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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,255
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
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Gots: 1,676 | FT: 114
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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 Wetpaperbag
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm excited to try this, I've only had one other RR sour.

A- There was a huge pop when I let the cork fly. Good carbination in the glass. A nice head formed, about an inch, and it's pretty frothy and tightly nit. The glass has a lot of carbination action going on in the beer itself. A nice amber color nestles itself within my glass.

S- The sourness is there for sure. A lacto smell is there, reminds me of a cherry tums in a strange way. A nice oak smell with the presence of the pino for sure along with the sour cherry taste that floats around. Pretty complex nose.

T- Good clean beer taste, very crisp and refreshing. The sourness sits and waits till the end to pounce and pucker the tongue. This is a sour beast, almost like sucking on sour lemons. The sourness even lingers on my teeth, gums and down my throat. My most recent taste made my eye twitch, whew. The sourness is so overwhelming that I'm not getting too much of the other flavors. But this is tasty.

M- Besides the mouth puckering sourness the carbination is totally awesome and helps this beer out a great deal.

D- Easy to drink, but the sourness does slow down the drinking of the beer, but I want to enjoy this as it is.

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

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

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

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!

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

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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra from nerd. Poured into a tulip. Batch 005X1. Light brown with a reddish tint to it. There is a light brown head that rests on top; about a quarter inch thick.

Smells slightly sour, a hint of oak is noticed in the background. I get a good whiff of cherry vanilla as well. This doesn't smell overly sour, allowing a more complex aroma from the other scents.

The taste starts with just the slightest bit of vanilla sweetness, and follows with a nice sour finish. Nicely balanced, but still sour forward.

The mouthfeel here his nicely done. The carbonation has a nice prickliness to it, and the body fills the mouth nicely when quaffed.

As far as sours go, this is highly drinkable, but I will resist the urge to gulp it down and make it last.

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

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.

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

Photo of neonbrown82
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002

This is one hell of a beer. Just the right amount of funk to it. I'm never quite sure what to expect with one of these Russian River wild ales, but they don't cease to disappoint.

The beer pours to a murky rusted brown color. Completely opaque. An effervescent brown head forms and falls no sooner then it builds. Subsequently no lacing to the glass, though it does show off a nice pair of legs similar to that of a nice fine wine.

The smell is nothing short of spectacular. Perhaps I am getting a bigger whiff than would be afforded by pouring straight into my goblet since about 3 ounces of the liquid is currently soaked into the carpet which my ass is currently parked next to, no thanks to a gushing bottle. Take care to open the bottle over the sink and have your glass ready so as not to waste a good portion of this precious liquid to the drain. Anyways, back to the smell. Wonderful tart cherry aromas. Also a good deal of oak tannin and a host of aromas thrown off by all the funky bacteria. Just a little bit of grainy must and candied sweetness. Easily among the most wonderful smells I've ever experienced from a beer.

The taste is also very good, but the cherry is not quite as pungent. The funky bacterial yeasts make sure of that, along with a stronger oak flavor. Candy sweetness up front, shortly followed by a nice sour cherry and funky tartness to the finish. Not nearly as tart as something such as Cantillon. More along the lines of a Gueuze Boon. The finish drops off abruptly, leaving only the taste of oak and cherry as a reminder. Actually has a decent amount of hops bitterness to it, considering the style.

The body is difficult to judge when my whole mouth is puckering under the onslaught of tartness, but I would judge that it is medium and fairly dry. The 9% ABV is very well hidden. Crisp carbonation as one would expect. Quite drinkable for a strong tart beer. Reminds me quite a bit of Gueuze Boon Marriage Parfait, though with more oakiness.

Photo of JBogan
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick three finger off white head with excellent retention and nice lacing on a clear copper with burnt orange hue.

S: yeast, bubble gum, sour cherries, cane sugar and tangerine.

T: sour cherries, oak, caramel, tart citrus, excellent level of sourness. It's very complex as one would expect.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very good beer. Smooth even with the tartness but it's one of those for me that may have been overhyped. The degree of sourness lessens over time and it loses some of its luster. It's still delicious.

Photo of lunarbrew
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of whatthehull
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip

A - cloudy orange/copper sunset, one finger off white beautiful head with tiny bubbles that look like diamonds and a little bit of lacing

S - cherries, a young bottle of red, sweet candy sugar, lots of yummy oak, very yeasty, maltiness, soil and an all around awesome funk

T - sour funky yeast, tight Pinot noir, lots of oak, tons of grain, sweet notes on the back end, tons of cherries, candy sugar, lemon grass and tons of minerals and terrior

M - full bodied, medium acidity, great balance, nice complexity and long finish

D - this is as refreshing as it is interesting. This is something different, but in the most awesome way possible. They aren't kidding when they say "sours" when it comes to this one. But with the wine, cherries and a great sweet back end it is a beer once you have you'll crave again and again

Final thought - at $12 a pop and a nice 7% abv this is a great beer. Hard to find at times, but if you do find one, buy one and age it as well

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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 rudylaw
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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 berkey
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Blanco
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red color with white head. Lots of carbonation bubbling from the bottom at first but eventually it stops. Smells of typical wild critters along with some indistinguishable fruit notes. Taste is very sour and sweet at the same time. The flavor sits on the tongue for a bit and livens up the mouth. Has some wine-like qualities to it, but not really like a pinot. The mouthfeel is intense as it constantly has that tingling going on. Drinkability is good for a sour. I wouldn't drink these all day long, but very nice. My favorite RR sour of those I've tried (temptation, consecration).

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,255 ratings.