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Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

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Photo of MiScusi
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002.

A: Poured into Stone IRS snifter, Light brown, reddish, off-white thin head that forms a rung around glass. Effervescent.

S: Could probably smell this a block away. fruit, tart cherries mixed with light oak.

T: tart fruit, vinous.

M: Cidery. Light and prickly on the tongue. Pretty acidic.

Enjoyed this very much. Had a nice rich taste within a relatively light alcohol body. Acidity is its limiting quality, as it somewhat burns on its way down. Otherwise the sour and fruit work very nicely together.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 04x5

Appearance -- Pours ruddy amber with just enough haze to catch light and two fingers of creamy white head. No lacing as much as frosting hte glass with head. Beautiful.

Smell -- Mild funk and cider vinegar, cherries, pinot, Granny Smith, pear, faint vanilla oakiness. Overall: very delicate and balanced. Love the way this smells.

Taste -- More tartness than the nose would let on. Bright cherry tartness, mild cider vinegar bite, amber malt, some wine character, and bretty funk. Dab of vanilla in the finish. Nothing is overpowering. Everything is gently layered upon one another. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with abundant fluffy carbonation. Almost velvety in the finish. Mild astringency from the barrels, but not at all distracting. Very pleasant.

Drinkability -- Given easy availability and no lambic-stomach, I could drink this regularly. A rare treat that I enjoyed to the fullest.

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Photo of Auracom
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of bruachan
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

every time i'm at the brickskeller i ask for this...finally they did. delish. batch 001

i just had jolly pumpkin's la roja recently, and it makes sense now. i gett brett. sour, sharp spice (but not spiced). i can pull out the cherries but only because i was looking for them. complex, but so easy to appreciate

i've got nothing but praise for vinnie. truly a pioneer

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Photo of HopHeadLouie
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose with cherries, literally. Fragrant cherry aroma hit me immediately. Reminds me of cherry sweet tarts or smarties . Looks great in my Duvel glass, perfect lacing and nice head. Taste is more tart than sour with slight notes of cherry chloraseptic, but not in a bad way, must be the Brett. As it warms, noticeable oak, well balanced. Drinkable? As much as any 12.7 ounce $15 "if you can get it at that price" beer can be. Kind of bummer that it is not more affordable and available. Would love for it to have a chance to grow on me more and perhaps share a little with the wife. Very unique!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Batch #008. Cork pops off with a very nice "pop".

A- Pours a slightly golden reddish brown. On the darker side, but translucent. About a finger of white with slight hue of yellowish brown foamy head with good retention. Above average carbonation. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Sour cherries, sour apple, pinot noir, a little bit of yeast, vinegar, acetic notes. Very aromatic, smelled almost instantly after the cork popped off, one of the most aromatic beers I've ever encountered. Nice sour/funk smell too.

T- Sour cherries, vinegar, sour green apple, a little bit of a sour/wine like finish. Nice lingering lightly sour aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing, just the right amount of carbonation, great feel, very smooth, abv very well hidden.

O- This was a fantastic sour. I'm just getting into sours, but this was one of the better one's I've had. The smell was phenomenal, very aromatic and could smell forever. The flavor was also excellent- with a nice amount of sourness and fruit flavors that were very well balanced. A little bit more age probably would have helped this a little bit- the 2009 Lou Pepe Kriek I had a couple weeks ago definitely had more flavor. Definitely not bad though. For a sour of this caliber that has been barrel aged for over a year, you can't beat the price on this one. A must try for sour fans.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with some slight burgandy tints and nice foamy throughout the session. A lot of floaties but good. Nice funk in the aroma with some cherries, raspberries and wine-like whiffs. Nice. Tough on the esophogus after each sip for me....right to the finish. Tart but not overly distracting. Some cherries and more tart fruit in the taste. Nice. Dry and clean finish. Salivation on the buds after each sip. Overall I thought this was a great wild ale and a great starter if someone is looking to try the style. Not overly sour and pleasant to sip.

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Photo of tprokop7
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is clear and reddish, with a small head that fades quickly. Some earthy scent and some, but less, earthy taste. Bright with carbonation, maybe even a little too much. The RR sour taste is nice and cleaner than many other sours. Burns all the way down to the stomach, which is the only thing that decreases drinkability.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper/cherry color with a finger of head that camps out forever. Smell is cherries up front with surprisingly little tartness or funk. Granted, there is definitely some cobweb and band aid present, it's just not an assault on the senses. Some dry oakiness is also present. Overall just a fine wild ale aroma.

The taste is superb. Tartness is relatively light for the style, inducing only the slightest of puckers. The funk is a bit more prominent on the tongue than it was in the smell, and it carries along with it a rich cherry fruit flavor that adds depth and complexity . I also sense notes of other dark fruits such as raisins, but they are extremely subtle. White grapes, oak, band aid, and yeast round out the flavor profile.

The body is medium and the carbonation levels are very high, but fairly standard for the style. Drinkability is solid thanks to the funk and sourness being kept in check. Overall this is a fantastic beer, and definitely one of the best sours available.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant orange colour with delicious dense head, about 2cm thick, retaining well with craters bubbling on the top. Stunning ring of lace is left behind. Slight haze shows a slow but steady stream of bubbles. A few floaties chunks which are a bit unnerving, but otherwise damned nice.

Smell is very funk-é, with a lot of tart yeast aromas coming off that, hints of cranberry and citrus zest with a slight paw-paw note as well. Slight brassy fragrance as well. Seems a bit simple, but decent, yeah.

Taste starts out sour, stays sour. Kind of vinegary on the front, with more of that brassy metallic character, then gets really pleasantly sweet actually, early on the mid, with a sweet-and-sour-sauce flavour and maybe some lemon squash. Lemon juice is the dominant flavour on the back, lots of citric acid with a very slight rubbery character as well. Nice fresh zest on the very back kind of clips off the sourness so there's isn't much tartness left lingering. Yeah, very nicely done - potentially repellent but is made crisp and refreshing. Good sipper for flavour but also very good for just throwing back - again, like lemon squash.

Good body to it, and no harshness from the wild yeast. Pretty damned nice texture, actually.

Yeah, I like this a lot. It's sour and interesting, but really nicely quaffable. A very steady and skilled brewing hand is behind this. Great Summer or Spring quencher.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottled on 4/11/2013.

A: Gorgeous ruby red body, hazy. Some floaties at the bottom of the glass. Thin head that has some decent retention.

S: Tart cherries, good amount of oak, pinot. As advertised and amazing!

T: I'm not a sour connoisseur, I've only had a few. This isn't as sour as the others I've had, but I'm OK with that. The pinot/oak flavors hit the tongue first. Then puckering sour cherry that finishes sour and dry. Very unique and RR did a great job with this.

M: Heavy carbonation, which works for the style. Dry like a red wine.

O: Awesome beer, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, batch 04x5. My first Russian River offering, from a grocery store (sigh) in Oregon.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, but still somehow bright copper hue, with one finger of foamy, moderately creamy pale beige head, which leaves a few broad buttes of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of tart fruit - cherries, mostly, a mild earthy yeastiness, barnyard funk, and a bit of astringent woodiness. The taste is tart, sour cherry, some equally lemon-oriented essences, and some fruity vinegar to mix things up further. A soft graininess underlies all, softened up even more by a mild, endearing funk, part over ripe fruit, part surprisingly inoffensive cheese curds. The carbonation is quite zippy, but adequately restrained, the body medium-light in weight, and just a bit too clipped to be considered outright smooth. It finishes with that tart, increasingly nondescript sourness persisting, alongside a simmering, late-arising yeasty funk.

I like the American craft-brewing tendency of, the higher-quality the beer, the more they want to tell you about it on the packaging...Knowing what went into this offering makes it all the more enjoyable - the sourness, yeast, wood, funk (oh, and actual beer, too!), all kept in balance, yet still rendering a beverage for the adventurous palate. Sort of a more laid-back Cantillon - scary, earth-relationship-affirming, and ultimately tasty.

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Photo of jman42
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Drank on tap at Barcade Philly

A = A deep orange with some brownish tints to it. Very clear. Minimal head on this pour.

S = We really had a hard time picking out any special scents. Just well balanced.

T = Cherries. Tart. That was our big takeaway from this one.

M = SMOOTH

O = A great beer, but not my favorite style of beer. That is on me and not Russian River though.

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Photo of Luk13
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 375ml thanks to mikesgroove. Beautiful orange/brown body with tons of white browinish lacing. Aroma of fresh butter, vinegar, tart cherries, rotten apples. Wow, this is complex. Taste is quite different. At first, it's very sour with tart cherries. Then I get some apple/grape sweetness and oak flavors. It finishes with a lemony dry and sour lingering finish. Palate is hard to describe, it is both dry from the sourness yet it also has something sticky sweet about it too. A truly unique experience.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep reddish color with a slight head that dissipated with some nice sticking on the sides. Very good looking beer.

S - Tart cheery smell, nice oaky backbone, get a nice wine, almost vinegar influence on this. Good funk, but tartly so.

T - Quite deep and tart, with a phenol brett-funk on the end. The cherry taste is dep, but not sweet, and the wine influence comes through nicely. Nice earth tones in a very rich taste. Slightly too deep, I prefer my wild ales to be a little lighter, but good tart taste.

M - Slightly slick, just a little too heavy for the style for me, but not bad. Very dry finish, nicely tart.

D - Easy drinker, good taste, sweetness is not overpowering by any means. Great beer by RR.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

375ml Bottle (4-15-14) to tulip. Few cm head dissipated rather quickly. color is light brown with some deep red hue

Aroma - some oak, funk, red wine

Taste - cherry, sour apple, oak. but some sweetness on the finish. I like how the sour doesn't linger

Feel - lighter body, lower carb, dry finish

O - A great sour; Im not the biggest sour fan but I enjoyed this. Wasn't too puckering

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Photo of BgThang
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jonathanL7890 for a chance to try this one.

Pours a big whopping 3 finger head, may want to pour easier on this one. Light brown to copper color and cloudy for the appearance.

The nose is that of sweetness, cherries, candies, and some yeastiness as well

Mouthfeel WOW! this is one helluva sour beer. At first the sweetness hits the mouth then the sour packs a whopper of a punch. Made me feel like my asshole was being sucked through my mouth GEEZ! the puckerness factor.

This is an amazing sour beer. Its a must try for anyone who calls themselves a beer nerd or beer geek. This really is a beer that is on the extreme side.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 005x5. A standard pour into a Duvel tulip left me with a big two fingers of head sitting atop a reddish-brown body. Smelled of tart ripe dark cherries, apple, yeast and a subtle funk.

The taste was very tart (not overly sour) initially. I was pleasantly surprised by the sweetness. Cherries were the predominant flavor, with a subtle oakiness. The finish was dry and refreshing, with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really tasty and satisfying beer.

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Photo of benpopper
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 005x3

In the glass it is very deep red and had almost no head. Fades quickly, not a whole lot of lacing.

The smell is great in its complexities. A whole lot of the outdoors up front with a little cherry hiding behind it all.

Sweeter than the other two Russian River offerings we shared this night, but has a good amount of the funky quality we hope to get from a wild right behind. Great sipping quality to try to pick different things out of.

It is a great drinker with a god amount of carbonation, yet smooth feel going down.

Definitely something I want to drink more often than the yearly bottle I currently get.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*Corked and caged 375 ml
*Batch 001

Appearance: Opened my very unsettled bottle -- basically exploded when opened despite having sit still and upright for 45 minutes -- to find a slightly cloudy cherrywood with honey undertones. Fine champagne carbonation. No real head to speak of, although a thin layer of rose foam was present throughout.

Smell: The scent is wild indeed. Woody, vinous, tartly fruity, but also a bit musty and rich. Probably a good many things I don't know to look for happening as well. Becomes sweet and slightly malty as it warms, a bit more akin to its brown ale heritage.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin and again quite champagne-like. The taste is a real joy; tart, dry and fruity, yet wonderfully earthy as well. The aftertaste is literally woody, not vanilla oak, but rather like sucking on a wood chip. Yeast spice and fruit sourness lingers.

Drinkability: Well, let's be frank: if this were available in conventional six-packs, they'd run you about $50, so to say this is "drinkable" might be a stretch. Still, as an occasional treat, it's a unique and tasty example of the craft to be sure. Made me smile. I have another sitting in the cellar -- we'll see what a year does to it.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown pour with a frothy off white head. A nice cap is left atop the brew after the rest of the head has receded.

S: Acidic, cherries, funk. The barnyard funk type smell really overpower the fruits.

T: Like the smell, the taste is more acidic and funky than fruity. The taste, however, is more balanced. A slow drinking beer for sure. Hints of breadiness, oak, Brett. Not getting a lot of vinegar, but it is present.

MF: Medium bodied, carbonated well, extremely dry finish. Not a lot of alcohol coming through.

O: Thought this was great, but well below the quality of authentic Belgians I've had. Well balanced, with a bit of a strange aftertaste. I would get it again no doubt, I just wish it was a bit less funk and a bit more cherry.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked & caged bottle. Batch 008, bottled Nov 14, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours cloudy reddish amber with a decent off-white head that leaves very little lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and foamy ring.

Aroma is sour cherries, vinegar, oak, some funk, a bit vinous. Excellent strength.

Flavor starts nice and sour with a lot of cherry notes, dark fruit, apples, oak, vanilla, vinous, a hint of funk but more fruity and sour than anything. A bit of sweetness develops mid-palate but finishes mostly tart and sour. Sourness tapers off the longer it sits in the glass. Minimal alcohol, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, a bit oily and sticky, sharp carbonation bite on the tongue.

Certainly very excited to try this little treat here, and while it was pricey, it was worth it for having a chance to experience this excellent Sour. I’ve only recently begun to dabble in the style and this is one of the best I’ve had so far.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I felt this beer was going to be a challenge for me to get down. Since I'm not a big fan of sour ales if this wasn't a Russian River brew I probably would have just overlooked it. The beer poured out as a sparkling red color with some in there too. The head was fizzy and white and then vanished pretty quickly. The smell of this beer was big, it's stung the nostrils like sex panther a little bit. The smell of tart cherries and oak wood mixed with a big amount of wild yeast explode on nose. The taste of the beer is interesting too, The sour cherries almost make your lips pucker, the sour subsides and leaves you with a nice oak and vanilla smoothness. The mouthfeel is little thin, but has enough flavor to balance out the whole thing. Overall it's a good sour beer, I'm trying to give it praise despite the fact I don't care for the style. I feel that people who enjoy these will definitely enjoy this one too.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 375ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A darker golden orange color with a prickly two finger white head. No glass lacing to speak of.

S: Wow, sour and tartness jump with smells of fruit, cherry, apple and some yeastiness.

T: Sour? Absolutely, just plain mouth puckering from the second it hits your lips. Flavors of dark fruit, cherry, some apple, pear with some very slight (I do mean slight) sweetness. Some yeastiness but no funk. Finish remains sour and puckering that just lasts seemingly forever. So this has brett in it? I'm not getting any classic brett flavors.

M: Tart, puckering, full, coating.

D: Medium, it was the perfect serving size but more might not have been better.

Overall this is one sour beer (like I expected anything less), but a great beer at that. RR is amazing with their sours as they are just so damn good. I might like Consecration better, but this is one great beer too.

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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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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.
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