Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750 ML into a tulip/ Batch 004x2
Well, before I could even finish unscrewing the cage, the cork blasted off into orbit and flew all the way across the room, taking the cage with it! Damn, now that's some carbonation for ya :)
P: Slightly cloudy yellowish-gold with a huge, healthy head of pearly white foam. The crown is pretty thick and frothy, and features beautiful streams of bubbles rushing from the bottom to reinforce it. Showed excellent retention as it slowly deflated to form a thick cap on top, while leaving my glass caked with lace in the meantime. This looks great!
A: Mmm....very fruity! Ripened pears and green apples hit the strongest, but I'd swear there's a faint hint of bruised banana buried under the toasted malts as well. The brett funk stays pretty tame in the nose, while a wee bit of oak peaks through if you really dig in there. Not an in-your-face type of aroma, but one that offers a promise of subtle complexity in the flavor.
T: Mouth-puckeringly sour blasts of lemon zest and vinegar right from the jump. Buttery pears and green apples team up with white grapes and some tropical notes of peaches/apricots for a fruity concoction that plays nicely off of the barnyard funk. Speaking of the funk, it seems to share the foreground with the rest of the profile instead of crushing it, which is always appreciated. Toasted malts seem to flash more in the middle, then go quietly back to the supporting role, while the oak layered underneath lends a subtle hand in deepening the flavor even more. The back half of the mouthful gives way to a buttery chardonnay characteristic, which leads into a really enjoyably acidic, dry finish that lasts quite a while. All of this is swimming around in a pool of spices, with white pepper being the most evident. It seems like layer after layer of complexity become unraveled with each and every sip. Damn impressive!
M: Temptation is medium-bodied, with a rich, semi-sticky, mouth-coating quality that just blankets every square inch of the mouth with its delicious flavors. But, it doesn't quite blossom in the mouth like some belgians do, and I've gotta dock it for over-carbonation, too. The huge prickly bite is overdone and almost masks some of the more subtle nuances of the beer. Only 1/2 point worth of a complaint, though.
Notes: Don't get me wrong, I love the hell out of some sours when they're done right. But, I'm not completely fanatical about them in the way some others seem to be. However, I make it a point to drink each and every sour offering that Vinnie Cilurzo puts out, mainly because I know it will be fantastic. So, I'm happy to admit that I gave in to Temptation, and am extremely glad that I did! Fruity, funky, sour, tart, subtly complex, and downright delicious. I like Consecration a bit more, but Temptation is one hell of a brew! Highly recommended
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2009 01:52:13 | More by sweetbrew82
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