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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,568 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,568
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,100
Gots: 1,372 | FT: 90
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 sdderek


5/5  rDev +9.4%

From notes:
On tap 10+ times, bottles a few times.

My favorite sour. Aroma is filled with cherries and apples. Taste is the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely a sour. But it's not over the top sour. It's basically the most balanced sour I've ever tasted. This is only one of a few sours that I would completely feel comfortable (and excited) about drinking pint after pint. Seriously, I would drink multiple pints of this in a row! I love this beer!

06-01-2011 04:37:59 | More by sdderek
Photo of aasher


4.28/5  rDev -6.3%

This bottle was acquired in a recent trade with BrewerB. Thanks Brian! I've been wanting to try this one for awhile. This bottle was Batch 6X1.

This beer pours a rich, brownish amber in color, very reminiscent of cherry wood. It featured a nice cream colored head which laces the glass and sticks to the sides. The aromas consist of primarily sour cherry with a light grape like sweetness. It has a good amount of funk but it's hard to tell which is winning, the cherry or the funk. I'm glad the sweetness is allowed to show past the cherry. The flavors are very sour and dry. You definitely get a boatload of cherry, oak, and nice funk. The tartness is in your face initially before letting the other flavors take place. The most impressive aspect is how the flavor resonates even five minutes later. It leaves behind a really, really nice aftertaste of all of the flavors meshed together in perfect harmony. Overall this is a very, very good wild and I definitely prefer it over Consecration.

06-01-2011 01:15:12 | More by aasher
Photo of goosewhisperer


4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Batch 6

a-deep mahogany reddish color. Cork pops with ease, lots of carbonation and lively bubbles meet the glass. Head never gives way, stays about a 1/4" thick. Does not lace much down the glass. Carbonation is not too much, goes well with the beer.

s-cherries, sour, brett, funk, wine barrel, oak. Tons of nose in this beer. Opens up when it warms. The cherries are huge in the beginning, but as it warms, the brett and other bacteria come forward.

t-I tasted this beer when it was cold, then let it sit and warm. Huge difference in how the flavors open up. A lot of sour cherries are supported by brett and wood. The beer has a lot of depth of flavor. At first the beer is really tight, but gets more open as time goes on.

m-right on the money. Has a lot of good feel, lingers on for a while.

o-I bought another one to cellar, and I am damn excited. This beer should do quite well with some time. This is a great example of a wild ale.

05-30-2011 04:22:35 | More by goosewhisperer
Photo of pkeigs


3.98/5  rDev -12.9%

Batch 6 poured into a Great Divide snifter, I love this beer and have been lucky to be able to drink it around town on tap all summer.

Pours a ruby red brown color with a nice inch of lingering sticky head. Cherries come through on the nose followed by a little brett funk, and red wine oak. Can't wait to dive into this one. Tastes like sour cherry, little wood, little funk, great acidity. Finishes with a lingering tartness, not quite pucker sour but definitely leaves me wanting to take the next sip.

Great beer, stoked to have access to it.

05-28-2011 18:50:04 | More by pkeigs
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%

On-tap; Sampled batches 4, 5, & 6 side by side

The beer sits a mahogany infused brownish body. Looks like a pale red wine. No head or lacing to speak of.

The aroma and flavor varied greatly between the three batches.
Batch 4
The nose on this batch was overly tart, in comparison. Oak, cherries, white wine and Brett were all present in equal doses. There was a little sweetness from the cherries, but overall this is a sour delivery vehicle. Oak and white wine are very pronounced.

Batch 5
A little more subdued than 4. The oak wasn't nearly as omnipresent, while the cherries and wine took center stage. The Brett lends an earthy funk that complements the cherries nicely.

Batch 6
It was obvious this was the youngest of the bunch. The flavors and aromas were amazingly tame compared to the other vintages. Fresher and cleaner. Oak is just a layer here, while the cherries and wine shine. The cherries are both tart and sweet. Brett lays low.

Overall, the mouthfeel was somewhat similar, just varying in intensity. The 6 was clean and dry with a mild tartness while the 4 was lip-smacking tart and extremely dry. The 5 was perfectly in the middle of the two.

All three of these batches are fabulous. The 4 was definitely my favorite as it exhibited all of the characteristics you look for in a sour in spades. One of the best beers I have ever had.

05-28-2011 18:05:02 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to Schmoopsbeer for this long wanted drink.

Batch 006X1. Served at 55 Degrees into two wine bottles. Heavy duty 375ml. Feels heavier empty than it does full. Magic!

A: Pours deep straw, amber and brown. Off-white head literally lasts forever. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen. A spectacle in the glass.

S: Definitely the most barnyardy American brew I've ever had. Wet hay and mushroom are very much present. Fruit is apparent as well with grapes and cherries being a big ingredient. Also suggetions of plum and raisin. Slightly bready malt component. Very complex. The oak is fucking brilliant.

T: Lots of Oak, and barnyard funk. Lingering fruity finish. Prepare to taste this one for about 15 minutes after final swallow.

M: Extremely carbonated. Sipped on this for about 30 minutes or so and was super carbed until the final drop. however, these are fine champagne bubbles, and are soft on the palate. Sure does make you burp though... How uncouth for such a fine beer. Dry? yes... its Sahara desert dry. every cell in your mouth immediately puckers up on contact.

Overall: This is a Magnificent beer. Certainly up there with Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. I wish I could get a hold of these regularly.

Just noticed I made it all the way though this review without saying "sour"... Its Sour folks!

05-28-2011 03:59:34 | More by uno99
Photo of jcartamdg


4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a beautiful red orange with no head but some lacing is left. Aroma is of cider, vinegar and cherries. Taste follows the nose, tart in the best way possible. Leaves cherries in the finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and dry but not too dry. This is an excellent wild ale!

05-28-2011 01:13:31 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of xpimptastikx


4.28/5  rDev -6.3%

Batch 3, bottled 3/4/200, and the last Supplication to use the R.R. wine yeast.

A - A deep amber with 2 fingers of khaki head, excellent retention, some legs.

S - slightly acetic, brett, and malt. cherries aren't really apparent in the nose anymore.

T - starts with nice sour cherry, but the belgian brown base is more noticeable at this age. Has a nice sweet finish with a bit of oak.

M/D - Medium carbonation with a medium body. Highly drinkable after your palate adjust a few sips in. Reminiscent of a Flanders Red, especially at this age with the cherries sitting further back.

A great beer at this age, but I'm not sure if aging it longer will do it any good.

05-27-2011 23:42:23 | More by xpimptastikx
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4.55/5  rDev -0.4%

Russian River Supplication

Appearance: brownish amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice sourness, fruit, and cherries.

Taste: fruit, barley, a subtle sourness, and a sweetness from the cherries.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a very nice brew. The sourness isn't that prevalent, but it meshes very well with all of the flavors. The fruit flavors make this very refreshing and leave you wanting more.

05-27-2011 05:44:20 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Batch 005X2, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance. Clear deep amber with a little red. 1.5 fingers of frothy, off-white head that leaves some thick and fancy lacing.

Smell. Funky brett and sour cherries. Like a horse barn in a cherry orchard, in the hot sun. A little vinegar and belgian yeast funk. Pretty awesome.

Taste. Nice sour punch. Some leather and sour cherries. Just a little vinegar. Red wine comes though in the end. Wasn't expecting the wine to compliment the sour flavours so well. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with awesome medium-strong, smooth, champange like carbonation.

Overall. Blown away by this one. The wine barrel aging, sourness and vinegar, and light sour cherries really work well together.

05-26-2011 02:01:02 | More by Rutager
Photo of Spider889


4.58/5  rDev +0.2%

Big thanks to J2Brew2 for this bottle. Probably my most-looked forward to RR sour.

Batch 04X2, brewed on 12/23/08, bottled 12/14/09. Just shy of the bottle-proclaimed 12-15 month barrel aging.

Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip. Mild haze to a garnet colored beer. Lively carbonation dances up from below to yield a tall foamy white head. The foam cap sticks around for several minutes, and leaves behind thick smearing swaths of lace. The bubbles are very fine and delicate looking. Once this grew to near room temperature it gained wonderful clarity for the style.

Smells very bretty though ripened black cherry does intermingle with this this yeast-driven beer. Very subtle vinegar notes as well as old leather and floral barnyard funk. Musty oak also adds some funk and caramel aromas.

The taste is where this beer truly shines. It begins faintly sweet and insanely sour. Supplication is a mouth-watering combination of several different yeasts that create a puckering first few sips. (The website claims this batch uses abbey yeast and wine yeast as well as brettanomyces.) Soon enough my palate adjusts and the real depth of flavor emerges.

The first several sips left me feeling disappointed. Suddenly I was thinking, "wow, maybe I was wrong about how good Jackie O's was with their sours - Russian River tastes about the same!" But once I adjusted to the tartness of the beer, I was relieved that this beer did indeed live up to the hype as one of the best American Wilds. To clarify - the JO's stuff is good, but Supplication is world class.

Cherries are very prominent - both tart green acidic cherry, alongside ripened red summer cherries. This is wonderful because most 'cherry' beers either have no cherry flavor, or extremely artificial cherry flavor. Additionally, Supplication develops wonderful flavors of oak, very mild vanilla and cinnamon, and bitter clementine. Sweet notes of merlot and smokey pinot noir are also discernible.

The spry carbonation isn't overly assertive as I first feared. The beer finishes a little slick with some mouth-watering qualities stamping out the characteristic dryness associated with most of these type of sours. The acidity does grow with time into a small burning deep in my chest, but I have discovered that this seems to happen with just about any serious sour for me.

Overall an exceptional beer, and truly worthy of its praise. Easily my favorite Russian River offering to date.

05-24-2011 05:00:18 | More by Spider889
Photo of backfat


4.3/5  rDev -5.9%

375 C&C bottle. batch 005 x 1. reviewed 5/22
Recieved this bottle from the very generous pokesbeerdude in a recent LIF I won. Thanks chuck! Poured into tuliped brandy snifter.
Pour yields a beautful amber chesnut reddish orange that shines in my glass. For an american wild, this is by far the most attractive I have seen.
Beautiful Noir qualities to this brew. You definitely get some of the sweet wine barrel, literally consumed by tart bing like cherries. Tart, acidic, a touch of funk, with some dark grapes and an excellent vinous character. The taste is sharp and sweet. A bit of pucker and some sweet fruits, oak, and those sweet sweet cherries. Carbonation was great for this beer. I wish there was a bit more bite in the flavor. Don't know why i'm hatin', it was delicious, just could have used a little more bite or intensity to set it over the top. Overall, this was one of the best brews of the day. Thanks again chuck! I have another one that I got as an extra from a great trader doverhills (Thanks Mark!) so I am looking forward to trying this batch with a little age, cheers!

05-23-2011 13:41:02 | More by backfat
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to vissai for the trade. Batch 6X1, bottled 5 Jan 2011 per the website.

Pours a clear deep coppery amber with a fluffy one-finger cream-colored head. Tons of carbonation flowing up from the bottom of the glass. Head retention and lacing are fantastic.

This is a feast for the nose. Sour cherries, a potent yeast punch, and a bit of funk. A ton of fruit. With every smell I get slightly different notes. The yeast and sour give it a bit of bite, but in general the smell is very smooth. Can't wait to taste it.

Starts out slightly sweet and fruity, with tart cherries dominating. Sour comes on shortly and remains throughout, rising to a crescendo in the finish. Finish is smooth, dry, and long. My main complaint is a lack of complexity.

Medium-light in body, high carbonation (but not too high). Silky in the mouth, somehow the flavors hold on long after the tactile sensation of the beer is gone. I suppose it forms a very thin layer that remains in the mouth. Quite good.

This is a great beer. The combination of sweet fruit and funky sour is fantastic. It's like a cross between a fruit beer and a wild. And I think the taste is the weakest aspect of it! Wish I could drink it more often.

05-23-2011 02:38:25 | More by zeledonia
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4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

375 ml litter bottle into a la chouffe snifter

had this at DLD from a bottle from the first 3 batches and now the review is from the 6th batch

a- a dark ruby reddish orange, not cloudy but almost opaque, it kind makes me think of thick apple cider in looks
s- some funk, some sweet, slight apple
t-sour sour sour, this bottle wasnt like my first tasting but its not bad by any means, almost like a warhead candy, you can definetely taste the cherries in the finish
m-lively and jaw locking, lots of carbonation, very dry finish
o/d- overall i love it, my favorite sour so far, drinkability- is good its easy to take down,smooth and light

05-23-2011 01:29:17 | More by kaips1
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4.3/5  rDev -5.9%

375ml bottle poured into a Tulip glass.
Batch 005x4

Appearance - Reddish amber with a 1 finger tan head.

Smell - Cherry, wood, red wine-like.

Taste - Sour Cherries, apple, oak.

Drink - Very carbonated. Tartness hits you hard, but calms down. Lingers in the mouth.

05-22-2011 00:16:07 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Batch 005x2 poured in my NB Goblet

A- Amber and slightly hazy, 1/2 inch head that dissaptes quickly, very little lacing and no retention.

S- My fav smell and style as I always say. Caramel, tart cherries, funk, brett, oak and a fruity spiciness.

T- same as nose. Oak, tart cherries, brett, funk & deliciousness.

M- Very good tartness and acidity.

Overall- Great beer, always love it!

05-19-2011 22:10:39 | More by GrandCruDrew
Photo of CruisaC


4.47/5  rDev -2.2%

poured from a 375ml bottle purchased at Mile High Wine and Liquors on a recent trip to Denver. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Batch 5

Pours a hazy amber with just a touch of red to rosy it up.

Smells sour, slight funk, hint of cherries, very pleasant

Tastes tart, sour up front, transitioning into a very slight cherry sweetness before finishing dry. A near perfect blend of sour, dry, and slightly sweet cherry flavor.

light crisp, but complex enough to not immediately fade.

Excellent overall. I liked it better than temptation and consecration and maybe even better than Sanctification, which to this point had been my favorite sour-ish beer. Glad I have another couple of bottles

05-18-2011 14:29:15 | More by CruisaC
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4.28/5  rDev -6.3%

Batch 005x3

In the glass it is very deep red and had almost no head. Fades quickly, not a whole lot of lacing.

The smell is great in its complexities. A whole lot of the outdoors up front with a little cherry hiding behind it all.

Sweeter than the other two Russian River offerings we shared this night, but has a good amount of the funky quality we hope to get from a wild right behind. Great sipping quality to try to pick different things out of.

It is a great drinker with a god amount of carbonation, yet smooth feel going down.

Definitely something I want to drink more often than the yearly bottle I currently get.

05-18-2011 01:26:32 | More by benpopper
Photo of mondegreen


4.53/5  rDev -0.9%

375ml bottle into a Russian River "Belgian Style Glass." The cork popped out of the bottle while I was removing it and hit the ceiling. Don't open this one towards anyone's face.

Pours a dark reddish brown with very little head. Held to the light, the beer shows an orange hue.

Nose is pretty funky. The tart cherries lie beneath a nice layer of musty barnyard-type aromas and hints of oak.

The taste has a lot going on. It starts slightly sweet, but immediately turns to funky. The finish is dry with a lingering acidic quality. All the parts play well together to paint a nice picture.

Mouth is highly carbonated and bone dry. Champagne like.

Overall, a wonderful American Wild. I'd love to see more breweries explore the style the way Russian River has.

05-14-2011 18:48:26 | More by mondegreen
Photo of pburland23


4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

Caged and corked 375 ml bottle. Poured into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a bright reddish orange with an almost non-existent layer of white head.

Aroma is tart and funky. The sour cherries shine through and there is also a prominent funky, lambic-esque smell as well. Although, as others have noted the smell is cleaner than your standard lambic.

Taste is insanely complex. The sour cherries immediately provide tartness and some lip puckering deliciousness. There is then some grassy, barnyardy-ness and then some subtle oak notes. A wine-like dryness finishes the sip. There's such complexity in the taste of this beer. It's outstanding.

The mouthfeel is dry and wine-like. Light carbonation. Very drinkable even when you take the tartness into account.

Overall, Supplication is a very interesting, complex and delicious beer. Definitely glad I was able to get hands on a bottle.

05-14-2011 16:37:39 | More by pburland23
Photo of gregshead


4.33/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Orange/light brown with slight haze but mostly clear. Half finger of head.

S: Cherry (light smell) & oak smell. Not a lot on the nose. Also a little barnyard.

T: So Sour. Tart cherries up front and oak aftertaste. Light acid taste.

M: Dry finish. Champagne like carb

O: The overall value of this sour wild ale is incredible. For the amount that is made of this sour, its pretty impressive

05-14-2011 06:27:26 | More by gregshead
Photo of inthebeeraisle


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Everything I've had from this brewery has been excellent. The adding of cherries to the barrel aging process increases the appeal of this particular beer. 375ml poured into my Birra Moretti wine style glass.

A: An almost Ruby color. Poured the beer slowly & had very low head with highly active carbonation.

S: A bright cherry nose with a little bit of brett funk & wood mixed in.

T: This brew is quite tart. Definately finishes with some of that fuckyness, but in the best way possible.

M: A cheek puckering mouthfeel.

O: Another quality product. Something I'd go back to in that $10+ range again & again.

05-14-2011 05:17:52 | More by inthebeeraisle
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4.4/5  rDev -3.7%

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a nice light colored head that lingers momentarily... leaves little lacing. Beer is a very dark ruby amber color a tiny bit of sediment and very light activity

S- Very aromatic... the smell of cherries pour from the bottle as soon as the cork is popped, accompanied by a hint of funk

T- So good. Starts sour with a some toasted earthy notes before the sour funky pluckyness intensifies and takes over

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

O- This one lives up to all the recognition. It's different, but equally as good as the consecration IMO


05-14-2011 01:29:29 | More by bbeane
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%

Received from a west coast connection and saw that it was listed as #16 all-time on BA... excited to try.

Visually, I appreciated this beer. Pretty burgundy color that made me pick up on the Pinot Noir aging right away.

The smell let me know right away that this might be more on the sour side than I anticipated from reading reviews.

Taste/mouthfeel reminds me of a belgian geuze. Super tart that leaves my tongue feeling thin. Was hoping for a little bit of a richer taste as this is more of a "wild ale" than a sour.

Overall I'm not blown away y this beer but can appreciate it for what it is. At the same time I'm a bit surprised that this came in so high all-time on the rankings. I'd grab for a Blind Pig from Russian River much quicker than I would for this.

05-13-2011 21:18:29 | More by Yagman3000
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4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Newer vintage of Supplication served from a 375ml bottle into a tulip.

A: A rich rose/amber color that looks stunning when held up to the light. Small white head that dissipates rather quickly, head leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smell number one is FUNK, and a lot of it, then the cherry shows up to the party. Then it just is a duet between the two, it’s very enjoyable.

T: First sip makes the mouth pucker from the tartness; this is very dry wild ale also. Then once you get past the tartness and the dryness its all cherry and oak funk that floods the mouth.

M: Ideal for a beer like this, it’s a little dry, but that is just what makes this so enjoyable. Carbonation is on par and the drinkability is amazing.

O: This is one of my favorite Wild Ales on the market, and it’s nice that RR brews this and releases it a few times a year. Always nice to have a fresh back to drink and then a few to age.

05-12-2011 23:24:35 | More by MrTopher
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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