Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,514
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,495
Gots: 1,780 | FT: 126
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.
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Ratings: 5,514 | Reviews: 1,381
Photo of Racinjoe
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much better in bottle then on tap

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my most favorite sours. Awesome flavor!

Photo of MrBrewMaster
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My buddy came back from Cali with a 3 litre bottle of this from the brewpup. It was a celebration to have this beer in the midwest. good sour flavor. I really enjoyed popping the cork on such a large bottle...it felt like being in the winner circle after an F1 race win!

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%

Supplication '11

Photo of maxcoinage
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

375ml Bottle (4-15-14) to tulip. Few cm head dissipated rather quickly. color is light brown with some deep red hue

Aroma - some oak, funk, red wine

Taste - cherry, sour apple, oak. but some sweetness on the finish. I like how the sour doesn't linger

Feel - lighter body, lower carb, dry finish

O - A great sour; Im not the biggest sour fan but I enjoyed this. Wasn't too puckering

Photo of docoman
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

I'm not a big fan of sours... but this one was pretty good... friends that tried that like sours say this was a very good one...

Photo of melbow
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Complex, sour, delicious. The cherry note stands out but does not diminish the rest of the flavors. A very balanced and flavorful sour beer.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.98/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden brown with what appears initially to be cloudy, but when viewed with back lighting actually has good clarity. Bubbles racing and suds present when swirled.

S - Sour apple jolly ranchers, cherries, oaky, yeast, pinot.

T - Tart cherries, pinot noir, oaky, some malts, layers of unique and different flavors. Sour puckers on the back of your palate, but balanced by a semi sweet and oak flavors in the back end.

O - One of the most unique brews I've ever experienced. I'm glad I did, as this style is not in my wheel house. If you ever get a chance to get your hands on this, it is def worth a try.

Photo of helios7
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Batch 009.

Photo of wsay
2/5  rDev -56.1%

This beer is HYPE HYPE HYPE.

I have wanted to try this beer for some time and finally got a bottle of it, after drinking it consider me extremely underwhelmed.

There is only the faintest of sour scents coming from it, the taste is a cross between an old bottle of Newcastle with hints of watered down jolly rancher.

I have had Belgian sours, I have had Cantillon, this is nothing more than a poor imitation.

Photo of treebert9
5/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at hops and pie thank god!

Photo of PhishNoC
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

One of the smoother sours I've had, really well done.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado in the Haight; served in sipping stemware.

Supplication has a *very* light mouthfeel for the depth, with incredibly crisp, delightful, complex, softly thick sourness imparted by its mix of adjuncts and agents. A clear, mahogany-gold color, with reddish-brown strains clearly reflecting the pinot barrel-aging; a sour, cherry-inflected, very refreshing aroma; a pleasantly sticky, slightly sweets-laden mouthfeel all coordinate to create a really intricate, delicious, chimerical quaff.

Unsurprisingly, a really well-executed effort by Russian River, and just the sort of sour even those who aren't sour fans would love. Meanwhile, as an inveterate sour fan, I would've loved to consume a lot more than the (approximately) six-ounce servings poured at Toronado's bar.

Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach/amber colored red ale, topped with a surprisingly strong head (for the style) of light cream color. Retention is impressive. Lacing is nice. Hazy, nearly opaque brew with lighter edges.

Aroma of funk, cherries, oak, apples, tannins, and a wine-like sourness. Sour and tart funk are dominant, but there's a soft sweetness, as well.

Strongly sour up front, but tempered by fruit and malt. Sour cherries and cherry pits; Brett funk; red wine and vinegar; vanilla and oak. Very well balanced and complex, delicate brew. Especially fruity on the finish.

Very lively with no sting, a bit of foaming, and a medium amount of puckering. Silky smooth, with a wet finish that coats and sours your mouth.

Another excellent sour by Russian River, Supplication easily stands out as among the best the US has to offer in the style.

Photo of jman42
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Drank on tap at Barcade Philly

A = A deep orange with some brownish tints to it. Very clear. Minimal head on this pour.

S = We really had a hard time picking out any special scents. Just well balanced.

T = Cherries. Tart. That was our big takeaway from this one.

M = SMOOTH

O = A great beer, but not my favorite style of beer. That is on me and not Russian River though.

Photo of albee_jay
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

One of my favorites from RR, just wish I could get it more often! Great sourness and awesome cherry levels just can't get enough of it!

Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly Hazy burnt amber in color with a thin cream colored head.

Smell has a sour acidic aroma has a very faint malt backbone. Sour cherries and oak dominate the midsection and finish in the nose.

There is a big acidic sour flavor first to hit the palate and has some sweet grainy malt backing it up. Oak dryness and some red wine come in near the midsection and more tart acidity and oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel has nicely contrasting dry, sticky sour, and crisp characteristics to it. Moderate to high carbonation

Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +9.6%

I just experienced all day happy hour at Russian River last Sunday. This was my first and last beer of the day. Great beer, sour, wine barrel, delicious. Great tartness, not overwhelming, not overly acidic. Amazing sour. Amazing brewery.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Rusty brown, somewhat milky, only thin traces of lacing.

S: Bracing sourness, sweet cherry, hints of funk. Direct, bold, and precise.

T: Great puckering sourness, although I would be fine with a little more. Cherry is predominant, but I get some darker fruit laced throughout, surely a result of the pinot noir barreling. There is faint but noticeable yeast funk that might add some tartness, but also gives it an earthiness that grounds it a bit.

M: Light, not smooth but no abrasive carbonation either. It does leave a bit of a gritty feel on my tongue and teeth, but only slightly.

O: Simply put, this beer is incredible. Assertive sourness with straightforward yet nuanced flavors. Care, craftsmanship, intelligence, and quality has gone into this, and the result is one of the best beers in any category. I can't say enough good things about it.

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Nose: sour, cherries, suggestion of wine, faint malt.
Pours: brilliant garnet tinted amber – almost a brandy color, under a stiff finely bubbled off-white foam cap with a faint pink tint.
Palate: Cherry, lemon, light funk, tart. The cherries are excellently done and are well balanced by the tartness and the rich malt flavors cavorting in the background. As the beer warms slightly more elegance emerges as the pinot noir flavors emerge and mingle with the malt. Long lingering tart cherry flavors dominate the aftertaste.
Medium body and medium to above on the carbonation.

Photo of rjengelking
4/5  rDev -12.3%

I can't say I agree with the consensus that this is the best sour from Russian River. It is very, very good, but I would rate Consecration, Temptation, and Sanctification all above this one.

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.15/5  rDev -9%

Bottle dated 4/11/13, poured into a snifter. My first Russian River sour.

A - Reddish amber, effervescent with scores of bubbles coating the glass and a slight bubbly halo. Hazy glacine.

S - Crisp sour apple and some sharp blue cheese. Accents of lemon juice. Smell is on the musty end, like damp laundry. Woodiness.

T - Cidery tart and a bit sugary. There's a mealy fullness in the middle, more malty then I'd expect. Grass, black cherries, green grapes, unripe raspberries. A dry burnt wood finish. Significantly smoother than most wild ales I've had.

M - Oddly heavy; a sort of medium weight with the fizziness of a sour.

O - Enjoyable, charming, but not revelatory. Still, It's piqued my interest for RR's other wine barrel ales.

Photo of Tele
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%

A: 4.25 Pours a cloudy, reddish-brown with about a two-inch light tan head. It looks a bit like a Flanders red.

S: 4.75 Lots of funk and vinegar right up front. Cherries come in right behind bringing a really nice, yet subtle, medicinal aroma that I’ve come to love in my fruited sours. There’s also some oaky, vanilla characteristics, adding some sweet aromas that balance out the funk and sour.

T: 4.5 Actually a bit sweet at first with the oak and vanilla from the nose. The sweetness is quickly met with a big dose of sour lemons, cherries, and funk. The cherries and their light medicinal flavor linger on the aftertaste.

M: 4.5 The body is rather heavy for the style and coats the palate quite a bit. Fortunately, there’s plenty of carbonation to help the beer feel lighter as well as provide a nice, dry finish.

O: 4.5 This beer is an excellent example of what fruited sours can be. It carefully walks the line between funk, sour, fruit, and sweet with no single element dominating. While super drinkable, there are enough of interesting flavors and aromas to keep things lively.

Photo of Beer4B
4.65/5  rDev +2%

My favorite RR sour to date. So good, plenty tart but with tons of depth. Loved the cherries.

Photo of bubseymour
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Definitely a world class sour. A nice balance of horse blanket funk, sweetness from the cherries, dryness from the Pinor Noir and sourness. Can't go wrong with this one. I wish I had several more so I could age a few in the cellar.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,514 ratings.