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Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cork and caged 375ml bottle.
Batch :04X5

First sour ever so lets see what these are all about.

A:pours a burnt orange color with an appealing amount of cloudiness. The head is bubbly lace in the shade buttermilk. Its leaving nice thick lace sheets comprised of foamy bubbles. The top of the head is smooth and frothy looking

S:gobs and gobs of sour cherries and yeasty funk. No booze present in the smell but its almost like brandy soaked cherries. Very sweet smelling and I cant really pick out a ton of brett but it is apparent.

T: WOW. I have heard sours were interesting and that in no way could describe this beer. No amount of words could ever describe this much flavor. First a TON of sour, all different types. mainly cherries but there is a reminiscence of other fruits as well like apples but its mostly a berry sourness. There is a sweet flash almost as things shift from sour to smooth. No off flavors to be found or any alcohol. The aging has done amazing for this beer as all the types of yeast now work as one smooth complex flavor that melds perfectly with the sour from the cherries. The finish is clean and smooth with no aftertaste. I am very impressed.

M:Carbonation is almost the the level of champagne but it fits this style perfectly. Lots of bubbles keep things moving along nicely. Its very nice although im not really sure what the mouthfeel is supposed to be on these or how difficult it is to attain but there is for sure nothing wrong with it.

D: This is great beer. By all accounts this beer is delicious. I cant imagine having a lower quality version. The sourness does take a little getting used to after the initial sip but its all world class from there.

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

Poured from bottle to my RR goblet
Batch 5

Color: A hazy copper color with hints of brown at the core of this beer. A nice nickle sized head forms of the off white color. A good amount of lacing is left behind in the glass.

Nose: Complex and intense! Tart cherries hit first followed by hints off oak and wild yeast funk.
Rounding off the aroma of this beer are apples and a slight vinegar smell.

Palate: An amazing mouth feel. Sour/tart with a great level of carbonation. The cherries coat the tongue and are then washed away by earthy tones and barnyard flavors.

Finish: Wow! Dry and complex. An immaculate beer that offers plenty of texture and surprises. One of the better beers in the world.

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

My wife was visiting her parents in Vallejo over the fourth, and went through Santa Rosa on her way to a spa treatment at Osmosis, just outside of Sebastopol (I think). I had cajoled her into stopping in at Russian River on her way back and picking up anything that wasn't either Damnation (of which I have thre bottles in the basement) or Sanctification (which I'd already had). She came back with one bottle each of Temptation and Supplication.

Appearance: Gorgeous. Pours into my wine goblet a light golden brown, then as the glass fills it exposes its murky, cherry-colored heart. This is a beer with gentle secrets.

Smell: The oak from the pinot barrels is really the predominant smell, but it backs away to expose the light fruitiness of the cherries, brett and candy sugars.

Taste: Very, very nice. Again, light and fruity (almost like a chardonnay), but the oak and the cherry truly take over in the middle, with the oak politley excusing itself and allowing the cherry to dominate the finish. A light alcohol warming once the beer comes up to temperature.

Mouthfeel: Exquisite. Gentle, but weighty. This is a 7% beer that isn't shy about throwing it's weight around, however, it isn't overpowering. A wonderful balance.

Drinkability: This is hard to quantify. I have to say a four, because I think I could (at most) drink maybe three glasses of it. It's a sipping beer, a conversational beer, not a session beer.

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

Batch number 006X2, cork and caged 375ml bottle that popped loudly and then gushed all over the kitchen, off to a good start with this one....

A good looking ruby brew with a huge white foamy head that recedes to leave a ring of bubbles and good lacing.

Nose is of sour and tart cherry, oak cask, a good amount of funk and a slight sweetness.

Taste is fairly complex, the cherry takes front and center with layers of funk, the wine barrel comes through nicely, a slight sweetness and a slight tanic taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin with a decent amount of carbonation.

Supplication is a good wild ale, not overly sour or sweet but very approachable.

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Photo of biga7346
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rusty, cloudy, a brownish murkiness almost caramel hue

N - Very tart, unripe cherries, raspberries, freshly picked fruit, vinous, tart puckering stone fruit to maybe even blackberries wraps around a nice wafting barnyard wet hay, mossiness; smattering of Belgian like spiciness like peppercorn and a little spike of veiny blue cheese.

T/M - Super tartness assaults the palate up front but levels with an irony, long and dry finish; mineral oil, seltzer water; texture is reminiscent of an unblended lambic, a little thinness mixed with a champagne feel. As it warms we get more of the stone fruit bitterness like grape skin or even lemon skin, more vinous, red wine vinegar.

D - This is an excellent, teeth chattering sour beer but something I can drink a lot of, like drinking a dry, expensive champagne without the bubbles.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Russian River brewing company, Santa Rosa Ca. First I'll have to warn that this is the most expensive beer that RR makes, coming in at $12 for a 12oz bottle, so the best way to enjoy it is by the glass which is only about 6 bucks. The reason being is that this beer is aged in pinot noir barrels in the nearby wine country, and uses expensive ingredients such as the sour cherries which gives the brown ale the sour.

Most people will admit they don't like sour beer, and it does sound gross at first, but give this a try and you won't be disappointed. This is the kind of sour ale where each sip beckons for the next. A refreshing change from the hop overload of RR's famous other beers. The taste is dominated by the sourness of it, but in an enjoyable way. The mouthfeel is wine like in it's tartness, but entices you to drink more. This is a beer that defines specialty, hand craftsmanship, and care. Get it on tap if you can, this beer does NOT bottle well.

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

A - pours a reddish copper color with a nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Loud audible fizz, like champagne.

S - great smell of cherries, pinot noir type notes (like jammy fruits), other stone fruits, and a good amount of funk to balance it. Not unlike some krieks.

T - Significantly sour but not unpleasantly, with plenty of fruit flavors dancing around. Sour cherries predominate and there are some apple and pear notes as well. The funkiness is a bit subdued in place of sourness.

M - high prickly carbonation, like a sparkling wine. Finish is a split between dry and silky.

Overall - a superb sour. I can pick out the cherries and the pinot noir barrel aging fairly easily. It's not as funky as some others, which is fine because the flavors are very well balanced. Definitely seek out RR beers if you can.

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Photo of chalsk
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great sour from Russian River. Damn tasty brew. Pours a lighter amber color with a thick white foam head. Has an aroma of vinegar and cherries. Has a nice frothy, medium mouthfeel. Has a sour taste with some bitters and notes of cherries. Really enjoyed this sour.

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Photo of FirstMan
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I went to RR to try the oh-so-raved-about-Plinys (with reason), the beer that absolutely floored me was Supplication. This ranks in the top 10 beers I've ever had (which is determined by a complex algorithm involving the beer, where I had it, and the overall experience of drinking said beer).

Color is bronze to orange - darker with hints of evil lurking.

Wonderful sour cherries and wood in the nose. Earthy, musky, clean forest decay. Just what you want from a wild.

Cherry tartness up front as you'd expect, but eased out and rounded by sweet ripe fruit and then the dryness of the oak lingers. The acitic tannins sit on the back center of your tongue forever, just tempting you to mellow them out again with another sip.

Despite the complex flavors and darker character, I found this beer to have a lighter mouthfeel due to its tartness and dryness.

Drank a ton. Too much, actually. Paid for it the next day in the Muir Woods bathroom (or was it the oysters?).

Was worth the payment, regardless.

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Photo of dborginis
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Into snifter from 375 mL bottle, reddish copper...almost pink tint. Smells of funk, red wine.
Very sour, acidic. Burns my throat a bit. Almost too Vinegary. Complex. Funk comes through in aftertaste, lingers. Sweetness in there as well.
Slow drinker due to the overwhelming sour/vinegar. Glad this was in a 375 mL, I don't know what I would have done with a larger bottle.

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Photo of wd40
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005x2

A really exceptional beer as I have come to expect from Russian River, especially their wild ales.

The appearance is a dark and slightly hazy honey-amber without much lasting head.

It smells of pear and apples when first poured, and once the carbonation calms down a little, then the sour cherries emerge.

The taste has a bright acidic quality from the sourness, but also a sweet earthy balance from the pinot noir oak barrels.

The mouthfeel is very good, although not quite as spectacular as some of RR other brews. The carbonation isn't harsh, but it's not as soft and fuzzy as say their Pliny. Still excellent though.

Very drinkable beer despite having a wet finish of lingering pinot noir and cherries.

A very satisfying beer that has both the bright acidity of Temptation and the sweet complexity of Consecration. Liquid awesomeness.

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Photo of Wantbeer
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with a thin white frothy head.

S: Very nice aroma and pungent. Sour with a touch of phenols. Apples and spice with some sweetness and an underlying woody / mushroomy note.

T: Sweet and sour up front fading to a spiciness and finishing dry and woodsy. Alcohol starts to come through at the finish. There's definitely a tanin note from the wine barrell againg.

M: Thick and smooth with perfect carbonation.

D: Great

O: This is unique and delicious. Proof that if you take the care in brewing a beer you would in creating a fine wine, the results can be just as mind blowing.

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Photo of JoshVandy
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Smarcoly and Tieman for providing me bottles of this. Thanks guys!

375mL corked and caged bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Batch 006x1

A- Pours a deep ruby red color with about a 1 finger cream colored head that stays for a ridiculous amount of time after the initial pour, never going below about half a finger. Fantastic lacing on this one as well.

S- Strong cherries with a nicely integrated sour funkiness to it that I really enjoy. Wild yeast is definitely present as well, with a nice funky wet hay/barnyard scent, with slight oaky undertones. Very appealing.

T- Great sour and tart cherries up front with that funky wild yeast I come to expect present in spades. The sourness becomes more subtle as it warms, giving way to a little of the oak from the barrels. It's very subtle, but it's there and I love it.

M- Semi-smooth, light, and soft, with decent carbonation. Provides a nice and dry finish that lingers for a while after the last sip.

O- This is my second of the Russian River sours, and this one was more enjoyable than Consecration to me overall. Love the use of the cherries and the nice oak presence as well. A fantastic example of a wild and a great introduction to wilds as well. Very well done.

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Photo of slentz
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007. Figured I should review this beer since I have had it multiple times. Served at 50 degrees into 'tion tulip. Pulled the cork a loud pop....gotta love it.

A: Aggressive pour leads to one finger head of tight bubbles that dissipates to a thin ring. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Beer is copper color an orangy red color...looks like the sun, firey and bright. Awesome. 4.5

S: Smell isn't all that strong....definitely smells a bit sour...slight vinegar....the smell is definitely not supplication's strong point but still its nice and changes as the beer warms. 4.0

T: Taste is supplications strong point. I love this beer. Super tart cherry flavor. Can definitely taste the barrel in this one. Taste on this one is hard to explain but bottom line is that its awesome. 4.5

M: high carbonation, super prickly like champagne. It goes down easy and leaves you wanting more. 4.0

O: Overall Supplication is one of my favorite offerings from Russian River. This beer is never disappointing and the hype around it is justified. I seek this out regularly every month or so. Thanks Vinnie for sending this awesome beer to Philly! 4.5

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

A - Red with a faint orange hue, good retention and lacing.

S - Funky smell. With green apples, faint grapes with black cherry throughout. Hints of oak in the aroma.

T - Sour green apple/grapes in the front, leads into a pronounced wine finish. Soft due to being pinot noir. Finish fades into a mellow oak with a touch of sourness lingering.

M/D - High carbonation gives it a lighter mouthfeel, still maintains great drinkability.

O - Solid 4.5's.

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Photo of Shumania
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle bought on vacation at Whole Foods in La Jolla. Served in a wine glass. Batch 8

a:murky red and orange. Looks like there is a good level of carbonation. Minimal head that fades quickly.

s: tart sour cherries, some citrus in there. Can tell there will be a good level of acid.

t: cherries up front. there is vanilla and oak in there. Good level of souriness in there without being overpowering and taking away from the cherries.

m: good carbination on the tip of your tongue at the beginning. It's not thin, but not syrupy either.

This beer is world class. Perfect amount of tartness and I am a sucker for cherry beers.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a juicy amber red, clouded with biotics. Head is bubbly and swirled. There's probably no bottle more enticing than an RR sour's, or maybe my response is just Pavlovian. Either way the cork and cage are definitely appropriate here.

Aroma is just step away from that of Temptation. Mostly must and hay, sawdust covered floorboards. I've heard such smells compared to cheese, fungus, sweat, and the always descriptive "funk," "barnyard," and "horse blanket." Luckily there is a pleasant backdrop here of cherry, apricot and peach, suggesting that us sour-lovers are at least not completely off our rockers.

This is by far the most delicious wild ale I've ever had. Keyword here is "refreshing." Balancing out the sour notes are sweet stone-fruit and assertive oak. Describing the sour flavor is more difficult. I'm not getting much of an acetic vibe here, the pungence is more easily ascribed to whitish grapefruit rind without the bitters. Vivid carbonation really props up the intensity of this beer. Certainly worth the price, and that's saying something for me. Superb.

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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 k3n
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

New 375ml bottling, Batch 4x2

Clear reddish-amber. Plenty of head upon pouring which dies down to a steady cap of bubbles. Plenty of lacing. Swirling the glass brings back a really nice head again.

The aroma is bright and tart. The tartness is acetic, and smells slightly oaky as well.

Taste starts bracingly sour (duh). More vinager-y tartness. Cherries are evident in the middle, and then finishes with a tannic dryness. Sour, yet very drinkable and refreshing!

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Photo of misinformed
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005x3, reviewed 2/1/11. Tulip glass.

A- Clear amber/rosy color. Some sediment in the second pour. Lots of active carbonation. Poured with 1/4" light peachy off-white head that settles to a lingering thin coating. Some light lacing.

S- Funky brett and fruity/cherry sweetness.

T- Funky brett and definitely some lacto as well upfront, extremely tart fruitiness with some cherry notes. Some faint oak at times. A bit of lemony citrus undertones as well. Incredibly smooth, tart, and extremely awesome.

M- Light bodied with tons of fine carbonation. Smooth and dry.

D- Thankfully I don't come across this often so I can honestly write that I will drink it every opportunity I get. Really excellent. The funky brett flavor just shines in this brew. Smooth and tart. Complex and well balanced all around.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what an awesome sour! Never thought I wud have a better sour then concecration but I just did!! Brought this baby from Russian River back home to so cal in imperial.. And enjoyed it with boy Jared..

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Photo of TheEremite
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003 at the RR taproom

A: Cloudy, murky red/brown with a small white ring of bubbles.

S: Acidic, sour and fruity. Some cherry aroma on there, and a healthy portion of "biotics"

T: Sharp sour kick with some real sweet, cherry fruit and malt in the background. It's probably the least sour of the RR barrel aged beers, but it's still got a kick.

M: lively and silky and dry.

D: Very drinkable for the style. I could have a few before needing something sweet or some food.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently received this in a trade with pwoody11 (thanks again), and since it was the newest batch and I have some older stuff in the basement I figured it'd be worth drinking soon and adding the dregs to my oude bruin in secondary. Cracked this one open after a hearty dinner of rich beef stew. Really cut through all the rich robust flavors, though I'm glad I waited to drink it as an after dinner drink.

A: Nice auburn with your typical barrel-aged sour head, a quick pop that fades right away.

S: The bugs are present, but I'm still getting a lot of yeast character. Its certainly got an acetic punch too it, but not much of the funk I sometimes get from this beer. Sour cherries are very pronounced. There's a nice rich brown sugar sweetness in the background as well as a bit of oak character to be found. Pinot noir is kind of hard to miss.

T: A bit more funky than the nose first made me think. Lots of sour tart puckering (three adjectives, you are warned) cherry flavor. There's a strong spice not that I'm guessing is from the Pinot Noir barrels. For being sour there's enough residual brown sugar & molasses sweetness to overcome any notions of straight vinegar.

M: Lively carbonation carries this light to medium bodied beer. That said, as it warms a lot of body is lost. Due to the tartness and slight tannic nature finish is very dry. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms as well.

O: Reading over my review I keep thinking it sounds like I didn't really enjoy this one. I did, I always do. It was different than other bottles I've had, which is of course to be expected. Its not a perfectly balanced beer, but its an extremely enjoyable one that fully deserves the praise it gets. It really was a nice contrast to dinner, and I'm hoping it'll do some great things to my conditioning beer.

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Photo of timfc
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was walking through SF and came upon a small corner bottle-shop. I went inside and, WTF?!? It was like a beer mecca (there's irony here people); where things I'd only heard about were just sitting on the shelf waiting for someone to purchase. Why, there's a Black Albert, sure, I'll take one. Oh, a Supplication? I would love one...

Have I mentioned that I like sours?

No, well...

I don't know how to put into words the level of love that I have for this beer. It's perfectly balanced, it's got amazing depth, the barrel, the cherries, oh my...

Right, tell you why I like the beer: it's simply one of the best examples of a barrel aged sour beer that exists. The flavor is slightly fruity, puckery, and has these amazing layers that just keep coming. It's one of the best beers that I ever had. I disconnected my analytical beer drinking side, sat, and sipped thinking, "oh god" over and over. Not many beers allow me to do that.

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Photo of jman42
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Drank on tap at Barcade Philly

A = A deep orange with some brownish tints to it. Very clear. Minimal head on this pour.

S = We really had a hard time picking out any special scents. Just well balanced.

T = Cherries. Tart. That was our big takeaway from this one.

M = SMOOTH

O = A great beer, but not my favorite style of beer. That is on me and not Russian River though.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.
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