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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,365 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,365
Hads: 5,643
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 3.79%
Wants: 2,560
Gots: 1,856 | FT: 130
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:
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 peensteen
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Rutager

Brownish red colour, ring of off white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is Full of cherry and oak, funky, tart acidity, fruity and some light balsamic with only a little bit of sweetness. Taste is funky, lots of tart cherry flavours, fairly big puckering sourness to it, oak and wine flavours, more cherry in the aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, medium body. Just fantastic, no trace of alcohol at all, just a straight up excellent sour, 375ml is too easy to drink. (498 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of Pinot Noir barrels are present in the nose along with notes of oak.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of sourness and cherries, the latter of which particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little acidic on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the balance and complexity of this beer as you could taste all of the flavors in equal proportions. (667 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/17/12. Poured into snifter glass. Beer had the color of dark orange or dark ruby-like. A couple mm thick head is present. It's a pretty solid foam that appears to be going no where for a while. There is some sediment at the bottom but partly my fault the way I poured it.

Smell: Definitely funky! It's honestly hard to describe but the best I can come up with is fermented tart cherries. Just taking a whiff of this smell and I think whoa something was a lot of fermentation happening in there. There is also notable wine characteristics.

Taste: At first when I take a sip, the sourness and tartness just slaps me across the face. It's almost pungent but in a palatable way plus a bitter component as I move the beer around the mouth. Plenty of sweetness, possibly from the cherries. Wow! Every swallow of a mouthful of this beer is one attack after another. It stays tart the entire time. There are also tart cherries that is easily noticeable. I'm new to sours but this really impressed me. After I finish a sip of the beer I get some flavor of dried cherries at the back of the tongue. The acidity of this beer stays after I finish the sip.

Mouthfeel: it has a medium mouthfeel to it and moderately carbonated.

Overall: This is one heck of a sour beer. Like I said, I've never had many sours so I won't ever forget this one. I hope I can get this again. (1,373 characters)

Photo of montrealbcr89
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks for rutager for this one!

A: Pours a brownish orange with a 3/4 finger off-white head with small bubbles. Head fades quickly. In the glass, this thing is a beautiful reddish-copper with brown notes.

S: You really have to get in there to get a good nose on this one, but when you do - wow. Sweet, tart cherries, little bit of vinegar, definite funk with some leather notes. Really nice.

T: Whoa. Hang on. Balance. Right up front, you are hit with the tartness. And then some funk. But towards the end, you get some sweet cherry and fruit notes. Some definite wine notes from the barrels. The funk adds another dimension to this beer. terrific stuff.

M: Pretty much perfect. Not too carbonated, very refreshing.

O: Super impressed. This one is a winner. I keep delving deeper into the "tion" series, and continue to be very pleased. I would have this any time. Great stuff! (888 characters)

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

This beer is absolutely amazing. The smell reminded me of some very good wines I've had. I can't say I've every smelled a beer that had that familiar a smell of a really good wine. Even my wife, who is much more a vinophile than I am, smelled it, she was impressed. Combine that with a phenomenal sour ale, and you've got a sure winner. Absolutely phenomenal, perfect beer. If I could find a stock of this, I'd buy everything they had. (435 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Realistically, it is almost not fair how close to perfection this beer is. For the style, it hits and nearly surpasses many of the characteristics. This is a textbook example of the style.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the beer was a deep magenta color with a slight bubbly white head. The aroma, best described as a flowery cherry aroma, was enchanting. In the initial taste, one detects notes of tart and sour cherry, grape skin, sour grapes, sour fruit, and a hint of vanilla from the barrel aging. The vanilla notes come to the front more as the beer progresses toward the aftertaste. The pleasantly acidic mouthfeel is allowed to linger momentarily as the ale's thickness lingers on the back of the tongue. I could easily drink this sour before any other. I like it a lot. (787 characters)

Photo of tbdkev
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Though listed as a wild ale, I'll go out on a limb and say that this is what every sour should aim for in terms of profile. It pours a burned red-orange to pink with some lacing. The aroma is out of this world. There are definite hints of cherry and pinot noir as advertised, but I also pick up a hint of eggnog, oddly enough. The taste follows the aroma. There's a definite mouth-puckering cherry tartness that quickly fades to a dry, clean finish. The sourness is very pronounced, and I think it may mask other flavors that are present. Nevertheless, this is one of the best sours I've ever had. (597 characters)

Photo of joslin2a
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A very nice amber color. Foam is a skin tone. Lacing was pretty nice looked like a big ring off foam then seperates into little sexy streams that go down the glass. It has one finger of foam that likes to hang, but knows when to leave.

Smell: Smell is nice. I get that very nice pinot noir smell with a little funk, as in 70's popular good funk. Sour cherries of course come through. That sourness just makes my mouth water though.

Taste: OH MY GOD! This was my first introduction into wild ale. What a start! I want to buy as much at my secret location as I can. What a wonderful elixir this drink is. First I get hit with this wonderful taste of tart but sweet ranier cherries with that juicy acidity of a peach and a little hint of a granny smith apples with the texture of a red delicious. Hmmm... I want a nice tart granny smith right now. Then it changes into this little leathery spicey, I felt a faint vanilla presence and a little bitterness like the white fleshy part of grapefruit, wonderful oaky pinot noir that then introduces and pairs well with the yeastiness and then you get a hint of the malt on the finish. That sour grape cherry pinot mixture turned that funky yeast into something fantastic. Try an onion dish with it and you will get a taste akin to dried snap peas. You can taste the alcohol if you look for it, but why look for it and just enjoy this fantastic flavor

Mouth feel: The mouthfeel is very sweet and juicy. The alcohol is almost non-present. The body is a medium light feel. With perky carbonation. Good feel overall.

Overall: What nice intro to wild ales. Definitely one of my top beers I have tasted so far. I will return! Glad I forked out the money for this masterpiece of a brewsky. (1,739 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours light red with minimal head. Smells like red wine light slightly tart smelling. Taste is dominated by a tart bite that mellows to a nice cherry oak aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is there but very soft. Overall this beer is amazing, so well balanced and dangerously drinkable. (298 characters)

Photo of joel_j
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this from a bottle at Hawthorne's, in Philadelphia.

A: Average appearance. Light colored, golden yellow, nothing extraordinary here.

S: Bitter and raw. Pungent. Smells like one would expect this beer to smell. Definitely some fruit in there, but as usual my senses were overwhelmed by the sour smell.

T: Taste takes a few sips to get used to. But when I did, it was great. Bitter, sour, but enjoyable. Not sour enough to make me pucker up, but definitely had the taste profile I expected.

M: Good. Nothing special here. (527 characters)

Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft at Monk's Cafe during philly beer week.

Pale red to tan in color. Little head or lacing to speak of.
Smell is minimal, but slight sour notes.
Taste is unbelievable. Higher then average carbonation, and finishes very sour. Citrus and notes of vinegar more then anything else.

Overall a great beer, im glad i finally had the chance to try this on draft. (367 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Brownish red with an off white creamy head that lasts. Some haze to it. Hardly any lacing.

S: Tons of tart cherries, a bit of sweet apples and some funk.

T: Tart and sour cherries up front with some nice funk. Can really pick up tannins and the pinot. Lots of oak on the backend. Finish is semi sour and a bit dry, yet clean.

M: On the heavy side of light. Smooth and slick mouthfeel. Fine carbonation.

O: Excellent sour. The time spent in the pinot noir is an awesome layer of flavor. Decent drinkability. (513 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear ruby/amber with a finger of off white head that recedes to a thin cover and leaves decent lacing.

S- The aroma is delightful with sweet and tart apples, sour cherries, and light barnyard funk.

T- The taste is quite sour and tart, but extremely refreshing! Tons of cherries and granny smith apple flavor. The lactic fermentation is obvious while the brett isn't as prevalent.

M- The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, light to medium with high carbonation.

O- Overall an excellent beer! Perhaps not quite living up to the hype as I've had several American wilds that are on par or a bit better, but I was not disappointed at all! (650 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack the cage and cork on a bottle of “Batch 006X1”, pouring a brew of burnt sienna coloring into our Founders snifters. It holds a two finger head of creamy, chunky khaki colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Speckled ridges of lacing are left around the glasses as it goes at a slower pace. Despite our best efforts, thick waves of haze permeate the clarity, with massive chunks of yeasty sediment found here and there. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is robustly tart off the bat, with musky woodiness, lactic acidity, biting Brett, soured cherry skin and pit, lemon zest, perfumed booziness, juicy yeastiness, and dirty flower water. These blend, sitting high against the filler, base notes of chalk, phenolic plastics, tinny metallics, toasted amber and brown malts, raw barley, and sweeter flesh of the cherries and browned pears. Our first impression is, well, I forget because I’m still trying to get back into my seat after that beastly tongue-punch of a sip. In all seriousness the flavoring is huge, soured, and generously inclusive of all the advertised components, and more. As we sip, the taste takes off with a flash of cidery sweetness before it’s decimated by lemon flesh, monstrous Bretty bite, chemicals and vinyl plastics, lactic vinegar acidity, coppery metallics, drying oaked woodiness, cereal sweetness, and a raw brown malt base. Moving to the peak is bittered fermented dark cherry skins, resiny pinot sweetness and oiliness, moldy lemon rind, metallic zing, and more salty, syrupy brown malts. The end comes with pollen nectar wash, Brett and lacto bite, balsamic vinegar, continued metallics, chalky cherry and red wine grape skins, warming, musky oakiness, and soft booziness. The aftertaste is massively fumy, with bacterial, yeasty airs, and only a slight hint of fusel alcohols, with sourdough breadiness, pumpernickel rind, grapefruity bitterness, juicy Brett, red apple sweetness, toasty pales and browns, puckered red wine, and smoky licorice. The body is medium, and the carbonation is solidly medium, with the prickle, albeit light, adding worlds to the pucker. The mouth is left slick and oily, with final green-stick astringency. Each sip gives soft and creamy slurp, froth, smack, and sticky finishing pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks excellently as a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Before you even have this guy it does a really, really good job of raising your expectations. Now, often this can lead to one being let down or disappointed, but here you are left feeling neither. Each flavor that you expect is swaddled beautifully in a blanket of soured yeastiness, bacterial infection, and solid base sweetness. The fruity bite adds to both the sweet and sour side of things, while the pinot noir woodiness adds not only flavoring, but helps to fix the mouth in a persistent, but happy, pucker. The ultimate blend is truly wonderful in its simplistic complexity. (2,997 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Batch 5

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with an off-white peripheral ring of small bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Red fruit--a pleasant combination of berries and cherries--and musty oak are both featured prominently. Bacterial culture is also detectable, although not overpowering or detracting. Qualities suggest extreme transformation of beer-type ingredients, with practically nothing recognizable as malt or hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with dynamic stone fruit and sourness that seems explosively intense at first exposure but becomes quite comfortable as the beer warms. Oak also takes a few beats to develop, but once present it infuses the flavor profile from beginning to end. Some yeast funk turns the middle into a tidy, well-ventilated goat pasture. A whiff of sulfurous bitterness toward the finish is like green wild mustard stems.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and cooling on the palate while acidity is confined to the throat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: One of Russian River's signature wine barrel-aged wild ales, Supplication excels at finding the happy medium between the golden Temptation and the high gravity Consecration. While the former is overtly wine-affected and the latter is challenging for almost any palate, this is just right. It successfully captures the mood of an authentic Belgian Kriek, at times comparable to lambics and Flanders-style ales. It deserves to be held up as one of the superlative examples of why Russian River beer is so good. (1,557 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy amber with a standard head that dissipates and forms a ring around the glass. No lace. Too hazy to see bubbles.

S - relatively soft aroma. Pedio/lacto sourness, sour cherry, oak, soft malt and pinot noir.

T - is similar to the aroma. Sour cherry dominates upfront, but not intense like a Kriek. Pinot noir and oak follows the cherry in the finish. Very nice flavor!

M - medium body. Creamy, bubbly and slightly oily. Quite acetic with a long and really pleasantly warm winey finish.

O - absolutely delicious. The pinot noir barrels compliment a sour cherry ale very nicely. (594 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a trade with PlinyElderTouchesYounger – thanks again! Bottle is dated 12/17/12. Poured from a 375 ml. bottle into my Lost Abbey teku glass.

A – Pours a deep red, almost bordering on some purple notes. A frothy white head quickly fizzles away, but plenty of energetic carbonation keeps running all around. I was careful with the pour, so it is perfectly clear without any stray yeast floating around.

S – Big sour grape and apple aromas careen around my sinuses. Whoa momma, this smells nice and tart. A vinegary and funky blend that is amazingly complex. Absolutely mouthwatering.

T – Holy man, this has wave upon wave of flavor, with definite shifts in the flavors that come out during each sip. Tart and crisp acidity transitions to a mix of the red wine barrels and funkiness of the Brett. This is shockingly balanced.

M – The abundant carbonation is a bit harsh, detracting from the mouthfeel a bit in my opinion. A medium-light body that is slightly drying.

O – This is a beautiful beer – brilliant complexity and balance in both the smell and the taste. This was my first Russian River sour – I hope the others are on the same tier because I will most certainly be seeking them out now. (1,237 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for cracking this with me, the last of the "regular" Russian River sours for me to try. Supplication pours a mildly translucent copper color with some very deep orange-ish hints throughout. Much like the rest of these sours, the off-white head wisps away fairly quickly without leaving anything behind to tell you that it ever existed.

Calling the aroma of Supplication "sour" or "tart" would hardly do it justice - it is extremely tantalizing to the saliva glands from the very first whiff. Sour, black cherries, grapes, apples, huge amounts of vinous notes, most likely from the Pinot Noir barrels. Secondary, yet still integral aromas include vinegar and a solid brazing of wet oak. The funk is certainly hanging about, too; very light horsey aromas, along with some musty cellar, wet hay, and faintly cheesy funk. Highly complex, and a wonderful aroma overall.

Up front, big-time vinegar and vinous flavors immediately jump out and start thrashing my tongue right away. The oak and barrel flavors are also amplified much more on the palate than they were on the nose, coming out heavy with some large grape skins, cherries, and apple. A huge collage of a nearly fifty-fifty split of juicy fruits and more sophisticated vinous flavors. Supplication is exceedingly tart and puckering with a lasting and somewhat acidic sourness that will keep your palate on its toes the whole time.

The tartness may be dominant, but the funk is not to be forgotten. Lots of Brett shines from the middle into the finish; cork, wet wood, light barnyard, and a super dry funk to close everything out. Though it's only 7% ABV, some alcohol characteristics become noticeable upon warming, more so adding another layer of complexity rather than being a nuisance. The mouth feel is dry and crispy with heavy carbonation; thin-medium bodied, wet and slick.

Wow, yet another fantastic Russian River sour. Drinkable beyond belief, as long as you don't mind a stomach ulcer or two. I'd put this one right around the middle of the pack of their regular line-up of sours (which is saying quite a bit, because even the bottom ones in my opinion are still damn good). I prefer this to Consecration and Sanctification, it's a bit more complex and has a better balance of tart and funk. All these sours make me upset that I don't receive Russian River distribution. (2,358 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +6%
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 (677 characters)

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 8/27/12

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a 1/2 finger of white head that eventually recedes down to a small layer.

Smell: Intense! Definitely some barrel character, cherries, Brettanomyces, strawberries, tart sugary sweetness.

Taste: Tart cherry/strawberry sweetness hit the tip of the tongue right away. The second wave of flavor reveals the deep, complex and delicious barrel character, where the Noir notes really stand out. After the second wave passes, there is some subtle cherry remaining, but it cuts off very sharply and leads into a crisp and dry finish. It's almost like your palate is in such shock from the intense experience, that is has to reset itself for revisiting the intensity of the next sip. It finishes so clean at the end with this sudden cutoff; it's almost like someone flips an off switch at the end of every sip.

Mouthfeel: Perfect balance of weight and carbonation. Wow.

Overall: This is hands down the best sour I've ever had. Would love to get my hands on more of this. Does that sum it up? (1,032 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ??? for this bottle. Probably leschkie, but it might be crushedvol or some other amazing BA...

A: Pours a beautiful red/amber with a half finger of off-white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving only a velvet lining around the edges of the glass. Spotty lacing as it drinks.

S: Not to be surprised. The nose is sour with a big helping of sour cherry. I also get mild vanilla, some lacto, and a small floral component.

T: It starts out sweet, but only for a fraction of a second. The tart cherries take immediate control of this beer and refuse to let go. It's sour and tart, smooth and puckering. There is huge red cherry in the middle as it tightens up with a mild vanilla presence. The back end is super tart, drying, and palate wrecking.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start, tart and sour in the middle, and super tart and drying in the back end. It hits the palate fast with taste-bud destroying tart, but it mellows out in the middle. It's coats the palate, is sticky, and lingers for quite awhile after the beer is gone.

O: Wonderful. This is a perfect wild ale for cherry and/or sour fans. There is a ton of fruit flavor and a good bit of mellowing oak sensibilities. I don't get a lot of brett out of this beer, but the lacto is quick intense. I prefer some of the other Russian River sours to this (not a big cherry fan) but it's undeniable that this is a world class wild. It's a sipper for sure, and I'd be through the roof to have a few more bottles of this in the future. (1,516 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle dated 12/17/12, popped and poured into a Russian River snifter glass and quaffed today, 4/23/2013. Thanks to powz87 for hooking me up with this amazing wild.

Aroma: Lots of tart cherries and sour + sweet wine grapes, all in a fantastic way. There is a sickly bittersweet scent that reminds me of a good red wine but somehow different- maybe more of the sweet rather than the bitter. A little bit of oak too. Altogether, it's a funky, sour and sweet beer that smells great. The first whiff of the nose made me excited to drink this one. (4.5)

Colour: Pours a hazy dark red-brown, almost a very dark amber with a thick 2cm off-white head that sticks around for about a minute before it bows out, leaving a foamy collar. The lacing is quite sticky and pretty. Overall, a very good looking beer. (4.25)

Flavour: Damn! This thing is sour as hell. Its got that tartness of cherry, but also that funky sourness that I've come to associate with wild yeast (thank homebrew infections). But its also got a delicious underlying sweetness that seems to come from the underlying malt- it's cherry, grape, raspberry all in one. So if that makes sense, its sweet and sour all at once and in an almost overwhelming fashion. I really love the tartness as it sticks with you the entire time, but its complemented very well by the fruit sweetness. Freaking amazing experience! (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Thinner medium bodied brew with excellent carbonation. It's somewhat resinous and coats my tongue in pure sourness along with the fizzy carbonation. The aftertaste is of course sour, with some sweetness all at the same time. It's a true pleasure to drink. (4.5)

Overall: I'm amazed at how good this beer is. It disappeared so quickly- it's that easy to drink and appreciate. Smells great, tastes great and overall deserves its reputation as probably the best AWA out there. Sour as hell yet has its sweetness that makes it an incredible sensory experience. If you hate sours, you should still try this beer. If you love sours, chances are you've already had this beer. So I don't know if my review will contribute anything to this site, except to show how much I love drinking this Russian River brew. World class stuff. (4.5) (2,224 characters)

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

$14 for a 12oz bottle of beer....
pours exactly as the last guy stated...."hazy amber, thin head, minimal lacing"... exactly....
smell is awesome. sour cherry. i really like the sours; love the belgian petrus. this one has the twist of the cherries...
really like the sour taste. but it isnt a 'sipper' as far as i'm concerned. i prefer a full gulp to slosh around inside my mouth and let all my taste buds enjoy.... it is a cherry flavor, and there are other 'berry' flavors seemingly in there and i can definitely drink these continually throughout the evening... but once you get the 'sour' you kind of need to continue with the sour as it throws the flavor off everything else... which is the best reason of all to pop that petrus i've been saving for the last six months....
there's a tingly kind of small-bubble carbonation and overall i really really like this brew. i dont want to abuse the 'straight 5' review and i dont want to be intimidated by the super high price i had to pay to try this brew, but i honestly feel it is worthy of 5s across the panel. for me, as much as i absolutely LOVE the sour beers, this one is a complete winner and as close to nirvana as i plan to ever get; thus, the marks. (1,212 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a hazy amber color with a thin head and minimal lacing. Its slightly translucent but the haze gets in the way on certain angles.

S - Fruit forward with sour cherries and hints of raspberries, grapes and brown sugar. You can definitely smell the sourness but its not overpowering.

T - Cherry sourness all around with a sweetart aftertaste. Very nice.

M - Coats your palate and lingers a bit afterwards but very pleasing. Definitely a sipper.

O - A very nice brew. Would love to get more. (507 characters)

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,365 ratings.