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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,369 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,369
Hads: 5,655
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 2,566
Gots: 1,859 | FT: 128
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 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)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong barrel presence with moderate tartness.

Consistently a very good beer, although at the price point we see this beer in the east, there may be better sour options. (170 characters)

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

Beautiful amber-orange with a thin head that retains a ring around the glass. Tart funky yeast aromas with a creamy, nutty brown-ale canvas and bright notes of woody oak, acidic Pinot Noir, and sour cherries. Beautiful balance and delicate taste. (246 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At the brewery, served in a tulip glass.

A: Amber/brown in color. Can't see through. Very little carbonation, silky in appearance on top.
S: First impression reminds me of a wine with a hint of sourness. Cherries, apples and funky sourness. Oaky hints.
T: Pinot, cherry. Little funk. Not too sour. Tart, vinegar like aftertaste. Very accessible sour.
M: Low carbonation, dry finish.
O: One of the first sours I've tried that I really like. I'm not a sour person but this is such a well executed beer I can't help but enjoy it. (529 characters)

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

Muddy rose in color (amber-pink) with a thin white head and clumps of yeast at the bottom of glass even with a fairly careful pour. It has the awesome, tangy aroma you'd expect from the style, with sour apple notes and other subtle fruity notes, including cherry and plum. Tartness and the fruit alike continue over into the taste, but there's more sweetness and blended smoothness than many other sours. There's some carbonation and syrup in the mouthfeel, but it comes off lighter than many of its peers. It's a great beer. (529 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml batch 04X1. This might just be my favorite sour by RR. This sour solder is orange/amber in color with a small head. The old cake whole is inundated with tart and sour cherries, light fruit, oak, funk, and brett. (217 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's actually a pretty modest looking brown ale, but the lacing is a perfect off-white around the glass. (A taller 10z goblet)

The wine cask element overwhelms, but it's very pleasant.

Again, the wine cask element overwhelms, but it's a very pleasant sour ale. Tart cherry is the key element.

Medium to light body, ample carbonation with a somewhat dry finish.

It's as good as advertised. (392 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a nice clear reddish color without too much head

Smell: Tart cherries and hints of dry red wine

Taste: A complex brew of nice sourness, tart cherries, subtle dry red wine, hints of oak

Feel: Medium body and carbonation

Overall: This is a an excellent brew. Would love it if this was easier to get, though that might not be good for my wallet. (359 characters)

Photo of Erikberglund
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A delicious sour. Look beautiful copper. Smell of cherries and pinot noir. Taste of cherries and delicious sours. A very pricey beer but worth it one of the best sours I've tasted. (180 characters)

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

L: Pours crystal clear auburn with a silky and luscious billowy white head that settles to around 1/2 inch and stays. Carbonation is light-to-medium and has a champagne like effervescence. One of the most amazing looking beers I've seen.

S: Sour and tart cherry-funk first, with a sour apple and light pear aroma following, not overwhelming but very enticing and inviting.

T: Follows through on the nose, although the cherry flavors are very understated, as is the oaky sour apple/pear funk. What struck most was the silky, creaminess of the cherry flavors, which don't hit at the front of the tongue like everything else, but at the back.

F: Unbelievably creamy, full, rich and smooth. As mentioned above, the cherry flavors coat your mouth like whipped cream and balance out the oak and funk. 7.75% abv and you don't really even taste 0.5% of it.

O: Beautiful to look at, inviting aroma, complex flavors that unfold slowly, but never fight for their place as they move across the palate, all while remaining smooth and silky. The perfect sour for me thus far. (1,070 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Tom for the bottle!

Pours an amber-orange color, with a foamy, fizzy head, which reveals fiery spots in the glass, when faded.

The aromas reveal cherry stone pits among dried cherries, vanilla, warm, old wood and a zippy funkiness. Due to the present tartness, the cherries get a vinous, fermented note, gracefully balanced by the wooden, leathery malts, which lets their sweeter side stand out even more. Cherries evoke a pungent, rich impression of sunbathed, ripe fruits during a warm summer, with just a hint of invigorating lemon zest to them.

Has an unusual sweet taste for a sour beer, based on its malt and ripe fruit foundation, accompanied by matured, wine soaked chunks of wood, topped with a hint of vanilla. Lactic sourness rises from the fruitiness, giving the cherries a powerful, pleasant character, hovering above musty malts and oak. Acidity then blends outstandingly well into the cherry flavor, adding a vinous note to it without becoming too sour, accentuating the rich fruitiness, balanced by the earth and leather. The beer finishes pleasantly dry nontheless, supported by a vivid carbonation, with cherryskin, toasty stone fruit pits, a vinous tang and tooth quenching sourness, still leaving enough space for rejuvenating cherry qualities. (1,282 characters)

Photo of E1337JERK
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best sour I've ever had the perfect combo of flavors. Great amounts of lactic acide balanced by cherry flavor tallowed up with the slightest hint of apple cider vinager. I think the brown malts mix great with the oak aging wish i could have this more than just a few times a year. (280 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a flute glass

Appearance is crystal clear auburn in color. An easy pour results is about a half inch head that settles to about an eighth, and it sticks around awhile. A nice aggressive swirl in the flute shows off a great lace, it looks silky. Carbonation is light but steady, the flute really shows off the look.

The flute also focuses the musty red-wine and unmistakingly oaky- wood scent. I cannot get enough of this scent, I'm picking up sour cherry, but it's more like being in a winery with the smell of wine making all around me in a dank cave.

Taste is a nice funky cherry up front with a strong wooden, and pleasant aftertaste that lingers until your next sip. The red wine is very present and I wouldn't fault anyone that felt this was more wine than beer. The carbonation is spot-on perfect and lifts these lively flavors over the palette.

This is as-good as discussed by my piers here. Absolute home run for delivering the flavor it advertises and with clarity and mouthfeel being spot-on a top sour that you must try. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a clear amber red color with a nice head and good lacing that quickly runs back into the glass.

Smell – Sour cherry, vinegar, oak, and pinot. It’s a really nice smell.

Taste – The first thing I notice is that it’s not overly sour (I’m not a fan of super sour beer). Tastes of pinot, vinegar, and oak. A really good sour!

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation, dry, not too sour, with a pleasant funky aftertaste.

Drinkability – I’m generally not a huge fan of sours, but this is an exceptional one to me. (539 characters)

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

Bottled 1/07/14. Pours slightly cloudy (I poured to fast....) kind of dark rose color with small off white head. Nose is sour vinegar - if it was a wine it would be going back! Bacteria is here in force.
Sharp acidity hits first bam! then an incredible sourness hits the back of the throat BAM. Second sip is better as the mouth adjusts, subtly cherry comes out, sour cherry, white grapes? Lots of funk. (403 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would have never thought in a thousand years when I began reviewing beers that my first perfect score would be a wild ale. I honestly hated the first few I tried. I have tried to think of any reason to knock this one down a notch but honestly I can't find anything wrong with it!

Appearance: Gorgeous copper red with some brown notes, a little hazy and a beautiful creamy head that just lies there throughout the drinking of this gem.

Aroma: Soft tart cherries, some brett notes, some earthy notes and a slight grape note from no doubt the Pinot barrels, but not overly potent, very nuanced this one. The layering of the aromas is truly magnificent.

Taste: First you get some mild tart notes, but not really sour, just balanced. The Pinot Noir is definitely detected in the flavors, oakey vinous notes dominate, a slight farmhouse note but very subtle, not one that hits you in a dominant way. This beer has a nice clean carbonation on the tongue but it is also very creamy to the mouthfeel. I really don't know how they do it!

Overall: As I said before this is a perfect beer in every way. I am truly surprised. I want more and hope I can obtain many more, I have to be able to share this one with friends, its too good to have all to myself! Thanks man for the trade, truly incredible experience! (1,305 characters)

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,369 ratings.