Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

1,451 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 fireazzi
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first sour ever from Russian River and it did not disappoint. I've had several different batches and the older ones are better but still a great standard and you don't have to wait in any crazy lines for this gem.

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Photo of W_Des
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy reddish brown almost like a dull copper from the bottle. Nose has tart cherries, funk and woody oak. The body is a nice blend of subtle cherry flavor with oak and dry wine. Medium carbonation with a dry finish to a fantastic sour.

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Photo of FFreak
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an outstanding sour. Sent to me by my sister in Cali, poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy, dirty-cranberry red with a half-inch pink head that reduces to a continuous ring of tight bubbles. Aromas of cherries, yeast, oak. Taste is slightly sour cherries with oak, pinot grapes, and just a hint of fresh hay. Mouth is dry and lively. Overall, an exceptional sour beer, reminiscent of a fine wine.

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Photo of Its_a_Daniel_Life
3.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The sour notes never adjusted on my palate as I drank this brew. Not sure if it was the addition of the cherries and their tartness. The finish was dry and earthy. Did I enjoy, Yes. From cold to warm it really didnt change much in taste. Drink time was about 45 minutes or so.
Bottle dated 08/21/2015

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Photo of YeastInception
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep tawny color with a large head. Cherry vanilla oak flavors up front with the pinot and caramel notes. Just enough balsamic vinegar taste to balance it out. Very complex

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color of rooibos, that is, hues of amber red and brown working together, with some occasional bubbles and a thin ring of fizzy bubbles that dies to nothing. Supplication leaves wine-like legs on the glass, and even seems at times a bit hotter than the listed ABV would suggest.

Bright acidic cherries and light vinegar on the nose. A little blueberry even, as it warms. Woody and peppery notes really bloom and take center stage as it reaches room temp.

Cherry is nicely present without taking over. Too often, when cherry is on the label of a sour, it's either entirely absent, or it's overpowering. There is a nice balance in Supplication. A bitter and acetic sour element works well with the cherry, bringing much less a powerful vinegar-like presence than the nose hints at. A little supporting oak in the background.

A hefty tangy sting hits the tongue up front and tingles the back of the throat, but it goes down fairly dry.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Transluscent dark amber, 2 finger light tan head, poor retention, minimal lacing.
AR: Lactic funk, oak, wine, cherries.
T: Follows nose, lots of oak on the finish, slight astrigency.
M: Medium carbonation, slightly prickly, medium body.

I love this beer, but I much prefer it on draft. Oak and wine really come out in the bottle. Draft is a little more tart and fruit forward w/out so much astringency.

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Photo of TH28
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle. Bottled 8/25/15. Appearance: Tea colored light brown, with reddish orange tones. Clear with a moderate off white foam head that hangs in pretty well for a sour. Aroma: Cherry is strong upfront, along with lactic acid, light toasted oak, and a distinct vinous note. Taste: Starts with a light sweetness with a touch of cherry, that quickly turns to a funky, earthy, puckering sour. Back end is distinctly vinous and acidic. Mouthfeel: Light body and moderate carbonation Finish: Very dry, with a lingering musty oak and cherry. Tart. Overall: A very unique sour in that the vinous quality of the Pinot noir barrel absolutely dominates the back end of this beer. This beer is puckeringly sour and tart, with a musty, funky quality. Leaves your mouth watering.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure amber color with mild chill haze. Head is rocky beige, subsiding into a thin ring. Cherries and brown sugar are the primary aromas with some citrus and brett influence as well. Intense tartness in the taste. Sour cherries and a vinous quality that leaves a tannic impression on the tongue. An herbal bitterness lingers on the tongue as well.

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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 agreenman19
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - pours a clear reddish copper, but this is so dark and crimson that it's actually opaque! Ominous bubbles linger on the bottom of the glass as the tightly backed, velvety head subsides.

S - sour candy and rusted metal. A dark tart cherry with hints of raspberry and lime. Has an enticing, nostril-filling air about it that's hard to explain. Asserts itself with a strong and commanding present that is unrelenting.

T - artfully crafted. Exerts a potent acidic tartness filled with flavors of cherry, Brett, and oak. An elegant vinous character creeps through toward the third act and finishes strong. This beer knows what it wants and will accept no compromise. Pink grapefruit abounds and coats the mouth with a waxy, oily residue that slowly imparts increasing sourness as time passes. The hops duke it out with the sour in the most civilized way, to the point where you're rooting for both, reflecting on the good points each is making in this debate. It finally hits you that they're not really fighting, but cooperating, and the tingling sensation absorbs into your gums and tongue... marinating.

F - full-bodied and robust. Most sours are weak glass cannons, but this one has the backbone to stay strong!

O - I think I like this more than Consecration. Beautiful menagerie of flavor. Both forceful and classy. This is the kind of man I wish to be when I grow up.

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Photo of brian44556
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Russian River tulip. Batch 100815.

Pours a beautiful ruby red, with a tiny off-white, bubbly head. Very nice retention and great lacing along the sides of the glass. Tart cherry, cranberry, and leather round out the aromas. Ripe dark cherry upfront and throughout, mellowed with a touch of oak. A lot of funkiness going on mixed in with wine characteristics from the pinot noir barrel. Very acidic, with a perfect amount of carbonation, and nice and refreshing. One of the better beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. World-class beer and a prime example of what other breweries should shoot for when brewing a wild ale.

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Photo of gandres
3.79/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ Santa Rosa,CA
A: amber, small head, hazy
A: grapefruit, ooverripe pomelo, sugarcane
T: tart heavily sour like grapefruit
MF:long follow through/finish
OA: Excellent beer for the style, not to repeat, look for- not my preferred style, overpowring sourness
Drank: April 14, 2016

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Photo of glass_house
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mohogany with two fingers of dense, soapy off-white head that leaves minimal lacing. Smell is bright sour cherry, some red wine, faint oak, and apple cider vinegar.

Taste is much like the aroma--lots of tart cherry and cranberry, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice notes of oak and leather. The acidity is certainly there, but well balanced with the sour flavors. Body is on the light side of medium with crisp, lively carbonation that seems perfectly suited to the rest of the beer.

Despite limited experience with wild ales and sours in general, I know delicious when I taste it. Very refreshing. Would love to have this paired with some proper food.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cherry Amber color. Aroma is tart with light notes of dark fruit. Flavor is very tart with a dark cherry note and a flavor of wine barrels. This just drinks incredly well and overall this is fantastic, I really loved drinking this beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hits those flanders like appearance notes with its mix of brown and dark red, this seems to have a good amount of sediment/solid matter going around, not filtered for sure. Aroma drops plenty of cherry, American oak, good tart and sweet thing going at the same time.

Taste is astringent oak, tart cherries, a gritty brett like contribution as they age. Earthy, sweet and sour at the same time. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Whether on tap, in the bottle, vintaged out or fresh, this is always a world class beer.

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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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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
4.5 out of 5 based on 6,252 ratings.
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