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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,379
Hads: 5,713
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,587
Gots: 1,880 | FT: 130
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:
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 Bonsall_Phil
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a flute glass

Appearance is crystal clear auburn in color. An easy pour results is about a half inch head that settles to about an eighth, and it sticks around awhile. A nice aggressive swirl in the flute shows off a great lace, it looks silky. Carbonation is light but steady, the flute really shows off the look.

The flute also focuses the musty red-wine and unmistakingly oaky- wood scent. I cannot get enough of this scent, I'm picking up sour cherry, but it's more like being in a winery with the smell of wine making all around me in a dank cave.

Taste is a nice funky cherry up front with a strong wooden, and pleasant aftertaste that lingers until your next sip. The red wine is very present and I wouldn't fault anyone that felt this was more wine than beer. The carbonation is spot-on perfect and lifts these lively flavors over the palette.

This is as-good as discussed by my piers here. Absolute home run for delivering the flavor it advertises and with clarity and mouthfeel being spot-on a top sour that you must try.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a clear amber red color with a nice head and good lacing that quickly runs back into the glass.

Smell – Sour cherry, vinegar, oak, and pinot. It’s a really nice smell.

Taste – The first thing I notice is that it’s not overly sour (I’m not a fan of super sour beer). Tastes of pinot, vinegar, and oak. A really good sour!

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation, dry, not too sour, with a pleasant funky aftertaste.

Drinkability – I’m generally not a huge fan of sours, but this is an exceptional one to me.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/07/14. Pours slightly cloudy (I poured to fast....) kind of dark rose color with small off white head. Nose is sour vinegar - if it was a wine it would be going back! Bacteria is here in force.
Sharp acidity hits first bam! then an incredible sourness hits the back of the throat BAM. Second sip is better as the mouth adjusts, subtly cherry comes out, sour cherry, white grapes? Lots of funk.

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Photo of humuloner22
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would have never thought in a thousand years when I began reviewing beers that my first perfect score would be a wild ale. I honestly hated the first few I tried. I have tried to think of any reason to knock this one down a notch but honestly I can't find anything wrong with it!

Appearance: Gorgeous copper red with some brown notes, a little hazy and a beautiful creamy head that just lies there throughout the drinking of this gem.

Aroma: Soft tart cherries, some brett notes, some earthy notes and a slight grape note from no doubt the Pinot barrels, but not overly potent, very nuanced this one. The layering of the aromas is truly magnificent.

Taste: First you get some mild tart notes, but not really sour, just balanced. The Pinot Noir is definitely detected in the flavors, oakey vinous notes dominate, a slight farmhouse note but very subtle, not one that hits you in a dominant way. This beer has a nice clean carbonation on the tongue but it is also very creamy to the mouthfeel. I really don't know how they do it!

Overall: As I said before this is a perfect beer in every way. I am truly surprised. I want more and hope I can obtain many more, I have to be able to share this one with friends, its too good to have all to myself! Thanks man for the trade, truly incredible experience!

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Photo of MrBrewMaster
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My buddy came back from Cali with a 3 litre bottle of this from the brewpup. It was a celebration to have this beer in the midwest. good sour flavor. I really enjoyed popping the cork on such a large bottle...it felt like being in the winner circle after an F1 race win!

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

375ml Bottle (4-15-14) to tulip. Few cm head dissipated rather quickly. color is light brown with some deep red hue

Aroma - some oak, funk, red wine

Taste - cherry, sour apple, oak. but some sweetness on the finish. I like how the sour doesn't linger

Feel - lighter body, lower carb, dry finish

O - A great sour; Im not the biggest sour fan but I enjoyed this. Wasn't too puckering

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried all of the RR Wild Ales at a bottle share at Hop City. This was my least favorite of the share. I felt the wine flavors overpowered the beer and threw off the balance

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden brown with what appears initially to be cloudy, but when viewed with back lighting actually has good clarity. Bubbles racing and suds present when swirled.

S - Sour apple jolly ranchers, cherries, oaky, yeast, pinot.

T - Tart cherries, pinot noir, oaky, some malts, layers of unique and different flavors. Sour puckers on the back of your palate, but balanced by a semi sweet and oak flavors in the back end.

O - One of the most unique brews I've ever experienced. I'm glad I did, as this style is not in my wheel house. If you ever get a chance to get your hands on this, it is def worth a try.

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Photo of wsay
2/5  rDev -55.6%

This beer is HYPE HYPE HYPE.

I have wanted to try this beer for some time and finally got a bottle of it, after drinking it consider me extremely underwhelmed.

There is only the faintest of sour scents coming from it, the taste is a cross between an old bottle of Newcastle with hints of watered down jolly rancher.

I have had Belgian sours, I have had Cantillon, this is nothing more than a poor imitation.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado in the Haight; served in sipping stemware.

Supplication has a *very* light mouthfeel for the depth, with incredibly crisp, delightful, complex, softly thick sourness imparted by its mix of adjuncts and agents. A clear, mahogany-gold color, with reddish-brown strains clearly reflecting the pinot barrel-aging; a sour, cherry-inflected, very refreshing aroma; a pleasantly sticky, slightly sweets-laden mouthfeel all coordinate to create a really intricate, delicious, chimerical quaff.

Unsurprisingly, a really well-executed effort by Russian River, and just the sort of sour even those who aren't sour fans would love. Meanwhile, as an inveterate sour fan, I would've loved to consume a lot more than the (approximately) six-ounce servings poured at Toronado's bar.

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Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark peach/amber colored red ale, topped with a surprisingly strong head (for the style) of light cream color. Retention is impressive. Lacing is nice. Hazy, nearly opaque brew with lighter edges.

Aroma of funk, cherries, oak, apples, tannins, and a wine-like sourness. Sour and tart funk are dominant, but there's a soft sweetness, as well.

Strongly sour up front, but tempered by fruit and malt. Sour cherries and cherry pits; Brett funk; red wine and vinegar; vanilla and oak. Very well balanced and complex, delicate brew. Especially fruity on the finish.

Very lively with no sting, a bit of foaming, and a medium amount of puckering. Silky smooth, with a wet finish that coats and sours your mouth.

Another excellent sour by Russian River, Supplication easily stands out as among the best the US has to offer in the style.

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Photo of jman42
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Drank on tap at Barcade Philly

A = A deep orange with some brownish tints to it. Very clear. Minimal head on this pour.

S = We really had a hard time picking out any special scents. Just well balanced.

T = Cherries. Tart. That was our big takeaway from this one.


O = A great beer, but not my favorite style of beer. That is on me and not Russian River though.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly Hazy burnt amber in color with a thin cream colored head.

Smell has a sour acidic aroma has a very faint malt backbone. Sour cherries and oak dominate the midsection and finish in the nose.

There is a big acidic sour flavor first to hit the palate and has some sweet grainy malt backing it up. Oak dryness and some red wine come in near the midsection and more tart acidity and oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel has nicely contrasting dry, sticky sour, and crisp characteristics to it. Moderate to high carbonation

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Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +11.1%

I just experienced all day happy hour at Russian River last Sunday. This was my first and last beer of the day. Great beer, sour, wine barrel, delicious. Great tartness, not overwhelming, not overly acidic. Amazing sour. Amazing brewery.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Rusty brown, somewhat milky, only thin traces of lacing.

S: Bracing sourness, sweet cherry, hints of funk. Direct, bold, and precise.

T: Great puckering sourness, although I would be fine with a little more. Cherry is predominant, but I get some darker fruit laced throughout, surely a result of the pinot noir barreling. There is faint but noticeable yeast funk that might add some tartness, but also gives it an earthiness that grounds it a bit.

M: Light, not smooth but no abrasive carbonation either. It does leave a bit of a gritty feel on my tongue and teeth, but only slightly.

O: Simply put, this beer is incredible. Assertive sourness with straightforward yet nuanced flavors. Care, craftsmanship, intelligence, and quality has gone into this, and the result is one of the best beers in any category. I can't say enough good things about it.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Nose: sour, cherries, suggestion of wine, faint malt.
Pours: brilliant garnet tinted amber – almost a brandy color, under a stiff finely bubbled off-white foam cap with a faint pink tint.
Palate: Cherry, lemon, light funk, tart. The cherries are excellently done and are well balanced by the tartness and the rich malt flavors cavorting in the background. As the beer warms slightly more elegance emerges as the pinot noir flavors emerge and mingle with the malt. Long lingering tart cherry flavors dominate the aftertaste.
Medium body and medium to above on the carbonation.

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Photo of rjengelking
4/5  rDev -11.1%

I can't say I agree with the consensus that this is the best sour from Russian River. It is very, very good, but I would rate Consecration, Temptation, and Sanctification all above this one.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%

Bottle dated 4/11/13, poured into a snifter. My first Russian River sour.

A - Reddish amber, effervescent with scores of bubbles coating the glass and a slight bubbly halo. Hazy glacine.

S - Crisp sour apple and some sharp blue cheese. Accents of lemon juice. Smell is on the musty end, like damp laundry. Woodiness.

T - Cidery tart and a bit sugary. There's a mealy fullness in the middle, more malty then I'd expect. Grass, black cherries, green grapes, unripe raspberries. A dry burnt wood finish. Significantly smoother than most wild ales I've had.

M - Oddly heavy; a sort of medium weight with the fizziness of a sour.

O - Enjoyable, charming, but not revelatory. Still, It's piqued my interest for RR's other wine barrel ales.

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Photo of Tele
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%

A: 4.25 Pours a cloudy, reddish-brown with about a two-inch light tan head. It looks a bit like a Flanders red.

S: 4.75 Lots of funk and vinegar right up front. Cherries come in right behind bringing a really nice, yet subtle, medicinal aroma that I’ve come to love in my fruited sours. There’s also some oaky, vanilla characteristics, adding some sweet aromas that balance out the funk and sour.

T: 4.5 Actually a bit sweet at first with the oak and vanilla from the nose. The sweetness is quickly met with a big dose of sour lemons, cherries, and funk. The cherries and their light medicinal flavor linger on the aftertaste.

M: 4.5 The body is rather heavy for the style and coats the palate quite a bit. Fortunately, there’s plenty of carbonation to help the beer feel lighter as well as provide a nice, dry finish.

O: 4.5 This beer is an excellent example of what fruited sours can be. It carefully walks the line between funk, sour, fruit, and sweet with no single element dominating. While super drinkable, there are enough of interesting flavors and aromas to keep things lively.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite RR sour to date. Pours a beautiful deep orangish color with red hue. The nose takes my attention with a bouquet of sour cherries. The taste follow suit with some sour wine and finishes with loads of cherries.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Definitely a world class sour. A nice balance of horse blanket funk, sweetness from the cherries, dryness from the Pinor Noir and sourness. Can't go wrong with this one. I wish I had several more so I could age a few in the cellar.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had two samples at SN beer camp philly

A-Pours a deep clear orange-amber with creamy bone-colored head and leaves some lacing.

S-Aroma is mostly funk, cherry, bretty, and little tart. When it gets warmer there are malty and wood aromas.

T-Flavor has an excellent very tart and fruity flaovr. Rather subtle effects from the pinot noir barrel aging, especially in terms of woodiness. Excellent lingering, midly tart aftertaste.

M-Mouthfeel gives a smooth, medium-light body with a good low carbonation. Finishes with near puckering tartness.

O-Overall a great beer had to get back in the long line to get another.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-rating this because the first time i had it was only a 3 oz pour. Managed to enjoy a whole bottle with a buddy. This beer is the closest thing to perfect you can get. The smoothest and tastiest sour i've ever had.

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Photo of South2NW
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage on tap at Belmont Station

A: a medium brown color with a light red tint. Small off white head.

S: really nice cherries, some wine, and a little funk.

T: follows the nose. Tart cherries immediately, some blackberry maybe? A hint of oak from the barrel.

M: high carbonation. Nice and prickly. Refreshing dry finish.

O: freaking fantastic! Need to find more bottles for my cellar.

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Photo of bbarclay
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at Russian River Brewery.

Medium brown/red.

Very little head, leaving behind small lace ring.

Nose is sour with a touch of sweet, there are cherries and blackberries with notes of oak.

Tastes of cherries, sour blackberries, oak, and wildflowers.

Light yet sharp mouthfeel, lots of acidity.

This beer boarders on perfection. Enjoy it.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.