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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,130
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,603
Gots: 842 | FT: 46
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003

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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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml batch 05X2E

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head that leaves some lace.

S- Bright lemon sour nose with some wine and Brett funk. Ripe citrus fruit with a hint of oak.

T- Tart right off the bat with plenty of must and sourness. The Chardonnay Barrels work wonders with this flavor profile. Some light oak and vanilla flavors are noticeable in the finish with just a tough of alcohol. Tart apples and pepper add some depth.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Fairly dry and mouth puckering!

O- This is one fantastic sour. Huge flavor without any individual component being too overpowering.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kmo1030
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed gold with a thick white head that dissolves to a thinner one quickly.
very tart and a little funky smelling (the good funky). apples and white wine with some oak. lemony citrus.
the taste has a lot more complexity to it than the smell. the sour aromas cover up many of the more subtle aromas. tart and white wine like, with apples, white grapes, lemon, there's more fruit in the but it's hard to identify. oak and a little vanilla towards the finish with bourbon at the very end and aftertaste. it makes me wanna smack my lips. oh yeah, it's got a little funk too, it gets up in the sinuses.
medium-ish body with a wild sort of carbonation. nice and dry.
good drinkability considering, but maybe not for everyone.
thi is a very interesting experience, seek it out.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a sour aroma. Some spicy aroma is present. It smells citrusy also. Orange, and a touch of lemon. That pretty much dominates the aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mostly citrusy, with orange and lemon dominating. I think I taste just a touch of alcohol. It has a yeasty flavor also. It tastes quite sour, in a pleasent way.

This beer is quite refreshing. It is smooth. It leaves a sour aftertaste. It has less carbonation than I expected.

I dont think this beer would make a great session beer. It is a little too sour to be able to drink too many. It would become cloying. However one or two is great.

Overall: This beer is great. I think I will go back and buy more.

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4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Russian RiverTemptation is an interesting and delicious wild ale. Some sourness, some chardonnay and some lemon.

A: Orange colour and 5 mm head. Looks great! 4.5

S: Chardonnay. There is also a weird funkiness. Lemon. 4

T: Sharp bitterness and some lemon flavour. The finish tastes of chardonnay flavour in the finish. Very interesting and delicious 4

M. Fine foam. 4.5

O. 4.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Crosling for this bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a bubbly head like champagne. Not much sustain on the head, but good lacing.

S: Brett, dirty socks, and cheap white wine. Not bad though.

T: Definitely a wild ale, but the brett is a bit less pronounced than in the Suplication. The barrel aging aging offers a bit of complexity. Perhaps I'm just getting used to these styles with wild fermentation, but this one doesn't taste as funky as some.

M: Crisp and acidic like white wine. Medium-bodied with a very active carbonation that continues to bubble in the mouth.

D: Not as good as Supplication, but still damn good. The lesser brett quality makes this one very easy drinking. Highly recommended.

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

Batch 003, thanks to Bubba83 for the help in obtaining! Poured into the appropriate Russian River tulip.

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow/light amber color with big white head made up of tiny bubbles, long lasting creamy retention and beautiful lacing. Smells of earthy Brett, sour fruits like lemon, apples, pear, peach, and apricot, Chardonnay, yeast, and spices. Great tart taste of lemons, peaches, white grapes, and apricot mix with apple cider vinegar and Chardonnay with a gentle yeasty bread and spiciness mixed in. Light in body but with a nice dry finish leaving you wanting more. Smooth and effervescent with no sign of alcohol, more tart than sour. A really easy to drink wild ale with lots of tartness, great appearance, and great flavors with more complexity coming out in every sip. Lower in alcohol than some others, and hides the alcohol wonderfully.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

Batch 004X1. Had before at a tasting, but never had a full bottle to myself....now I do. Cork comes loose with a good deal of coaxing, loud pop. Diagram on the cork basically forbids me to pour into a pint glass. Don't worry, I wasn't going to. Cork smells strongly of acetic acid.

Poured into a tulip. Tons of wispy white foam, clear golden body. The foam leaves very good lacing as it recedes. Pretty outstanding appearance. Yeah, this looks pretty good to say the least.

Smells gueuze-y. I get tart chardonnay grapes right off the bat, a little sour apple, some sweet pear. Sweet-Tarts candy. Fleeting notes of plastic in and out. While the wet cork may smell like pure acetic acid, the beer itself doesn't. Excellent aromatics.

It's immediately mouth-puckering upon hitting the palate. I would say the level of sour is on the high side of moderate. As one would expect, the flavor profile is high on the chardonnay; very vinous with high acidity. Dank, leathery and woody without ever really bringing the funk. Hops at the back end, there's a little more bitterness than I'd expect with a beer like this. Pleasant oaky-white-wine finish and aftertaste.

While carbonation is obviously high, it doesn't really have that much bite to it. And that is a good thing, I think. It's more like a slow-burning flurry of smaller bubbles rather than something carbonated to the degree of annoyance.

For those who enjoy sours, drinkability is high, limited only by the state of your wallet and the ability of your stomach to continue handling the high acidity. I think of this as a gueuze, as good as any Belgium has to offer. In most cases, I'd say a 750ml bottle split with someone will be sufficient. It goes without saying that this would be a good one to give to wine afcionados, but I figured I'd say it anyway.

I knew this was a very good beer when I first had it at a tasting, but it has been fun to really get to know it over the course of a 750.

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4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle marked Batch 05x1F which was bottled on 7/6/2010 into a Victory Golden Monkey tulip...

A - Pours a hazy, slightly couldy golden yellow color. A nice well carbonated fissy white head forms about 1.5 fingers high. Head fades to form a nice collar of the same color.

S - Sour and funky with great fruit aromas. I get lemon, some green apple, white grapes and some slight banana. Also getting lots of great funk, barnyard brett characteristics as well. Really nice chardonnay notes and oak as well.

T - White grapes, lemon zest, chardonnay, and great barnyard funk, although slightly subdued on the palate than was in the nose. Oak is more apparent here than in the nose. Great fruit and funk mixed together with a nice dryness that reminds me of a saison.

M - Very light body and nice dry finish. Nice and crisp with very nice carbonation.

D - Incredibly easy drinking even with the sour funky flavors on the palate. I could drink many of these in one sitting. Really a quality brew from RR.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,130 ratings.