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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,588 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,588
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,106
Gots: 1,383 | FT: 91
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.

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Photo of dannyancient


5/5  rDev +9.4%

Served in a tulip.

Pours an orangish amber color, with a white head that dissipates rather quickly. No real lacing, but it leaves a nice white ring of bubble around the edges.

Smells of oak and fresh cherries, with a crisp champagne-like nose.

The taste is of cherries and tartness, and there is a nice caramel malt backbone that plays very nicely off of the sourness. Nice oak character ties everything together for a really stellar experience. The mouth feel is very smooth, with nice carbonation

This beer is truly incredible and is a pleasure to drink

08-20-2011 05:42:51 | More by dannyancient
Photo of richalexander78


4/5  rDev -12.5%

Had this in a bottle in Oregon. It was fairly cool bottle and had the taste of eating a dark freash cherry without the pit. You do get a hint of the p.n wine barrel. This was an easy drinking sour. I would recommend it for the ladies paired with cheeses.

08-15-2011 23:36:01 | More by richalexander78
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.31/5  rDev -5.7%

tasted this beer with friends on friday night while trying other RR beers!

reviewed from notes.

Appearance: dark amber to mahoganey bodied beer with a small white head that fades quickly to nothing.

Smell: funky sour cherries with a musty smell. Oaky.

Taste: moderately sour right up front and continues throught the entire taste. Cherries! Its got the barnyard funkiness to it as well. you can taste some yeast in the back of all that sour vinegar note with a touch of barrel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Another nice sour from RR.

08-15-2011 20:24:27 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of orangesol


4.33/5  rDev -5.3%

I decided to open this one and share it with a few friends during one of the recent UFC fights. Bottle of Batch 4 poured into an over sized snifter.

A - Pours murky brown, with hints of ruby red around the sides, with a stark white one finger tall head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of tart cherries, damp basement must, light vinegar, funky brett, and some dry oak tannins. This one has aged quite nicely.

T - Starts off with lots of tart cherries up front slowly giving way to a mix of light sweetness, funky brett, strong sourness, and some must. The finish is a mix of tartness and quite a bit of dryness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - I still love this beer and it only seems to get better with age. I just wonder how long it can go for. If this one is any indication I would say quite awhile.

08-11-2011 22:52:09 | More by orangesol
Photo of Drazzamatazz


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Recently received this in a trade with pwoody11 (thanks again), and since it was the newest batch and I have some older stuff in the basement I figured it'd be worth drinking soon and adding the dregs to my oude bruin in secondary. Cracked this one open after a hearty dinner of rich beef stew. Really cut through all the rich robust flavors, though I'm glad I waited to drink it as an after dinner drink.

A: Nice auburn with your typical barrel-aged sour head, a quick pop that fades right away.

S: The bugs are present, but I'm still getting a lot of yeast character. Its certainly got an acetic punch too it, but not much of the funk I sometimes get from this beer. Sour cherries are very pronounced. There's a nice rich brown sugar sweetness in the background as well as a bit of oak character to be found. Pinot noir is kind of hard to miss.

T: A bit more funky than the nose first made me think. Lots of sour tart puckering (three adjectives, you are warned) cherry flavor. There's a strong spice not that I'm guessing is from the Pinot Noir barrels. For being sour there's enough residual brown sugar & molasses sweetness to overcome any notions of straight vinegar.

M: Lively carbonation carries this light to medium bodied beer. That said, as it warms a lot of body is lost. Due to the tartness and slight tannic nature finish is very dry. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms as well.

O: Reading over my review I keep thinking it sounds like I didn't really enjoy this one. I did, I always do. It was different than other bottles I've had, which is of course to be expected. Its not a perfectly balanced beer, but its an extremely enjoyable one that fully deserves the praise it gets. It really was a nice contrast to dinner, and I'm hoping it'll do some great things to my conditioning beer.

08-09-2011 15:40:00 | More by Drazzamatazz
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06 alongside a sanctification, temptation and consecration.

dark mahogany, almost brown/red. like the others, the head is thin and bubbly. smell is pretty fruity...cherry, almost brown sugar. taste is nutmeg, brown sugar, cherries...definitely strong cherries, very tasty! smooth easy drinker, not too heavy at all. overall i dug it in the side-by-side.

08-08-2011 02:50:49 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of aficionado

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%

Served in a Riedel Flute. Thanks Kyle2k10!

Upside-down waterfalls of violent fine carbonation bubbles. Semi translucsent orange amber body. 1/2 finger fizzy lingering off white head. LOTS of gritty black dots left in the glass at the end of the pour. Looks unappetizing.

On the nose: Fruity champagne-like pear and cherry aromas with lots of funk and some quince rind and lemon zest. Has a mild backbone of clean, new oak.

More sour, complex, and funky on the palate than Consecration, but less balanced. Quite the sour beer. It has me in awe. Fruity red berry vinegar without the bad parts of vinegar. Consecration however is more berry-like and clean with a tamed, but still very present sense of sourness.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate with lingering aroma that you can smell in your mouth. An interesting beer for sure. One of a kind.

08-06-2011 01:18:21 | More by aficionado
Photo of jar2574


4.22/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a little fizzy, with a thin head that quickly recedes. No lacing to speak of on the way down. A lot of floaty thingies are in this beer, not sure if they are yeast, pieces of the cherries, or bacteria thingies. Never seen anything quite like it. I give it props for uniqueness.

The smell is amazing. Cherry, red wine, and yeasts. Just a touch of a cough-syrup medicinal quality, but not enough to bother me.

The taste is awesome too. There's a lot going on, so here are it's qualities in order of their distinctiveness: cherries that are more sour than sweet and quite tart, carbonation bubbles, red wine, and some funky yeasts. Hops, malts, and the traditional beer metrics are sort of out of the window with this one. But I like it.

I would love to have another some day. But not sure I'd have more than one in any given sitting. So I can't say it's the most drinkable beer.

08-04-2011 00:19:49 | More by jar2574
Photo of doughanson78


4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

375ml bottle poured into a snifter. First American Wild Ale.

A: Dark amber, almost brown, with nice reddish hints. One & 1/2 finger head, that is very fizzy. Good retention and great lacing.

S: A light wet hay funkiness. Yeasty. Definitely some wine qualities. Grapes. Mild sour cherry aroma.

T: Not overly sour. Light cherries. More wine/grape flavors. Cherries come through much more in the finish and aftertaste.

M: Light-medium bodied. Very carbonated. Dry yet not at the same time.

O: Much better sour than others I've tried. The sourness is there but doesn't overwhelm you in any way. The cherries set it off just enough.

08-01-2011 06:52:43 | More by doughanson78
Photo of projectflam86


4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

375ml Batch 005X4

A- Pours a ruby red color with a thick white foam that leaves great lacing.

S- Red tart cherries and brett funk make up the majority of the nose. A slight sweet malt aroma is barely present.

T- All cherries and funk. Not quite Kriek cherry tartness but still very tart and very flavorful. Some slight vinegar and brown malt with a sharp acidic finish.

M- Medium/light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and juicy at the same time. Very interesting feel.

O- This is quite a beer. Tons of flavor and a nice sourness that is a staple of many Russian River brews.

07-31-2011 23:22:34 | More by projectflam86
Photo of mdvatab


4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from 375ml bottle into Bordeaux wine glass.
Batch 006x1

Aroma: A mix of lemony tartness and cherry sweetness, with an underlying funky barnyard note. Cherry sweetness, accompanied by a vanilla character, comes to the forefront as beer warms and opens up.

Appearance: One finger off-white head disappears somewhat quickly (but then again, this is not a style known for dense, pillowy heads of foam). The body of the beer has a beautiful clear deep reddish-brown "sun tea"-like color.

Flavor: Prominent, lip-smacking rhubarb-like tartness, which lingers through the finish. Tart red cherry, accompanied by green apple skin, and a light wild earthiness appear toward the end. At no point does bitterness appear through the clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Slight sting from the medium-high carbonation. Medium-low body. Mouth waters from delicious tartness.

Overall: A fantastic, balanced, approachable wild ale. Lots to contemplate. Barnyard character is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Aroma presents a cherry-like sweetness while the taste of the beer is tart overall. I highly recommend this one for both the sour novice, who's trying to expose their palate to these types of beers, and also for the aficionado!

07-31-2011 12:21:44 | More by mdvatab
Photo of dpnelson1978


4.38/5  rDev -4.2%

375ml bottle into glass tulip.
Batch No. 005X1

A: Cloudy deep oxidized copper body topped with one finger of loose pink-tan head that quickly dissipates leaving light bubbles of lace and a thin cover.

S: Cherries, leather, and a slight acidic funk. No hop presence.

T: Very light fruit flavors up front, cherry in particular, giving way to an unmistakable acidic twang. Lactic, with no detectable acetic. Despite the fruit character there is almost no sweetness, and the acidity hangs on the tongue long after the sip.

M: Light to medium body with heavy carbonation that bites the tongue immediately. Acidity prickles and the palate is left bone dry.

O: Really solid sour. Not something I would consider a session choice, but very interesting. Excellent with food, and a something I would spend the money on again in the future.

07-30-2011 03:53:24 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of rlee1390


4.33/5  rDev -5.3%

A-Ruby, caramel color. Not much head, but carbonation is present.

S-Cherries, grapes, oak, smells dry.

T-Tart not overly sour. Cherries and oak, well balanced. Some grassy notes as well.

M-Medium bodied, silky smooth but not much carbonation.

O-A great well balanced sour. Looking forward to Temptation, but it was better than Consecration.

07-30-2011 03:28:09 | More by rlee1390
Photo of biga7346


4.47/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Rusty, cloudy, a brownish murkiness almost caramel hue

N - Very tart, unripe cherries, raspberries, freshly picked fruit, vinous, tart puckering stone fruit to maybe even blackberries wraps around a nice wafting barnyard wet hay, mossiness; smattering of Belgian like spiciness like peppercorn and a little spike of veiny blue cheese.

T/M - Super tartness assaults the palate up front but levels with an irony, long and dry finish; mineral oil, seltzer water; texture is reminiscent of an unblended lambic, a little thinness mixed with a champagne feel. As it warms we get more of the stone fruit bitterness like grape skin or even lemon skin, more vinous, red wine vinegar.

D - This is an excellent, teeth chattering sour beer but something I can drink a lot of, like drinking a dry, expensive champagne without the bubbles.

07-30-2011 02:46:30 | More by biga7346
Photo of StaEva


4.25/5  rDev -7%

Damn good beer...that being said, I think so much of the ravenously devout following that RR has is based so much around the hype of the company, and thus societally imposed interpretations of the beer manifest. But, that being said, this is a great fucking work of craft.

The beer looks like Pinot Noir: slightly translucent ruddy brown color, good haziness, nice carbonation visible in the frothiness of the head.

Smells of beautiful vinous cherry, subtle oak, and tangy yeast.

Taste follows smell, almost to the letter. A bit more tang from the wild. very subtle and refreshing, not terribly funky.

Yes, there's a reason, objectively, that there is so much hype surrounding RR. But, you can pay 2 dollars more for a 750mL of Jolly Pumpkin and support a smaller, still-growing independent producer that makes a beer that's almost as good in a very similar style.

07-26-2011 22:30:59 | More by StaEva
Photo of drowland


4.33/5  rDev -5.3%

Sampled at RBWG 2010 from a 375mL bottle. The aroma is huge oak and Belgian yeast with definite tartness and touches of brett and lacto for sure. The flavor is big sour, plenty tart, with citrus and so much more. The oak presents itself more subtley than in the aroma with a hint of Brett presence as well. Awesome stuff!

07-26-2011 16:35:19 | More by drowland
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%

***Batch 006X1***

Big thanks to jzeilinger for this one.

Poured from a 375ml. bottle.

Appearance: A lightly tan head generously fills the glass above a deep amber body. Stick lacing and retention is great though it would have been nice if it lasted longer.

Smell: Sour cherries, vinegar, dry with a mostly tart aroma though a hint of sweet there.

Taste: Very tart bordering on sour. Not mouth puckering but close. Next to no vinegar except a slight hint in the finish. Sourish cherries throughout with some wood on the outskirts.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation with a lively body makes this one pleasant. Yes it abrasively sour sometimes but i also find it refreshing strangely enough.

Overall: I must honestly say it took me awhile to grow accustomed to it and it was a bit difficult but worth the effort. A truly well made beer.

07-26-2011 00:12:48 | More by papat444
Photo of Labonix


4.63/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a darkish amber/brown with a thin amount of head. The aroma right away is sour cherries followed by oak and some funk. The flavor is very complex. There is sour tart cherries and brett with oak and wine. There is also vinegar, but not too much. Its pretty sour on the palate, but not overpowering making this an enjoyable beer.

07-25-2011 23:34:34 | More by Labonix
Photo of Kshock


4.47/5  rDev -2.2%

A- Burnt Auburn color, but bright and slightly translucent. Decent head retention with some lacing left on the glass.

S- Lactic acid and sour cherries. There is some bready yeast character coming through towards the end, but very slight. Smells very sour.

T- Tastes very sour up front with some intense pucker on the palate. You get some of the bready yeast character, but its mostly acidic cherry. Very well balanced and amazingly clean.

M- Nice little bubbly texture from the agitation, very clean on the back end and med to lite body. Very nice

O- Great beer, will always get it when i see it.

07-24-2011 21:13:52 | More by Kshock
Photo of xerotime


4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

375ml bottled into a Russian River "TION" glass.

Pours a nice light brown with a small tan head. Aromas of tart cherries, oak, and funkiness. Taste was nothing short of amazing..tart, dry and refreshing. Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation to make the sourness pop. A fantastic example of how a sour beer should be done. If I had access to this all the time I could see it being a regular offering in my fridge.

07-23-2011 23:09:25 | More by xerotime
Photo of petacutlasaurus


4.47/5  rDev -2.2%

Had this one for $17 at Eulogy while traveling in Philadelphia. A steep price, but building in the restaurant's markup, I felt pretty much fine about this pricier pickup, especially since this beer never comes my way. Having had some of their traditional ales (Salvation, Redemption, Damnation), this sour from Russian River really knocked me out.

A lot of people talk about Russian River's sours as if they're of an entirely different stock than their other beers. I can now see why. The balance on this wild ale rivals anything from the best Belgian sours, and has a subtlety that quickly trumps other American brewers like, say, Allagash (not that that subtlety is always a good thing).

Ruby colored with fruity notes that are both vibrant and delicately mixed. There's no unpleasant sharpness challenging or harming the taste. Likewise, the carbonation is just active enough to bring out the subtler notes that might otherwise be lost. Smooth and downright delicious, I can't wait to find this one on tap. Curious how it would compare to that fresh Lou Pepe 2008 I just had...

07-22-2011 18:03:07 | More by petacutlasaurus
Photo of amphion1065


4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks for the super efficient hand-off OrangeAmps. 375 mL bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

Ruby red with auburn highlights, this almost looks orange when held up to the light. Translucent. A creamy one-finger head forms and never fades. Just a little swirl leaves cascading lacing all over my glass. Beautiful.

Lots of tart, sour cherries in the nose, with an underlying aroma of citrus fruits. Barnyard funk and lemons abound. All that wild sourness is balanced by fruit sweetness - this almost reminds me of (honest-to-goodness, not out of a plastic lemon) lemon juice. Very, very appealing.

Well, it's sour. Those sour cherries in the aroma are the first to hit, and God do they stick around. There's an immediate sourness in the back of my throat; again, lemon juice. This is all lactic funk and horse blanket enveloping a wine-like cherry flavor profile. Not even close to mouth-puckering, this is supremely well-balanced.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Absolutely flawless carbonation, but somehow it feels creamy. Simultaneously lively and smooth, this is terribly easy to put down.

I first tried Supplication this February, when I split a 375 with a good friend. Tonight, I was more than eager to polish off a little bottle on my own. I will crush a 750 before the summer is over.

07-20-2011 02:59:01 | More by amphion1065
Photo of ajsdad06


4.47/5  rDev -2.2%

375ml bottle, batch 2.

Pours a hazy reddish golden brown color with a medium sized off white head.

The aroma is tart cherries, woody, acidic and moderately sour. The Brett fingerprints are there as well.

The flavor is heavy with tart cherries, caramel malts, woody, and an overall sourness that is very drinkable. This is extremely well crafted.

Medium bodied with the perfect level of tart fruit to provide a tingle yet still come off smooth.

I had this batch when it was fresh and it has aged wonderfully. I have had a bottle of the batch 2 every year since it was released and it never fails to satisfy. Great stuff.

07-19-2011 23:38:19 | More by ajsdad06
Photo of DaveMarner

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +9.4%

A - Redish with a perfect off white head.

S - Funk and sour cherry right away.

T - Yes! Sour cherry, oak and pure funk. This is perfect.

M - Crisp and a great medium carbonation.

O - This is my new favorite beer. Very Drinkable. Great for a hot summer day while sitting on the back porch or anytime actually.

07-19-2011 04:35:54 | More by DaveMarner
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Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -8.5%

Bottle courtesy of GRG1313. Batch 04x04. Served in my CL tulip at 53 degrees. Pours a pleasant caramel hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a one inch, dense and creamy off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Textured bands of lacing are revealed as the brew recedes. Nose expresses tart cherries, a buttery quality and a trace of American Oak. Cherry is much more muted in the flavor profile. There is also a vinegary and citrus character dispersed throughout. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright, lively carbonation, some acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands and a semi-dry finish. This is a solid American Wild - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite complex and refreshing.

07-17-2011 14:58:59 | More by Jwale73
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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