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
Ratings:
6,330
Reviews:
1,466
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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2,721
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2,191
For Trade:
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Photo of Snig623
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Tulip glass.
Batch 005x4

Appearance - Reddish amber with a 1 finger tan head.

Smell - Cherry, wood, red wine-like.

Taste - Sour Cherries, apple, oak.

Drink - Very carbonated. Tartness hits you hard, but calms down. Lingers in the mouth.

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Photo of jpearce4
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harrymel
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rating based on most current review:

13DEC11 review:
Batch 005x4 - Brewed 2009, bottled May 2010
A: A lovely amber ale pours from the bottle and falls under a finger of taupe foam of fine nature. The foam settles into a solid, thick sheet of the same. Sandy, spotty lace. Excellent clarity. Looks both rustic and inviting. (4.5)
S: What jumps out at me immediately is how much this smells like a Flanders Red now, oak and cherry hues over an apple cider vinegar intonation. There's a tannic characteristic in the nose as well. There's a slight grassy funk which is woven into the tart and woody characteristics quite well. Although there is much going on here, I find the nose a little too delicate. (4)
T: Tart with cherries so dominant. I am very, very surprised on how pronounced the cherry is here. It is followed through with oak, dry grapes, and interesting canned spinach flavor. I'm noting an umami/leather flavor as well. Complex, intriguing. There's a bitter undertone that is just bitter enough to impress me to reserve appreciation for the other flavors, but just as I start to get annoyed, it seems fleeting, and I almost seek out the bitterness to help clean the medium of my tongue. The tart aspect of the beer is inhibited by this bitterness in so much as it accentuates the character and marries the other nuances of the beer together. Seriously, this is really, really well blended beer. Impressive. (4.5)
M: Medium bodied and lively foam conspire to a really velvety feel and as this roams my mouth, I think it will dry it out. Upon swallowing and exhaling, my mouth is simply wet and the notes are warmed via alcohol and blossom back through the mouth. Really nice feel here. I'm hard pressed to think of what I would change here, can't think of a thing, a hard earned 5 here. (5)
O: I am struggling to think of another beer in this particular style I prefer to this one. I am calling this a Flander's Style, and I am only considering one other in the realm that competes for me: Dissident. And only time will tell if the '11 batch will meet expectations. I really enjoy this beer. And although I'm not likely to go out of my way to find it as much, I would likely grab some next time I see it on the shelves. (4)

25JAN11 review:
Batch 005x3 - '09, bottled May 2010
A: Beautiful blood orange color. Light and sandy lemon foam atop ale - two fingers which last for-ev-er. (4.5)
S: The smell of this burst out the bottle as the cork came out. Sour apple, cherry, farm funk, and grain all balance so beautifully I struggle to understand the process of developing this type of complexity in a beer. Goddamn gorgeous. (5)
T: So sour. Deliciously sour. So much going on here, I'm not going to waste time trying to articulate. (5)
M: Lovely carb tone with great latitude when gliding over the palate and I get to savor every. last. drop. (4.5)
D: Don't ever NOT drink this beer. (5)

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Photo of DoovisMG
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jayli
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from Dunt in Support Your Local Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a ruddy light brownish/red color with a two finger creamy, khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and just coats the glass with creamy sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is nice and tart - cherry and apple, a bit of funkiness, and a mild vinegar note.

T: Taste starts with a dose of tart cherry, mingled with a bit of funk. Middle has a bit of apple flavoring with a touch of oak and funk. Finish becomes extremely tart and vinegery with a touch of citrus bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp with a bone dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, mild kick, nice representation of style. I am kicking myself for not being in to sours when I was at RR last December - could have had this fresh on tap. I can't wait to have this again!

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Photo of braican
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ambruns1979
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goliath
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with one finger of slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and no lacing.

Aroma has some barnyard funk, fruit, and elludes to tartness.

Taste is very nice. Tart cherry with a dry finish makes the mouth water for more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and finely carbonated.

Drinkabilityi s fairly high. Alcohol is moderate and flavors are great, but tart beers are always limited in their consumption.

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Photo of Racinjoe
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much better in bottle then on tap

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Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003 - sampled April 6, 2009.

Sun blistered cognac that is, quite surprisingly, crystal clear. The complexion is immaculate and its tone radiant. The refermentation in bottle (the same process used in Champagne) was hugely successful at providing carbonation; the capping is firm, thick and thorough. It's said for Champagne that the smaller the bubbles the finer the wine - if these little acrobatic pin pricks are any indication this will be of the usual Vinnie Cilurzo high standard of quality.

Pouring the bottle at arms length I could pick up on the aromatics of fruit vinegar, musty oak and fruit juices. With my nose buried in the glass the funky trio of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus wild yeasts raddle the nose hairs. Its volatile, long-chained molecules then stream up the nasal passage, prancing through a pattern of receptors, before finally tickling the olfactory nerve cell at the bulb of the brain.

It is there, in the brain's olfactory cortex, where higher functions such as memory and emotion are coordinated with the sense of smell. My memory makes the connection to musty, wine soaked oak barrels, butterscotch and cherry juice. The emotion side recaptures the encounters of gueuze in Brussels, it reminisces the Red Ales of Flanders, and remembrance of a tasting in the barrel room in Santa Rosa.

The taste is, put simply, a sour red wine-like Belgian-style ale with tons of complex funk. More specifically, it's an intense fruitiness that includes plum, ripe raspberry, black cherry and red currant flavors. The taste of musty oak is prevalent and the backdrop is a combination of both metallic and malty notes. There are hints of butterscotch, an abundance of vanilla and spicy phenols in low amounts.

The mouthfeel is dominated by an acidic, tannic bitterness and a touch of oxidization. The sourness (which is still well shy of being puckering) imparts a noticeably acetic/vinegary character. There's also a touch of sherry-like character which, along with the brown malts, produces a sweet-and-sour profile (the sour outnumbering the sweet by 2:1). It has all the dryness of a white wine but all the complexities of an aged, vintage red.

I've enjoyed this batch more than the previous (002) but I appreciate the concept of each vintage being unique. Such annual changes burgeon with notions of immortality and evolution; the idea that the beer lives on to provide sustenance even after its grains are spent, the cherries rotted and the yeasts tired. The beautiful tragedy of it is the vintage is consumed and only the memory of it remains; thus conveying the transience of life.

...at least until next year.

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Photo of Philvillani
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml
$14.95
Batch 003

I was lucky enough to have errantnight pick me up a few of these from the brewery shortly after the last release, thanks Derek! Supplication fills the tulip a murky hazy deep crimson with hints of earth. The body glows with orange highlights when backlit but the murkiness is consistent. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush up the sides of the glass to the dirty beige head. A nice looking fingers worth of head formed on a soft pour and manages to stick around for the remainder of the drink. The head also seems to have a slight pinkish tint to it. Sheet lacing and drink lines are left down the glass. This is an excellent looking beer.

The brett is the first thing that hits my nose. Cobwebs and damp farmhouse soil are both mild but certainly present. There's tartness from the cherries which flow seamlessly into a mouthwatering sourness. The nose is very earthy with notes of wood, leathery qualities, and mustiness. The aroma of this beer is all around inviting and simply mouthwatering. Vinous wine like qualities takes a ghost like foothold in the background of this beer.

The tartness is right upfront but falls short of sour; it will get you to pucker slightly. The cherries used come around as soon as this beer hits my tongue along with the damp soil and acetic acid. The tartness seems to fade as time goes by and there's a touch of sweetness that keeps things reasonably balanced. The oak comes through nicely as this beer warms and the vinous qualities join the fun. All the flavors really come together as this beer begins to warm and the sweet/ sour characteristics play off each other very nicely.

The carbonation in this beer is spot on. It's aggressive and quick moving but soft enough to keep from being prickly. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and becomes airy the second it hits the tongue. The finish is dry and leaves me wanting more.

Like I said earlier each drink leaves me wanting another right away. Supplication is very thirst quenching and the sweet and sour flavors keep me coming back for more. I can see the acidity causing some problems over a long period of drinking though.

Supplication is another wonderful creation from Russian River. The levels of tartness along with the semi-sweet qualities make this a great beer. Very thirst quenching with a little of that puckering ability. Thanks for picking these up for me Derek!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing this as a surprise extra from AleWatcher was incredible. Check this guy out, he is a great guy.

375ml bottle, batch 04x1.
A- Well, the head here is a surprise. Many wilds that Ive had will have a really big head that fizzes up loudly and disappear violently quick. This one, however, is quite strong with tons of lacing. It will fade in size but it never really goes away. The beer is a deep, rich, earthy red. Totally hazed, but back lighting makes it glow with a more orange hue.

S- This beer benefits from a little time to breathe. At first it was weak but once it wakes up the nose is a trip to funky town. Tart cherries kick things off. Wood is one of the strongest elements here, it brings along a damp log essence. Red wine, a cheesiness, and a little bit of cellar and cardboard.

T- Very woody, but its so delicious. From there some bread dough comes along but gets blasted with sour cherries, red wine and some funk. A bit of vinegar. The finish is all bread crust and weathered wood.

M- Very highly carbonated, but further along in the bottle it dies down a touch. The finish is very dry, tart and stripping.

This beer in one word: Beseeching.

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Photo of Agold
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 006x2

Supplication pours a rose color with a bit of head retention and a small amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sour with a nice fruity cherry note, as it warms, a very distinct wine and funky side emerges. The taste has the cherries and a mild mild oak wine presence which is a nice counterpoint to the cherries and tartness, with the same character emerging as the beer warms. This beer is extremely light and refreshing and complex. Very enjoyable beer, especially for the summer. Very light and very well carbonated with a nice bite. Have not quite gotten into sours, but this is a very good beer to get going with.

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Photo of lateralundertow
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aquazr1
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle serves in a tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber color with a nice white foamy head. Nice head retention but little lacing.

S - Pick up the cherries immediately. Lovely aroma.

T - Nicely soured so as not to overwhelm.

M - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.

O - A well done sour. This bottle was dated 10/21/13. Going to put away a couple to see how they age.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet. One finger of head on a deep amber colored body.
The aroma is a sour smell with brown sugar, wood and raspberry all mixed up in the best way.
The taste is quite sour with wood and raspberry.
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation.
A great drink.

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Photo of abfraser
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at The Trappist with waltonc. Like the beer a little better than him but have similiar comments

A: Light reddish color, hazy. Virtually no head nor lacing

S: Tart cherries. A mild funk in the background but it's very subtle

T/M: Exactly like it smells. Tart cherries. A little tarter than I remember. A little earthiness, probably from the Brett even though I don't know for sure what that tastes like. Medium bodied and dry. Really good stuff.

D: I really enjoy this beer and could probably drink a couple of glasses. But too many sours in one night has me craving malty sweetness soon thereafter.

An excellent beer. Like this the most of the RR sours.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle Batch 005X3 split between the girlfriend and I. Served at cellar temperature.

A: Dark honey-amber body with steady carbonation bubbles rocketing to the surface. Fizzy and bubbly off-white head. Splotchy lacing and a nice retention cap.

S: Acidic cherry notes, light malt-vinegar, milky, faint wood and some sour citrus. End is apricots and bay leaves.

T: Immediate tartness washes over the entire palate. Some mild honeydew, cherry and papaya flavors give a great balance to the sour qualities. Nothing is overbearing or understated, really nice example of an American Wild.

M: Extremely bubbly and carbonated, though light on the palate. Overall, a wonderful mouth feel for the style.

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Photo of Bustersuess
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zestd
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dboon
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml batch 04X1. This might just be my favorite sour by RR. This sour solder is orange/amber in color with a small head. The old cake whole is inundated with tart and sour cherries, light fruit, oak, funk, and brett.

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Photo of silenius
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As I was drinking this beer I kept thinking to myself what restraint the brewer used in all the components added to the mix. This led me to realize that some remarkable craftsmanship went into the making of this beer.

Another brewer might have tried to make this into a big taste salad by upping the flavor profile. That would be a mistake in my opinion. This beer has many interlocking smells and flavors that each stand on their own and interplay with each other. An incredible job.

It pours slightly hazed orange red with no discernable solids in the body, but it was not clear. The head on the pour was nice and solid and lowered to a skim after a minute or so.

I think I dipped my nose in the glass more than I sipped. The smell is quite incredible. It starts with more of a slightly sour smell with some cherry pits, but as it warms it takes on a more winey character with a definite cedar smell. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer. It had many distinct but subtle smells - light balsamic vinegar, cherry pits, cedar, brown sugar, red wine, and a damp sweet earthiness. Truly amazing.

Taste was quite good as well, but not as complex as the nose. It had a light sour character that interplayed with some sweetness and a dry woodiness.

Mouthfeel was spot on - moderately thick, creamy carbonation and a slight drying.

What a great sipper.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,330 ratings.
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