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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,665 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,665
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,509
Gots: 709 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blonde ale fermented with a special strain of yeast, then aged in French oak chardonnay barrels. Flavors of wine and oak absorb into the brew throughout twelve months of aging. During this aging process, a secondary fermentation occurs using a yeast strain disliked by most brewers and winemakers called Brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003)
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MCain04

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to my good friend Ryan Dunn for splitting this bottle. Served into wine glasses.

Poured a hazy deep yellow, hint of orange, white head of a little less than a finger depth, good lacing, and great retention.

Smells of sour grapes, green apples, sour cherries, white wine, and oak. As to be expected, nothing surprising there.

Taste is pretty damn nice. There is a great sweet and sour vibe going on that balances the beer well. The taste is of sour tart grapes, apples, and cherries, but enough fruit flavor remains to put a nice sweetness to it. A touch oaky, very complimentary. A very strong presence of chardonnay in the taste, and it blends so damn well. Impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Carbonation is medium, spot on. Smooth and sticky but clean, just a really impressive feel to this beer, I love how every sip feels.

Overall I loved this beer, it was almost as good as consecration and supplication, certainly one of my favorite sours of all time. The wine barrel aging really makes this, as it does the other russian river sours. Well done, must try for everyone at some point.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 05:42:33 | More by MCain04
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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,665 ratings.