Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,511
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
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Gots: 1,780 | FT: 126
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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 cducap
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nearly flawless beer. One of the sours I judge all others against.

Photo of NolanGTI
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Beer, meet cherries. Cherries meet champagne. this is quite simply an astounding beer and I hate fruit in my beer typcially.

A small head coats the sides as you drink this bad boy down. Cherries are front and center followed by the taste of a nice champagne yeast, unlike anything I have ever tasted in a beer before. This was followed by the nice flavors of a mild brown ale. Tart, but not overly slow with a tangy middle and a nice ale finish. Just a real gem.

Photo of studentofbeer
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. batch 001. poured a pretty, super clear red/orange mahagony color with no head whatsoever. this was just a few degrees below room temp.

aroma is yeasty, deep cherry, berries, dried apricot aroma, combined with complex earthy, barnyard and brett aromas. very inviting.

wow, great penetrating sour taste hits the tongue. didn't pick all that up in the aroma. super dry, with sour cherry, bitter lemon, sweet berry, cassis. tons of minerality and acidity. carbonated and zippy, but smooth like a fine champagne. finishes with a slightly bitter, funky barnyard note.

basically, an amazing beer. i wish i had a case of this stuff, and that this was a 750ml bottle. i don't know how long ive been hiding it in the cold (at least a year, maybe two), but it's perfectly balanced and wonderfully complex. perfect as an apparatif or with food.

combines the best complexity of a lambic with a friendly fruity flavor and a minerality reminiscent of great champagne.

near the end of the beer i swirled the tiny bit left in the bottle and poured the yeast in, creating a murky orange color. surprisingly, more of the cherry sweetness came out in both the aroma and taste. the beer became softer and creamier. this was not what i was expecting. good, but i prefer it without the yeast because of its racy, sour characteristics (even tho many beers i prefer adding the yeasties).

this was truly a perfect pairing with a thick cut pork chop with a sweet and sour pan sauce (sweet vermouth, smoked bacon, shallots, plum tomato, butter, etc.), some roasted yams and a salad. just amazing.

Photo of drowland
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at RBWG 2010 from a 375mL bottle. The aroma is huge oak and Belgian yeast with definite tartness and touches of brett and lacto for sure. The flavor is big sour, plenty tart, with citrus and so much more. The oak presents itself more subtley than in the aroma with a hint of Brett presence as well. Awesome stuff!

Photo of benpopper
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 005x3

In the glass it is very deep red and had almost no head. Fades quickly, not a whole lot of lacing.

The smell is great in its complexities. A whole lot of the outdoors up front with a little cherry hiding behind it all.

Sweeter than the other two Russian River offerings we shared this night, but has a good amount of the funky quality we hope to get from a wild right behind. Great sipping quality to try to pick different things out of.

It is a great drinker with a god amount of carbonation, yet smooth feel going down.

Definitely something I want to drink more often than the yearly bottle I currently get.

Photo of pmoore311
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle on 4/22/10.

Appearance - Beautiful orangish brown color, with bubbly white head.

Smell - good, sour, vineger, and cherries, I am not getting a ton of the barrel in the nose, but overall very pleasant.

Taste - delicious sweet tart like cherry with a variety of additional dark fruits fruits and earthiness. Subtle notes from the barrel come through as it warms.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly and compliments the style.

Overall - Fantastic, I have been slowly getting more and more into this style and after having this one I am hooked. Absolutely a world class beer.

Photo of heelsn02
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 005X1. Major thanks to ipa247 for sending this my way.

SO excited to drink this... tried it on draught at RR about 2 years ago, which seems like forever ago.

12.68 fl. oz. bottle poured into my newly acquired catawba valley brewing Co. snifter.

Picking up the nose 2 feet away, straight from the pour. Almost looks like a bourbon color to me (probably b/c i've been pouring some Buffalo Trace lately :) amber/deep orange color. Very cloudy and very bubbly. 2 fingers worth of eggshell head. Awesome looking beer.

Crazy unique smell. Smells wonderfully fruity fresh, flowery wild yeast. Crisp, clean, earthy aromas. Most complex beer I've ever smelled and it's not even close. Very tart... a bit boozey, but not overwhelming. Dirty brett barnyard funkiness. just heavenly.

Taste is very tart, very sour. absolutely incredible. Lots of tart cherry flavors coming thru. GREAT stuff. Pucker power for sure. Some pineapple/strawberries coming thru too. No oaky/woody barrel tones at all, not at all like a lambic either. Can taste some pinot noir characteristics - my favorite wine too. I just LOVE it. Absolutely phenomenal. Super complex stuff here. almost like liquid sweet tarts. I could drink this all night long.

Pretty dry, wine-like finish, very carbonated.

Really wish I had another one of these in the fridge. The best sour beer I’ve ever had, might be the best beer I've ever had too. RR rules. thanks again Jeff.

Photo of dfclav
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pour is a very nice two finger dark amber colored cascading head. Plenty of active carbonation keeps the head up for several minutes.

S - huge whiff of Brett funk first smell that overpowers everything else. Underneath that you get a bit of cherry with oak and a touch of bready yeast.

T - a very well balanced mix of Brett and cherries that go together extremely well. Many breweries fail with the addition of cherries, it is really almost always a miss for me. This is a definite exception. A very nice tartness accompanies this beer, about the level of eating a fresh tamarind. As it warms oak adds another layer of complexity.

M - medium to light bodied, fairly light on the carbonation in the mouth which always works for me in sours because high carbonation makes me believe my teeth are going to rot out. Finish is very dry and oaky, and delicious. Mouth wateringly delicious.

O - If you are a fan of the style this is a must have beer. If you are just getting into the style this may be a bit intense but should give you some good hindsight about the style. This is a very well crafted brew and worthy of being called one of the best beers in the world.

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Supplication pours a wonderfully deep amber/ brown hue with hints of dark red around the edges of the glass. The head is off white lingering on light tan and it is quickly disappearing.

S- The pinot noir is very evident and dominates the nose. Dark, sour cherries are quite present as well. Absolutely no hop aroma to speak of. Some residual fruit sweetness on the back end as well.

T- Just like the smell, the wine is very present. Sour grapes and cherries shine through. It's almost squint worthy. It's a little yeasty but not too much.

M- Quite tangy this one. Its lip-smackingly good but it also makes my right eye squint at times. The pinot noir resonates more than anything and I'm loving it. Very easily drinkable at 7.75% as well.

O- Spectacular beer. It's bitey, tangy, sour, a little sweet, and complex. Awesome, unique take on a style that is constantly changing. Good stuff from RR.

Serving Type- 12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Thanks for reading.

Photo of gwood
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003

Pours orange with amber highlights with a big airy head that laces nicely. Active carbonation consistently wells up in the center of the tulip glass, pushing it's way through the head to the surface.

Smells of acidic fruits and yeast are met with a big blast of tart lighter fruits on the tongue. Slight apricot mixed with green apple quickly gets taken over by a big ball of sour funk that fades into a very slight grain note that then transitions back to some slight wood tannins and more tartness. The cherries are here but they are far from taking over, I think they've added more in the way of color (which was just awesome, love the way this beer looks in the glass).

The finish is dry and crisp and is carried along the whole way by a wonderful blend of carbonation and tartness, body is medium. I wish that this bottle was twice the size that it was, but I'll relish the fact that I've got a few more waiting. Just a highly drinkable and highly enjoyable brew.

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drank during the bears sucking up the game. My 50th review so I figured I would drink something good.

a- orange red with a huge fluffy white head thats seems to take forever to go away a brilliant looking beer.

s- You can tell this beer is sour. Alot of cherries and lemons and grapefruit fill the nose.

t-woah the taste is awesome. granny smith apples type of sour. The beer is almost salty, but like a good margarita it adds to the sour flavor.

m- alot of carbonation that succums to the sour flavor. very very very good

d- I like this beer and would drink this alot but the reason it isnt perfect just results in the style.

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

The Russian River "ation" series of sour ales is really good. They have yet to let me down and this one is no different.

The beer is a cloudy brownish yellow with bits of dead yeast slowly floating to the base of the glass. It pours with a medium head that is a lovely yellowish white and sticks around till the glass is finished.

The nose entices the senses with cider, apple, oak, and a little apricot. There are some faint notes of almost a chemical smell as well as some heat and for that it got marked a down a little on the smell.

The ale has an orchard fruit profile with notes of apple, pear, and a bit of cherry on the tip of the tongue. The beer starts sweet and then bites you at the end with its lovely sour characteristic.

The body is thin but balanced by a good amount of carbonation which adds to the sour nature of the beer.

Overall this is an exceptional sour beer and I tend to choose it when I'm in the mood for something out of my ordinary. I definitely recommend this beer to any sour lover and its also a great beer for those who aren't the typical beer drinkers.

Photo of jm1229
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Batch 7.

A- Lively carbonation quickly settles and leaves no lacing. Rusty orange color with hints of red.

S- Cherries, oak, grapes, apples. SOUR! Oh man, this smells amazing. My mouth is watering.

T- Follows the nose completely. Cherries, oak, grapes/wine (no doubt from the Pinot). It's so sour; more so than any other sour I've had to date. World class.

M- Prickly carbonation coats the tongue. Perfect amount. So drinkable, I'm afraid this bottle (or my other 3) will not last nearly as long as they should.

O- One of my all time favorite beers. Ever since I had this with my friends at RR, it's been on of "those" beers for us. Wish it was cheaper (and easier to find), but I'll take what I can get.

Photo of BVukelich
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a special "barrel" week at The Beer Junction. $4 for a 4oz pour, 7% ABV. Rich, red-copper color. Tremendous lace sticking to the glass. Aroma was a bit sour and unfortunately, I think I was picking up hints of the sanitation in the glass. Flavor had a mild puckering tang, no hop bitterness and not too sweet. Carbonation was average and viscosity was above average. Delicious aftertaste. This was worth the price for a special treat.

Photo of anchordrinker
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Orange-ish amber in color, 1.5 finger head thins out but sticks around. Good lace.

S- Cherries, oak, earthiness, hint of vinegar, and some wine-y qualities. Exactly how I want a sour to smell, seriously complex but nothing abrasive

T- If there is one thing this beer does better than aroma it is taste. Initial lightly tart and sweet cherry and light oak-iness fades into an earthy funk, that is briefly overtaken by a flash of strong citric tart flavor from the sour lacto. As the strong tartness peters off, the funk kicks again towards the end, culminating in an extremely satisfying dry finish.

M- Very nice mouthfeel, extremely fine, spritzy carbo that is reminiscent of champagne. This fine carbo and medium body make for a silky smooth sip that allows all of this beer's amazing flavors to shine through.

Overall- This beer is a testament to the idea that brewing is as valid an art as any. As a beer with unbridled complexity that leaves you wanting more after each sip, Supplication is a memorable experience that is well worth the high price.

Photo of fatmusic14
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While I'm relatively new to sours, I've had some impressive variations lately. At my local brew store, I saw Supplication - and knew it came highly recommended. While I've got some work to do on my glassware game, this was served from a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- a beautiful burnt orange, like a Colorado sunset - when the sky looks like its on fire. Deep, rich hues that invoke memories of world travel and freedom. Carbonation bubbles constantly float upwards, in a seemingly endless fashion.

S - Wow. Cherries, Sour, smells like winter and spring at the same time. Refreshingly in your face, but the tartness of the ale really comes through your nostrils.

T - A beautifully put-together sour ale. So complex, with flavors galore. Not overpowering, not too tart, very very well done.

M - my mouth is still watering.

O - At $13 for a pint, I'd buy a 6 pack. Highly, Highly recommend.

Photo of thatguy3579
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color, medium cloudiness, and a persistent tan head.

S: A good smell of sour apples and cherry.

T: Taste is plenty sour, but pleasant - each sting begs for another. Mostly sour apples and cherry.

M: Thin, with low carbonation.

D: Sour, but not abrasive or overpowering. A little goes a long way though - I would not drink this frequently or in volume.

Photo of Forplay678
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the bombest sour ever

Photo of cptierney
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub in the newer style Russian River glass as opposed to the old tulip style.

This beer came out with next to no head. There was a thin veil of bubbles across the top of the beer but as I drank it down none stuck to the sides of the glass. The color was decided caramel with the translucent liquid having a honey color when held up to a light source.

Boom, this beer smells like Russian River. That Brett funk is here with each waft smelling more and more like the cork of a freshly popped bottle of red wine. with a deeper inhale I get some oak chords along with that indescribable wet barnyard stench.

This is a chewable beer. There is very little carb bite to it and though the beer itself might not be thick, my tongue thinks it is due to its mellow, nearly fizz free texture.

This beer is TART. Like taking a hit of apple cider vinegar tart. It reminds me of that sour feeling you get when you eat dried apricots, minus the apricot flavor of course, a natural sour vibe abounds. There is a bit of tart cherry flavor to this guy and the barrel aging is certainly noticeable with the hint of oak. Truly a sour head's delight.

Not too high drinkability as I find this RR sour in particular to have a cumulative puckering affect. Really only one glass is suitable, but that one glass is really a good one.

Photo of bergdj
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A delicious beer with just a hint of sourness. The fruit from the Pinot barrels is not overwhelming. Very well balanced. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

I got a bit too much head and resulted in a little flatter then i think it would have been otherwise. Really a great beer though.

Photo of Kruxx
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer with a medium rare steak. Made me feel as if I was drinking a $50 bottle of wine. Oak aged, great bitterness, just super well rounded. What a treat! Just wish I could get this regularly. Wife was super impressed and asked why we can't get this here. Russian River beers are top of the line.

Photo of BlackHoleBrew42
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank the lord Jebus...

On Tap at Falling Rock in Denver. Been waiting to try this one, and it did not dissapoint. Little head, gives way to a nice ruby color, smelling of hay and fruit. Mouthfeel is amazing, acidity is there and cuts into it, but you really get a nice dose of the cherry. The cherry element reminds me of New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, but the sourness creates its own unique world. What a beer, I would gladly drink this all day and all night. Thank you, Mr. Cilurzo. Thank you.

Photo of Dspohn
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL corked and caged bottle.

A. Bright red/amber with some orange highlights around the edges topped by 1 inch of fluffy white head. Quite an exceptionally good looking beer. A steady stream of small champange style bubbles is present giving this beer a very lively look. As the head fades into a collar only a couple light swirls are needed to revive a solid half inch.

S. Very tart acidic cherry presence initially that is accompanied by some bright lemon and bitter/sour underripe grape notes. Quite oaky as well with a touch of vanilla, also some definite funky/barnyard brett aspects.

T. Initial puckering tartness, big acedic acid cherry flavors. The bitter/sour unripe red grape aspect is more pronounced in the taste than the smell and really adds another layer of complexity. Sour lemon, earthy brett and evident oak flavors really work wonders in this beer. My favorite flavor combination of any Russian River wild ale I have tried.

M&D. Light, lively, well carbonated. The complexity of this beer really helps the drinkability as I find myself continually sipping to dissect all the different aspects that go into this beer.

A great wild ale, I'm glad to be getting into craft beer when this style is really being developed by american brewers.

Photo of timfc
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was walking through SF and came upon a small corner bottle-shop. I went inside and, WTF?!? It was like a beer mecca (there's irony here people); where things I'd only heard about were just sitting on the shelf waiting for someone to purchase. Why, there's a Black Albert, sure, I'll take one. Oh, a Supplication? I would love one...

Have I mentioned that I like sours?

No, well...

I don't know how to put into words the level of love that I have for this beer. It's perfectly balanced, it's got amazing depth, the barrel, the cherries, oh my...

Right, tell you why I like the beer: it's simply one of the best examples of a barrel aged sour beer that exists. The flavor is slightly fruity, puckery, and has these amazing layers that just keep coming. It's one of the best beers that I ever had. I disconnected my analytical beer drinking side, sat, and sipped thinking, "oh god" over and over. Not many beers allow me to do that.

Photo of nectar14
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear gold amber with lingering white head

S: detailed and complex, with tobacco smoke, vanilla, cherries, malt, and funky Brett

T: cherry, malty grains, vanilla oak, tart acidity carrying well-balanced flavors

M: finessed, gentle, and broad. Really lovely.

D: not too heavy at all and I could drink a few of these.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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