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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,053 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,053
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,230
Gots: 1,550 | 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 awalk1227
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/24; got in a trade from Rock4sc96, thanks Chris!

Into Southern Tier elongated tulip

A: Poured slowly, no yeast. Brilliant clear amber with a fluffy off white head. Incredible carbonation surging up from the bottom. Like champagne.

S: Brett funk, berries. Sour grapes, tart apples.

T: Tart up front, dark fruit, sour cherries. It's a delight to drink, and the sour pronounces a bit more as it warms.

F: Light and fizzy. Carbonation dances on the tongue.

D: What alcohol? It has about as much burn as an apple cider. Could have done a magnum of this in a sitting.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml batch 007 into a snifter.

pours a light brown with a slight head. smell of cherries..very faint. taste is smooth, quite subtle on the cherries. wine barrel smoothes it out to be quite drinkable.extremely smooth. slight tart. mild body, mild carbonation.

overall superb. love this!

Photo of Tucquan
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 :>)

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

Batch 005x4 -- poured a vivid, ruby-tinged rust into a tulip with a thin film of tight white head. Powerful aroma of cherries, leather, grape, and spicy Belgian yeast.

Slightly high carbonation and a light, dry, champagne-like mouthfeel. Intense cherry up front that begins with a tinge of sweetness before the puckering sour apple tartness sets in. Wine-like notes of oak and alcohol warmth emerge before the slightly bitter and funky finish.

Absolutely delicious, as was to be expected. I splurged and tried this and Russian River's Temptation over the course of a weekend, and while I preferred the subtleties of Temptation just a bit more, Supplication bowls you over with bold and complex flavors that are worth the price of admission.

Photo of WesM63
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

350ml bottle poured into a RR "TION" glass.

A: Pours a deep murky brownish red with a minor head. Minimal head retention and minor lacing is present.

S: Smells of funk and tart cherries maybe a some alcohol peaking through.

T: Taste is very sour and tart upfront, middle is packed full of sour cherries and finishes with a dry wine like bite.

M: Medium body and plenty of carbonation.

O: Interesting sour. Smells more sour than it tastes and as others mentioned, the wine barrel aging gives you some reprieve from the sour funk.

I still can't say i'm a huge fan of sours, but this does make me want to try more of the style.

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

Batch 4 375ml bottle received in a trade with abecall98 thanks!

Appearance: Pours a caramel copper with honey bursts and red folds. The crown is white, billowy soft, about 1.5 fingers, shows some retention and serious lace.

Smell: Very soft and delicate yeast, cherries, white grapes, lightly toasted oak and leather.

Taste: Lots of cherries, white grapes, and some lemony brett. Moderate pucker and sourness but quite tart and acidic!

Mouthfeel: light bodied with velvety small carbonation.

Drinkability: The acidity is the only thing that holds this back from being sessionable. Good stuff.

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

Thanks merc for sharing this, batch #7

The beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is pungently sour with notes of acetone, wine, and a slight yeastiness. Very intense flavor profile with bursting tart cherries and an incredibly dry finish. This may be one of the driest and most tart sours I've had, but it's incredibly drinkable. Definitely worth trying if you can finagle a bottle.

Photo of pmoore311
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle on 4/22/10.

Appearance - Beautiful orangish brown color, with bubbly white head.

Smell - good, sour, vineger, and cherries, I am not getting a ton of the barrel in the nose, but overall very pleasant.

Taste - delicious sweet tart like cherry with a variety of additional dark fruits fruits and earthiness. Subtle notes from the barrel come through as it warms.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly and compliments the style.

Overall - Fantastic, I have been slowly getting more and more into this style and after having this one I am hooked. Absolutely a world class beer.

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cork and caged 375ml bottle.
Batch :04X5

First sour ever so lets see what these are all about.

A:pours a burnt orange color with an appealing amount of cloudiness. The head is bubbly lace in the shade buttermilk. Its leaving nice thick lace sheets comprised of foamy bubbles. The top of the head is smooth and frothy looking

S:gobs and gobs of sour cherries and yeasty funk. No booze present in the smell but its almost like brandy soaked cherries. Very sweet smelling and I cant really pick out a ton of brett but it is apparent.

T: WOW. I have heard sours were interesting and that in no way could describe this beer. No amount of words could ever describe this much flavor. First a TON of sour, all different types. mainly cherries but there is a reminiscence of other fruits as well like apples but its mostly a berry sourness. There is a sweet flash almost as things shift from sour to smooth. No off flavors to be found or any alcohol. The aging has done amazing for this beer as all the types of yeast now work as one smooth complex flavor that melds perfectly with the sour from the cherries. The finish is clean and smooth with no aftertaste. I am very impressed.

M:Carbonation is almost the the level of champagne but it fits this style perfectly. Lots of bubbles keep things moving along nicely. Its very nice although im not really sure what the mouthfeel is supposed to be on these or how difficult it is to attain but there is for sure nothing wrong with it.

D: This is great beer. By all accounts this beer is delicious. I cant imagine having a lower quality version. The sourness does take a little getting used to after the initial sip but its all world class from there.

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

Cork and caged 375mL (Batch 005X3), poured into a Balloon glass.

Supplication was my 2nd beer from Russian River, after Consecration, and so my expectations were set high.

From the bottle:

"Ironically, Vinnie decided his winemaking days were through when he discovered it takes just twenty-one days to make beer. Years later it takes him over a year to make this beer!"

For my part, I'm thankful Vinnie is still patient.

A: Deep mahogany brown, 1 finger soapy head, dissipates rapidly.

S: Bloody. Rich and tart, can smell the cherries working in there.

T: Clean. Smooth and rich. Mega-tart in the finish, cherries hit hardest there and linger.

F: Rich and smooth.

D: Just delightful.

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

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a nice light colored head that lingers momentarily... leaves little lacing. Beer is a very dark ruby amber color a tiny bit of sediment and very light activity

S- Very aromatic... the smell of cherries pour from the bottle as soon as the cork is popped, accompanied by a hint of funk

T- So good. Starts sour with a some toasted earthy notes before the sour funky pluckyness intensifies and takes over

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

O- This one lives up to all the recognition. It's different, but equally as good as the consecration IMO


Photo of jonvan04
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled this as part of my own personal sampling. I had both Consecration and Supplication at the same time. This poured a light brown with a white head. The aroma had a far subtler sour presence compared to the Consecration. The same could be said for the taste also. While the Consecration felt like an attack on your tastebuds, the Supplication was less intense while still having a very pleasant sour, fruity flavor. I don't know enough about the process to tell whether the main difference is the Cab vs. Pino barrel, but when having both at the same time it's very obvious which is which. I could see myself drinking quite a few of these (that is if I could afford it) since it is more mellow and doesn't leave your tastebuds totally exhausted by the end. Like every RR beer I've had so far, this is very well done and highly recommended.

Photo of JulioH
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Very nice sour beer, with lots of brett agents.

Pours a dark beer with a reddish tint. Little bit of bubbles. Smell is glorious, typical sour. Taste is very good. I thought that I couldn't drink this by myself, but I totally can. It is not overly sour that makes your stomach burn. It is well balanced. Some traces of grapes.

Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, caged and corked, Batch 04x2. Pours cloudy brown ale like, under a moderate medium tan head, that leaves a thicker collar and nicely splattered fine pieces of lacing. Zesty nose, infused with horse blanket, sour cherry, and a faint whiff of gym socks. My reaction tot he first hearty swig was simply "wow", full flavor, sour cherries stinging the taste buds, bretted up, funkathon, love this stuff and so will other sour lovers. worth seeking out and then savoring every time
Thank you Matt at Capone's for hooking me up with this and a few more treats from RR on a recent Philly visit.

Photo of ehammond1
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011/Batch 7)

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

A mixture of cherry red and dark auburn. Golden red edges. No head whatsoever and flat as can be. Disappointing, mainly because I've had this beer a dozen times before, and it's never appeared so flat. Oh well. I hope the rest of it doesn't disappoint!

Tart and sour aroma and lots and lots of cherries! The oak aroma is present as well, but only in the background. I love this stuff, though Consecration still ranks a touch higher.

Sweet and tart cherries, plenty of biting sourness, wood, earth, and brick provide a rich balance. Alcohol is hardly detectable. Delicious stuff.

Although the body appeared nearly flat as can be, the body is still rich and full--surprising!

One of my favorite beers of all time, even with its flaws. I'd be a happy, happy man if this were the only beer I'd ever be allowed to drink. For all I know, all they serve in Heaven is Supplication! Even though no individual aspect of this beer is the best in show, it's one of my absolute favorite beers to drink, ever.

Photo of rudylaw
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for brandoman63 for the opportunity!

I'll keep this brief since many have already covered what I want to say. This is an exceptional sour beer. The oaken cherry funkiness was just plain outstanding. This was from batch 003.

This was, of course, very sour... cherries, lemon, yeasty. It finished very smooth after the initial pucker when you have your first sip.

I had this after an hour walk on an 85 degree day, but I still found this beer amazingly drinkable. In fact, I had several gulps.

Do what you can to try some Russian River sours. Supplication is the epitome of what an American wild ale/sour beer should be.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow appearance with a small head that quickly dissipates.
Wild yeast is very apparent with a sour, funky smell.
This beer was sampled with a friend and pointed out that this beer tastes like a warhead hard candy. Some orange is also present in the mix as well as a hint of wood. The cherries are hard to find.
Good carbonation and a full body hold this beer together.
A fantastic American Wild Ale. What a great beer, I will have this beer any time it is available.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Healthy finger and a half of head, creamy. Goldenrod body, clear tinged with red. Light lacing.

Serious funk and tang on the nose and a good cherry presence. Smells really great.

Pretty darn great, dry and sour and really well balanced. Cherry is subtle and works well.

Feel is a bit bright but not really. Decent.

Quite nice. Cherry is subtle, and really sophisticated.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into my Allagash chalice, because I broke my RR -tion glass :( RIP RR -tion. May I soon obtain another. Batch 006X2.

Appearance - More red than brown. The color of a dark sherry. Huge head that seems to climb the sides of the glass and cling for dear life. A soft pillow protects the body from the elements.

Smell - The tart fermented cherry aroma is most prominent. Some brett aromas as well. Not terrifically funky. Huge pinot aroma.

Taste - Starts off with a threatening tartness that fades and suddenly returns with a vengeance in the finish. The cherries come through most in the front. Behind the cherries the pinot flavors push through with some tannins and oak flavors. The tartness almost overwhelms the wine in the finish, but as the sour notes fade, the wine shines through. To be honest, I'm not sure I love how strong the wine is, but for right now it's awesome.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and tinglingly carbonated. Very dry in the finish with the tannins from the oak and wine extending the finish.

Overall - Really spectacular. I don't get to drink many sours as good as this one. I can't wait to try the Beatification in my cellar. It tempts me every day. Is there anything Russian River doesn't do well?

Photo of tobin
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came to the table with a slightly hazed orange red with no discernable solids in the body, but it was not clear. The head on the pour was nice and solid and lowered to a skim after a minute or so.

The smell is quite incredible. It starts with more of a slightly sour smell with some cherry pits, but as it warms it takes on a more winey character with a definite cedar smell. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer, cherry pits, cedar, brown sugar, red wine, and a damp sweet earthiness. Truly amazing.

Taste was quite good as well, but not as complex as the nose. It had a light sour character that interplayed with some sweetness and a dry woodiness.

Mouthfeel was spot on - moderately thick, creamy carbonation and a slight drying.

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 005X3. Thank you slentz for the trade!

A small but nice off white head out of the bottle, foamy, falls slowly but maintains a real nice collar throughout drinking. Great body color again on these Wild Ale's from Russian River. Body is slightly cloudy, but a beautiful dark orange and brown with great hues. Fantastic looking beer here.

Smell is a little muted and small but, wonderful pleasant sour and acid. Small fruit cherry, and there's this very good sense of pine needles or something spicy, I get pine though and stinging.

Taste is a real nice bodied sour, with small cherry fruit. Good tartness, a bit dry in the mouth after some sips, Has an almost hint of malt on the swallow, but a good black pepper spice too that carries. Very balanced, not overpowering, everything is in play here.

Fantastic wild ale here, would have this again anytime with food or without. Balanced, not overpowering, great body, tasty brew!

Photo of berkey
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub today in an unbranded version of their -tion glass. Served too cold for my tastes so I had several glasses of water while it warmed.

Pale, slightly hazy, almost rust colored beer. Head is off white and quickly recedes to an a small ring but to be fair this is a Wild Ale on draft so in my experience a large persistent head is not to be expected.

Both sour and sweet cherries are quite clear on the aroma, more so than I remember from my previous few experiences with this beer. Other notes include yeast and fresh bread. Not as sour/acidic as I remember but this is likely much fresher than the last time I tried it.

The acidity I was missing on the aroma is there on the flavor, especially on the entry and mid sip but still finishes somewhat fruity. Has a delayed aftertaste which is sour without being obviously "buggy". There's a slight red wine vinegar accent but nowhere near as intense as that characteristic can be in some AWA's and lambics. The more I drink the more the different flavors amalgamate and the more I seem to enjoy it.

Carbonation is probably on the high side as has been my experience with most of Vinnie's wilds. The balance of the various flavors keeps drinkability very high. I'm actually enjoying this much more than I expected. Too bad I couldn't convince them to sell me a growler. Can't wait for the bottles to come out next month.

Photo of musicforairports
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, batch 7.

Kind of a cherry-brown color. Small head gone quickly, without lacing. Somewhat bubbly.

Smells of oak, grapes, green apple, brett and assorted funk. Clean and sour.

Flavor is sharply tart, with a decent vinegar-like, cheesy sourness and loaded with oak and tart fruit flavors--black cherries, grapes and green apple. I can definitely taste red wine in this, and it makes it distinctly different from a lot of other sours. Very complex, but not at all overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is clean, decently carbonated and light.

This is a great-tasting and complex beer--a good twist on the usual Belgian sour. I will certainly have this again when I can get it. I'd like to try on older batch, or age one for a while.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, from forgetfu - thanks for the trade!

Pours a light cloudy salmon pink with hints of more robust coppers and morning plum, a finger of head with a little retention. Nose is nice and bretty, light cherries, hint of vinegar, light woody barrel notes.

Wine-grape like flavors, light vinegar, sour cherries, caramel, hint of vanilla, not-quite-ripe tropical fruits, low acidity with some champagne effervescence, light grassy and funky brett, some wood. Tart but not over the top; Good sweetness to balance, quite a round pillowy body for the style, makes it drink like a charm. Tasty and worth the acclaim - glad to have it.

Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Want to thank RedwoodGeorge for this bottle he sent me because he said I sent him too many beers in our P to the Y trade, but thats not possible, George is a hell of a guy. Anyway...

Pours a hazy deep amber color with some red hints smaller kaki head that falls to a ring pretty fast hints of lace is it.

Aroma is musty funky wet horses brett mixed with tart fruit cherries, peaches some light vinager dry wood aromas hints of vanilla. As is warms cherries come out more also a yogurt aroma noted.

Taste is well very nice tart cherries moving right into the funky flavors puckering your mouth vinager and red wine like qualities appear and fade to dry wood flavors and hints of vanilla and a lingering tartness. So far this is the only wild ale that reminds me of a Flanders Red must be the cherries. Overall a nice beer Vinnie has here.

Mouthfeel is little lighter then medium nice dry adds to the tartness.

Drinkability is good only thing hurting this one is price I think about 10 at the Vintage Cellar when they have it. Thanks to George I now have one in my cellar :)

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,053 ratings.