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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,402
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,056
Gots: 1,322 | FT: 82
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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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Sour Tasting. Split 4 ways. This was the last of the 20 or so sours we tasted over 8 1/2 hours. Thanks again to rhinos00, pecorasc, and beace for making this epic tasting happen!

A: Dark carmel color. Slightly hazy. Nice white head with some decent lacing.

S: Smell some caramel malts and funkiness with some cherry and dark fruit undertones.

T: Very crisp tasting beer. Lots of tart cherry and funk flavors.

M: Nicely carbonated and good full body.

D: Very drinkable. This sour was refreshing and a really great beer. Wished I had more, but my stomach was about to punch me in the face if I drank anymore sour beer. A great ending to an epic sour tasting that I will never forget.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 03:28:43 | More by boothbeer
Photo of dougofthefuture


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

Thanks a ton to Sugit for hooking me up with this one. I've been very excited to try it.

A - What a great looking beer. Big pop when it was uncorked, and a bright amber body with beautiful head and lacing.

S - Funky! The brett comes through up front, and it smells great. The cherry comes through a little bit, but it is hidden under all that delicious funk.

T&M - The first sip blew me away with sourness. I'm a bit of a sour novice, and this shocked me. As my palate and the beer itself warmed a bit, the velvety funk and sweetness of the cherry are coming out as well. The blend is completely unique to me, and it is growing on me fast. It seems a bit lopsided on the sour side, which to me takes away from the rest of the flavor profile. I could see how some might like the balance as it is though...

D - Considering the punch packed in the first sip, I'm shocked to see how easy this has become to drink after 10 minutes. While a growler of this might be intimidating, I'm having no problem enjoying every last drop of this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:39:37 | More by dougofthefuture
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got his beer BIF'ed to me by a very generous mjmadden. I've been looking forward to this one, so here goes...

A- A dark amber body complemented by a finger of white fizzy head. Head dissipates down to a thin layer but then sticks around for the entire session. Streaky lacing make an overall wonderful appearance to this brew.

S- Lots and lots of sour cherries with a bit of funk. A touch of sweetness underlies the entire beer which helps to balance it out a bit.

T- Wow! That exact word was my first reaction to this beer. A puckering sourness by the sour cherries makes my mouth water with every sip I take. Funkiness is limited a bit by the tartness of the brew, but it is so tasty.

M- Light body with a very prickly mouthfeel. Acidity of the brew makes my mouth feel slick with saliva.

D- Drank the bottle over the course of an hour. The bottle was more than enough, but each sip left me wanting more. Damn, this is one tasty beer.

Also, this was my first sour so I was a bit nervous about what I would find. I had heard that this is an excellent "starter" sour, so I'm glad to have received this one. mjmadden came up huge for me with this brew. Thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:22:12 | More by kbeals
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New York

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle recieved in trade. Thanks alexd3891.

A: Hazy amber with pink/brown color.

S: Sweet tart cherries with a nice underlying of musty funk.

T: Nice tart cherry flavor. Some funk, sour, oak, and cherry but it all is working well together. They balance each other out almost to perfection.

M: Rally nice combo or medium/light body and carbonation.

D: Really awesome beer. Had a 375 and wish it was a 750.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 13:59:47 | More by BTPete
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4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep burgundy with almost no head. Very little retention or lacing. The nose is vinous and tart, with cherries right out in front, followed by the pinot oak and faint whiffs of brett. A very good indication of what's to come. The first sip is tart and bracing. As the tartness fades, sweet and sour cherry flavors push through on a
wave of subdued oak. The brettanomyces funk works against these extreme flavors to provide an earthy balance in the finish. Medium bodied, with bright, sharp carbonation. A sour ale that slaps you in the face and demands your attention.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:28:18 | More by DaveHS
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. extremely impressive. Pours a great deep orange color with a half finger off white head with nice retention. Leaves solid lacing down the glass. Smells of cherries up front with the sour funk coming in after. Delicious smelling. The taste is even better than the smell, with the cherries blending perfectly with the brilliant amount of sourness. Also presents some citrus that I didnt get from the aroma. Nice level of carbonation accents the sour perfectly. This is simply an amazing brew. Thank you Monk's for carrying this.

Batch 04x2.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 06:06:55 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4x3.

Murky orange/red/brown color with a big off-white head that leaves plenty of lacings.

The smell is fairly blurry with a prominent oak character and notes of sweet cherries, grass, mud and brett. Nice acidicty.

The taste is full of events. Sweet malty cherries and malts up front quickly handing over to a prominent sourness coupled with grass, lemon, minerals and vinegar. A mild bitterness develops towards the finish as the beer ends with nice cherry flavors, oak and a very mild funkiness.

Medium body and velvety smooth but dry finish.

A nice one. Very impressive composition. Quite reminiscent of a sparkling fruity wine.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 19:08:12 | More by ricke
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4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a thin white head. Head that settles quickly, but leaves great lacing on the glass.

S- Slightly sour cherries up front. Oak, a hint of yeast, just a bit of funk and maybe a bit of Earthy hops.

T- A bit of the cherry flavor is present, with some caramel, spice, and a big dose of oak. The finish is tart, but not nearly as sour as I expected.

M- Lighter side of mediun in body and carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and would enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 10:38:24 | More by nrbw23
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4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 375 mL bottle (04x3) into an oversized red wine glass. Big thanks to billinlafayette for this one.
A: Ruby amber with a good one-finger creamy head and constant bubbles rushing up the center.
S: Rustic sourness, cherry, and musty oaky alcohol. The earthy, leafy hops aren't very prominent, but exist nonetheless. Overall it comes off as earthy and fruity.
T: It starts off musty with rustic tart underripe apples and moves on to a dry cherry (think framboise) characteristic, leaving a moldy bitterness and a fruity sweetness lingering all over your mouth.
M: Thin, crisp, and dry.
D: Awesome. I wish the bottle was much bigger.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:26:44 | More by ne0m00re
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4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle drank from my duvel tulip. thanks to mikeyv35 for trading me this one at DLD!

A- this one pours out a rich amber colored body with a half finger of off white head. the head quickly fizzes away and leaves behind little spots of lacing.

S- the first thing that comes to mind after sniffing this is "sour." vinegar and lots of barnyard funk. theres a strong odor of cherries in here also.

T- the sour cherries are beautifully showcased here and take center stage. the funkiness is alot more subdued than i was expecting. pretty tart/sour. very unique, and in a good way.

M- light bodied. almost puckering. nicely carbonated.

D- wow. i wish i had a 750ml bottle of this. even my wife was impressed and asked where she could pick some up. ill definitely start working on that. the best american wild ive had.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 15:46:08 | More by jwinship83
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4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light head upon pour. Falls to a nice mat of foam around the rim of the glass. Laces very well. Amazing rich auburn color.

S- Wonderful aroma. Tart cherries. Wet dog and Sweet hay.

T- This is a wonderful experience its a bit more tart then Temptation but its a nice play on a sour. The sweet cherries come through nicely. Sweet malt

M - Lovely tang on the tongue. Plenty of carbonation.

O - This is an amazing sour. I wish I had move.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 06:24:13 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

04x3 into a Hopleaf tulip

A- Careful pour yielded a small head. Dark orange body with solid lacing and a thick collar of foam remained throughout.

S- Funky and fruity. No sour in the nose surprisingly. The cherries made themselves present after a bit and some swirling.

T- Sour and tart. The cherries are in the background. No funk in the taste surprisingly. Nice acidity. Very bready/grainy/malty finish. It doesn't detract from the overall taste though. Very good stuff here.

M&D- Carbonation is great, very dry and pleasant. It's everything a sour should be. I do like this one better than Temptation and Consecration. Glad I have several more of these to drink.
Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 02:59:46 | More by hansgruber
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Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

About time I review this.... had it quite a few times now. Thanks to all the awesome traders for sending out bottles of it over the years. I had a batch 004 a couple nights ago and also was part of a batch 1,2,3,4 vertical in late Feb. This review kind of encompasses all of those.

Batch 4 review:

Pours a semi-hazed reddish color, with a twinge of orange. Whitish foam forms but fades to leave a complete film atop with some nice sticky lace.

Aromas are complex and really interesting... bursting with cherries, tart, fresh, prematurely picked cherries. Earthy, some dirt, a little bit of an herbal-spicy note that is somewhat hidden. There's also a sharpness to the aroma... fresh batches give the impression of this acetic twang with a touch of alcohol. A little musty wood as well.

Taste has a bracing tartness, acidity is well integrated but moderate. Red Wine vinegar, woodiness, earth and tannin. Cherry is here and mixed in with some other general berry fruitiness. Long finish, allowing plenty of time to contemplate this wonderful concoction.

Well carbonated, but not overly prickly - allows all of the flavors to come through. Splitting a bottle is a good serving - I'm really glad they stuck with the 375s for the sours since they are perfect for sharing with one or two other people. Just a masterfully made beer and one of the best examples of American sour ales to date.

Vintage Notes from Batch 1,2,3,4 Tasting (Feb 27 '10):

Batch 4- Sharpest, with some spice and a little booze. Delicious, but a little rough around the edges compared to the other batches. Though, I kind of like the 'freshness' of it.

Batch 3- The funkiest, had somewhat of an overture of mustiness that seemed a little stronger than the other batches. Pretty carbonated.

Batch 2- Was generally picked as the favorite, has this really great herbal-spiciness thing going on that none of the other batches had (or was present in smaller amount).

Batch 1- Surprisingly good amount of cherry left but was somewhat mellow in general. Some other kind of neutral fruitiness combining in. Kind of felt 'muted'.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 17:46:46 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 375mL bottle at Lush CBC event, Batch004. Pours amber brown with a thin white head. Aromas of sour cherry, brett, grenadine, and burnt rubber. Flavors are sour with brett, featuring red fruit on back of palate, and green apple front palate. Carbonation is lively with a medium body and a long fruity finish. This beer is super drinkable and very complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:09:36 | More by wedgie9
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4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 5-8-10 with TCHopCraver, thanks to zoso1967's kind provision.

Appearance: Poured into a wine glass. Color is a golden brown, with some red hints thrown in for good measure. A one-finger head dissipates pretty slowly and leaves a soapy ring of lacing. The lacing is extremely sticky and will cling to any part of the glass if given the chance. There are delightful yeasties and cherry bits dancing around, further agitated by a decent stream of carbonation rising up from the bottom.

Smell: Cherry fragrance abounds! Almost smells like Grandma's in the kitchen baking up a cherry pie! The only difference is that this pie is sour and full of pinot noir, funky yeast, spice, and wood.

Taste: Wow! Not what I was expecting at all. I expected something much sweeter, but instead I find a dryness that is simply enchanting. It's like all the best things about wine and beer brought together in a masterful harmony. This is definitely one of the most refreshing and invigorating beverages I have had the pleasure of consuming. The cherry sweetness of the nose is paired extremely well with the dry, champagne-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and refreshingly dry. Starts with a biting fruity punch to the tonsils and ends clean and dry.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and easy to drink, but this beer is so intense that it lends itself more to being a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:25:13 | More by BuckyFresh
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3.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled a 12.68 oz. bottle from Batch #04X1.

A- Poured from the bottle with a 1/2" light khaki colored head, which slowly receded to a haze layer, leaving impressive dollops of lacing behind. The body was was predominantly clear, with a touch of haze from agitated sediment... and an actively carbonated dark amber color.

S- A wonderfully complex nose, ripe with brett, pedio, and lactobacillus, without being overpowering with aectic notes. Oaky and vinous notes are also dominant on the nose, with lesser nuances of stewed malt and stone fruit.

T- Starts out on the palate with wonderful flavors akin to the nose... but then the acidity and intense tannins cut-through sharply, with vinegar and astringent tannic notes overtaking all other flavors... and lingering unpleasantly into the dry finish. The overboard vinegar and tannins keep this from being a 4.5 in the Taste department.

M- Thin in body... highly attenuated... and slightly slick on the palate. A wonderfully soft carbonation, which creates a faint illusion of creamy texture in the beer. Unfortunately, the moderately strong astringency keeps this from being a 4.5 in the MF department.

D- Don't get me wrong, I like acetic notes in wild ales... but not to the point that they destroy the complexity of the beer. I don't dislike this Supplication... I just wouldn't go through such lengths to acquire it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:31:45 | More by jgasparine
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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Real nice golden red hue with a light head that dissipates quickly.

S: Sour cherry, woody and peppery.

T: Crisp sour cherry with a well balanced bready and plum-like finish.

M: Light and silky smooth.

D: Exceptionally smooth and easy to drink in large quantities. I only wish I could afford to at nearly $15 a 375ML! Well worth every penny though.

Without a doubt one of the finest sour-style ales i've ever had the privilege of tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 05:43:21 | More by DeanMoriarty
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this on 5/3/10 with TCGoalie and then again 5/8/10 with Buckyfresh. Thanks for sending it our way, zoso1967!

A: Served into an oversized wine glass, this beer appears as a copper/peach/raspberry colored amalgamation, and is topped with a pillowy beige head that starts at 1 finger high and slowly recedes. The head retention is exceptional. And, boy oh boy, is the lacing amazing! It is uber sticky and looks like the splashing water that Mickey Mouse controls in "Sorcerer's Apprentice." This is the finest lacing I have seen from a beer.

S: Aromas of sour fruitiness greet me when I take this beer deeply into my olfactory. I also detect a slight vinegar presence which contrasts nicely to all sorts of fruit smells: cherry, raspberry, peach, golden delicious apple. There is a healthy dose of funk in this smell, as well. The aroma is quite wine-like, closely related to a Pinot Grigio; this is odd, because the label says that the beer was aged in Pinot Noir barrels. Other aromas I get from this beer are some spice in the form of clove, paprika, and black pepper, and also some fresh woodiness.

T: Wow, sour! My first thought of a similar experience in my mouth is that of sucking on a Sour Patch candy. This beer lights up every crevice of my palate with a dry, biting, cherry, blueberry, golden delicious cider bomb of a flavor. There is some serious funk in the taste, in a great Tower of Power sort of way. You've got to Funkifize! The more I taste this, the more I recognize a similarity to quite dry Champagne.

M: Supplication takes my mouth on a roller coaster ride. The sourness explodes onto every taste bud, lingers for around ten seconds and then really dries out my mouth with a long, dry cherry-like residue.

D: I really enjoy the sour and dry character of this beer, and having split two 12.68 bottles in separate sittings, I would certainly classify this brew as a drawn out tasting sipper. This is by far the most original and exciting beer that I have had in awhile and it really shocked and delighted my taste buds. What a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 22:00:23 | More by TCHopCraver
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4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big big thanks to JackCrow for throwing this one in as an extra.

A: Cloudy, bronze, cherry, head is thick bubbly with tinges of pink and sandy brown mixed together with the standard whipped cream white head. Lacing is a pretty solid curtain, especially considering the sourness of the beer. So good on me for really cleaning my glass.

S: Woody and even slightly sweet cutting though coming through the sourness, very flowery, oaky with an almost unassuming cherry tartness. peppery, white grapes, white peaches.

T/MF: Incredibly woody, tongue numbingly tart. sour cherry, white grape skins, plum skin, lots of skins of fruits is what I am driving at here. Finish is bigger on the berries, blueberry, currants in particular. Feel is full, super bubbly and sticky and dry at the same time. Sticky is perhaps the wrong word to use here, more of a constricting dryness like the beer was stretched over my tongue and shrunk wrapped around it.

D: Fantastic beer, would love to have frequent access to it so I could bury it in my cellar for about a dozen or so years and see what would happen. The tartness my be a bit overpowering for those not expecting it and gives you pause between each sip to let your tongue recover, which I suppose isn't such a bad thing as it lets additional flavors to develop in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:27:16 | More by bluemoonswoon
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3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

batch 4x03. full disclosure - this is my first introduction to sours...

poured from a 375ml bottle to my trusty dogfish head signature glass. it pours a deep copper brown and results in a 1/2 finger foamy beige head that lasted til the beer was finished. after each drink, a fair amount of lacing was left all the way to the rim of the glass..

cherries and tart apples in the nose lasting til the glass has been finished.

sour indeed - a lasting shock to an unexpecting palate. a very interesting sipper, with each sip alternately exciting the tongue and then leaving the mouth conspicuously dry and ready for another drink.

a second bottle is in the closet and I suppose I'll let that one age a bit.

a somewhat confused thumbs up on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:38:09 | More by robwestcott
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New York

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

Small bottle, caged and corked, Batch 04x2. Pours cloudy brown ale like, under a moderate medium tan head, that leaves a thicker collar and nicely splattered fine pieces of lacing. Zesty nose, infused with horse blanket, sour cherry, and a faint whiff of gym socks. My reaction tot he first hearty swig was simply "wow", full flavor, sour cherries stinging the taste buds, bretted up, funkathon, love this stuff and so will other sour lovers. worth seeking out and then savoring every time
Thank you Matt at Capone's for hooking me up with this and a few more treats from RR on a recent Philly visit.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 02:55:06 | More by Billolick
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4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is another one that several of us were looking forward to opening. Upon opening the bottle there was a nice POP from pulling the cork and the aroma of sour cherries and sour fruit fill your nose and make you want to pucker up a little. Pours a brilliant red with good carbonation and a mild light pink head. The initial taste is that of strong sour fruit and it lingers for a while before living the mouth. Takes you back to the days of sucking on sour worms and war heads until you tongue was sore. Liquid candy was how many people described it. This beer is a solid 5.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 16:11:39 | More by pastradul
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4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks chickencoop
Batch 04x1

Pours a reddish copper, translucent. One finger white head dissipates into a lingering cap. Bubbles everywhere, I can tell this is going to be spritzy.

S: Sour green apples, but musty. Getting alot of brett too.

T: No surprise, immensely tart and sour. But why can I not stop sipping this? Really "fun" to drink. Im thinking more sweet and sour green apples than cherries. Brett funk is melded throughout the entire palate. I had some trouble detecting any wood characteristics, maybe next time?

M: Medium bodied, spritzy carb. Leaves you salivating as if you are drinking something like orange or grapefruit juice.

D: Hmmm. I would have to say drinkability suffers because of acidity. A whole 375 ml gave me a little heartburn. Additionally, any sour can become tiresome to the palate. Excellent beer when you are in the mood for it, a "world class" sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 17:54:24 | More by zoolzoo
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4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/3/10. Bottle from zoso1967 (Thank You!) shared with TCHopCraver (Thank You!)

Pours a strawberry copper red with a one finger head that lingers throughout the brew. Lacing sticks to the glass and forms objects that look like white mountains. I have to say the head and lacing of this is second to none...very impressive.

The smell of cherries dominates the scent. I'm also getting a bit of strawberry, spicy clove, and alcohol esters. The overall scent character is much like a dessert wine.

Wow, this is much more sour than anticipated. I was expecting a wine quality and it is anything but. This has a similar quality to a tear jerker gum ball. The taste of cherry starts the flavor and quickly morphs into a sour explosion that changes character and lasts for 12 seconds. The taste of this beer lasts forever, it is wonderful.

This is relatively light in mouthfeel but really gets the saliva going. The strange part is my mouth is really dry and clean afterword. This beer eats my saliva.

Overall, this is a very drinkable ale. Strangely, I think it would be really good mixed with iced tea like an Arnold Palmer...though that would be disrespectful to Supplication. The complexity keeps me coming back for more, this is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 00:34:49 | More by TCgoalie
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4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Reid - thanks! Batch 2 I believe.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted dry caramel malts overpowered by large amounts of tart cherries and funk. There are also hints of vinegar but they definitely belong and take nothing away from the rest of the aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Basic dry caramel malt flavors serve as the backbone for everything that goes on. Tart cherry flavors that have just enough sweetness to keep this from being even slightly mouth-puckering. Also present are large but not overpowering amounts of funk with hints of wet hay. The ending is crisp and leaves tart cherry flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I think this is just the tiniest step up from Consecration. It's impossible to describe but I feel as though it's a tiny bit more complex in the funk department. Either way, both are extraordinary and well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:28:58 | More by glid02
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,402 ratings.