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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,177
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,294
Gots: 1,628 | FT: 111
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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 cooch69
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange brown. Very bright when held to the light. It was poured into a tulip glass and it had about a two finger white head. A bit of sediment floating in there as well.

Nose comes off with a medium amount of vinegar at first. A mouthwatering tartness wafts up to the nose and begs for a sip. Some attic mustiness and a rich carameliness.

Sourness comes first in the taste followed by a whipcrack of Brett. Finally finished by a decent amount of sweetness. This beer has a decent amount of residual sugars in it.
Only the slightest hint of vanilla shows from a very old wet wood note and the mustiness once again from the nose. Some esters mostly including apples and tart cherries.

To wrap this up(in comclusion) this beer is medium bodied with ample carbonation. It has a syrupy mouthfeel and a mouthwatering sweet/sour flavor profile acompanied by all of complexities that you'd look for in a beer as deserving as this.

Photo of aglose45
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 004x1 from the bottle on Easter.

A: Pours a beautiful dark golden brown, with a ruby hue. The head sticks around a very long time, and leaves sticky lacing on the walls of the glass.

S: Funk leads the charge, followed by a potent tart cherry. There is sone band-aid in the middle. Sweet cherries wrap up the nose.

T: There isn't as my funk as the nose suggests, it's more acidic. Dark fruits dominate tour mid-palate, mostly cherries and plums, before giving way to some funk at the end.

M: Prickly carbonation assists the various flavors. Medium bodied.

D: After having Batch 005 on tap yesterday, I'd say the fresher this beer, the better. When the beer is fresh, the fruit flavors or more vibrant, but the sourness and funkiness levels are a little less abrasive. This beer is delicious at any age, but out of the three batches I've had, I'd rank them in the following order (best to worst): 003, 005, 004

Photo of Azurescens
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle, batch 006x2 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/21/11

A: Pours a clear dark reddish orange with good carbonation and off white head that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

S: Tart cherries and sour barnyardy funk dominate with some oak and malt notes in the background.

T: Tart cherry flavors are carried all over my mouth on a wave of acidic sour funk with hints of oak, red wine and sweet malt. Delicious mouth puckering goodness. Very sour yet you can still taste all of the complexities with each little sip. The tart cherries and oak flavors linger in my mouth and each time I lick my lips I get hit with more delicious sourness and cherries. This is divine.

M: Very sour, smooth and balanced medium-light body that finishes crisp and dry.

O: One of my all time favorite sours. So many great clean and distinct layers of flavor make me keep wanting to take another sip. Exceptional ale that I simply can not get enough of.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby orange color with a nice tan cap of foam.

S: Nice and tart on the nose with some cherries, wood, a hint of bubblegum, a little marzipan and a bit of funk.

T: I had this a while back on tap and was blown away. Now that I've gotten to try some more of RRs sours, I'm even more blown away because, somehow, this is better than any of the others I've had (and I really like the others).

T: Huge sourness with some sweet malts in the background. The finish is dry with a hint of nuttiness. The sourness is a combination of apple cider vinegar and sour cherries for me and is incredible. This is such an amazing beer.

Photo of messyhair42
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into an oversized wine glass, one finger head dissipates into a thin foam and leaves a lacing pattern on the glass

S: Oak, Leather

T: notes of tobacco, oranges, lime, chocolate and a fresh apple crisp. tart, the oak is present but blends with the other flavors. the amber aleness is almost completely masked. long finish of oak. stronger sour taste than consecration

M: effervescent, light

O: would drink again on a special occasion.

Photo of peacebone116
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 bottle from the 2011 release i picked up at the Younger release.

poured into a festival tasting flute.

A: cloudy coppery amber with a thick finger of off-white head that fades to leave thick lacing at the edge of the glass. good carbonation throughout the body of the beer, visible despite the cloudiness.

N: notes of cherry, citrus, and vinegar.

T/M: follows the smell; very tart and sour with hints of lemon, cherry and a bit of tobacco (probably from the oak) in the middle. the beer finishes very sour, but well balanced. body is smooth, and the carbonation helps to mellow the tartness a bit, but overall the beer is very dry and bites with acidity.

i really like this sour a lot. it is quite a bit milder than Consecration is, but still features all the flavor notes i love in the Consecration.

(forgot to write down the batch number on this bottle, but i am pretty sure it is the same as the one i have in cellar.)

Photo of oline73
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Batch 4x4.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head. There is some nice lacing here.

Smell: Reminds me of bubble gum and vinegar, in a good way. Fruity notes including sour cherry and mild banana. Tart and very sour.

Taste: Lives up to the smell. Very sour with hints of tart lemon and citrus. A bit fruity and mildly sweet, the finish is very sour, great balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. There is a high amount of carbonation but it is very smooth. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Very good well balanced beer. I could feel the sourness in my jaw with each sip I took. Another great sour from Russian River.

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

Cloudy radiant red color. Manages to hold a decent head somehow, lightly tan. Quite a bit of sediment floating around but still glows brightly. Very nice.

Tart sour aroma without being nauseating. I say that cause I am so not a sour fan. Those horse blanket sour beers make me sick. This however has some acetic character with being overpowering.

Ok stick to style here... Nice tight sourness which finishes quite dry. Cherries make a nice addition. Soften the sharpness without dulling the effect.

Wish I could say more but I only got this out of respect for how well regarded RR sour beers are. And to be honest, this is fantastic. Met be some type of sour that I don't agree with, but it's non existent here. Supremely enjoyable.

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

A - pour is a very nice two finger dark amber colored cascading head. Plenty of active carbonation keeps the head up for several minutes.

S - huge whiff of Brett funk first smell that overpowers everything else. Underneath that you get a bit of cherry with oak and a touch of bready yeast.

T - a very well balanced mix of Brett and cherries that go together extremely well. Many breweries fail with the addition of cherries, it is really almost always a miss for me. This is a definite exception. A very nice tartness accompanies this beer, about the level of eating a fresh tamarind. As it warms oak adds another layer of complexity.

M - medium to light bodied, fairly light on the carbonation in the mouth which always works for me in sours because high carbonation makes me believe my teeth are going to rot out. Finish is very dry and oaky, and delicious. Mouth wateringly delicious.

O - If you are a fan of the style this is a must have beer. If you are just getting into the style this may be a bit intense but should give you some good hindsight about the style. This is a very well crafted brew and worthy of being called one of the best beers in the world.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, from forgetfu - thanks for the trade!

Pours a light cloudy salmon pink with hints of more robust coppers and morning plum, a finger of head with a little retention. Nose is nice and bretty, light cherries, hint of vinegar, light woody barrel notes.

Wine-grape like flavors, light vinegar, sour cherries, caramel, hint of vanilla, not-quite-ripe tropical fruits, low acidity with some champagne effervescence, light grassy and funky brett, some wood. Tart but not over the top; Good sweetness to balance, quite a round pillowy body for the style, makes it drink like a charm. Tasty and worth the acclaim - glad to have it.

Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 375ml bottle at Euclid hall into white wine glass.

A: High head that recedes fast into just a little over the top of the beer. Low lacing. Pours Copper with brown hues.

S: High sour and acidic aroma with touch of wood and small wild cherries.

T: Deeply complex but balanced. Sour notes are high and very tart, finish is long and delicious and dry.

M: Wonderful carbonation and medium to full bodied. Tart on the back sides of palate, finishes dry.

D: Fantastic sour meant to be sipped just like a fine dry red.

Photo of adman08
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours with ample head that falls quickly but the carbonation is fairly high so a thin layer of foam sticks around. Nice copper color.
S-Mostly you get the typical sour ale smell with a hint of wood.
T-Very complex. You get flavors of wood and wine along with the tartness from the brett and the lacto and pedio bacteria.
M-Tart, very dry, almost no fruit sweetness. Lots of bubbles.
Overall, very complex beer. I enjoy sours a great deal and this is the best I've had for the style. Sometimes it's nice to have a sour that has more sweetness but this has a very winelike character and lots of different flavors.

Photo of smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 005X3. Thank you slentz for the trade!

A small but nice off white head out of the bottle, foamy, falls slowly but maintains a real nice collar throughout drinking. Great body color again on these Wild Ale's from Russian River. Body is slightly cloudy, but a beautiful dark orange and brown with great hues. Fantastic looking beer here.

Smell is a little muted and small but, wonderful pleasant sour and acid. Small fruit cherry, and there's this very good sense of pine needles or something spicy, I get pine though and stinging.

Taste is a real nice bodied sour, with small cherry fruit. Good tartness, a bit dry in the mouth after some sips, Has an almost hint of malt on the swallow, but a good black pepper spice too that carries. Very balanced, not overpowering, everything is in play here.

Fantastic wild ale here, would have this again anytime with food or without. Balanced, not overpowering, great body, tasty brew!

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a wineglass. Batch 005x4

A Pours a light brown color that has a smallish head that dissipates quickly.

S A very funky sour smell combined with notes of fruit especially cherries.

T As the smell suggests the taste is very sour. There are notes of cherry and some wine with an acidic bite. Some sweetness on the finish.

M The mouthfeel is puckering to say the least. It leaves the same feeling in the mouth that one gets after eating sour candy.

Overall this beer is strange yet amazing at the same time. It's quite a unique beer that you will either love or hate and I love it. It's so far from what most people consider the norm yet it is absolutely delicious. One of my new favorites.

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

pours a deep amber with a slight chill haze and an uninspiring, yet adequate cream colored head that settles to a nice foam and leaves decent lacing.

tart cherries, sweet malts, red wine vinegar, sweet fruits, dark berries, light wood, "cherry coke" as the girlfriend says.

damn thats tart. takes a minute for the palate to adjust, but when it does some sweetness creeps in. vinegar, cherries, caramel, toffee, not-quite-ripe tropical fruits, some wine-like grape flavors, acidity with some champagne effervescence.

mouth-puckering with a cotton-candy feel. almost feels like the prickliness after the Novocaine wears off after a visit to the dentist.

wonderful, wonderful beer. perhaps a bit too sour for the uninitiated, and perhaps a bit too fruity for the sour-lovers, but a great balance and an impressive beer, now only if I could get it more readily.

Photo of fewa
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 003 bottle The beer pours a nice golden-caramel color with a thin head that diminished quickly. Smell: tart, cherry-apple aroma with undertones of oak. Taste, nice and complex: Sweet, smooth entry leads into a tart, semi-funky cherry and sweet apple. Oak and yeast flavors become apparent on the finish; Drying and semi-puckering. Very nice beer

Photo of ghetto90007
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 006 (bottle says 006X1). 375 mL. Poured into my Stone Old Guardian Barleywine goblet. My favorite glass these days - works wonderfully with several different styles, especially puckery ones like IPAs, DIPAs and SOURS.

I actually pulled this one out of the fridge because I had a greasy quesadilla from a Lincoln Heights Mexican hole-in-the-wall up on North Broadway called Carnitas Michoacan. Needed something acerbic to settle the stomach. This one fit the bill nicely.

Poured like the red-orange hues of the sunset. Really a beautiful color, the red must be coming from the cherries. Respectable white head, really great lacing. This bottle came out nicely and perfectly conditioned.

Smells like mouth-wateringly tart cherries, some vague sweetness and the oak is definitely present.

Wow, this one is sour, but it's nice. The sour cherries are dominant here, there's some mild sweetness, which provides some balance making this one more pleasant. The oak starts to come to the forefront and then begins to recede in the follow, but lingers in the aftertaste. The oak really does a great thing for this brew - sometimes this barrel aging stuff gets a little gimmicky, but this is right on. It adds wonderful complexity - the cherries and the oak infused with a quality sour are what makes this beer something quite special.

Mouthfeel is fairly light in body, decent carbonation, but also a bit of a softness.

I could drink a good amount of this. It's really good, complex and interesting, but remarkably drinkable. Makes me really happy.

I'm a learner in the sour department, but this beer converted me to the style. I enjoyed it and rushed out the next day to procure another bottle. This will be a beer I'll seek out as a regular whenever it's available.

Photo of zhanson88
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Supplication pours a medium orange color with copper highlights and about 2 fingers of white head. This beer is extremely effervescent; tons of carbonation. Both lacing and retention are great. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of funk shows up immediately here, as well as lighter vinegar and sour lemon notes. I also get quite a bit of fruitiness to offset the sour; mainly tart cherries, but also some citrus.

Taste: The taste is decidedly more sour than the nose is. Lots of funk and sour lemon notes. The tart cherry flavors are there, but are more muted, and I get less citrus components on the palate than on the nose. Great tasting beer though, the funk and sourness are quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and bubbly. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a great wild ale. Really nice balance between fruit and sour. I've got both Temptation and Consecration and am interested to see what I like the best.

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a juicy amber red, clouded with biotics. Head is bubbly and swirled. There's probably no bottle more enticing than an RR sour's, or maybe my response is just Pavlovian. Either way the cork and cage are definitely appropriate here.

Aroma is just step away from that of Temptation. Mostly must and hay, sawdust covered floorboards. I've heard such smells compared to cheese, fungus, sweat, and the always descriptive "funk," "barnyard," and "horse blanket." Luckily there is a pleasant backdrop here of cherry, apricot and peach, suggesting that us sour-lovers are at least not completely off our rockers.

This is by far the most delicious wild ale I've ever had. Keyword here is "refreshing." Balancing out the sour notes are sweet stone-fruit and assertive oak. Describing the sour flavor is more difficult. I'm not getting much of an acetic vibe here, the pungence is more easily ascribed to whitish grapefruit rind without the bitters. Vivid carbonation really props up the intensity of this beer. Certainly worth the price, and that's saying something for me. Superb.

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

Thanks to all of the following great traders for this: RaulMatisse, Solomon420, imperialbeachbrw, Ultraman9000.

Light fizzy head with light lacing, hazy peach orange color.

Nose light Brett and funk, plenty of tart sour fruit, light barnyard, light cherry and berry, touch of lactic acid.

Taste light Brett and barnyard, tons of tart sour fruit, light toasty oak and vanilla, little sour cherry bolotin like, light malty taste, finish is a little flemmy, very mouth watering, light lactic acid, so tasty.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, good carb, mouth watering sour acidic taste.

Overall awesome beer, great tart sourr flavors, nice Brett and wild flavors, nice cherry flavor and touch of oak.

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

Appearance: poured cloudy, slight lacing around edge of glass with slight head. small amounts of carbonation present. redish-orange color - a darker iced tea in a way.

Smell - subtle amounts of cherry. something else sweet in the background. has a white wineish aroma.

Taste - tart-like cherry. a sourish after taste. suprising up front but very pleasant after taste. A bit sour in the end.

Mouthfeel - refreshing. there's a sweetness and a sourness that compliment each other extremely well. seems like a very carbonated white wine.

Drinkability - I wish I had another. A very unique beer that doesn't feel like a beer at all. the fruity sweetness with tart sourness blends well in a light consistent beer.

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

Poured from 12oz, batch 005X2 into Portsmouth Balloon glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber with red highlights. The head is off-white in color and about two fingers thick and slowly dissipates, leaving some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The scent has a powerful cherry aroma right off the bat, sort of a tartness as well. Also slight hints of yeast are present but they are faint.

T: The taste is much like the smell, the upfront taste is cherries, cherries and more cherries with a bit of the tartness coming through and sticking around. The finish has a bit of yeast and some wood with a bit of dryness coming in as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with bubbly carbonation that really tingles the palate. Tart feel throughout.

D: This beer is very solid, very crisp and smooth. It's "sour" but not overwhelmingly sour, but it's present so expect some bite to it. Although I don't have many sour ales under my belt, I'd say this is one of the better examples.

Photo of larryi86
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to alenonbeeradv for this
375 mL bottle batch 006x1 poured into a tulip

A- A deep slightly hazy red with an orange tint with a one finger off-white head.

S- This just smells really good. Tart cherries, hint of citrus,hint of funk, a little wine like, a little sweet. Can't wait to give this a sip.

T- A more intense version of the smell. Tart cherries, hint of sour lemons, hints of funk in the finish, hint of wine, great balance of flavors.

M- Crisp, smooth, refreshing, a little light.

O- This is a great sour and I am very happy to have another bottle to save for a later date. I am just blown away by this beer.

Photo of ShanePB
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle Batch 005X3 split between the girlfriend and I. Served at cellar temperature.

A: Dark honey-amber body with steady carbonation bubbles rocketing to the surface. Fizzy and bubbly off-white head. Splotchy lacing and a nice retention cap.

S: Acidic cherry notes, light malt-vinegar, milky, faint wood and some sour citrus. End is apricots and bay leaves.

T: Immediate tartness washes over the entire palate. Some mild honeydew, cherry and papaya flavors give a great balance to the sour qualities. Nothing is overbearing or understated, really nice example of an American Wild.

M: Extremely bubbly and carbonated, though light on the palate. Overall, a wonderful mouth feel for the style.

Photo of timtim
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow. always awesome. not for the closed-mind or faint at heart. this review is for batch 005x4. gentle pour reveals a reddish brownish orangish beer with an off-pink-white head that hangs in there and leaves lots of lace as it goes. nose is vanilla, cherry, leather, earth, wood, cherry pie, nut, black cherry, raspberry, lactic, vinegar and funk. brilliant. hands down, miles ahead of the competition in the US. in the taste, everything is in near perfect harmony, with dark cherry and nut flavors rearing their heads throughout, leathery wine barrel notes midpalate and a nice, funky sourness that wraps everything up, leaving the palate very cleanly while just a hint of spice and heat/warmth linger. medium full body that never gets sticky. finish is just hot enough to amplify the experience and really add some depth to the character. just wonderful, classy and sophisticated. this is the brewing art at it's finest for sure.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,177 ratings.