Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,457
Ratings:
6,278
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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Photo of siege06nd
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Jackie O's tulip...

A: Supplication is a dark, somewhat cloudy copper color. This particular copper, however, has hints of red towards the center of the brew and some straw gold on the edges. The head on this is gorgeous, with a consistent, tight half finger of the bubbly stuff. For the most part, it forms a neck around the edges of the beer. A hard swirl, however, brings it up to a full finger that covers the top. Very nice lacing, a moderately thick slick is left behind with each sip.

S: Classic wild ale smells on this one: tart cherry, grape skin, musty hay, funk. The herbal notes in the bouquet here are fairly unique...I'm getting some lavender and faint traces of sweet spice, almost like potpourri.

T: Cherries, grapes, little bit of tomato sauce and lots and lots and lots of barrel. The wood is all over this, providing quite a bit of astringency along with the cherries. The finish is almost all wood and pucker, though I also get a surprising bready malt presence, almost grainy.

M: The sour fans will be happy, as this one packs a bit of a punch. Well-balanced, though, with the fruit and barrel flavors. Wood may be just a little too prominent for its own good, as I think the finish is bowled over by tannic and oak notes. Carbonation also seems just a touch high, covers up the flavors ever so slightly.

O: A very well-crafted wild ale by Russian River. It's not as good as Consecration, but it is still one of the better Wilds I have had. I am officially pumped to get into Beatification now.

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

Another great sour from Russian River. Damn tasty brew. Pours a lighter amber color with a thick white foam head. Has an aroma of vinegar and cherries. Has a nice frothy, medium mouthfeel. Has a sour taste with some bitters and notes of cherries. Really enjoyed this sour.

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

Nice cherry flavored brown ale. Not overly sour. Cherry blends nicely in this ale. Slightly effervescent champagne quality. Enjoyable slightly tart beer.

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

Hazy, reddish-brown color with about a finger or so of off-white head. Musty aroma, full of cherries, and also a slight tartness. Almost like a little lemon zest has been added. Nice and funky flavor, with a great sour cherry flavor. A little oaky and some vanilla. Also a little bit of lactic acid flavor. Velvety mouthfeel, great carbonation. It seems like there are new flavors coming out with every sip. Very nice offering!

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

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured a hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart cherry, yeasty and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation and small particles. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer for style. Thanks Brad.

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

A - Pours with one finger of light tan head that rests on top of a perfectly clear, amber-brown body with delicate streams of carbonation rising to the surface. The foam settles down to thin layer after a minute or so and leaves moderately thick rings of lace on the walls of the glass.

S - An acidic aroma that is reminiscent of a Flemish red beer. Notes of dry caramel malt and black cherries blend with balsamic vinegar and earthy licorice.

T - Tart pie cherries up front with some lightly sweet caramel. More sour cherry notes in the middle with a deep, earthy funk note beginning to come out. Things finish up with more tart fruit and caramel along with notes of plum, white wine, green olives, and earthy hop flavors but only light bitterness. Lingering wild yeast character along with stone fruit and oak in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - An excellent beer that really show off the potential for non traditional sour beer matured in barrels. Nothing is wasted or excessive here; the cherry contributes a great deal of complexity while the wine barrel aging is a background note that briefly pops out as a distinctive, vinous character in the finish. The sourness and bone dry finish both work to enhance the drinkability of an already very quaffable beer.

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Photo of BS68280
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle khiasmus was kind enough to hook me up with. I decided I might as well open this one up on Christmas day, I've been waiting a long time to try this one. Poured into a snifter.

A: A cloudy slightly orange brown with about half an inch of off white head. The head stays around in a thin layer (at least it has so far) and leaves nice lacing behind.

S: First smell and I get that nice mouth watering sour smell. Smells very tart and some cherries. Maybe hints of sour apple.

T: Very sour but not quite pucker up forehead sweat sour. The sour fades and leaves a great cherry aftertaste.

M: Pretty thin, very strong lactic presence makes me think my teeth are losing enamel with each sip. Perfect level of carbonation leaves adds to the great mouthfeel.

D: Gets easier to drink as it goes. I have to think a couple bottles would tear up your stomach though.

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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 fear025
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Tart with a little vinegar. There is some mustyness in the aroma.

Appearance:Deep amber. Tons of white frothy head. Behind the sourness lies a nice sweetness.

Taste:This tastes like a tart cherry sour patch kid.

Mouthfeel:Tart and puckery, with some alcohol warmth.

Drinkability:An amazingly drinkable sour beer.

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Photo of alli4051
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 350ml bottle into a red wine glass (it was all I had).

A: Pours a hazy orange/amber color. Produces a finger of brownish white head that recedes quickly leaving some faint lacing.

S: I think this may be the most aromatic beer I have had to date. Vanilla and cherry up front. Some oak and spiciness in the background.

T: Tart cherries and currants take the forefront here. Some oak and spices (cinnamon maybe?) are present as well.

M: Medium/full bodied brew with a clean finish. The finish is surprising considering how sour this is, after a second or two its like it was never there.

D: I will admit I am not a fan of the style but had to try this due to the hype. The sourness was a shock at first; however, after a few sips it all came together and I could easily see how fans of sours could crush this and beg for more.

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Photo of StaEva
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn good beer...that being said, I think so much of the ravenously devout following that RR has is based so much around the hype of the company, and thus societally imposed interpretations of the beer manifest. But, that being said, this is a great fucking work of craft.

The beer looks like Pinot Noir: slightly translucent ruddy brown color, good haziness, nice carbonation visible in the frothiness of the head.

Smells of beautiful vinous cherry, subtle oak, and tangy yeast.

Taste follows smell, almost to the letter. A bit more tang from the wild. very subtle and refreshing, not terribly funky.

Yes, there's a reason, objectively, that there is so much hype surrounding RR. But, you can pay 2 dollars more for a 750mL of Jolly Pumpkin and support a smaller, still-growing independent producer that makes a beer that's almost as good in a very similar style.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to bgramer for this bottle!

Batch 003

The color is a beautiful orange-hued amber, the center of the crown is eruptive and active as hell with quick streaming bubbles, a good sign of lively yeast.Not much of a crown as it rises and falls quickly but plenty of bubbly foam remains.

The nose has a sharpness, very bitter and tart cherries, dry-earth scent, subtle, spicey hop, slightly medicinal. Brett!!

The flavor is a wild-yeast tartness that brings along sour cherries, citric and acidic fruitiness, much like young, wild concorde grapes. The ending dry and slightly bitter, but earthy bitter...not hop bitter. This is a light feel, crisp and Belgian-like smoothness at the end.

I'm all for pushing the bounds of yeast! Go Wild!

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

Batch 006X1.
Poured into my newly acquired Russian River belgian glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish/brown mix. About a three quarter finger off white head. A lot of carbonation bubbles from all over the glass. The head does not recede quickly at all. Bubbles in the head are tiny and tightly packed together, looks very nice. However the head has grown to a full finger and will not recede at all, getting a little annoying.

Smell: Dark fruit. Tartness. Some nice funkiness, the brett character really sticks out.

Taste: Strong sourness right off the bat but the sourness seems to fade quickly. Sour cherries. Mouth waters with every sip. Characteristics of the wine come through moreso in the aftertaste. Following the wine is this mix between brett and breadiness. Every sip leaves me wanting more. Tangy. Sourness decreases as the beer warms, but the tartness remains strong.

Mouthfeel: Nice body but it changes over the time spent in the glass. The carconation is released quickly so the first sips are quite carbonated and has a bite from the bubbles. Later on, the carbonation bite is less but the beer smoothes out.

Overall: I am loving sours and this sure helps my experience with them. I liked Consecration more than this but this is still a solid brew. I would gladly take more. I cant wait to see how the other one in my "cellar" matures.

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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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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,278 ratings.
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