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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

2,463 Ratings
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Ratings: 2463
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sour beer that is drinkable and not hard on the palate owing to good malting. Woody taste in there-something akin to a acidic chardonnay. Minerals, apples, saison like spice. Horse aroma. I am glad I tried it however this is not the greatest beverage I have had as some others claim. Thanks for sending Hopsalot.
Updated and upgraded, particulalry with improved aromas! on-tap 4.5 years later at the brewpub. Lemony chardonnay, with brett, is very enjoyable and unique. Natural carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2006 02:55:58 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear golden color with a tan head that settles to nothing. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity and grain aromas. Taste is pretty much the same and there is an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good wild ale but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 22:34:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"The only way to handle temptation successfully is to yield to it."

--French proverb

Batch 001. Temptation is precisely midway between lemon peel and ripe apricot. The highest compliment that I can pay the gorgeous, alabaster colored crown is to say that it would look at home on the finest Belgian ale. It becomes even more attractive as it slowly descends, leaving the glass positively coated with delicate lace.

Unlike some Brettanomyces-infused beer, the nose is full of barnyard funkiness without being completely dominated by it. It's easy to appreciate ripe golden fruit and the Chardonnay oakiness that was imparted by 12 month's contact with the barrels. 'Sublime' is the one word that keeps coming to mind whenever I put my nose over the glass.

How does Russian River manage to brew such amazing beer, again and again and again? The fact that Vinnie Cilurzo is the mastermind behind what I consider the best beer the world has ever seen (Pliny The Younger), yet is still able to create a stunningly complex Belgian-style ale like Temptation boggles the mind.

Even without the Brett, this would be an outstanding example of a golden ale. The fact that it's even possible to determine that is further evidence that the wild yeast doesn't steamroll everything in its path, but complements the beer in the best way possible.

The flavor profile consists of barely ripe apples, pears and peaches (complete with their natural sugars), a potpourri of spices (clove and white pepper especially), a surprising amount of sweetgrassy hoppiness and a perfect Brettanomyces puckery tang that wraps things up in a perfect ribbon of drinkability. Why oh why didn't they put this stuff in 750s?

Despite the label's advice to 'allow the natural yeast sediment to remain in the bottle', I'll do no such thing. The final pour clouds things up nicely and puts the already fandamntastic flavor into orbit. I can say without hesitation that Temptation is the best wild ale that has ever entered my glass.

The mouthfeel, while not up to the standards of Belgium's best, isn't far behind. Perfection would be easily achieved with a fraction more expansiveness. It's hard to argue with beer that is this lightly silky and this zestily carbonated.

I don't like to repeat myself, but it's a damn shame that this delicious ale isn't released in bigger bottles (I'm thinking jeroboams at least). It's also too bad that Russian River will no longer ship to us poor souls outside of Northern California who aren't able to otherwise experience the transcendence of their beer. I'm glad that I decided to yield to Temptation today.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 15:42:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear pale amber with a nice thick white frothy head. Carbonation was insane, tons of visible bubble streams coming off the bottom. Almost looked like, well it really did look like champagne. Bubbles everywhere.

S - Very strong pungent aroma comes off of this one. Huge smell of grapes, with a hint of alcohol. Maybe a hoppy presence trying to come through. Smells like wine.

M & T - First impression was very sour, and it tasted like a nice white wine. Lots of carbonation and great feel, very light, again almost like champagne.

D - Overall this was very intresting and a good one time try, but not really my cup of tea. Would not turn it down if it was offered, but would not go out of my way to purchase it, a nice novelty at least for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 01:05:24 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Batch 003 shared by Bobby yesterday (to compare with the new batch and with Depuration).

A: This one was explosively carbonated. A slight twist of the cork sent it flying through the air and to the ceiling. The beer itself is slightly hazed and straw colored with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is not as overly "green" and tart as the servings of the newest batch have been. A nice level of Brett funk and dryness goes well with some tannic oak and a slight lactic and green apple tartness.

T: The flavor also is a bit heavier on the wild aspects and really has a nice mustiness to it. The tartness is not overpowering but provides a nice level of acidity and fruit (grapes, lemon, and apple).

M: The body feels a bit fuller than the newest batch, but that could be the high level of carbonation. The finish is nice and dry.

D: This batch seems to be quite superior to the newest batch and I see why people rave about Temptation so much. Great flavors and a really crisp, dry, and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 18:51:34 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge head; the retention was very good and the beer left clumps of lace along the sides of the chalice

Smell: Except for the sour Brett tones, you would swear you were smelling an oaky chardonnay, with vanilla and white wine grapes influencing the tart green apple, apricot and sour cherry tones

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of fruit (pear and apricot) that moves in a tart, green apple direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness mellows and the more subtle fruit character (pear, melon, apricot) and oaky/vanilla elements represent themselves; unlike some of the other Wild Ales where the sour elements dominate, this one is much more subtle and complex

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and quite creamy; medium to high carbonation

Drinkability: Another stunning achievement from Russian River; more subtle than some of the others and, in many ways, better, as a result

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 17:13:54 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (batch 1 drank in 2006): Poured a hazy/cloudy dirty yellow color ale with rather large white bubbly head with medium retention. Nose of farmhouse, chardonnay with a sourness resembling lambic. Taste is totally incredible with huge amount of farmhouse (there is probably a better word for this but it is the only I can think of right now), sour notes resembling a lambic and Brett, which is reminiscent of Orval. The Chardonnay barrel effect is maybe a bit too accentuated but still very interesting. Also, it might be a bit too acidic for my liking but it is still very much enjoyable. A more balance level of acid and this would have been a perfect score. Now, I just need to get my hand on some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 15:16:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undoubtedly one of the most well-balanced funky Belgians out there. Temptation is basically what brettanomyaces would do to Duvel. ...but there's more....

Temptation pours with a deep canary yellow color and medium haze (a bit more than I expected). A large stark-white head carries a combination of tight and loosely-knit bubbles. The ever lasting head laced all along the glass as though it didn't want to leave- ever.

The nose is a balanced blend of acidic lemon notes and funky-dusty-musty aromas. Crab apples and under-ripe berries come into play, but the beer takes on a typical aroma of well-played Belgian-brett beers.

Flavors are much more complex and less intense than what I got from the nose. True malt flavors of pilsner and wheat varieties shine up front and set the stage with timid sweetness and moderate bready notes. Those lemon, berry, and apple flavors come in close behind and in most tart and acidic fashion. Stopping shy of sour or vinegar, this beer shows great control and restraint. Spicy with white pepper notes from the phenolic yeast do a great job of not showing any off-notes. Still, the tartness weaves in and out of musty characters of basements or attics and light horse blanket just beyond mid palate and just in front of the finish.

What is even more remarkable about the beer is how the wheat malts give a creamy, bready feel in the beginning but then the tartness nose-dives straight into a dry, acidic, and mildly warming finish. Again, shying away fron astringency, the tart acidity and moderate alcohols do all the work. The beer is fleeting and evaporative to the mouth, leaving a very clean aftertaste and leaving me begging for the next sip.

This is a masterpiece of a beer that has all the things that I love so much about Duvel but with added complexities and artfull assertion.

Thank you slayer3604!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:48:11 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

A: Pours a cloudy pale amber color with a large white head of foam.

S: Lots of tarness and sourness here, with a little bit of the oak coming through.

T: Lots of sourness coming into some tartness and a little bit of citrus.

M: Quite tart, fairly full for the style. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Drinkable for the style, but not my favorite of Russian River's Belgian styles.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 18:39:38 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy goldenrod yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chardonnay wine barrels are present in nose along with notes of sourness from the brett.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the sourness is a little stronger and there are also hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very nice balance between flavors of chardonnay and sourness that makes it both interesting and quite easy to drink.

Note: Batch 07-27-12

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 23:06:06 | More by metter98
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely brilliant! The oak is massive and the Brett is somewhat restrained. It's drier than might be expected. Poured carefully from a long-standing bottle it delivers a clear (I can see my fingerprints through the glass) dark gold body beneath a creamy head of white. The head retention is superb, and it leaves a solid wall of foam around the inside of the glass. The nose is bright with Brettanomyces (mineralish, leathery, acidic, musty, barnyard, "horseblanket") , tempered by oak, and sparked with a spritz of lemon. In the mouth it's very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation caresses the tongue with a delicate bristle. Medium bodied. The flavor is as the aroma suggests with a firm bitterness for support and a little more acidity. The label suggests that it picks up wine flavors from the oak barrels and I think that's true, there's a definite white grape flavor there. There are some other fruits in there as well, maybe some apricot; some mildly tart tangerine; a drop of pineapple; and even some grapefruit as well. It finishes with a flick of acidity that receeds to leave a citrus-rind bitterness behind. Remarkably refined and easy to drink for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 23:36:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"French oak chardonnay barrels", eh? I smell it once the cork comes out.

Lovely pale amber color, nearing orange, completely cloudy, witha thick, sturdy snowy cushion of foam above.

Potent aromatics, screaming sour from afar....on closer inspection, yup, that's tart, with citrus and spice squeaking in...deep, heady stuff....beautiful.

Sourness is the main game in the mouth, blasting the tongue, then fading gently. Bracingly tart. Then smooth, but never releasing the hold of the tart, accompanied by some fruit and a bit of spice. Nice.

Full-bodied and fresh. Zesty, snappy, tangy...quite an accomplishment, matching the quality of Belgian ales so well that if you didn't know, you'd swear this bottle crossed an ocean.

Fine and mellow, this tempting ale. Delightful. Delicious. D'lovely.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 07:15:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004 on-tap at the Monk's Kettle in SF. Served in an oversized wine glass.

A - A finger of persistent egg-white foam with big bubbles. Opaque golden orange colored body, and nice lacing that sticks around. I suspect the appearance was hurt a little bit by the glass type.

S - Awesome aroma - wonderful blend of unripened green apples, horsey funk and mustiness, white wine and green grapes, light oakiness, and some other light fruit and spice notes.

T - Starts with graham crackery sweetness that morphes into a light sour finish that is surprisingly clean. Funk and unripened fruits predominate the complementary flavors. Excellent, but not quite as rich and complex as the aroma.

M - Dry finish, lively champagne-like carbonation that still imparts a soft texture. Some residual dry stickiness and cottonmouth sensations.

D - There is nary a trace of the 7.25% ABV - this could easily be a 4-5% geuze. It's actually a little reminscent of Deviation, but without the aggressive Beatification PH001 tartness element. However, it's also significantly cheaper...

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 20:51:22 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of yeast along with light malts, tart fruit and some hops, plus the typical scent of oak barrel-aging.

T: The taste is very tart and sour up front and on top of that escalates into a sharp bite, with flavors of yeast, lemon, green apples and some spice that lingers in the finish. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance. The malt character is pretty thin. The after-taste is sour and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship and work that went into this beer and it's a good one to pick if you like the intense sourness, but it's not really my kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 02:59:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 003, thanks Jason for helping me acquire this!
First beer of 2010.

Poured into an Oerbier wine-style glass, it pours a bright honey gold with effervescent champagne streams. Lace is sticky and adheres itself well. The surface skim never really breaks.

Aroma from the glass is strangely different from the bottle. The bottle has a sweet acetic white wine vinegar and washed rind cheese thing going on. The glass has a very minerally, flinty wet stone nose, backed by hay and honey notes. As it warms there are some florals too. I'd give the bottle a 5 and the glass a 4, so 4.5 it is.

Temptation sings beautifully. It has elements of Chardonnay, tart and minerally, bright and puckering. Light on the palate yet full and complex. Not especially oaky, which is good. Dry and fruity with grapes, orange, lemon, and cheese. Very effervescent and dry like champagne. A wine-lovers conversion beer for sure. Off the charts drinkability.

Paired well with cheese, we had Capriole Wabash Cannonball and Delitia Taleggio.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 22:27:28 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Solomon420 helping get this one! Review based on notes

Batch 004X4 pours an effervescent gold/pear color with 2 fingers of beige head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Sourness & dirtyness, fades as this warms

T: Sourness, grassyness, & dryness up front. Some hints of honey breaks through with tartness & sourness as this warms, along with a bit of grapefruit, golden delicious apples & pears. Finishes dry tart & sour

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation & so dry tart & puckery

Drinks pretty darn easy, probably the easiest drinking sour I've had

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:40:19 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a pale malt scent that is overridden with tart bacteria and yeast aroma. It's almost lambic in nature. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and tart. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine brew. It's light and refreshing with a kick ass sour finish that's a bit warm on the way down. This is a great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 01:11:50 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is yellow (eventually the sediment got released and ended up clouding the beer but it started out pretty clear). Thick white head of medium bubbles held up shortly by moderate carbonation of medium to large bubbles that rose through the beer quickly. Head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as the beer is drank.

Beer has a good sour aroma followed by a slight funk. Sour aroma seems citric rather than acetic or lactic.

Whoa, this is a sour. Puckering citric sour flavors. Once the shock wore off, its amazing. Beer is really smooth. Drinkability high, mouthfeel great. Crisp finish, no aftertaste, there is a hint of oak in the back after drinking for a while. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 21:40:34 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11.

Batch 004x2. Pours golden yellow with a white head. The aroma is very tart, with some vinegar and citrus. The flavor is tart, with lemons and a floral quality. A little bit of funk but not too much. Very drinkable sour. I had heard a lot about this beer and it didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 22:44:42 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with wispy white streaks of foaminess. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled funky with some farm house/horse blanket aromas. A yeasty spicy aroma with a touch of oak.

T - A nice funky/spicy taste that you expect from a wild ale with brett. It had touches of caramel and grains.

M - It was very crisp and smooth with an extremely dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very good wild ale. Great tasting with a good dry oaky finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 05:56:27 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, Sampled December 2007
It was definitely a slight mistake to serve this at near cellar temperatures (60ºF / 15.5ºC), as the beer foamed up and started gushing as soon as I popped the cork. I only lost a couple ounces though. The beer forms a frothy, scant fat-one-finger thick, pale, off white colored head that is actually quite persistent. The beer is a hazy, slightly chunky, orange tinted, dark straw color. The oak character seems much subdued from the first batch (which is a good thing as this was my main complaint with that beer). This is nice and funky, notes of urea, aromatic goat, farmhouse-stinky-cheese, a definite cattiness, mushroom spore and a host of sharp phenolics that at times approaches fresh curing plastic. Underneath the funk is a nice fruit character reminiscent of tart, un-ripened white grapes (sauvignon blanc & gewürztraminer come to mind), as well as touch of green apple and tart pear aromas. The aroma on this is really quite nice, it is definitely ringing my funky bone right now.

Tart, but not aggressively so (at least for this Gueuze addict), it is somehow soft and creamy feeling, despite the still present carbonation. This creaminess has definitely been picked up in the barrel as oak notes add some tongue coating softness to this brew and even some heft to the body; suggestive from the butter-like oak flavors this makes the beer actually feel buttery in texture. Soft oak contributions of vanillin, a definite sharp spiciness and perhaps a hint of buttery-oak notes are all found here, though the spicy notes are definitely the largest oak character here. The wine analogy continues as the process used is definitely a contributor; definitely reminiscent of an oaky chardonnay as this beer has flavors of green fruit, star-fruit, flint, a certain light metallic quality and that definite oak presence. The funky wee-beasts and the oak contribute spice notes of white pepper, piquant ginger, The flavor is not quite as funky as the aroma might have suggested, but I think this is ultimately a good thing as it allows the complexity of the fruit, oak and spiciness to come through. The sourness, while present and definitive, is so well integrated that it is not overly noticed on its own.

The oak character is much more in check with this the second batch. This is a far superior beer in my opinion (and it hasn't taken anywhere near 5 years as I last predicted) as the oak, while present, now plays a supporting role. If successive batches keep getting better, then I am going to need to re-baseline my scoring. Just a fantastic brew. The texture is phenomenal & the flavor is just so well integrated and nuanced. The aroma, while absolutely engaging and complex, may actually be a bit too funky. Let me explain that though, because I absolutely love funk and the funk found in the aroma, while dominant, is so well integrated together, but it is a bit too dominant to let the nuanced oak, grape and malt notes through (despite being so inviting and characterful). I may even need to crack a batch 1 just to see what is happening to that .I still maintain that these 375ml bottles just aren't quite enough, as I always want more of this brew after draining my glass. Though if it was a 750's worth, my proliferous text might be pushing the extremes of my already superfluous text.

Batch 1, Sampled June 2006
4/4/4/4.5/4.5 total 4.1
Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper color, it is pretty well carbonated and has a frothy pale, almost white head. The aroma is quite oaky with lots of buttery notes, an astringent woodiness, notes of grapes (perhaps sauvignon or chardonnay), notes of pears, and some subtle spice notes. Quite an interesting nose on this one.

The beer is quite light on the palate, and very dry. The dryness actually suppresses the oakiness a bit, but it is definitely still here. The finish is quite long with a subtle tannic woodiness to it. There is a light acidity (for a Lambic at least) here as well, more similar to the lactic character of a Lambic than the acetic character of a Flemish sour beer. I am really quite relieved that I don't get any diacetyl in this beer (I am quite sensitive to it), there is a bit of buttery character (mostly in the aroma), but this is definitely oak derived. There is a certain spritzy character to this beer that is a combination of the carbonation and the acidity.

This beer is really quite interesting, Vinnie still has a ways to go, but this has more to do with letting the barrels reach an equilibrioum point than Vinnie at this point. I think that Vinnie has the touch, in perhaps 5 years (if the wee bugs are compliant and amenable), subsequent releases of this should be quite stellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 02:39:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Temptation pours out as a pretty typical looking blonde ale, golden yellow color with a bit of haze to it. The head was foamy and white leaving a bit of lacing. The smell of the beer smells a lot like Chardonnay with a bit of wild yeast coming through in the back end. The taste of the beer is actually pretty good. I was surprised that it really didn't give off much of a pucker factor after each sip. The flavors of white wine, tart grapes and some wheat are what I'm picking up here. The mouthfeel was pretty good, almost refreshing. Overall I was very impressed by this beer. The flavors and the other elements that it brings to the table were really good. I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy this one but it turned out to be a success.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 17:08:25 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mfielden for this one!

12.70 oz. cork-caged bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Opens with a loud "pop":

Pours golden with a large foamy white head that lasts, leaving foamy patches and broken rings of lacing.

The smell is sour/funky with yeasty breadiness and lemongrass.

The taste is sour and lemony - puckering. It has a vanilla/oak backing. Chardonnay comes through. Very wild/funky...barnyardy/musty. White wine character comes through as well. Finishes very dry.

Medium-bodied with carbonation giving an airy lightness.

A nice, well-done sipper. A power-house in the tart department. Very lemony and acidic, so as well-done as it is, it is a sipper - Try pairing with fish.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 03:09:59 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001

Pours a foggy gold with a thin white head that falls. Nose is funky. Very much reminds me of a lambic style nose. Flavor has a definite oak qualities as well as some distinct vanilla tones. Some citrus is there as well. Really nice wood stuff going on here. Nicely done. Feel has a crisp carbonation to it and the liquid is typical. This is nice. There's a bit of a bite to it, which would be a detractor for some. But this is a well made wild ale. Nice levels of complexity. I'd say this is good with fish, chicken, or a pork chop with a mild sauce to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 03:42:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure golden hazed hue with a bright effervescent white head forming thick in my chalice. Aromatics offer up funky brett tones with hints of white wine acidity. Earthy herbal sour ale notes, this is something special for sure. Flavor has funky horse blanket, that coats the palate with acidity of the Chardonnay barrels. The brett and pedio are wild this ale is sour puckeringly so with barrel aged effects going on as well. Funky yogurt notes, barrel aged oak, sharp acidic tones this is pure sour ale. Mouthfeel is dry carbonation is effervescent body is in the medium range, I've had some nice sour ales recently this one is a bit rough with barrel aging but it works. Drinkability is fantastic the type of sour ale that puckers your mouth and gives you a full range of flavors during each sip. It's time to just make a pilgramage to the West Coast and visit Santa Rosa.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 16:56:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
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