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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,365
Hads: 5,640
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 2,560
Gots: 1,853 | FT: 130
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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Photo of largadeer
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is from batch 002.

Appearance: Deep, dark transparent red with a small blanket of foam that fades into a ring pretty quickly.

Aroma: Lactic sourness with a hint of sweetness. Unripened cherries and slight funk. The wine barrel becomes more noticeable as it warms. Outstanding.

Taste: Cherries and raspberries, oaky tannins, just a touch of sweetness. The dry finish really brings out the wine barrel flavors.

Mouthfeel: Moderate acidity. Medium-to-light bodied, but the tart quality of the ale gives it a refreshing quality. Gentle carbonation.

Drinkability: Normally such an acidic beer would keep the drinkability fairly low for me, but this is so good that I honestly don't mind it. (702 characters)

Photo of MinorThreat
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a mini-Belgian style bottle into a Duvel Tulip

A-Beautiful mahogany/amber with a thick white head and awesome lacing

S-Such an amazing nose. All of the sour beers I have had in the past seem unrefined after just the smell of this. Full on sour beer funk, green apples, moss, sour berries. Amazing

T-Wow. This is amazing. Tons of sour yeasty/brette funk with some tart apple cider vinegar, sweet apple, cherry and sweet vanilla oak. This is the best sour beer I have ever had. It is aggressive, assertive and yet some what subtle and refined.

M-High carb, keeps it light and lively.

D-Very Very high for the style. This is a beer anyone who prides themselves a beer geek should not only try but stock at home. Incredible plain and simple. (755 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from trenton road takeout. Pours a cloudy brown. Thick bubblier then bubbly heading. Some Lacing throughout.

Smell is of a fine wine with a beer twist ending. All cherry and tart upfront but there are some toasted malt notes in it.Subtle fruity yeasty aroma's as well. Different but yet intriguing.

Taste is well EVIL. Am I sure that this is beer? Ridiculous tartiness with a nice punch of sour cherry.There is a a linger in the end of a bready maltiness.

Mouth is full bodied with a champagne bubbliness that never settles completely. Tart feel completely numbs the palate and makes the tongue slap against the roof of my mouth a few times after each sip.

Although I don't think this is a session type beer it surely is one of the best tasting beers out there. A must try for everyone who enjoys unique beer. (822 characters)

Photo of RixBeer
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deepsouth for this one!

Pours a nice hazy orange color with a nice 1/4" head. Lots of sticking!

Very sour aroma with a tangy-citrus aroma with a nice mellow cherry in the background.

SOUOOOUUURRR!!! Love it! Huge random flavors of cherry combined with a nice citrus flavor that is combined with a long lasting oak aroma.

Very tart to the tongue and mouth. Delicious and smooth with a nice tart finish.

Very drinkable but to rare to drink often. Another smashing hit from Russian River. (500 characters)

Photo of gdrydenc
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden amber with a thin layer of white head that fizzles out nearly immediately. Poured without much yeast, so it's fairly clear.

S - Smell is very tart. A good amount of grape/wine in the nose. There is also some sour cherry.

T - At the first sip, the flavor overwhelms, in a good way. The smell was an indication of what I would find in the taste. It's incredibly tart/sour. There's a bit of wine and sour cherry or raspberry in it. The Brett comes out hard in the taste.

M - The carbonation compliments the flavor quite well. There's a lot of effervescence that spreads the flavor throughout my palate.

Overall, this is a remarkable beer. This has been staring at me from my fridge for a while and it's been well worth the wait. I've had a few wilds, but this one sets the bar quite high. (801 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 002

Appearance: Reddish brown with a head strong enough to stick around the side of the glass throughout the whole imbibing period. There was no lacing, and no change to the appearnce through drinkage.

Smell: A little like a flemish red ale, and a little like cherries, this smells like it's going to taste out of this world. I would have liked a little more of the oak aging to come through, however.

Taste: Fresh cherries hit the palate, but are not very strong. There is also a vinegar taste and a malt depth that reminds me of some stronger belgian dark beers. Nothing in the taste is very intense, but everything blends to make this quite nice. I ate this along with jalapeno poppers and a raspberry dip, and they complimented each other very well.

Mouthfeel: So sour, one of the sourest beers I've ever had, if not the sourest. Amazing.

Drinkability: I want more, much more, this is now one of my favorite beers. I'm going to order a ton of batch 003 when they finally come out with it. Yum. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 375 mL corked and caged bottle labelled with Batch Number 005X4. Poured into a snifter glass at room temperature.

Appearance: Ruby red with a hint of light brown in color. Pours a really large fizzy head that recedes pretty quickly into nothing.

Aroma: Tart cherries, pinot noir, vinegar, and some nice funk. The aroma really does just fill the room after opening this. Really balanced and complex. The tart cherries are probably the biggest note in the aroma, but all the other notes are definitely present and contributing to teh aroma.

Taste: Really tart cherries stand out upfront. The sourness definitely is the first thing you notice. After the initial blast of sour, the pinot noir, vinegar, and barnyard funk really start to stand out. All some together really nicely. A puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and with a lot fo carbonation. Very crisp. Also very acidic.

Drinkability: I wanted more than the one bottle after finishing. The alcohol was not overpowering at all, but definitely was warming.

Overall, the single best American wild ale I've ever had. Extremely complex and flavorful. All the elements work perfectly together and don't overpower. My highest recommendation. (1,217 characters)

Photo of FirstMan
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I went to RR to try the oh-so-raved-about-Plinys (with reason), the beer that absolutely floored me was Supplication. This ranks in the top 10 beers I've ever had (which is determined by a complex algorithm involving the beer, where I had it, and the overall experience of drinking said beer).

Color is bronze to orange - darker with hints of evil lurking.

Wonderful sour cherries and wood in the nose. Earthy, musky, clean forest decay. Just what you want from a wild.

Cherry tartness up front as you'd expect, but eased out and rounded by sweet ripe fruit and then the dryness of the oak lingers. The acitic tannins sit on the back center of your tongue forever, just tempting you to mellow them out again with another sip.

Despite the complex flavors and darker character, I found this beer to have a lighter mouthfeel due to its tartness and dryness.

Drank a ton. Too much, actually. Paid for it the next day in the Muir Woods bathroom (or was it the oysters?).

Was worth the payment, regardless. (1,019 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River 9-29-11

Poured an amber, reddish color with an off-white ring of head.

Smelled of tartness, fruit, and barnyard funk.

Tasted of sour cherries, green apples, grape, and wild yeast. Bready malt provides a slight balance. However, there remains a very strong acidic profile. Sour flavor lingers. It is well carbonated, and creamy.

This is my single favorite wild ale to date. The tartness is not overpowering, but instead mingles with the fruit and malt to allow for a high level of complexity. Very recommended! (537 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 001
(Brewed on 11-Apr-04 and Bottled on 28-May-05)
Primary: Bastogne Ale Yeast (White Labs)
Conditioning: R.R. Wine 1

Listed as:
7.0%ABV / 1.064 O.G / 27 BUs


Presentation: 12.70 fluid ounce (375ml) greeny-brown glass bottle which has a rather unique look to it, flask like the dimpled underside and wide base with the tall proboscis like neck lend it a wine bottle feel. Single blue label is literally saturated with information about this brew. Principle data is that this is a brown ale aged for over 12 months in pinot noir wine barrels, during that period sour cherries, Brettanomyces, lactobacillus, saccharomyces and pediococcus are added. Refermented in the bottle, it is listed at 7.00% Alc. By Vol.

Listed as Batch 001. Cork and Caged with a white steel cap which has the words Russian River Brewing Company on it.

Appearance: Turbid ruddy sunset red-orange body that lays a rust bloom rainbow on my keyboard as the light from my desk lamp refracts through my Gueuze glass. Shame on me, I disobeyed the advice on the label, it recommends a Duvelian Goblet and not a straight sided glass, but I like to go against the grain (grape?) once in a while. The head forms into a manageable off-white beige covering that leaves a disappearing sliding lacing on the straight sided glass walls. Gentle swirls reveal a fizzing dissolved carbonation that regresses slowly. Final pour forms a lovely looking light brown uniform cap that stays around for some time.

Nose: Mild brown ale feel with some leathery sourness that prevails throughout. Hints of sour cherries and a gentle acidic distilled acerbic cherry essence in the back end. Light but sharp, cutting woody tones, soaked wooden wine barrels with a cold damp barn odor that hangs heavy. Wild yeasty finish cuts the resilient vinegary cherries and leaves you with a tingling nasal passage.

Taste: Starts with some sweetness, it flies quickly into a malty sour Brune which has a distinctive Belgian parentage that has benefited from a sunny education in the Wine laden region of Santa Rosa. The sour cherry rises in the middle but finishes with a red grape feel which imparts a warming glow on the tongue and cheeks. Immense talent shines in the relative youngster, it has a long way to go, and it is going to be one to keep an eye on. Established Lambic like character meets a Vino Youngster.

Mouthfeel: Acidic, dry, sharp, tingly, flashingly lambic-like, fleetingly sweet, prevalently sour, shockingly big. Take a mouthful of this, swirl it in the aural cavity, the feel of the dissolution of the dissolved carbonation is fucking huge, enough to produce a nasal backwash burp and cherry flavored bogies. The swallow is dessicacringent (I think that is a new word I just invented) followed by a cherry laden lambic twang with a low lying cheek pulling Kriek feel.

Drinkability: I hear that this one is gonna be available in 1.5 liter Magnums soon……wonder if they will sell those by Mail Order? I’m seriously tempted if they do. Needless to say, 12.7 fl.oz. is just *NOT* enough!! Dump the little bottles and start sticking this one in 750’s as at least as a minimum Vinnie.

Overall: Nice to try this one fresh, so to speak, but it is going to be a real pleasure to watch this one grow up.

Wine meets Beer.
Belgium meets the USA.
Flanders meets Northern California.
Art meets Brewer.

Russian River. Once Tasted – Always Loved - Never Forgotten.

Thanks to my good M8, East Coast Worker cum wannabe Northern-West Coast Resident; Gentleman BA Rapopoda. I’m not sure I am worthy of such a gift. (3,605 characters)

Photo of steeb
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper/brown with a thin white head. Slight opacity

S: Grapes, cherrirs, and sourness. Like grape candy.

T: Tart. Deep robust wine character. Cherries. Amazing

M: Light bodied really let's the flavors shine.

O: Just another great Russian River sour. Cherries and pino noir are a very nice touch (309 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to open this Batch 8 things of beauty. Well, Super Bwl Sunday seems as good of a time as ever. On he brief tip, this beer delivers on everything it promises. The Pint Noir barrels come thru nicely, the cherries along with the trio of yeasts make this a tart number with a delicious zing. Very nice mouthfeel, but the flavor is the star of the show, and I believe this flavor earned an Oscar nomination in my eyes. This beer has gone to territory only held previously by Abyss and BCBS. Well, there is a new King of the hill, so let us see if any other wild ales or sours can knock Supplication off its new perch. Challenge! (643 characters)

Photo of pjs234
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008

A - A very careful and slow pour results in a monstrous three to four finger head. The head is very fluffy and hangs out for a while before fading away with hardly any lacing. The beer itself if a cloudy copper color with constant carbonation bubbles streaming to the surface

S - Holy tart batman... made my mouth water excessively. Smells of apples, grapes and cherries. Can tell this one will be sour.

T - Very tart and sour on first sip, but some sweetness is present as the sip progresses. The sour flavors come from the cherries. The finish is very nice. Also, this beer hides the 7% ABV very well, as there is no noticeable alcohol flavors.

M - Very light and crisp mouthfeel. Very carbonated and actually a tad refreshing. Very drinkable.

O - I have always liked sours and this one just cements that feeling. I really enjoyed this and wish that this beer were available around here. (905 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a great beer. Thanks to GrassrootsVT for spotting this at the new Foodery in Philly. Had Supplication after several other dank beers and a day of tasting at the Kennett Square Beer Fest, and despite all of this I was still in awe. A delicious beer.
It pours a beautiful clear copper, brown orange, glowing with nice light and clarity. Good head with slight crisp burnt toffee lacing.
Could have a near perfect aroma: a great balance of sour cherry, alcohol, horse blanket, vanilla and baking pie crust. Nice.
The taste follows as near perfect: a big wallop of front sweet, sour cherry, vanilla, tart pie baking crust, full full funkiness, barnyard, tart apple, cranberry. Great finish dry and fruity tart.
Mouthfeel is great, excellent carbonation, with clean biting, semi-dry but still wet. Yes, I wanted more after my half glass was gone, still wanting more. (869 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BeerBeing for the trade. Pours with moderate foam, body is a cloudy brownish red. Has characteristics of a nice red wine, vanilla, oak, faint Brett.

Taste is fucking amazing! Great pinot noir flavor, vanilla, cherries, oak, plus dirty barnyard notes. Slightly sour. Mouthfeel is great, just like that of the Temptation I had before this. Just as impressive as Temptation. I've found the new crack! (411 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dipping into my cellar for my birthday
Bottle from batch 10, poured into a snifter

pours a very dark reddish brown with a half finger of head which has receded quickly leaving a thin ring of foam. good lacing along the sides, thick and consistent

smells strongly of sour cherries, tart apple, pinot noir and the oak from the barrels, alcohol, a bit of citrus and some bready yeast

taste is incredibly sour cherry, wine, apples, following through with a nice malty finish. incredible

the mouth is my favorite part. the flavors come in layers, the first one hitting you being sweet cherry apple, quickly changing from a sweet to neutral, and finally to a strong sour finish leaving a great after taste of cherry, grape, apple, and a trace of malt. Finishes very dry and waits until the very end to make your face twist. Leaves a nice tingle on the tongue, very reminiscent of a good champagne

Overall the best sour I've had. This is the first of my russian river sours, and definitely going to make it challenging to continue aging my other RR sours in my cellar. Still amazed how all the different layers can separately and clearly present themselves as you drink the sips down (1,184 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GRADING IS BASED ON THIS ONE!: Batch 04X2. Massive thanks goes out to dyan for this bottle in a long past trade! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a massively hazy red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and a hint of dark fruit upon warming up. The flavor was of sweet malt, excellent sour, nice tart, dark fruit, hint of funk, and a floral note on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew is excellent. I must have more of this one!!! Definitely has an excellent aroma, but the flavor is other-worldly. I was really surprised how the floral note on the followthrough seems to cleanse you palate to prepare it for your next sip. Just purely amazing. This is probably my favorite Wild Ale that I have consumed to date without a doubt. Hope I can find something better in the future, but this one is going to be hard to top!

Batch 003! Massive thanks goes out to gcurlow for hooking this one up for beeruser and I to tick! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater snifter. Poured bright orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, wood, fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, funk, wood, tart, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew still. I have been lucky to try this one multiple times and have never been disappointed. While this one did carry a slightly different flavor and aroma there really wasn't a huge difference between the two batches I've reviewed. However, the carbonation seemed to have dropped off a little bit on this one as it was a little older. Still definitely one of my favorite AWAs out there today. 4.5 appearance/4.5 aroma/4.5 tate/4 mouthfeel/4.5 overall (2,002 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005X2, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance. Clear deep amber with a little red. 1.5 fingers of frothy, off-white head that leaves some thick and fancy lacing.

Smell. Funky brett and sour cherries. Like a horse barn in a cherry orchard, in the hot sun. A little vinegar and belgian yeast funk. Pretty awesome.

Taste. Nice sour punch. Some leather and sour cherries. Just a little vinegar. Red wine comes though in the end. Wasn't expecting the wine to compliment the sour flavours so well. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with awesome medium-strong, smooth, champange like carbonation.

Overall. Blown away by this one. The wine barrel aging, sourness and vinegar, and light sour cherries really work well together. (732 characters)

Photo of anchordrinker
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Orange-ish amber in color, 1.5 finger head thins out but sticks around. Good lace.

S- Cherries, oak, earthiness, hint of vinegar, and some wine-y qualities. Exactly how I want a sour to smell, seriously complex but nothing abrasive

T- If there is one thing this beer does better than aroma it is taste. Initial lightly tart and sweet cherry and light oak-iness fades into an earthy funk, that is briefly overtaken by a flash of strong citric tart flavor from the sour lacto. As the strong tartness peters off, the funk kicks again towards the end, culminating in an extremely satisfying dry finish.

M- Very nice mouthfeel, extremely fine, spritzy carbo that is reminiscent of champagne. This fine carbo and medium body make for a silky smooth sip that allows all of this beer's amazing flavors to shine through.

Overall- This beer is a testament to the idea that brewing is as valid an art as any. As a beer with unbridled complexity that leaves you wanting more after each sip, Supplication is a memorable experience that is well worth the high price. (1,061 characters)

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this on tap and in bottle several times and it is always incredible, not to jump on the hypewagon but someone has to counterblaance the chocolate rain hype train

Russian River Supplication - American Wild Ale - 7% abv

A: Thick three finger head wit a red character to it, light amber with plenty of carbonation, sediment bouncing lazily throughout the glass

S: tart sour notes of bitter cherry and merlot. there's a funk to it, a bit of wet dog, but a sweet wet dog, in taste not disposition

T: Sweet introductory flavor with a strong wave of bitter tartness that is resonant of a sour patch kid, but refined with an aged pinot noir, the taste moves swift with incredible balance, the hops are so minor that they serve more as an escort to serparate the flavors than to impart authority, again the main perk is the incredible balance of sour with the underlying sweet

M: The mouthfeel is just malty enough to carry the sediment and sweet dryness of the beer, any more and it would become a decadent fruit overload, any less and it would travel to a forgettable cider, the perfect balances makes this beer fantastic without overstaying its welcome. The taste imparts a swift jab of sour notes and then quickly resides, like a berry sniper.

D: Some people may feel that the sweet notes are not high enough and the sour creates a poor man's wine experience, I couldn't disagree more. This is incredibly drinkable, not in the power hour sense, in a strictly delightful sense, the type that makes you wish for a couple bombers of, or a huge wallet to acquire these gems. This would find itself equally at home on a boat in the sun, or after a ski trip in the lodge. Incredibly drinkable.

Narrative: The clicking roll and an L2 against an L3 vertebrae makes a percussive click clack with a certain panache that only Briscoe Wellingstone, berryspy extraordinaire can evoke. Some errant sour juice dribbles from the guard's mouth, but Kiwis weren't fit to guard a hostile embassy. He was hired as a young tart currant, trained in the most hostile vineyards, and was raised a pedigree in solitude for 15 months. Only this sour aging could create an agent of such brackish authority, such swiftly petulany candor, bitterly imparting a smooth sourness to the political fruit world. He rounds the foyer of the Tropicanaria, resolute to steal the famed cherry pit of Largesse. A hardened fruit son of a bitch, but with a slippery smoothe discountenance, lovable, yet stern in his demeanor. Mr. Wellingstone peppers the security cameras during an arching slide across the marble flooring. The pit was obtained, a sour finish left in the museum curator's mouth. (2,664 characters)

Photo of hayesez
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a recent trade with colonelforbin. I've been waiting to try one of these and am damn excited to crack it open! Have a few more coming soon! Split with friends during our Wednesday gathering. Poured into my Portsmouth snifter.

Looks a murky, hazy orange-brown with a fizzy, sand-colored head made of loosely packed bubbles: Champagne-esque. This is one cloudy beer...of course, I ignored the label and dumped all of that goodness into the glass! Thick spotted lacing was left behind - I drank this one pretty quickly and there was quite a bit lacing around at the end!

I absolutely love that funky smell that comes from the brettanomyces and the lactobacillus. Nobody does it better than Vinnie. There is definitely a smell coming from the cherries - a bit of fruity sweetness. I'm not generally very good at discerning the wood smell in beers, but this one is obvious. Smells great!

Ah, just as I had hoped! A tiny prologue of sweetness before that tart blast! The cherries are a bit more subdued than I anticipated, but I appreciate that...I'm not a fan of sweet beers so this one makes the cut. While the cherries are a bit more subtle, the wood is definitely not - it is obviously in there. And the light wine qualities are certainly around as well. Light, puckering, tart, and full of good. And it all lingers. The fizzy carbonation does not detract...pretty much expected with the style.

Overall, I must admit that I was extremely impressed with this beer. I absolutely love Russian River's Temptation, and Supplication is right there with it. I really need to compare side by side. It's a damn shame the price tag is what it is...oh yeah, and that it isn't available in Indiana. Outstanding!

Consumed: 3/31/2010 (1,734 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby orange color with a nice tan cap of foam.

S: Nice and tart on the nose with some cherries, wood, a hint of bubblegum, a little marzipan and a bit of funk.

T: I had this a while back on tap and was blown away. Now that I've gotten to try some more of RRs sours, I'm even more blown away because, somehow, this is better than any of the others I've had (and I really like the others).

T: Huge sourness with some sweet malts in the background. The finish is dry with a hint of nuttiness. The sourness is a combination of apple cider vinegar and sour cherries for me and is incredible. This is such an amazing beer. (646 characters)

Photo of jcartamdg
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful red orange with no head but some lacing is left. Aroma is of cider, vinegar and cherries. Taste follows the nose, tart in the best way possible. Leaves cherries in the finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and dry but not too dry. This is an excellent wild ale! (278 characters)

Photo of goosewhisperer
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 6

a-deep mahogany reddish color. Cork pops with ease, lots of carbonation and lively bubbles meet the glass. Head never gives way, stays about a 1/4" thick. Does not lace much down the glass. Carbonation is not too much, goes well with the beer.

s-cherries, sour, brett, funk, wine barrel, oak. Tons of nose in this beer. Opens up when it warms. The cherries are huge in the beginning, but as it warms, the brett and other bacteria come forward.

t-I tasted this beer when it was cold, then let it sit and warm. Huge difference in how the flavors open up. A lot of sour cherries are supported by brett and wood. The beer has a lot of depth of flavor. At first the beer is really tight, but gets more open as time goes on.

m-right on the money. Has a lot of good feel, lingers on for a while.

o-I bought another one to cellar, and I am damn excited. This beer should do quite well with some time. This is a great example of a wild ale. (946 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a rich, semi-cloudy orange-brown, with two and a half fingers of fluffy white head that receded very slowly. No lacing. A very nice looking sour. Scents of sour brett yeast, oak, sour cherries, tart wild yeast funk, hints of lemon juice and a bit of overripe stone fruit in the background. A very nice aroma, rich, funky, wild and complex with a nice fruity character present as well. Flavor begins very sour, with notes of sour cherry and hints of cranberry and red wine. This moves into further sour flavors of cranberry, raspberry and cherry with notes of oak and red wine-like tannins. Finish continues to be quite tart and dry, with more abundant oak flavors, sour cranberry, raspberry and cherry and some sour, tannin-like astringency. Aftertaste is sour and dry with notes of cranberry, sour cherry and raspberry, alongside some oak. A very well done flavor profile. Dry and puckering, quite sour, but after the manner of sour red fruit and not vinegar or citrus. It has a depth and complexity to it, with fruitiness and oak helping to keep things balanced beneath the sourness. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a puckering, drying feel. Extremely nice, refreshing, yet also encouraging you to sip. The mouthfeel compliments the flavor profile nicely. Overall this is an excellent sour. It has a wonderful wild, sour, slightly fruity aroma, an excellent sour, fruity and complex flavor profile and mouthfeel that aids both the flavor of the beer and the drinking experience. Very well executed and quite a treat. Bottled on April 11th, 2013 and consumed on May 31, 2014. (1,622 characters)

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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