Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

1,461 Reviews

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 pat61
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Nose: sour, cherries, suggestion of wine, faint malt.
Pours: brilliant garnet tinted amber – almost a brandy color, under a stiff finely bubbled off-white foam cap with a faint pink tint.
Palate: Cherry, lemon, light funk, tart. The cherries are excellently done and are well balanced by the tartness and the rich malt flavors cavorting in the background. As the beer warms slightly more elegance emerges as the pinot noir flavors emerge and mingle with the malt. Long lingering tart cherry flavors dominate the aftertaste.
Medium body and medium to above on the carbonation.

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Photo of rjengelking
4/5  rDev -11.1%

I can't say I agree with the consensus that this is the best sour from Russian River. It is very, very good, but I would rate Consecration, Temptation, and Sanctification all above this one.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%

Bottle dated 4/11/13, poured into a snifter. My first Russian River sour.

A - Reddish amber, effervescent with scores of bubbles coating the glass and a slight bubbly halo. Hazy glacine.

S - Crisp sour apple and some sharp blue cheese. Accents of lemon juice. Smell is on the musty end, like damp laundry. Woodiness.

T - Cidery tart and a bit sugary. There's a mealy fullness in the middle, more malty then I'd expect. Grass, black cherries, green grapes, unripe raspberries. A dry burnt wood finish. Significantly smoother than most wild ales I've had.

M - Oddly heavy; a sort of medium weight with the fizziness of a sour.

O - Enjoyable, charming, but not revelatory. Still, It's piqued my interest for RR's other wine barrel ales.

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Photo of Tele
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%

A: 4.25 Pours a cloudy, reddish-brown with about a two-inch light tan head. It looks a bit like a Flanders red.

S: 4.75 Lots of funk and vinegar right up front. Cherries come in right behind bringing a really nice, yet subtle, medicinal aroma that I’ve come to love in my fruited sours. There’s also some oaky, vanilla characteristics, adding some sweet aromas that balance out the funk and sour.

T: 4.5 Actually a bit sweet at first with the oak and vanilla from the nose. The sweetness is quickly met with a big dose of sour lemons, cherries, and funk. The cherries and their light medicinal flavor linger on the aftertaste.

M: 4.5 The body is rather heavy for the style and coats the palate quite a bit. Fortunately, there’s plenty of carbonation to help the beer feel lighter as well as provide a nice, dry finish.

O: 4.5 This beer is an excellent example of what fruited sours can be. It carefully walks the line between funk, sour, fruit, and sweet with no single element dominating. While super drinkable, there are enough of interesting flavors and aromas to keep things lively.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite RR sour to date. Pours a beautiful deep orangish color with red hue. The nose takes my attention with a bouquet of sour cherries. The taste follow suit with some sour wine and finishes with loads of cherries.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Definitely a world class sour. A nice balance of horse blanket funk, sweetness from the cherries, dryness from the Pinor Noir and sourness. Can't go wrong with this one. I wish I had several more so I could age a few in the cellar.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-rating this because the first time i had it was only a 3 oz pour. Managed to enjoy a whole bottle with a buddy. This beer is the closest thing to perfect you can get. The smoothest and tastiest sour i've ever had.

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Photo of South2NW
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage on tap at Belmont Station

A: a medium brown color with a light red tint. Small off white head.

S: really nice cherries, some wine, and a little funk.

T: follows the nose. Tart cherries immediately, some blackberry maybe? A hint of oak from the barrel.

M: high carbonation. Nice and prickly. Refreshing dry finish.

O: freaking fantastic! Need to find more bottles for my cellar.

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Photo of bbarclay
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at Russian River Brewery.

Medium brown/red.

Very little head, leaving behind small lace ring.

Nose is sour with a touch of sweet, there are cherries and blackberries with notes of oak.

Tastes of cherries, sour blackberries, oak, and wildflowers.

Light yet sharp mouthfeel, lots of acidity.

This beer boarders on perfection. Enjoy it.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle dated 1/7/14 poured into a tulip
A: Medium brown with a slight reddish tint; its head starts out at one-finger, settles to 1/2 finger then lingers at that level
S: Intoxicating with sour cherries, a hint of vinegar, subtle wine/oak notes, and a mix of fresh herbs
T: Can't get better. Sour cherries, cranberries, some barnyard frunk, grass, subtle oak and a very long finish
M: Surprisingly light with pleasant carbonation; quite acidic
O: I don't think I've ever taken smaller sips of a beer trying to savor every last bit. This is fantastic in its complexity and also very refreshing. Wonderful beer

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Photo of roger617
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Daredevil tulip glass. Bottle date 010714, consumed and reviewed on 7/19/14.

A: Pours a dark copper with a heavy red tint and a little less than a finger of head that reduces quickly and leaves no collar or lacing.
S: I get the funk and cherries up front, with the Pinot noir in the background complimenting very nicely. Smells crisp and refreshing.
T: The cherries take the lead role, with a strong presence of the wine barrel just behind. The sour comes into play more on the back end.
M: High level of carb, as expected. The sourness leaves a pleasant dry finish.
O: Excellent sour ale from Russian River. The flavor and aroma come together extremely well.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source – 06/14/2014 & also from multiple bottles later
Full Belgian Tulip

A: Dark amber body with some pinkish orange and brown tint on it. Very hazed look to it. Half finger of egg shell cream runs across the top with fair retention efforts and some light dotting of lacework running down the glass.

S: The nose is vinous with some sour cherry tartness, light vinegar, and a touch of acetone. I get lots of musky old grape skin in this one with some mineral like qualities to it. Smells nicely sweet and sour.

T: Flavors are choke cherry with some cider vinegar, sour red grape, and light acetone. Slightly funky with a healthy pucker from some citric acidity. Further there lies some dark bready malt with a lemony lacto tartness and a dash of green hop bitterness in the background. Closes with a kick of alcohol spice, woody tannin, and a dry tart finish. Great balance and loads of complexity.

M: Moderately filling with a good tart pucker to the palate. Fairly clean and balanced with some light alcohol warmth. Finishes dry and tart.

D: Exemplary to the style with layers of great flavor going on and a very controlled amount of funkiness. RRBC has such great balance in their brews while still delivering brilliant flavors. I found the Consecration to be a bit bolder but I can see Supp as much easier to drink and therefore held in higher regard. Surely recommended for those looking for a great Wild.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: translucent reddish golden brown with almost no head.

S: heavy smell of tart cherries with a faint wine aroma.

T: great cherry sour flavor, ends with the pinot noir aftertaste. Very similar to the aroma.

M: Very light, but in a good way. The feel is sour at first, but the finish is very smooth and the sourness fades quickly.

O: Amazing beer, love the cherry and Pinot flavors.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a red orange and clear with little head.
aroma is amazing. Oak barrel funk. Wet hay. Damp barn.
taste follows with wet funk and oak. Sour punch in the face then is dissappears.
Such a solid beer. The barrel aging puts this on another level.
mouthfeel is crisp and we'll carbonated but not too much.
Really refreshing.
I need more of this.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This brew is as close to perfect to a style as I've ever had - everything is noticeable - even hops! But the Pinot barrels shine here like no other -

First off this brew looks beautiful. As you pour it's a bruin brown but shines and turns into a dark ruby red with a crystal white head - such an illusion. This is like a wine with head .
Aromas are of barrel flavors and funky bacterias. Pure wild ale bliss!
Tastes like dark colored grapes with other fruits.
So tasty. Layers of barrel red wine flavors. Ripened cherries that have almost reached fermentation. That funky flavor of cherries locked up in a ziploc found a day after a long hike - such a unique flavor here
Mouthfeel is crisp but not too fizzy - sooo good when cold. A taste of decadence but never making one make a Face of discomfort - perfection

Overall this is probably the best beer I've ever had regardless of style - it's so inviting and just full of all the favorite flavors I like in wine. A freaken winner and I would buy this EVERYTIME I see it

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red over brownish hues with a tan head that goes quickly. Minimal lacing with big sediment at the bottom. Tart cherries, Pinot noir wine and oak notes in the nose. Big tart cherry flavor supported by wine like qualities cloaked in oaky notes in the background. Tartness is cut toward the end by the malt backbone, making it sour and funky but reeling it in before it gets too far out of line. Puckering and tart with vibrant carbonation and a bone dry finish. A sipper for sure and a fantastically different beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the RR brewpub in Santa Rosa: July 2014.

A: deep orange-amber; clear; Large creamy bone-colored head is fairly furable and leaves some lacing.

Aroma: about as good as this style gets (for me).

Flavor: 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.

FeeL; smooth; medium-light body; good low carbonation; near puckering tartness.

O: excellent.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Russian River "tion" glass. Bottled on 12/17/2012.

A: Pours a finger of very thin bone colored head with a reddish brown body. What there was in head quickly fizzes away to a cap and ring. Nice sudsy lacing which slides down the glass quickly.

S: Fantastic nose. The first thing I noticed was tart cherries leading into a nice wine soaked oak. Transfers to a musty, dirty hay funk in the middle and some pleasant cheesy tang in the finish.

T: Tart, juicy cherries and acidic stomach acid up front leading into some excellent wine barrel and musky B.O. Finishes with a nice lactic sourness and some nice chocolate malts to bring you down.

Mf: Prickly carbonation with a medium feel. Sharp and drying. Sip sip sip.

Overall: An outstanding AWA from Russian River. Nice juicy almost Kriek like cherries, and acetic short sharp shock with lost of remaining wine from the barrels in the middle. The musky jock strap Brett on the way down and the lactic acid tang complete the package. Really an outstanding sour ale from Russian River.

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Photo of BWED
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chalice pour at Via Marconi's Pizza Pub, Hatfield, PA

A- Amber hue. Light white head retains at a ring. Semi-hazy.

S- A little tartness is detectable by the nose. Cherry, and maybe a little peach.

T- Sweet and tart, peach and cherry. A bit of tang, but not so strong. Malt is detectable, a bit of a bready character, in the background.

M- Zippy carbonation. Finish is semi-dry, just a little sweet. Body fairly light.

O- This seems to be Consecration's little brother. A little lighter, a little lower ABV, a little less tangy. But a very great beer.

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Photo of slackattack
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pretty dark brown, aggressive pour gives about 1 finger of head that is reduced to a film in under a minute but maintains around edges of glass. Smell is tart cherry, and some woodiness. Taste is sour cherry, cranberry, some grassy funk, definite barrel notes. As it warms some bready malts appear. Pretty full bodied in my opinion, tons of carbonation, maybe too much for me, sourness really sticks around for a while on the palate. Overall one of my favorite sours, glad I got my hands on some recently so I could put up a review on this great beer from RR.

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Photo of Antnego
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: A brown, fizzy brew with a thick, quickly dissipating head. Lacing is present with thin ring retained on the wall of the glass

S: Sour funk, cherries and wine on the nose.

T: Sour Lemon, cherries, malt, sourdough funkiness, and dry wine on the palate. Very compelling flavors.

M: Thick feel, heavy carbonation, dry finish.

O: Another home run by Russian River, best sour I've had thus far. This beer drinks like a Pinot noir, lambic and sour brown ale simulataneously.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A: Pours a really nice, deep ruby-mahogany color with zero head whatsoever.

S: Black cherry Warhead candy, dry red wine, vinegar tartness, some funk.

T: Tart, oak-y Pinot flavor immediately, some cherry tartness follows. Dark, dry fruit, some funk in the finish.

M: Dry with light carbonation. Sourness is very pronounced, making this a sipper for sure.

O: Very, very solid,and truly unique. I prefer Consecration over this one, but would never turn it down... definitely one of a kind.

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Photo of timfc
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was walking through SF and came upon a small corner bottle-shop. I went inside and, WTF?!? It was like a beer mecca (there's irony here people); where things I'd only heard about were just sitting on the shelf waiting for someone to purchase. Why, there's a Black Albert, sure, I'll take one. Oh, a Supplication? I would love one...

Have I mentioned that I like sours?

No, well...

I don't know how to put into words the level of love that I have for this beer. It's perfectly balanced, it's got amazing depth, the barrel, the cherries, oh my...

Right, tell you why I like the beer: it's simply one of the best examples of a barrel aged sour beer that exists. The flavor is slightly fruity, puckery, and has these amazing layers that just keep coming. It's one of the best beers that I ever had. I disconnected my analytical beer drinking side, sat, and sipped thinking, "oh god" over and over. Not many beers allow me to do that.

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

Favorite beer in the world.

Tighter flavor profile than other sours - compare against Lost Abbey's Red Poppy and you're know what I mean.

Smell whiffs away stunningly, with a depth of taste and crispness. Strongly recommended on tap, which is rare but another level of effervesce and taste.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,293 ratings.
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