Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.54/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to Jeff for sharing this one with me. Pours a golden-yellow color, translucent with lots of light shining through the edges. The foamy white head lasts for a bit as it settles and leaves some big, wet lacing.
The aroma is thoroughly acidic and tart. Sour apple skins, pears, light vinegar, faint lactic aromas. There's a mild woodiness behind all of the tart fruits, but there's no denying that this is a sour bomb. I was a bit shocked to find that there was quite a big vinous character in the aroma, too, until I read that this was aged in chardonnay barrel. Makes sense now. Very tingly on the nostrils, this one's gonna be sour - no doubt.
And sure enough, it is. Temptation is very sour, front and center. We're talking puckering sour, not just "mildly tart". Lemons are huge, as are apples and pears. Wow, this is just so, so, so, SO tart. Each sip feels more tart than the last. It hits the edges and corners of your mouth and gets your face scrunched up in no time. Not as sour as Beatification, still pretty damn tart. Light vinous notes, as well as a mild oak flavor on the tail, but the beer has a mostly sweet finish once that godly tartness finally dies down. Medium bodied, heavily carbonated.
I've come to expect a lot from Russian River, and rightfully so. Temptation delivers. It's a sour motherfucker, that's for sure. If you like sours and you haven't had this yet - get some. Now.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2013 23:39:18 | More by tectactoe
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4.19/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Batch 6 (brewed 2009, bottled 2011). Opened July 2014.
A - Golden straw body. Thin, fine white head. Light carbonation in the glass.
S - Ouh. Bright tingly tart nose. Oak, grape skins, minerals, hay, acidic lemons, and wet blankets.
T - Smooth, mouth fillingly tart, and dry. Prominent but smooth oak, tart green apples, tart white grapes, grape skins, lemonade, white sugar, unripe peaches.
M - Medium-light body with light carbonation.
O - A great example of the style; great oak notes with a smooth, bold tart flavor.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 00:03:14 | More by vfgccp
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
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