Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
375ml poured into a Russian River '-tion' glass. Much thanks to thedindaniel for this bottle, thanks Daniel!
My second wild ale from Russian River, this changes the barrel to a Chardonnay variety. Also doesn't use the two souring bugs that were in Consecration (Lacto and Pedio).
A - Pours a pale straw color, and very carbonated. Builds about a finger, finger and a half's worth of head, but unlike Consecration, it doesn't immediately and noisily fizz away, but rather stays as a thick cap for a pretty long time. This great retention could be attributed to the very active carbonation; wave after wave of bubbles rise from every possible spot on the bottom of the glass to replenish the head. Lacing is thin and sporadic, yet certainly noticeable.
S - The smells is crisp, dry and refreshing, bringing notes of grass, lemon zest, grapes, and a bit of sourness as well to the mix. Definitely able to get the grape influence from the Chardonnay barrel, and smells eerily similar to a glass of wine.
T - The taste has me confused. Is this beer or wine? If it weren't for the slight carbonation and sourness, this could easily pass for Chardonnay. The grapes really pop here and linger throughout the entire taste and into the finish. The lemon comes through in the tartness as well along with the freshly cut grass. Not anywhere near the mouth-puckering sourness of Consecration, but it does hit with a good dose of tartness.
M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with surprisingly low carbonation given the onslaught of bubbles that can be seen in the glass. Tart but not overwhelmingly so. Finish is moderate with hints of grape, lemons, and sourness.
D - Drinkability is high. This beer goes down extremely easily due to the lack of Pedio and Lacto that are so apparent in Consecration and honestly has the flavor and similarities to a bottle of middle of the line Chardonnay. Great to reserve for special occasions and if I lived anywhere near to a distribution channel for this I'd stock up for the cellar as well.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2011 03:18:02 | More by nhindian
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