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Supplication by Russian River Brewing Company
Sour Ale
7.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 08/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2010
A fitting beer for the last couple of days. I am drinking this beer thanks to the great spointon. Thanks, man. Served up in a tulip. Batch 04x5

A: Supplication pours a seemingly darker brown body with just a little red crimson coming through. Held to the light, more reds and a little bit of orange comes out in the color. The body has a nice haze to it. The carbonation activity is just a huge amount of tiny dancing bubbles. The pour got me about a finger of off white to light tan colored head. This has a really nice retention to it that is lasting for days. There is lace all over the glass, coating it with sticky white webbing. I was expecting a little more red to come through, but its still a really good looking brew.

S: I'd say there is brett in this. This has that awesome, damp, barnhouse loft smell to it. Just lots of damp wood, cobwebs, and earth. It has a nice, dark cherry aroma coming out. There is just a nice tartness and acidic vinegar note coming out as well. Not really picking up on any of the pinot notes, but its still nice to take in.

T: There's the pinot noir. Right behind the vinegar (tart and bright), there is a nice vinous quality of dark red wine. This shifts nicely into the tart cherries. The wood comes out with the brett qualities. Nice and musty with that damp wood character and the earthiness. As the beer warms more, the oak really comes out giving it a really nice woody character that builds. Just incredibly well put together as this beer goes from one flavor to the next.

M: This is what really makes this beer. Has a wonderful carbonation that is on the money. Nice acidic quality to this beer. Add some puckering tartness. Throw in a little bit of sweetness (just a touch). It has a little bit of bite to it (prickly at times), but it stays easy drinking. It feels light bodied but I know better. Aftertaste is a little vinegar, oak and cherries.

OA: Damn this is a well crafted beer. The cherry is so well planted in this beer its crazy. When I read the label, I expected a little overly aggressive cherry presence. Not the case. The cherries really compliment this beer but allow everything else to come out and be known. This is guzzle worthy and I wish I had two more bottles just for tonight. A lot of sours tend to be overbearing and hard to get through the whole bottle alone, but not this guy. Just fantastic.

Served In: Tulip

Review by k3n on 02/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 2010
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!

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2009
Batch 003

I was lucky enough to have errantnight pick me up a few of these from the brewery shortly after the last release, thanks Derek! Supplication fills the tulip a murky hazy deep crimson with hints of earth. The body glows with orange highlights when backlit but the murkiness is consistent. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush up the sides of the glass to the dirty beige head. A nice looking fingers worth of head formed on a soft pour and manages to stick around for the remainder of the drink. The head also seems to have a slight pinkish tint to it. Sheet lacing and drink lines are left down the glass. This is an excellent looking beer.

The brett is the first thing that hits my nose. Cobwebs and damp farmhouse soil are both mild but certainly present. There's tartness from the cherries which flow seamlessly into a mouthwatering sourness. The nose is very earthy with notes of wood, leathery qualities, and mustiness. The aroma of this beer is all around inviting and simply mouthwatering. Vinous wine like qualities takes a ghost like foothold in the background of this beer.

The tartness is right upfront but falls short of sour; it will get you to pucker slightly. The cherries used come around as soon as this beer hits my tongue along with the damp soil and acetic acid. The tartness seems to fade as time goes by and there's a touch of sweetness that keeps things reasonably balanced. The oak comes through nicely as this beer warms and the vinous qualities join the fun. All the flavors really come together as this beer begins to warm and the sweet/ sour characteristics play off each other very nicely.

The carbonation in this beer is spot on. It's aggressive and quick moving but soft enough to keep from being prickly. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and becomes airy the second it hits the tongue. The finish is dry and leaves me wanting more.

Like I said earlier each drink leaves me wanting another right away. Supplication is very thirst quenching and the sweet and sour flavors keep me coming back for more. I can see the acidity causing some problems over a long period of drinking though.

Supplication is another wonderful creation from Russian River. The levels of tartness along with the semi-sweet qualities make this a great beer. Very thirst quenching with a little of that puckering ability. Thanks for picking these up for me Derek!

Reviewed: 8/17/08

Price: $14.95 Served In: Tulip

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 11 20 5 9 2008
Lots and lots of samples at the GABF 06. This thing wreeks of funk and tart cherries. I love it. Golden straw color with lively carbonation with a spritzy white head. The cherries come through very nicely. Oat and then the bugs. Awesome stuff. Next time they are selling the barrel stuff online, I’m pulling the trigger.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 04/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 18 4 8 2008
Picked up a bottle today from South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Batch 003.

Big pop! Lots of pressure but thankfully not a gusher. Pours a caramel color with some red overtones when held to the light. A frothy white head builds up to about two inches and settles to half within the minute. There are some lacing on the sides of the glass every time I take a sip.

Smell is great. Tart cherries with some wood, funk, sour apples, and pears. The malt is hiding in the background behind the fruitiness, tartness, and funk. Some toasted bread aromas begin to come through as it warms up.

Taste is of a lovely sour and slightly aggressive carbonation on the back of the tongue. It leaves a bit of a salty sensation on the palate and you can feel the acidity travel down to your stomach. It has a big apple taste upfront too and mixes well with the sour cherries. Some vinegar flavors near the finish and lots of sour lemons too. Lots of oak flavors and right now it seems to be suppressing the cherries. Would have scored higher on the taste if I could taste some more cherries.

Mouth-feel is aggressive and punishing with the sourness and carbonation. The fruit seems to come near the finish and in the after-taste. Not as aggressive on the tongue once it warms up but still quite sour.

I need to get some more of this stuff.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 0
Batch 002.

A - Light brown body with a slight orange tint and a bit of a haze to it. One finger white head on the pour recedes to a film on the surface after about a minute.

S - Oh, sweet brett. It's been too long since a sour Russian River brew. Sour cherries mixed with white wine. Very very tart.

T - Wow. Big tart taste up front and through most of the taste while other things are going on. Midway through the distinct flavor of the white wine barrels becomes aparent. Then the cherries break through. Not a huge vivid flavor like New Glarus cherries, but definitely there. Dry in flavor and finish. Absolutely no aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with fine carbonation.

D - Well, what can I say. Russian River seems to do no wrong. This brew is excellent, and only Beatification is probably better imo. One sip keeps leading to another. This bottle is just too small.

Served In: Other

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2008
From BTG ---

March 9, 2007
My first Supplication, and it looks like another winner from RRBC. Very happy I have more of this one.

Color is a light caramel brown, and golden brown when you hold it up to the light.

Smell is all sour, you can even smell the oak and a hint of the sour cherries. But mostly just the whiff of sour.

Taste leans more toward the oak and cloudy sour combination of Temptation than the straight-forward lemon sour of Beatification. This one is basically right between those two, with the sour cherries coming through.

Feel is what you expect from RRBC when drinking a sour. Somewhat thin, but the residual sour taste stays with you a little while. It sits at the back of your mouth and you catch hints somewhat after each drink.

Drinkability is good, and on par with the other RRBC sours. Just shy of Beatification and right around Temptation.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 9 11 3 7 0
Whoa, this dude is SOUR. I know this review wont be glowing, but I am just not into THIS sour of a brew. I ahve had a few sour ones, but this takes the cake. Taste way too much like wine.

Served In: Pint Glass

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