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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,539
Gots: 746 | FT: 42
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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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-23-2012 12:32:08 | More by MalReever
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-22-2012 22:52:41 | More by dbexpert
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

Batch 05X1F
Served in Lost Abbey snifter

A: Pours a beautiful yellow orange clear color.  Tons of carbonation bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass.  Half finger of bright white head.  Bottle conditioning adds those tight bubbles.  Such a clean beer.  (pronounced pop)

S: Lots of "hay" and "horse blanket" scents.  Brett notes dominate.  White grape and green apple are there too.

T: Another amazing sip from Vinny.  I get a nice sour bite in the tip of the tongue, sourness.  Middle of the mouth I get that white grape and green apple and vinegar hints.  Nice dry white wine and or champagne finish.  Delicious beer.

M: Light and fruity and airy.  Bottle carbonation helps.

O: amazing good American sour

01-22-2012 16:14:13 | More by inlimbo77
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-22-2012 06:32:14 | More by ales4baldo
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-21-2012 22:05:46 | More by TRingelstein
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-21-2012 05:08:46 | More by bwyu
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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%

poured into a tulip, incredibly clarity. nice thin white head that dissipated, good lacing. the clarity of this beer is absolutely vivid.

oak, slight vinous character. generally funky with a mild acetic twinge.

pear, tropical fruit, touch of toast, funk, mild lactic acidity, touch of oak. complex but kinda straight forward. i get a little bit of a buttery flavor but nothing that really takes away from the beer. really enjoyable.

mouthfeel is pretty light and effervescent, really a nice beer. i had my doubts but this beer is very good.

01-21-2012 03:52:32 | More by wyattshotmaker
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-20-2012 00:05:24 | More by Shackman
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-19-2012 23:06:51 | More by pirmannt1
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

01-19-2012 18:04:25 | More by seasmokiee
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-19-2012 16:16:10 | More by SEHopper
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -9.6%

Batch 6.

Straw-colored and pretty clear. Small head. Kind of bubbly.

Smell is mostly barnyard aromas, some light sour notes and some green apples. I love the funk on this.

Smooth flavors, really. Light acidity underpins flavors of funk, white wine, green apple. Finishes dry and vinegar-y sour.

Light mouthfeel. Not very carbonated. Goes down like water.

This is a great, if underwhelming, sour. It doesn't smack you in the face, and I'd peg the ABV way lower than it is. But it's still a complex and well-made beer.

01-19-2012 03:00:52 | More by musicforairports
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Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Poured into three taster glasses for myself and two friends. Minimal head with no lacing. The body was light straw yellow, only slightly clouded.

S: Very light – barnyard and pleasant nipping sourness.

T: In many ways like a subtle champagne. It opens with a strong sour burst that immediately gives way to dryness. This is the most complex, layered and dynamic sour/dry interaction I've had. As far as tastes go, light sour grapes are present throughout and the finish is the beautiful lingering sour of Granny Smith apples.

M: Pleasant and well carbonated, not overly so, and just enough body to balance the sour and the dryness.

O: I've had very few beers that were this refined. This one managed to demand my attention through complexity, not just oomph. I'm totally blown away.

01-19-2012 02:38:55 | More by cmadd
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-19-2012 00:55:56 | More by joshwalt
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-18-2012 03:42:49 | More by jacewg
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-17-2012 20:44:30 | More by KAF
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-17-2012 04:53:04 | More by johnhenryconway
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-16-2012 15:18:51 | More by Sparger
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%

I don't normally like beer. But this beer is an exception. It was on tap at the beer shoppe.

Appearance wise, it looks like piss. Like the yellow color when you don't drink enough water. Well, maybe you had 3 glasses of water total.

Smell wise, I couldn't really put my finger on it. It smelled like the persian stew karafs which is basically celery stew. But seriously, the stew is yummy (make sure it's with beef).

Taste wise, oh this is special. It tastes like a big mac. For reals. Like dipping a piece of onion in the big mac sauce. But also, like taking a big bite of the actual burger. close second if your local mc donalds is closed.

As for mouthfeel, it was bubbly. That's all I have to say.

Overall, delicious drink. Go for it.

01-16-2012 04:00:15 | More by beerdiety
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3.88/5  rDev -13%

375 mL bottle, poured into a chalice. Batch #006.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with a bit of haze/particles. Minimal white head dissipates in seconds to a small film.

Smell: Very mild sour/tart aroma, with a hint of sugar.

Taste: Fairly crisp tart flavor, with some oranges. Mild tart/sour aftertaste with a hint of chardonnay.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a pleasant moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV for this style, good to drink.

I'm not a big fan of chardonnay, so I was a bit leery, but everything works well here. Not a whole lot going on in the flavor, but it is nice and fairly refreshing.

01-15-2012 23:39:10 | More by mithrascruor
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-15-2012 23:33:07 | More by gafferjohn
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

01-14-2012 22:24:26 | More by Stoutsman
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2/5  rDev -55.2%

Consumed Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA in a snifter.

Beer is a light golden color with a fine skin of white foam.

Aroma is nondescript with just a slight tart note.

Flavor is all sourness. Tastes like white grape juice mixed with a small amount of white vinegar. Winced all the way through this one. Try as I may, I get nothing but that one note. No bitterness, no malt, no sweetness, no wood, just white grapes and sourness.

Unremarkable mouthfeel.


01-14-2012 18:30:16 | More by charlzm
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-13-2012 22:15:46 | More by busterthecat
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

01-13-2012 16:36:38 | More by largefarva
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
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