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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

2,945 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,553
Gots: 789 | FT: 44
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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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

ncelauro, Oct 10, 2014
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4.57/5  rDev +2.5%

Shaimless, Oct 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

t2grogan, Oct 09, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

jaymo18, Oct 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Oct 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

SeeingMeansMore, Oct 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

dwoolley1, Oct 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

obiwan, Oct 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally getting to review this one. Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a goblet. Bottled on 06-18-14.

Pours a translucent, golden color with a half inch, pure white head that dissipates rapidly. Exquisite lacing all around the glass as I imbibe. One sexy looking beer.

Smells of lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces. Hints of oak, white wine, and fresh citrus. Some serious nose on this brew! Smells of heavenly sourness.

Initial sip gives me wine in oak barrels. Eventually after a second and third I taste the Brett, lacto, and pedio and the oak and white wine mellows out. Great sour tartness but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Very prickly on the tongue with a pleasant tartness that lingers on the palate for some time. Quite drinkable for a 7.50% abv. A very unique brew that would definitely benefit from aging.

Overall a well rounded, intricately brewed, masterpiece! This barrel aged sour is one of my favorites. If you have never has this before I would purchase two bottles if you can and drink one right away, then age the other for at least a year to see how it changes over time.

Cheers!

Budinetz, Oct 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

pathman, Oct 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

CBodamer, Oct 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

yemenmocha, Oct 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

thufflife, Oct 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

M_chav, Oct 06, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great sour brew from the bozy at RR. Carbonation is spot on, the sour is a tart, earthy funk that has you seeking more. Golden in color, this beer deserves it's high rating. No doubt a classic barrel aged sour.

Bottom Line: Yum!

themind, Oct 05, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

RyanCrawford, Oct 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

I could drink this one all day. I love white wine and sours. .

ianw87, Oct 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

kingjohnh, Oct 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

bram325, Oct 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Ropowers3, Sep 30, 2014
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,945 ratings.