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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company


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3,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 3955
Reviews: 1278
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%

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 Mavajo


4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork makes a loud pop with whispy smoke. Pours a brown color with a moderate head that fades quickly, to the popping sound of fast-escaping carbonation just like a soda might.

The nose isn't particular intense. Sour, brett, funky, cherries. The taste mimics the nose completely. Cherries, brett and funk. It's more tart than sour, in my opinion. But maybe it's because my bottle was too young (Batch 5). Mouthfeel was appropriate - light, good carbonation.

In general, this didn't meet the hype for me. It's a good wild/sour to be sure, but it just didn't blow me away. Perhaps this thing really develops with age, and if so, then I might be willing to try an older bottle - but I doubt I'd trade for it...someone would have to shoot me a bottle out of their generosity. I'm just too doubtful that this brew can age into something that'd be worth trading for, given the decent price it commands.

All in all, not a bad beer at all - in fact, it's quite good. But it's not one of the 25 best beers in the world, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 00:56:53 | More by Mavajo
Photo of Yagman3000

New York

4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from a west coast connection and saw that it was listed as #16 all-time on BA... excited to try.

Visually, I appreciated this beer. Pretty burgundy color that made me pick up on the Pinot Noir aging right away.

The smell let me know right away that this might be more on the sour side than I anticipated from reading reviews.

Taste/mouthfeel reminds me of a belgian geuze. Super tart that leaves my tongue feeling thin. Was hoping for a little bit of a richer taste as this is more of a "wild ale" than a sour.

Overall I'm not blown away y this beer but can appreciate it for what it is. At the same time I'm a bit surprised that this came in so high all-time on the rankings. I'd grab for a Blind Pig from Russian River much quicker than I would for this.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 21:18:29 | More by Yagman3000
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado, SF. Poured into a fluted glass.

3.5 A: Nearly clear red zinfandel color. Came without a head, so no comment there.

4.5 S: Big hit of tart cherry, then plum, grape, tangy lactic acid with a mild sourness. Lots of vanilla with oak on its heels and tannic astringency at a minimum.

4.0 T: The potent cherry in the nose is much less powerful in the taste, but it is still the main attraction. A host of other flavors are introduced though. Wild apple, a touch of acetic acid, a touch of musky funkiness, and this time more sour than tart. Vanilla is much subdued, but the oak itself is stronger.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a lot creamier, but balanced enough to be quite smooth.

4.0 D: Good, solid all around beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 18:50:00 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of claytong


4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 006 x1

appearance - head wasnt too big but my god does it stick around. very fizzly, and an odd orange, amber, burgandy in color. lacing was really solid, everytime i took a drink itd stay on the side for several minutes.

smell - sour cherries, some charddonay, pinot noir, some pears, minor vinegar, nothing comes out strongly, a bit too light for me.

taste - much like the smell. not as impressed as i hoped. not as much wine as i hoped. quite a bit of cherries.

mouthfeel - very light body. great carbonation. a bit puckering.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:14:18 | More by claytong
Photo of rvdoorn


4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 008, thanks to Jeroen for this one.
Look: the beer pours a golden-orange color with a nice head
Smell: Tart, wine, cherries and wood.
Taste: Sourness up front (lemon like), followed by a nice cherry sourness with a musty dry oaky finish.
Mouthfeel: thin body and medium-high carbonation
Overall: A nice sour although outclassed by Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen. For obvious reason (from a microbiological point of view) the balance and complexity of artificial inoculated sours is always much lower compared to the real air-inoculated Belgium sours, but besides that, this is the best of the rest.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 13:23:38 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with less than a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of tart cherries, sour, and funky aromas. There are sweet candy sugar and bubblegum notes underneath. Smells quite good.

T: lots of tart and sour notes up front with some lighter acetic flavors. Some funky and tart cherry flavors bring up the finish.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp and dry.

O: a good sour overall, though the taste doesn't have quite the complexity of the nose. Still, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:26:32 | More by n2185
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drinking the Temptation earlier in the week I thought it would be very similar. At first blush it seemed to be, but once I got into it it really became it's own animal.

Appearance - clear amber with a tiny head that dissipates quickly

Smell - sour, dry cherries

Taste - It's sweet but doesn't have any kind of bitter or sour after taste, which is a pleasant surprise. After you get into it a little bit and let it breathe it becomes much more drinkable.

Mouthfeel - light carbonation, tiny bite. Pleasant.

I'm surprised how much I enjoy this after being so-so on the Tempation. Hats of to Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:19:02 | More by jimilayne
Photo of weeare138


4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PWalk...
Appears an amber/orange with a small white head and streaky lacing.
Smell is of brett, wildness of tart fruit, slight oak barrel aging.
Taste is slightly vinous, wild, and sweet but sour. Maybe some cherries in the mix. Pretty complex.
Mouthfeel is smooth, wine-like, chewy but pleasant, sweet & sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 17:38:55 | More by weeare138
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ray and Cornelia who shared this at the Charlotte BA tasting. absolutely beautiful bottle score extra points (hey, it's my opinion). The only other Wild Ale I've had is also from Russian River (Insanity?). Nice copper color with sour grape taste and smell. It's hard to be "wild" over this style, but I believe Russian River has nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 00:47:55 | More by Backer2004
Photo of tempest


4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle of Batch #2 from the RR online store.

Its a hazy red with a bit of foam. Smells of oak, leather, paint. Tastes tangy and a touch bitter with cherry and pinot flavors for the barrels. Drink this one cool as the fruit flavors come out more. The funky bacteria flavors tend to overtake this one as it warms. A heck of an interesting brew though. I'd take this over Rodenbach any day. Cheers to RR for making weird stuff like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 23:50:51 | More by tempest
Photo of gthornton


4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber red/brown with a hint of gold when held in the light. A 1.5" head recedes within a few minutes, leaving a sticky lacing.

Acidic cherry at the front and brown sugary sweetness in the back.

Sweetart-like sourness on the tip and sides of the tongue. Tart cherry again taking the lead here.

Mouthfeel is like a sour cherry candy... a rush of tart up front washes away cleanly, then finally a quick rush of tartness comes back up front.

The mouthfeel makes me want to keep sipping, it is addictive in its uniqueness. Would be great with thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 08:17:01 | More by gthornton
Photo of emmasdad


4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been wanting to drink this one to celebrate passing the bar exam, and although I have a bottle ready to go, the opportunity to try it came up, and I didn't pass it up. Pours a somewhat medium brown, with a smallish white head. Aromas of red grapes, tart cherries and wood. On the palated, this one is bracingly sour, with fresh cherries and oak fighting the balance battle. Another nice effort from the folks at Russian River.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 03:21:51 | More by emmasdad
Photo of oregone


4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice. Not as striking as Cons. nor as beguiling as Tempt.

Smells like a theoretical cross betwen those two. Animal notes. Pronounced vinous influences. Barrel (wine barrel) aromas. Similar to being in a winery.

Tastes like... Sour. Of course. But little else. Strong richness to help, but only hints of fruit and little real character.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Crisp, refreshing. Carries the strong flavors through the palate for maximum effetc, but sadly lacks some of the nuance of its brethren.

Drinkability suffers because it doesn't beg for more consumption. Great as a few ounce pour. After that, it gets burdensome.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 09:15:08 | More by oregone
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the source

Look: Pours a reddish brown color with a 1/4 inch off white head and ok retention some spotty lace

Smell: Tart cherries sour apples vinegar and a bit of oak

Taste: The flavor is far more balanced than I expected it to be. The beer starts off with sour cherries with some slight funk. This is followed up by a touch of sour apples and vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium body fair amount of carbonation light and crisp and tingly

Overall: A pretty good wild ale I would drink this again if someone gave it to mel

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 03:01:05 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of ASymon13


4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a pleasant amber color witha nice fluffy slightly off-white head to it. There is a good amount of carbonation rising up giving the head some nice retention. It leaves some fairly thick lacing as it recedes. It has a very dry smell consisting mostly of sour cherries. Notes of a dry white wine give it some nice complexity.

The first sip is very tart, with a slight cherry finish to it. It definitely has some solid bite to it. The more it warms up the more the wine-like qualities of the beer come through, and the tartness mellows somewhat. Some light phenols and hints of brown sugar are there as well. The carbonation is rich and gives it an excellent mouthfeel. Overall, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 06:08:05 | More by ASymon13
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russian River- Supplication (batch 002)

Big thanks to SpaceCoyote for this 1.

A- Pours a Hazy blood red/ brown with a small foamy head. Quick dissipation and no lacing.
S- Very sour cherries, whisky sour mix, sugar, and tart grapes.
T- Very sour, cheek hurting sour grapes, cherries, and green apples. Sugary sweet.
M- Very sour and very tart. Sweet fruity finish.

Overall- Boy was this 1 tart! Quite unique and enjoyable is you like sour tartness. A little like a sour patch kid candy!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 18:24:20 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of jrallen34


4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this batch 003 from a 375ml bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a brownish ornange more of an orange tinge with a about 2 fingers of head that has a dark orange tint to it. The retention is great, the head lasts about 5 minuts but even after that is a heavy head that lasts forever. The lacing is great as well.

The aroma is slightly disappointing because its relatively light and not overtly complex. Mostly you just get some tartness overall with a little oak at the.

The taste is good not great. Just like the aroma its not complex just a very nice sour note from start to finish. I love sour but I want to be rewarded as well. At the end I get a little wood.

The feel is nice and coats well, drinkability is down a tad.

Overall, this is a pretty good wild ale but nothing spectactular. I prefer the RR Temptation.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:55:21 | More by jrallen34
Photo of TMoney2591


4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big thanks to Hophead101 and the Blind Beers BIF for this beastly extra!

Popped this brew to celebrate my buddy's engagement tonight. Congrats, Alex and Kristin! This bad boy pours a hazy auburn amber topped by over a finger of steadfast white-ish foam. The nose is up front about its bretty sourness, feeling it better to be open with us than try to hide its true feelings. I can respect that. Some tart berries, oak, light vanilla bean, and caramel corn occasionally bubble to the surface as well, but it's always the bretty-ness that looms over them all, all cocky and whatnot. The taste follows this template, with the sourness rocking my tongue fore to aft without much mercy. The brute. The berries return, along with some decidedly sour cherries, some oak, and a touch of butter somewhere behind the wall of bretty fog. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and an almost sticky feel. Overall, a more-than-solid wild child, though I'm not sure how often I could indulge in this treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 04:17:08 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of bfields4


4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper to amber with a slight reddish hue. thin lacy head.

Tart cherry aroma. Nice oak whiskey-ish notes.

Very tart cherries are balanced by oak and tobacco. A lingering sweetness is present.

Light very highly carbonated body. Rolls along the tongue nicely.

A good sour that comes together nicely, but I probably should have let it age a little longer to help the flavor really come out.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:51:36 | More by bfields4
Photo of AlohaRicky


4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Tulip.

Appearance - Color is a little amber and crimson with very little head.

Aroma - Cherries, smells a lot like the pinot barrels.

Tast - Tart more like wine/champagne.

Mouthfeel - Fine bubbles like champagne.

Overall - I personally feel like its to hybrid of Wine/Champagne/Beer. I guess I dont like Pinot because I really like the Dupont more that this highly ranked choice from Russian River.

I dont think I will invest another $12.50 for this Sour.

Whole foods has Supplication, Redemption, and Damnation on shelfs now!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 04:31:22 | More by AlohaRicky
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4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 2 oz sampler at Russian River in Santa Rosa. I'd had it in bottled form before, so I knew what to expect. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger beautiful head of cloudy consistency and murky dark gold/copper colour.

Sm: Bacteria, yeast, souring hops, and funk. A very nice moderate strength aroma.

T: Souring hops, yeast, berries, bacteria, hints of vinegar/wine, and some wild yeast funkiness. Complex and brilliant.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Very complementary of the aroma.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV, sourness, and style. Affordable (50 cents per sampler!). I think overall it's better bottle-conditioned.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 03:43:21 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/2012 vintage

A - Color is a burnt orange somewhat carmel-y colored. Poured a little cold, about 2 inches of foam rises from a down the middle pour and dissipates quickly. Quite a few strings of champagne looking bubbles rise through the glass.

S - Smells awesome. Lots of dry wood, some fruit-y type character that I cant quite pint point. This is one of the first beers I've tried (admittedly not a lot sours) where I get that funky barnyardy type smell. (at least I think thats what it is) just a slight funky-ness to it. Not offputting, really great in fact.

T - First sip is a kick in the teeth of sourness. Lots of tart dark cherry. Some sweet apple cider vinegar type notes as it warms up. Oak. Clean and crisp sour finish on the end.

M - Nice level of carbonation for the medium its working in. Some nice bubbly carbonation. Nice light-medium thickness.

O - This is a really great sour beer. On the sour side of balanced, I think lots of people could enjoy this, as it really plays all the bases well. I'm interested to see what its like after some time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 22:59:08 | More by Beerandboards
Photo of Dope


4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 041113.

A: Pours a beautiful ruby red. Tall, fizzy tan head. Almost soda-like. Fizzes out pretty quickly. Zero lacing and little head retention.

S: Tart cherries with some leathery tannins. Hint of oak and a little sweet fruits join when swirled - sweet raspberries I'd say mostly? General berry fruitiness everywhere.

T: Whoa, much more sour than the aroma betrays. Tart grapeskins from the wine and loads of sour cherries up front. Sour cherries don't fade, they actually get more and more tart through the middle. A little bit of raspberry sweetness and then lots of oaky, leathery tannins in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, mouth-puckeringly sour.

O: Seriously sour, I actually think this was more sour than beatification. Or maybe it's just the wine adding more layers of tartness that amplify the sour cherries. I'm not sure. Strongest/sourest cherry flavor in a beer I've ever had. A little over the top for me, but obviously well crafted. Big and bright flavors for sure. Barrel aging isn't over the top and adds quite a bit of complexity. I'm not a big fan of wine or wine barrel beers so my subjectivity is showing with my scores. It's a good beer but just not up my alley, I think.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 05:41:26 | More by Dope
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4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from smellody!

Pours a golden/honey color, minimal beige head, but I poured slowly, as per the bottle's instructions. A few spots of lacing hanging in there. Smells of white wine, yeast, sour cherry. Taste is extremely sour, intense green apples and cherries, maybe some pear as well. Crazy puckering and drying mouthfeel. Certainly tasty, not a style I'm super familiar with, but I'm glad I got the chance, and would love to try this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 01:56:38 | More by corey0212
Photo of youradhere


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

375ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours hazy toffee with a white head that quickly falls leaving a crust of fallen head.

S- Smells sour (of course), cherries, oak and funk.

T- taste is sour up front followed by cherry with a subtile malt backing.

M- mouthfeel is a bit thin but fitting for something of this acidity and abv; I would like to see this with a lil more "oomph" in the mouth department though.

D- Really good, I could easily drink a 750ml of this and go for more. Reminds me of a smaller La Folie.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 02:59:09 | More by youradhere
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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