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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,059 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,059
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,233
Gots: 1,555 | FT: 101
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 cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06 alongside a sanctification, temptation and consecration.

dark mahogany, almost brown/red. like the others, the head is thin and bubbly. smell is pretty fruity...cherry, almost brown sugar. taste is nutmeg, brown sugar, cherries...definitely strong cherries, very tasty! smooth easy drinker, not too heavy at all. overall i dug it in the side-by-side.

Photo of aficionado
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Riedel Flute. Thanks Kyle2k10!

Upside-down waterfalls of violent fine carbonation bubbles. Semi translucsent orange amber body. 1/2 finger fizzy lingering off white head. LOTS of gritty black dots left in the glass at the end of the pour. Looks unappetizing.

On the nose: Fruity champagne-like pear and cherry aromas with lots of funk and some quince rind and lemon zest. Has a mild backbone of clean, new oak.

More sour, complex, and funky on the palate than Consecration, but less balanced. Quite the sour beer. It has me in awe. Fruity red berry vinegar without the bad parts of vinegar. Consecration however is more berry-like and clean with a tamed, but still very present sense of sourness.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate with lingering aroma that you can smell in your mouth. An interesting beer for sure. One of a kind.

Photo of jar2574
4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little fizzy, with a thin head that quickly recedes. No lacing to speak of on the way down. A lot of floaty thingies are in this beer, not sure if they are yeast, pieces of the cherries, or bacteria thingies. Never seen anything quite like it. I give it props for uniqueness.

The smell is amazing. Cherry, red wine, and yeasts. Just a touch of a cough-syrup medicinal quality, but not enough to bother me.

The taste is awesome too. There's a lot going on, so here are it's qualities in order of their distinctiveness: cherries that are more sour than sweet and quite tart, carbonation bubbles, red wine, and some funky yeasts. Hops, malts, and the traditional beer metrics are sort of out of the window with this one. But I like it.

I would love to have another some day. But not sure I'd have more than one in any given sitting. So I can't say it's the most drinkable beer.

Photo of doughanson78
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter. First American Wild Ale.

A: Dark amber, almost brown, with nice reddish hints. One & 1/2 finger head, that is very fizzy. Good retention and great lacing.

S: A light wet hay funkiness. Yeasty. Definitely some wine qualities. Grapes. Mild sour cherry aroma.

T: Not overly sour. Light cherries. More wine/grape flavors. Cherries come through much more in the finish and aftertaste.

M: Light-medium bodied. Very carbonated. Dry yet not at the same time.

O: Much better sour than others I've tried. The sourness is there but doesn't overwhelm you in any way. The cherries set it off just enough.

Photo of projectflam86
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml Batch 005X4

A- Pours a ruby red color with a thick white foam that leaves great lacing.

S- Red tart cherries and brett funk make up the majority of the nose. A slight sweet malt aroma is barely present.

T- All cherries and funk. Not quite Kriek cherry tartness but still very tart and very flavorful. Some slight vinegar and brown malt with a sharp acidic finish.

M- Medium/light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and juicy at the same time. Very interesting feel.

O- This is quite a beer. Tons of flavor and a nice sourness that is a staple of many Russian River brews.

Photo of mdvatab
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375ml bottle into Bordeaux wine glass.
Batch 006x1

Aroma: A mix of lemony tartness and cherry sweetness, with an underlying funky barnyard note. Cherry sweetness, accompanied by a vanilla character, comes to the forefront as beer warms and opens up.

Appearance: One finger off-white head disappears somewhat quickly (but then again, this is not a style known for dense, pillowy heads of foam). The body of the beer has a beautiful clear deep reddish-brown "sun tea"-like color.

Flavor: Prominent, lip-smacking rhubarb-like tartness, which lingers through the finish. Tart red cherry, accompanied by green apple skin, and a light wild earthiness appear toward the end. At no point does bitterness appear through the clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Slight sting from the medium-high carbonation. Medium-low body. Mouth waters from delicious tartness.

Overall: A fantastic, balanced, approachable wild ale. Lots to contemplate. Barnyard character is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Aroma presents a cherry-like sweetness while the taste of the beer is tart overall. I highly recommend this one for both the sour novice, who's trying to expose their palate to these types of beers, and also for the aficionado!

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into glass tulip.
Batch No. 005X1

A: Cloudy deep oxidized copper body topped with one finger of loose pink-tan head that quickly dissipates leaving light bubbles of lace and a thin cover.

S: Cherries, leather, and a slight acidic funk. No hop presence.

T: Very light fruit flavors up front, cherry in particular, giving way to an unmistakable acidic twang. Lactic, with no detectable acetic. Despite the fruit character there is almost no sweetness, and the acidity hangs on the tongue long after the sip.

M: Light to medium body with heavy carbonation that bites the tongue immediately. Acidity prickles and the palate is left bone dry.

O: Really solid sour. Not something I would consider a session choice, but very interesting. Excellent with food, and a something I would spend the money on again in the future.

Photo of rlee1390
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Ruby, caramel color. Not much head, but carbonation is present.

S-Cherries, grapes, oak, smells dry.

T-Tart not overly sour. Cherries and oak, well balanced. Some grassy notes as well.

M-Medium bodied, silky smooth but not much carbonation.

O-A great well balanced sour. Looking forward to Temptation, but it was better than Consecration.

Photo of biga7346
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rusty, cloudy, a brownish murkiness almost caramel hue

N - Very tart, unripe cherries, raspberries, freshly picked fruit, vinous, tart puckering stone fruit to maybe even blackberries wraps around a nice wafting barnyard wet hay, mossiness; smattering of Belgian like spiciness like peppercorn and a little spike of veiny blue cheese.

T/M - Super tartness assaults the palate up front but levels with an irony, long and dry finish; mineral oil, seltzer water; texture is reminiscent of an unblended lambic, a little thinness mixed with a champagne feel. As it warms we get more of the stone fruit bitterness like grape skin or even lemon skin, more vinous, red wine vinegar.

D - This is an excellent, teeth chattering sour beer but something I can drink a lot of, like drinking a dry, expensive champagne without the bubbles.

Photo of StaEva
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn good beer...that being said, I think so much of the ravenously devout following that RR has is based so much around the hype of the company, and thus societally imposed interpretations of the beer manifest. But, that being said, this is a great fucking work of craft.

The beer looks like Pinot Noir: slightly translucent ruddy brown color, good haziness, nice carbonation visible in the frothiness of the head.

Smells of beautiful vinous cherry, subtle oak, and tangy yeast.

Taste follows smell, almost to the letter. A bit more tang from the wild. very subtle and refreshing, not terribly funky.

Yes, there's a reason, objectively, that there is so much hype surrounding RR. But, you can pay 2 dollars more for a 750mL of Jolly Pumpkin and support a smaller, still-growing independent producer that makes a beer that's almost as good in a very similar style.

Photo of drowland
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at RBWG 2010 from a 375mL bottle. The aroma is huge oak and Belgian yeast with definite tartness and touches of brett and lacto for sure. The flavor is big sour, plenty tart, with citrus and so much more. The oak presents itself more subtley than in the aroma with a hint of Brett presence as well. Awesome stuff!

Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

***Batch 006X1***

Big thanks to jzeilinger for this one.

Poured from a 375ml. bottle.

Appearance: A lightly tan head generously fills the glass above a deep amber body. Stick lacing and retention is great though it would have been nice if it lasted longer.

Smell: Sour cherries, vinegar, dry with a mostly tart aroma though a hint of sweet there.

Taste: Very tart bordering on sour. Not mouth puckering but close. Next to no vinegar except a slight hint in the finish. Sourish cherries throughout with some wood on the outskirts.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation with a lively body makes this one pleasant. Yes it abrasively sour sometimes but i also find it refreshing strangely enough.

Overall: I must honestly say it took me awhile to grow accustomed to it and it was a bit difficult but worth the effort. A truly well made beer.

Photo of Labonix
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish amber/brown with a thin amount of head. The aroma right away is sour cherries followed by oak and some funk. The flavor is very complex. There is sour tart cherries and brett with oak and wine. There is also vinegar, but not too much. Its pretty sour on the palate, but not overpowering making this an enjoyable beer.

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

A- Burnt Auburn color, but bright and slightly translucent. Decent head retention with some lacing left on the glass.

S- Lactic acid and sour cherries. There is some bready yeast character coming through towards the end, but very slight. Smells very sour.

T- Tastes very sour up front with some intense pucker on the palate. You get some of the bready yeast character, but its mostly acidic cherry. Very well balanced and amazingly clean.

M- Nice little bubbly texture from the agitation, very clean on the back end and med to lite body. Very nice

O- Great beer, will always get it when i see it.

Photo of xerotime
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottled into a Russian River "TION" glass.

Pours a nice light brown with a small tan head. Aromas of tart cherries, oak, and funkiness. Taste was nothing short of amazing..tart, dry and refreshing. Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation to make the sourness pop. A fantastic example of how a sour beer should be done. If I had access to this all the time I could see it being a regular offering in my fridge.

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

Had this one for $17 at Eulogy while traveling in Philadelphia. A steep price, but building in the restaurant's markup, I felt pretty much fine about this pricier pickup, especially since this beer never comes my way. Having had some of their traditional ales (Salvation, Redemption, Damnation), this sour from Russian River really knocked me out.

A lot of people talk about Russian River's sours as if they're of an entirely different stock than their other beers. I can now see why. The balance on this wild ale rivals anything from the best Belgian sours, and has a subtlety that quickly trumps other American brewers like, say, Allagash (not that that subtlety is always a good thing).

Ruby colored with fruity notes that are both vibrant and delicately mixed. There's no unpleasant sharpness challenging or harming the taste. Likewise, the carbonation is just active enough to bring out the subtler notes that might otherwise be lost. Smooth and downright delicious, I can't wait to find this one on tap. Curious how it would compare to that fresh Lou Pepe 2008 I just had...

Photo of amphion1065
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the super efficient hand-off OrangeAmps. 375 mL bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

Ruby red with auburn highlights, this almost looks orange when held up to the light. Translucent. A creamy one-finger head forms and never fades. Just a little swirl leaves cascading lacing all over my glass. Beautiful.

Lots of tart, sour cherries in the nose, with an underlying aroma of citrus fruits. Barnyard funk and lemons abound. All that wild sourness is balanced by fruit sweetness - this almost reminds me of (honest-to-goodness, not out of a plastic lemon) lemon juice. Very, very appealing.

Well, it's sour. Those sour cherries in the aroma are the first to hit, and God do they stick around. There's an immediate sourness in the back of my throat; again, lemon juice. This is all lactic funk and horse blanket enveloping a wine-like cherry flavor profile. Not even close to mouth-puckering, this is supremely well-balanced.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Absolutely flawless carbonation, but somehow it feels creamy. Simultaneously lively and smooth, this is terribly easy to put down.

I first tried Supplication this February, when I split a 375 with a good friend. Tonight, I was more than eager to polish off a little bottle on my own. I will crush a 750 before the summer is over.

Photo of ajsdad06
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, batch 2.

Pours a hazy reddish golden brown color with a medium sized off white head.

The aroma is tart cherries, woody, acidic and moderately sour. The Brett fingerprints are there as well.

The flavor is heavy with tart cherries, caramel malts, woody, and an overall sourness that is very drinkable. This is extremely well crafted.

Medium bodied with the perfect level of tart fruit to provide a tingle yet still come off smooth.

I had this batch when it was fresh and it has aged wonderfully. I have had a bottle of the batch 2 every year since it was released and it never fails to satisfy. Great stuff.

Photo of DaveMarner
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Redish with a perfect off white head.

S - Funk and sour cherry right away.

T - Yes! Sour cherry, oak and pure funk. This is perfect.

M - Crisp and a great medium carbonation.

O - This is my new favorite beer. Very Drinkable. Great for a hot summer day while sitting on the back porch or anytime actually.

Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of GRG1313. Batch 04x04. Served in my CL tulip at 53 degrees. Pours a pleasant caramel hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a one inch, dense and creamy off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Textured bands of lacing are revealed as the brew recedes. Nose expresses tart cherries, a buttery quality and a trace of American Oak. Cherry is much more muted in the flavor profile. There is also a vinegary and citrus character dispersed throughout. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright, lively carbonation, some acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands and a semi-dry finish. This is a solid American Wild - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite complex and refreshing.

Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle (Batch 005X4) poured into a snifter. The Tour de France is on, riders are climbing the Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees - seems like a perfect time to crack this one. Even if it is a replay of an earlier live broadcast.

Deep amber color with minimal head - but vigorous carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of cherries, bitter oak, slight funk, and a bright sour sweetness.

Taste is tart, dry, and vinous. Carbonation gives it a pleasant, velvet mouthfeel that amplifies the flavor and complexity. Fine bubbles coat the side of the glass.

This is definitely one to be sipped and savored, contemplated. Another home run from Russian River.

Photo of Adrianized
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 005x4, poured into a snifter.

Murky brown in color, dark orange/red/rust when held to the light.  Aggressive pour yields a finger thick off white head with settles to a film.

The nose is strong, I can smell it while it sits at the table.  Right up front is a winey character, and strong notes of oak aging.  Sour dark cherries, Brett, and maybe some other dark fruits.

The taste is immediately sour cherries and a nice oak background.  The sour tartness hangs on to the end.  The finish is sour and very funky.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and full bodied.  Missing the light refreshing feel I like in my sours.

Overall, another nice sour offering from Russian River.  Although this one is pretty straight forward sour cherries on oak, it's nice.

Photo of Janderson91
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me in a trade from dmsohyea. Batch 006x1. Enjoyed on 07/13/11.

A - Poured into a Stone chalice. Pours a quite hazy deep red/brown muddy color with a one finger tan head that recedes quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S - Bubblegum, tart cherries, Belgian candi sugar, plums, raisins, vanilla, oak. Aroma is good but not as complex as the taste.

T - Wow, this is good. Sour cherries, apples, grapes, raisins, citrus, very fruity. Some mellow vanilla from the oak. This is an excellent beer.

M - Mouthfeel is good. I might like just a tad less carbonation.

O - Overall, this is an excellent wild. Very easy to drink and quite tasty. Good stuff.

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

375ml bottle, bottleworks. obscenely priced but obscenely good.

from notes.

appearance: split and served in my hopleaf tulip, deep crimson-orange body, active carbonation and a light bubbly beige head

smell: quite tart - sour cherry, oak barrel, wet straw. very funky

taste: a definite tongue-buckler, the tartness is very high and the abundance of cherry plays well off the sharp oak notes, sprizzy carbonation, straw, hay and other barnyard funk on display. I only wish it were more affordable.

mouthfeel: blasting carbonation, high tartness

overall: great

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

Pours a hazy brown with some slight burgandy tints and nice foamy throughout the session. A lot of floaties but good. Nice funk in the aroma with some cherries, raspberries and wine-like whiffs. Nice. Tough on the esophogus after each sip for me....right to the finish. Tart but not overly distracting. Some cherries and more tart fruit in the taste. Nice. Dry and clean finish. Salivation on the buds after each sip. Overall I thought this was a great wild ale and a great starter if someone is looking to try the style. Not overly sour and pleasant to sip.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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