Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by mrgnwlkr:
4.25/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got some good news and decided to take my third journey into the world of sours. Batch 05x1F, bottled 7/6/2010. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip (remember, collaboration, not litigation!).
Delightfully bright and clear, with a color that reminds me somewhat of apple juice, somewhat of rose gold. Persistent streams of champagne-like bubbles. Slight, white head with moderate lacing.
Smells: white wine, mineral, oak, granny smith apple peel, brett. I'm usually pretty meh about brett aroma, but here it's amazing. Not so much barnyard or funk, but leather and outdoors.
Taste is slightly less transcendent than the aroma, but still remarkable. Pleasantly sour, with green apple and some yogurt (or am I just imagining the lactic sourness?). If you're patient, there's a nice hop bitterness underneath/behind the sour. Finish is short, and slightly chalky. The malt reminds me of a communion wafer.
I believe there's only one brewery in the US that's capable of making a beer like this, and that's a crying shame. One can only hope that Vinnie Cilurzo is inspiring a whole new generation of brewers to follow and (dare I say it?) improve on his success. In the meantime, however, I'm seriously considering moving to Sonoma County.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2010 04:32:57 | More by mrgnwlkr
More User Reviews:
4.59/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Slightly hazy golden colour with a nice, creamy, off-white head.
Rich and rounded aroma. Quite tart with some goaty barnyard notes and then fruitiness. Quite a bit of oak. Vanilla and buttery oak. Interesting and very nice.
The palate deliversa moderate tartness backed up with the woodiness of the aroma. Fruit follows to cleanse and add complexity. Not as earthy as the aroma. Still very good.
Medium body with moderate carbonation and some tannin. Good.
A really excellent beer. Not as great as I remember it being last time I had it but still very enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 07:24:57 | More by dgilks
4.53/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Chalice pour at Via Marconi's, Hatfield, PA.
A- Light gold in color. Off white head stays thin, but sticks around for the entirety of the drink.
S- Tang in the nose. Citrus and some apple. Not overly sweet.
T- Tangy again, like the nose. Apples and citrus is what I pick up. Just a faint toasted malt.
M- Light, tangy, and a dry finish. Much less sweet than the other sours I've had from RR. (Consecration, Supplication)
O- Spectacular. I really love the tang and dryness this one brings, and the flavor profile is great.
Serving type: on-tap
07-02-2014 17:59:25 | More by BWED
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,631 ratings.