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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,155
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,286
Gots: 1,618 | FT: 113
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 MarvinSnyder
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5-30-10 - poured into a tulip glass - 12.68 Fl. Oz. (375 ML) cage-capped bottle - Batch 04X4

Appearance: Pours deep amber orange with a large, bubbly, creamy, tan head. Nice lacing hangs around.

Smell: Similar to a kriek lambic in many respects. This beer has dark fruit and malt undertones, tart cherries and cellar funk on the nose.

Taste: Malt, wood, and funk all give flavor to attempt to balance the sour cherries, with more success than you might think. However, the sour cherry flavor ultimately wins the day. The beer finishes crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. The feel is silky smooth at first, but eventually leaves the palate dry.

Drinkability: Very Good. This beer is a sipper, but I just cannot seem to do that! Also, not as balanced as some might like but it hits the mark for me.

Comments: A great beer with fine complexity. Russian river is making some topnotch brews. I have been lucky enough to enjoy two bottles of this wonderful beer.

Photo of Kenai4
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

A: poured into a Russian River 'tion' glass to a deep reddish brown with a small bone colored head that fades quickly to a collar around the glass
S: smells of sour fruits, some oakyness and tanins, and some slight funk
T: sour cherries up front with some good acetic courness, a bit of vanilla and oak with lingering sourness throughout the drink. swallow brings some tannins and solvent flavors with a bit more vanilla and oak
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation with a slightly dry finish
O: probably the gold standard of american wild ales and sour beers. very good with a great amount of sourness and great flavors. top notch across the board

Photo of brbrocc
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rapidsequence
3.63/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle from Tim. Batch 005- that's 2/09 according to the website.

Appearance: There's a bit of rocky head that fades pretty quickly to a thin sheet. A few spots of lacing. The beer itself is a very clear, bright red. Good looking beer.

Smell: Sour cherry, medicinal phenols, oak, and tannic red wine. Musty cellar funk.

Taste: Pretty sour real cherry flavors. It doesn't have medicinal phenols in the flavor like I smelled. Malt flavor hides in the background and is overpowered by the tannic red wine and oak. The wine fades a bit in the long finish and a little sweet fruit and malt comes through with a little funk.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good carbonation, the body of the beer is on the lighter side, but the tannins leave a sticky, furry feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability: I love the sour, fruity, and funky notes, but the red wine and tannins are a little out of control. It limits the overall enjoyment. Beer should taste like beer, this one tastes too much like wine.

Photo of mkirkland80
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of rallison
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served initially at under cellar temp into my wonderful Delirium Tremens glass, but consumed over the course of an hour.

A: Beautiful medium red color with a hint of brown topped off by a 1 finger off-white head that leaves just a bit of lacing.

S: Smell is mostly of tart cherries, but with a certain mellowness. Has some woody notes too. Upon warming, it has an almost musty (in a good way) port wine sort of note. Wonderful.

T: Initial taste is of tart cherries. Subsequently, there is some sweetness in the background - maybe some raspberry and woody flavors. As it warms more, the cherries retreat some to let the sweter malts come through. A raspberry-like sweetness is definitely there (and no, not in an artificial way at all). Oh man. This just keeps getting better! The cherry tartness now just peeks out ever so delicately at the end. I've never tasted such a delicate wild ale involving cherries before! Just a bit of earthy funkiness too. Think delicate raspberries with a dash of vanilla and cocoa, followed by a perfectly balanced cherry tartness. The taste of this beer is practically perfect. I don't award many 5s here, but this beer, this divine nectar, is definitely deserving.

M: Coats all of the mouth ever so well with flavor with a medium body and an almost smooth, rich finish. I say this while also acknowledging a quick, sharp bite at the end from the cherries.

D: One of the most drinkable wild ales of this sort. While I enjoy a Duchesse on occasion, this I consider far more drinkable. For the style, I have to give this a 5 for drinkability.

Highly recommended. Truly masterfully crafted. This is a beer you give to someone who says all beer tastes the same. One taste and they'll beg forgiveness for spouting off such crazy fallacies.

Photo of cvm4
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #008

A - Amber in color but has a red hue to it. Not too cloudy, nice 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Funk, pinot noir and cherries. Some alcohol seeping through.

T - Gobs of sour and tart hit your first! Midway you do get the presence of cherries. The dry, wine like finish leaves you wanting more.

M - Crisp, clean, dry, effervescent.

O - My first real foray into sours. It's a treat! Not a malt bomb or a hop bomb, but a cherry tart bomb! And it's just so drinkable with the cherries shining through but not being overpowering. Loved it!

Photo of cbnz
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dleiner
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of harsley
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big big thanks to JackCrow for throwing this one in as an extra.

A: Cloudy, bronze, cherry, head is thick bubbly with tinges of pink and sandy brown mixed together with the standard whipped cream white head. Lacing is a pretty solid curtain, especially considering the sourness of the beer. So good on me for really cleaning my glass.

S: Woody and even slightly sweet cutting though coming through the sourness, very flowery, oaky with an almost unassuming cherry tartness. peppery, white grapes, white peaches.

T/MF: Incredibly woody, tongue numbingly tart. sour cherry, white grape skins, plum skin, lots of skins of fruits is what I am driving at here. Finish is bigger on the berries, blueberry, currants in particular. Feel is full, super bubbly and sticky and dry at the same time. Sticky is perhaps the wrong word to use here, more of a constricting dryness like the beer was stretched over my tongue and shrunk wrapped around it.

D: Fantastic beer, would love to have frequent access to it so I could bury it in my cellar for about a dozen or so years and see what would happen. The tartness my be a bit overpowering for those not expecting it and gives you pause between each sip to let your tongue recover, which I suppose isn't such a bad thing as it lets additional flavors to develop in the finish.

Photo of juliusseizure
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of dcguitar
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JSchock7
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of illini4x4
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ncvbc
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jeonseh
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into Mikkeler tulip. Batch 5.

A - Resembles a darker Felmish red ale as it is a dark reddish brown. Has a glow about it that almost makes it resemble a spirit. Small head head slowly went down to just a layer of foam on the sides.

S - Tart cherries, sweet sugar, oak lemon, red wine tannins, and a slight Brett funk.

T - Cherry, slight Brett funkiness up front. As it moves on, there is lemon, slight orange peel, wheat grass, oak, red wine tannins. There is a slight sugary sweetness as well that keeps it nicely balanced from being too tart. Well-balanced and complex as each sip brings a slightly different experience.

MF - Nicely, medium carbonated. Slightly thick body with a slight stickiness. The carbonation helps bring the tart flavors that leave a tingle in the tongue. There is a slight astringency that hangs on in the finish.

O - Probably the most complex of the Russian River sours that I've had. Each sip brings something new as it is tart, sweet and funky all in one beer.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of rkarimi
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Ordered online from their website and shipped to my bro's place in NC...one more reason to anticipate the visit.
I was fortunate to sample this a couple times at the ABF...finally have a full 12oz. to enjoy to myself.
Pours a cloudy rust color w/ less than 1/4 finger of head...hardly no lacing forms on the sides of the snifter glass.
Aroma is very inviting...subtle sour cherries w/ hints of the pinot noir barrels this offering was aged in.
The taste is quite tart...cherries are not overbearing and a definite vinous quality. Finishes slightly bitter...more tart IMO.
The mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect for the style...both very quenching/refreshing, even served at room temperature.
At 7%, I could enjoy this one all afternoon...gets better w/ each sip.
I have one more to age for a year and am hoping it will sour even more...cheers to Vinnie at RR for this one.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,155 ratings.