1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
SupplicationSupplication

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,327 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,034
Gots: 1,299 | FT: 79
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Supplication Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,327 | Reviews: 1,298 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AlexJ
AlexJ

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Magnum bottle (thanks to Ray and Cornelia) this ale is a murky, dirty apricot color with a frothy off white head that leaves delicate patterns of lace.

The aroma is a mouthwatering melange of sweet/tart cherries, rotting pit fruit, vanilla and oak, light spice, and something that is just impossible to put into words. The wild yeast really works a strange kind of beer magic here.

The flavor first strikes you as tart, cidery, and lightly acidic. Warmpth brings out a sweet and sour fresh cherry note with hints of almond and pear. The layers of oak and vanilla add a not so subtle complexity that is heightened by the funky yeast that is both rustic and farmy. Definately has Flemish Red Ale qualities but is in a league all of it's own.

Body is very smooth and buttery, with a soft, creamy texture and amazing drinkability. Another superb product from a brewer that is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 21:40:12 | More by AlexJ
Photo of djbreezy
djbreezy

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - very consistent pour and settling, one finger head and nice lacing that sticks, reddish/amber opaque in color

smell - cherry nose, very fragrant and consistent

taste - cherry taste, sweet and tart, complex, sour but not aggressive

mouthfeel - strong body, consistent mouthfeel, medium carbonation, smooth finish

drinkability - very drinkable, excellent flavor, great treat

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:18:05 | More by djbreezy
Photo of popery
popery

California

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft, Toronado, 2007 Vintage. This beer certainly changed over the course of 2-3 years. There's very little head. The sourness is considerably amped up. It almost drowned out the malt complexity for me. Those sour cherries are very punchy. It gets almost difficult to drink by the end, but it's a delicious torture. Wonderful beer and I would be very interested to see further changes over time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 23:46:03 | More by popery
Photo of williamjbauer
williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the brewery (had bottled as well) in a sniffer

A - Cherry ruby with a 1 finger rose bubbly head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Cherries, apricots, pino wine.

T - Such a rich experience. The fruit in the beer lighten the whole affair while the casking flavors deep complex tannins, funky yeast, sourness, and a bit of bready bitter just rock the palate. Great combo of complex wild ale and wine flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy, sticky.

O - Got to be my favorite wild ale in the country at the moment. Could drink this every day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 17:40:57 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of EliotRosewater
EliotRosewater

California

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 4/11/13. Drunk on 6/16/13.

A - gorgeous ruby, copper color. Different hues are picked up when looked at in different lights. Little head and lacing.

S - sweet mother of cherries. Straight up morello cherries all over the hizzy. The usual sour/lambic aromas are present (vinegar, barnyard funk, acidic wine), but it's the cherries that comes through and sets this apart.

T - boom. Cherries, mang. Tart, puckering vinegary, wine, Pinot, gruner veltliner (comes to mind), oak is there but a little hidden.

M - refreshing, crisp, light champagne-like effervescence. Great lingering finish. For me, not overly sour but perfectly tart.

O - my first time trying Supplication and I really wanted to try it "fresh". Not sure how it will age but the cherries just come blasting through. From my limited experience, this doesn't quite drink like a traditional kriek. It seemingly has its own identity that simply relies on cherries (as well as the funky bacteria, oak, Pinot). So distinct and special.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 03:34:17 | More by EliotRosewater
Photo of RaulMondesi
RaulMondesi

California

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Raul is up in it at Haven's 4th anniversary in Orange, CA and he is feelin' it hard with a Supplication. And to think that this 90 degree heat is melting Raul; no no no, it's the Supplication. Beyonce one said, "life is but a dream;" and if that dream were Raul's, it would be filled with Supplication. Not overly sweet, not syrupy, just clean and smooth like, well, Supplication.

Yep!

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 00:35:18 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of WiscoBrewsco
WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Blood red with lots of carbonation very little head

Smell - Sweet cherries and a touch of wood smell. Definitely picking up the wild yeasts as well

Taste - Puckering wild tartness, this one takes you for a ride. The sweet rich cherries dance around your mouth as the wild yeasts make tartness abundant. It bites at your tongue all the way down and leaves a wheat like yeast flavor to linger for just a second before being taken back over by the cherries again and leaves your mouth salivating for more. Great stuff

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated and fairly thin but right in line with a sour

Overall - This is one of the best sours I have ever had and once again Russian River hits a home run on sours. I for one will always look to try any sour beer that Vinnie and the team put out as they are always fantastic. My hats off once again

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 04:51:15 | More by WiscoBrewsco
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml brown mini-magnum with "Batch Number 001" on the label.

A- Hazed orange amber with a showing of active carbonation, awesome lacing ... it literally sticks every where.

S- Tartness of a lambic but clean like an American ale. Well maybe not totally clean as there is a mild cellar / barn yard character from the wild yeast in the aroma. I can barely pick out the sour cherries in the aroma as the wood blankets the nose. Fruit cake?

T- A thick layer of bready malt runs up against a solid tartness, both don't collide yet they meld together. Big wild yeast flare with a weathered hop bite in the middle. Big snap of tartness flows with a mild sweetness from the cherries and malt. The woodiness is more of back ground character yet adds more complexity to the brew than anything else IMO. More tartness and a growing woody dryness in the finish.

M- Creamy with a bitty wood bite that leads to a dry palate.

D- So easy to quaff that I struggled to savor every drop.

By far the best American beer I have had this year, It is beers like this that inspire and show where modern American brewers can go ... there are no boundaries.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 02:04:43 | More by Jason
Photo of boatshoes
boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this bottle from a great California trader, Arbitrator, who hooked me up for the recent release. Bottle is batch 04x5. Had this one other time from a different batch on tap at my first GABF and loved it. Interested to see how it differs from a bottle.

Appearance- Pours a translucent shade of darkish amber into my snifter and comes out of the bottle with about a finger of slightly off-white head. Massive amounts of beading up the side of my glass as I drink and the head dies back rather slowly into a fairly dense sheet across the top of the beer. What gets this beer particularly high marks in the looks department from me is the lacing. For a barrel-aged sour, this beer leaves a tremendous amount of lacing as I drink. Really looks nice in the glass.

Smell- Wow, very tart with lots and lots of oak coming through. Right up front, you get a whiff of that lactic tartness that is tinted with a cherry fruitiness and perhaps just a touch of barnyard funk. After that comes the wood, which mixes very nicely with the tartness and slight fruitiness. Smells great.

Taste- Very very complex. Up front, I get the fruity, cherry tartness. Mixed in with this is the oak, a woody pithiness, and some iron. For me, this drinks amazingly like a complex Flanders red ale. Possibly the best integrated, most flavorful Russian River that I've had (though I have yet to be disappointed). Really like this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and has a good deal of body for the style. Being a sourhead, the well integrated flavors and overall high quality of this brew really put the drinkability off the charts.

Overall, an outstanding sour. I really like this and it is probably my favorite Russian River to date (out of Consecration and Temptation). Get ahold of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 00:08:14 | More by boatshoes
Photo of mdvatab
mdvatab

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 12:21:44 | More by mdvatab
Photo of bonbini26
bonbini26

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch #1 on tap at Monk's Cafe at their 3rd Annual Russian River Mad Monday

A- A dark redish/brown color, looks like a fine port wine, minimal bubbles from the top small thing lace.

S- The smell was amazing, cherries, muted with pino nior, oak, and malts, some funk and sweetness

T- The mix of cherries and Pino barrel together is amazing, oak hints as well as a small amount of vanilla sweetness.

M&D- Very smooth with a delicious sourness to it, you almost don't want to swallow it and just enjoy it in your mouth, the alcohol is very light, just an amazing beer, nothing like it out there

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 13:24:10 | More by bonbini26
Photo of Tdizzle
Tdizzle

California

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 4

A- Poured into a Bruery tulip glass, Supplication pours a caramely amber color with a slightly off-white head that settles to a silky, bubbly cap over the liquid. A thick ring of foam along the inside of the glass leaves drapes of web-like lacing after each sip.

S- Wild yeast imparts the expected notes of tartness and acidity. Aromas of red wine and oak barrel rest atop a bed of lightly toasted, sweet(ish) malts. Musky tones of barnyard hay emerge as the beer warms up.

T- The flavor is very tart at first. Notes of oak barrel, dark cherries, and caramel-brown malts make up the delicious mid palate, though the sourness accents these flavors all along the way. The finish is dry and leaves more lightly acidic tartness clinging to the inside of the mouth while bready malt notes lay on the palate.

M- A full-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation that feels right for this beer. The corked popped out with such force that I was expecting the beer to be over-carbonated, but the mouthfeel is perfectly balanced.

D- This is one of the most enjoyable, drinkable beers that I've ever had. I made very short work of my 375 ML bottle and I'm sad that I only bought one.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:51:10 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of zigpenguin
zigpenguin

California

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 005x2 375ml bottle

Appearance: mahogany brown, thin persistent head, steady stream of bubbles

Smell: Burgundian cherry/raspberry and oak mixed with some hints of funk and sourness. I think some of the Pinot Noir barrels come through. The smell is a bit faint when cold, with more presence as the beer warms up.

Taste: Cherries, red Burgundy, oak (vanilla, spice), sour/malty sweet balance finishing sour. A bit of tobacco/currant. The finish lingers for a while, a sour funkiness. The balance on this beer is impressive. The sourness is noticeable, but doesn't dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, finishes fairly dry.

Drinkability: With the sourness and dry finish, it is easy to drink. Each finish begs the next sip, until the bottle is gone.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 20:09:01 | More by zigpenguin
Photo of vic21234
vic21234

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Batch 008.

A- Pours an off red. Large white head forms on the bottle. Numerous fizzy bubbles can be seen going to the surface. The head dissipates and forms a frothy film along the top.

S- Grapes and cherries. Definitely reminds me of the smell of wine.

T- I've only had a few sour/ wild ales but this one takes it. Initially I get a bit of an alcohol taste which sharply turns sour. The sour taste leads back to grapes and cherries.

M- Light, carbonated and sour.

Just starting out with this style of beer but Supplication will be hard to beat. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:05:02 | More by vic21234
Photo of nlmartin
nlmartin

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 15:36:06 | More by nlmartin
Photo of NolanGTI
NolanGTI

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Beer, meet cherries. Cherries meet champagne. this is quite simply an astounding beer and I hate fruit in my beer typcially.

A small head coats the sides as you drink this bad boy down. Cherries are front and center followed by the taste of a nice champagne yeast, unlike anything I have ever tasted in a beer before. This was followed by the nice flavors of a mild brown ale. Tart, but not overly slow with a tangy middle and a nice ale finish. Just a real gem.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 20:25:18 | More by NolanGTI
Photo of SWMeyer4141
SWMeyer4141

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Aaron for hooking me up with a beer I've really been wanting to try.

Poured into a Claret...

Appearance-Amber body with a bubbly, champagne like two finger off white head. Nice retention and about a 1/3 finger head still sits atop the beer throughout the whole drink.

Smell-First thing I get is the Pinot Noir(my favorite wine). Apple, Pears, Sour cherrys. Some vinegar and a nice amount of pepper. Made me eager to dig in.

Taste-Wow. Big Oak and Sour Cherry. Pinot Noir really comes through. Light bitterness. It's amazing how simple this beer is but how amazing this beer tastes.

Mouthfeel-Extremely drinkable. Medium bodied, champagne like carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall-If this were available in Tx and not so expensive I would drink one every night. The sour and tartness of this beer did not fright me off like others sours I've tried. Crazy drinkable. If you can get this beer and haven't tried it yet, go get it now.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:53:39 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of pokesbeerdude
pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. $12.29. Batch 04X5

A: Hazy brown/burnt orange in color with about half an inch or so of incredibly dense cream colored head. Impressive retention as well as lacing. Fair amount of bubbles moving up from the nucleation point in this goblet.

S: Sour funk, that is the initial go to smell, super acidic sour notes followed by a decent funky sweaty feet smell. Leans more towards the sour cherry and lemon like profile. Then the barnyard really starts to hit in this one, very strong barnyard, moldy straw/hay. Then way in the back is a caramel maltyness as well. This is everything I ask for in a sour, just not that amazing to be a 5.0.

T: Lemon and sour cherries, mix in with an incredible amount of acidic flavors, this sucker is incredibly sour. Wow. As it continues to warm the notes of cherries really play into this one. Behind that is a strong brown ale with notes of caramel and some notes of a light vanilla as well. Definite lingering funk in here the sweaty horse, barnyard phunknastyness lingers forever on the tongue. Just a hint of bitterness on the tongue here that lingers nicely after the finish. My tongue is torn, screaming for another tasty drink as well as reeling from the overall sourness of this one. Awesome.

M: Medium body, creamy, very creamy in the mouth from the perfect carbonation it just rolls across your mouth and down the throat, and then dries up making you want another sip. Doesn't make my spit nearly as thick as other sours, but definitely has a nice lactic profile. Slight little bit of alcohol heat as well.

D: Very high on the drinkability, but I have a feeling enjoying a second one in a sitting wouldn't give the beer its due. Incredibly easy as this basically disappears in your mouth. The sourness would wears on me a bit, but it is incredibly enjoyable. Definitely in that upper echelon of beers for me. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:07:33 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of WeedKing4
WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the brewery. Pours a dark, ruby amber. Tastes quite sour, but it's not overpowering. In fact it tastes fucking awesome. LOts of sour cherry notes that just made my mouth water. A little bit of tartness with each sip too. I wish I had another pint right now.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 00:06:50 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of paulys55
paulys55

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed (understatement) at the Spinnerstown Hotel in PA. I had heard of this place and cant believe it took me so long to get there, it truly is heaven. Poured a red/brown/amber haziness into tulip with nice head and good lacing. Aroma is of citrus, wine and berries. This beer hit my mouth and it was like the sour patch kids were dancing on my tongue. Cherry and strawberry notes burst forth from the solid carbonation and leave the mouth tingling with joy. Wine and fruit in the crisp finish and I can only say it was worth the wait. Definitely give it a taste if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 00:03:45 | More by paulys55
Photo of mjohn27603
mjohn27603

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Comes in 375 ml bottle with blue, black and white label. Labeled Batch 001. Sent to me in a beer trade with Lou91. Cork is hard to remove then suddenly comes out with one twist. Pours golden with perhaps a slight reddish pink tinge. Carbonation is quite pronounced. It reminds me of champagne. Head dissipates quite quickly leaving transparent large bubbles that lead to a thin film.

Aroma is of extreme sourness combined with a musty oaky smell. A slight vinegar smell tells of sourness.

First taste reveals - wow! The first thing I noticed is the softness and silky feeling of the beer. Mouthfeel is exceptional although some might say a tad on the thin side. Not as sour as the smell indicates. A little bit of a gueze taste with slight hint of cherries. Not pronounced cherry flavor. A coating of silk remains on the tongue for a while. This is not a big huge beer but subtle in it's flavor. The sourness is nice but not overpowering. I'm comparing this to a La Folie I had last night and that was orders of magnitude more sour.

This stuff could be drunk in huge quantitites. I wonder why they make this in 375ml and La Folie in 750. Amazing that the wild bacteria could do this. One of the best tasting experiences I've had since starting beer advocate.

A real eye opener in terms of what can be done with beer in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 04:40:42 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of bump8628
bump8628

Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cool little corked and caged bottle with Russian River's trademark crappy label art, luckily their beer is some of the best in the world.

Pours up a pristine, clear ruby brown with two fingers of light, airy foam that doesn't collapse as expected, but instead hangs around for the duration.

Russian River's classic sour/wild profile is in full force. Aggressive acid, mildly funky and fruity Brett, with a complementary and complexity-adding note of acetic acid. Some notes of caramel and toffee just barely peek out from behind the wild notes and ultra-dry finish, while musky oak and a little brightness from the cherries rounds it out and softens the edges a bit.

The best American Wild Ale I've sampled to date. Funky, complex, sour, but altogether well-balanced and superbly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 16:50:43 | More by bump8628
Photo of Avagadro
Avagadro

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Kingkong for hooking me up with this bottle. 375mL marked as batch 006x1

A: Supplication is mahogany in color, and pours with a quickly fading head. Despite my every attempt at coaxing some sort of froth out of the brew, it remains still after only a few moments. It is clear in the glass, and boasts plenty of lacing.

S: A marvelous bouquet of cherries, rose, Pedro Ximenez, and balsamic is presented elegantly. I can already tell that this is going to be a treat.

T: Delightfully dry, and pleasantly tart, Supplication is packed with oak, raisin, barnyard funk, almond, and a touch of sour cherries. I actually think that the cherry flavor comes from the yeast, while the cherries themselves add to the sherry/raisin tones. There is also a delightful earthiness that I feel is added by the Pinot Noir trapped in the barrels.

M: Light, dry, effervescent, and a touch tannic.

D: A great brew to say the least. This is balanced in its tartness, impressive in both its breadth and depth of flavor, and yet, remains distinct from the sour ales of Belgium. I couldn't justifiably classify this Lambic nor flanders ale; it is its own style. Definitely worth a try if you are fortunate enough to have access to RR's brews, as it is a great example of America's ability to take the best parts of other brewing traditions while adding our own flair.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 19:58:34 | More by Avagadro
Photo of spdyfire83
spdyfire83

Ireland

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

166th Review
Served into snifter
On-draft at Falling Rock Taphouse

From notes.

A: Medium burgundy. 1.5 (white) fingernail head.

S: Sweet cherry, tart apples, oak, vanilla, and hint of fig. Nice!

T: Much like the nose, but oh so tasty! Sweet cherry up-front with immediate dry tartness. Hints of oak and bacteria blend amazingly well together with a masterful (soft) citrus finish. Delicious through and through and to enjoy it on draft is even better than the bottle.

M: Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Another fantastic beer from RR! This one is usually my go-to beer from RR as it is usually readily available and uber choice all-around. The complexity, yet simplicity is so perfect that words do not do it justice. If you haven't tried it, go get it! If you have tried it and don't like it, send the rest my way. If you enjoy it like me, I dig your style and maybe I'll invite you when I crack open the large format - that will be epic.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 18:29:31 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of VelvetExtract
VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a lightly turbid brownish hue. The body is misty, yet semi-clear. The head retains its stature proudly and doesn't waver much. Foamy lacing patches cling to the glass.

S-When initially served, it was a bit too cold and the aroma was stunted. However, as it warmed I really was impressed. A triad of wine, ale and sour yeast. The tart cherries are eccentric and enticing. The distinct Pinot Noir aroma rises and strengthens as the glass warms. Musty, dusty and oaky. The base ale also lends some pleasant malted aromas as well.

T-The flavor wowed me as well. The initial tartness of the yeast and cherries stunned my palate. As my tongue became accustomed to the flavors, I was able to pick up the delectable offerings of the barrel-aging process. Supplication is vinous and bretty while also staying sweet and ripe. I love the must, dust and oak that is found both in flavor and aroma. Perfect level of sourness.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Whizzing carbonation. Off-dry. No hints of alcohol. Supplication drinks with epic ease. I licked my lips and they even tasted tart.

O/D-What a success. One of the best Sours I have come across. Deserves its nearly godly reputation. This could turn any wine lover into a beer lover with one quick sip.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2013 20:48:17 | More by VelvetExtract
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,327 ratings.