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Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

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Reviews: 1,424 | Ratings: 6,029
Photo of VetsPackage
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sharing a birthday with a bottle dated 1/16/15
No hiding the use of pinot barrels or cherries in this one. Moderately strong barrel character, one of the oakier sours I've had and accurately reflects the time some of these blends spent in wood. Cherry taste is more earthy than sweet/tart. Very restrained sourness to the beer, can see why this is so popular as it serves as a great intro to the sour style. I like them a little more aggressive than this but it's easy to see how this beer has stood the test of time.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

During my trip to the brewery for the PtY release last year, I was fortunate to try RR's massive sampler! This was by far one of my favorites in the sampler. The couple of wild/sour beers in the sampler were spot on. Very distinct aroma, appearance, and flavor profile - it had that RR touch to it. Great medium body with a vinegar back end - just what I'm looking for in a sour beer.

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Photo of WillDavis707
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best sour around. At least from what iv had, all other sours are measured to this one, and none have come close.

Pours a hazy red/purple, and you can smell the tart right out of the bottle. The wine barrel aging really rounds this beer out and gives it a great depth of flavor. Sour cherries and strawberry notes with just a bit of funk

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Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged bottle with a bottling date of 011615. Sampled on December 28, 2015. Received in trade from a non BA member.

Attractive amber-range pour with modest head. Some red hues in the light.

Big aroma of wine, grapes, cherries, and wild yeast. A hint of spice.

Medium to full body,.

The taste is tart and sour but not overwhelming. Decent toasted malts in the mix. A peppery note. This is a wild ale that I could drink often.

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Photo of imstimpy
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Russian River wile ales. It is a cherry sour done right! The nose and taste are cherries and tart cherries. It is tart, but not too tart. Brett, but not too brett.

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Photo of danh53
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge barrel character. Oak and char with some vanilla and wine character. Vinegar, brett, and big cherry notes. Finishes dry and clean. Drinks smooth. Mouth feel is only medium, but the huge barrel character makes this feel like a bigger beer. Excellent sour. Very much worth what it takes to trade for this.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good sour beer, the cherries come through well but the acidity was a tad over for me, shared a bottle and struggled a bit with the excess sourness. It's a very well made beer.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper color. Not much off white head.
Smell is cherries, oak, slightly acidic, brett funk and leather/band aidy phenols.
Flavor is strong tart cherry up front, some funk and oak on the back end. Finishes medium dry with some alcoholic sweetness.
Very thin and a bit fizzy. Disappointing in this regard.
Feel is a big letdown, but still an enjoyable wild ale.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Dark Amber

Great smell. I mean world class Cherry tart. Pinot noir.

The bitterness from the cherry tart is great on the taste. The oak finished smooth.

Great carbonation yet creamy. How?

What a truly special brew.

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Photo of -Rick
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great sour! Reddish brown look with not much head. Great lacing all the way till the end. Smells tart, lemon juice, lime, red wine, cherry, and a lot of funk. Taste is red wine and cherry up front, crisp at first, followed by a super tart finish. A good amount of carbonation in here, and so very well balanced. This is just great. One of the best sours on the market. Bottle dated Jan/2014

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Redish/amber color without much head or lacing

Smell - Oaky to the max with cherries, malt, and yeast

Taste - Medium tartness/sourness with an oaky cherry taste that has a distinct dryness due to the Pinot Noir barrels. Slightly funky. The brown ale base beer gives this a mellowing dark malt presence and enhances the sour and fruit aspects of this beer.

Feel - Light mouthfeel, which combined with the light carbonation makes for a smooth sip (or gulp).

Overall - Not necessarily worthy of the hype it generates, but it is still an excellent wild ale at a price that doesn't stress my wallet... an easy buy for those who like sours and have access to this beer.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice cherry flavored brown ale. Not overly sour. Cherry blends nicely in this ale. Slightly effervescent champagne quality. Enjoyable slightly tart beer.

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Photo of RLVineh
4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brett on the nose is strong, hint of cherry but not too much. Taste is strong yeast, hint of sweetness from the cherries, but wine definitely drowns out the noise. Body is try like wine, leaves the palate dry. Overall disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage reviewed on 11/15/15:
Pours a gorgeous red color with little head. Aroma of cherry, oak, lactic acid, green apple, Pinot Noir... flavor follows the aroma with tart raspberry, cranberry, vanilla, citrus, slight lambic-like funk, Pinot, and tannins from both the barrels and dried cherry skins ..complex, balanced and absolutely wonderful. The feel is light and spot on for the style. Sparkling carbonation. Overall, a spectacular beer.

12/2014 Vintage reviewed on 3/13/16:
Pours an amber/copper with small off white head. Aroma of green apple, oak, funk, slight wine barrel, slight malt. Flavor follows the aroma with hints of cherry and a slightly different "twang than the other bottle reviewed that was 1 yr younger(fresh). The year of age has affected the color and flavor of this beer tremendously. I get much less of a red color, and much more funk and acetic notes than the fresh bottle. It is neither good nor bad comparing, just different. Very pleasing. More vinous. Carbonation is slightly higher but not tremendously.

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Photo of ddugan
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle. Pours a nice red color with minimal head. Smells of cherry and oak from the barrels. Really like the smell of this ale. Taste is cherries, oak, and red wine. Very good carbonation for a nice mouthfeel. Overall a very good wild ale.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull red/amber with a thin white head. Smell of grape juice is immediately present. Some paint thinner in the nose but not much. You can tell it's gonna be sour. Taste is sour grape juice with slight alcohol. Slight oak quality from the barrel aging. Mouthfeel is crisp like a champagne but with a bit of chewyness. Overall a great sour ale. I wouldn't say one of the best but it's damn tasty.

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Photo of zonker17
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10/21/13 consumed 11/1/15. Amber and copper color with no head retention or lacing. Definite cherry and wood nose. Sour cherries and pinot like mad flavor. Very glad to have tried.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 09/24/14. Pours hazy brown, light red. Boozy oak smell. Somewhat reminiscent of chlorine? Not overly appealing aroma. Taste is a sucker-punch of sour -- sharp, swift funk. The pinot and cherries maybe slightly less apparent in the bottle from one year ago. The sourness and funk from the brett really caught me off guard. Tingly mouth feel. This Russian River blows Pliny out of the water (but it's apples to oranges anyway, right?) Fully lived up to all the hype. Looking forward to trying some more of this at different vintages.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful beer with an incredible flavor! I wish I could get a hold of this in my neck of the woods! I will be back to Russian River Brewpub to enjoy it again in the future!

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Photo of tregan_20
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained a 375ml bottle and poured into a snifter glass. The cork popped really loudly upon opening, releasing a nice aroma. The color is that of a cherry/amber with minimal head and lacing. The smell is of cherries and oak; somewhat funky. The taste is delicious and had lambic/gueze-like characteristics to it. It is a shame that this bottle is so small as I could drink a few of these in one sitting. Super delicious and worth seeking for in my opinion! Cheers!

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like an adult version of a sour candy. The feature that stands out to me is the carbonation. Unlike some of the other sours out there, this one packs a punch. Not my preferred style, yet one of the better choices out there in this category.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now THIS is what a sour beer should taste like! Supplication has been on my bucket list for a long time and it's so nice when something actually lives up to the hype. The flavor of wine comes through loud and clear on this one and though it is sour it is not overly so. Really the only way I can adequately describe it is to say that it is delicious

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Photo of Myotus
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml bottled (11May15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that halves itself after one minute. Rising bubbles are small in size and high in quantity. Amber in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Lacing is high, thick, and remains on the glass.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sour yeast and oak that combine with mild aromas of earthy yeast, red wine, leather, and hints of hay. The bottle says it has cherries added to it, but no cherry aromas can be detected.
TASTE: Initial taste is of very strong sour yeast and strong red wine flavors. Strong oak flavors immediately follow as red wine flavors fade to mild. As all flavors persist, subtle hay and hints of red cherries enter (there they are, barely).
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough and finishes with a surpsingly subtle dryness, given how sour it is. And yes, the sourness agressively plays with the tongue.
NOTE: This was an amazing American Wild Ale, but Atrial Rubicite still takes the top place.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great nose as soon as you pop the cork. Had in a Belgian style tulip glass out of the bottle.
The funk of Brett provides an immediate impact on the smell and a sour back flavor. Very carbonated with the bubbles delivering a balance of complex favors across your palette

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The nose on this is off the chain can't even begin to describe it. The taste is tart at first, and then a sour dark fruit takes over that leads to a finish of oak goodness. You can really taste the age on this. The pinot wine is their and the barrel shines. I guess this is why this is a world class beer you can actually taste the care that was taken in this beer.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.