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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,461 | Ratings: 6,295
Photo of schinebd
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 3

A - A cloudy burnt brownish color that sits squarely between a belgian pale and belgian dark. A moderate brownish white head builds and recedes quickly, with a little that retains and remains. Unique.

S - Certainly a tart aroma from the cherries and smorgasbord of other fruit underscored by biscuity spice and some wet leather brett aroma. Sweet, earthy, funky and spicy, with each facet taking its proper place.

T - Having had Temptation recently, I was anxious to see if Supplication was both as distinct and excellent as her blonde sister. Amazingly the answer is yes. Up front is some intense sour and tartness. It takes a few sips to get past the sourness and get the heart of this brew. The sourness gives way to some caramel malt bread taste. Some mild funk sticks its head in to say hello somewhere in the middle, but the Brett makes a quick visit, and goes as fast as he came. In the end is a nice rise of pure sweetness from cherries, grapes, melons oh my which goes against some yeast spice. Some oakiness lives in the breath.

M & D - Light/medium bodied with just the right balance of carbonation and smoothness to enhance the flavors. The sourness dries the tongue right out, and the flavors make you yearn for the next sip. A winning combination, but I'm not looking the empty glass that my future soon holds.

 1,337 characters

Photo of Aenema
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 003
Appearance - Pours a reddish-orange brown with a slight tan head that quickly fades.
Smell - Tart cherries, hay, brett funk.
Taste - Puckeringly tart, cherry, some pinot and oak. Awesome, complex flavors.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium-bodied and highly carbonated with fine bubbles. Very nice dry, crisp finish.
Drinkability - Very smooth with great flavor, I could drink this all day.

 393 characters

Photo of rpstevens
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JDV for this bottle, batch 003. Poured into a dogfish head signature glass.

The beer pours a muddy/ruby red with a one finger off-white head. The beer is very carbonated and looks very appealing.

The smell is all tart/sour cherries with a little malt in the background. There is definitely some funk in the background, nothing extreme, but a nice earthy funk that blends with the slight oak barrel scent under all that tart cherry.

The smell is sour cherry followed by some more sour cherry!! What an awesome wave of sour, bordering on bitter, flavors. The sweetness from the brown ale along with the slight oakiness come through to balance the tart cherry at the end, but that is very minimal.

The mouthfeel of the beer is perfect for the style, it is well carbonated, dry and crisp. This is a beer that I wish I had multiple bottles of, and something I would like to drink all the time for sure.

 911 characters

Photo of auroracrisis
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from MrChopin. Poured into an oversized wine glass from the bottle. Batch 003

Pours a reddsih brown with no head which isn't surprising. I don't think I've ever had anything with a wild yeast that has had a head. It's a bit murky too. Definitely true to the style, a good looking beer.

Smells acidic with some barnyard funk. The cherries come through a bit with the funk.

Tastes acidic but not overly so. This is a perfect amount of tartness and sourness. The cherries come through as well but not too much. If you didn't tell me to look for them I may have not tasted them.

Mouthfeel is great. Almost the perfect body for this kind of beer. It isn't thin and it isn't thick. Probably because the base beer for this was a brown ale.

Drinkability is high, I want more of this but I couldn't see myself craving this all night.

 850 characters

Photo of fiver29
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle batch 003. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick white head. Smells musty and sour. Has a medium mouthfeel. Taste is very complex and has many flavors including: oak, sour, fruit, tartness, pepper spice, and some acidic spiciness. Overall this is not a punch you in the mouth sour like some of the other sours out there. Its more subtle. Its more drinkable. My drinking buddy commented its like eating a piece and candy and wanting more. That's what its like between sips. Overall a great brew.

 508 characters

Photo of MMAJYK
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Supplication Batch 3

A. Light copper color with a thin ring of foam covering the top.

S. Cherries, lemons, funk-tastic-ness (Brett, Lacto, etc etc). Sherry like oxidative notes with some woodsy aromas thrown in. This beer is uber complex.

T. Orange and lemon tartness with some barnyard funk. Lime peel, sherry, slight bubblegum and a touch of caramel sweetness is about all I can pick out. This beer is crazy, over the top complex.

M. Thin to medium in the mouth--quite zingy in terms of carbonation. Somewhat puckering but that's what I wanted with this beer.

D. On this hot, summer brew-day, this beer really does myself and mrandypandy well. So complex and lively. This beer has like 2000 different tastes going on. It feels like a sour pogo-stick jumping around on my tongue. Nice job, guys!

 806 characters

Photo of spointon
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12.9oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass. This was batch number 003.

A= This sour ale poured a very hazy orange/amber color with a now-you-see-it-now-you-don't 3/4" off white head that appeared and disappeared completely in a heartbeat. No lacing to speak of.

S= This one gave a general aroma of sourness and tartness for sure, but I also found grapes, wine, and some background sweetness. The sour character of this beer lent a certain baryard funk to the initial smell that was pretty complex. The barrel lent just a hing of wood smell.

T= Some fairly faint malt shot underneath a big sour tartness. Though throughout there are hints at a myriad of flavors like grapes, cherries, wood, etc I found the sourness and the spicy yeast character to be most prominent. Though I am not well versed in sour ales, this definitely has a great deal of appeal to me in the flavor department. Finished very dry and tart.

MF= Medium bodied made to feel lighter by a near-magical carbonation level. I say that because after 10 minutes in the glass, there is not a bubble or sign of cabonation to be seen yet this ale felt dry and very crisp on my tongue.

D= This was easily the best sour I have had to class for sure. I really appreciated the flavors without being overwhelmed by them. Despite the challenging nature of this sour, I believe it would be easy to have a couple in one sitting.

 1,425 characters

Photo of rfgetz
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Sunburst amber, no real head save for the bubbles rising to the top

S- Earthy notes of grape, must, leaves, dark fruit, leather and hints of spice

T- Tart and acidic dark cherry fruits with hints of oak, leather and earth but like a fine wine where it was fully balanced and smooth

M- Smooth and perfectly carbonated. Nice tart coating

D- Amazingly balanced and smooth for a sour. A leader in its class.

 410 characters

Photo of philipquarles
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from Batch 3. Pours an opaque dark copper with a fluffy white-orange head that isn't quite as substantial as one would hope. Some sediment. Smells heavily acidic with plenty of leathery brett character. Earthy with some cherry notes. Sharp, acidic taste with noticeable barnyard character. Woody and tannic. The cherry flavors are much stronger here than in the nose. Unapologetically sour and dry. Medium body with high carbonation. Fantastic.

 457 characters

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 003, thanks muenchnerkindl for this one.
Small corked bottle, opens with a very loud pop, poured into a tulip.

Dark golden, medium sized white head good retention and lacing.
Aroma is tart and acid, fruity, funky, with a hint of oak and vanilla.
Medium bodied yet refreshing; tart and acidic notes dominate the flavor. Fruitiness, some spiciness, with faint vanilla and oak.
This is a very nice beer, but IMHO, not nearly enough for the top 50. Certainly worth a try.

 479 characters

Photo of craytonic
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 003

Appearance: rusty amber mahogany with a bit of orange on the edges. Some lacing.

Smell: Very complex - Oak sour cherries, pinot noir, and a delicious funk with some horse blanket, mushrooms, etc

Taste: French oak, dry with strong tannins, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, hint of molasses, sour cherries, pinot noir, leather, bit of tobacco, plum, dates, a bit of vinegar and funk. Amazingly integrated. Nice, big malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Why isn't this a 750ml?!?


Just tried batch four, moved mouthfeel down a notch as it is overcarbonated (and will probably get even more so).

 648 characters

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003
Poured from 375ml bottle into Duvel tulip.
A nice "pop" once the cork came off...a nice sound. ;-)

A - Pours a burnt orange with a white fizzy head. Bubbles linger on top and around the edge of the glass. Carbonation continues to rise up from the bottle of the glass to the top. Some lacing, but the head isn't all that sticky, which doesn't bother me at all.

S - A wonderful fruity tart smell immediately hits the nose. Lots of oranges, apples, mangos, pineapple mixed with some wonderful sour cherries, lemons, and limes. A fruit explosion, you could say. There isn't an overpowering of either, a perfect match, which is something I look for in an American Wild Ale. Too much of one or the other takes away from the beer - this is a perfect balance.

T - Nice and tart/sour right off the bat but not much sweetness at all, which is surprising because of the nose. I also get some oak/wood flavors. A dry finish, much like champagne. The aftertaste is where I get some fruity sweetness - very nice. Really enjoyable, just what I was looking for when I opened this bottle.

M - Very nice and rich, although light in body. Nice fizzy carbonation which matches perfectly with the style. I'm enjoying this one much like a glass of fine champagne, probably even more.

D - A really enjoyable AWA that I'm going to look for again. I know it's getting hard to find, but hopefully I'll be able to trade for another down the road. RR does it yet again!

 1,456 characters

Photo of jjanega08
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a great amber cherry red with a beautiful two finger thick creamy off white head that keeps great tention and amazing lacing.
S= cherries and sourness. A slight touch of wood. Some vinegar and funk is also present.
T= really quite interesting. Smooth cherry sourness with a touch of funk. Lots of great wood characteristics come in to mellow the whole thing out. Some funkyness but nothing overebearing. This beer is simply breathtaking.
M= super dry finish and very very smooth. Amazing
D= super amazing. One of the best beers I've ever had by far. Lew me away.

 572 characters

Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12.70 fl. oz. (375 ml) bottle
Batch 003
Served in a tulip
Acquired in a trade with mikesgroove

Review #425

The beer poured a hazy, orangey-amber color with a bubbly, light tan, one-finger head that quickly faded to a frothy mass. As the beer warmed, the chill hazed disappeared and the beer turned a brilliant copper-amber color. Odd shaped blocks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly interesting and complex. Funky and sour with obvious brett characteristics. Semi-sweet, sour cherry and lemon peel notes came through as well. Crisp and musty with a barnyardy twang.

The taste was even more impressive than the aroma. Lots of brett and funk right from the start. Maltier and richer however than your average sour ale. As in the aroma, sour cherry notes were apparent. The fruity, sweet/tart cherry flavor really helped to balance out the beer. Hints of vinegar appeared in the lingering, dry, oaky and tannic finish. White wine-like characteristics (pinot noir?) were also noticeable. Overall, an incredibly complex brew.

The mouthfeel was creamy, frothy and silky smooth with a fine yet lively effervescence. This sour definitely had a bit more heft than I am used to for the style.

Drinkability was outstanding. The beer was funky and tart but well balanced by the rich malts and sweet/tart fruity notes. Furthermore, the 7% ABV was barely detectable. I wish I could have sipped this one all night long.

This was definitely the best Russian River sour I have had to date and possibly the best sour overall. Not only did this beer contain an amazing amount of intensity and complexity but it displayed a level of balance demonstrated by few others. This brew is destined to be a classic.

 1,731 characters

Photo of CoolJosh
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Tasting: This was the first beer brought out, courtesy of Dyan. Caged and corked 375ml, and poured into a high stemmed tulip.

This pours a body that is a very shiny and slightly hazy orange-copper body. Slight white creamy head that laces well.

The smell is very floral, with an incredibly nice oak component. Sour tart cherry, pinot noir blend with with primary scents. Brett acts more a background plug-in. Light fruits are prevalent, as well.

Incredibly tart, mouth puckering cherry is matched with incredible oak age and a very well executed Brett/lemon sourness. Sour grapes standout, and add for an impeccable taste. This is such an easy drink with many pinot noir characteristics.

This served for a great start to the day, thanks again Dyan!

 764 characters

Photo of OlieIPA
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a day in which I was able to celebrate my birthday, go to Port Brewing's 3rd anniversary party, devour two pints of Angel Share, and go to O'brien's...a good buddy of mine, decided to end our day of triumph by purchasing a bottle of Supplication. Thanks Mauerhan, and to all those that made this birthday remarkable.

A: As I have come to expect with most American Wild Ale's, this brew boasted a prune juice like hue with cherry highlights to go along with it. Carbonation was visibly abundant as was the thick layer of lacing clinging to the edge of my glass.

S: Unlike other sours I've had, Supplication seems to have a complexity that separates itself from others within the same style. Nice cherry notes throughout the whole whiff which helps mask the strong sour yeast components. The brown ale characteristics are slightly noticeable.

T: The brown ale subtleties in the aroma definitely come through a lot more on the palate, as does the strong and swift tart flavor that puckers and constricts the tongue/lips (Don't give me a hard time on that last line Victor...cause I know what you're thinking). The cherries on the other hand, back off and let the other qualities of the beer take over. Alcohol adds some punch and kick to the flavor profile also.

M: More than enough carbonation...which I feel fits and adds a refreshing quality to the "lambic" style ales. I like it a lot!

D: Very impressed! Not necessarily an easy drinker, but full of flavor and refreshes you in a way that is unique to other beers within this same genre. I loved this beer the first time I had it, and I still think it's among some of the best sours I've had.

Overall: What a way to finish off a wonderful birthday...sorry, had to mention it once more. Anyways, this beer is worth getting your hands on, even if you don't like this style of beer. More flavor than you would expect and a great beer overall. Cheers!

 1,909 characters

Photo of treyrab
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dyan for bringing this to our Graduation Tasting! I have been yearning for this beer for a long, long time and finally got a taste!

A: Pours a hazy brown with noticeable crimson and brick colored hues. Yields a nice off white with a nice noticeable spritziness and carbonation.

S: Wow. Tons of lemon soaked red grapes, nice Cabernet or another red wine, lemon and yeast funk. This is a very complex smelling beer.

T: Just an incredible sour. Nice vinous qualities with red wine, red grapes, lemon tartness, dry oakiness and some light grapes as well. One of the most complex sours yet nice and easy to drink.

Overall, this was an incredible beer. Thanks again to Dyan and I can't wait to try this again!

 717 characters

Photo of jmalex
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Continuing my tradition of a Russian River sour on my birthday each year. This will finish the day off nicely.

Batch 002

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin tulip a somewhat murky reddish brown. There's not much of a head on it - instead it forms a thick white collar with a splotchy haze of foam across the surface of the beer.

SMELL: Damn. In stream of conscious form: sour, tart, deep, complex, vinous, dark fruits, chocolate-covered cherries, alcohol. And one more: awesome.

TASTE: Insanely tart right from the get go. As it subsides, a major fruitiness develops then starts going 100 different ways. There's a decent alcoholic heat on the end as well as a mild bitterness that I cannot believe would be from any hops. And then it keeps going. The flavor of chocolate is left in your mouth even after you swallow. And as if that wasn't enough, your mouth then seizes up with an intense tartness leaving you wanting.. no, needing another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation is a tad low, perhaps due to the 2+ years of storage I gave this beer. The body is, well, bone dry.

DRINKABILITY: This beer is beyond awesome and I wish I could drink it forever. That is all.

If my calculations were correct, this should be the beer that puts the first drop of beer in my mug. Matching it up with review #300 would have awesome, but that just means I have another excuse to open up something awesome again soon. As it is, I'm still reeling from the fact that this bottle will no longer be in my 'cellar'. My spreadsheet says I bought it on 4-18-07 - over 2 years ago. But a birthday is a great day to reward all that patience.

 1,621 characters

Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3. Had this one on Russian River Day at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Clear amber with a thin white head.

S-Oaky, smoky stopping just shy of charcoal, lots of tart sour cherry notes.

T-Moderate barnyard funky notes, lots of sour cherry juice, other dark fruits like plum, a bit acidic. Nicely complex.

M-Bright sparkling carbonation, rather light bodied.

D-Excellent drinkability for the style. I rarely crave a second wild ale but I'd make an exception for this.


 470 characters

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

HUGE thanks to Floydster for hooking me up with this great brew. Batch 003. 375 ml poured into my snifter. I am consuming this as I review it.

A- Body is a very hazy IPA-like amber hue. Pours with a nice, bubbly 1-2 finger head that immediately subsides to a thick collar and has great retention from there. Cloudiness is thick and mostly uniform with some dynamic yeast sediment floating around at the bottom.

S-The first thing that comes to the nose is slightly sour with a big accent on vinegar but a slightly acidic sourness as well. Behind this is sweet orange, exotic fruit, and a hint of cherry as well as a hint of vanilla and oak.

T- Slightly salty flavor upfront accompanied by a slight vinegar sourness. Behind this is some oak and a slight presence of exotic fruit but the cherry is a bit hard to detect. More oak and perhaps cherry pits come through for the finish as the initial sourness and saltiness wears off. What lingers is the remnants of oak and cherry flavors as well as a slight acidic bitterness.

M-High tingly carbonation and medium weight body. Body is not crass but does have a slightly acidic tone to it.

D- This is another great sour from RR. Not as good as their other sours that I have tried, IMO...but still a very very good sour. This one has a bit more of a vinegar presence than the others but is still a very good, well done beer. I am looking forward to Consecration and their other beers that I have not tried yet.

 1,457 characters

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. least until next year.

 2,662 characters

Photo of schroederm
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip:

This brew has some seriously insane lacing over and amber/copper hazy body. From the moment the cork is popped, the room fills with a sour aroma. The nose also has green apple, raisin, and coriander. The taste has pounds of sweet and sour, with a pleasant green apple tartness in the beginning and a sour bitter finish that gives way to a cherry aftertaste. Extremely thick mouthfeel for the style and carbonation that ably delivers flavor. So delicious... I could drink quite a bit of this.

Overall: Supplication was my first sour. Wow, this is incredible. I can't believe what I've been missing.

 611 characters

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, batch 5, 01/11. Big thanks to drabmuh for this amazing extra.

Pours deep, glowing red with a copper tint. Thin, fluffy off-white head that fades into some soapy suds.

Nose is really complex - red grape skins and a bit of sour cherry, nicely sour with a light barnyard funkiness that has the signature - I don't know, authenticity? Complexity? - of Russian River's bigs. Vinous, very interesting.

Taste starts with a beautiful combination of sour bite and tannic, vinous red grape skins. Sourness isn't too in your face, but it's certainly set off by the clear, vinous red grape character that just shines. Finish is puckering, a bit astringent, faint lingering acidity in the back of the throat after the initial bite.

Mouthfeel is dry, puckeringly sour, light body with crisp carbonation. Beautifully drinkable.

Bottle, batch 3, 07/08.

Pours a dark orange amber, very hazy, slightly off-white fluffy head.

Aroma is sour cherry, a bit of citrusy, almost orangey acidity, vinous.

Taste is sharp tartness up front, bit of vinegar, with a citrusy acidity on the finish - a bit earthy also, woody barnyard.

Crisp and so light in body. Beautifully done beer.

 1,175 characters

Photo of pwoods
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a burning ruby amber with good clarity. A large, fluffy, lightly tinted head forms and holds pretty well. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Nice clean sour and lightly tart aroma. Plenty of the sour cherries coming through along with plenty more of the wine like tannins. A pleasant sweetness plays well with the lightly tart wheat malts. Some woody and earthy notes from the oak.

T/M: Sourness is at a good level and the tartness has definitely been bumped up some since I had this last. More of the sour cherries and tannin qualities as well as a pretty distinctive pear taste. Definitely a bit more funk has formed in the year or so that this has been out lending some musty, dewy flavors as well as some light cheesy flavor(almost nutty and salty like parm-reg). Body is medium to medium light and pretty healthy carbonation. Finishes very dry and a bit puckering and it only gets more puckering as it warms and as I drink more. Not a bad thing :)

D: The 12.7oz. is definitely enough for me but that doesn't mean it becomes too much. Refreshing and drinkable even with the enhancements from the age.

 1,166 characters

Photo of Jagger
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade,big thanks to ralflord

App: Hazy golden in color w pronounced carbonation and white head that lingers although thin

Aroma: Oak barrel, sour mustiness (a la Cantillon), faint hint of sour cherries. Oak prevalent but in a wonderful way, slight scent of sweet hay in there as well. Some of that barnyard funkiness comes too.

Taste: Sweet tart cherry sourness up front dominates flavor, acidic and very dry, oak barrel flavor comes through as well

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level and tartness dominate the overall mouthfeel,dry and crisp, sourness lingers to the finish

Overall: Wonderful sour barrel aged beer, sourness,cherries and funkiness all play together nicely. Very enjoyable

 702 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.