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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,697
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2,132
Gots: 1,406 | FT: 93
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 ptykozoon
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pumpkin, candy flavored orange. Decent head that dissipates ultra-fast yet never really disappears; with tiny bubbles racing to the top and strong lacing. Not bad, not bad at all.

Woof, ouch, kapow! Thick smell, this one smells bold. Immediately I take the hint that this is a sour, and one hell of one at that. Smells like wine, cherries, apples, perhaps some other subtle fruits and a dryness complete the smell scheme.

Very impressive taste. Unique, balanced, refined, invigorating! Syrupy sweetness, cherries, oak. The perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, tastes thick yet light. Bitter yet sugary. Alcohol comes into play but is moderated nicely.

Are you kidding, I could drink these till I'm blue in the face, drinkablity is excellent. One of the best sours out there to be sure.

ptykozoon, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Gtreid
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle shared by mrsteves. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A: Cloudy burnt orange color. The pour created a nickel size off whtie head that hung around for a while and left some spotty lace.

A: Sour and funk. I get notes of fruit, probably the cherries, lemon, peach, green apple and sweet malts. A nice bittering hop presence show up, and then is overtaken by a horseblanket funk. Nice.

T: Taste is more of the same, sweet and sour. Notes of tart cherries and other ripe fruit. Bitter hops and sweet malts give way to a puckering sourness. Finishes dry, and smooth from the oak aging, and ohh so tart.

M: Good levels of carbonation, light to medium body. Appropriate for the style.

D and overall impression: Drinkability for any wild is a little on the lower side for me, due to the palate wrecking sourness. But this one is really quite nice. I would have no problem taking down a bottle or two of this one. Overall, probably my favorite sour to date. Really enjoyed my sample, and am excited to have one of my own. Skal.

Gtreid, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a huge thanks to john for being such a generous host, and sharing some truly amazing beers

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a nice off-white head.

nice tart scent up front with hints of cherries and oak, light funk

Taste is pretty close to the nose with a nice blend of sour notes along with cherries funk and oak

The body is a little bit fuller than other sours I had at the tasting

this is a beer that i could drink all day

rowingbrewer, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of AshleyMiller
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 007 poured into my stone snifter

a - pours a burnt autumn red with no head, although a steady stream of bubbles coming up

s - sour cherries and apple cider vinegar with a hint of caramel

t - amazing. super tart and mouth-puckering, plenty of apple cider vinegar mixed with lip-smacking cherries. on the sweeter side which complements the tart sourness nicely

m - dry, medium carbonation make this oh so drinkable, with the alcohol almost missing

o - it lives up to the hype. i'll always want more and always gladly will drink this stuff when i'm looking for my sour fix. typical russian river

AshleyMiller, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of antoines15
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you goes out to B Rob for this one. Brett E. Funk. I'm not even gonna follow the typical review order. This is my favorite beer so far. It was my first sour and you always remember your first. Ha, hi SB! It looked like an IPA with a little bit of redness in it. The taste is amazing, I almost can't describe it. I will definitely be seeking out as many wild ales as I can get my hands on due to this. I can't stop thinking about this beer, its bordering on obsession. Definitely one to seek out. Also, it has a cherry taste.

antoines15, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Dan3279
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 006X1

I have been looking forward to drinking this beer for a while now and I have to be honest the beer actually intimidated me at first. I usually don't drink sour beers and I was afraid that because of the style I was going to be really disappointed in the beer.

I got my hands on a few entry level / basic sours to get a feel for them and I liked what I was trying. So last night on my first night of vacation I broke down and opened up the bottle. I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a deep red, amber, hazy body with a bubbly head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma of course was dominated with the sour cherries and oak. I also noticed some dried fruits at the end which gave it more of a sweeter aroma than I expected.

The taste was exceptional, and I was really impressed. There are a lot of different things going on here that just work so well together. The tart cherries, oak, sweetness, and funk. The beer is sour, but its so enjoyable with the sweetness thats balanced in. The carbonation and alochol are just right.

I could go on and on about this beer, it really was a great experience to drink it and I really wish I could get this on a weekly basis. I can say that I am a fan of sours now and look forward to trying more but at the same time the bar is set very high!

Dan3279, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Kshock
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Burnt Auburn color, but bright and slightly translucent. Decent head retention with some lacing left on the glass.

S- Lactic acid and sour cherries. There is some bready yeast character coming through towards the end, but very slight. Smells very sour.

T- Tastes very sour up front with some intense pucker on the palate. You get some of the bready yeast character, but its mostly acidic cherry. Very well balanced and amazingly clean.

M- Nice little bubbly texture from the agitation, very clean on the back end and med to lite body. Very nice

O- Great beer, will always get it when i see it.

Kshock, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one. Poured into a sniffer. I'm not sure what the vintage is but I think it was from 2008.

This is another beer that I'm glad I finally got to try. It pours a deep reddish mahogany with small particles floating in the beer. The beer itself is topped off with a thin off white head that quickly fades to a ring around the center. The aroma is subtle but complex, tobacco, plums, raisins, figs, tart cherries, and currants. The lactic aroma is more subtle then other RR beers. Peaking through the other aromas is a bit of funk, but not a pronounced amount of funk. The flavor is just as complex as the aroma, figs, plums, raisins and cherries with sour tones. The carbonation is at a minimum and the body is medium-light with a lingering sour finish. Excellent beer and something I would definitely seek out again.

jamescain, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this before on tap and wanted to try the bottled version. Shipped from stupidwinedeals.com
Batch 006x1

This brew pours a very hazy reddish amber. There is less than a fingers worth of light tan head. No legs to speak of.

The nose is pretty intense. Tart cherries, sourness, light barnyard funk, earthiness and a bit of vinegar. The alcohol is noticed just a bit.

The taste is quite sour, tart and delightful. The cherries are blended together with a crisp, tart funk that ends with a bit of vinegar and booze. A nutty taste is also present. There is a surrounding earthiness that carries the flavors wonderfully.

The mouthfeel is crisp amply carbonated. Nice feel for the brew and is very suiting.

Overall, this brew is another great sour from Russian River. Crisp, tart, and full of flavors. Boom, I'm lovin' it!

ChugginOil, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of dbmernin83
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Number 3 on my Russian River -ation quest.
Pours an orange amber with a tight bubbled head.
Smells of a sour sweet-tart candy.
Tart cherries, and more tart fruits. His one hits you in the jaw. A decent sweetness helps round off the sour, balancing the beverage. Dry crisp finish. This one reminds me of a tart brut. Booze is everso whispering to the palette.
Tight carbonation only further compliments the sour cherries.
This is a great beverage. Russian River's experimentation and attention to detail pays off.

dbmernin83, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, batch 5, 01/11. Big thanks to drabmuh for this amazing extra.

Pours deep, glowing red with a copper tint. Thin, fluffy off-white head that fades into some soapy suds.

Nose is really complex - red grape skins and a bit of sour cherry, nicely sour with a light barnyard funkiness that has the signature - I don't know, authenticity? Complexity? - of Russian River's bigs. Vinous, very interesting.

Taste starts with a beautiful combination of sour bite and tannic, vinous red grape skins. Sourness isn't too in your face, but it's certainly set off by the clear, vinous red grape character that just shines. Finish is puckering, a bit astringent, faint lingering acidity in the back of the throat after the initial bite.

Mouthfeel is dry, puckeringly sour, light body with crisp carbonation. Beautifully drinkable.

Bottle, batch 3, 07/08.

Pours a dark orange amber, very hazy, slightly off-white fluffy head.

Aroma is sour cherry, a bit of citrusy, almost orangey acidity, vinous.

Taste is sharp tartness up front, bit of vinegar, with a citrusy acidity on the finish - a bit earthy also, woody barnyard.

Crisp and so light in body. Beautifully done beer.

JohnQVegas, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of kasper
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12.7oz bottle (Batch 3)

A: Pours a translucent amber with gold highlights. Nice fluffy off-white head recedes into a thin blanket and ring around the glass.

S: Apple cider vinegar, pears, oak, some funky mushroom/earthy aromas in the background.

T: Lots going on here. Similar to a flanders red style but lighter, smoother... flavors of red wine, oak barrel, cherries, maybe a bit of tobacco. Finish is tart with hints of vinegar, but composed. Very smooth, refreshing.

M: Fairly light, but pretty well carbonated with a almost a subdued champagne/sparkling texture. Huge POP when uncorking.

D: A sour thirst quencher for any day =P Really balanced wild ale/sour -- what have you. Would like to have more of these.

kasper, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a lovely snifter. Batch 3, big thanks to Bmoyer0301 for the hook up. Supplication pours a great color copper to red with orange around the edges. Nice white head with tight carbonation. Crazy fine spotted lacing all over the glass. Aroma is of musty basement and damp earthy oak first and then more of a barrel oak aroma followed by the presence of cherries. This beer has a great malty profile which is accented by masterful barrel aging. The flavor from the oak aging frames the cherry flavor very well, not in the way a kriek tastes but in the unique american style. As this beer breaths it becomes a bit more sour and leaves your palate cleanly and dryly. Supplication has great mouthfeel, perfect bottle conditioning. This beer is all about balance. The RR guys are amazing, everything you would want to taste, cherry, oak, wild yeast etc. is there and not one aspect overwhelms the others. Well Done!

pmlondrigan, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of ajsdad06
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, batch 2.

Pours a hazy reddish golden brown color with a medium sized off white head.

The aroma is tart cherries, woody, acidic and moderately sour. The Brett fingerprints are there as well.

The flavor is heavy with tart cherries, caramel malts, woody, and an overall sourness that is very drinkable. This is extremely well crafted.

Medium bodied with the perfect level of tart fruit to provide a tingle yet still come off smooth.

I had this batch when it was fresh and it has aged wonderfully. I have had a bottle of the batch 2 every year since it was released and it never fails to satisfy. Great stuff.

ajsdad06, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of silentjay
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep amber with a slight chill haze and an uninspiring, yet adequate cream colored head that settles to a nice foam and leaves decent lacing.

tart cherries, sweet malts, red wine vinegar, sweet fruits, dark berries, light wood, "cherry coke" as the girlfriend says.

damn thats tart. takes a minute for the palate to adjust, but when it does some sweetness creeps in. vinegar, cherries, caramel, toffee, not-quite-ripe tropical fruits, some wine-like grape flavors, acidity with some champagne effervescence.

mouth-puckering with a cotton-candy feel. almost feels like the prickliness after the Novocaine wears off after a visit to the dentist.

wonderful, wonderful beer. perhaps a bit too sour for the uninitiated, and perhaps a bit too fruity for the sour-lovers, but a great balance and an impressive beer, now only if I could get it more readily.

silentjay, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of abrand
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review number 100! Much thanks to JesseTheHut for sending me this bottle.

375 mL cage and corked bottle from batch 04x4 poured into a tulip glass.

The Supplication pours a hazy amber color. A nice frothy 2 finger head with great retention sits atop after a very delicate pour. The aromas were noticed immediately after popping the top. Lots of cherries make up the sweetness that dominated the nose. Some grapes are also noticed most likely from the wine barrels that are used during the aging. After allowing the brew to warm up from the 45 degree fridge shelf the first quaff was taken. The mouth is not nearly as sweet as the nose with a very balanced sour tartness. Not a lip smacker like some sour ales can be. Again, lots of cherries are tasted up front. Other fruits that make up the quaff are pinot noir grapes and plums. The brett also come through with the quaff which is expected. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated, much like a champagne. This is by far the best sour I have sampled. Very fortunate to have tried this brew and can only imagine how it tastes with a year or two on the shelf. Thanks again Jesse for allowing me to try it.

abrand, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of whatthehull
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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

whatthehull, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for $17 at Eulogy while traveling in Philadelphia. A steep price, but building in the restaurant's markup, I felt pretty much fine about this pricier pickup, especially since this beer never comes my way. Having had some of their traditional ales (Salvation, Redemption, Damnation), this sour from Russian River really knocked me out.

A lot of people talk about Russian River's sours as if they're of an entirely different stock than their other beers. I can now see why. The balance on this wild ale rivals anything from the best Belgian sours, and has a subtlety that quickly trumps other American brewers like, say, Allagash (not that that subtlety is always a good thing).

Ruby colored with fruity notes that are both vibrant and delicately mixed. There's no unpleasant sharpness challenging or harming the taste. Likewise, the carbonation is just active enough to bring out the subtler notes that might otherwise be lost. Smooth and downright delicious, I can't wait to find this one on tap. Curious how it would compare to that fresh Lou Pepe 2008 I just had...

petacutlasaurus, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review # 300. Huge thanks to SpdKilz, Cheers Carleton

Batch 005x4

Cherry brown body, capped by a slim bone white cap. Retention is rather unimpressive, slim head soon becomes a lasting ring. Lacing is surprising especially considering the lack of head.

Slightly acidic tartness coupled with candied cherries ooze from the snifter. Brown malt base provides a sturdy platform for the funky cherry aromas to build off of. Musty rustic smells build with warmth

Biting tartness and sour cherry flavor is puckering up front. Toasted brown malt and subtle chocolate evolves midpalate. Hints of oakiness barely noticeable but pleasant through out.

Light and crisp body with lively carbonation. Dry finish though the combination of sweet and tart cherries linger on the tongue.

Supplication is an absolutely outstanding beer. The balance between tart and sweet, complex and approachable is ridiculous. Drinkablility is amazing, though I say that one bottle would be the perfect serving I am certainly wishing I had another bottle.

Batch 002 Thanks to Oreo

The flavor changes significantly with age. The taste resembles more of a Flanders Red. Puckeringly sour cherry upfront with notes of vinegar. What is lost in complexity is gain in intensity. Still an awesome beer.

kzoobrew, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy walnut brown with reddish hues and a thin off white head that does manage stick around for some time before leaving a thin layer of lacing.

Quite a unique aroma consisting of funky yeast, cherries, pepper-like spice, hints of oak, and vinous grape from the noir.

Sour flavor up front with cherries and grapes, followed by yeast, only faint hints of the oak, and a tart finish.

Medium to light in body with generous carbonation, crisp yet tart, and a bit acidic.

This is an amazing blend of flavors and aromas, but not so dominant that it affects how easy it is too drink. Great beer!

CHADMC3, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of mooseo
4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle into tulip.

A - Deep orange amber with a small off-white head.

S - Tart cherries, red wine vinegar, oak, earthy dark fruit. Very nice.

T - Sour cherry up front, followed by oak, apple, and sweet red wine. Finish has a nice blend of tart dark fruit, nuts, and woody malt flavors. The sourness is huge initally, but it quickly fades allowing the other flavors to shine through.

M - Smooth, sharp, crisp. Medium bodied and dry.

O - The best sour I've had yet. The balance is perfect and the flavor is incredible. Extremely sour at first, but tamed by a light sweetness and mild tartness.

mooseo, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of TheItalarican
4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle of Batch 4, served in a tulip glass.

Pour: deep and dark burnt orange with minimal white head.

Nose: rich of pinot noir grapes, brett, lemon, and maraschino cherries. It all blends together perfectly; just a joy to sniff.

Taste: Sour cherry flavor is at the forefront, and there’s an excellent balance of brett, oak, and cranberry in the back.

Mouthfeel: Slight club soda finish with moderately heavy tartness.

Overall: A masterpiece in complexity, balance, and straight-out deliciousness.

TheItalarican, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a tulip
Batch 008

A: Hazy dark amber brown with a redish hue. 1 fingers width sea foam white head which dissipates relatively quickly to a very small rim and leaves no lacing.

S: Brett, banana, apples, sour cherries, subtle oak and candied sugar.

T: Such powerful flavors. Big tart sourness, banana, apple, sour white grape, Belgium yeast on the finish. There is also an acidic quality, some red wine flavors come on late, and it leaves a lingering sweet after taste of banana. So good.

M/D: Heavy carbonation, medium bodied with a vibrant lively mouthfeel. You could certainly drink multiples in a session.

O: Great beer! Excellent tart sourness with some bready malt rounded out with Belgium yeast.  Well balanced with strong but not over powering sourness.   This is the third RR wild ale I've had the pleasure of drinking. All were fantastic (supplication, consecration, and temptation), I think I may slightly like temptation the best however all are wonderful and I'd gladly drink any of them any chance I could get.  

zac16125, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finished an in-depth review and the damn thing didn't save!

I had been saving this for my 2000th review, but then Rutager sent me something I'm sure I'll enjoy more.

A: Amber with a bubbly, cream-coloured head, some retention, shows some leg.

S: Pleasant funk, with a little tart/sour aroma.

T: The lacto & pedo sourness is a bit much for my palate, but I like the funk from the Brett. This is like a Flanders done in the Extreme American style. Leather, steelie mineral, hay, cherry, wheaty biscuit, balanced bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, quite bubbly, some acidity, crisp, very dry finish.

D/O: I know this is a top 50 brew, but I'm still surprised I really like this (I'm not a sour guy). I'd say this is better than many Belgian brews... though personally, I'd still prefer a New Glarus Belgian Red.

Derek, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of anteater
4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful clear amber red in color with a few fine white bubbles lingering on the top

S: Lots of brett funk, vinegar, hay wine and cherry

T: Very straight forward sour, a good combination of dry brett funk and a smoother more vinegary mouth puckering quality. Sweet malt, oak, cherry and wine layered among the sour aspects so well. Very complex.

M: Medium body, that sweet spot between too dry and too juicy

O: Absolutely delicious sour, never gets old

anteater, Oct 18, 2012
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,697 ratings.