Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
750mL bottle - batch 004x4 - served into a tulip glass
Pours a very pale yellow. It is hazy from yeast but there is little visible yeast sediment. The haze makes for a beer that glows when held to light, but at the same time there is some small amount of translucency. A tightly constructed finger and a half of small, very white bubbles sits on top, providing nice lacing.
Temptation's aromas seem to be less intense than those of the Consecration that I enjoyed last night. However, this beer is no less complex. The funk is a lot stronger here than in Consecration. A nice, even-keel hay-and-horseblanket set of Brettonamyces aromas is much welcomed. Some light tartness that comes across as lemon and nectarine. Fleeting whisps of flowers. Some astringency for balance comes from the Chardonnay barrels and from some medicinal phenols. Everything works together beautifully. If you've had enough lambics, guezues or wild ales then you won't find anything that will surprise you. But then not everything has to surprise.
Sweet & tart peach, nectarine and lemon flavors jump out right from the first sip. That tartness fades fast, leading to a slightly sugary malt taste. The beer's complexity unfolds over the next many sips. Funky sweat, musty leather and dried hay make for a deliciously funky counterpart to the sour fruits. There is a combination of phenolic flavors and especially oak barrel that I recognize from last night's bottle of Consecration (perhaps this is a signature taste among Russian River's wild ales?). The beer finishes very dry and funky; a positive thing given the nature of the flavors here.
Superb mouthfeel. It is light in body with carbonation that is perfect in both its amount and intensity to the tongue. I couldn't imagine the mouthfeel being any better for the flavors that this beer delivers. Temptation's drinkability is simply tremendous. It is light enough in alcohol (7.25 % ABV) to be able to drink a whole bottle carefree. The drying finish and overall subtlety and balance make for a beer that you will drink and drink and crave for more.
Scythe beer! I love you, Scythe Beer; you are my new friend. This is a great beer. Great beer. Oh, to have the disposable income to buy a case of this. Totally worth the retail price. Totally worthy of adoration.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2010 01:50:28 | More by Reaper16
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