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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,255 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,255
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,349
Gots: 1,676 | FT: 114
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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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of icepik
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dark amber color, slight chill haze, almost no head.

S: Fruity aroma of cherries, wood and sourness, wow!.

T: Very nice sour – tart flavor with cherries, complex, yet very smooth, has a refreshing astringent flavor. Love this!

M: high carbonation, bubbly mouth feel.

O: This is a great sour!

Photo of McD0uche
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass:

A: A dark red/orange color. Curious looking--I don't think I've seen too many beers with hues like this. It doesn't have too much in the way of head, but it is very obviously carbonated. It's almost shaking with bubbles.

S: Fruity, with pears, apples, and cherries coming to mind. It has a sort of malt scent I associate with Belgian Ales. Kind of peppery.

T: Wow. Sweet and sour, with a Belgian aftertaste. Tangy and bubbly like champagne. Now that I think about it, I think this beer IS champagne. Did someone make a mistake? All things considered, it is absolutely delicious.

M: Again, champagne comes to mind. Tart, dry, bubbly, and warming on the end. I love it.

O: After the initial smell, I wasn't sure what to think. But a few sips and it completely won me over. This stuff is awesome, and I'll get it in the future if I can.

Photo of ChBass
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Bartender poured it perfectly with a "here you go, my friend"m He understands.

The beer is gourgeous in the tulip glass. Caramel colors throughout with delicate, persistent head.

The nose is cherries with hints of the tartness to come.

The taste starts dry, like good brut champagne, then hits the wood & dark cherries, finishing with a refreshing tartness. I don't want the beer to end!

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Bubbly & light, again, like good champagne.

Ok, I'll admit, I knew this beer was going to be great. If I could make something this good at home, I don't know if I'd ever leave. Another fantastic offering from one of America's top breweries.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -45.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BenHesk12
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Russian River brewing company, Santa Rosa Ca. First I'll have to warn that this is the most expensive beer that RR makes, coming in at $12 for a 12oz bottle, so the best way to enjoy it is by the glass which is only about 6 bucks. The reason being is that this beer is aged in pinot noir barrels in the nearby wine country, and uses expensive ingredients such as the sour cherries which gives the brown ale the sour.

Most people will admit they don't like sour beer, and it does sound gross at first, but give this a try and you won't be disappointed. This is the kind of sour ale where each sip beckons for the next. A refreshing change from the hop overload of RR's famous other beers. The taste is dominated by the sourness of it, but in an enjoyable way. The mouthfeel is wine like in it's tartness, but entices you to drink more. This is a beer that defines specialty, hand craftsmanship, and care. Get it on tap if you can, this beer does NOT bottle well.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MBACoach
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork on this bottle and poured into a large tulip glass.

A: Looks like a filtered apple cider - dark brown, pretty clear. strong stream of carbonation flowing from the bottom of the glass.

S: The funky yeast is apparent with some slight fruity notes of cherry, pear and grapes.

T: Flavor is outstanding. Nice tart flavors to start with a dry fruity finish.

M: Nicely carbonated by not overly so. Gives a little fizz on the tongue. A very nice medium to complex.

O: This is one of the best sour beers I've had to date.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spdyfire83
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

166th Review
Served into snifter
On-draft at Falling Rock Taphouse

From notes.

A: Medium burgundy. 1.5 (white) fingernail head.

S: Sweet cherry, tart apples, oak, vanilla, and hint of fig. Nice!

T: Much like the nose, but oh so tasty! Sweet cherry up-front with immediate dry tartness. Hints of oak and bacteria blend amazingly well together with a masterful (soft) citrus finish. Delicious through and through and to enjoy it on draft is even better than the bottle.

M: Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Another fantastic beer from RR! This one is usually my go-to beer from RR as it is usually readily available and uber choice all-around. The complexity, yet simplicity is so perfect that words do not do it justice. If you haven't tried it, go get it! If you have tried it and don't like it, send the rest my way. If you enjoy it like me, I dig your style and maybe I'll invite you when I crack open the large format - that will be epic.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of unclejazz
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to open this Batch 8 things of beauty. Well, Super Bwl Sunday seems as good of a time as ever. On he brief tip, this beer delivers on everything it promises. The Pint Noir barrels come thru nicely, the cherries along with the trio of yeasts make this a tart number with a delicious zing. Very nice mouthfeel, but the flavor is the star of the show, and I believe this flavor earned an Oscar nomination in my eyes. This beer has gone to territory only held previously by Abyss and BCBS. Well, there is a new King of the hill, so let us see if any other wild ales or sours can knock Supplication off its new perch. Challenge!

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4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a rusty copper with a finger of off-white head. Streaming carbonation. Nice lacing. Huge pop off of the cork.

S- Tart green apples. Cherries, with a wine-like buttery quality. Acidic vinegar with a bit of funk.

T- Puckering sourness. Tart cherry, green apple, lacto, and a mineral quality. Buttery wine sweetness.

M- Medium thin with high carbonation. Extremely drying finish.

O- One of the best sours for a reason. I've had this one multiple times and still love it.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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