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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,391 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,391
Hads: 5,776
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,616
Gots: 1,915 | FT: 131
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.
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Photo of dfillius
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goblet, batch 04XI Thanks ksullnh!

A: Gentle pour yields 1/4 finger of fizzy tan head with poor retention - I'd like more and better retention. Is that possible with sour beers? Clear light brown liquid with some red and amber highlights. Color is great, which brings my rating up from a 3.5 to a 4.0.
S: Citrus, lemon zest. Slight aspirin? Slight bread. So intriguing and inviting.
T: Delicious! Perfect tasting sour brown (which I thought it was!), sourness and sweetness mix perfectly, like lemonade almost. Slight whole wheat breadiness in the aftertaste. Some Atomic Warhead candy in aftertaste too. Apple cider, woody, grapeskin.
M: Expectorant, tart, dry
D: So nice. I'd definitely order another and will buy again when I can!

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Photo of krkearney
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft, at Monk’s cafe RR dinner 1/23/07. I presume this was batch 1.

Ruby colored, barely any head (sample was poured into my glass from a pitcher).

Beautiful funky sour aroma, with cherries fairly evident. I could smell this beer all day.

Tart cherrry flavor. Notes of oak and red wine. Complex yet refreshing. Finishes dry.

Delicious beer; I’d love to have a few cases in my cellar. Matched beautifully with an apple glazed duck breast.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to arbitrator for sending this one my way.

Bottle split and poured into my tulip the beer is a murky amber orange. A tiny wisp of head attempts to form but fails leaving soapy spots around the glass.

The aroma starts with a heavy dose of yeasty sour funk. Tart cherries and granny smith apples along with a solid wet wood and straw mix. No wet dog or horse blanket just fruity sour funk.

The flavor is super pleasant sour cherries and grapes. Not all up in your face funky but just enough to make you mouth pucker. Light tones of wood and bready yeast sneak in there to add to the complexity of this beers flavor.

Medium to light wine like body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall I wish I had a 375ml to myself. Who am I kidding I wish it was a growler. A perfect balance of sour and sweet to keep you wanting another sip. A simply spectacular beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle of batch 00s thanks to a trade with Tayner. Thanks Dana!

It pours a hazy peach colour with a 1" head of foam.There's some good lacing and foam is shrinking but looks like some of it will be around at the end of the session. Ok, the foam did leave the scene entirely but, what the hell..

The smell is just what I like to find in American Wild Ales...huge sour notes from cherries and lemons. Also a big yeasty profile with some vanilla and oak. Super nice nose.

The taste is as good if not better than the nose. Wow. Big oaky and yeasty notes with some yeasty tones and big fruity tartness from lemons, apricots, and cherries. There's also an underlying sweetness coming from vanilla. And did I mention the funk? No? My bad. The Brett is definitely present here working its magic, intertwining with all the other luscious flavours. and bringing real justice to the style.

Marvelous, simply marvelous. The mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is brisk but fits this ale so well, and it finishes with that sour cherry tartness that just demands that I take another sip tout suite. Eminantly drinkable for me, to say the least.

This is a world class brew in my book and thanks go out again to Dana for sending this my way!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip. Batch 04X3, caged and corked bottle.

Appearance: Supplication pours a deep ruby color, mostly transparent except for the yeast particles floating around. A dollop of beige foam rests on top and laces up the glass nicely.

Smell: A great balance of sour and funky. There is so much going on here. A bit of dark malt, lots of cherries, some lemon, and a nice level of funk, horse blanket and a little stinky cheese.

Taste: The brief sweetness is accompanied by tart cherries, and the flavor grows even more sour as the sip progresses. Tart, more acetic than lactic, and vinegary, totally bold without killing my palate. Each sip waters the mouth just enough to make me want to go back for more. Notes of pinot noir come in toward the end, as if this beer needed any more complexity, along with some spicy oak tannins. The finish has a nice funk to it, giving me an extra smile.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation starts with a bite but is smooth throughout each sip. A sour puckering sensation causes me to salivate without being overpowering. Lightly vinegary and acidic. A light astringency comes with the barrel but is barely noticeable. The body is on the lighter side of medium. Russian River knows my sour sweet spot.

Overall: I cannot believe it has taken me this long to try my first Supplication. This is everything I want in a sour, I will be coming back to this beer again and again.

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

Dark brown, almost reddish brown draft pour; thick off white head. Sour fruit nose. Sour fruit, dark cherries, and Pinot Noir peppery plum flavors. Medium lite mouthfeel with sour ball cherry finish. Overall, excellent - more sour than funky - great combination.

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

American wild ale aged for 15 months in pinot noir barrels. Well that about sums it up! this brew is an excellent variation of the style. Great aroma, taste and mouth feel I could drink several of these in a sitting.If you love wine and beer then this is right up your alley. Top notch World Class beer worth the trouble of attaining.

Bottom Line: World Class offering.

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

Russian River Supplication Barrel Aged Sour

From the get go this beer is impressive. After popping the cork you see a beautiful deep amber cherry color, with a nice creamy pinkish-white head, and as the bubbles rise, the sediment cascades downward like a snowglobe.

On the nose I get the soft, yet complex smell of pinot as well as acidic cherry.

The first drink is sure to shock the palate a bit, however thereafter they are received much easier.

The taste is briefly a soft fruit flavor with lemon, followed by the tart punch from the brettanomyces in which you get several flavor profiles of bitter, acidic and sour cherry, and it then begins to fade abruptly into an impressively long and complex after taste that has a floral essence and leaves an oaky mouth feel that ties the whole thing together quick wonderfully.

Overall this was very great well crafted and enjoyable beer.
I guess if I were to find a negative it would be in the price, while I fully expect a barrel aged beer of this quality to cost a bit more, I still felt this was at least $2-$3 dollars over priced for such a small quantity.
But then again maybe not.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, Batch #7 uncorked in Fall 2011.
375 mL bottle poured into snifter glass.

2012 vintage, batch unknown; tapped at Hollingshead Deli (Orange, CA) on 20-Feb-12
Poured into tulip glass.

Softer side of being sour w/ nice balance of acetone and sourness. Definitely pick up the cherries and the wine presence from the oak barrels.

Overall, this is the standard cherry/wine sour that I gauge all others of similar type. This one's nearly flawless.

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Photo of DigitalDude
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 3

375 ml. bottle

Appearence: Medium brown with decent head. Some light lacing.

Smell: Oak, brett funk, sourness, barnhouse, sour cherrys, dark fruits, wine

Taste: Tart/sour nose, slight oaky bitterness, wine, more dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Good, medium-bodied mouthfeel, appropriate (high) carbonation.

Overall: 5/5 acceptional, tasty offering from Russian River.

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Photo of stealth
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 04x03, enjoyed recently.

What a beer. It's nearly the perfect sour. Sour cherries and brett funk dominate the aroma. The taste is so complex. Sour cherries. Tartness. Sourness. Oak. Mouth watering. Red Sour Patch Kids, liquified. It was a real challenge for me to work through a bottle of Supplication. It is so good, but it made my mouth work too damn hard. Too much salivating and puckering. That can be taken as a tongue-in-cheek compliment, but it is also its only detracting quality. I can't sit and drink bottle after bottle of this. My mouth would. not. survive.

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

Had two samples at SN beer camp philly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Medium brown/red.

Very little head, leaving behind small lace ring.

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

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

Light yet sharp mouthfeel, lots of acidity.

This beer boarders on perfection. Enjoy it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remarkable! A brilliant beer!

A long-standing bottle pours a clear, deep-crimson-amber body beneath a full head of creamy light tan foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The lacing could be better, but the retention is impressive.

The nose is sparkling with Brettanomyces and tartness; metal, oak, wet and oily leather, acetic acid, uric acid, chalk, must, damp newspaper, wet straw, papaya, plum, citrus rind, and cherry.

It's delicately effervescent in the mouth with a medium body that leaves it quite smooth, a bit airy, and somewhat creamy despite it's initial spritz.

The flavor is just as the nose suggests, but with a much fuller character. The sourness appears upfront; followed by the delicate, tart fruit (cherry, papaya, summer berries); and then mustiness and some very drying oak in the finish.

It's quite simply remarkably bizzare and flavorful, yet somehow completely pulled together and ultimately refreshing! It's astonishingly entincing, enaging, and almost consuming.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at RR

Nice light amber and orange with hints of ruby. Light head with little to no retention.

Tons of cherry and a sourness. Nice light brown ale scents. Light oak.

Again, tons of cherry up front. The sourness blended well with the cherry to dominate this ale. Light oak through out with subtle hints of vanilla and dark fruit.

Nice medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry through out and in the finish.

This is one of my all time favorite beers. The tap version blew my mind, so much flavor. I am assuming I had batch 5 which is the latest batch.

Well done! This is world class.

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Photo of hobojon
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at RRBC 11/24/09.

Aroma- complex sour and tart. Berries, acids.

App- Hazy reddish amber. Very little foam but the glass was filled to the top.

Taste- very tart. raspberries and blackberries. sweet caramel and malt backbone. drying mineral note.

Mouth- dry, warming acids. not bone dry, but well balanced. fine carb.

Overall- my favorite Russian River beer so far. I used to be a Pliny head until had some of their sours. More simple malt than consecration, less sour than beatification but the most refined.

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Photo of gtermi
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer pours a reddish body with a thin tan head that instantly fades.

S: VERY SOUR AND TART! I absolutely love the smell of this beer. It just really reminds me of sour candy. Best smelling WIld Ale I have ever smelled.

T: Wow this is an absolutely amazing flavor. The beer punched my mouth with sour flavors and then goes to a tart bitterness. Like the smell, it reminds me a lot of sour candy.

M: This beer is so sour that it sort of makes my jaw tingle. There is a good amount of carbonation and a strong amount of tingle all inside of my mouth.

O: This beer is absolutely delicious and makes me want to come back for more. This is by far one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of thebreederswow
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, I've said before that I don't really like sours. This beer has converted me. Wow.

A: Light gold with red highlights, lots of thin bubbles clinging to the class. Really beautiful.

S: Tart cherry, strawberry, rich wine-y notes. There's something slightly sweet in the smell.

T: Tartness with slight strawberry flavor upfront, followed by a distinct funk, and bitterness across my whole tongue. The aftertaste is winey, and I love the sweet and aromatic wood flavor at the end. Tartness lingers on the back of the tongue for 30+ seconds, but is never pucker-worthy. End tastes of fresh cut grass, young wood, and maybe fresh pea or something like that. Incredibly refreshing.

M: Really tiny prickly bubbles.

D: This is the first sour that I've been determined to purchase again. Amazing.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ light amber color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, big tart cherries, with some oakiness. In the taste, SOUR!! cherry, oak hints and a touch of vanilla. A sour bite, and a medium to light mouthfeel, with a dry, tart cherry and white grape aftertaste. Big sour, big cherry, FANTASTIC!!

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Photo of Nesued
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up several Russian River offerings during a trip to California earlier this year. Batch 04X4.

Appearance - A hazy peachy color fills my Great Divide tulip glass. A nice two-finger head formed which resolved to a 1/4in ring. A bit of lacing but not enough to mention.

Smell - Bright and clean aroma on the nose. Cherries, funky brett and lacto along with a complex matrix of malty sweetness and woody/grassy components from the aging.

Taste - Let the first sip coat your palate to prepare you for what lies ahead. You will be shocked by the bold and for many a "non-beer" profile. For those who thirst for wild ales, you have found your holy grail. Lively cherries tart and tangy contributions from brett, lacto and pediococcus coat your tongue with the harsh yet refreshing tastes of a musty barn added to leather and grassy notes. This sits on the back of your tongue and requests that another mouthful joins in on the fun. Snaps of sweet malt and tart intermingle throughout the sampling of this fine beverage. My goodness, this is beer like many of you have never (yet need to) experience. The alcohol is non-existent.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation well transports the offering around your mouth. Very nice density with a crisp finish.

Overall - Why did I only bring six back with me.... This is an outstanding wild ale. Crisp and clean, tart on your tongue. Just try to name all of the smells and flavors you experience with this offering.

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Photo of BeforeNoon
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 007 served in Smuttynose Big Beer Series tulip.

A: dark amber, mild sediment from yeast, thin white head

S: green apples, oak, slight vanilla

T: white grapes, sour cherries

M: mild carbonation, medium body

O: very impressed. After it warmed up I was able to get some great oak aroma. Obviously I love sours or else I wouldn't have bought it, but this is definitely one of the most well balanced sours I've ever had. Amazing oak aroma, semi-sweet and tart body, and dry lingering aftertaste. It's just perfect.

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Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12.70 fl. oz. (375 ml) bottle
Batch 003
Served in a tulip
Acquired in a trade with mikesgroove

Review #425

The beer poured a hazy, orangey-amber color with a bubbly, light tan, one-finger head that quickly faded to a frothy mass. As the beer warmed, the chill hazed disappeared and the beer turned a brilliant copper-amber color. Odd shaped blocks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly interesting and complex. Funky and sour with obvious brett characteristics. Semi-sweet, sour cherry and lemon peel notes came through as well. Crisp and musty with a barnyardy twang.

The taste was even more impressive than the aroma. Lots of brett and funk right from the start. Maltier and richer however than your average sour ale. As in the aroma, sour cherry notes were apparent. The fruity, sweet/tart cherry flavor really helped to balance out the beer. Hints of vinegar appeared in the lingering, dry, oaky and tannic finish. White wine-like characteristics (pinot noir?) were also noticeable. Overall, an incredibly complex brew.

The mouthfeel was creamy, frothy and silky smooth with a fine yet lively effervescence. This sour definitely had a bit more heft than I am used to for the style.

Drinkability was outstanding. The beer was funky and tart but well balanced by the rich malts and sweet/tart fruity notes. Furthermore, the 7% ABV was barely detectable. I wish I could have sipped this one all night long.

This was definitely the best Russian River sour I have had to date and possibly the best sour overall. Not only did this beer contain an amazing amount of intensity and complexity but it displayed a level of balance demonstrated by few others. This brew is destined to be a classic.

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Photo of timfc
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was walking through SF and came upon a small corner bottle-shop. I went inside and, WTF?!? It was like a beer mecca (there's irony here people); where things I'd only heard about were just sitting on the shelf waiting for someone to purchase. Why, there's a Black Albert, sure, I'll take one. Oh, a Supplication? I would love one...

Have I mentioned that I like sours?

No, well...

I don't know how to put into words the level of love that I have for this beer. It's perfectly balanced, it's got amazing depth, the barrel, the cherries, oh my...

Right, tell you why I like the beer: it's simply one of the best examples of a barrel aged sour beer that exists. The flavor is slightly fruity, puckery, and has these amazing layers that just keep coming. It's one of the best beers that I ever had. I disconnected my analytical beer drinking side, sat, and sipped thinking, "oh god" over and over. Not many beers allow me to do that.

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Photo of E1337JERK
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best sour I've ever had the perfect combo of flavors. Great amounts of lactic acide balanced by cherry flavor tallowed up with the slightest hint of apple cider vinager. I think the brown malts mix great with the oak aging wish i could have this more than just a few times a year.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


I've been enjoying the hell out of this beer since its release, so I thought it was time to review it. Bottled batch 004. The beer appears deep orange tinged ruby with a voluminous light beige head, excellent retention, and lots of scattered lacing.

The nose is redolent of tart cherries and lactic character, with a balancing sweet malt presence and apparent wood notes. The fruit is incredibly vibrant, a moderate acetic character is evident, and vanilla is subtle.

The flavor opens with tart cherry flesh and skins, segueing into a moderate lactic sourness and a slightly balancing malty sweetness. Acetic acid character is at a pleasantly restrained lower moderate level, adding balance rather than churning my stomach. Other fruit notes are of grapes and plums, but cherries are most prominent. The finish is tart and lightly tannic with a plethora of fruit and a drying woody sensation. Outstanding. The mouthfeel is dry and soft, with a fitting moderate level of carbonation.

I consumed a growler of batch 004 back in December, but I've been told that a different blend was put into bottles. I enjoy this even more than the first blend, if that's possible, and I shall drink up while the fruit is fresh.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.