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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,777
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,538
Gots: 746 | FT: 42
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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.

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MiScusi

California

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

Batch 002. This is about a year since bottling, which I guess makes it about 2 years since it found it's way into the barrel for the first time. Foamed up just a bit after uncorking, as expected based on their website bottle log. Pours a pretty clear golden, but gets a bit hazy with the addition of some of the fine yeast particles. The bright white head foamy head didn't have much retention in my glass. The smell at first, when very cold is lots of wine-y chardonnay. As it warms up and if you release the aroma by swirling you can get an ever so slight barnyard funkiness to it. The taste is the classic brett sourness with a (for lack of better term because I know next to nothing about wine) a white wine type taste (I've had chardonnay before so I can see how it is similar). The barrel aging in chardonnay barrels really added a great quality to compliment the sourness of the brett.

The mouthfeel is great in this beer. Very light and plenty carbonated as it should be. Spritzy if you will. The drinkability is very good. The sourness doesn't limit it too much as I would say it does in the very good but very acidic Supplication that burns my throat. Once again a great sour beer by Russian River... they can't go wrong, even if they tried.
4/4.5/5/5/4.5
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Batch 003.

Crystal clear gold, bubbly, lacy wispy foamy bright white head. Smell is tart and slightly fruity, faint strawberry. There is a mildly musty smell, like that you get from a blue cheese, which actually becomes quite prominent as the beer opens up. The taste starts out like the chardonnay barrels it was aged in, with a moderate tartness, and finishes very clean without puckering. A belgian yeast fruitiness is left in the aftertaste. The woody character seems pretty low.
5/5/4.5/4.5/4.5

10-10-2007 01:08:34 | More by MiScusi
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

And yet again I thank BrewerB for bestowing this beer upon me, I just hope he enjoys his as much as I am enjoying mine. Thanks again.

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch 003

A: First thing of note is the healthy pop as the cork is twisted out of the bottle with a whispy white smoke of carbonation sneaking out of the neck. A very slow pour yeilds a peach skin orange and amber and slightly hazy color. The carbonation coming from the bottom of this beer is off the charts, it looks almost like champagne is in the glass, and it holds up a modest but dignified tightly packed white head that sticks around for the duration.

S: Lemon grass, white pepper, sour cherry, apple, peach and pear coupled with a detectable amount of that oaky wine character mentioned on the label of the bottle. My mouth is watering...

T/MF: Mild barnyard haylike funk but also incredibly fruity, pear, apricote and white peach mixed with a slight white grapeiness closes with a lemon and oaky peppery herbal zest. First few sips are incredibly bubbly and fill the mouth almost entirely with foam, after a bit this settles down into a more manageable bubbliness and given even more time, a slight creaminess.

D: Pretty damn good I'd say, much better than the sour as hell Beatification, this was sour and balanced, it didn't cover up anything and let the complexities of the beer dance across the palate. An excellent sipper.

08-28-2008 03:54:26 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

presentation: 12oz. tall slender neck bottle with a cork and wire crown. grey label with a scythe graphic and temptation barrel aged ale printed. number 23 is on the scythe. "blonde ale aged in oak barrels" also printed on label. "barrel aged 12 months" presented. the russian river interpretation of "temptation" is on the back of the label along with, an image of a tulip glass, and batch 001. 7.25%abv is displayed, and there also is a graphic that is further explained on the russian river website to mean that the bottle can be cellared up to 4 years. what else do you need to know???

appearance: pours a hazy caramelly orange with tangerine hilights in my favorite snifter. 2" fluffy white head that dropped to about a quarter inch quickly. the lacing and sticking is near perfect. stream of bubbles rise from the stem.

smell: very aromatic. lemon citrusy with a soapy clean grape aroma. bubble gum, wheat and perfume. love the bouquet!

taste: salty and lightly spicy wine/champagne. very vinous flavor. nice sour lemony acidic finish. light bitterness. not overly complex, but very flavorful. alcohol is well masked. incomparable to any beer i've ever had previously.

mouthfeel: unusually crisp while also creamy. there's an amazing champagne carbonation that you feel at the top of your throat when you swallow. smooth. love it.

drinkability: every sip begs for more. the bottle is deceivingly small, and when you finish, you check the label to make sure it wasn't less than 12oz. where did it go? alcohol is almost completely masked. the true "champagne of beers". (sorry miller high life)

overall: what can i say? i love it. i have one other bottle that i'm gonna lay down, but i don't know if i can be patient. i ordered this from russian river's website and it was worth every penny. (almost $12 after shipping) i also have some supplication waiting in the fridge, and that's supposed to be better. it'd almost have to be perfect to be better than temptation. 2 enthusiastic thumbs.

08-09-2005 03:45:56 | More by Px2GrafX
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

Hazy golden sandy blonde. Head is white, small, lasting. Very vinous nose contains strong farmy and funky notes that seems to multiply the fruit presence. Banana bread soaked in cider and banged around with tart white grapes. Globally very fresh and classy, yet you feel this would survive many years. The palate is delicate, flowery and vibrantly tart in a pineapple way. Fresh fruitiness brings the complexity through the roof. It somehow manages to remain accessible thanks to a striking balance and transcendent "classiness". Bretty cobwebs, cidery salty minerals. Satisfying, juicy, yet dry. Firm champaigny carbonation, smooth palate. My new favorite from Vinnie.

09-12-2005 01:19:01 | More by Rastacouere
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david18

New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

I like this beer even better than the Consecration, which is a little too strong. A great pale color, intense sour and belgian aroma, excellent sour flavor that also has a very belgian (Damnation-like) quality.

I think this is one of the better sour ales I've had, maybe even better than many of the cantillons. This is to that beer what Damnation is to Duvel.

I highly recommend this beer.

12-28-2009 23:39:05 | More by david18
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

750mL bottle - batch 004x4 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a very pale yellow. It is hazy from yeast but there is little visible yeast sediment. The haze makes for a beer that glows when held to light, but at the same time there is some small amount of translucency. A tightly constructed finger and a half of small, very white bubbles sits on top, providing nice lacing.

Temptation's aromas seem to be less intense than those of the Consecration that I enjoyed last night. However, this beer is no less complex. The funk is a lot stronger here than in Consecration. A nice, even-keel hay-and-horseblanket set of Brettonamyces aromas is much welcomed. Some light tartness that comes across as lemon and nectarine. Fleeting whisps of flowers. Some astringency for balance comes from the Chardonnay barrels and from some medicinal phenols. Everything works together beautifully. If you've had enough lambics, guezues or wild ales then you won't find anything that will surprise you. But then not everything has to surprise.

Sweet & tart peach, nectarine and lemon flavors jump out right from the first sip. That tartness fades fast, leading to a slightly sugary malt taste. The beer's complexity unfolds over the next many sips. Funky sweat, musty leather and dried hay make for a deliciously funky counterpart to the sour fruits. There is a combination of phenolic flavors and especially oak barrel that I recognize from last night's bottle of Consecration (perhaps this is a signature taste among Russian River's wild ales?). The beer finishes very dry and funky; a positive thing given the nature of the flavors here.

Superb mouthfeel. It is light in body with carbonation that is perfect in both its amount and intensity to the tongue. I couldn't imagine the mouthfeel being any better for the flavors that this beer delivers. Temptation's drinkability is simply tremendous. It is light enough in alcohol (7.25 % ABV) to be able to drink a whole bottle carefree. The drying finish and overall subtlety and balance make for a beer that you will drink and drink and crave for more.

Scythe beer! I love you, Scythe Beer; you are my new friend. This is a great beer. Great beer. Oh, to have the disposable income to buy a case of this. Totally worth the retail price. Totally worthy of adoration.

07-23-2010 01:50:28 | More by Reaper16
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PerHops

California

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

If ever there were a starter sour, I think this may take the cake. Not going to blow your mind with barnyard funk, but this is a phenomenal sour beer. Heffe meets Gueze? The finish says so much more. I like Sanctification's lemon zest and dryness better. I like Supplication's tart cherries and pinot barrels better. I like Consecration's sickly sweet tannins better. Somehow, this beer is still on the same level as all of those. PERFECTLY balanced. Amazing. Most definitely a temptress!

06-22-2011 05:27:46 | More by PerHops
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drewmprs

California

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

What can I say that hasn't been said? This was my first experience with an american wild ale. First impression was one of the chardonnay oak barrels that it was aged in for 12 months. I was lucky enough to try this on tap at hollingshead. A contemplative beer that one can sip or chug. Another winner from Russian River, more places should carry this on tap. The brets were strong, but manageable.

12-23-2005 04:11:55 | More by drewmprs
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tayner

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

Batch 003 375 ml bottle purchased from the brewery (with a little help) in April 2008.

Pours a hazy honey yellow with a nice foamy white head that remained for a long time and laced nicely. This is one outstanding looking beer.

I smell sour oak barrels up front with a slight citrus background.

Taste was tart upfront with almost a unripe fruit (cherries or granny smith apple) flavor. mid palate the oak flavor came into play pretty strongly. At about that same time there was a white grapeskin flavor, perhaps the some of the residual charodonney from the oak barrels presenting itself. The finish is almost a sour candy flavor in that it is sweetish but at the same time quite tart.

This one is not sour as much as tart, so it is very drinkable right now. Not sure how much more tartness will develop with the brett over the coming months, but i have a couple more hanging out in the DBF and intend to find out.

It was well carbonated and very light feeling in the mouth. It finished quite dry on the palate making me want to keep going back for more.

I had no problems finishing the entire 375 ml bottle by myself. I did not even realize this beer was 7.25% until i was done and started to feel it a little. It was a very tasty sour beer, one i cant wait to enjoy again soon!

04-25-2008 19:22:55 | More by tayner
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

Batch 002.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Took a while for me to un-do the cage, because the twist-tie broke off toward the end and I had to get my keys in there to undo it. If you look at the bottling notes at Russian River's website, 002 of Temptation had to be aired and re-corked because it was so lively, and even with that re-corking this thing pops off in a deceivingly friendly manner with some haze, then proceeds to spill over. As it was doing so, I noticed that there are actual portions of brownish silt-like stuff, assumingly the Brett or another yeast, all over this beer. Knowing that the Brett makes the beer, I decided to keep as much of this stuff in my glass as possible.

Pours with a two or three finger's worth of extremely lively head, which settles down to a half-finger after some time. Lacing is absolutely fucking brilliant. Huge dangling arms of the stuff, forming downright artistic patterns all over the sides of my glass. The body is a hazy sun yellow which invites at the same time as it imparts a feeling that the Brett lies in waiting to kick your tastebuds into submission. Wonderful for the lacing alone.

Smell: Oh my god. This is possibly the single most complex beer I've ever had the pleasure of whiffing. Let me make a feeble attempt: Vanilla, oak, whiskey, apple, banana, cane sugar, chardonnay, lavender, a variety of scented candle aromas I'm having trouble isolating (largely due to my lack of general aroma familiarity), rosemary, nutmeg, cinnamon, "new car smell," hint of leather, hint of polish, fig, plum, pear, cream, some coconut... I'm getting olfactory fatigue here. Absolutely phenomenal.

Taste: Buttered popcorn, chardonnay, banana, apple cider, green apples,
nutmeg, grapes, cream, some sugar. A residual oakey chardonnay back end. I really, really enjoy the flavor, as it reveals similar complexity but with more amplification of the some of the individual flavors present in the nose. Perhaps slightly less complex than the nose, that being said.

Mouthfeel: Thick, bubbling, light and fizzy meringue-like stuff. Great.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable. No perceptible alcohol from my perspective. I am absolutely floored by this beer, and will be searching ardently for the RR's other Wild Ales.

01-24-2007 06:31:18 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

A: darker blonde color poured a thick long lasting white head and decent lacing.
S: light fruity yeast aroma but not much else to mention
T: sour grape/apple flavor with a slight bittering from the hops. There is a great citrus and wine like aftertaste.
M/D: The feel is really dry but sweet an light. The flavor and feel really makes this brew a great drinkable beer. Enjoy!

01-22-2010 23:28:34 | More by Kemmerlin
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mkorpal

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

Had on tap for $5 for 1/2 pint. Yet another beer that made me jump up and down for. Pours a crystal clear, straw color with a minimal head. it's really just a ring around the glass. There is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising up the glass. It could pass as a lager, but has so much more to it.

Smell is of mild barnyard funk, a bit of sour apple and grape, and a tinny bit of oak in the background. I may not have picked it up if I didn't know it was oak aged.

Taste is much more forward on the barnyard funk. I pick up more wine like notes in the taste. No oak in the taste, but it is still well rounded with the sour and the funk.

This beer is the definition of dancing on the tongue. Wow, it was by far the most interesting mouthfeel. The sourness hits you at first in the back of your mouth. But towards the end, a sudden burst of funk and carbon dioxide creates what I can almost describe as a chalky, alkaline feel on the tip of my tongue. I have never had something feel quite like this.

This beer isn't the most drinkable. But it is something I could enjoy drinking often. I was quite happy with this beer. yet another world class sour from Russian River.

09-28-2010 04:14:42 | More by mkorpal
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utopiajane

New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

This was one of those rare and perfect beers.

Pours a clear, vibrant gold color with a pretty orange hue. Streaming effervescence. Looks like a glass of white wine or champagne except for the fat head of white foam. Delicate, tight bubbles that cling to the glass and fall off slowly to a cap and thick ring. Couldn't be any prettier.

Nose is chardonnay wine. Has a nice crisp wine like scent with a touch of sour lemon. Brett and barnyard. Wet grass. The nose has just a touch of the oak and a dryness from the brett that also seems to be a little sour. The malt is faint on the nose and not much more than a breath of biscuit. As it warms the lemon becomes a little sweeter.

Taste is divine. It's tart and sour. The mouth waters from the first sip. it tastes of the chardonnay and oak. The bubbles make it sparkle on the tongue. It has a mineral quality and a it's a little edgy too. Bold and daring. The malt is light, fluffy and biscuity bread. The drink is dry and warming. So fruity, so juicy.

This is one of the best beers you will have. The chardonnay character and the brett go so well together. The oak is understated but adds depth and the malt is superbly light. Crisp, fresh, billowing and ample. This is a beer you can linger over and really appreciate it's indulgence.

09-06-2013 14:47:37 | More by utopiajane
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

I began salivating in anticipation before I ever even popped the cork on this one. And thus begins the seduction. Batch 001.

One Russian River 12.7 ounce olive-colored, caged and corked glass bottle paired with a long-stemmed over-sized wine glass.

Straw yellow and light shiny copper with pulp-free not-from-concentrate orange juice might begin to describe the color of this beer. Tiny but active CO2 bubbles dance about the interior. A solid 4.5 caliber white head translates into beautifully sticky glass lace art when swirled.

In my nose: Super-sexy Brett funk snuggles up with sweet and clean Belgian blonde and woody French wine. The actions of wild yeast have contributed complex fruity flavors redolent of late season apples but the French oak character and chardonnay notes predominate.

Wine-like and dry with sour Brett pucker, this fancy-pants beer is one fine mother--wait a minute, this isn't Dr. Seuss. Sorry.

I find this beer, while maintaining a remarkable depth of character, doesn't exhibit a terribly large breadth of flavors.

By no means is this bad, it is only to say,
The flavors you get are the ones that you may...
Have expected to get all along, don't you see?
It is flavors of oak and of wine that hit me.

Of oak and of wine and of apples Brett soured. And I also found out that it's alcohol powered and I've drunk the whole thing in just under one hour.

My cheeks have flushed red and I long for my bed. But who will end this review my wife said? To her I replied all sad and red-eyed...

That it might be reported, or might be deleted but I just do not have the words to complete it. What to do? What to say? Well I think that it's time. To end this review and to end this bad rhyme. Not enough has been said about this great beer, so back to the topic this train wreck I steer.

Umm...

What I meant to say was that this beer is made up of a fairly simple battery of flavors that carry a complexity in their own right. The barrel aging and the Brettanomyces bring to life a beer that was most likely a phenomenon on its own.

I don't know if I can salvage a respectable review at this point, so I'll close quickly. Russian River has another platinum beer here. Thanks to Vinnie and Co. for conceiving and caring for this beer. And thanks are due to RedwoodGeorge, my supplier of upper crust West Coast ales.

09-23-2006 03:51:02 | More by froggyfrog
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UnionMade

New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

Perfectly clear gold, topped with a lasting, lacing white head. A plume of carbonation rises from the bottom. Loose sheets of lace cling to the glass. Brett aroma, heavy on the cheese, very much like sharp swiss cheese, somewhat farmy, with pale malt. Tart and fruity, big on the wildberry and grape. The flavor starts sweet and cheesy, immediately evoking swiss or mild bleu cheese, modest pale malt sweetness. Farmy and wild, flowery, with a pronounced brett quality throughout. Sour white grape and apricot. A touch of vanilla oakiness, mostly in the end. Finishes moderately sour, vivid wild grape, very dry and tart. Charged, blooming carbonation, lighter bodied, with a fluffy mouthfeel. Sharp swiss cheese aftertaste. Awesome.
Sessionable wild ale? Hell yes. Incredibly good. I'll jump on the chance of having this again. Please ditribute to CT...or MA.

04-21-2006 02:41:12 | More by UnionMade
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

thank you malto for this one.

Yeasty with a vinous nose this beer is a unique joy to drink. It's deep gold/ orange colour belies the different nuances that exist within its body. The Bret influence is there and so is the wine side but all in all what makes this so nice is the fact that drinkability is key to its makeup. fantastic

05-13-2006 00:45:10 | More by canucklehead
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Overlord

California

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

Very excited to try one of these Russian River barrel aged releases.

Pours a semi hazy golden cololr. Surprisingly robust white foam head that lingered for a good five or ten minutes. Like all RR brews, fantastic mouthfeel. Bubbling champagne-esque carbonation that really enhances and lightens the flavor.

The smell is biting and promises a delicious funkiness. Vinegar tones, a citrus zest you can almost taste through your nose, and a hint of yeast.

The taste is explosive. Sour funk, tart unripe applr and fruit, vinegar, and that difficult to explain zesty lemon

04-11-2008 07:44:15 | More by Overlord
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

375mL corked and caged bottle, batch 05x1E so it was bottled on 7/6/2010 before ending up in my Duvel tulip. Cheers to my friend Jackie for hooking me up with this bottle for my 150th review.

Temptation pours a burnt yellow orange at first glance, but when held up to light it's more of a lemon yellow. At its peak, there's two fingers worth of a frothy white crown. Retention is very good, but the lacing is spotty. The aroma starts out being dominated by the aroma of chardonnay, with just a hint of funk in the background though. As the beer warms though, the balance between the two evens out some. Still, I was looking for a little bit more in the way of complexity. Whatever I didn't find in the nose made itself apparent as I sipped on Temptation. The taste of sweet apples shows up first, before a brief, subtle flash of clove reminds me that brett and other wild critters weren't the only things used to ferment this beer. The back half of the beer is all chardonnay and sour/funk, and the two are almost entirely intertwined. I'm not always a fan of chardonnay, I find it to be a bit harsh in general, but the flavor here has a bit more of a soft edge. The mouthfeel is absolutely luxuriant. For a beer so dry it's not thin at all, and the carbonation is picture perfect, very expressive without treading into fizziness. I honestly can't think of a single thing I'd change about it. With an out of this world flavor and mouthfeel, and a restrained sour/funky contribution from a relatively fresh bottle makes this an incredible easy drinker.

11-22-2010 04:33:40 | More by axeman9182
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

RBSG 2005... Poured a hazy orange gold color with a small, white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherries, brett, chardonnay grapes, and faint diactyl. Taste of oak, strawberries, tart grapes, while finishing nice and acidic. Damn fine brew!

08-29-2005 02:43:22 | More by egajdzis
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a cloudy straw color with a quarter inch of white head. Lazy lacing.

The nose is pungent and has an inviting tart scent. Peach and apricot juices. No booze, just sour lovin'.

Flavors are very tart and have some lip smackingly good flavors. Peaches, apricots, and sour apples. Vineger and oak. Everything just blends so nicely and balance is achieved.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart with high carbontion. Still smooth.

Overall, never a dull moment with RR's sours. Pleasently blown away and would drink thos on an hourly bases if given the chance. Outstanding.

01-19-2013 04:28:42 | More by ChugginOil
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +3.4%

400th review. This beer has been waiting 16 months in my beer cabinet to be drank.

375 ml bottle poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with slight clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, oak, vanilla, funky orders, musty, and some spiciness too.

Taste: This shit tastes great. It's so frickin funky and chardonnay delicious. What a nice blend of Brett and charfonnay flavors.

Mouthfeel: buttery smooth, low to medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Awesome wild ale. It doesn't get any better. Great beer for my 400th review.

02-22-2013 03:19:38 | More by Flounder57
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

A-clear light golden, straw, 1 finger white head that clumps and fades
S-lemon, star fruit, some breadiness, sage, earthy/grassy
T- Brett funk, fresh squeezed lemon, ripe green apple, tart, chard, a bit of oak on the finish
M- medium body and bubbly carbonation, very fizzy clears the palate. Very tart.
O- Russian River never disappoints. Very clean and well blended. Tart and fruity with some dryness from the barrel.

04-14-2014 01:42:26 | More by AdamF625
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to murchmac/mikesgroove for this one.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy yellow/light orange with a very nice fizzy white head. Nose is tart funk, oak, and pepper. Taste follows with good oak and wine flavors hidden amongst the tart wild flavor. Some ripe granny smith. Crisp. Mouthfeel is a little more carbonated than usual, which I like. Drinkability is certainly one of the finest of the style I have yet enjoyed. A very good wild from RR, as usual. highly recommended.

08-26-2008 00:45:14 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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cjgator3

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

12.7oz bottle

A- Corked and caged bottle. This bottle is under a lot of pressure from the carbonation, the cork nearly made a hole in the ceiling. The high carbonation also demanded a slow pour to avoid a foam over. Pours a dark golden yellow/orange color wtih a large off-white head that possesses amazing retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a thing of beauty! The nose is dominated by a sour funkiness with some golden fruit and oak. Very complex and very "tempting". I'm looking forward to the taste. This is a great smelling beer and one I could easily sit and smell all evening.

T- The taste is extremely complex like the aroma with a good amount of sour flavors, but the sour is not completely overwhelming. The brett is really noticeable in both the aroma and taste giving it that signature earthy/funky character. I can also definitely pick up on a lot of the oak characterics from the French oak wine barrels that this beer ages in. Finally, the earthy finish is very dry.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D- Temptation is another world class beer from Russian River that I wish was more readily available so more people could experience this great brewery. Highly recommended.

10-28-2008 03:35:18 | More by cjgator3
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DwnTwnBwn

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured into a very wide challis. Bottles were shipped last week, from Russian River.

A - Pours a very pretty frothy/fluffy white head made of tiny bubbles. Streams of carbonation race towards the surface keeping the head covering the surface of the beer. The liquid has an oh-so-slight haze to it, but I can still see through. It's a perfect straw yellow in color and glows in the summer sun. Good lacing.

S - There is a predominate green apple smell to it, with a slight tart acidy finish to it. Chardonnay sweetness comes through and a hint of warm hay follows. Very pleasant.

T - Wonderful cereal wine. There are many different notes of tart and tang up front that clear the palette to . Then a very large sour granny smith apple hits with an acidic and dry finish. There is just a touch of sweetness that remains behind on the lips. Further into the bottle and a bit warmer some yeasty and straw notes come into play also.

M - The Mouthfeel is incredibly light. High carbonation and a very dry finish.

D - This is now my most favored sour beer that I have ever tasted. Each sip takes me further into the complexities of this beer and makes this warm summer afternoon more enjoyable. Its getting a 5 on the drinkability because it keeps getting better. Simply amazing.

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