Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

6,297 Ratings

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 BeantownBrews
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage:

Honey amber pour, slight head

Acidic, vinegar scents with layered malt and citrus sweetness

The acidity is near absent, lovely fruit (raw cherry, grapefruit, orange, papaya, lemon/lime, sour grapes) flavors with a wine like playfulness, slight horse blanket-iness

Feel similar to an IPA almost pillowy, light but fullbodied

Overall, glad I sought this out might be the first "sour" I seek out more of

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

- bot. 02.23.16. consumed 01.29.17. in duvel glass.

A: Monstrous soapy foam head with a macro-bubbly topping, light tan coloring dominates the greater portion of the vessel with a leisure decline. Backlighting reveals a dark ice tea coloring with a bubbly sense of micro-carbonation. Lacing kept to a minimal.

S: Huge funky barn scent, animal feed, hay and sour fruit, cherries and musty wood. Good scent.

T: Smooth sour cherries, damp fruit and barn like funk. Feed grains, apple-plum esters like flavor. Light sour lemon fruit, cypress greenery, sour caramel and light herbal tea with a lightly acidic nature and acetic notes.

M: Silky smooth, no carbonation, medium-full density.

O: The flavor is very good, soothing sourness. Hard to go wrong with a Russian river, very eloquent, smooth, well blended complexity and transiition of flavor from start to finish. A bit $ at 16.50 per 12oz, but worth the experience one time. Barrel aged, and sure to impress.

4 3.75 4.5 4.25 4.25

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome sour beer that tastes almost like a wine. Good balance of flavors between sour, sweet and bitter. A good beer to try if you are just getting into sours.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/16/15, consumed 1/28/17.

This beer pours a hazy reddish brown color. When held directly up to the light it reminds me of juicy juice. There is a fizzy, one finger off white head that recedes quickly to a 1/4 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a microfilm layer across the top. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is red wine, sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, slight barnyard funk and oak.

Taste is the same. Just a touch of sweet at the start that is washed away by tart flavors. 7 out of 10 on the pucker scale. Very complex.

Feel is light, crisp and well carbonated.

Overall a fantastic beer. I'm not extremely well versed in sours, but I've had more than a few, and this is really incredible. The best of the best.

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

A cloudy, brownish red beer with an off white head that quickly fades and leaves nothing behind. The aroma is sweet with the oak and cherries the most noticeable to me but the oaky vanilla smells almost like caramel. The taste is pleasantly sour and sweet with the taste of wet oak, vanilla and cherries that are complimented by the bright, tart acidity of the wine. What a finely crafted and complex brew.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew surprised me. After a long search I was able to try Pliny and honestly don't get the hype. Not a bad beer but nothing special IMO. Supplication on the other hand is special. So much amazing flavor throughout. Nice aroma and easy to drink. So much damn flavor, complex brew. Excellent .

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Photo of Zythophile
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2/23/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is nearly red, but not quite. There's still a little amber. Chalk up a new color. It's clear, and there's not much head.

The smell is floral, funky, and cherry. It's also medicinal, which isn't quite what I'm looking for.

Fortunately, the taste exceeds the smell (and it's usually the other way around). The cherries are more prominent, but I'm getting a lot of cinnamon for some reason. Oh, well. I'll just enjoy it. Hibiscus tea, plums, and currants, too. There's even a bit of chicory in there. The brett settles way down, letting other star flavors headline.

The feel is plenty carbonated, and maybe a little thinner than I'd like. In the aftertaste, the hibiscus and cherries fade a little, letting the brett back in.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Copper with a hint of red, cloudy like morning in P.E.I. Its topped with a finger of off white head, tinged with pink.

Smells amazingly of Brett, sour cherries, barnyard funk, Cantillon Brewery-like woody cellar, and oak. It's all richly balanced and smooth on the nose.

Sour and perfect. Taste follows the nose, but all these nuances are so subtly displayed, without any obtrusive features. The smoothness of Pliny the Elder on the tongue, though a completely different beer altogether.

Light feeling body, highly carbonated to almost more than expected.

Got at Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA a few weeks ago. Drinking in New Hamburg, Ontario, October 10th, 2016. Been looking forward to this beer for a long time, and it doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of phillyfan9
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been on a sour kick for the last year or so, and came across this beer at a local beer festival. I recognized the name, looked it up again online quick to confirm how highly rated it was, then went over and talked to the guy pouring. I couldn't believe they had a full keg of it, and the guy confirmed that it's pretty rare to see and there were no restrictions on how much I could drink. I sat by that keg for as long as possible, consumed at least ten beers worth since the guy picked up quickly and started pouring full glasses to save us both time and effort... and it was amazing. Easily the best beer fest experience of my life. This beer is the gold standard of sours, I couldn't imagine a better drinking experience. Sours are a genre of their own, so tread lightly if you haven't dabbled before... but if you are into the style, you can't get better than this IMO.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Tulip

Pours a deep tangerine hazy orange with half finger egg white head. Dissipates to just a ring. No lacing. Looks like iced tea.

Smells of funk, cherries, oak, grapes and apples. A lot going on in the aroma with all the funkiness. Definitely smells like sour cherries though.

Taste of oak, sour cherries, apples, grapes from the Pinot Noir and some funk. Very balanced with all the flavors attacking. Very smooth. Taste like a sour alcoholic Shirley temple. Very nice.

The mouth is sour funk, with a solid amount of carbonation. Juicy finish.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect on this guy, but he was pretty good. Very well balanced. I'm not sure if I'd pay $16 for another bottle, but I would definetly drink this again with no hesitation.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/16/15. About 2 years old.

With a POP of the cork, this beauty pours out a pale blonde forming into what I can only describe as Cranberry Cocktail, or Strawberry puree mixed with a dash of prune juice. The head is diminutive and fleeting, leaving only bubbles on the upper deck. Opacity is darn near full moon, but leaves enough room for light to ignite the sides of the body in this tulip.

Perfumey notes of crisp cut apple, potpourri, bartletts, and cider.

Taste actually throws a huge curveball of vinegar first...quite different than what I was expecting. After a couple of seconds, this fades into some muted apples, dark berries, oak woodiness, and light fruit skins. Still, tannins and vinegar permeate the flavor profile profusely. It's almost as if fruit flies were to magically spew out from the glass. Very fermented. Ends with strong vinegar and wine notes.

A bit dry and tart on the feel, feeling a touch parched here, yet it still finshes rather wet.

Overall, SUPPLICATION was not the grand slam I thought it would be, but it could be due to the age (I was traded this bottle without prior knowledge of the age). I'd like to try this fresh, but definitely not at the $15-20 a bottle this normally goes for.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - didn't pour it into a glass this time (yea I know). Great bottle though, makes me feel like I'm drinking a medieval ale.
S - biggest notes are first tart cherry then a must in essence that reminds me of my grandpa's basement in a good way. Then more tartness, funk, barnyard, hay in the background. Some brown ale caramel and bready notes are peeking through the sourness. The MAIN thing with this beer is its a complex sour ale. It gives you more than just the sour.
T - same as the smell. Awesomness. See above.
M - medium mouthfeel. Initially feels like it should be light but once you start drinking it the sour/funky parts of it separate the boys from the men. Alc covered. Aftertaste is sour cherry.
O - RR sours are the best overall had. Maybe Cantillon is better but I wouldn't know. I've never had a domestic brewery that lived up to the home of Supplication and Sanctification.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 375ml bottle with a bottled on date of 6.7.16. 7.75%

L - Reddish brown, with 1 finger of head and some lacing.

S - Sour cherries, grapes, and funkiness

T - Sweet up front, light cherries, turns into a huge sour tart bomb. Not overwhelming, just perfect.

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - An insanely intense and tasty brown sour

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Photo of Ranz
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 10.08.15

A: With an earthy reddish brown color in my Teku, this beer has a quickly dissipating head. Inspecting through light, the color almost has a copper-blood hue.

S: Heavy cherry and red wine character with a hint of cherry on the nose.

T: Rich sour barrel flavor with dark cherry and lacto funk. If you let the beer sit on your tongue, its brown ale base is much more apparent with lots of creamy malt. This makes it sing.

M: Lots of carbonation tartness with a decently creamy follow-through.

O: I may enjoy Consecration a bit more, but this is probably a higher quality beer with more elements waiting to be explored. Regardless, this is fantastic stuff.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this as part of a RR sour panel (Con, Sup, Temp, Sanc) and it came in second for me. Liked the cherries and the oak and had some nice funk to it. Not my favorite of the four but would drink this any chance that I got.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh no, looks like I'm disappointed. This beer is really great, don't get me wrong, I just don't think it's worth me getting so excited about seeing it on a shelf. Happy to check this off the list though. Kind of a rotten aftertaste. Solid otherwise.

Sour Browns have seen better days, although from what I understand this beer has gone downhill a bit? That would make sense. Still great though and still worth the price even if it's no longer worth the hype.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Brown, like tea, thin white ring on the edge , steady stream of micro carbonation

Aroma of cherries, red wine, fragrance expands over the glass

Tart , sour cherry taste ,

Suds up well , tartness lingers,

Good beer

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 5/11/2015. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed, ruby-tinted brown coloring, with a thin film of off-white head on the surface, and a ton of carbonation flowing throughout the body. Aromas of tart and sour cherries, dark and sweet pinot notes, earthy undertones, hints of currants and berries, and a solid sour component throughout. Flavors are very sour and tart cherry forward, with a solid acidity and richly sweet backbone. That backbone has notes of cherry, chocolate, currants, and toffee, but it is only an accent character, as the tart and sour blend sweeps it up very quickly. Along with the cherry, your taste buds are overrun with tannins, horseblanket, lemon juice, dry and rich pinot characteristics, wood spice and char, tobacco, and an overall sour tone. Very dynamic and layered palate. The body is dry and crisp, with the increased carbonation cleaning up alongside the astringent sourness. The aftertaste is mostly cherry and wood, but with some earthy notes still lingering here and there. The finish is bone dry, with the sour pucker and acidity wringing every last drop of moisture out of your taste buds, leaving them begging for more. What a tremendous beer!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River Brewing Company, served in a tulip glass. Slightly murky mahogany brown with a whispy head of off white foam. Tart, barnyard
aroma leads into taste full of funky apple cider vinegar. Moderate body and carbonation. Wonderfully complex and flavorful.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber to ruby in color with a fingernail of dishwater white on top. The aroma is of tart cherries and pinot noir. I smell tart Brett and dark cherries. I taste dark cherries and tart Brett. The mouth is highly carbonated and dry.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a beautiful Amber orange, smells of oak and has a great funk to it, taste of amazing sour, hints of cherry and you get that wine like flavor... drinks so smooth. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange hued with loads of carbonation and very little lacing. There's a splendid funk to the nose, with notes of cherry and oak just below. Definitely has that horse blanket thing going on, with loads of fruits and malt in the taste. This is a definitive version of the style. Heck of a beer.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/23/16, consumed 7/15/16.
Pours dark orange or murky amber. Loads of lively carbonation after initial pour but settles to a thin foamy off-white layer. Aroma of dark cherries and sour funk. Prickly feel and overall a very good sour.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. Nice blend of sour, funk and cherry, although the fruit wasn't pronounced. Oak and wine notes contribute to the dry feel. Solid beer!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first sour ever from Russian River and it did not disappoint. I've had several different batches and the older ones are better but still a great standard and you don't have to wait in any crazy lines for this gem.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,297 ratings.
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