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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,962
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,200
Gots: 1,506 | FT: 97
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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5/5  rDev +9.6%

brianzehner, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, Batch #7 uncorked in Fall 2011.
375 mL bottle poured into snifter glass.

2012 vintage, batch unknown; tapped at Hollingshead Deli (Orange, CA) on 20-Feb-12
Poured into tulip glass.

Softer side of being sour w/ nice balance of acetone and sourness. Definitely pick up the cherries and the wine presence from the oak barrels.

Overall, this is the standard cherry/wine sour that I gauge all others of similar type. This one's nearly flawless.

Rollzroyce21, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

mikecharley, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Miamilice, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Keith238, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

inflatablechair, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

brydeen, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

jmhart, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Bobbydigi, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

admiralcrunch, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

tbeq00, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

ampzilla, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of haazer
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After having two bourbon barrel aged brews, I decided to wipe my palate clean with this crazy concoction.

A- Deep raspberry look. Amber and strawberry hues. Very "pretty" looking beer.

S- Fruity, and ever so funky! Brett aroma is apparent. Sour cherries, dry oak. Leather, sweaty socks, band aids, barnyard horseblanket you name it. Great aroma.

T- Pickles??? Anyone else get this? Sour pickles. The beer itself is mouth puckeringly sour. Bitingly sour cherry pits. Under the sour is a lot of funk. Hay, straw, and horseblanket. Very acidic and lactic.

M- Puckering of course. Light to medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Despite the intensity I could drink a few of these.

O- This is the first sour I've tasted that really blew my palate apart. I'm hard pressed to try and find something more intense than this. This beer is a game changer . Great offering from RR .

haazer, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007. Opens with a loud pop of the cork. The color of this beer is dark gold with a subtle reddish tint. It's cloudy with a bit of yeasty sediment sitting at the bottom of the glass, some rises to the top and speckles the massive off-white head, which has terrific retention. Guess I poured it a little too hard. Lace is sticky and sudsy.

Tart and sour aroma, with cherry notes detected a foot away from the glass, and I don't have a very good nose at all (allergies). Very tangy, fruity zip with tannic, wine-like qualities. Delicious and strong flavor, complex, quite tart and sour with a nice cherry presence. Light sweetness offsets the intense sourness a bit, but it's still strong. Yeasty. Alcohol definitely present in the taste as well; you can tell this isn't a soda.

Nicely carbonated, giving it life on the tongue. Long, lingering finish full of puckering sourness. Very refreshing. Kind of a super-sour, alcoholic cherry soda. Just excellent. I drank the first half of the bottle alone then finished it alongside a spicy italian hero sandwich and it was a nice pairing, the tart beer cutting into and combining well with the fatty meats, cheeses, and pickled cherry peppers.

I don't know how often I'll buy this one as it costs nearly 15 bucks a bottle on the East Coast but definitely worth a try!

tobelerone, Nov 08, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip. Russian River is exceptional and I’ve had this on draft at their brewpub, but this was poured out of a bottle.

A: No head to speak of. Champagne bubbles, but with a darker amber hue.

S: The acidity is even in the nose. As I love sours, I love this characteristic. The oak is definitely front and center as well.

T: The taste easily overwhelms the nose. Sour, sour, sour. Oak, sour cherries, cabbage patch kids sour. Acetic and acidic, wondrous. Love it! As good as it gets. As delicate and refined as it gets.

M: Very light and tingly. Like a fine champagne, but much better.

O: As good as a sour gets.

Heavenisbeer, Nov 07, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Supplication Batch 006X1. 375ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: 4
Brassy brown red body with 1’ white head that slowly dissipates to nothing. Mild faint lacing.


Definite sour aroma with notes of lemon, minimal dark fruit, and faint funkiness. Not really barnyard smelling though as I thought it might be. Also a slight toffee note of sweetness, I imagine from the malt.

Taste: 4.5

A great sour with amazing balance. It’s definitely a moderate-strong sourness, but the overall profile seems so refined. It’s not harsh or caustic, but instead very pleasant. Get a mild almost woody funk with notes of lemon/citrus, presence of pinot noir grapes as well as faintest of sweetness of the malt. Lingering sour aftertaste with touch of malt and bitterness. Nice crisp, bright mineral presence in sour component, like a good white wine; this really adds a nice level of complexity to the flavour

Mouthfeel: 4.5
So delightfully sour, but again somehow balance. Great champagne-like soft, fine carbonation that leads to almost pillowly sensation. Mild thickness. Perfect amount of slimily acidic feeling ( which sounds weird I know, but seem spot-on appropriate). I really love how this beer feels actually.

Overall: 4.5
A surprising, subtle, well balanced beer that is definingly sour, but in the same breath incredibly balanced. It’s a little different than I anticipated, much less in-your-face. But really its just such a good beer.

I wasn’t 100% sold of sour beers before this, but now I am. It was just so enjoyable. In fact, super easy drinking and I was very quick to finish it, wishing I had more.

Must Try Recommendation.

EnemyWithin, Nov 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, batch 7.

What is this? This copper tinted pink red liquid evokes pale ale, its color like apple-cranberry juice isn't as dark as one might think cherries and pinot noir barrels would lend. The head is reserved, a creamy light brown ring. If the sediment is avoided it is ringingly clear.

First and foremost is happy light pear and green apple. Moderate tannic oak leads the way towards the funk underneath that I have not the familiarity to pick out bug by bug. Warmth is clearly needed to see more of the many facets with my nose. Just a hint of the coming sourness and rotted wood, old damp, musty, dirty wool blankets (now I understand horse blanket), vanilla.

Sharp lemon juice, damp, musty, saddle blanket, wood tannins, and almost a rose grape character. The pucker factor is moderate to high with a really funky backend rather than a laser beam of sourness.

I find mouthfeel to be relatively unimportant in a beer like this. I'm thinking so hard about the other stuff that I don't pay as much attention. I find a fairly thin, highly carbonated feel works best in these acidic beers, the funk feels like it provides a thickness to balance. This beer is almost moderate bodied, with moderate fizzy carbonation, and a lot of tannins.

To me this is a super funky beer, though I must admit not as groundbreaking as I had built it up to be. Maybe I don't know sours enough to appreciate the nuance, but I can appreciate the care taken to craft it and balance it. It's sour but not too sour, complimentarily oaked, and definitely quality.

brewerburgundy, Nov 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red/Amber with a foamy white head

S - Sourness, oak, tart cherries.

T - A lot of sour/funk, oak, some slight sweetness, tart cherries.

M - Lighter side of medium, a good amour of carbonation, finishes dry.

O - A great sour, starting to warm up to the style.

s1ckboy, Nov 04, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Chowdahead for sharing this one. Cellared for a year, then poured into a snifter. Reddish brown in color, not much head or lacing. Nose is tart cherries, apple, and some sweet sugary notes. Taste is mix of tart cherry and sour apple with a little brown sugar in the mix. Never thought I would become a fan of sours, but the Allagash releases got me hooked, and this one takes the cake as my favorite thus far. Mouthfeel was smooth and not overly sour. Looking forward to trying some more sours from Russian River. Top notch.

ElGallo, Nov 02, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Russian River never disappoints, so it seems. Just tremendous all over the place, and it's so hard to pick a favorite from them. That said, there's a good possibility that Supplication may be my favorite Russian River brew, more so than Pliny the Younger and Consecration, both of which I really love.

Poured a crimson cherrywood color, with a creamy cap of off-white head that left a bit of streaky lacing on the tulip glass. The head dissipated mostly, but left a ubiquitous ringlet of delicate bubbles behind. Tart aroma, rich with various indistinct fruits, and classic Brett-ness; woody, with some nice funk. Incredibly complex taste: starts out tart and sour, with notes of cherries, cranberries, lemons!!! and white wine; mellows out mid-palate with a distinct mustiness that allows the woody characters to come out, then a fruity reprise in the end with dried cherries and dried pineapple, for a solid crisp finish. Not heavy in the mouthfeel, but definitely full on the palate. Beautifully crafted, and highly drinkable.

Rifugium, Oct 31, 2011
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,962 ratings.