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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,454
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,082
Gots: 1,335 | FT: 85
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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New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-26-2012 22:55:39 | More by brbrocc
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

04-15-2012 01:06:19 | More by Devi0us
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New Mexico

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle purchased at City Beer in San Francisco weeks ago.

The appearance both surprised me and impressed me as I felt that the head on the beer was not typical of other sours I've tried. The head was thick, foamy and frothy and formed a finger and a half thick over the liquid. The beer was copper-colored and semi-opaque.

I was again impressed by the aromas emanating from this gem: sour cherries, dark fruit, and lots of yeastiness. It smelled light and refreshing.

The taste was everything the nose had lead me to expect. There was some wine-like tastes, dark sour cherries, other dark fruit hints, and some yeast. Truly a delicious beer.

I remember thinking this beer was champagne like, with the high carbonation, smoothness and slight creaminess, plus a dryer finish. Supplication feels like so much more than a beer.

Overall, an outstanding beer, even though I kept thinking I was sipping a wine or maybe a champagne, I realized that Supplication is a transcendent brew. There's so much complexity here and so much good flavor. I loved this.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 18:00:43 | More by ONovoMexicano
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4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from Batch 3. Pours an opaque dark copper with a fluffy white-orange head that isn't quite as substantial as one would hope. Some sediment. Smells heavily acidic with plenty of leathery brett character. Earthy with some cherry notes. Sharp, acidic taste with noticeable barnyard character. Woody and tannic. The cherry flavors are much stronger here than in the nose. Unapologetically sour and dry. Medium body with high carbonation. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 22:30:07 | More by philipquarles
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-10-2013 15:10:49 | More by Shilt
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-19-2013 12:49:02 | More by roostor07
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Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

About time I review this.... had it quite a few times now. Thanks to all the awesome traders for sending out bottles of it over the years. I had a batch 004 a couple nights ago and also was part of a batch 1,2,3,4 vertical in late Feb. This review kind of encompasses all of those.

Batch 4 review:

Pours a semi-hazed reddish color, with a twinge of orange. Whitish foam forms but fades to leave a complete film atop with some nice sticky lace.

Aromas are complex and really interesting... bursting with cherries, tart, fresh, prematurely picked cherries. Earthy, some dirt, a little bit of an herbal-spicy note that is somewhat hidden. There's also a sharpness to the aroma... fresh batches give the impression of this acetic twang with a touch of alcohol. A little musty wood as well.

Taste has a bracing tartness, acidity is well integrated but moderate. Red Wine vinegar, woodiness, earth and tannin. Cherry is here and mixed in with some other general berry fruitiness. Long finish, allowing plenty of time to contemplate this wonderful concoction.

Well carbonated, but not overly prickly - allows all of the flavors to come through. Splitting a bottle is a good serving - I'm really glad they stuck with the 375s for the sours since they are perfect for sharing with one or two other people. Just a masterfully made beer and one of the best examples of American sour ales to date.

Vintage Notes from Batch 1,2,3,4 Tasting (Feb 27 '10):

Batch 4- Sharpest, with some spice and a little booze. Delicious, but a little rough around the edges compared to the other batches. Though, I kind of like the 'freshness' of it.

Batch 3- The funkiest, had somewhat of an overture of mustiness that seemed a little stronger than the other batches. Pretty carbonated.

Batch 2- Was generally picked as the favorite, has this really great herbal-spiciness thing going on that none of the other batches had (or was present in smaller amount).

Batch 1- Surprisingly good amount of cherry left but was somewhat mellow in general. Some other kind of neutral fruitiness combining in. Kind of felt 'muted'.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 17:46:46 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight hazy reddish brown into the glass with bright Red highlights. Aromas of tart cherry and dark fruit and oak. Flavor is a burst of intense but smooth sourness delivered nicely with the carbonation with a bit of fruitiness and faint oak. Very soft malt flavors stay on the tongue as it dries out on the finish. Not my "Style" of beer, but starting to intrigue me more and more. Just like 2IPA's did a couple of yrs. ago, now they are 1 of my favorite styles. Maybe sours will be next?

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 00:25:47 | More by beergod1
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-28-2013 20:48:31 | More by bschinelli
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-30-2012 18:22:01 | More by LarryMyers
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

11-16-2012 17:54:38 | More by martyl1000
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

11-14-2011 12:55:18 | More by jh1982
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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 04x4 served in snifter.

Pours a nice dark amber. Very carbonated. Pour left a 3 finger head that was off white with a hint of orange color to it. Lacing is incredible and head lasted until the last drop

The aroma is kind of funky. Almost musty. Not really picking up on any cherry notes specifically but am getting some fruit notes, more along the lines of red wine.

WOW! Love it. Taste immediately reminds me of red wine. Tart and sweet. Slight hint of heat towards the end. Still not picking up much cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry and carbonated. Pleasant.

To sum this beer up, it's like beer, wine, and champagne all in one. I have to believe it is truly one of a kind. I hope I am able to get my hands on this again sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 22:04:42 | More by pwoody11
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4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper color with almost no head.

S: Dark red wine in the nose.

T: Tastes a bit like red wine, dark grapes, and some tartness. Pinot barrels work perfectly with this type of sour.

M: Somewhat astringent, medium bodied, and smoothish.

O: One of the best sours I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 19:40:58 | More by BierJager89
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1.83/5  rDev -60%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Drank on 4/13/12.

This was one of the two beers that I tried to see if I liked Sour beers. I don't. This "beer" poured a strawberry blonde into a snifter. Their was a rush of carbonation that left no head and no lacing. This one tastes Like a sour cherry wine cooler. Zero beer taste. I should note that I do not like wine and this beer had a very distinct pinot noir flavor to it. Every sip made me pucker up and shiver from the sourness of everything in one beer. Sour beers are not for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 22:47:03 | More by Rau71
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-06-2014 20:51:26 | More by MNPikey
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

01-03-2014 01:48:06 | More by mverity
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

06-09-2014 06:40:55 | More by kemoarps
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured into a Russian River 'tion' glass to a deep reddish brown with a small bone colored head that fades quickly to a collar around the glass
S: smells of sour fruits, some oakyness and tanins, and some slight funk
T: sour cherries up front with some good acetic courness, a bit of vanilla and oak with lingering sourness throughout the drink. swallow brings some tannins and solvent flavors with a bit more vanilla and oak
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation with a slightly dry finish
O: probably the gold standard of american wild ales and sour beers. very good with a great amount of sourness and great flavors. top notch across the board

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 06:40:33 | More by SHODriver
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: a lightly cloudy amber color that have a bit of brightness to it. decent white head that holds fairly well. No lacing.

S: Tart cherry, wood, earthiness. Some vanilla.

T: The cherrys hint my palate instantly and leave me puckering a little bit. Definitely a nice level of funk with hints of vanilla and dirt

M: A bit light and slightly hot.

D: I think i much prefered batch four to batch five. Still a great sour that never disappoints

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 23:55:26 | More by mikey711
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-09-2012 03:15:44 | More by rkarimi
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-18-2014 02:27:57 | More by Roger85
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-17-2013 03:14:52 | More by Atomicskis5
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-22-2013 14:22:13 | More by claaark13
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4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sunburst orange but on the darker side of the spectrum of fade, with a light collar around the edge.

Light aroma, smells great and inticing, like hay that sat in the barn a few wet seasons with a leaky roof, there is a light fruity aspect also.

Bottle says cherries are added and that is there but there is also a darker taste possibly from the malt, like currants maybe, just some darker fruits and funky brett character melded together, not the most sour beer i've tried from Russian River but very up front nontheless, has that spring grassy field character i really enjoy.

It's a sour ale, so yo know it's dry and puckering, not the most sour but enough to satisfy and make you desire it on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 06:30:21 | More by ChadQuest
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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