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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,368
Hads: 5,650
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 2,564
Gots: 1,858 | FT: 129
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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 CAMRAhardliner
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 062212, this is an old one. Figured it would be a good 1000th review.

Pours orangey copper with pink glints. The fizzy head lasts about 20 seconds before disappearing and not leaving much lace on the glass. Gorgeous cherry and oak notes mingling with some funk in the nose. Cherry, raspberry, lemon, irony oak notes, horse blanket, tropical fruit and bready malt. The finish is super dry and fruity, lasting a good while. The mouthfeel is full of carbonation, not as prickly as champagne but very active.

This is a fantastic Wild Ale. Deservedly a benchmark of the style. So complex and juicy, and it holds up to age fantastically. A must try for anyone. (673 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/16/15 and poured into an oversized wine glass. Exceptional carbonation as expected with resilient head/lacing. Beautiful color. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and barrel compliment each other well. I know there are plenty of fantastic sours out there and but the standard by which they are still measured are those from Russian River. (354 characters)

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow his is a yummy beer. Finally popped my bottle. It is close to perfect but not quite there based on this scale. It looks ok so long as no yeast gets into the pour. Smell is typical, nothing over the normal. This beer however excels in taste and feel which is what really matters. This things rocks! It feels amazingly smooth and does not do what other sours do. (364 characters)

Photo of Hoppity1
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. My wife who hates cherries and is not a big sour fan agreed about the smell. She did shudder after drinking it though.
I loved it. Perfect tartness and the perfect level of funk. Great feel for a sour. I opened it last night after my nephew scored me another bottle from the brewery (along with several others)! Not sure if I should age it longer or not?
This was bottled in early January of 2015, so it was almost 8 months old. It sure hit the spot for me. Hard to imagine it being better. (544 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River

A: Pours slightly hazy deep copper brown with an off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Tart, dark fruit, cherry, some oak and wine character from the barrels, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Quite tart, sour cherry, a faint almost raspberry like something in there, nice oak character and touch of wine from the barrels, a little funk, and the slightest bit of sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate but prickly carbonation.

O: Very well done, and properly sour. (527 characters)

Photo of MrGootwin
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice sour. My wife and I typically get flemish sours - Duchess, Monks, etc. - but were very happy to switch it up when we got our hands on some Supplication. Not as sweet as the flemish sours and definitely more tart. Highly recommend if you can get your hands on it. (272 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma features a fair amount of lactic funk (leather, sandalwood) with a little bit of sour grape must. Pringly carbonation and mouthfeel. The lactose carries over but it isn't ultra-vinegary. You can definitely pick up the pinot noir flavors, but I couldn't find the Brett much on my pallete. Lots of sour grape must, a little cherry and hibiscus as well. There is a pointed oak note on the end from the barrel aging, and it is a tad too bitter on the linger for me. Overall a great sour but not some mythological perfection. (530 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Russian River Belgian style stemmed glass

A: Pours a reddish brown color with an off white head, some carbonation, hazy, some lacing.

A: Sour tart funkiness, cherries, picking up some oak, white grapes, smells really good.

T: Sourness, cherries, oak, white grapes, finishes funky with more oak and dry.

M: Medium body mouthfeel, less carbonated than it looks.

O: My first sour I had about a year ago and did not like it, I think I had to explore the style first. This is really good, complex, I don't remember getting as much oak but it is well balanced with cherries and the other sour characteristics. (637 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of cherries and not feet. Initial taste is very alcoholic but I get use to the taste and it starts tasting better. The finish is less alcoholic and tart. Pretty good (174 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 1/16/15 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours an opaque copper-orange with a 1/2 finger bubbly snow white head which dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Oak barrel and cherries dominate with a touch of barnyard funk and vinegar. There is a hint of sweetness that balances out the sour aroma. Smells amazing.

Taste: The oak characteristic from the barrel is dominant up front with a blast of sour cherries and lacto sourness in the middle before ending with tannic dryness that leaves a very mildly sour and oaky finish. Overall, the flavor is a bit abrasive and not as balanced as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. This is a one and done beer for me.

Overall: Very good beer overall. The aroma is by far its best characteristic as it smells truly great. I would definitely recommend trying this beer, but I think it's a bit overrated. (989 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split with a buddy, so poured into Stone Sourfest taster glass.

Pours a hazy, darker amber with a mild head and some delicious cherry and sour funk notes emanating out. Goes down incredibly smooth and not too bitter at all on the back-end. The cherry flavors are a highlight and provide a very different takeaway than most sours. There's a reason this one's so well regarded. (376 characters)

Photo of Alequine
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an inviting amber-mahogany color. The most sophisticated description of smell that I could initially muster was: sour. After giving the beer a minute to breathe, though, it reveals fragrances of cherry and cranberry that then give way to scents of green apple and lime. Taking the first sip is an experience unto itself. While the nose gives you every indication that you should expect a Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Cranberry concoction, the sour profile puts your tongue in a chokehold. This aggressive taste eventually does mellow and reveal an oaky red wine flavor. Tannins are present and add to the tartness of the sour cherries. Overall, this beer is one of the pinnacle sours available today. And beyond all else, you have to love the fact that the carbonation bubbles – like the old man in Up – continue their journey through the very last sip. (1,510 characters) (884 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin head that fades entirely pretty quickly.

Nose is funk forward, tinge of sour and vinegar with some bright over ripe fruit, definitely cherries on the top.

Flavor is exactly as expected except maybe even more sour than expected. Definitely a solid funk here and a really bright and bitter component along with the sour. The oak adds a nice depth of character and the body feels more well rounded for it. Really awesome sour here, a real treat. (486 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this head to head with consecration. Pours a medium amber color. About a finger of fluffy white head. Smells of vinegar, Sour cherries, Funk and some oakey notes. Taste is pretty much the same, but a bit dialed back. Not as good as consecration, but still awesome. RR knows their sours. (290 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 89/100

Summery: Hard for me to give a true summary, not a big sour fan. its really good though compared to the other sours I have had. I have had 4 Russian River Sours. Temptation (chardonnay Barrels) has been by far my fav. This is totally complex and tasty. I cant give a far review when I don't love Brett. My bottum line as with most sours.They would be awesome if they were cheaper... I don't find the value in them. That said, this brew is unique and packed with complexity through and through~ (667 characters)

Photo of RyanJohnCrain
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A dark Ruby in light and out of light it has a very brown copper look to it.

S: Cherries,oak, wine,biscuit among others

T: Tart with tons of cherries that follows with sweet bread malts and the Funk! on the back side

F: Light to Medium body, crisp bubbles

O: im a big fan of this beer/wine or wine/beer. whatever it is its good. Love the after taste and licking my lips after every sip to get that last little bit of tart sweetness. best I have had in class (464 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz pour during San Jose beer week.
I was at RR last week and had Consecration, and I'll preface this review by saying I enjoyed that beer more. Supplication has a very nice bright nose that is fruit-forward, sour,and followed by some in ce brett funk. The taste loses most of the fruit and is extremely vinous. The finish is like licking the side of a wine barrel. Very interesting, but a bit odd with such a disconnect between the nose and taste. I also found myself seaching for those cherries to no avail. Overall, a pretty good beer, but not as balanced as some other RR sours. (587 characters)

Photo of ljjpowers
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it’s because I just finished watching Somm for the thirteenth time or maybe it’s because I drank three Supplications tonight, but this Russian River creation has me a bit confused— is it a fine wine or a finer beer? Since we can’t pick up on scents like new rubber hose or fresh tennis ball canister, we’re assuming it’s a beer… and a damn good one at that. If you haven’t seen Somm then you have no idea what I’m talking about…

Dispensing with the wit for a moment, I can’t help but stare at this beauty — in the words of Zoolander, she is “really really ridiculously good looking.” Supplication, of course, pours an inviting amber-mahogany color. The most sophisticated description of smell that I could initially muster was: sour. After giving the beer a minute to breathe, though, it reveals fragrances of cherry and cranberry that then give way to scents of green apple and lime. Taking the first sip is an experience unto itself. While the nose gives you every indication that you should expect a Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Cranberry concoction, the sour profile puts your tongue in a chokehold. This aggressive taste eventually does mellow and reveal an oaky red wine flavor. Tannins are present and add to the tartness of the sour cherries. Overall, this beer is one of the pinnacle sours available today. And beyond all else, you have to love the fact that the carbonation bubbles – like the old man in Up – continue their journey through the very last sip. (1,510 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A — Pours a deep ruby hue into the glass, decent bit of clarity to it as well.

S — Smells of richly bright and tart fruits, lots of tart bitter cherry character, as well as an oaky mellowness to it. There is certainly a predominant sour tone to this one, little bit of funky Brett as well, but not as noticeable.

T — Just great layers of flavor and depth. Great sour cherry notes, can definitely pick up on the lacto, and there is a bit of pedio sharpness as well. But really this is a great representation of the cherries and the barrel aging. Brett has really helped to clean this one up and meld everything together into a great harmony of flavors.

M — Light in body, very very dry, thank you Brett!

O — Just spectacular overall, tough to compare this to anything, just in a class of its own. (810 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Russian River Supplication has a medium, white head, a murky, amber appearance, some noticed suspended yeast chunks, and low-level lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sourness, up front, but there’s a background maltiness, brown bread crust, fruitiness of a type, and the flavor is of tart cherry skins, semi-sweet malt, sour and sweet fruit, and essentially no bitterness. Even a nutty, woody, cherry seed. Also, barrel-aged wood. Mouthfeel is medium, and Russian River Supplication finishes semi-dry and exquisite.

RJT (530 characters)

Photo of jtwhicker
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased two bottles in May '15 while visiting RRBC. Tasting first bottle (bottled 1/16/15). Chilled bottle first in fridge for 30 minutes.

Appearance: Poured in tulip glass. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Looks and pours like rose wine.
Smell: Smell of dark cherries, plum, oak, hint of vanilla or sugar. Slow carbonation bubbles from bottom of glass.
Taste: Tart cherry, Residual taste of wine musk.
Feel: Velvet texture. Mild booze, oak dry finish with wine musk. Not as sour as expected
Overall: Compared to lower end Gose beers, berliner weisses, and other sours, not as pugnant, rather smooth; taste complexity could be contributed to the oak aging?
I really like anything RRBC, but would like to compare to Sanctification, which I have a couple of bottles of as well. Thinking about what this would taste like before aging? Solid investment for instant enjoyment and aging. Strongly recommend for any avid sour ale drinker. (949 characters)

Photo of Mattygross44
3.81/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

I guess sours are just not for me i mean i am a beer drinker if i wanted something like this i would be a wine drinker!! I will stick to my manly big boy beers and leave the sours to the wine lovers. Shouldnt be considered a beer at all! (238 characters)

Photo of searsclone
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to a new Belgium globe glass.

A golden color with pink-ish hue and a long lasting head that is also pink-ish. A lot of sediment settles to the bottom of the glass.

First smell during the pour is overwhelming bananas. In the glass it's horse blanket, cherry, and a woody smell from the barrel.

Taste is instant sour, that easily slides to a sweetness for a dry finish. There's a lot of wood in the middle. More than I can describe, but really great. Probably the best sour I've ever had. Medium bodied and dry, yet still leaves a bit of a syrupy coating on the tongue.

Overall a fantastic beer. Try it if you have the opportunity. (646 characters)

Photo of drew42e
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like carbonated iced tea. Nice mild sour aroma and flavor with notes of cherries and can taste the Pinot noir barrels. Great sour from Russian River Brewing. (165 characters)

Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on Tap at RRBC last night.

Possibly my favorite sour ever. Very tart up front and the cherries really shine through. I'm not a big fan of Brett, but it's used perfectly here. Just the right amount of funk (not overpowering) to add to the cherry, pinot, sour from lacto and pedio, with just a hint of oak on the finish = amazing. (333 characters)

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.