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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,674 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,674
Reviews: 952
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,517
Gots: 713 | FT: 39
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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davod23

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 5. Poured from the bottle into a Russian River glass.

The pour is a beautiful light golden color, almost straw-like. A cap of white fizzy bubbles struggle against the acidity of the brew, but manage to hold a thin layer at the top.

Full sweet and unripe fruit with a prominent funky background. Pears, unripe apples, and apricots. The chardonnay barrels come through here a bit. Pineapple? Fantastic.

The taste follows the nose for the most part. A bit vinous, and not quite as sour as I'd like. In addition to the fruit component, there is a distinct grassy characteristic on the back end balancing out the light sweetness at the front. Slightly sour throughout. Slight tannins. The swallow is a bit astringent. This is very good, but I've had better from Russian River.

Mouthfeel is very good. Spritzy, but not overcarbonated. Very, very dry finish.

Drinkability is about as good as it gets. Can drink this all night.

This is an excellent beer. However, the Batch 3 Temptation that I had (thanks, Blake) was one of the best beers I have ever had in my life. The last two batches, while obviously very good, still do not match up to that batch. Highly recommended nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:29:09 | More by davod23
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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,674 ratings.