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 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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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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Photo of 321jeff
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from batch 004x1 poured into my Goose Island glass.

Pours a reddish brown with a finger of tannish head that fades, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma has some mild funk with notes of oak and cherries. Also some sour vinegar-like notes. Not quite as harsh as vinegar, but notably sour.

Taste hits with some sour right off the bat before moving to the cherry sweetness in the middle and a dry sweet and sour finish that I can only describe as similar to a sweet tart... and there's nothing wrong with that.

It's medium in body with a mild carbonation, but it's a highly drinkable sour and it's a really top notch example of the style. Not really puckeringly sour, but sour enough and the cherries add an extra level of complexity. I'm definitely glad I've got a few more of these tucked away in the cellar.

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Photo of beergod1
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight hazy reddish brown into the glass with bright Red highlights. Aromas of tart cherry and dark fruit and oak. Flavor is a burst of intense but smooth sourness delivered nicely with the carbonation with a bit of fruitiness and faint oak. Very soft malt flavors stay on the tongue as it dries out on the finish. Not my "Style" of beer, but starting to intrigue me more and more. Just like 2IPA's did a couple of yrs. ago, now they are 1 of my favorite styles. Maybe sours will be next?

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amber red with white film and speckles of yeast. Oak, vanilla, tin, cherry and sandalwood on the nose.
Tart cherries, some brown malt warmth, gentle sourness, a brandy tang and woody hum.
Vague fruit finish and dry linger. Smooth, round, crisp, light.

Sourness and oak both very measured, and not much funk. More balanced, rounded and nuanced than any kriek. Not my thing, but a stunner just the same.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, poured in to a tulip glass. Amberish color with a great two finger high head.

Amazing smell of cherries and sweet malt. Lovely.

SOUR oh so TART!! The cherries are seriously linger in the background along with wood. Oh such a treat.

A bit of a dry finish, great mouthfeel.

Again this is a great rare beer that could be drank every day but is best shared with friends to make great moments.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a number of BA's in FL that welcomed me and let me join in their epicness. Review from notes.

Hazy soft rose color with a whitish head. This beer gave much sour cherry and an oaky woodiness in the nose with lesser amounts of green apple and horse blanket. Quite intriguing and inviting. Less cherry in the flavor, but this gave way to other fruits... maybe a touch of apricot, more apple, and a light berry tartness. Bubbly carbonation lifted the light body. A fine beer indeed. Paired nicely with blue types of cheese.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light brown colored beer with almost no head. Hits a high sour note, lots of citrus flavors, lime, lemon, orange peel. Also remains drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft at Monk's Cafe during philly beer week.

Pale red to tan in color. Little head or lacing to speak of.
Smell is minimal, but slight sour notes.
Taste is unbelievable. Higher then average carbonation, and finishes very sour. Citrus and notes of vinegar more then anything else.

Overall a great beer, im glad i finally had the chance to try this on draft.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to cmaruschak for the chance to enjoy this one.

Batch 001

Appearance: Cloudy amber colored pour with a light tan head.

Smell: Smoke, oak, sour cherries, vanilla. It smells warm (can warm be a smell???)

Taste: Sour cherries, apple cider, tart apples, chardonnay grapes, and a slight lactic astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Very drying to the palate.

Drinkability: The tartness beats down the palate but I found it to be very interesting. The best of the tasting flight we had.

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Photo of Docer
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple 350ml bottles at Beaumont Market yesterday shortly after Justin posted this special release on Facebook.

- Clear straw yellow with lots of bubbles keeping a forever lasting smooth blanket of foam on top... about as pinky fingers depth. Bottle had opened with a healthy pop.. and it is kind of fun watching all the bubbles on the side of the tumbler glass I used.

- Nice tart sourness of front, and underneath is a nice blend of white grape, zesty hops.. and a noticeable brown ale-like malt sweetness... bit of oak and not too much cherry.. unless it is adding to the tartness.

- Wonderful flavors... and I really let this sit around awhile and get warm so all the flavors would come out to play. Zesty sour white grape-like notes for me... a background of currants, oak, and sweet roasted grain and molasses. Hops were there and present... blended perfectly and oh so subtle.... fantastic.

- This is where my judging of this brew drops a bit. It was a thin bodied brew.. perfectly tart and mouth watering... but I though much over carbonated. It would almost be worth letting it sit out a long time to just settle down... what a live beast of a brew.

- Overall I really liked this, and I plan on sitting on others for a long time to see what can happen to this brew, and if the carbonation would calm down a bit. Overall very good. Would still buy Consecration before this one though. Even Temptation too I think.... but either way, I will buy all of them. Love each and every one of them.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is nicely tart with a good amount of cherry. Prevalent citric acid is balanced with some brown sugar. Some grassy notes as well. The finish detracts from this beer. It has a crushed medication... Like aspirin astringent bitterness. Not ideal for such a bright and refreshing start.

It gets a 84/100.

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Photo of pschul4
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LaChupacabra for this one!!

A- Pours an intersting ruby color with a very quickly dissipating white head.

S- Some sour funk in the nose but pretty faint.

T- Tons of funk with some cherry notes that balance things nicely. I'm really digging this.

M- Prickly mouthfeel that works well for this beer.

O- For my first "big sour" this is a big win. Russian River can do no wrong! (as long as I forget about redemption)

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Photo of BVukelich
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a special "barrel" week at The Beer Junction. $4 for a 4oz pour, 7% ABV. Rich, red-copper color. Tremendous lace sticking to the glass. Aroma was a bit sour and unfortunately, I think I was picking up hints of the sanitation in the glass. Flavor had a mild puckering tang, no hop bitterness and not too sweet. Carbonation was average and viscosity was above average. Delicious aftertaste. This was worth the price for a special treat.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a HotD tulip on 3/25/11

Pours a beautiful dark amber color that has a wonderful mix of orange and red hues when held to the light. About a half a finger of head that just sticks around. Very nice.

Smells great. Lots of sour cherry and sweet malt tones that makes this a joy to smell.

Taste is much like the smell. Lots of mouth puckering cherry and a tiny bit of sweet malt taste.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice easy carbonation. Just the lightest bite on the middle of the tongue.

Drinkability is good on this one. Low ABV and a great mouth feel are pluses but even though it tastes great I don't think I could take more then 2 of these at a time because of the mouth puckering sour sensation.

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Photo of deapokid
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin pinkish red with lively carbonation and a beautiful spiderweb of lacing. Reminds me of a sangria, especially with its murky dark fruit coloration and slightly lighter build.

Smells of tart cherry, light musk and tropical fruit. It's pleasant, but surprisingly light on the standard sour and horse blankety aromas.

Taste has a bold tartness, with a very pronounced, Bretty finale. Cherry and mixed berry make up the fruit components, while the complex and subtle wood-barrel notes add a nice earthiness. The barreling also tempers the tartness, making for a masterful brew that allows all of the elements to shine on their own terms.

The beautiful tart smack also tingles the roof of the mouth, allowing the winey sweetness to resonate and linger. The balancing act is a profund one and I wouldn't expect anything less from Russian River.

The ABV even feels elegantly understated, allowing for a sippable, but endlessly dynamic ale.

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Photo of tewaris
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7% ABV
27 IBUs
OG 1.064
Brown Ale aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and sour cherries. 375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks Anand!

Appearance: Rust brown, somewhat hazy, with a very good and creamy light khaki colored head. Excellent retention and lacing. 5/5

Aroma: Sour, obviously. Notes of brett, but not overpowering. Much sweeter than I expected, and very welcome. Earth, spice, and fruit --- quite rustic. Some vinegary sharpness comes along with warmth. 4/5

Taste: Tart and sweet, but never overpoweringly sour. Everything from the aroma is present, and it goes down with a kiss of sour cherries. Amazingly clean with a subtle yet long aftertaste of cherries and funk. Also, oak gets quite strong as the beer warms up. 4/5

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a certain fullness yielded by the high, and yet soft, carbonation. It's an oxymoron! Very dry and clean. 4.5/5

Overall, very very good, and so refreshing! A testimony to what subtle can be... it is sour but a lot of other things too. I love it. 4.5/5

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first RR sour (batch04x4) thanks to portia99. I'm somewhat new to this style, so here we go...

A:Poured into my Duvel tulip, this brew pours a burnt orange with a thick bubbly head, leaving some lace as the glass empties. Definitely impressive, but not stunningly impressive.

S: The aroma is sugary sour cherries and cranberry. Tart fruit are all in the aroma. Tart fruit dominates. Seems like the Oak Barrel aging smoothed some yeasty clove/spice that I would have loved to have smelled more of.

T: Wonderfully sour without being offensive. Being new to the style, it seems like brewers struggle to make a brew flavorful without over doing the sour. This brew is tart, fruity, balanced. Clove and spice replace hops as the tingle and sting on the back of the pallet.

MF: The mouthfeel is light and dry on the finish. Unique to many other beers, and a little creamy at times.

D: Drinkability is great, like I said this is not a harsh beer.

Overall, I do like Supplication and will seek out other RR sours. If it were me, I brew this beer up with some more yeasty Belgium inspired spicy clove, which would help to massage the pallet and give a good contrast to the sourness of this brew. Very interesting indeed. Note to RR...I like the old style bottles better!

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Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 005x5

A - The head is non-existent post pour... All that remains is the slightest of collars around the edge of the glass... The color is a light to medium brown... There is a distinct murkiness throughout... A modest bit of moderate to brisk paced carbonation rises within...

S - Some faint brown sugar notes... Dark cherries... Faint vinegar... Simple... Straight-forward... Quite pleasant and effective...

T - Red wine like tannins... Red grape skins... Dark cherries... A bit of vinegar... A bit of brown sugar... Layers of complexity... Lots of funkiness... Some faint woody oak notes...

M - Medium bodied... Light to brisk carbonation... A subtle touch of dryness... Even and consistent...

D - Loaded with layers upon layers of complexity in every facet... By far my favorite Russian River "tion" to date... Excellent brew and a challenge to even the most developed palette...

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Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a cloudy reddish amber with lots of offwhite suds.
The bottle was quite the bubbler when the cork came off.
Smell is the first thing to hit you. It is a strong heavy aroma.
Sour grape skins mixed with orange / lemon peel and sour tarts candy. Very sweet/sour mixture going into the nose.
The taste is dried cherries and lemon zest with a strange sweetness behind the spoonfull of tang first flavor.
Aftertaste is of dried sour fruit with a candy sweetness finish.
Mouthfeel is very clean and this has all the pucker power you could want.
Drinkability is good here except for not being able to acquire more than one bottle at a time. Ky/California delima.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Chris for grabbing this on the way through Colorado Spings. Poured a dark amber a bit red. Lots of bubbles. Khaki head very creamy but fades quickly no lacing. Smell is fairly one dimensional and potent it's advertising the presence of sour cherries. Taste is all about cherries and currants it's sour but not puckeringly aggressive. There is a bit of sweetness and acid reminiscent of raspberries. A light dose of funk but thankfully not over the top and it works well here. Medium light body and brightly carbonated. Finish is cherry, tart, and dry. Definitely shows off the Pinot barrel aging. Very good.

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy brown amber color with a modest fuzzy white cover and lots of lacing. The aroma is undoubtedly floral cherry with a subtle lemony air. If you enjoy sours this is pretty nice. The flavor initially says sour sour sour! Yikes. It has a definitive Alka-Seltzer quality with cherries on steroids. It's a bit lemony with granny apple cherry tart bite. Quite a lip twister with a hyperactive carbonation that keeps a lively feel in a mid-light bodied fizzy brew. It's pretty drinkable if you go for this sour stuffn and I do. Nice.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of GRG1313. Batch 04x04. Served in my CL tulip at 53 degrees. Pours a pleasant caramel hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a one inch, dense and creamy off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Textured bands of lacing are revealed as the brew recedes. Nose expresses tart cherries, a buttery quality and a trace of American Oak. Cherry is much more muted in the flavor profile. There is also a vinegary and citrus character dispersed throughout. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright, lively carbonation, some acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands and a semi-dry finish. This is a solid American Wild - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite complex and refreshing.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,295 ratings.
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