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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3943
Reviews: 1278
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%


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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005)
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - 4.75 - orange-red color, hazy, white head leaves great lacing
S - 4.75 - tart, sour lemon, a little bit if vinegar and funkiness
T - 4.75 - sour, cherries, lemon juice, vinegar, funky, barnyard tastes, grass, bread
M - 4.75 - light but sour and funky, alc covered, aftertaste is lemon juice. def a sipper.
O - 4.75 - a little overhyped. Nothing like anything else I've tried though. A true unique beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 05:02:29 | More by ISmith87
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dank203

New Jersey

4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

new style for me really, haven't had many sour beers. this thing really spoke to me. lot of sour cherry. aroma had sort of a funky note but it wasn't offensive. it wasn't a particularly fruity or tart smelling beer. only had a 6 oz glass and wanted t much more

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 19:53:33 | More by dank203
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mc4z

California

4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On-tap at City Beer Store (SF), had many times before on-tap and bottle. Far and away my favorite RR sour. Supplication pours a dark opaque red. There is minimal carbonation and almost no lacing. The smell is strong - mainly sour cherries, but the red wine barrel is there too. The taste is brilliant - such well balanced fruit and tartness. Despite the tartness, I could (and have) drink this beer several times over. As I said, definitely my favorite RR sour, my favorite American Wild, and certainly in my top 5 of any beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 03:36:36 | More by mc4z
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socon67

New York

4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at Monk's Mad Monday event..

A - Red pour with visible carbonation. Thin head that settles fast. No lacing. Clear hue. Really perfect for the style.

S - Sour cherries, vanilla, and oak hit the nose. You can really smell the pinot noir coming through this beer as it absorbed the wine notes.

T - Rich cherry flavor that ends with a tart finish. The wild yeast gives it a nice blend of funk. The aging allows some reserved oaken pulp in the finish as well. Some vanilla bean balances this out with a little sweetness.

M - One of the easiest drinking sour beers I've ever come across. Scratch that, it is. just a perfect balance of sweet to tart notes.

O - I am not an expert on this style but I don't know how this could be better. This is why RR is on that elite level. And this is why American craft can accomplish anything when craftsmen brew this quality of beer. Just a wow moment drinking this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 01:02:54 | More by socon67
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BVukelich

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a special "barrel" week at The Beer Junction. $4 for a 4oz pour, 7% ABV. Rich, red-copper color. Tremendous lace sticking to the glass. Aroma was a bit sour and unfortunately, I think I was picking up hints of the sanitation in the glass. Flavor had a mild puckering tang, no hop bitterness and not too sweet. Carbonation was average and viscosity was above average. Delicious aftertaste. This was worth the price for a special treat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 00:04:42 | More by BVukelich
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BierJager89

California

4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper color with almost no head.

S: Dark red wine in the nose.

T: Tastes a bit like red wine, dark grapes, and some tartness. Pinot barrels work perfectly with this type of sour.

M: Somewhat astringent, medium bodied, and smoothish.

O: One of the best sours I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 19:40:58 | More by BierJager89
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet. One finger of head on a deep amber colored body.
The aroma is a sour smell with brown sugar, wood and raspberry all mixed up in the best way.
The taste is quite sour with wood and raspberry.
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation.
A great drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 04:36:00 | More by Fatehunter
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RaulMondesi

California

4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Raul is up in it at Haven's 4th anniversary in Orange, CA and he is feelin' it hard with a Supplication. And to think that this 90 degree heat is melting Raul; no no no, it's the Supplication. Beyonce one said, "life is but a dream;" and if that dream were Raul's, it would be filled with Supplication. Not overly sweet, not syrupy, just clean and smooth like, well, Supplication.

Yep!

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 00:35:18 | More by RaulMondesi
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beerloverofbham

Washington

4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a schooner (not my first choice).
Deep copper in color with a thin, cream-colored, head, this had a softer nose than I expected; subdued scents of cherries and grapes, with a little bit of oak. On my initial taste the beer is only moderately tart, and flavors include cherries, grape must, and fresh blackberries from early in the season; it finishes dry with traces of oak. Hardly any sweetness at all. The carbonation I do sense quickly dissipates. Nearly as good as the bottle I remembered...

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 09:30:53 | More by beerloverofbham
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ City Beer. 2011 vintage

A - Dark opaque orange with a thin layer of white head

S/T - Vinegar, bready, tart, slightly puckering sour. Fruity/berry notes. Slightly acidic but not overwhelmingly sour.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Dry throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 21:16:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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elNopalero

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beauty pours with a light golden-amber color.
There’s a lightly tart aroma to it which is immediately noticeable. The flavor has a pronounced tart/sour cherry character with a highly acidic sourness intensifying the tasting experience. Fantastic brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 07:35:47 | More by elNopalero
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Memphis Taproom (Philadelphia, PA):

The beer appeared a very nice dark red color with a highly carbonated, off-white head that dissipated in a matter of moments. The beer gave off a nice sour cherry aroma with a hint of something, but I can't place it. The taste of the beer is unbelievably good. Sweet and sour, with sour more dominate, cherries, a hint of alcohol. The beer had a good feel to it, light and very smooth. It left a nice dry aftertaste. Overall, an outstanding sour, which hopefully I will get to enjoy again.

I also bought a bottle at Capone's (Norristown, PA) before heading back home, since you can't get this stuff in Georgia. Bottled: 04 11 13

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 22:45:55 | More by PhillyStyle
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RR brewpub while on vacation. A fairly light clear brown with some tan head. Light body and mouthfeel but the most complex, layered sour I have tried thus far. Reminds me a it of morning wood from against the grain brewery, albeit not as dark, but similar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 00:45:49 | More by DAllspaw
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MGoBlue93

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. Reminded me of Berliner Weise from Germany. I had it last Sunday at Russian River's pub in Santa Rosa, California.

Here is how they describe the beer on their beer chart:

Supplication: It is a brown ale aged for 12-15 months in used Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus yeast strains added to each barrel. It also has sour cherries added to the barrel. The sour cherries and flavor from the Pinot Noir barrels dominate the aroma and flavor with a mild acidity and dry finish. 7 percent ABV.

I had it as part of a beer flight - and then followed that up with a pint of the beer. Really unique. You can taste the Brettanomyces which I think produces the sweet/sour taste. The cherry taste was also dominant.

We went to Russian River to drink the Pliny the Elder Double IPA - which is an excellent beer - but I may have enjoyed this beer more than the Pliny.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 22:10:38 | More by MGoBlue93
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HoppyKilaMonster

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft at Monk's Cafe during philly beer week.

Pale red to tan in color. Little head or lacing to speak of.
Smell is minimal, but slight sour notes.
Taste is unbelievable. Higher then average carbonation, and finishes very sour. Citrus and notes of vinegar more then anything else.

Overall a great beer, im glad i finally had the chance to try this on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 17:59:37 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
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seanwilson530

California

4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer during the same trip that I tried Pliney. Wild beer. So much going on. I'm not too much of a fan of wild ales, however this one was very drinkable. Again, a barage (is that how you spell that?) of flavors going off in my mouth. Yeasty, bready, well balanced with hops and the sublte taste of the wine barrel that it was aged in. Not as good as Pliny, but a very good ale to say the least. An enjoyable pint!

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 22:55:14 | More by seanwilson530
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BreweryRun

California

4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ruby color with a small head. Smells strongly of tart cherries and sour grapes and tastes the same. Not an offensive flavor, very tasty. Overall, taste is dominated by a pleasant tart cherry flavor. Of all the sour beers I have had (which is only about 5) this is far and away the best. I would eagerly have a full pint of this which is more than I can say with most sours.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 05:47:32 | More by BreweryRun
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jvillefan

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep copper color body with an ivory white head.

S: Dar sour grapes with pleasant sour esters.

T: Very rich sour dark grape and sour apple flavors. There is a slight sweet caramel malt character as well.

M: Thick body with a great bit from both the alcohol and the carbonation.

O: Great beer. Russian Rivers best rotational sour.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 17:56:16 | More by jvillefan
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a lightly turbid brownish hue. The body is misty, yet semi-clear. The head retains its stature proudly and doesn't waver much. Foamy lacing patches cling to the glass.

S-When initially served, it was a bit too cold and the aroma was stunted. However, as it warmed I really was impressed. A triad of wine, ale and sour yeast. The tart cherries are eccentric and enticing. The distinct Pinot Noir aroma rises and strengthens as the glass warms. Musty, dusty and oaky. The base ale also lends some pleasant malted aromas as well.

T-The flavor wowed me as well. The initial tartness of the yeast and cherries stunned my palate. As my tongue became accustomed to the flavors, I was able to pick up the delectable offerings of the barrel-aging process. Supplication is vinous and bretty while also staying sweet and ripe. I love the must, dust and oak that is found both in flavor and aroma. Perfect level of sourness.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Whizzing carbonation. Off-dry. No hints of alcohol. Supplication drinks with epic ease. I licked my lips and they even tasted tart.

O/D-What a success. One of the best Sours I have come across. Deserves its nearly godly reputation. This could turn any wine lover into a beer lover with one quick sip.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2013 20:48:17 | More by VelvetExtract
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caseyscarb


4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 08:07:26 | More by caseyscarb
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claspada

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monks for $5 during Zwanze Day 2012.

Pours a a hazy, dark amber/light brown color with little-to-no head and some spotty lacing.

Aroma begin quite sweet and tart. Initially you get the Brett with a little bit more sweet on the nose though then some of the recent sours I have had. Cherries and other tart fruitiness become more apparent as it warms close to room temperature. Funky yeast continues to evolve more with some light woody aromas as well now as it gets a little warmer; this was turning out to be very nice indeed.

The taste begins with the funkified Brett tartness with a surprisingly substantial pilsner malty sweetness. Deep sour tastes join the party, but not as much as I was expecting. Maybe this is still too "young". Nice notes of dark cherry throughout. As it warms you get some more cherry sweetness with some nice tones of wood mixed in throughout.

The mouthfeel is average with appropriate carbonation for the style. Brett and traditional yeast really help this to finish quite dry with a nice lingering taste of sour Brett. It came off a little bit fuller then some of the other sours I have had, with more of a rich feel despite the loads of carbonation.

Overall this is a really great sour beer. I don't believe it is the best I have had by far but I cannot deny the extremely high drinkability this possesses. Normally I do not seek out this beer because of the high price tag and "average" flavor profile for a sour but for $5 on draft, I'll take that everyday of the week and 2x on Zwanze Day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 21:08:39 | More by claspada
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srandycarter

California

4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was hoping for Cable Car on tap at Toronado, but sold out before I got there.

A - Clear copper, small head, spotty lace.

S - Sharp tartness. Don't really discern much else.

T - Nice medium maltiness followed by nice balancing tartness. Slightly band aid.

M - Medium body, low carb, nice balance.

D - Nice substitute for what I was looking for.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 18:42:35 | More by srandycarter
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What an incredible beer. It's got some serious sour power. The pinot characteristics are very prominent - it's almost like a sparkling pinot noir. It pours a lighter reddish brown color, though, so I guess maybe not "almost like," but in some regards sure.

Anyway, you got that wine smell/taste with some tart cherries and oak flavor. It's phenominal and wholly unique. You'll be hard pressed to find a better sour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 06:34:00 | More by TheRealBigC
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the source

Look: Pours a reddish brown color with a 1/4 inch off white head and ok retention some spotty lace

Smell: Tart cherries sour apples vinegar and a bit of oak

Taste: The flavor is far more balanced than I expected it to be. The beer starts off with sour cherries with some slight funk. This is followed up by a touch of sour apples and vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium body fair amount of carbonation light and crisp and tingly

Overall: A pretty good wild ale I would drink this again if someone gave it to mel

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 03:01:05 | More by DarthKostrizer
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BucannonXC5

California

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into snifter at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif., on July 28, 2012. Two fingers of head when I got it. Honey caramel auburn color. White/tan head/lacing with great retention all around (sides and top).

Smelled dirty rotten fruit, plum, peach, apple, purple grape, cherry, pear.

Tasted Sweet Tarts, Smarties, Sour Gummi Worms, tart, sweet. Nothing like the nose.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long sweet candy finish. Consistent and long lasting.

Finally got to try this beer and it didn’t disappoint. Smooth, tasted great and sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 22:15:46 | More by BucannonXC5
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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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