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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,970 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,970
Reviews: 1,326
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,203
Gots: 1,512 | FT: 99
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 tobin
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came to the table with a slightly hazed orange red with no discernable solids in the body, but it was not clear. The head on the pour was nice and solid and lowered to a skim after a minute or so.

The smell is quite incredible. It starts with more of a slightly sour smell with some cherry pits, but as it warms it takes on a more winey character with a definite cedar smell. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer, cherry pits, cedar, brown sugar, red wine, and a damp sweet earthiness. Truly amazing.

Taste was quite good as well, but not as complex as the nose. It had a light sour character that interplayed with some sweetness and a dry woodiness.

Mouthfeel was spot on - moderately thick, creamy carbonation and a slight drying.

tobin, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 005X3. Thank you slentz for the trade!

A small but nice off white head out of the bottle, foamy, falls slowly but maintains a real nice collar throughout drinking. Great body color again on these Wild Ale's from Russian River. Body is slightly cloudy, but a beautiful dark orange and brown with great hues. Fantastic looking beer here.

Smell is a little muted and small but, wonderful pleasant sour and acid. Small fruit cherry, and there's this very good sense of pine needles or something spicy, I get pine though and stinging.

Taste is a real nice bodied sour, with small cherry fruit. Good tartness, a bit dry in the mouth after some sips, Has an almost hint of malt on the swallow, but a good black pepper spice too that carries. Very balanced, not overpowering, everything is in play here.

Fantastic wild ale here, would have this again anytime with food or without. Balanced, not overpowering, great body, tasty brew!

smakawhat, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of berkey
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub today in an unbranded version of their -tion glass. Served too cold for my tastes so I had several glasses of water while it warmed.

Pale, slightly hazy, almost rust colored beer. Head is off white and quickly recedes to an a small ring but to be fair this is a Wild Ale on draft so in my experience a large persistent head is not to be expected.

Both sour and sweet cherries are quite clear on the aroma, more so than I remember from my previous few experiences with this beer. Other notes include yeast and fresh bread. Not as sour/acidic as I remember but this is likely much fresher than the last time I tried it.

The acidity I was missing on the aroma is there on the flavor, especially on the entry and mid sip but still finishes somewhat fruity. Has a delayed aftertaste which is sour without being obviously "buggy". There's a slight red wine vinegar accent but nowhere near as intense as that characteristic can be in some AWA's and lambics. The more I drink the more the different flavors amalgamate and the more I seem to enjoy it.

Carbonation is probably on the high side as has been my experience with most of Vinnie's wilds. The balance of the various flavors keeps drinkability very high. I'm actually enjoying this much more than I expected. Too bad I couldn't convince them to sell me a growler. Can't wait for the bottles to come out next month.

berkey, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of musicforairports
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, batch 7.

Kind of a cherry-brown color. Small head gone quickly, without lacing. Somewhat bubbly.

Smells of oak, grapes, green apple, brett and assorted funk. Clean and sour.

Flavor is sharply tart, with a decent vinegar-like, cheesy sourness and loaded with oak and tart fruit flavors--black cherries, grapes and green apple. I can definitely taste red wine in this, and it makes it distinctly different from a lot of other sours. Very complex, but not at all overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is clean, decently carbonated and light.

This is a great-tasting and complex beer--a good twist on the usual Belgian sour. I will certainly have this again when I can get it. I'd like to try on older batch, or age one for a while.

musicforairports, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, from forgetfu - thanks for the trade!

Pours a light cloudy salmon pink with hints of more robust coppers and morning plum, a finger of head with a little retention. Nose is nice and bretty, light cherries, hint of vinegar, light woody barrel notes.

Wine-grape like flavors, light vinegar, sour cherries, caramel, hint of vanilla, not-quite-ripe tropical fruits, low acidity with some champagne effervescence, light grassy and funky brett, some wood. Tart but not over the top; Good sweetness to balance, quite a round pillowy body for the style, makes it drink like a charm. Tasty and worth the acclaim - glad to have it.

ritzkiss, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Want to thank RedwoodGeorge for this bottle he sent me because he said I sent him too many beers in our P to the Y trade, but thats not possible, George is a hell of a guy. Anyway...

Pours a hazy deep amber color with some red hints smaller kaki head that falls to a ring pretty fast hints of lace is it.

Aroma is musty funky wet horses brett mixed with tart fruit cherries, peaches some light vinager dry wood aromas hints of vanilla. As is warms cherries come out more also a yogurt aroma noted.

Taste is well very nice tart cherries moving right into the funky flavors puckering your mouth vinager and red wine like qualities appear and fade to dry wood flavors and hints of vanilla and a lingering tartness. So far this is the only wild ale that reminds me of a Flanders Red must be the cherries. Overall a nice beer Vinnie has here.

Mouthfeel is little lighter then medium nice dry adds to the tartness.

Drinkability is good only thing hurting this one is price I think about 10 at the Vintage Cellar when they have it. Thanks to George I now have one in my cellar :)

mntlover, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of david18
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every time I got to San Francisco, which is once a year, I get as many Russian River beers as I can find. I love sour ales and russian river makes some of the best out there.

The color is a medium colored amber with a typical fizzy head. Aroma is fantastic, citrus, malt, almost fruity. Flavor is also very good, quite sour with a citrus flavor, some sense of the brown ale as well. Overall one of the best sour ales out there.

david18, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of levifunk
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was brought to the last Madison, BA tasting. Actually two bottles were brought, so we were a bit spoiled.

a - light red color. white head

s - sour cherry

t - wow, a lot more sour than the nose lead on. good amount of fruity flavor. vinegar raspberry/cherry.

m - medium body. good carbonation.

overall - very tasty beer. This was my first RR sour, and I think I'm going to seek out some more soon.

levifunk, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of SiepJones
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4
Poured into a Snifter

A: Pours a reddish brown with a small head on top. Supplication looks like a glass of apple cider with a light topping of foam. The head dissipates very quickly.

S: The Brett, Lacto, and Pedio blend together to give this a good musty, funk on the nose.

T: The Brett and Lacto create a musty barnyard flavor on the front, while the sour cherries add to the tartness of the finish. I am picking up slight notes of pinot noir on the finish as well.

M: Very carbonated as the bubbles tingle the tongue.

D: This is a sipper as the funk is strong but not overpowering on the taste. ABV is not too high at 7%, but the flavor will keep you drinking this beer slowly. Complex, sour, and very enjoyable.

SiepJones, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of schwaeh
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005X2 into a Jackie O's tulip

A: Pours a very dark orange, nearly ruby in color. I got a massive fluffy off-white head pouring this one. Very lively carbonation, I can already tell its zesty. Its lacing nicely.

S: Huge oak tannins, some acidity, and cherry stand out at first. Lots of bacteria and brett make this as funky as it is sour smelling. A bit sweet and lactic. Pinot still comes out really nice in the aroma. This is all coming back to me, it smells incredible.

T: Cherry is really starting to dominate at this age, the funk is coming through a lot as well. Sourness seems to be calming down a lot. Tartness and acidity are felt after the cherry subsides followed by a very dry finish from the brett and champagne yeast. All of the oaky flavors and the bug linger around on your palate.

M: Thinnish medium effervescent mouthfeel. This is very crisp with a dry finish.

O: This is what American wild is all about. Nice tartness, tons of depth, fruit, bugs, its all here. I might not claim this to be my favorite beer anymore but its still got a top 5 spot. An awesome beer.

schwaeh, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of drewone
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: tight bubbles, small to medium head, lacing stays on glass for a while. nice hazy orange color.

S: subtle smell - sour and fruity (grapefruit, mild spiciness). as warms up smells sweater.

T: In the first taste, sourness overwhelms - but on second and subsequent taste sourness is very balanced and drinkable. Taste fruity but I don't detect cherries per say. musty earthness, but not overwhelming.

M: Puckery - silky, great carbonation feel

D: definitively drinkable, very smooth

batch 04x4

drewone, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently received this in a trade with pwoody11 (thanks again), and since it was the newest batch and I have some older stuff in the basement I figured it'd be worth drinking soon and adding the dregs to my oude bruin in secondary. Cracked this one open after a hearty dinner of rich beef stew. Really cut through all the rich robust flavors, though I'm glad I waited to drink it as an after dinner drink.

A: Nice auburn with your typical barrel-aged sour head, a quick pop that fades right away.

S: The bugs are present, but I'm still getting a lot of yeast character. Its certainly got an acetic punch too it, but not much of the funk I sometimes get from this beer. Sour cherries are very pronounced. There's a nice rich brown sugar sweetness in the background as well as a bit of oak character to be found. Pinot noir is kind of hard to miss.

T: A bit more funky than the nose first made me think. Lots of sour tart puckering (three adjectives, you are warned) cherry flavor. There's a strong spice not that I'm guessing is from the Pinot Noir barrels. For being sour there's enough residual brown sugar & molasses sweetness to overcome any notions of straight vinegar.

M: Lively carbonation carries this light to medium bodied beer. That said, as it warms a lot of body is lost. Due to the tartness and slight tannic nature finish is very dry. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms as well.

O: Reading over my review I keep thinking it sounds like I didn't really enjoy this one. I did, I always do. It was different than other bottles I've had, which is of course to be expected. Its not a perfectly balanced beer, but its an extremely enjoyable one that fully deserves the praise it gets. It really was a nice contrast to dinner, and I'm hoping it'll do some great things to my conditioning beer.

Drazzamatazz, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

#001

appearance: yellow to orange to red.. spectrum of beer imagery in my fischer flute glass. bubbly but no head or lacing anywhere to be seen. cloudy formation of ex-carbonation on the surface

aroma: brett smell, cuts off abruptly with a pronounced cherry-vanilla sweetness. rounds out the nose with an interesting buttery addition. unique in its blend.

taste: im introduced to this beer by a champagne-like dryness. malty with cherries like a sugar-coated muffin.. sour yeasty equine backup contributes to the flavor but not as much as i would have guessed. lots of lacto sourness in the aftertaste.. when all is said and done i am left thinking about a white wine heavy on light fruit notes.

i could drink this all day, drinkability has nothing playing against it. wish i could test my limits, but a 375 between 3 people is not going to give me much of an indication.

for a beer, this is something else. leaps and bounds beyond the flemish wild ales, but just a tad bit less crazy than the hype will lead you to believe.

goodbyeohio, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a review of Batch 003.

A-Slightly hazed copper with a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-Dry oak and sour cherry. Not intensely sour, more tart, Lightly aromatic but quite pleasant.

T-Cherry flavour up front and very prevalent. Comes through as a super tart cherry. Oak notes meld throughout adding a nice amount of depth and dryness.

M-Light bodied, crisp and tart, Drying finish with long lasting sourness.

D-This one simply works for me. Like a light, dry, cherry wine! Another American wild winner from the genius mind of Vinnie!

Deuane, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 600! 375 ml bottle into tulip, batch 006X2. Pours hazy red orange color with a nice 1 finger light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge tart cherries, green apple, grapes, pear, light vinegar, oak, red wine, hay, light spices, and a lot of funk. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity, Taste of big tart cherries, apple, grape, pear, red wine, citrus, oak, vinegar, spiciness, earthiness, hay, and funk. Lingering notes of tart fruit, oak, wine, and spices on the finish for a bit. Fantastic balance of sourness and sweetness makes this very smooth on the palate. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and acidic mouthfeel. Slightly prickly carbonation, but still very smooth drinking. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is an outstanding wild ale; with great balance, complexity, and smoothness.

superspak, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to vissai for the trade. Batch 6X1, bottled 5 Jan 2011 per the website.

Pours a clear deep coppery amber with a fluffy one-finger cream-colored head. Tons of carbonation flowing up from the bottom of the glass. Head retention and lacing are fantastic.

This is a feast for the nose. Sour cherries, a potent yeast punch, and a bit of funk. A ton of fruit. With every smell I get slightly different notes. The yeast and sour give it a bit of bite, but in general the smell is very smooth. Can't wait to taste it.

Starts out slightly sweet and fruity, with tart cherries dominating. Sour comes on shortly and remains throughout, rising to a crescendo in the finish. Finish is smooth, dry, and long. My main complaint is a lack of complexity.

Medium-light in body, high carbonation (but not too high). Silky in the mouth, somehow the flavors hold on long after the tactile sensation of the beer is gone. I suppose it forms a very thin layer that remains in the mouth. Quite good.

This is a great beer. The combination of sweet fruit and funky sour is fantastic. It's like a cross between a fruit beer and a wild. And I think the taste is the weakest aspect of it! Wish I could drink it more often.

zeledonia, May 23, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,970 ratings.