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 Mateo2699
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8-25-15. Received in a trade. Not too familiar with the style, so read this review with a first timer views on sours. I'm just writing what comes to mind.

Pour is a dark brown, maroon/dark red hue. Pretty considerable carbonation with loud, tight white bubbles. Moderate lacing.

Smell is initial leather and cranberries. Interesting new car smell. Getting cherries and red wine. A bit of funk. Band aids ? Smells like a hospital. (Once again, first time reviewing sours) Sweet oak and wood.

Taste is initial tart foward, but nothing overpowering. Getting some apple cider twang, subtle vinager, leathery funk, oak and wood. Some pretty heavy cranberry and cherries as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated but not enough to take away anything. Medium bodied.

Overall this is the first fruited sour I've ever took time to analyze. Definitely opens to door for me to check out more.

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label data: BOTTLE ON 082515

Dark, orange-brown body; very fine carbonation; thick, billowy, white head. Rather faint, malty aroma with that wild, brett-like quality; cherry and blackberry scent. Tart, sour cherry flavor; acidic. Very sharp, earthy bite; fine fizziness; tangy; dry.

Hmm. Overall, a fine, mouth-twisting tang and sourness to this beer. It comes across with a hard, biting crispness but with a decidedly soft and airy mouthfeel. The cherry twang is front and center, and the appearance is dynamite. I can't really say there is much brown ale maltiness left with this other than the color, yet the overall taste (considering its a wild ale) still is outstanding. Well, this is an awesome beer in all it's quirky, awesome glory...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a mostly clear dark red, with a small head, and not much in the way of lacing.

Smells like sour cherry, light leathery funk, some white wine, a bit of oak, and some lemony tartness.

This was the first sour I ever had, and I thought it was terrible. I didn't really understand sours. But now, having this again, a few years later, I can see how great it is. It's got a great sour macerated cherry flavor, a bit of oaky bitterness, some leathery funk, and a nice sharp acidity. The base brown ale is fairly present still, with some breadiness, and a little bit of sweetness. This is awesome.

This is medium bodied, with a juicy and tart mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

One of the best and most classic fruited sours out there. Near perfection.

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Photo of Zanico
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not much experience with this style. Wasn't sure how I felt about it at first, but the longer a drank it the more I liked it. Will certainly be trying this and more like this in the future.

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Photo of parkeak0
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful whiskey amber color. Poured carefully out of sediment considerations. Moderate head subsides rather quickly, some lacing.

Nose is bracing and extremely pleasant -- wine, vinegar, and cherry are all prominent. Palate follows, with tartness straddling the line between inadequately and overly sour for my tastes. Apple cider vinegar, sour cherry, but also some subtle but very useful sweetness/caramel. This beer is not one dimensionally sour and fruit forward like some of this style, and this dimension really makes the beer sing. Finish is long and delicious.

So damn good. One of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks beautiful. Pinot is the most beautiful wine and it seems to have rubbed off on this one. Sticky looking to a point as it has legs on the sides of the glass.

Great aroma of cherries, pepper, and vanilla. Sour perfection, it brings out the flavor and opens up your taste buds.

Crisp and delicious with enough aftertaste to remind you of the magic you are drinking.

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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 TrojanRB
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Simon Pearce tulip. Bottled 8/25/15, drank 1/18/16.

Reddish brown color with very thin white head

Tart nose. Cranberries, cherries

Crisp taste, sour without being overpowering. The wine barrels have mellowed it, and imparted a smoothness you don't normally find..not harsh at all. Berries, a bit of rose wine.

Dances on the tongue. Light without being heavily carbonated

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Photo of VetsPackage
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sharing a birthday with a bottle dated 1/16/15
No hiding the use of pinot barrels or cherries in this one. Moderately strong barrel character, one of the oakier sours I've had and accurately reflects the time some of these blends spent in wood. Cherry taste is more earthy than sweet/tart. Very restrained sourness to the beer, can see why this is so popular as it serves as a great intro to the sour style. I like them a little more aggressive than this but it's easy to see how this beer has stood the test of time.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

During my trip to the brewery for the PtY release last year, I was fortunate to try RR's massive sampler! This was by far one of my favorites in the sampler. The couple of wild/sour beers in the sampler were spot on. Very distinct aroma, appearance, and flavor profile - it had that RR touch to it. Great medium body with a vinegar back end - just what I'm looking for in a sour beer.

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Photo of WillDavis707
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best sour around. At least from what iv had, all other sours are measured to this one, and none have come close.

Pours a hazy red/purple, and you can smell the tart right out of the bottle. The wine barrel aging really rounds this beer out and gives it a great depth of flavor. Sour cherries and strawberry notes with just a bit of funk

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Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged bottle with a bottling date of 011615. Sampled on December 28, 2015. Received in trade from a non BA member.

Attractive amber-range pour with modest head. Some red hues in the light.

Big aroma of wine, grapes, cherries, and wild yeast. A hint of spice.

Medium to full body,.

The taste is tart and sour but not overwhelming. Decent toasted malts in the mix. A peppery note. This is a wild ale that I could drink often.

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Photo of imstimpy
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Russian River wile ales. It is a cherry sour done right! The nose and taste are cherries and tart cherries. It is tart, but not too tart. Brett, but not too brett.

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Photo of danh53
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge barrel character. Oak and char with some vanilla and wine character. Vinegar, brett, and big cherry notes. Finishes dry and clean. Drinks smooth. Mouth feel is only medium, but the huge barrel character makes this feel like a bigger beer. Excellent sour. Very much worth what it takes to trade for this.

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

Good sour beer, the cherries come through well but the acidity was a tad over for me, shared a bottle and struggled a bit with the excess sourness. It's a very well made beer.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper color. Not much off white head.
Smell is cherries, oak, slightly acidic, brett funk and leather/band aidy phenols.
Flavor is strong tart cherry up front, some funk and oak on the back end. Finishes medium dry with some alcoholic sweetness.
Very thin and a bit fizzy. Disappointing in this regard.
Feel is a big letdown, but still an enjoyable wild ale.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Dark Amber

Great smell. I mean world class Cherry tart. Pinot noir.

The bitterness from the cherry tart is great on the taste. The oak finished smooth.

Great carbonation yet creamy. How?

What a truly special brew.

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Photo of -Rick
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great sour! Reddish brown look with not much head. Great lacing all the way till the end. Smells tart, lemon juice, lime, red wine, cherry, and a lot of funk. Taste is red wine and cherry up front, crisp at first, followed by a super tart finish. A good amount of carbonation in here, and so very well balanced. This is just great. One of the best sours on the market. Bottle dated Jan/2014

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Redish/amber color without much head or lacing

Smell - Oaky to the max with cherries, malt, and yeast

Taste - Medium tartness/sourness with an oaky cherry taste that has a distinct dryness due to the Pinot Noir barrels. Slightly funky. The brown ale base beer gives this a mellowing dark malt presence and enhances the sour and fruit aspects of this beer.

Feel - Light mouthfeel, which combined with the light carbonation makes for a smooth sip (or gulp).

Overall - Not necessarily worthy of the hype it generates, but it is still an excellent wild ale at a price that doesn't stress my wallet... an easy buy for those who like sours and have access to this beer.

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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 RLVineh
4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brett on the nose is strong, hint of cherry but not too much. Taste is strong yeast, hint of sweetness from the cherries, but wine definitely drowns out the noise. Body is try like wine, leaves the palate dry. Overall disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage reviewed on 11/15/15:
Pours a gorgeous red color with little head. Aroma of cherry, oak, lactic acid, green apple, Pinot Noir... flavor follows the aroma with tart raspberry, cranberry, vanilla, citrus, slight lambic-like funk, Pinot, and tannins from both the barrels and dried cherry skins ..complex, balanced and absolutely wonderful. The feel is light and spot on for the style. Sparkling carbonation. Overall, a spectacular beer.

12/2014 Vintage reviewed on 3/13/16:
Pours an amber/copper with small off white head. Aroma of green apple, oak, funk, slight wine barrel, slight malt. Flavor follows the aroma with hints of cherry and a slightly different "twang than the other bottle reviewed that was 1 yr younger(fresh). The year of age has affected the color and flavor of this beer tremendously. I get much less of a red color, and much more funk and acetic notes than the fresh bottle. It is neither good nor bad comparing, just different. Very pleasing. More vinous. Carbonation is slightly higher but not tremendously.

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Photo of ddugan
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle. Pours a nice red color with minimal head. Smells of cherry and oak from the barrels. Really like the smell of this ale. Taste is cherries, oak, and red wine. Very good carbonation for a nice mouthfeel. Overall a very good wild ale.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull red/amber with a thin white head. Smell of grape juice is immediately present. Some paint thinner in the nose but not much. You can tell it's gonna be sour. Taste is sour grape juice with slight alcohol. Slight oak quality from the barrel aging. Mouthfeel is crisp like a champagne but with a bit of chewyness. Overall a great sour ale. I wouldn't say one of the best but it's damn tasty.

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Photo of zonker17
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10/21/13 consumed 11/1/15. Amber and copper color with no head retention or lacing. Definite cherry and wood nose. Sour cherries and pinot like mad flavor. Very glad to have tried.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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