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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,239
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,339
Gots: 1,661 | FT: 110
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 Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008

Pours a slightly murky brown with hints of gold with a quickly dissipated head.

Smells at first of tart cherries meets wine, then some thing different and funky, those must be the bacterias.

Taste is all pucker, sour fruit candy, slightly winey and a lemony tart finish, with a hint of musk(which I really like).

Feels light and bubbly, kind of champagny, kind of lambic, kind of winey.

What is this? I admit this is my first sour, and I enjoyed it. Though confusing to me as a beer, it fits the style described by the site. Huge wine characteristics make the flavors complex and tangy. Bizarre, to say the least, it's like a hybrid of several different things, perhaps not my style, but I can see how this style is love it or hate it. Funny thing is, I'm kind of in the middle.


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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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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of actone2001
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 006X2. Long time fan of Supplication, first time reviewing it.

A - beautiful red dark amberish hue. Not exactly clear, but close enough for the style

S - funk, tart aroma with a little sour cherry and lemon.

T - Wow! The tart, sour, mouth Pickering lactic acid is a kick in the pallet! Awesome beer. The oak, cherry, sour balance is unbelievable. It finishes with a lingering lemony lactic taste, with a very very slight vinegar/acetic touch. Fantastic! The Pinot noir barrel adds a bit of depth that really comes out as it warms.

M - sparkling carbonation on the tongue. Medium body, crisp from start to finish.

O - Outstanding beer!!! I could honestly drink this everyday! It's tart/sour enough, but displays the beautiful notes that fruit and Pinot noir can add to this style. Beautifully sour, but drinkable beyond belief. I'd recommend this beer as the best 'American Wild' that i've tried.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Flounder57
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008 375 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel glass. The cork came off of the bottle with a nice pop and imagine that this bottle of beer has not seen air since 2010 or later. That is crazy wild.

Appearance: Slight head that reduced to a thin layer. Hazy reddish brown with signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass. Lots of tiny little bubbles. A very wild ale this beer must be.

Smell: sour and tart cherries, pinot noir aroma, oak, a nice yeasty and bacteria funk. I can't wait to take a sip. Super funkiness going on here. Whoa.

Taste: This bottle has conditioned nicely and blended all the flavors together great. The sourness and tartness from the cherries come out first. A nice funky and yeasty taste similar to rubber tires, but these tires are not as bad as other wilds and easily bearable, which makes me extremely happy at the moment.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carboantion, light bodied, somewhat dry on the palate and puckering too. Very interesting and great to drink. It keeps me wondering. If the carbonation could be toned down a bit, this could go down like water.

Overall: Wild ales are growing on me and seem to get better with each one I have and each BBF I volunteer for. If it wasn't for the fests, I would have very little knowledge or experience with these sour and funky beer. I am happy to have brought this back safely from Denver and to start off the new year in Boston on a good note.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of match1112
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a murky reddish brown with a half finger of light brown head that fizzled out as quick as it formed. smell and taste are both very tart and sour. sour cherries lead the charge and are quickly followed up with flavors of wine and yeast, nice tart earthy taste. mouthfeel is very lively with excellent carbonation tickling the tongue. a medium weight body compliments this beer perfectly. a nice dry tart finish doesnt linger long. this is an excellent beer that everyone should have the opportunity to try.

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

375ml Bottle - review #1000 - thanks to zacs for this beer

Appearance - Slightly hazy red/copper colour with an averge size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Lemons, cherries, funk, wheat, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste citric acid/lemons, wheat, yeast, and cherries. There is also a bit of a vinegar taste. It ends with a tart lemon/cherry flavour.

Overall - Just a fantastic beer and drinking experience. It's got the flavours found in a average sour but there is also a level of complexity that keeps it interesting throughout. I'm happy I picked this one for review 1000 and I'm looking forward to the next 1000 beers. Happy 2012 BA!

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a tulip. Batch 008.

A: Fairly clear...a little bit of haze from the yeast that got in. Copper/amber in color. One finger white fizzy looking head. Retention is pretty solid.

S: Soft tartness. Funk. Some of the oak aging comes through a bit. Some white grape. Mostly vinegar tartness.

T/M: Massive puckering up front. A good of wine-like bozziness. Defintiely more on the bitter end of tartness. Not as sweet as some other sours. Some bready malt character. More white grape and oakiness. Fizzy and creamy at the same time on the palate. Medium-thin bodied. Finishes on the dry side for sure.

O: A great sour. Really deserves all the accolades. More bitter than sweet and finishes nice and dry. A real treat to get to try this finally.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my sister-in-law who gave me a bottle for Christmas.

The bottle spewed foam within two seconds of opening. Whoops! I guess it still needed time to settle after the trip home. There was still plenty of bubbly head that's typical of the style. Excellent color to this brew which must be due to the cherries: an opaque red amber.

The nose is full of sour cherries. It's difficult for me to detect any of the barrel. A very inviting smell, none the less.

The taste matches the nose almost exactly - lots of sour with some supporting cherry and even some sour apple. The big sour notes are not overwhelming, but they do hide the alcohol very well. The brew's 7% is not detectable at all, which is most impressive.

The feel is thin, but closer to medium, and tingles the entire tongue with carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp with lingering sour.

This is an excellent example of the style. It's drinkability comes from sour cherries that are just powerful enough to hide the alcohol, but not strong enough to shock the palate.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,239 ratings.