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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,600
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,109
Gots: 1,387 | FT: 89
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 callmemickey


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Batch 003
A: Brown body with reddish hints. small off white head, little lacing.

S: Sour cherries, oak, apple cider, slightly wine-like in feel.

T: This is the epitome of wine smoothness and beer complexity. Sour and tart fruits up front, with a hint of bitterness. Lots of cherry flavors. Some wine like acidity from the barrel aging. Delicious.

M: Smooth. Flavors seamlessly transition on the tongue. The tart and sourness is not overwhelming, but distinctive enough to make this beer special.

D: I had no problem putting this bottle down... and would have another if it wasn't so pricey.

02-08-2009 06:54:38 | More by callmemickey
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

A – Bright orange-brown with little to no head.

S – Dry tart cherry. Relatively soft.

T – A smooth body and prickly carbonation pave the way for a tidal wave of tart, unripe white peach, tanniny fruit pits, and dried leaves. The sourness somehow manages to be both bracing and restrained; pushing your palate to the edge, but not over it.

M – Medium frame with a nice smoothness. Dry finish.

O – A great, uncompromising, sour.

12-13-2011 03:15:14 | More by vfgccp
Photo of JBogan


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

An attractive dark amber body supports a one finger off white crown. There's a substantial amount of lacing left behind. This is one good looking beer.

The delicate aroma consists of cherry, oak and a light barnyard funk.

The taste is even better. One again cherries play the leading role, the oak the supporting cast (cask?), and the barnyard funk is there in the finish along with a bit of lemon. A near perfect blend and extremely delicious.

The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and with a slightly dry finish.

Wow, what a nice sour. I was extremely impressed by this beer and would recommend it to anyone who even remotely likes this style.

03-07-2010 02:09:30 | More by JBogan
Photo of mltobin


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Served on-tap at Jose Pistola`s.

Appearance is a red brown body with a small tan head. Its` nose contains cherry, red wine and a general sourness. Supplication has a taste of of more cherries, sour apple, funk and some oak. The mouthfeel of it has some life to it, a very nice crispness. It really has a certain wine/champagne quality to it. This was another very good wild from RR. When I find myself in Philly, its` always a treat to try something from this brewery.

11-17-2011 01:24:21 | More by mltobin
Photo of paulozanello


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Batch 005x5

Pours a deep orange and light brown color with a fluffy white head that has moderate retention and great lacing

Aroma is tart, sour and funky with a nice white grape touch.

Taste starts out sour and funky with lots of citric notes. Sour cherries and grapes appear in the middle. Finishes very sour and astringent.

Mouthfeel is very dry and tannic with high carbonation and medium to low body. Aftertaste is funky and lasting leaving the mouth watering.

Great sour experience from RR. Very balanced and yet "in your face" at the same time.

12-25-2011 00:24:30 | More by paulozanello
Photo of femALEist


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Had this on tap at Toronado during SF Beer week.
Supplication by RR is a brown Ale aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and sour cherries. 7% abv.

The Supplication 07 is a two year old aged version. It poured beautiful teak color. It smelled of fresh sour cherries, oak and Brett. It tasted sour on the sides and back of my tongue with some oak dryness. There is cherry fruit upfront but it is sour but not super pucker sour.

The Supplication 09 looked pretty much the same except a shade lighter. It's nose was not as pungent at all compared to the 07. The taste is more fresh bing cherries, more oak and less sour pucker. I got some pucker on the roof of my mouth, but it has much more fruit compared to the 07. If you are new to sours, this one would be a good one to try. It's not as full bodied as the 07 but it tastes more fruity and oak. Dave liked the 09 better, however I appreciated the more sourness you got out of the 07.

03-25-2010 19:17:17 | More by femALEist
Photo of ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Special thanks to Chowdahead for sharing this one. Cellared for a year, then poured into a snifter. Reddish brown in color, not much head or lacing. Nose is tart cherries, apple, and some sweet sugary notes. Taste is mix of tart cherry and sour apple with a little brown sugar in the mix. Never thought I would become a fan of sours, but the Allagash releases got me hooked, and this one takes the cake as my favorite thus far. Mouthfeel was smooth and not overly sour. Looking forward to trying some more sours from Russian River. Top notch.

11-02-2011 02:22:05 | More by ElGallo
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 37ml bottle. Batch 005.

A - Pours a strong gorgeous amber color with some nice copper hints. A nice off white light cream head is present with some nice dense bubbles interlaced with some medium sized ones. There is about 1 inch of head and retains pretty good.

S - Some corn husk and hay come in fast with the nice cherry tartness. Nice and very slight fruit aroma is mixed in with the tartness. Some good funky yeast in the nose that is perfectly balanced with the sour notes. Delicious woody oak hints finish this beer of with a clean nose.

T & M - Tart cherry notes puckers the mouth quickly. The sour notes are more toward the fruiter side at the beginning but then finish off a bit on the vinegar side, good balance. Some nice tart grape and obviously cherry. Wood dryness coats the palette. The funk is present but less so on the taste. Feel is nice and light and clean. Delicious brew with good carbonation and a prickly feel. Some slight alcohol is noticed but not too much.

D - Delicious beer by RR. I really enjoyed this sour and have been slowly getting into them; with this one being the best yet.

01-20-2011 01:43:30 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

A - A hazy ruby/copper hue with thin white head. Head fades to a thin lacing of bubbles. Seems to be hazy due to carbonation.

S - I can safely say I have never smelled that aroma before in my life (this is the first sour I have ever had). I will assume the brett is what I smell. Sweet smelling but I can't place any aroma at all...

T - Wow. Wow. Sour. Lots of sour apples. Dark cherry flavor as well. Complex, but once again I can't place any of the flavors as I have never had anything like it before.

M - Medium body, lots of carbonation. Sour all the way through with a nice crisp finish.

D - Extremely drinkable. ABV doesnt show at all, this might as well not have any alcohol as far as I'm concerned. The sourness isn't too overpowering either. I had never had a sour, so I expected this to force my to pucker up the entire taste, not the case.

Batch 04x5

12-16-2010 23:27:53 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of Tucquan


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Had this at the brewery on 2010-08-20 in Santa Rosa, CA and again on 2011-12-03 and 2012-12-08 in Paoli, PA at TJ's.

A - Mahogany with a short tan head

S - Could smell it from two feet away. Cherries and what reminded me of the inside of a spring house on a summer day. So inviting.

T - Amazing. Like biting into a sour cherry while swigging apple cider. Sour, acidic, puckering, brilliant although I slightly prefer the Consecration.

M Light-medium boday and carbonation.

D - You could savor this until you can't walk straight :>)

09-04-2010 18:46:10 | More by Tucquan
Photo of msmezher


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Supplication, by Russian River fits well into their line-up. As in it's damn near incredible. Aptly described, strong aromas of cherries and oak, with tastes to match. The beer is slightly sour tasting, but even stronger sourness to the smell. A highly refined package, and a treat whenever afforded. Russian River doesn't mess around, and neither should you. So drink Russian River. A premium beer with very classic sour notes, well aged, with a fine wood finish. (By the way, I think this is my worst review for a Russian River beer, so really, if you have the chance drink everything you can by them)

09-24-2010 09:55:13 | More by msmezher
Photo of messyhair42


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

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

S: Oak, Leather

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

M: effervescent, light

O: would drink again on a special occasion.

04-20-2011 02:41:28 | More by messyhair42
Photo of bbothen


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Summer 2008

Sampled while sitting on the patio in beautiful Bodega, Ca. Looking out at the Pacific Ocean. That's right. Listening to Mark Lanegan's "Bubblgum". Good times right here.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter. Pours out a rusty/amber color with a creamy tan/of white colroed head. The head stays around for quite some time. Not much lacing or webbing left on glass.

Smeels quite tart, fruity, funky, musty, yowza, brett.

This is something. Tart fruit & cherry, mouth puckering tartness, wine like complexity, bready malt, nice sweetness, noticeable wood character. The wood & tart/sour play nicely. Possibly the most complex beer I've had to date. I likey.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry, lingering sourness.

To say I enjoyed & savored every gulp would be an understatement. Worthy of the hype & kudos this brew gets.

01-21-2009 21:11:01 | More by bbothen
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

one of the best, and most, sour beers ive ever had! pours a thin brownish rust color with a short but very active tan head. fizzy. smells like sour cherries, old church wine, and brettanomyces. its almost like smelling salts, it throws the head back in intensity. wow. flavor is hard to describe, there are notes of cherries, but nothing sweet. there is so much sour here it puckers you rich up for a moment, then it goes insanely dry and is gone without a trace. the brown ale base is inconsequential here as the bacteria and fruit steal the show. the tannic tang from the wine barrels adds another layer of sour depth to this one. feel is perfect perfect perfect. more than effervescent carbonation serves the sour train well, and the drinkably medium body is a welcomed surprise. russian river rules the roost on beers of this genre. this baby is alltime!

04-28-2012 23:17:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Purchased at Union Jacks Inn on the Manatawny, enjoyed at home in a tulip glass, just like instructed on the cork. Batch 002.

Pours a hazy copper with pink hues with fizzy beige head, little retention and spotty lacing. Smells of sour cherry, citrus zest, caramel, bread, yeast, and red wine. Taste is very tart with lots of sour cherry presence. Beyond that there is a taste of grapes, caramel, oak, brown sugar, and a musty funk. Medium-light in body with good carbonation and lots of tartness and an acidic balance. With a good amount of tart and sour flavors it isn't a beer for everyone, but it is certainly different and at least worth a try. A very unique brew that I wish I had more bottles of. Certainly not sessionable, but nice for a change every so often, especially for dessert.

02-28-2008 02:23:05 | More by HopDerek
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

375ml bottle. Batch 003. Poured into a tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery when it was first released and kept at cellar temperature. Poured into a tulip glass. Comes in at 7.00%.

A-Pours a golden orange amber color. It has a two finger almost tan colored head that has incredible retention and rests at about half of its original size. The head results in great streaks of lace after every sip. Large amounts of bubbles can be seen continuously breaking from the bottom of the glass.

S-As this bottle is now almost two years old, the pinot noir character has reduced along with the aroma of fresh cherries. It now is a lot more acidic/vinegar-like. The sour/tart cherries can be detected along with some musty oak barrel aroma. There is also definite funk lingering in the nose. The funk and sour elements are quite balanced.

T-It starts with sour/tart cherries. It is not overwhelmingly tart/sour at the start. Mid-sip it has some sweetness from the brown ale base beer and some vanilla from the pak barrels. As it goes down is when its enhanced acidic/vinegar character is a lot more noticeable. It is a lot stronger than when it was fresh. A touch below Beatification's sour level, but definitely stronger than Temptation.

M-Medium bodied, dry, a little oily, and a comfortable carbonation level.

D-After almost two years it is interesting to see how much more tart/sour this beer has become. It is a lot more accessible when fresh. I liked it with age, but miss some of the pinot noir character of a fresh bottle.

I am curious to see how my remaining bottles will continue to age. This beer can be aged for up to four years. I can only imagine it will be quite sour in another year or two.

01-14-2010 17:38:28 | More by mjl21
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a slightly turbid mahogany topped by a healthy, lumpy head that retains nicely and laces beautifully.

The aroma is black, bruised cherries and saddle leather, white wine, slight lemony acidity, with some green apple and unripe peaches.

The taste is acerbic bing cherries all the way with a hint of pepper, barnyard and a nice, clean, dry okay finish. Tart and crisp. Sour like a lambic, but lighter and brighter on the palate with some aged hop presence as well. Very vinous. Borderline vinegary.

Really, this is an engaging beer that really draws me in and makes me want to never stop drinking it. It feels simple and complex at the same time.

Very easy drinking and definitely a beer made for pairing with food.

06-30-2010 02:44:03 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of 0110x011


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

pours a hazy copper into a tulip. Big, fluffy 3-finger head slowly fades to a thin cap with spotty lacing. Nose is all sour, tart fruits, with a bit of citrus & vinegar. MAN this beer is sour! I've only had a couple of sours, but this one really makes the lips pucker. Cherry, raspberry, and lemon all over. After a few sips, the sphincter-tightening sourness subsides somewhat, giving way to a pleasant sweetness, with a dash of bitterness at the end. The finish is crisp, dry, and refreshing. A brew unlike any I've had. And that's a good thing. I'd very much like to see what effect a good year or two of age will have.

Thanks to cloudskipper for the hookup!

05-18-2008 00:19:31 | More by 0110x011
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

batch 04x4

Opens with a POP. Pours amber orange. Sits in the glass brown/orange and cloudy. Some yeast sediment floating around. Nice coating on the glass.

Smell is exceptional! Pino noir, corriader, booze, grapes, tomatoes, apple cider vinegar.
There is a distinctt tone of brettanomyces here, like some lambics

Tastes sour up front. VERY different. Braggs apple cider vinegar, sour wine, and many sweet overly ripe fruits. The
carbonation makes it seem like it is a very flavorful chamapagne.

A bit too sour for me. makes the mouthfeel a bit difficult to
rate. but still above average here. Very carbonated.
Champangnee like.

drinkibility...same notes as the above moutfeel. Exceptional originality in this brew giving it the high scores it deserves.

02-08-2010 07:01:27 | More by Trueant1
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. Batch 001: Ruddy amber color with a thin light beige head that disappears almost immediately. Barely any light penetrates. Tiny rising bubbles and lacing that races down the sides of the glass. Aroma of grapes, brown sugar and sweet candy. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel, and a bold vinous character. Flavors of dark cherry and light spice and oak. The flavoring does not linger too long though. The finish is extremely dry and feels like it is sucking the moisture from your tongue as you drink it. The finish is moderately sour and peppery. Overall a very well-made and enjoyable beer.

02-06-2006 21:22:28 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of lunarbrew


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours clear amber/hazy red with little head but a nice lacing that sticks tight. Head is khaki colored.

It has a nice acidity. Cherry, red wine vinegar, Some oak. Not a huge smell as far as sours go. A little sweetness balances. Excited to drink it.

More sour than I was expecting from the nose, but not as big as some. The acidity doesn't linger long. It rounds out really quickly. There is an astringent bitterness that hits as the sourness falls of, then the cherry flavor sets in. This flavor is very raw and natural. I don't get a lot of juiciness, but instead I get a cherry flesh flavor. Really nice. Flavors are cherry (of course), red wine vinegar, green apple, and lemon. Also taste some oakiness, but again, this is a very raw (wood bark) flavor.

Medium-high carb medium body, and I swear I feel some tannin on my tongue from the cherry and pinot noir. I also get the tannin bitterness. Really nice.

This was an excellent beer. To me, it didn't quite live up to the hype, but I still really enjoyed that complex and raw flavors. No doubt that this beer is complicated. Nice sourness that's not over the top. A pretty easy drinker, actually.

07-17-2013 02:48:36 | More by lunarbrew
Photo of Flounder57


4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Batch 008 375 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel glass. The cork came off of the bottle with a nice pop and imagine that this bottle of beer has not seen air since 2010 or later. That is crazy wild.

Appearance: Slight head that reduced to a thin layer. Hazy reddish brown with signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass. Lots of tiny little bubbles. A very wild ale this beer must be.

Smell: sour and tart cherries, pinot noir aroma, oak, a nice yeasty and bacteria funk. I can't wait to take a sip. Super funkiness going on here. Whoa.

Taste: This bottle has conditioned nicely and blended all the flavors together great. The sourness and tartness from the cherries come out first. A nice funky and yeasty taste similar to rubber tires, but these tires are not as bad as other wilds and easily bearable, which makes me extremely happy at the moment.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carboantion, light bodied, somewhat dry on the palate and puckering too. Very interesting and great to drink. It keeps me wondering. If the carbonation could be toned down a bit, this could go down like water.

Overall: Wild ales are growing on me and seem to get better with each one I have and each BBF I volunteer for. If it wasn't for the fests, I would have very little knowledge or experience with these sour and funky beer. I am happy to have brought this back safely from Denver and to start off the new year in Boston on a good note.

01-01-2012 07:20:04 | More by Flounder57
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Tasting on 12/16 with GarrettMD. Batch 04x5, 375 mL bottle into DFH snifter.

A - Pours a clear ruby-ish copper with a half finger of off white head. Looks nice.

S - This is not a smell I know. Is this the legendary "Brett funk"? It is a bit sweet, a bit sour, and yeasty. Sour black cherries and perhaps some sour apple.

T - Extremely sour on the first sip, you get used to it as you drink. Definitely earns the title of Sour Ale. Sour apple and sour cherries. I am instantly reminded of the dry acidity of pinor noit. This is so so delicious.

M - Medium to light body with very active carbonation. A bit cloying finish.

D - Despite the sourness I find it very easy to drink. Tart and sweet and an absolute joy and privilege to drink.

12-23-2010 23:16:46 | More by greenmonstah
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle from BrewerB, poured into a wine glass, split three ways. Thanks!

Appearance: A gorgeous, slightly hazy orange amber body with a nice amount of lacing, an attractive head,

Aroma: Mild but very interesting. Mild sweet cherry, definite Brett, cinnamon, spice, sweet golden honey, floral leafy notes, light fruity esters, and a sweet woody note. It's very delicate and subdued, but very complex.

Taste: Tart, and wonderfully dry. There's TONS of wood here - more so than in many other beers, almost like chewing on a stick at some points - and loads of fruity esters. Crisp, dry granny smith apple skins, Concord grapes, tons of funk - smells like a funky cinnamon cherry pie.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-bubbled, fluffy, soft, powdery, puffy.

Drinkability: I'm still not completely on board with this whole wild ale thing - it's a slow and steady acclimation process, as with any new style. That being said, this was a pretty enjoyable beer in my opinion. It was absolutely incredible smelling, not nearly as tart as some wild ales I've (enjoyed/been subjected to), and overall a very pleasant experience, with a completely manageable abv. Recommended.

09-24-2008 02:48:41 | More by CrellMoset
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4.44/5  rDev -2.8%

08-28-2014 02:53:46 | More by Wayne17
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