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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,689
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2,128
Gots: 1,404 | FT: 92
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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4.25/5  rDev -7%

unclekeith, Mar 05, 2014
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Alpar, Jan 21, 2012
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Roger85, Jan 18, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 7 oz champagne flute and allowed this to warm to about 50 degrees before digging into it.

A: Pours a darkish peach, almost has some brownish color to it. There is a ring of head around the edges of the glass, but as with most wilds that I have tried, the carbonation does not manifest itself in any form of visible head. Additionally, the carbonation seems to be better masked than I have seen in bottled wilds. There are no coarse bubbles on the sides of the glass submerged in the beer (as you would see in soda). This is in stark contrast to the Yellow Bus and Frambozen that I tried at my last tasting of sours.

S: Obviously, one of the dominant aromas is the strong brettanomyces funk, but there is much more to this beer than just sourness. Very evident is a musty and tart cherry character, undoubtedly from the cherries used in the creation of this beer. However, there is also a sweet aspect to this that I did not expect. It doesn't come from any malt profile, so I suspect that it is again the cherries.

T: The first striking thing about this beer once it is on my palate is that it is much more sour than I had initially expected after the aroma was mild and somewhat sweet. This is definitely a Russian River sour, as their yeast strain comes though very evidently. This sour flavor is complemented nicely by an earthiness that comes from the barrel aging, sweetness from the cherries, and an underlying red wine acidity from the pinot noir aging.

M/D: This beer is very desirable on pretty much every level. Despite looking flat, Supplication on tap surprises with a tingly feeling of carbonation that envelops the palate, working with the yeast to give a mouth-puckering feeling. As this was the latest batch of Supplication, I imagine that a couple more months of aging will do this beer a lot of good as the sour notes mature and amplify. However, the flavor and the balance of sweet and sourness in the this beer is impressive, to say the least.

NittanyBeerFan, Feb 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

MrDave, May 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

TubaDan, Jan 26, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork pops off with an explosive pop. The beer pours aky red in color with a moderately thin off-white head. Very sour aroma! Big cherry flavor with a nice oaky character. Flavor starts very sweet. Gets a bit rough on the tongue mid-palate -- like licking a cork. Oaky woodiness then comes through fairly strongly, blending nicely with a semi-sweet cherry flavor at the finish. Yeast pour mellows the flavor a bit, enhancing the fruity character nicely. Another great one from Russian River!

mzwolinski, Aug 28, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

stogirelli, Jun 16, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yetiman420 was kind enough to share this in his dazzling beer cellar - I wasn't expecting it, so thank you! It's people like him, that make me strive to be a beer advocate.

A loud, angry pop was heard as the cork flew off this one and hit the ceiling in his basement. Batch # 3 in the 375ml format.

Pours a slightly cloudy, light brown with a white, tightly compacted head. Good amoeba-like lacing up the side of my over-sized Duvel snifter and great head retention.

Smells of ripe, tart cherries, possibly some lightmalts and even a touch of nut brown nuttiness.

High, spicy carbonation as it hits my mouth, reminiscent of sticking pop rocks in your mouth! Sparkling mouthfeel. Slightly sweet and very crisp. Light bodied and unique medium to full flavored. Sourness is the predominant quality, but extremely smooth.

Very nice and worth the hype! Go out and try this!

beachbum1975, Jan 30, 2009
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Shilt, Feb 10, 2013
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Flabbyjandro, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had been waiting for sometime to try Supplication. I missed it on tap at Monk's a few months back but I got a few bottles in Sonoma, CA at the Sonoma Wine Exchange and also a magnum at the brewpub. The beer I tasted was one of the small bottles. the magnum will sit in the basement waiting for a special occasion.

I poured the beer into a nice tulip glass and admired it for awhile. I got a nice thick bubbly, off white head that lingered for awhile. The fruit aromas you get from there beer are very pleasing. Cheeries and citrus. I really enjoyed the carbonation and tart taste in my Supplication. This definitely takes on some characteristics of wine or champagne which is a nice take on beer. I will surely be back for a few more bottles and hopefully find it on tap in the near future.

ggaughan, Dec 20, 2005
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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Sanchezrox23, Mar 17, 2014
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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