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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

2,460 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2460
Reviews: 940
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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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

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

had this at city beer store in San Francisco. They said this was batch 4. Pours a clear, bright yellow at first, then turns hazy on the second and third pour. Tastes nicely sour with oak notes coming through on the finish. Very refreshing and it has the right amount of sourness. This brewery is fucking awesome.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 16:00:45 | More by WeedKing4
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zac16125

South Carolina

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

375ml bottle poured into a snifter
Batch 006
written from notes taking a few months ago

A: Pours a translucent yellow amber with just over 1 fingers width of snow white head. Head dissipates down to a thin film, but leaves a solid amount of lacing.

S: Funky yeast can be smelled as soon as you pop the cork. Sour apple and sour lemon with sweet aromas to balance out the sour, including banana and a subtle vanilla. The brett and sour characters are certainly present but there are also some traditional Belgium yeast aromas coming through. A grassy aroma as well, and even a peppery spice. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so many different scents coming from one beer. Wow.

T: Sour apple and sour grape are noticed right away, followed by the chardonnay flavor. There is some of that belguim yeast banana flavor (that I love) that lingers in the after taste, and does a nice job of balancing out the sour. At one point I catch a hint of hop bitterness that I certainly wasn’t expecting. There is a champagne character to the beer as well. Its like a champagne/white wine/gueuze hybrid, and I like it. Doesn’t quite live up to the nose, as not as many flavors come out, but how could it. Still damn good though.

M/D: Light, crisp and refreshing. A lively mouth feel. Good drinkability as I could certainly drink more than 1 of these, and I can’t say that about all sours.

O: Overall, this is definitely a keeper. Damn expensive ($13.99 for a 375mL!) but worth it. Great job of creating the sour aura, but maintaining balance and drinkability. I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys wild ales, sours, and to those who are just in the mood for something different and unique.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 19:35:24 | More by zac16125
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riored4v

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to a Duvel tulip. Batch 004x4 from 2009 release I believe. 2.5 finger, frothy, egg-white like head. Beautifully clear, golden colored body. Good lacing.

Aroma had an excellent tart aroma to it. Some light musty Brett aroma. Cherries. Light notes of oak which some light acidity. Some light bready notes.

Taste was amazing. Solid tartness up front with a crisp finish that had a light lingering tartness. Mild acidity with some cherry notes. Light notes of oak. Some mellow fruity notes with a light bready flavor. Some noticeable musty, brett notes.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body, high carbonation with a super dry finish.

Overall this was an excellent beer. Wish I had more of it laying around. Amazing tartness with some great complexity behind it.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:43:45 | More by riored4v
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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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MadeInOregon

California

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Russian River beer. Guess I'm officially a cool, beer snob now...

THE APPEARANCE of the Temptation ale (btw, 7.5% not 7.25%) was not impressive but not terrible. It's extremely effervescent with a 3/4-inch airy white foam head bubbling up to the top. It has virtually no lacing at all. Basically looks like apple cider or a heavily-filtered hefeweizen in color.

THE SMELL, wow, very pungent. I could smell this beer from several feet away after popping the cork and pouring it out. The aromas I picked up are champagne, chardonnay, green apples, apricot, and yeast.

THE TASTE is extremely vinegary. Cider vinegar is the main flavor with some mild hopping. It is a little peppery and there is a strong skunky, wild mushroom flavor also. Alcohol is hidden. The flavor is strong but it is really quite simple, and straightforward--which is kind of a shame considering the extra labor involved in creating this beer. Starting with a blonde ale was a wise choice for making this style; too much hoppyness would have made the tartness overwhelming (I once had a sour ale at Deschutes Brewery's pub that must have started with a fairly hoppy pale ale. It exemplified how NOT to make a sour ale. Might as well have drank vinegar).

THE FEEL of this odd ale is by far the high point. It's amazingly smooth, dry and sticky on the lips, with a fair amount of alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Altogether, these are odd sensations but are enjoyable and mild. Overall, this is a light beer.

CONCLUSION: This beer is not for everyone, obviously. I tend to agree with the low-end reviews for this brew more so than the high ones. Truthfully, it's mostly hype. The fancy bottle, complicated process, high price, and perceived exclusivity of Russian River's brews are great marketing but do nothing to enhance the taste of Temptation. The best thing this has going for it is that it's a great thirst quencher in the same vein as a Bavarian hefeweizen. On its own it's just a little one-sided and boring. I'd recommend treating it like wine and having it with food. On the other had, you could always just buy some wine...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 04:44:02 | More by MadeInOregon
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a conundrum this drink is. After a ho-hum pour, it's terrific, with a tartness that evokes grapes and lemons and gets your salivary glands going whether you want them to or not. Delicious. But what the hell is it? There's so much tart chardonnay it's crossed over from being a beer to being something else. It's as much wine as it is beer, and in many ways it's no more beer than a malternative is. Still, a great drink, but I've penalized the overall rating for the identity crisis.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 14:35:13 | More by lurpy1
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #6 Poured into Duvel glass

A: Half-finger white frothy head with good retention, clear light-golden color, good carbonation, small amount of nice lacing

S: Grapes (wine), earthy, oak, little bit of funkiness

T: Pleasant sourness, chardonnay, buttery, some lemon zest, vinegar, apple, same little bit of funkiness

M: Smooth and oily, good carbonation, medium-light bodied, good aftertaste

O: Very good and very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 03:26:46 | More by derkfromwi
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jegross2

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Temptation (Batch 6) from Russian River Brewing Company.
Score: 92

Batch #6. Brewed on 05/10/09 and bottled on 08/08/11. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/20/12.

Appearance: Pours an incredibly hazy golden color with a half finger of bubbly white head that settles into a bubble ring around the glass. Above average lacing, poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Chardonnay, white wine, oak, fizzy light fruit, rose pedal, light "Brett" and only a hint of sweaty sock funk and vinegar once it reaches room temperature. Very light hint of yeast. Surprisingly pleasant. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet white wine/Chardonnay flavor and fruit. Moderate tartness that grows as the beer warms. Some light wheat, oak and a growing modicum of sweet vinegar. There is a light "funk" when it hits room temperature, but this beer is surprisingly balanced. No real pucker or cringe, which I am enjoying. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Smooth, sugary and crisp. 4.5/5

Overall: At least at this point in my beer journey, I hate sour. Alas, I legitimately enjoyed this beer. I would certainly come back to this one again. Thank you slvrmon82 and n00b BIF for hooking me with a sour I did not hate.

Recommendation: This is a good beer for fans of white wines and a good "starter sour" for folks like myself that despise sours.

Pairings: Chicken Parmesan.

Cost:$8.99 for a 355 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 07:59:25 | More by jegross2
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AgentMunky

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a brandy snifter. Batch 006. Brewed on 10 May 2010. Bottled on 8 August 2011.

A: It uncorks with an almighty pop. Very little head, but a few bubbles. Clear urine yellow. Combined with an initial whiff, this is not very appetising.

S: So it actually smells pretty great. Lots of Brettanomyces, but tempered and pleasant, perhaps due to the chardonnay barrels. Some vinegar, some light fruit, and some funky yeast.

T/M: Finally, a sour I can dig my teeth into and really appreciate! This is some good stuff. Not-quite-ripe grapes, strong white wine influence, very subtle tartness. A delicate mouthfeel accentuates the light fruits in the flavour -- bright citrus, fermented grapes, dry-sweet tropical fruits. Very little carbonation; wet and smooth.

O: I have oft claimed to "not like sours," which is largely true, but this something else altogether. Phenomenal! Truly amazing. Highly recommended. Will drink again. A beer to sip and to savour.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 06:02:18 | More by AgentMunky
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 05X2F

A: Pours crystal clear with less than a finger of white head. The amount of bubbles racing to the top of my Russian River -tion glass is quite impressive. The bubbles hold the small amount of head in place forever, and the lacing is great.

S: The aroma is really focused on the sour end of the wile ale spectrum. Light, with some yeast, hay, and barnyard funk, the aroma certainly follows the idea of a sour blonde ale. I can't say, however, that I'm getting a lot of wine or notes from the barrel. A little too average for me.

T: The sour is there, but not in an overwhelming sense. The base blonde ale is the focus here, and is light with some funk as well. Lemon, some citrus, and grapes. I think I'm getting some of the barrel on the taste. Certainly some wine-like characteristics showing up, and probably some oak. It's very well balanced and clean drinking for a nice day out on the balcony.

MF: Light, with a lot of carbonation. Clean finish and very drinkable. The sour is just enough that it doesn't destroy the palate after putting down the whole bottle.

O: I really liked this. It won't blow you away like some of the other RR sours, but it's nothing to scoff at. Well thought out beer that I would certainly get again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 20:32:19 | More by russwbeck
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Holland

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: straw color, clear, minimal head and lacing

S: sourness, grape, apple, and other light fruit

T: sour, but not overpowering. Grape was next, some butter flavor (chardonnay barrels, they say), apple, and aftertaste of pear and light grain.

M: medium-high carbonation, medium body, great for the style.

O: great beer, but I'm not quite into wilds enough to fully get this beer. I'll have to come back to it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 18:50:12 | More by Holland
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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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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-12-03 in Paoli, PA at TJ's (from tasting notes)

A - Very clear yellow-orange with a very short, white head and little lacing.

S - Mild fruit floral aromas and brett funk.

T - Delicious. Plenty of cherry/berry sourness with a delicalte light malt touch and some floral hops. Dries quickly. Perfect balance.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Smooth, crisp, refreshing.

O - It has such a great balance that it is hard to break it down to component parts. A delicious sour.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 13:48:50 | More by Tucquan
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this after I shared my Flora with him. Poured into a tulip. This is batch 005.

A - Pours a beautiful golden hue with a light one finger head that fades to leave a super thin cloud resting atop the golden hue.

S - Very mellow nose here. Light funk and must with some slight sweetness. As it warmed some light cherry and stone fruits began to come out.

T - Taste is good sour fruits, especially as it warmed. There is light mustiness and light wild ale funk. As it warms more sour fruits come out like cherries and peaches.

M - Smooth, light carbonation. Incredibly drinkable and a great sour finish.

O - Damn do I love Russian River. Very glad to have tried this beer. Super enjoyable and easy to put back. Wish Russian River was readily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 21:04:57 | More by rudzud
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stealth

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 006. Pours a murky orange with steady carbonation rising up the sides of the glass. Very little head, mostly due to the slow pour. Nice belgian ale aroma mixed with the brett funkiness. Sour citrus that gets the mouth watering. Like the other RR sours, this has lots of sour tartness and finishes real dry. Cherry and lime flavors mix to really make this one pop.

If you like sours, grab this asap.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 08:31:57 | More by stealth
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KajII

North Carolina

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

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky medium yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to just a thin foamy film that hung to the sides of the glass thus producing some excellent sheeting of lace.

The aroma was harsh of a grain malt and a funky moldy yeast (Brett) with notes of peach, pears, lemon and a winey oak scent.

The taste was slightly sweet and tart with a note of peach in the beginning then quickly got extremely sour with a big dose of citrus and a hint of wine and wood at the end. The flavor stuck around for a good long while after the swallow with a nice sour citrusy taste left to lie on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body with a nice dry creamy texture and an extremely lively carbonation.

Overall a seriously sour brew with great notes of citrus, wine and oak. Which all together make this a very delectable tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 23:19:19 | More by KajII
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Handbanana88

New York

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

I've really been looking forward to trying this after having Supplication and Consecration! Poured into my CC snifter batch 006

A - Pours out a beautiful golden color with a small white head on the edges of the glass.

S - Just WOW! Everything you could hope for in a wine barrel aged sour. Lots of funk and sour with some chardonnay character, not as much wine in the nose as Supplication.

T - Doesn't quite match up to the intensity of the nose, but starts off sour and finishes dry and tart.

M - Light and bubbly carbonation, but not too thin.

O - Another fantastic sour from Russian River. Supplication is still my favorite sour by them, but Temptation is a very close second. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 18:14:52 | More by Handbanana88
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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

375 ml bottle, batch 006, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color, capped with a finger of white head.

S- Loads of yeasty barnyard aromas, lemon, lots of white wine and grape skin.

T- Very tart up front, lemons and sour cherry, then white wine and some oak.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth crisp feel, tartness is a bit puckering.

O- A great beer, definitely try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:24:20 | More by WillCarrera
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kmatlack

California

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Batch number 006. Had to drink this after trying Lost Abbey Cuvée de Tomme for the first and last time.

A- Pours a brilliant glowing yellow that is surprisingly clear and has a small film of creamy white foam. Not a whole lot of lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of white grapes, Brett funk, green apple peels, lemons, white wine, oak. Smells extremely refreshing, not as intense as supplication.

T- Front palate is very slightly sweet and extremely tart. Green apple and a bit of bitterness evident here. Mid palate is where the white wine/grapes really shine through. Back end is a lingering bitterness with a load of Chardonnay characteristics. Awesome.

M- Mouth puckering, dry, prickly carbonation, light mouthfeel. Perfect.

O- I am so glad I have regular access to this beer. Simply phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:36:48 | More by kmatlack
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Pours a cloudy, light orange with a small white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of white wine, brett, some sweetness and subtle, floral notes. Really heavy white-wine grape scent that blends perfectly with the brett aroma. Can't imagine much more inviting than this.

Taste is up front puckering sour that holds through the middle giving notes of pineapple, apple, and the distinct brett funk. There is a white wine character...just damned perfectly balanced flavors. Think brett and white wine with floral notes.

High carbonation and lighter body are perfect. The high, mouth puckering sourness is just fantastic.

An utterly amazing and hugely sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:29:53 | More by TenHornsProud
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
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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seedsofchaos

Illinois

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

This bottle had been aged for 2 years... A toast to a fallen friend...

Effervescent and golden straw in color, Temptation comes with perfect clarity. Apple cider vinegar, fermented berries, champagne, chardonnay and a touch of oak come through in the bouquet. A soft Brett character is carried throughout the flavor via the active carbonation bubbles that last throughout the tasting. Very wine like, this RR Sour is immediately reminiscent of a carbonated white wine that finishes dry. Oak follows through from the nose.

Though I admittedly am not a fan of sours for the most part, this was a toast to a friend who once did. Very drinkable and palatable. Would work well with a sharp white cheddar cheese if one would like to compliment.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:00:48 | More by seedsofchaos
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phishgator

Florida

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

Poured into a snifter. Nice golden hue with a medium head, but solid carbonation. The aroma is of tart grapes and slight malted grain. The lacing is noticable and there is a bite of crisp and sharp flavors when sipping this one. It is a sipper unless you were born with an affinity to tartness. The alcohol is well hidden and the there is a heavy infusion of Chardonney from the aging process. I am quite impressed with my first sample from RR wild ale series.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 21:38:35 | More by phishgator
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,460 ratings.