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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,665
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,509
Gots: 709 | FT: 38
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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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HopHead84

California

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12/16/2011

Batch 003 purchased on 3/16/2008, waxed, stored at 55 degrees for 1,370 days, and opened by me tonight. This is my last bottle of this vintage. Snifter. When I remove the wax and cage the cork shoots out with an emphatic pop, but the liquid does not rise or gush.

A: Bright dark gold with perfect clarity and an enormous white mousse-like head rising three fingers above the liquid exhibiting exceptional retention. The lacing forms a thick white coating on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

S: Ripe granny smith apple blends with wet leather and white grape. Oak is strong but not overpowering. Earth is apparent and I get light notes of barnyard and earth. The aroma displays a moderate tartness with evident lactic characteristics. There's a decided Chardonnay presence.

T: Chardonnay up front with ripe golden apples, a soft buttery note, and a piquant oak character. Lactic notes are pronounced, and there's a lower moderate tartness. Wet leather blends with earth and a mild spiciness. The finish is dry with evident tannins.

M: Light in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is bone dry and sticky.

Overall: One of the more successful aging experiences I've had. This is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 06:34:51 | More by HopHead84
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/2/2011

A: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head, dissipates quickly, leaves some lacing but incnsistent

S: sour, grapes, and a slight floral undertone.

T: this almost resembles a wine or champagne, sour, grapes

M: mild carbonation, crisp

D: it's not bad, but not extraordinary, I would compare this to a carbonated chardonnay

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 11:55:17 | More by THECPJ
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dirtylou

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, Batch 05X1E

the elusive temptation - nobody ever sent you to me so I moved to the west coast to find you. well not really, but its good to have.

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, glowing pale golden body, bubbly carbonation

smell: instantaneously - ah yes, the chardonnay barrel...big oaky aroma, vinous white grapes, tart green apple, brett funk

taste: obviously exceptional - the undisputed (in my eyes) best american brewery really hits the mark with temptation. I guess a prerequisite to enjoying this beer is the appreciation of a nice oaked chardonnay. Oak, belgian sugars, tart green apple, white grape, funky brett bite, melon. Righteous.

mouthfeel: light, lively, well carbonated

overall: exceptional

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:41:51 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375ml bottle stamped as "batch 001".

I bought this in CA a few weeks ago, opened for New Years Eve. The bottle says "Blond ale aged in oak barrels." The bottle goes on to say the oak barrels are Chardonay barrels.

After trying the Supplication last night, I was prepared for this one to taste like a sour beer. It did. Strange for a beer, but a reasonable alternative for a sparkling white wine.

I liked this better than Supplication, maybe because I expected the sour taste this time. But probably I won't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 02:47:20 | More by TurdFurgison
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-09-2011 20:21:36 | More by drummermattie02
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-10-2012 01:16:23 | More by Zaphog
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-25-2012 23:58:20 | More by rolltide8425
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at monks

Pours a fairly clear golden with orange hues. A light, bubbly head quickly fades leaving no lacing around the glass.

Very bright nose, with tangy sourness and assorted fruits (especially green apple) in the nose. So inviting.

Bitter and dry up front with some sweet touches. The beer is pleasantly sour throughout with apricot, apple, and wine grapes. A bit of citrus dashes through with oaky tart flavors, hints of Chardonnay, and some some soft funk. Finishes super long with tasty, lasting dry and sour notes.

Lighter body, tingly, and dry. Dances on the tongue with excellent flavor and feel. Goes down so easy you have to consciously slow yourself down to avoid drinking it too fast. A true delight and treasure from Russian River.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 21:13:54 | More by xnicknj
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle batch 006 poured into tulip 17/4/12

A slight haze in a bright golden body, not a very lively pour with just a thin white cap, doesn't look like there's much carbonation in the glass but two rings of lace

S the funk is pretty mild but hard too miss, apple, pear, with lots oaked vinous notes, the funk comes out as it warms, smells great

T more vinegar and cider notes I didn't really pick up on in the nose, other then that thankfully it mimics the smell quite well, the barrel leaves its mark on this one and I'm loving it

M more bubbles then I would have guessed but could use just a few more but it's a minor issue, its sour but not turning my mouth inside-out, and just a faint aftertaste

O this bottle was nowhere near big enough, I smell, I sip, and before I know it I'm smelling an empty glass and bottle. although there's room for improvement I wouldn't change much

the more sours I drink the more I like them and this is a great example, I like the Chardonnay barrel choice it works quite well, once again I need to thank the most awesome Rutager for this one

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 17:58:12 | More by wordemupg
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 006, caged and corked 375ml bottle.

Small white head that falls fast, leaving only a thin band on top. Hazy apricot color, sheets of creamy lace left behind clinging to the glass.

Tart, fruity aroma. Granny smith. Noticeable brett note. Musty, funky undertone. More than a hint of chardonnay.

Medium levels of tartness and sourness in the flavor, hints of oak, white grape, nice brett character, lemon, other citrus fruits. Very mildly sweet. A little puckering in the finish, but not too much. Bitterness emerges just a bit in the aftertaste. Again, the mustiness and funk is there but it's well integrated. Good white wine flavor, more than just chardonnay...white Bordeaux? It has that acidic green apple thing you get in certain tart white wines.

Spritzy carbonation, clean and crisp, with a dry finish. Quite refreshing. Overall a delicious and beautifully crafted beer with moderate sourness and funk characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 22:51:06 | More by tobelerone
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-10-2013 22:52:16 | More by liamt07
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GraduatedCashew

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

02-03-2014 19:38:06 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ccrida

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Russian River "TION" snifter, carefully off the of the yeast, which I'm saving for a wild ale I'm brewing right now. Temptation is cloudy gold with an huge, fluffy white head with nice rocky last that leaves massive chunks of lace.

Smell is a on the sweeter side, lemons and a bit floral. Nice pithy dryness too, really reminds me of a saison, especially as it warms, really nice.

Taste is on the softer side, the chardonnay definitely comes through, a nice clean malty sweetness and some fruity Belgian esters. Not much sourness or even barnyard funk though. I just had a Cascade The Vine, their muscat grape barrel aged sour, and wanted to compare them, but they're really night and day. Tempation is much softer, basically just a wine barrel aged BPA. Not really sour at all, more wine notes too. Good though, but I wanted more funk.

Mouthfeel is a bit too tannic for me, some drying alcohol, very chardonnay like there, save for the soft, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice beer, but a bit of a disappointment in regards to my mood and expectations. I wanted a sour, and this one is really just a wine barrel blonde. But good for that for sure. And the price was stupid high, which was the final nail...

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 05:02:40 | More by ccrida
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 7.25% ABV, tulip serving shown, Batch 004x3. Purchased at Russian River.

A - Totally clear golden yellow with a dense white head, there is good retention and lace that covers the glass with thick fingers. It's very attractive.

S - Lemony golden citrus and floral hops with a massive, delicious funk! Light horse blanket and musty wheat has a great combination with a nice light sour finish. Mmm, Brett.

T - Thinner than expected, a bit of the lemon citrus comes through but the majority of the flavor is heavily wild ale with a thin horse blanket and nice barn yard funk to it.

M - Temptation is light-bodied with a funky sour finish that's right up my alley. Nice tart finish with a great clean and crisp texture to it.

D - Definitely a bottle worth sharing with people but probably not worth the $25 price tag. Very good beer with a nice wild kick to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 12:27:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle from batch 003
Pours out with just a hint of hazy on a golden background with a fluffy white head that persists forever with massive stickage. The aroma is quite vinous with a sour funky edge. Grapes, lemons, cherries, plums, oranges, tartness, sweaty horses its all in there and it smells great. The first sip pierces my tongue with lactic but smooths out quite quickly. Grapes, candy sugar, brown sugar come up front and provide a great balance against the lemons sour cherries and apricots that come in next. A bit of lactic and funk find its way in there towards the finish but smooth out with a fruity sweetness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel. This is a beautiful beer! Wonderfully complex and incredibly drinkable. I've had this in the cellar a few years and have lost track of where I got it, if you sent it to me thank you so much.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 23:19:19 | More by johnnnniee
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle Batch 5X1F
Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance - Honey, golden orange with a smooth white head that leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smell - Honey, grapes, spice, wood.

Taste - Sour grapes, champagne, and oak.

Drink - Lively carbonation - like you would find in Champagne.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:31:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice. Batch 004.

The beer pours a lightly carbonated, cloudy straw gold color. The head is about 1 finer high, decent retention, weak lacing just kind of runny.

The aroma right off the bottle is sour funk horse blanket, but once the intial nose is gone it is a very light sensation that's tough to pick up anything on. There is a light grape smell, light notes of flowers, hops.

The taste is amazing. It starts off light and sweet but then right away you get a stront tart bite and a hard sour finish.

Mouthfeel is surprinsgly strong with a great drinakability.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 01:04:27 | More by jrallen34
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

09-19-2013 01:41:32 | More by Rhettroactive
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Batch 006. Served a touch too cold at 45F.

Appearance - Remarkably clear golden yellow body. Not a lot of head. Biggish bubbles that settle quickly. The lacing is nice and bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass like champagne.

Smell - Chardonnay is most prominent. Oaky with a nice lemon tartness. Funky, but not like a lambic. Complex aroma, but it isn't overwhelming.

Taste - Again, complex without being overpowering. Initially tart, with a slight funk in the flavor. Lemony like the aroma. The tartness is immediately tamed by the chardonnay, which makes it one of the easiest-drinking sour ales I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - The chardonnay cuts any unpleasant harshness that may have arisen from the souring process. Light and bubbly. I could easily drink this too quickly, but I would be missing out.

Overall - Not intense like many other sours. A variety of subtle flavors that play nicely together. Something I definitely need more of.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 03:17:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours from 375ml caged and corked bottle(batch 002)..ooops! I turned the bottle sideays to read some of the info and when I popped the cork, the beer shot out of the bottle big time. My bad. :^(

Anywho, it pours a cloudy straw yellow with a large head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving a solid layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell is all fruity, and yeasty, and funky. Fruit wise, I can smell lemon and some apricot and it's very inviting indeed.

The taste on first sip has a BIG sour punch and a ton of citrus flavours. Lots of grapefruit, apricot and lemon tartness permeate my every taste bud and I can *only* smile. A very BIG smile. Swishing the Ale in my mouth, it gets even more complex. Big yeast notes, strong representation of funk, and a never ending stream of a variety of fruit...man, the flavours are simply outstanding. Yum. Talk about a Wild Ale, in the future, when I see or hear that term used, I'll instantly think of RR Temptation.

The mouthfeel is superb, the carbonation is light, the drinkability is through the roof...I kid you not. The finish is very lemony and you just want the aftertaste to *never* end. And as far as the 7.25%abv comes in to play, there's no evidence of it in the tasting and there's almost no warming as it goes down. An amazing brew.

Bottom line: Yet another fantastic brew from Russian River. If I ever visit California again, visiting RR Brewing would be a must. My BA hat is off to them!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 19:53:49 | More by Bitterbill
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flagmantho

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked bottle into a wine goblet. I can't wait!

Appearance: beautiful golden hue with a hint of opaqueness; lots of evident effervescence contributing to a thick, white, gorgeous head.

Smell: tart, fruity, bready; apples with notes of citrus. There's a very light aroma of something chalky which I quite like as well.

Taste: tart, chalky, yeasty/bready, very much in line with the aroma profile. Like a good cheese, this tastes like it's gone bad in the most delicious way. This would probably pair spectacularly with a nice roquefort or gorgonzola.

Mouthfeel: body is not particularly thick, and there is a huge well-integrated carbonation from bottle conditioning. I'm always a fan of a creamy texture in a higher-alcohol ale, and this sure has it.

Drinkability: definitely a sipper, with its over-the-top tartness, but this beer is interesting enough to keep me sipping until I finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 03:13:40 | More by flagmantho
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Signature Russian River corked and caged 375 ml bottle pulled from the cellar. Batch 05X1F, I've been sitting on this one for just a few months and decided I was in the mood for something sour. Served at cellar temperature, around 55ºF, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Golden orange semi-hazy body, topped with a pure white fluffy and sudsy head. The dissipation is rather rapid although a retention cap sticks around for the entire consumption. Some minor lacing is present, a bit less than I like to see but still quite a gorgeous beer to look at.

S: Dandelions, rose hips, floral "spice," peach, lemon zest, oak and white grapes. All come through on their own but blend to give a very light, crisp and tart fragrance. Towards the end of the nose, a hint of white grapefruit comes forward with its acidic character.

T: At first, the tart and puckering nature of this beer is obvious. Sweet and tart white grapes coat the palate, along with lemon and honey. A slight oak note is in the finish but there's really no lingering taste other than a bit of a dry bite. The woodiness I thought might be overpowering but it is well displayed and evidence the use of the French Oak Chardonnay barrels for it's secondary aging is masterfully done.

M: On the lower end of a medium-bodied beer, sparkling and bubbly like a champagne. The finish is semi-dry across the palate and slightly prickly.

Well, of all the "standard" Russian River Wild Ales I've sampled, this one might just be my favorite. I feel it's extremely balanced in both aromas and flavors, while providing enough depth, complexity and balance to be a showpiece for a Wild Ale. The aging on French Oak Chardonnay barrels was the touch that took this beer above and beyond my expectations for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 23:24:10 | More by ShanePB
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 05X3. Big thanks goes out to nyrangerfan for this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy deep yellow with a three finger pure white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, nice sour, and a little funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, mild tart, nice sour, and a hint of funk on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this beer made me say, "Oh my God, yes!". Russian River was spot on with this brew. It was very well balanced on the flavor and had quite an excellent aroma to back up the flavor. Not very much missing in this brew at all. Any Cali traders out there who trade with me in the future, feel free to send this as an extra as this is a damn good beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 13:59:40 | More by thagr81us
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. Batch 001: Pours hazy golden/orange with a medium thin and foamy ivory-colored head. Thick ring of lacing at the top of the glass, and spotty underneath. Tart, vinous aroma of chardonnay. Wine-like flavor, fruity and tannic. Oak is present, and there is some yeast in the background. The finish is zesty with tart fruit and a hint of sweetness. A unique beer to say the least, with some elements of a Lambic or Flemish Sour, yet still different enough to stand out. Refreshing and easy to drink too. Pretty good all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 21:14:12 | More by Dogbrick
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-24-2014 03:10:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,665 ratings.