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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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99
world-class

2,664 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,664
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,504
Gots: 709 | 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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hawks10

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into my Russian River tulip - Batch 004X2 - Bottled June 1st, 2009...

Pours a nice light golden yellow, a bit of haze gives this beer a glowing appearance as the sunlight comes through the beer...three fingers of soft, fluffy white head forms and lasts forever, after slowly receding, a thin layer of white film caps the brew, lacing is left all down the glass...

Initial smell of tart, sour fruit quickly gives way to a strong brett aroma, musty with definite barnyard funk. Tart and wine-like, chardonnay with a bit of the oak showing up as well...very complex, very inviting, very nice...

Tart, sour lemon acidity right from the get go, smooth and juice-like. Beer quickly becomes dry, flavors of oak and brett really start to come out giving this beer a whole different taste and feel than what was experienced initially. Becomes musty and grassy, an earthy dry feel takes hold on the bottom half of the glass...Incredibly complex but balanced, tart but smooth, puckering but insanely easy to drink...

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Yet while being spritzy and tingly on the tongue, the beer still maintains a smooth feel. Some little scrubbing bubbles agitate the tongue and add to the dry finish...Only knock is that it may have a bit too much carbonation for me, as I have been constantly burping while writing this review...

Loved this beer, wish I could have it more often, but with the price and complete unavailability to me in Chicago, this one will remain a special treat when/if I try it again...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 23:14:02 | More by hawks10
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A: Pours a rich gold with a bubbly, white crown.

S: Dry, white grape, dry oak, barnyard funk.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
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