Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

6,339 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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3.25/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Cresant
3.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 375 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Batch 04X1. The body was a murky light brown. The tan head left fine bubbles that lingered.

Smell was woody and earthy. Not fruity.

Taste was tart and drying. Wine like. No sign of cherries here. Slight fruit in the aftertaste. Not funky. I like this beer but I expected more fruit. I always enjoy sour, dry beers and this fits that bill.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and had fine carbonation.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance - Pours a murky copper color with a picturesque tight white finger length head. Lite lacing on the sides, as it forms small patches in spots.

Smell - Cherries and oak are present immediately. Very sour smell, almost akin to a flemish ale (DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE).

Taste & Mouthfeel - Wow! This is a sour beer! It's so tangy and sour you can't really taste much else. Definitely a sweet cheery flavor with a light oakiness to it. Feels very carbonated in the mouth but smooths out quickly, and finishes very dry.

Drinkability - Not quite what I expected. I expected it to be much sweeter and more balanced than just a huge sour tartness. A cool beer for the style, but I don't get all the hype. I could throw one back every once in a while, but not something I would seek out as an elite beer. Too tart to the Extreme for my taste.

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Photo of MatthewPatthew
3.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great sour to help ring in the new year.

A: Fairly opaque, very dark burnt orange. Quickly dissipating, small bubbled white head.

S: Smells very strongly of lacto-sour. That smell is so distinctive and overpowering that it's

T: Distinctly sour, hard to pick out any outstanding hops or malts, but it's notable for it's lack of a harshness at the end of the taste. The tart cherry flavor is pretty up front in the flavor profile.

M: Med-light body.

D: Fairly drinkable, very good for a sour though.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.4/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 375 ml bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip. Batch 04X5

The beer is a deep amber, clear save for the little bits of somethingoranother floating around in it. The head is off-white very full and fluffy and prone to lacing and leaving fluff.

Nose is lactic-acid, like buttermilk. Upon warming a bit I note some brown spices and green grasses.

Taste is sour with a bit of tartness. No, really. I can flesh out a bit of sweetness back there someplace and some plum but this is one tart treat. I imagine some more complexity could be there someplace...

mouthfeel is light and finish is dry.

Drinkability suffers both from the extreme tartness and the hefty price tag, though it is remarkable nonetheless.

I think I will not be buying much more of this beer. It is interesting and sour to be sure but not so much to my liking.


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Photo of AgentMunky
3.44/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a brandy snifter. Batch 008. Brewed on 20 August 2010. Bottled 14 November 2011.

A: No head, but lots of initial bubbles. Clearish. A ruddy orange, somewhere between amber, russet, pink, and ruby. Astounding.

S: Red wine and brettanomyces. I find little oak, but there are some rich cherries and perhaps almond.

T: Huge initial sourness reminds me unfortunately of pickle brine, one of my huge complaints against some Geuze. Indeed, the similarity in taste is not superficial. However, the added cherries come to the rescue towards the latter half of the flavour, offering an excellent sweet fruity finish. Otherwise, Supplication is dry, winey, and puckery, tasting more alcoholic than it is. Some grape peel and fermented fruit is not always pleasant.

M: The spirited carbonation (the cork shot across the room) and sheer sourness necessitate smallish sips, but the mouthfeel is none the less for that.

O: So I didn't particularly enjoy it (even though I loved Temptation), but I guess I can see where it's a goodish beer. I certainly would not recommend it, but I guess if sours are your think, grab one. Meh.

Primary Yeast: Abbey Ale Yeast
Conditioning Yeast: Rockpile

EDIT (14 April 2012): Drinking it on-tap in the brewpub, I enjoy it much more.

EDIT (10 November 2012): Batch 010. Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

4A: Translucent, pale, ruddy amber. Light head, light lace.

4S: Oak and Brett. Tart fruit blends with the wood aging and conspires to smell like an Oud Bruin. Deep and tannic.

3.5T/3M: Thin and sour maintaste with a hint of balsamic vinegar. The aftertaste is candyish (think red apple Jolly Rancher). The mouthfeel lacks presence, weight, and pizazz. I don't get the appeal of this beer.

3.5O: Eh, it's alright, but RR makes a lot of beers that are better and there are many sours/wild ales that top this one. Not recommended in bottles.

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Photo of JDV
3.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by chadspivey
Pours a rosey amber color with no head. More pleasant nose than most any of the other sours I sampled on the same evening. Nose of sourness, like funk and some dark fruitines. Taste is very tart, mild sweetness, and some fruitiness. Very oaky flavor and some dry, sour cherries as well. Quite tart indeed, yet still pretty drinkable. I can see this being really good, if Sours were my thing.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.48/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/5 fingers of white, bubbly head. Clear ambery copper, lots of bubbles.

S: Definitely smelling the wine and the cherries. Some grains, and some kind of weird faint whiff of cigarette smoke?

T: Whoa. Super sour! I don't usually like sour ales, but I kind of like this one, because it commits to being sour. The wine barrels are super noticeable. Crab apples. Cherries. Not getting a lot of beer tastes except at the finish some grains.

M: A little drying, some carbonation.

O: Pretty good, still not a fan of sour ales, but it's the best one I've had.

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,339 ratings.
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