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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

2,662 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,662
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,505
Gots: 710 | 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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mrgnwlkr

Kansas

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
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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.