Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

6,329 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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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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4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a "Belgian Independence Day" tulip at high altitude near Denver, CO. Batch 10. My expectations for this one couldn't be higher.

A: Pours an orangish-amber color with a foamy three-finger off-white head or nice retention. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Large chunks of yeast sediment floating around here.

S: Cherry notes are the most prevalent here, with plenty of sour yeast character present as well. Hints of berry notes in the background here.

T: Opens with dark cherry notes that give way to a proper level of sourness, just below lip-puckering level. Wine barrel notes come through on the finish and help to balance the sourness. The flavors make this one very easy to finish quickly.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of prickly carbonation and a dry finish. Suits the flavors very nicely and makes me want to come back for another sip just after most of the sourness fades away.

O: This beer is my new standard for sours. I would highly recommend trying it at least once even if the price is high.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: brown to red, clear work a bit of haze, good tan head

S: tart, cherry, vinous, and slightly earthy

T: amazing sour cherry with some earth, a bit of saltiness,

M: excellent carbonation and dry, but has a medium body

O: amazing beer, as expected. Can't think of much to make this beret. $18 per bottle here.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 010, Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy mahogany with amber highlights. 3 fingers of head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

N: Sawdust, caramelized brown sugar, peach, nectarine and cherry as well as notes of chocolate and barnyard.

T: Upfront - Nectarine, lactic acid, lemon warheads and brown sugar along with hints of balsamic and sawdust.
Mid-palate - Sour cherry, red wine (Pinot Noir), hints of black currant and blueberry.
Finish - Chestnut, naked oak, hints of chocolate and tobacco. Lingering peaches and chestnuts.

M: Light bodied, tart, clean, slightly puckering and refreshing.

O: Extremely complex with a moderate sourness. Transforms multiple times throughout the palate. Big, oaky characteristics with a good emphasis on sweet red wine. A lot of fruity and nutty flavors going on as well. There's not as much barnyard as reviews suggest, more of a lactic sourness. Phenomenal!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 10. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a cloudy burnt orange amber color, with 3 fingers tan head that leaves some nice lacing as it goes down.

S- Smells very vinous. Sour grapes, and tart apples add a fruitiness to it. Mild funk factor. An extremely aromatic beer.

T- Tart, sour, cherries hit first followed by a pleasant earthy taste. This is unlike any beer I have ever had. A wonderful sour mixed correctly with wine characteristics as so they both compliment each other. Well done.

M- Lively carbonation dances on the tongue, for a short time upon drinking. Nice dry finish with sticky flavors.

O- Very impressed. Russian River is successful in merging the fine characteristics of wine to the fine characteristics of beer. A must try sour. Glad I have another bottle.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the brewery (had bottled as well) in a sniffer

A - Cherry ruby with a 1 finger rose bubbly head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Cherries, apricots, pino wine.

T - Such a rich experience. The fruit in the beer lighten the whole affair while the casking flavors deep complex tannins, funky yeast, sourness, and a bit of bready bitter just rock the palate. Great combo of complex wild ale and wine flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy, sticky.

O - Got to be my favorite wild ale in the country at the moment. Could drink this every day.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B10 supplied by Mikey, thanks friend! 6 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on July 5th, 2012.

A - Ruby-red brown coloring. A bit murky. One finger of a creamy light-tan head. Decent retention, great lacing.

S - Vinous, earthy, and less ripened cherry skins. Touch of lemon vinegar. Port-like oak barrel note. Light carmelized malts.

T - Soft wine grapes at front palate. Sourness kicks in at the middle and transitions into a more ripe cherry note with dry oak and spices at the back.

M - Light body, very dry finish with semi-sweet cherry and citrus finish. Appropriate carbonation.

D - A bit more graceful than your typical sour. Unique in that I can sense the alterations between both the grapes and the cherries. Very easy to revisit this one and for that I am thankful.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,329 ratings.
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