Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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Average: 4.6 | pDev: 8.7%

Reviews: 1,503 | Ratings: 6,584

Ranked #5 American Wild Ale and #47 overall.

ABV: 7.75% | Availability: Rotating

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Notes: 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 VoodooBear
4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 375mL brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the label. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: The thick, rocky, three finger head goes down slowly and leaves behind a lot of patchy lacing. It's a hazy, bright, reddish copper color.

Smell: It's a beautiful fruity and funky smell with notes of cherries, grapes, plums, raisins and wood.

Taste: It's a mildly sour, acidic and dark flavor. At first there's cherries, dried plums, and grapes. That's followed up by an earthy, humid wood note and a distinct herbal aftertaste with a touch of wine-y alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It's soft and smooth but quite crisp with medium-high carbonation. It's not cloying despite the sweetness.

Overall: A rich, fruity and complex beer with a lot of layers that feels boozier than the 7.5% ABV would suggest.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jul-2-2018 (Consumed Apr-16-2019)

It pours a pretty clear dirty garnet with a skiff of beige head that becomes a thin ring. Little retention; no lacing. (4)

Earthy, sweet, tart, funky, spiced cherries, cinnamon roll dough, old work gloves, saddle soap. (4.5)

Big, evolving complex mix of earthy, musty, oaky, bitter funk and bright, clean, hint-of-vanilla, funky, musky, red tartness. (4.5)

Bright, sharp, active carbonation, lingering twitchiness,well balanced yet still kind of extreme. (4.75)

A superb beer.
Granted I am far from a sour expert and not very good at describing beers like this, but this one is excellent. Pours a nice ruby-brown. The aroma and flavor are finely layered, complex, ebbing and flowing. A yin and yang of huge barny funk complete with gloves, dirt, tack room, muddy, bruised medicinal herbs, etc. balanced with an equally assertive sour cherry, red-wine tanninic, oaky, funky medley with macerated berry bushes (dirt, roots, leaves and all). It is very drinkable for as tart as it is (for my tastes at least) and has the subtle, near-constant, tongue-corner-mouth-watering-tickle-thing going on that makes beers like this a non-stop experience when drinking them, as its residue lingers and evolves in your mouth between sips. Very nice! (4.75)

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Photo of gcasher
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 'll bottle
Cork pops
I can smell the funk and wine right away.
Amber brown pour with thin khaki head.
Not too much lacing in the tumbler.
Smells sweet and funky.
Taste starts sweet, but quickly transitions to bitter and dry.
I am getting a wood flavor from the barrel.
Overall, this is less funky than I expected, but surprisingly dry and refreshing.
The cherries add a nice tardiness too.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, that was bottled on '012518'. ABV% is labeled as 7.75%.
Cloudy, medium amber colored body. Partial finger of off white head upon pouring, which quickly retreats to a partial cap and bubble fed ring. Leaves behind a few scattered spots of lacing.
At slight distance, the aroma of oak and funk waft into the nose. Upon closer examination, the sour cherry is smelled. Quite a wonderful aroma blend with the leather/horse blanket funk.
Taste is sour, with lemon, sour cherry, and Pinot Noir wine. The oak and funk join in. Funk is tobacco, leather, and horse blanket. The finish is very dry.
Medium body with a dense texture. Very good carbonation.
This beer excels as a sour, and brings forward an excellent and balanced blend of Brett, cherry, and Pinot Noir oak barrel.

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Photo of GarrettB
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

July 27th, 2015 - Finally, the last Russian River taster on this long journey through the absolute unit of a taster tray served to our table. The Supplication is a relaxed auburn color, and the aroma is a bright cherry note, and I instantly fall in love. The flavor introduces vanilla, sherry and cherry with a delicious tartness, and an excellent freshness. The oak is well balanced too, making this is an excellent finish to our day marking the completion of our beer pilgrimage.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this from @bum4ever in the NBS BIF 8.5. Bottled on 7/2/2018 and poured from a 375 ML cork and cage bottle into a tulip glass. The color is somewhere between ruby and orange and the ecru-colored head dissipated quickly. It has a very fragrant smell of ripe cherry, oak, red wine, and brett yeast. The taste is complex: tart cherry, pinot noir, oak, and a crackery malt at the finish. The flavors are all bold but they blend very well and there is a surprising balance of sweet and sour. It finishes with a touch of bitterness. This ale is a nice, full body with lively carbonation, and it's easily drinkable at 7.75% ABV. While I am not a connoisseur of Wild Ales, I have to say that Supplication is really delicious and fun to drink.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown color with a thin foamy head. No head retention with mild to moderate lacing. Tart, smooth taste with cherries and mild red wine. Nice tart taste with cherries up front and red wine on the end. Smooth. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.02/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brownish orange with fine, soft head.

Smell is tart and oaky with notes of cherries, red wine, grapefruit and orange rind.

Taste is tart and funky with notes of cherries, oak and citrus. Very subtle and balanced with a dry, almost coarse finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with bright carbonation.

Overall, a really nice sour that is subtle and well made, but maybe not as exceptional as I had hoped.

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Photo of digboy
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful slightly hazy deep reddish amber color with a 2 finger biscuit head. Aroma is dense with red whine and oak notes. Flavor is warm oak up front quickly turning to pinot noir notes. A rich sweet malt behind it blended with the lightly sour notes is very well done. Feel is lightly soft with a moderate effervescence. This is just stupendous. Perfectly balances in all regards.

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Photo of Shantzak
4.11/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It smells phenomenal. I don’t think the taste lives up to the smell, and for the price and hype I have to say I was disappointed.

All in all a very high quality beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep reddish brown. Lovely head but short lived.
After that it's all Beer vs Wine... lovely red wine notes throughout and its well sour. Cherry menthol and port--like warming alcohol without a burn. add in some nut flavours as well.
There is a complexity to this I haven't had before in any sour. The port notes and the smooth mouthfeel are soooo different.

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Photo of mkh012
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage. Rating #400 for me on BA.

Pours deep red with a thin off-white head.

The nose is cherry, cranberry, and funk.

The taste is tart cherry and red wine.

The mouthfeel is medium minus and taut.

Overall, clean and refined. Pretty awesome stuff.

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Photo of sjrider
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with a quickly receding off white head. Nose is tart sour cherry. Taste follows with a definite red wine influence. Definitely the 2nd best wild ale I've tasted next to RR Consecration.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a bottle into a flute at Toronado Bar in San Francisco; produced in 2018
A: Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights and an off white head, displaying moderate retention and solid lacing.
S: Tart with aromas of cherries, pinot noir grapes, and vanilla. Lacto clearly present.
T: Tangy with flavors following the aromas fairly closely. Earthier, woodier, with an ?old leather note.
M: Substantive mouthfeel. Full bodied with beautifully persistent effervescence.
O: Despite consuming this very early, it presented very complex and mature flavor characteristics. Would love to be able to get this back home.

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Photo of hman43
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours brown with a slightly off white head. Head retention is moderately good.

Smell: The first impression is a winy, sour aroma. It is followed by cherries and leather. There is also a bit of a barnyard impression.

Taste: There are flavors of cherries and leather with a moderate vinous quality. There are some wood like qualities to it. There are low levels of malt in the background. It has a very faint hint of smoke.

Feel: It has a moderately feel with some pleasant alcohol warming. It is quite sour to start, but does manage of dry finish.

Overall, it is quite complex in the nose and in the flavor with plenty of sour and brett qualities with the wine qualities. It work well together.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 01-25-18

Look - Mid-brown with a reddish hue. 1 finger head with pour from a 375ml bottle. Head dissipates - as expected with an aged sour. Stays active with some bubble streams for quite some time.

Smell - Hoped for a more pungent aroma. Cherry, vanilla, wood, almond, tobacco, hint of vinegar.

Taste - Tart up front - then you get some of the cherry, grape, and malt - somewhat sweet for a bit. Dries out / becomes quite sour quickly. Alcohol is not overpowering, but you know it is there. Flavors of red wine, charred wood, raspberry, and cherry all continue to swirl around the taste-buds. Very complex. As the fruit and sour notes fade, I was left with a surprisingly strong charred oak / grain aftertaste.

Feel - thinner side of a medium beer I would say. Not too thin but right where it needs to be. The bubbles subsided before I was half way through - slightly more carbonation would have been ok, but understandable with this style of beer.

Overall - This is an amazing beer. So complex with so many flavors to try to nail down. I took tiny sips throughout the entire drinking experience. This is well balanced in that it is quite sour but so much else going on that it isn't the only characteristic. I will buy this one again. Another amazing brew from RR.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

06/2014 - Huge cherry, oak, some cinnamon, and notable wine aromas; sour, woody, chewy body with lingering sweetness and cherries; tart finish that lingers, with cherry, too.

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Photo of Tony210
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby brown color, minimal foam head. Cherry / raspberry aroma. Tart and slightly sweet, ample sour cherry flavor, light oak on the dry finish. Overall very enjoyable.

375 ml bottle dated 1/28/18 - thanks Adam
4.5 rating

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Photo of kreisermj
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle into a wine since no tulip glass was available. The beer pours a light copper color with amber tint. Opacity is hazy, partially due to the chill, and partially due to a poor pour on my part – I likely stirred up the layer of spent-yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle during my far-too-vigorous pour. Carbonation is light in density, but heavy in quantity. 1-inch head dissipates very quickly, giving way to very lively bubbles in the center of the glass that persist throughout the tasting. First smell yields obvious fermented fruits; among them cherry, raspberry, and perhaps a bit of wild plum. Upon taking my first sip, I let the liquid wash over the entirety of my tongue to feel the light pricks of carbonation. The drying sourness is quite powerful. The flavor is similar to the nose, beginning with tart cherries leading to a warming sensation that blends well with a touch oak at the back of the tongue. As the flavor develops, I detect a slight malty sweetness that I didn’t notice on the nose. The oak and malt slowly mature into an earthy effervescence in the back of the mouth. This flavor is ephemeral, but the bubbly sensation continues to play at my tongue even long after the swallow.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/27/17. Pours a clear brownish-red with a light tan head that sticks around. Spotty lace.
Aroma is must and dark cherry, earthy funk and a tannins.
Taste is tart cherry with red wine, a touch of sweet plum, a bit of astringent tree nut and a little funk. Very dry.
Mouthfeel is bubbly, dry and acidic sharpness.
This is packed with flavor.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours somewhat brownish red in appearance, to be honest not entirely pleasing to the eye.

Strong tart cherry and wine barrel tannic notes, oak, and musty funk.

Bretty, musty, funky, oaky, vinous, cherry.

Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, tart.

Overall, a nice and refreshingly tart sour brew that goes down easy. My only knocks are the appearance does not do this beer justice and the abv is a little high to enjoy the complexity of this brew.

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Photo of brewseidon
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the greats. The beer that will give you a taste for sours. Malty Belgian style sour with cherry notes. MMMMHH MMMH MMH. DELICIOUS. Always a must at any beer fest in the west.

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Photo of ejmontoy1
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This barrel aged sour ale by Russian river valley brewing is legit. Light brown color with sweet aroma smell makes way for a very refreshingly sour taste.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap

I’ve had this a handful of times at the brewery. It has an even sourness, fairly heavy oak character, Thickmalty character, and readily apparent sour cherry note that accompanies the brett and bacterial sour strains/bacteria with a semi quick dry finish and a medium lingering sour note. A dense and very flavorful sour ale with a bready brown ale base.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper. Aroma is of wine. Taste is very sour, with hints of wood. Feel is light and lightly carbonated. Overall, I'll need a better bottle for judgement.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 6584 ratings