good amount of tart and sour flavors it isn't a beer for everyone, but it is certainly different and at least worth a try. A very unique brew that I wish I had more bottles of. Certainly not sessionable, but nice for a change every so often, especially for dessert.

HopDerek, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of mjl21
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Batch 003. Poured into a tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery when it was first released and kept at cellar temperature. Poured into a tulip glass. Comes in at 7.00%.

A-Pours a golden orange amber color. It has a two finger almost tan colored head that has incredible retention and rests at about half of its original size. The head results in great streaks of lace after every sip. Large amounts of bubbles can be seen continuously breaking from the bottom of the glass.

S-As this bottle is now almost two years old, the pinot noir character has reduced along with the aroma of fresh cherries. It now is a lot more acidic/vinegar-like. The sour/tart cherries can be detected along with some musty oak barrel aroma. There is also definite funk lingering in the nose. The funk and sour elements are quite balanced.

T-It starts with sour/tart cherries. It is not overwhelmingly tart/sour at the start. Mid-sip it has some sweetness from the brown ale base beer and some vanilla from the pak barrels. As it goes down is when its enhanced acidic/vinegar character is a lot more noticeable. It is a lot stronger than when it was fresh. A touch below Beatification's sour level, but definitely stronger than Temptation.

M-Medium bodied, dry, a little oily, and a comfortable carbonation level.

D-After almost two years it is interesting to see how much more tart/sour this beer has become. It is a lot more accessible when fresh. I liked it with age, but miss some of the pinot noir character of a fresh bottle.

I am curious to see how my remaining bottles will continue to age. This beer can be aged for up to four years. I can only imagine it will be quite sour in another year or two.

mjl21, Jan 14, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly turbid mahogany topped by a healthy, lumpy head that retains nicely and laces beautifully.

The aroma is black, bruised cherries and saddle leather, white wine, slight lemony acidity, with some green apple and unripe peaches.

The taste is acerbic bing cherries all the way with a hint of pepper, barnyard and a nice, clean, dry okay finish. Tart and crisp. Sour like a lambic, but lighter and brighter on the palate with some aged hop presence as well. Very vinous. Borderline vinegary.

Really, this is an engaging beer that really draws me in and makes me want to never stop drinking it. It feels simple and complex at the same time.

Very easy drinking and definitely a beer made for pairing with food.

MeisterBurger, Jun 30, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper into a tulip. Big, fluffy 3-finger head slowly fades to a thin cap with spotty lacing. Nose is all sour, tart fruits, with a bit of citrus & vinegar. MAN this beer is sour! I've only had a couple of sours, but this one really makes the lips pucker. Cherry, raspberry, and lemon all over. After a few sips, the sphincter-tightening sourness subsides somewhat, giving way to a pleasant sweetness, with a dash of bitterness at the end. The finish is crisp, dry, and refreshing. A brew unlike any I've had. And that's a good thing. I'd very much like to see what effect a good year or two of age will have.

Thanks to cloudskipper for the hookup!

0110x011, May 18, 2008
Photo of Trueant1
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 04x4

Opens with a POP. Pours amber orange. Sits in the glass brown/orange and cloudy. Some yeast sediment floating around. Nice coating on the glass.

Smell is exceptional! Pino noir, corriader, booze, grapes, tomatoes, apple cider vinegar.
There is a distinctt tone of brettanomyces here, like some lambics

Tastes sour up front. VERY different. Braggs apple cider vinegar, sour wine, and many sweet overly ripe fruits. The
carbonation makes it seem like it is a very flavorful chamapagne.

A bit too sour for me. makes the mouthfeel a bit difficult to
rate. but still above average here. Very carbonated.
Champangnee like.

drinkibility...same notes as the above moutfeel. Exceptional originality in this brew giving it the high scores it deserves.

Trueant1, Feb 08, 2010
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,702 ratings.