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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,662
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,505
Gots: 710 | FT: 39
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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Photo of EPICAC


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

Temptation pours a slightly hazed, golden color. It's topped by a bright white head that fades to a thin layer leaving thick, frothy lace. The aroma has all of the elements of a godd sour beer. There's a good amount of acidity, as well as bright citric notes. The characteristic "hop sack" aroma from the Brettanomyces used in fermentation is present, as well as an earthy, woody undertone.

Temptation is very gueuze-like. There's a coarse, grassy quality to the malts upfront, but these characters are quickly overshadowed by an escalating, citric and acidic sourness that's present through the finish. Earthy Brett flavors and a mild bitterness round things up in the finish. Temptation is crisply carbonated and light-bodied with an intense dryness in the finish.

Temptation is a very good beer. The sourness, Brett, and barrel-aging give it a distinclty Gueuze-like quality. It's mouth-puckeringly sour, and awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2009 03:50:19 | More by EPICAC
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4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 004X1

Golden body capped with the creamiest alabaster head. Retention is fantastic leaving a nice trail of lacing as it subsides.

Solid barn yard funk and plenty of tartness dominate the nose. There is incredible balance though between the two dominating aromas. Tart young grapes and green apple meld with rather earthy notes, oak and musty horse blanket.

First sip was an all on attack of puckering tartness. More of this is attributed to my lack of familiarity than the overall tartness of the brew. Assertive sour apple, lemon and wine like acidity. Peppery spiciness sits mid palate and clings to the tongue. Very subtle graininess and light earth grass flavor can be found as I search my palate.

Light to medium bodied. Sharp and crisp while the finish is smooth and dry.

Tremendously enjoyable. Very hard to find a weakness in this beer. As this is my first experience with the Russian River sours I can now say it is well worth the hype. Thank you to Spdkilz for providing such an awesome beer for review #150.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 23:02:09 | More by kzoobrew
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 21:51:30 | More by kkrez
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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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%

10-06-2013 03:31:36 | More by rdooley
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-22-2013 19:22:16 | More by ari32
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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001 - 375 ml bottle

Golden color with a creamy white head that leaves a coating of lacing on the glass. Smell is very fruity and tart. I pick up some oak notes as well . Taste hits you with the tartness up front but then mellows to a smooth sweetness. Reminds me of a chardonay and even has the buttery note to the finish. Oak and vanilla flavors become more prominent as it warms. Overall a very good brew. I love the effort that went into this brew and wish I had a bunch more to drink. I will buy every Russian River that I can get my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 01:40:51 | More by beermanbrian
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-18-2011 04:46:19 | More by jjheinrichs
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-15-2011 03:25:56 | More by TicoCali
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-03-2012 03:49:38 | More by tripledbrew
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Appearance: Temptation pours a clear champagne-like white grape color with about 1.5 fingers of pure white head. Retention and lacing are quite nice. Also, this beer is quite effervescent; lots of carbonation rising to the top. Very nice.

Smell: I get funk, mustiness, white grapes and subtle vinuous oak. Not overpowering, but still nice.

Taste: I get tartness and mustiness up front, along with some white grape skin. I also get faint oaky notes, and can taste a hint of the chardonnay that occupied the barrels beforehand. Lightly acidic, but not over the top. In terms of sourness not real intense, but overall funk and flavor is very good indeed.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Just a little under medium bodied with great carbonation. Awesome mouthfeel. Overall, a superior wild ale. It's not overly sour but has a nice balance of flavors to it that isn't over the top.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:48:25 | More by zhanson88
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4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured 8 oz into a red wine glass and allowed it to warm up to about 50 degrees before sampling/reviewing.

A: Pours a golden amber, almost adjunct-like color into the wine glass, with the exception of one notable characteristic. The hues produced by light passing through the beer are pink and orange, which you will never find in macro. Carbonation looks thin, but upon further review, champagne-like streams of tiny almost unnoticeable bubbles stream upwards towards the air from no fewer than 5 different nucleation points.

S: The unmistakable funk of brettanomyces is clearly evident, though it seems that having added it only in secondary has changed its effect on the flavor of this beer. Instead of the strong and aromatic sourness, I get a bit more of a farmhouse-like Belgian funk. There are definitive notes of oak and chardonnay from the extensive barrel-aging process, as well.

T: Aside from the sour character being much stronger in the taste than it was in the aroma, the main character of this beer is the chardonnay. An almost astringent acidity from the barrel aging seems to overwhelm any other characteristics that this beer has to offer. However, the finish does hint at what this beer could turn into with age. I catch fleeting wisps of sour apple and earthy malts that attempt to bring some balance to a fairly green beer.

M/D: Again, Russian River excels in balancing the effects of the carbonation content with the sourness from the wild yeasts. The tingly and puckering again meet a delightful balance. As good as this beer will likely become, I can't fully appreciate the nuances of this beer against the strong flavors of chardonnay and brett. I think that this beer lacks some of the complexity that I was hoping for, but overall, it is a very good beer, and I wouldn't hesitate to get to the bar early again to have another opportunity at this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 05:29:40 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-08-2011 06:52:21 | More by kornkid8600
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South Africa

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle 7,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Batch 006

This will be my first American Wild Ale, I cannot wait to see how they compare to my beloved Belgian Lambics! Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up!

Appearance: Temptation has a lightly hazed, golden-yellow body, topped by a good sized white head that displays good retention and leaves some patchy lace.

Smell: Tart fruits dominate the nose with lemons, white grapes and green apples. White wine is easily identifiable as is oak and musty brett. As the beer warms light spices (white pepper) and sweeter fruits (cooked apples and hints of sweet melon and orange) become apparent, as does the faintest floral/leafy note.

Taste: As with the nose, the taste is dominated by tart fruits (white grapes, lemons and green apples), musty brett and white wine (more prominent than in the nose and easily identified as Chardonnay). Oak, light spicing and a touch of sweetness are also noted. As the beer approaches room temperature the Chardonnay character increases dramatically. Perfect Abv. cover, this may as well be 5%.

Mouthfeel: This is the one department in which I think Temptation stands up to its lambic cousins! Medium bodied with stunningly smooth, expansive carbonation. I could literally gulp this down - pity this is not a 750ml bottle!
Nice acidic bite, but far from enough to pucker the mouth. The finish is quite wine like with a refined dryness.

Overall: Temptation is a solid sour with stunning white wine character, however I feel it lacks the power and depth of a true lambic (particularly in the nose). That said, I think it is for that very reason that it scores so well on BA!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 09:01:35 | More by Thehuntmaster
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New York

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

A - Hazy Golden Straw, Light Foamy White Head, some Lacing

S - There is a strong white wine aroma with tart pears and grapes. Yeast aromas give the nose some funk. The aroma is definitely complex and I'm sure I could have spent more time discovering its intricacies.

T - This is pretty damn sour. Very tart citrus, white grape, and apple. Bretty funk taste. On the far back end, there is a bit of a harsh bitterness, like lemon peel, that lasts for thirty seconds or so after I swallow and detracts from an otherwise wonderful sour beer.

M -Medium-bodied with just the right amount of dry, sour character. A little more sweetness than some sours, which I appreciated.

O - A great sour for sure but it didn't quite live up to the hype that the other sours did for me from RR. I actually prefer Sanctification to this. Definitely glad I tried this.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 14:55:54 | More by SkiBum22
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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

Thanks newtonty!

00X41 on the label - 750ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy, bright lemon with a creamy white head. Very nice...

Smells of the expected funk and sour, lemon funk.

I can definitely taste the oak and barrel in this one. The lemon zest sourness and mild funk is prevelant, but the barrel is the biggest part.

This is a very nice sour...I could drink this all night!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:09:24 | More by beachbum1975
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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this last night at the back bar at Monk's. I have been waiting to try it for awhile as I have held off on the bottle in my basement.

The Temptation pours a very hazy orange/yellow color with a nice thick and sparkling head.

The first few sips of this beer definitely reminds you that it has been aged in Chardonnay barrels for an extended period of time and then you get the sour and bitterness that is trademark RR.

I wish the bottle was a 25oz because I could have enjoyed this much longer but at $16 a bottle I was limited myself to one...for now.

After my first try of the Temptation I will befinitely age the bottle I have at home and try it a few more time at Monk's because this is another winner from Russian River. Great job Vinnie.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 04:38:03 | More by ggaughan
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-04-2014 20:10:23 | More by patrick802
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-21-2014 00:37:23 | More by Walkerjgt
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.