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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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99
world-class

2,456 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2456
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%


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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bamadog

Kentucky

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this bad boy in a trade some time ago and feel that after a couple of years, I should probably get to crushing it. Review is from notes taken on 9/3/2012 and poured from the bottle (batch 004X3) to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a light, crispy golden straw color; starts with 1/4 finger creamy, slightly off-white head with good retention; head fades to a full, lush cap; body is mostly clear, just a touch of haze on the glass, so the body has great clarity; plenty of carbonation bubbling up quickly in thin streams; big swaths of lacing are left in curtains and trails on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Light tart green grapes; touch of saccharine funk with a bit of barnyard mulchiness to it; smell is crisp, refreshing -- like a chilled white wine with nice tartness.

Taste: Wow - might be one of the easiest drinking wilds I've had to date -- the funk and tartness there, and it makes me want to pucker a little bit, but it fades rather quickly and allows the tart grape flavors and touch of mulchiness; bit of an acidic/vinegar-like bite flavor.

Mouthfeel: Body is rather light in terms of weight, and again, the tartness does create a pucker but it's manageable and fades rather quickly; a rather sticky and moderately thick coating all over the palate; I'm left salivating.

Overall: I didn't think RR could top Consecration, but they did with this particular beer. I wish I had access to their work on a regular basis, so I feel like every time I drink a beer of theirs that I crack from my closet I'm robbing myself of a future delight, but if I don't drink it, I'm robbing myself of a current delight. Damn you, Vinny, for being so good.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 00:43:02 | More by bamadog
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S-lemon, star fruit, some breadiness, sage, earthy/grassy
T- Brett funk, fresh squeezed lemon, ripe green apple, tart, chard, a bit of oak on the finish
M- medium body and bubbly carbonation, very fizzy clears the palate. Very tart.
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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,456 ratings.