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Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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 glazeman
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter

A: There is a 1.5 finger off-white head on this amber beer that has a slight pinkish tint. There is excellent head retention and lacing.

S: The main smells that I get from this beer are cherries and grapes. There is also a bit of yeast earthiness on the nose at the end. Not quite as intense of a smell as I had anticipated.

T: Lots of sour cherries up front. A decent amount of earthy funk in there with some tannin as well. It's strange, because for a brief second, right in the middle, I could swear I was drinking a wine; somewhere right between the sourness and the hit of carbonation.

M: I know this is supposed to be bottle fermented and a higher carbonation style, but for me this was still a bit over carbonated. Otherwise, a very nice mouthfeel.

D: With the high level of carbonation and intense sourness, this one is not all that drinkable for me. It was nice to try, but was a slow sipper and I feel like I would quickly develop a stomach ache if I had to much or drank it too fast...Kind of like sour skittles.

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Photo of k3n
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

New 375ml bottling, Batch 4x2

Clear reddish-amber. Plenty of head upon pouring which dies down to a steady cap of bubbles. Plenty of lacing. Swirling the glass brings back a really nice head again.

The aroma is bright and tart. The tartness is acetic, and smells slightly oaky as well.

Taste starts bracingly sour (duh). More vinager-y tartness. Cherries are evident in the middle, and then finishes with a tannic dryness. Sour, yet very drinkable and refreshing!

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Photo of GregA135
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 011615

This was my first American Wild Ale I have ever tasted and pretty damn good.

Definitely could taste the cherries, pinot noir and oak - Since this was my first time trying this I expected this to be super sour and tart, but it was perfectly balanced and not overbearingly sour. Definitely will have to get more of RR's beers!

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Photo of zhanson88
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Supplication pours a medium orange color with copper highlights and about 2 fingers of white head. This beer is extremely effervescent; tons of carbonation. Both lacing and retention are great. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of funk shows up immediately here, as well as lighter vinegar and sour lemon notes. I also get quite a bit of fruitiness to offset the sour; mainly tart cherries, but also some citrus.

Taste: The taste is decidedly more sour than the nose is. Lots of funk and sour lemon notes. The tart cherry flavors are there, but are more muted, and I get less citrus components on the palate than on the nose. Great tasting beer though, the funk and sourness are quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and bubbly. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a great wild ale. Really nice balance between fruit and sour. I've got both Temptation and Consecration and am interested to see what I like the best.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a hill farmstead wine glass Batch 003.

Pours a hazy light brown/dark amber with a small white head that's quite thin with little to no lacing. Nose is tart, funky, and very sharp - a bit of vinegar finishes it off.

Taste is very tart and funky, pretty mouth-puckering and slightly fruity although it's not overtly sweet. There's almost no barnyard funk to it which makes it a bit more drinkable. Very dry and fairly crisp finish. Very good beer.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle thanks to chadspivey

Reddish amber color with decent spotty head for the style.

Intense Sweet Tart aroma. Sour candy. Generic fruit.

Really extreme tartness, not as sweet as the nose. Generic sweet & sour fruity candy flavors ala Spree or Sweet Tarts, maybe cherry stands out a bt.

Nice and refreshing. Great example of RR wild ale.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy amber-orange. Surprisingly buttery nose takes a minute to get accustomed to. Good oaky, cherry, dusty and woody flavours underneath, but the diacetyl is a wall you have to filter your way through. Spicy pineapple juice soaked in oak casks, nutty and lactic flavours.. Once again a territory owned by rancid butter, but the lactic aspects are gentle. Popcorn reminiscent finish in its burnt buttery feel. Nice thin bubbled carbonation, lightly oily medium body. Alright, it seems like we were unlucky and I’m excited enough about Russian River to re-sample that again for sure, at GABF in the worst case, but may this rating serve as a warming. This was a batch #1 bottle and I can only push the lucky souls holding onto bottles of this to be very patient and let it ferment well because it seems the bottles are still quite variable.

A few weeks after, I finally got to try this on tap at BCTC 2005 and there was no diacetyl component at all which left us with beautiful vinous, nutty sweet and sour flavors of cherries, vanilla and a miraculous drying finish. Generous earthiness with a funky soily apple skin yeastiness. This goes from a 2.8 to a 4.1 in my book and is a piece of art.

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Photo of Etan
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into a tulip. Batch 9.

A: Pours a reddish-brown with a nice white head.

S: Moderate vinegar and lactic tartness, along with a soft fragrant wheat aroma. Tart cherries, slight earthy funk, sweet wheat.

T: Nice cherry sourness with some juicy sweetness underneath. Lactic, slightly vinous, mildly sweet bready malt and wheat underneath. Dry.

M: Fine but frothy carbonation, full-bodied. Very dry.

O: Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of iadler
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mista for opening this bottle. Batch 10.

A- Pours a translucent ruby red with a thin white cap that leaves no lacing behind.

S- Pungent aroma with tart cherries, red grapes, raspberries, vinegar, vanilla and oak.

T- The taste is toned down a bit with vinegar, freshly pressed cherries, vanilla, red grapes, lemon, brett, juice and some sweet tarts.

M- Medium carbonation with a crisp dry finish.

O- A really well done sour that has a nice balance of tartness, fruitiness and funkiness that isn't too mouth puckering. Would love to have a couple more bottles of this and see how it develops.

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Photo of pepsican
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 003. Brown pour with a thin off white head. Aroma was mild cherry and a bit of funk. Flavor had more cherry, lemon, funk. not nearly as acidic as I thought it would be.

UPDATE, old score fresh = 3.6. Opened one recently and it had gotten nice and sour, and the lemon had really started coming out. The funk was spot on, not dominating but making itself known. REscored 4/2/09

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Photo of semibaked
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many Thanks to bulldogp04 for sharing this with me. Poured into my fav Tulip glass. This was batch 004.

A - Pours an amber color with about a half an inch of tan head with tons of carbonation and some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Super nice oak aroma with some bright cherry juice and a great sour funk to it.

T - Super bright sour cherry taste with phenomenal sourness.

M - Medium bodied with sharp carbonation, better mouthfeel than I thought it would have.

D - As much as I enjoyed trying this I can't see drinking it alot, it is a palette bomb for sure.

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Photo of jar2574
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little fizzy, with a thin head that quickly recedes. No lacing to speak of on the way down. A lot of floaty thingies are in this beer, not sure if they are yeast, pieces of the cherries, or bacteria thingies. Never seen anything quite like it. I give it props for uniqueness.

The smell is amazing. Cherry, red wine, and yeasts. Just a touch of a cough-syrup medicinal quality, but not enough to bother me.

The taste is awesome too. There's a lot going on, so here are it's qualities in order of their distinctiveness: cherries that are more sour than sweet and quite tart, carbonation bubbles, red wine, and some funky yeasts. Hops, malts, and the traditional beer metrics are sort of out of the window with this one. But I like it.

I would love to have another some day. But not sure I'd have more than one in any given sitting. So I can't say it's the most drinkable beer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Supplication on tap at South Philadelphia Taproom, along with one of my favorite sours of all time: Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme.

Looks: crimson, cherry hues, shiny, a slice of candle-lit amber. Against a light, it looks like an IPA.

Smell: Complex, cow shit, funk, farm, bacteria, lacto.

Taste: Mashed, burst grapes. Cheap boxed wine (in a good way). Greeek yogurt, cultured vagina, yummy bacteria. Lactobacillus galore. Ripe strawberry around the edges. Fruit juice.

Body: Little thin, could use more carbonation and body, watery finish.

Overall: Drinkable, fresh, beautiful. But after Cuvee de Tomme, Supplication takes second place. Not as complex. Still a great, world-class beer and one of my favorite Russian River concoctions!

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Photo of 321jeff
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from batch 004x1 poured into my Goose Island glass.

Pours a reddish brown with a finger of tannish head that fades, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma has some mild funk with notes of oak and cherries. Also some sour vinegar-like notes. Not quite as harsh as vinegar, but notably sour.

Taste hits with some sour right off the bat before moving to the cherry sweetness in the middle and a dry sweet and sour finish that I can only describe as similar to a sweet tart... and there's nothing wrong with that.

It's medium in body with a mild carbonation, but it's a highly drinkable sour and it's a really top notch example of the style. Not really puckeringly sour, but sour enough and the cherries add an extra level of complexity. I'm definitely glad I've got a few more of these tucked away in the cellar.

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Photo of beergod1
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight hazy reddish brown into the glass with bright Red highlights. Aromas of tart cherry and dark fruit and oak. Flavor is a burst of intense but smooth sourness delivered nicely with the carbonation with a bit of fruitiness and faint oak. Very soft malt flavors stay on the tongue as it dries out on the finish. Not my "Style" of beer, but starting to intrigue me more and more. Just like 2IPA's did a couple of yrs. ago, now they are 1 of my favorite styles. Maybe sours will be next?

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber red with white film and speckles of yeast. Oak, vanilla, tin, cherry and sandalwood on the nose.
Tart cherries, some brown malt warmth, gentle sourness, a brandy tang and woody hum.
Vague fruit finish and dry linger. Smooth, round, crisp, light.

Sourness and oak both very measured, and not much funk. More balanced, rounded and nuanced than any kriek. Not my thing, but a stunner just the same.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, poured in to a tulip glass. Amberish color with a great two finger high head.

Amazing smell of cherries and sweet malt. Lovely.

SOUR oh so TART!! The cherries are seriously linger in the background along with wood. Oh such a treat.

A bit of a dry finish, great mouthfeel.

Again this is a great rare beer that could be drank every day but is best shared with friends to make great moments.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a number of BA's in FL that welcomed me and let me join in their epicness. Review from notes.

Hazy soft rose color with a whitish head. This beer gave much sour cherry and an oaky woodiness in the nose with lesser amounts of green apple and horse blanket. Quite intriguing and inviting. Less cherry in the flavor, but this gave way to other fruits... maybe a touch of apricot, more apple, and a light berry tartness. Bubbly carbonation lifted the light body. A fine beer indeed. Paired nicely with blue types of cheese.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light brown colored beer with almost no head. Hits a high sour note, lots of citrus flavors, lime, lemon, orange peel. Also remains drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to cmaruschak for the chance to enjoy this one.

Batch 001

Appearance: Cloudy amber colored pour with a light tan head.

Smell: Smoke, oak, sour cherries, vanilla. It smells warm (can warm be a smell???)

Taste: Sour cherries, apple cider, tart apples, chardonnay grapes, and a slight lactic astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Very drying to the palate.

Drinkability: The tartness beats down the palate but I found it to be very interesting. The best of the tasting flight we had.

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Photo of Docer
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple 350ml bottles at Beaumont Market yesterday shortly after Justin posted this special release on Facebook.

- Clear straw yellow with lots of bubbles keeping a forever lasting smooth blanket of foam on top... about as pinky fingers depth. Bottle had opened with a healthy pop.. and it is kind of fun watching all the bubbles on the side of the tumbler glass I used.

- Nice tart sourness of front, and underneath is a nice blend of white grape, zesty hops.. and a noticeable brown ale-like malt sweetness... bit of oak and not too much cherry.. unless it is adding to the tartness.

- Wonderful flavors... and I really let this sit around awhile and get warm so all the flavors would come out to play. Zesty sour white grape-like notes for me... a background of currants, oak, and sweet roasted grain and molasses. Hops were there and present... blended perfectly and oh so subtle.... fantastic.

- This is where my judging of this brew drops a bit. It was a thin bodied brew.. perfectly tart and mouth watering... but I though much over carbonated. It would almost be worth letting it sit out a long time to just settle down... what a live beast of a brew.

- Overall I really liked this, and I plan on sitting on others for a long time to see what can happen to this brew, and if the carbonation would calm down a bit. Overall very good. Would still buy Consecration before this one though. Even Temptation too I think.... but either way, I will buy all of them. Love each and every one of them.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is nicely tart with a good amount of cherry. Prevalent citric acid is balanced with some brown sugar. Some grassy notes as well. The finish detracts from this beer. It has a crushed medication... Like aspirin astringent bitterness. Not ideal for such a bright and refreshing start.

It gets a 84/100.

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Photo of pschul4
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LaChupacabra for this one!!

A- Pours an intersting ruby color with a very quickly dissipating white head.

S- Some sour funk in the nose but pretty faint.

T- Tons of funk with some cherry notes that balance things nicely. I'm really digging this.

M- Prickly mouthfeel that works well for this beer.

O- For my first "big sour" this is a big win. Russian River can do no wrong! (as long as I forget about redemption)

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Photo of BVukelich
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,195 ratings.
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