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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,034
Gots: 1,299 | FT: 79
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-19-2013 12:49:02 | More by roostor07
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-20-2014 21:18:50 | More by csmalley
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-20-2014 16:11:38 | More by Camjmorton
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4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to MASPuros for this one! Batch 04x4. 375ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a clear dark gold with two fingers of fine bubbled, white head. Lots of carbonation, effervescent. Great aroma with tart cherries and some brett. Light bodied and fairly dry. Very tart flavor with more fruit. Some of the barrel flavors came through in the finish.
Very unique and complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 21:00:23 | More by homebrewhawk
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-30-2012 18:22:01 | More by LarryMyers
Photo of pwoody11


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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5/5  rDev +9.4%

11-14-2011 20:06:15 | More by mgbickel
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

10-03-2013 19:01:55 | More by EB1
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4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been excited to try this for a while, Batch 5.

Poured a light brown color with a little bit of off-white head. Nose is pretty pungent, with the cherries really coming through, some tartness, and big funky/musty notes which I really like. Taste follows through similarly--it's not as tart as I might expect, but the funky oaky musty nature of this is really really great. Very enjoyable. Only thing I might hope for is for the cherries to shine through a bit more on the palate (for some reason I'm not getting big cherry flavor). A very well-rounded sour flavor. MF is pretty big for a sour, pillowy, well-carbonated, drying on the finish with some tannins. Very drinkable, I'm sad that it's gone.

Another great beer from RR. When compared to Temptation, I feel that this is a less interesting but potentially more quality brew. Very very good, though again, I'm not sure if it was worth the $17 price tag (for a 375 mL). At half that price it might be the beer I buy exclusively.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 11:10:48 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-08-2013 04:52:40 | More by damienblack
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 04x1

Thanks to sleepydave for dropping off this brew! After popping a Confluence the other night I was feeling a bit nervous about this one as well. At least I got the cage off this time before shooting the cap across the room. The bottle foamed up a bit, but I had two wine glasses ready to go, so no problem.

Pours a slightly hazy, orange-cherry color with a slick, thin, white head across the top. Leaves some pretty lacing down the glass.

Lots of sweet and sour cherries on the nose. The pinot noir character comes out as well, giving a the cherries a slightly vinous touch. Further swirling of the glass pulls out subtle oak notes, adding some nice complexity to the aroma. Besides the sour cherries there's not too much funkiness going on. Pretty clean.

Mmm... nice tart cherries wash over the tongue right away and eventually trail off into a dry, sour, finish. Vinegar notes mixed with wine, but still overshadowed by the cherries. Malts are fairly crisp and clean. The oak barrels come through nicely, adding just a touch of refined woodiness and traces of vanilla. The more I sip, the more this beer reveals. A very well crafted flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit foamy, with champagne like carbonation. A slight bit of acidity, but not too much. Body is pretty good for an American wild, but not quite at same level as many of the Cantillon offerings.

Drinkability is good. Lots of tartness and cherry flavor. I could definitely enjoy a 375ml bottle by myself. I think if the body were a bit less foamy I could enjoy even more, but it's still goes down pretty easy. A beer that is meant to be sipped and savored.

Overall, this is my first Russian River sour out of the bottle and I'm finding it to be pretty awesome. Lots of cherry, nicely complex, this beer is a great example of the American wild style. My only real complaint is that I don't have a few to age in my cellar. Keep up the great work Russian River!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 01:15:31 | More by sisuspeed
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

11-15-2013 17:52:09 | More by anticipation23
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4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Russian River Supplication

Appearance: brownish amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice sourness, fruit, and cherries.

Taste: fruit, barley, a subtle sourness, and a sweetness from the cherries.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a very nice brew. The sourness isn't that prevalent, but it meshes very well with all of the flavors. The fruit flavors make this very refreshing and leave you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:44:20 | More by megahurts4
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

11-13-2012 18:52:49 | More by gshak
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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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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The fiery glow casts a shadow against the darkness, sparks and flame, the cloudy red-orange of a cold night with heat emanating from the flames... True lambic appearance, as the fluff forms just a bit of soap-bubble but then goes on its' way, leaving but a few spots.
"We'll have to make a run for it, the earth caving..."
"We can't hold out much longer!"
"Then GO ON!"
Like so many huskies with a "MUSH!" and a whip, we force ourselves towards the unbearable heat. The wind whipping our backs and the flames licking our faces, and the aromas come.
Huge funk, predominantly brettanomyces and pediococcus, and as we look to our left and groan under the weight, the cherry comes out a bit as well... Old, mouldy, sour cherries that have sat stagnant for so long, as a depth of sweetness behind the wall of sour leaves a massive complexity and we leap through the flames as if our lives depend on it... perhaps they do... close your eyes and embrace the heat, pretend it is but a warmth, keep leaping, don't open your eyes, we must make it...

Now we can breathe again. We pass the flagon around with the flames at our heels, shrieking and mocking us like a cabbage beset with worms, all writhing and stretching, first this way, then that. So then, here they are, the characteristics, this is what we taste.
Puckering and lightly metallic, with the cherry and oakiness a dominating monstrosity in the middle. The back of the tongue is more lactic and brett sour, with some lemon notes joining the foray simply for good measure. The lingering finish shows itself to be exceedingly dry, but still retains a hint of cherry-like sweetness beyond the immense sour.
The feelings in the mouth are not as substantial... The carbonation is very light, leading into a very dry and puckering finish. It coats our mouths with a mega-warheads like sour, the immense sourness that I can only recall, as it has been so long...
A grin and a glance at our comrades, we've run through it yet again, we're warm and cheery now... may it ever be thus.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 02:00:04 | More by khiasmus
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-06-2013 09:46:22 | More by riemster
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-25-2013 05:48:34 | More by RayUF07
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-02-2013 05:14:38 | More by rodlavers
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

03-05-2014 16:46:09 | More by unclekeith
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4.66/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle, Batch 010, split with a friend, poured into a snifter glass slightly below cellar temp.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange/red with creamy white head, great retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet tart fruit, a lot of sour cherries, a little of the pinot peeks through nicely.

Taste: Sweet, tart, cherries, the taste lingers and coats the tongue pleasantly. If the pinot was a little more forward it'd be a 5/5.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with moderate carbonation. sticky finish.

Overall: One of the best AWAs you'll ever have. A real pleasure to drink. Pretty close to perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:26:39 | More by MCain04
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-27-2013 15:18:47 | More by Hopsiam14
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-15-2013 21:34:17 | More by emottram
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3.8/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at The Trappist yesterday. Reddish/orange in appearance. Smells like sour cherries, but there also seemed to be a metallic tinge to the smell that was off-putting. Taste was significant sour cherries. Fresh, tart, a little bit of funk. Fairly well balanced. The sourness is under control. Overall, very enjoyable and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 20:55:00 | More by waltonc
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4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep sunset orange with a 1 finger, off white head.

S- Smells tart, cherries, sour funk. Theres a bit of an off smell here that is sort of sulfury. I like sour but the rogue smell really throws me.

T- Tastes sweet with light fruits that move into cherries. After that of course comes the sourness. None of the strange smell from the nose, incredibly well balanced.

M- A bit thicker than russian rivers other wild ales with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is another winner from RR. Well balanced, delicious, what more is there to say. Maybe not my favorite of the sours but it is certainly worth a try (or two).

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 03:39:24 | More by Lothore
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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