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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,364
Hads: 5,638
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 2,559
Gots: 1,847 | FT: 130
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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 RyanK252
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River

A: Pours slightly hazy deep copper brown with an off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Tart, dark fruit, cherry, some oak and wine character from the barrels, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Quite tart, sour cherry, a faint almost raspberry like something in there, nice oak character and touch of wine from the barrels, a little funk, and the slightest bit of sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate but prickly carbonation.

O: Very well done, and properly sour. (527 characters)

Photo of MrGootwin
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice sour. My wife and I typically get flemish sours - Duchess, Monks, etc. - but were very happy to switch it up when we got our hands on some Supplication. Not as sweet as the flemish sours and definitely more tart. Highly recommend if you can get your hands on it. (272 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma features a fair amount of lactic funk (leather, sandalwood) with a little bit of sour grape must. Pringly carbonation and mouthfeel. The lactose carries over but it isn't ultra-vinegary. You can definitely pick up the pinot noir flavors, but I couldn't find the Brett much on my pallete. Lots of sour grape must, a little cherry and hibiscus as well. There is a pointed oak note on the end from the barrel aging, and it is a tad too bitter on the linger for me. Overall a great sour but not some mythological perfection. (530 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Russian River Belgian style stemmed glass

A: Pours a reddish brown color with an off white head, some carbonation, hazy, some lacing.

A: Sour tart funkiness, cherries, picking up some oak, white grapes, smells really good.

T: Sourness, cherries, oak, white grapes, finishes funky with more oak and dry.

M: Medium body mouthfeel, less carbonated than it looks.

O: My first sour I had about a year ago and did not like it, I think I had to explore the style first. This is really good, complex, I don't remember getting as much oak but it is well balanced with cherries and the other sour characteristics. (637 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of cherries and not feet. Initial taste is very alcoholic but I get use to the taste and it starts tasting better. The finish is less alcoholic and tart. Pretty good (174 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 1/16/15 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours an opaque copper-orange with a 1/2 finger bubbly snow white head which dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Oak barrel and cherries dominate with a touch of barnyard funk and vinegar. There is a hint of sweetness that balances out the sour aroma. Smells amazing.

Taste: The oak characteristic from the barrel is dominant up front with a blast of sour cherries and lacto sourness in the middle before ending with tannic dryness that leaves a very mildly sour and oaky finish. Overall, the flavor is a bit abrasive and not as balanced as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. This is a one and done beer for me.

Overall: Very good beer overall. The aroma is by far its best characteristic as it smells truly great. I would definitely recommend trying this beer, but I think it's a bit overrated. (989 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split with a buddy, so poured into Stone Sourfest taster glass.

Pours a hazy, darker amber with a mild head and some delicious cherry and sour funk notes emanating out. Goes down incredibly smooth and not too bitter at all on the back-end. The cherry flavors are a highlight and provide a very different takeaway than most sours. There's a reason this one's so well regarded. (376 characters)

Photo of Alequine
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an inviting amber-mahogany color. The most sophisticated description of smell that I could initially muster was: sour. After giving the beer a minute to breathe, though, it reveals fragrances of cherry and cranberry that then give way to scents of green apple and lime. Taking the first sip is an experience unto itself. While the nose gives you every indication that you should expect a Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Cranberry concoction, the sour profile puts your tongue in a chokehold. This aggressive taste eventually does mellow and reveal an oaky red wine flavor. Tannins are present and add to the tartness of the sour cherries. Overall, this beer is one of the pinnacle sours available today. And beyond all else, you have to love the fact that the carbonation bubbles – like the old man in Up – continue their journey through the very last sip. (1,510 characters) (884 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin head that fades entirely pretty quickly.

Nose is funk forward, tinge of sour and vinegar with some bright over ripe fruit, definitely cherries on the top.

Flavor is exactly as expected except maybe even more sour than expected. Definitely a solid funk here and a really bright and bitter component along with the sour. The oak adds a nice depth of character and the body feels more well rounded for it. Really awesome sour here, a real treat. (486 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this head to head with consecration. Pours a medium amber color. About a finger of fluffy white head. Smells of vinegar, Sour cherries, Funk and some oakey notes. Taste is pretty much the same, but a bit dialed back. Not as good as consecration, but still awesome. RR knows their sours. (290 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 89/100

Summery: Hard for me to give a true summary, not a big sour fan. its really good though compared to the other sours I have had. I have had 4 Russian River Sours. Temptation (chardonnay Barrels) has been by far my fav. This is totally complex and tasty. I cant give a far review when I don't love Brett. My bottum line as with most sours.They would be awesome if they were cheaper... I don't find the value in them. That said, this brew is unique and packed with complexity through and through~ (667 characters)

Photo of RyanJohnCrain
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A dark Ruby in light and out of light it has a very brown copper look to it.

S: Cherries,oak, wine,biscuit among others

T: Tart with tons of cherries that follows with sweet bread malts and the Funk! on the back side

F: Light to Medium body, crisp bubbles

O: im a big fan of this beer/wine or wine/beer. whatever it is its good. Love the after taste and licking my lips after every sip to get that last little bit of tart sweetness. best I have had in class (464 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz pour during San Jose beer week.
I was at RR last week and had Consecration, and I'll preface this review by saying I enjoyed that beer more. Supplication has a very nice bright nose that is fruit-forward, sour,and followed by some in ce brett funk. The taste loses most of the fruit and is extremely vinous. The finish is like licking the side of a wine barrel. Very interesting, but a bit odd with such a disconnect between the nose and taste. I also found myself seaching for those cherries to no avail. Overall, a pretty good beer, but not as balanced as some other RR sours. (587 characters)

Photo of ljjpowers
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it’s because I just finished watching Somm for the thirteenth time or maybe it’s because I drank three Supplications tonight, but this Russian River creation has me a bit confused— is it a fine wine or a finer beer? Since we can’t pick up on scents like new rubber hose or fresh tennis ball canister, we’re assuming it’s a beer… and a damn good one at that. If you haven’t seen Somm then you have no idea what I’m talking about…

Dispensing with the wit for a moment, I can’t help but stare at this beauty — in the words of Zoolander, she is “really really ridiculously good looking.” Supplication, of course, pours an inviting amber-mahogany color. The most sophisticated description of smell that I could initially muster was: sour. After giving the beer a minute to breathe, though, it reveals fragrances of cherry and cranberry that then give way to scents of green apple and lime. Taking the first sip is an experience unto itself. While the nose gives you every indication that you should expect a Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Cranberry concoction, the sour profile puts your tongue in a chokehold. This aggressive taste eventually does mellow and reveal an oaky red wine flavor. Tannins are present and add to the tartness of the sour cherries. Overall, this beer is one of the pinnacle sours available today. And beyond all else, you have to love the fact that the carbonation bubbles – like the old man in Up – continue their journey through the very last sip. (1,510 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A — Pours a deep ruby hue into the glass, decent bit of clarity to it as well.

S — Smells of richly bright and tart fruits, lots of tart bitter cherry character, as well as an oaky mellowness to it. There is certainly a predominant sour tone to this one, little bit of funky Brett as well, but not as noticeable.

T — Just great layers of flavor and depth. Great sour cherry notes, can definitely pick up on the lacto, and there is a bit of pedio sharpness as well. But really this is a great representation of the cherries and the barrel aging. Brett has really helped to clean this one up and meld everything together into a great harmony of flavors.

M — Light in body, very very dry, thank you Brett!

O — Just spectacular overall, tough to compare this to anything, just in a class of its own. (810 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Russian River Supplication has a medium, white head, a murky, amber appearance, some noticed suspended yeast chunks, and low-level lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sourness, up front, but there’s a background maltiness, brown bread crust, fruitiness of a type, and the flavor is of tart cherry skins, semi-sweet malt, sour and sweet fruit, and essentially no bitterness. Even a nutty, woody, cherry seed. Also, barrel-aged wood. Mouthfeel is medium, and Russian River Supplication finishes semi-dry and exquisite.

RJT (530 characters)

Photo of jtwhicker
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased two bottles in May '15 while visiting RRBC. Tasting first bottle (bottled 1/16/15). Chilled bottle first in fridge for 30 minutes.

Appearance: Poured in tulip glass. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Looks and pours like rose wine.
Smell: Smell of dark cherries, plum, oak, hint of vanilla or sugar. Slow carbonation bubbles from bottom of glass.
Taste: Tart cherry, Residual taste of wine musk.
Feel: Velvet texture. Mild booze, oak dry finish with wine musk. Not as sour as expected
Overall: Compared to lower end Gose beers, berliner weisses, and other sours, not as pugnant, rather smooth; taste complexity could be contributed to the oak aging?
I really like anything RRBC, but would like to compare to Sanctification, which I have a couple of bottles of as well. Thinking about what this would taste like before aging? Solid investment for instant enjoyment and aging. Strongly recommend for any avid sour ale drinker. (949 characters)

Photo of Mattygross44
3.81/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

I guess sours are just not for me i mean i am a beer drinker if i wanted something like this i would be a wine drinker!! I will stick to my manly big boy beers and leave the sours to the wine lovers. Shouldnt be considered a beer at all! (238 characters)

Photo of searsclone
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to a new Belgium globe glass.

A golden color with pink-ish hue and a long lasting head that is also pink-ish. A lot of sediment settles to the bottom of the glass.

First smell during the pour is overwhelming bananas. In the glass it's horse blanket, cherry, and a woody smell from the barrel.

Taste is instant sour, that easily slides to a sweetness for a dry finish. There's a lot of wood in the middle. More than I can describe, but really great. Probably the best sour I've ever had. Medium bodied and dry, yet still leaves a bit of a syrupy coating on the tongue.

Overall a fantastic beer. Try it if you have the opportunity. (646 characters)

Photo of drew42e
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like carbonated iced tea. Nice mild sour aroma and flavor with notes of cherries and can taste the Pinot noir barrels. Great sour from Russian River Brewing. (165 characters)

Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on Tap at RRBC last night.

Possibly my favorite sour ever. Very tart up front and the cherries really shine through. I'm not a big fan of Brett, but it's used perfectly here. Just the right amount of funk (not overpowering) to add to the cherry, pinot, sour from lacto and pedio, with just a hint of oak on the finish = amazing. (333 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My good buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley, sent me this in a package from northern, CA recently. Bottled on 7/11/14. Poured out of a 12.68 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a clear, deep amber red color with lots of little streams of bubbles continuously rising tot eh beer's surface. Has a head that is about a half inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 14 to 1/3 inch thick with very excellent retention. Best head retention I've seen on any beer in awhile. Aromas of tart black cherry along with a nice yeasty barnyard like funk that gives way to an oaked sourness along with some tannins and a sweet diacetyl that is rounded out with a subtle but definitely noticeable malt presence. Very complex aroma. Tastewise the tart cherry intermingled with the slightly toasted bready, biscuit malt notes come out first followed by the funky sour notes and oak tannins. Slight vinegar and an almost salty note rounds this beer out. Quite an excellent flavor profile. Extremely complex, yet something that blends together so exquisitely. Has a dry and sour aftertaste. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth and frothy, also somewhat creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A damn fine beer here. One of the best I've had in awhile. Excellent drinkability and I'd say a pretty accessible beer for this style. A very enjoyable beer all around here! Worth a try for sure if you can get your hands on it!


Eric (1,556 characters)

Photo of SteveOOO
3.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was good. But not very good.

Sourness was quite underwhelming on a bottle that was cellared for over a year. The taste overall was just not impressive. (157 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark brown, almost reddish brown draft pour; thick off white head. Sour fruit nose. Sour fruit, dark cherries, and Pinot Noir peppery plum flavors. Medium lite mouthfeel with sour ball cherry finish. Overall, excellent - more sour than funky - great combination. (262 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this on my second trade but have just been letting it sit trying to gather up the nerve to try it after being wrecked by the Sourness that is Consecration.

A - Vibrant amber color. With rocky white head and great lacing. This beer looks similar to a Dr. Pepper with some malt body.

S - The smell comes off with a fruit bouquet with mostly a tart black cherry smell that is quite nice. After the initial fruit aromas it has complexity. There is a sour character, some oakiness, and some tannins and a wine character from the barrel. In addition to all that there is also a malt, grain, and a sweet diacetyl which really adds depth.

T - With the first sip you get rocked by all of the different flavors but like all of the best beers it is complex but you can dissect it. Initially the cherries, sweet malt, and oak hit the front and then develop quickly in the middle with the sour but still fruity character that is more vinous. On the finish the sour helps cleanse the ton of different flavors but there is enough residual sweet malt, cherry, and grape to keep it tasty.

M - light mouth-feel with high carbonation. The low ABV makes this very easy to drink and the balance of sweet and tart is pleasant.

Overall, a very tasty sour. The cherries really make this beer. I really enjoyed how the fruit flavors blend well with the wine and malt but in a light bodied ale. It isn't like a Lindemans Kriek cherry flavor but more like a dark cherry that rounds out the flavor instead of being a more candy cherry flavor. The sour is a strong contributor being at different intensities throughout the entire taste but is always complimented by some other flavor. This is much better than Consecration because of the balance of cherry, wine, oak, malt, sweet, and sour without the sour really making you cringe or overrunning all the other flavors.

Glass- Tulip (1,868 characters)

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,364 ratings.