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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 Urbancaver
3.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5, Barrel 3
A- orange/golden with great head that sticks around for quite a while
S- very very sour... not sure what else to say
T- sour sweet tarts with a hint of malt...
M- smooth, well carbonated
D- Sharp and bitter making it tough to do more than sip a bit. Definitely couldn't drink a whole bottle

Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 005x 2 split with milwaukeeclassic and batting lead off during tonight's impending monster snowstorm

Pours ruddy copper with a thin white collar

Tart cherry, vinegar, and heavy oak on the nose

Much livelier in taste than smell. Tart cherries at the get go muted by funk and vinegar across the middle. Highly acidic and hugely tannic on the back. Barrel is all over this beer. Perhaps memory is faulty, but I've had this beer a handful of times including on tap at the brewery and this just doesn't seem the same: less sour and more vinegar and oak.

Another conundrum lies in the mouthfeel. A lively pop from the cork portended a high level of carbonation. Once poured and allowed to settle, the promise isn't quite kept. Oddly it seems just a bit off.

Not to blaspheme, and I'm sure this isn't a bad bottle, but this just didn't deliver on the promise of what I know to be a good beer. A mild disappointment.

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Thanks to hippityhops85 for this from our recent trade!

Batch 005X3

A: After the cork loudly popped out of the bottle it poured a reddish-amber color. Fanning out on top was a light khaki colored, one finger layer of foam that retained for ages. Carbonation was lively and lots of lace was left stuck in the glass.

S: Tart berry, lemon, damp oak, sour cherry, and the slightest hint of dry/roasty malt.

T: Great flavors of tart berry/sour cherry, oak, and hints of tangy citrus.

M: Tangy and dry with a bit of acidic vinegar. Not quite pucker inducing. Awesome.

D: Consider me impressed. I would consider this a sessionable sour. Totally excellent!

Photo of thagr81us
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GRADING IS BASED ON THIS ONE!: Batch 04X2. Massive thanks goes out to dyan for this bottle in a long past trade! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a massively hazy red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and a hint of dark fruit upon warming up. The flavor was of sweet malt, excellent sour, nice tart, dark fruit, hint of funk, and a floral note on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew is excellent. I must have more of this one!!! Definitely has an excellent aroma, but the flavor is other-worldly. I was really surprised how the floral note on the followthrough seems to cleanse you palate to prepare it for your next sip. Just purely amazing. This is probably my favorite Wild Ale that I have consumed to date without a doubt. Hope I can find something better in the future, but this one is going to be hard to top!

Batch 003! Massive thanks goes out to gcurlow for hooking this one up for beeruser and I to tick! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater snifter. Poured bright orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, wood, fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, funk, wood, tart, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew still. I have been lucky to try this one multiple times and have never been disappointed. While this one did carry a slightly different flavor and aroma there really wasn't a huge difference between the two batches I've reviewed. However, the carbonation seemed to have dropped off a little bit on this one as it was a little older. Still definitely one of my favorite AWAs out there today. 4.5 appearance/4.5 aroma/4.5 tate/4 mouthfeel/4.5 overall

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


I have had the opportunity to try this on tap and in the bottle quite a few times and it never ceases to amaze me every single time I have it.

Pours a deep brown with red highlights. Looks like rotten cherry juice, in the best way.

Smells fantastic. Cherries, lots of tart acidity in the nose, a little bit of vinegar but it is subdued. There's a little bit of funk to it as well.

Taste is even better, no, MUCH better than the nose. This is possibly one of the most complex beers I've ever had, but I can't really tell... I'm too busy enjoying how amazing it tastes to care about complexity. Cherries. Tart, TART, yummy, sour, delicious cherries but not too fruity. Some of the wine taste comes in as well. If you're a wine lover, then you'll enjoy this. It's reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru if you're looking for something to compare it to if you've never had it, but it is SO MUCH better. I get lost drinking this beer, and I can't get enough of it.

I'm literally thinking about moving out to Santa Rosa just so I can go to the Russian River brewpub and drink this every day.

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

Poured from a 375mL bottle into my Duchesse goblet. Got one of these from mikesgroove and one from domtronzero. Thanks guys! This is a review of 004 x 02

A- Hazy orang/red body with a decent sized off white head resting on top.

S - Smell's like this one will be pretty sour. Also picking up hints of cherry. Oak notes are certainly present as well.

T - More funky and less tart than I was expecting. Really clean finish. Some cherry notes but not too much. Plenty of barrel flavor. Earthy notes are also in play

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A nice sour indeed. Plenty of funk and other good wild notes. Not as sour as I would have liked but I've found that to be the case with most RR sours. I like this one better than Consecration and Temptation bt not as much as some other sours out there. I would certainly drink/buy this one again if I had the chance but wouldn't go too crazy trying to get it.

Photo of Jemonster
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful cloudy red orange color with off-white head. Micro bubble carbonation. When the glass is tilted, the bubbles cling to the side and shimmer on the way back to the liquid. The head is thin but lasts until the end.

S: Sour, berrylike smell. Oak and sharp yeast.

T: Very tart candy sourness from the start. Some woody notes, fruit, light alcohol, and not much else. This beer is much more simple than I thought it would be from everyone elses description, but it is still very good. To me, it does taste like something is missing...

M: Crisp crisp crisp. Clean and tingly and bubbly.

D: Very high. I would drink this by the pitcher if it were possible. A really great beer. I love sours, and this one is no exception. However, I don't think it is the sour that all others should be judged by.

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

I had this on tap at TJ's Restaurant and Drinkery's 7th Anniversary event.

Lightly hazed cherry juice color w/ tiny bead ring for head - not expected to have much really, though. The lace clings in spots and the color is rosy w/ clarity that is transclucent as expected for the style. The smell has plenty of sweet scents yet a good dose of tart cherry in there too, the aroma gives a mild compliment of lemony sour with mild sweet cherry-like tinges from the wild yeast. The feel is vibrant, light dry and tangy with moderate acidity. the tartness is slight, not overly sour with moderately high carbonation and gentle berry juiciness.

The flavor is so concentrated with fresh juiced tart cherry and light sweet flavors w/ dry tannic fruit skin notes. The mild pie-like cherry flavor is sweet and acidic at the same time giving a mildly astringent effect on the palate w/ a bit of bitterness from the hops but only slight and the oak gives a mild olive like bitter oily element to the fruity sour in the flavor. There is mild hop spice to accent all the oak and berry complexity. This is a fantastic wild ale, so surpremely drinkable which as Chris Lively said, Vinnie attempted a flavor akin to aged Orval, and he definitely achieved that. The flavor and drinkabililty go above and beyond. I was sad when I noticed it kicked in only a couple hours - so much cherry goodness.

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

This beer came my way as an extra from Sholand. Thanks man this is a great beer. The beer was served chilled in a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: The body of the beer is ruby coloration. The head is short lived white coloration. A thin rim of white rings the rim of my glass. Webbing of lacing marks the beers passage.

Smell: I hesitate to call any wild ales aroma clean. Musty cellar aroma combine with tart semi sweet cherries grapes and oaken barrel.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is loaded with tart cherries. Nice bracing bret sourness. Again I hesitate to call it a clean flavor but I love the brief sweetness of cherries and then the tartness nice oak tones noted to flavor.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The sourness and the tartness are well balanced. The body is light and very refreshing. A very drinkable sour beer. The beer disappeared from my glass way too fast. This beer is an American classic.

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

From my notes on corked and caged 500 ML bottle, poured into a Brooklyn tulip snifter.

Beer pours with a wonderful effervescence a ruby and amber body with light tan to cream colored billowy head.

Aromas are sour cherry, wood chips, concord grapes and touches of caramel. Nice blend of sweet and sour, very balanced, no hops to speak of.

Flavor is just tremendous, wood, dark skin grapes, dried cherries, raspberry and a really knockout souring touch in the middle to finish. The mid range sweetness and caramel touch of the beer blends perfectly with the tart sour notes.

Mouthfeel is perfect, well carbonated providing a prickly accentuation of the sweet and tart notes. Light bodied and refreshing in its tartness.

Extremely drinkable delicious sour ale.

Photo of Chincino
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA in August 2010. It was part of a sampler of all the beers that they had on-tap that day. I also had this beer on-tap in a regular sized pint.

The beer poured to be an amber color and it had fairly strong aroma of cherries. The taste was slightly sweet and was light in body. This beer was extraordinary and was easy to drink. I loved this beer and I would highly recommend it.

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

After spending weeks working on my final college paper, I'm finally finished. Figured I'd celebrate a bit with a great beer.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this beer is a cloudy, dirty apple cider color. There's hardly any head, only a thin ring where the beer meets the glass.

Smell: Sweet cherries with some sour thrown in. There's also a mild oakiness to it that really rounds everything out nicely. Really great smelling beer.

Taste: Sour and tart. The cherries which were really strong in the nose sort of take a backseat to the funk and the oak. Everything just melds together so well, such a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is perfect, body is light and refreshing. Really nailed it here.

Drinkability: An absolutely top notch beer. Each time I've had this beer I get more and more impressed with it. I highly recommend this beer to anybody that can get their hands on it.

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

Supplication (noun): humble prayer, entreaty or petition.

Description from the website...
Supplication: Brown Ale aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and sour cherries .
7.0%ABV / 1.064 O.G / 27 BUs

Thanks to troywhittaker for sharing one of these with me, a pleasant surprise. I love brown ales, I love Pinot Noir, but I am a newb to this sour hype...

I appreciatte the tartness without being over done. White head on a golden/amber body. Aromas of cherry and wood. Complex taste of wine, cherry and mild tarness. Balanced by malt base less sour than I expected. A unique sipper for sure.

I was not able to write detailed notes on this one, but I plan to next time I get the opportunity to sample this one again. I am not scared of the sour just yet.

Photo of KAP1356
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last review from notes and then I think I'm all caught up. Consumed 5/28/2010 at The Broad Axe Tavern (couldn't believe they had this in the bar. Also couldn't believe the price). 375 ml. bottle marked Batch 04x2. Unfortunately the bartender must not have known anything about this beer as she presented it in a pint glass. Hoping it doesn't detract from the experience...

A - Slightly amber-yellow color with a fluffy creamy colored head that fades quite quickly leaving very little lacing. Despite the pint glass, it looks very inticing.

S - Wow. Woody, oak, and brett right up front. Vinous as well (as hoped) as the pinot noir deffinitely comes out as does the cherris. Really smells quite fantastic.

T - Extremely well balanced combination of woody oak, cherries, brett and lacto. Very bright and fruity wuth the cherries being oh so tasty. Everything seems to be working so well together. The sourness actually stays with you throughout the entire bottle which I found very nice.

M - Very carbonated and it works quite well. Medium bodied and actually quite silky despite the carbonation. Lactic acid bite at times in the throat, but nothing that detracts from the beer.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially for a sour. Everything is so well balanced that it makes it easy to drink the whole way through. Really can't wait to stock up on a few bottles of this baby.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at Belmont Station into snifter ~ comparison tasting with Consecration, Supplication, and Temptation.

Appearance is good, about average for a fruit enhanced sour. Lacks a head, but this is typical of barrel matured sours.

Nose is bright and inviting with a sour cherry and citrus notes framing the sour yeast core. Lovely sour flavor without being too astringent. Lots of cherry and berry flavors expand on the palate.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of alcohol, texture, and tannins. Long, smooth finish. Very enjoyable!

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

This brew pours a light burnt amber hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head with nice sporadic lacing,the smell is a combination of sour,sour cherries,red grapes,sour funk and oak,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel which is nicely carbonated and has flavours of sour red grapes first up followed by red berries,plums and finishes off with a dry sour cherry,wood,oak sour red apple bitterness which is quite dry and mouthpuckering and for me i could drink it all night if only i had more than the one bottle and overall the only thing ive got to say is that Russian River's brews should be available to our shores all the time its such a shame that this fine brewery cannot do what Rogue does and let us sample these exciting fine brews constantly other than that i really like this brew and could not knock it cheers.

Photo of hawks10
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked & caged bottle - Batch 005x4 - Poured into my Russian River stemware...

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color, somewhat pale with a ruby red tiny. When held to the light however, this beer is beautiful, deep ruby red with some orange mixed in, a solid stream of little bubbles rises from the bottom. Two fingers of very soft, beige head forms and slowly recedes, leaving a thick cap of haze and some nice lacing behind...

Loads of super fresh, powerful tart cherries fill the nose. The fruit aspect of this beer is intense and wonderful. A nice lactic sourness is evident and is tempered a bit by a good dose of funk/barnyard aromas and oak. Tartness does take a backseat to the funk after a few whiffs, wonderfully complex and very enticing smell...

Beer begins slightly tart with loads of funk in the finish. Dry and oaky, the barrels are much more evident in flavor than in aroma. Acidic and slightly fruity, was expecting a more intense dose of cherries given their abundance in the nose, but they kind of take a supporting role here. The earthy, barnyard/funk flavors, combined with a strong oak presence kind of subdue the cherry/fruit aspect of the taste. The finish is a strange combination of dry, dusty and musty basement with a biting acidity...

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, yet the beer is silky. The tartness of the beer isn't quite to the puckering level, but the high acidity does start to eat at your palette. Finishes dry and dusty with a lingering acidity...

I really enjoy this beer. Nice and tart, but not overwhelmingly so. Wonderful complex aromas and flavors combine to make a highly drinkable beer that never gets old. The acidity is a little on the high side, but with sours, it's hard to complain about that. This may be my favorite American Wild Ale, as a Belgian Lambic fan, I'm usually let down by American Wilds, not the case here...

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

375mL bottle poured into wine glass. batch 005x1

Pours a hazed auburn with some thin wisps of film across the top, leaving a little collar around the rim of the glass, and a few streaks of lacing.

Light, spritzy cherries with some lactic sour flairs in the nose, along with some faint funkiness.

Plenty of bitter sourness right up front which is quickly followed by a wave of tart cherry flavor. Hints of green apple skin and citrusy rind mix in. The sour flavors continue to build towards the finish, where it becomes quite puckering, but is balanced by just the right amount of sweetness. Ends with lingering dryness, a touch of warmth, and one final punch of tart.

Lighter medium bodied, very nice carbonation which isn't overdone, plenty of dryness in the feel. Drinks incredibly well, and the alcohol is just right. I could easily drink more than one of these if they weren't so expensive.

Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4 bottle. Pours a clear light red with an orange/peach tint and a fairly sustaining head. Nose is quite a lot of wet, ripe cherries, not as sour as I remembered, field-like almost, very fresh and floral. Flavor is darker sour cherries, brett, tart and long on the finish. Sour and dry, a tad bit mineral like in the mid palate. Brett is nicely intertwined and body is effervescent as with most Russian River sours. More sour and expressive than this batch was at a younger age.

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

Appearance- Golden with a nice head of champagne style bubbles. The continuous flow of carbonation from the bottom of my glass is a sight to behold.

Aroma- As with most RR beers this is my favorite part. The spice from the yeast and tartness are readily apparent from the first sniff and cause my mouth to salivate the way it did when I was 10 and I had a pack of Sour Patch kids.

Taste- Very tart upfront but the cherries and sweetness come through gradually and create a complex and acidic flavor.

Mouthfeel- A little bit thicker than I would like, but the excellent carbonation helps this out.

Drink- This is a sipper, let it sit and warm gradually as you work your way through the beer. It can last forever and never goes bad. But hardly what I would call easy drinking

Photo of chaz01
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle courtesy of trade with mobz24 (thanks Rich), poured into a Petrus goblet-type glassware

A: cloudy light brownish/copper color with a average size head that sticks around for the entire serving. Lots of bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Tart vinegar aroma, in a pleasant way, with a little fruity notes as well.

T: Very acidic tartness with some sweet cherry undertones to balance the beer. Also some woody and wine characteristics add to the wonderful complexity of this beer.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated, almost like a sparkling wine. There's a very nice, loud pop when opening the bottle.

D: Relatively new to sours, but this one is my favorite of the ones I've tasted to date. There's a pleasant wine and oak flavors that linger in the mouth long after the beer is gone leaving you wanting more.

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

appears nearly as beautiful as possible, solid. it smells moderately of funk with a little bit of cherries poking through, however not as strong as i thought it would be. i feel like i have a cherry pie in front of me fresh out of the oven as soon as i taste it. its a muted cherry, but flavorful and tart. it feels wonderful, as when you swish it in your mouth, it just explodes with deliciousness. i feel less obligated to specify individual specific characteristics of this beer, and rather just sit back and enjoy it. seek it out, ill be enjoying a second one tonite.

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

Shared by generous BA ClarkGriswald. Poured into a tulip.

A - beautiful apple cider color with bubbles rushing to the top. A nice amount of white head sits on top and is sticking around. Looks extremely inviting.

S - a ton of cherries, some apples and oak.

T - cherries right away, then some citrus and apple in the middle. A good amount of tartness, which smooths out on the back.

M - great carbonation and feel, this beer sits on my tongue like a fluffy cloud. Great balance of tart and sweet.

D - it's a sipper, but one I could stick with all night.

Excellent beer!

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

wow what a beer. pours an off red/orange with a white head about 1/2 thick. the smell is awesome. smells like other beers of this type, but not too overbearing. you can smell the cherries with a lot of funk behind it.
the taste is awesome. sour, but so so balanced. this beer is nearly perfect as far as taste. the mouthfeel is great. fun beer to drink. i guess thats the best way to describe it. definitely want again.

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

From bottle to flute glass

Pours an opaque, apricot-orange with effervescent carbonation and a small 1/4-inch head. The nose is sharp red wine vinegar and sour cherries, while Brett funk is all over the place. Even in the flute glass the aromas are pouring out.

As you sip, tart, puckering cherries surround your palate and the back of your tongue. This is as sour as I've tried a beer. But it's far from one-dimensional. The cherries combine with citrusy lemon, which carry into a distinctive Brett funk. There's some sweetness in the background, which tastes like it comes from grapes more than malts. This is a really phenomenal profile. With all of the untamed flavors in this ale, the hops are enough to create a drying effect, leaving the finish clean and slightly sour.

It feels light on you tongue, but there's plenty of carbonation to wash away any residue. It really has a festive feel, especially drinking from the flute glass.

Once you become accustomed to its puckering aspects, your taste buds are in for a complex, revolving treat. There is amazing flavor here, and the relatively moderate 7.5% will leave you somewhat coherent by the end of your glass. I'll be drinking this as often as I can.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,059 ratings.