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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,692 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,692
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,130
Gots: 1,406 | FT: 93
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Expensive and unusual, this is not for anyone not appreciating tartness. White head on a golden body. Strong aromas, wine and cherry and wood. Complex taste of wine, cherry, wood. Balanced by malt, and while sour is not aggressive on the palate as I wouod expect. A sipper. Up there with the Cantillons but a top 10 beer because of its similarity to wine?
On tap and upgraded, enjoyed at the brewpub. Bold flavours, decent mouthfeels,despite sourness.

Sammy, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy deep amber color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Moderate lacing on this one.

S - Smells like sour cherries and vinegarette. The smell made my mouth water. Very pungent.

T - Tastes of mouth-puckering cherries and wine grapes with a vinegar acidity. Very tasty.

M - This is a very carbonated beer and the bubbles kept coming during the whole 30 minutes it took me to savor this beer. The beer has a sort of bubbly coating effect in the mouth.

D - VERY good. Yes, this is mouth-puckering sour but it is a dry taste and very refreshing at the same time.

The one small bottle I purchased was $12.50, so it is somewhat pricey. However, this is a beer I can see myself buying plenty more of in the future on special occasions.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this one delivered today. Poured from the new 375mL style bottle into my tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper/ruby color with a nice two-finger head that is ever-so-slightly pink. Plenty of lacing initially as the head recedes, and some nice legs as it goes down.

S: A good amount of cherry in addition to a hefty amount of lactic sourness. Some oak. The cherry itself isn't over-the-top, but is somehow soothing as I inhale. Also detecting a very modest amount of earthy funk.

T: The cherries bring this beer to a completely different level. Absolutely beautiful how they are integrated--both sweetness and tartness--with the lactic sourness of the base beer. A bit of brown malt underlying the entire brew.

M: Fairly low carbonation on a medium body. Not terribly mouth-puckering, but fairly dry with a nice acidity.

D: Very drinkable, especially considering the style. Good carbonation levels, beautiful fruit, and a beautifully-balanced sourness.

Thorpe429, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

zestar, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of Pinot Noir barrels are present in the nose along with notes of oak.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of sourness and cherries, the latter of which particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little acidic on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the balance and complexity of this beer as you could taste all of the flavors in equal proportions.

metter98, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch No. 1 (tasted 6/24/07) and Batch 3 (tasted 4/26/08)

Appearance: Batch 1 pours a hazy mahogany color with a moderate head that declines to a ringlet and leaves the occasional shard of lace (the less mature Batch 3 has a much bigger head but the rest of the commentary is accurate)

Smell: Sour cherry, vinous pinot, oak barrel and some barnyard funk

Taste: Starts with a characteristic Flanders Red flavor profile with slightly toasted malts that build in tart cherry and chocolate directions by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sourness really builds and joins with the oaky character to provide a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, creamy carbonation

Drinkability: Batch 1 has been aging in my cellar for two years and has truly benefited from the age; an extraordinary accomplishment; (Batch 3 is a bit raw so if you have patience, wait a couple of years)

brentk56, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Rusted orange peel with edges of polished brass gleaming under candlelight. The sandstone colored cap has plenty of character, even if it isn't as awe-inspiring as it might have been. A few patches of sudsy lace grace the upper reaches of the glass... while the final pour brings a darker, murkier look that is immensely appealing.

The nose is unquestionably awe-inspiring and lets the sniffer know what's in store when it comes time to soak the taste buds. The word complexity seems horribly inadequate. How about complex complexity? Brown malt, sour cherries and microbe-generated funk. It's all present and it smells fandamntastic!

Supplication is beautiful beer. I don't care how long it took Vinnie to create it (more than one year according to the rear label), it was time well spent. It's obvious that the flavor has held up perfectly well. The body/mouthfeel might be a different story. However, since this is my first bottle, it's impossible to say for sure.

According the Russian River website, this batch is supposed to be less acidic and acetic than subsequent batches. I think it's just right in that regard. Any more acid and flavor and drinkability would have taken a hit. The website also says that cherries are more prominent in 001. It's great that tart fruit dominates, even with so much else going on.

As for the bugs, Brettanomyces was used, as were Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. The horse blanket characteristics of Brett are obvious, as are the smelly feet charcteristics added by the two bacteria. What cheesemakers have known for millenia, brewers are just beginning to discover. That's nothing but good news for craft beer lovers.

The flavor profile is a kaleidoscope of deliciousness. It includes brown malt, fermented sour cherries, a shot of oak-soaked Pinot Noir, fruit vinegar and a lovely funkiness that is anything but overpowering. Warming doesn't change much, but then the beer was mind-blowingly deep right out of the chute.

I'm still not sure what sort of mouthfeel an American wild ale should have. This one is light-medium and the carbonation lacks softness. It still fits the beer very well, however, which is the biggest reason why it hasn't been penalized too severely.

Supplication (noun): humble prayer, entreaty or petition. Mr. Cilurzo, I humbly ask that you do whatever is in your power to return to the days when those of us who reside outside of California were able to have Russian River beer delivered to our homes. Supplication is well worth its lofty ranking on The Top Beers on Planet Earth.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep red color ale with a medium foamy slightly off-white head with average retention. Aroma of sour cherries and oak are clearly detectable. Taste has a clear sour cherries feel to it with some distinctive note of acidity and oak. Tartness was delectable but could have been more present. Even though this is an excellent Flemish sour, I though it could have had more tart and more complexity in general (i.e. De Dolle Oerbier Reserva). I’d definitely take more RR Temptation over this any day.

Phyl21ca, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful cherry beer with the background of must, funk, sour, and dryness.

Supplication begins with a deep redish-brown color, boardering on rust with it's medium haze. An off white head forms above the beer and soon settles to an intermitten blanket of foam with solid lacing. A fine looking beer indeed.

Very tart, musty, horsey, and sharply of lime and vinegar-like to the nose. Bold cherry aromas take center stage and in tart and under-ripe versions. Amber malts begin to temper the acidic notes with light breads and toast. Slight phenolics give a bit of medecine notes to go along with peppery scent. As with most Belgian Lambics, the aroma promises serious complexity, strength, and depth... let's see.

Crazy intense flavors of tart cherries hold center stage and push the yeast and malt character way down. Cherry notes are complimented by lemons, limes, apples, cranberries, and crab-apples. Funky vinous notes of cider, red-wine or balsamic vingar, musty-dusty earthiness, and aged woods give a lot of flavor and help to intensify the character of the cherry fruits. A salty, minerally flavor also amplifies the sharp flavors quite a bit. Softer malts pad the impact of the yeast and fruit agains the tongue with just enough bread crust and toffee sweetness to remind me that this is indeed a beer.

Acrid, astringent, and mouth puckering up front but the beer holds enough maltiness to give it a bit of cushion on the back side that allows for dryness but not an insatiable astringency. This gives a great clean lactic quality that erases the enamel from the teeth but keeps from the burn in the throat.

This is a delicious beer. With that extra mild malty finish the beer has a more inviting flavor and mouthfeel than say another great sour in Drie Fonteinen fruit sours.

Thanks waltonc, bbehr!

BEERchitect, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I finally get to try some Supplication. After having the Beatification last night, I decided to pop this one right after it to see how it was. Batch 003, I grabbed this one right out of the fridge and poured it into a Chimay chalice and allowed it to warm up a touch before deciding to go in for the kill. Huge pop on this one, I probably could have shot the cork across the room! Fantastic looking 375ml bottle, with a nice cork and cage to it in typical Russian River fashion.

Appearance - Poured a very nice looking bright, golden, amber color right out of the gate. A very nice, and slightly hazy looking consistency to it, I did notice copious amounts of bubbles coming up through it, throughout the session. This was a really a very full looking beer already. A gorgeous looking head of about two fingers in height rose up off the top and stayed FOREVER. I actually had to walk in the other room and take care of my son for about ten minutes and came back and it was still there, I was amazed! Thick, and coating side glass lace then trickled down the side of it and really just thickened up the whole thing. This was amazing looking, probably the best I could have ever envisioned it looking.

Smell - The aroma was very nice and tart. Huge aromas of Brett coming off of this immediately, turning the whole experience over to the funk that was in the glass, very nice to see. This was a little bit more sweet on the nose though then some of the other sours I have had, and after a few minutes, the cherries were very much detectable, with a dark sweetness about it. Very bright aroma, that really stuck out at you and welcomed you in. Some light woody aromas as well now as it gets a little warmer, this was turning out to be very nice indeed.

Taste - Ok, so here we go again. The first thing I notice, naturally would be the fully funked out Brett flavor coming through, though I have to admit it seems a little tamer then the Beatification I had last night. Still damn good in its own right though, but some of that deep, resonant sour taste, seems to be a little more tame that what I was expecting, A good bit of sweetness in here, balancing this one out a bit more. Nice notes of cherries riddled throughout this one. Very nice. After the initial wave of Brett, some soothing cherry sweetness rolls in behind it, with some nice tones of wood raveled in throughout as well. Really well blended, the aging is really coming into play here now. Very dry finish with the long lingering taste of sour Brett that as time fades, it does as well, but the zap of cherry sweetness lingered on long past everything else.

Mouthfeel - There was a very nice feel to this one. It came off a little bit fuller then some of the other sours I have had, with more of a rich feel, and loads of carbonation. Never a dull moment here, with a smooth texture, but yet still a crisp finish to it adding a bit of a refreshing touch to it.

Drinkability - This was superbly drinkable. The alcohol was never a factor, and with soo much yeast, I doubt you would ever be able to find it. Nice subtleness with the cherries was just enough to balance this so that you could have easily more then one. I was looking for another right away!

Overall I thought this was wonderful and well worth the price and the hassle to get it. These RR sours are unlike anything else made. It was truly unreal to see these develop and I am glad I have a few to lay down for a while. You really need to go out and get this one if you can find it, it is definitely worth it!

mikesgroove, May 03, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

kjkinsey, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Batch 003 generously shared by Andy yesterday at the tasting.

A: The pour is a hazy, light brownish red (not exactly amber) color with a sticky white head.

S: The cherries have diminished quite a bit from this one in the going on two years since it's release. In their place, a vinegar aroma has started to set in. The oak and funk are still prominent and help to distract you from the acetic qualities.

T: The cherries seem to be lingering a bit in terms of the flavor. The vinegar is not quite as pronounced as it is in the nose, but still detectable. There is also some lactic sourness and a mild Brett funk and definitely dryness.

M: The body is medium with a a slight slickness on the tongue. A moderate level of carbonation provides a bit of dryness to the finish.

D: Just as drinkable as the fresh batch that will be released on Friday. That said, I think this one should be consumed fairly soon, unless more vinegar is your thing in sours.

womencantsail, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -12.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +9.6%

GRG1313, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +9.6%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick three finger off white head with excellent retention and nice lacing on a clear copper with burnt orange hue.

S: yeast, bubble gum, sour cherries, cane sugar and tangerine.

T: sour cherries, oak, caramel, tart citrus, excellent level of sourness. It's very complex as one would expect.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very good beer. Smooth even with the tartness but it's one of those for me that may have been overhyped. The degree of sourness lessens over time and it loses some of its luster. It's still delicious.

kylehay2004, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -12.3%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I felt this beer was going to be a challenge for me to get down. Since I'm not a big fan of sour ales if this wasn't a Russian River brew I probably would have just overlooked it. The beer poured out as a sparkling red color with some in there too. The head was fizzy and white and then vanished pretty quickly. The smell of this beer was big, it's stung the nostrils like sex panther a little bit. The smell of tart cherries and oak wood mixed with a big amount of wild yeast explode on nose. The taste of the beer is interesting too, The sour cherries almost make your lips pucker, the sour subsides and leaves you with a nice oak and vanilla smoothness. The mouthfeel is little thin, but has enough flavor to balance out the whole thing. Overall it's a good sour beer, I'm trying to give it praise despite the fact I don't care for the style. I feel that people who enjoy these will definitely enjoy this one too.

Knapp85, Jul 05, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big thanks to Hophead101 and the Blind Beers BIF for this beastly extra!

Popped this brew to celebrate my buddy's engagement tonight. Congrats, Alex and Kristin! This bad boy pours a hazy auburn amber topped by over a finger of steadfast white-ish foam. The nose is up front about its bretty sourness, feeling it better to be open with us than try to hide its true feelings. I can respect that. Some tart berries, oak, light vanilla bean, and caramel corn occasionally bubble to the surface as well, but it's always the bretty-ness that looms over them all, all cocky and whatnot. The taste follows this template, with the sourness rocking my tongue fore to aft without much mercy. The brute. The berries return, along with some decidedly sour cherries, some oak, and a touch of butter somewhere behind the wall of bretty fog. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and an almost sticky feel. Overall, a more-than-solid wild child, though I'm not sure how often I could indulge in this treat.

TMoney2591, Aug 03, 2010
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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,692 ratings.