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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,775 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,775
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,536
Gots: 745 | 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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brez8791

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-21-2011 16:30:54 | More by brez8791
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +2%

Poured into a flute. Batch 006

A: Pours a crystal clear straw with a ½ finger of fizzy head. Heavy carbonation.

N: White grape, pear, white oak, vanilla and hints of sour cherry. Very nice.

T: Mildly tart lemon, pear, chardonnay, lactic acid and light grains upfront. More sourness comes in mid-palette with white grapes and vinegar along with soft notes of tropical fruit, butterscotch and funk. Finishes with naked oak, vanilla and tobacco.

M: Light-medium bodied, lively, creamy, slightly tart and a little dry and sticky.

O: This is an exceptional Sour! Very refreshing and not overly harsh on the taste buds. I will be picking up more when I get a chance.

12-21-2011 14:23:04 | More by justintcoons
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opwog

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-21-2011 07:39:45 | More by opwog
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nightwing002

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-21-2011 07:36:26 | More by nightwing002
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dannyhipps

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-21-2011 03:07:40 | More by dannyhipps
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gcare02

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-21-2011 01:05:12 | More by gcare02
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

On draft at the brewpub.

Pours a clearish light golden color with a wispy off white head. Aroma is initially vinous with mild brett. Grapes, apple, oak and lemon. Flavor is mildly fruity, with strong white wine and oak and a slightly funky finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sour, dry finish.

12-20-2011 20:17:13 | More by yourefragile
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Scottz5

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-20-2011 14:51:14 | More by Scottz5
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BHOBS

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-20-2011 04:06:57 | More by BHOBS
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.3%

12-20-2011 01:50:02 | More by acurtis
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CelticAleMan

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-19-2011 08:23:51 | More by CelticAleMan
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Jakers90

Michigan

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-19-2011 05:30:54 | More by Jakers90
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-19-2011 04:38:16 | More by imperialking
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rpaul2012

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-18-2011 22:43:05 | More by rpaul2012
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iSrALE

Mexico

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-18-2011 21:35:45 | More by iSrALE
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tclapper

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-17-2011 19:38:50 | More by tclapper
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kevflaherty

New York

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-17-2011 17:32:02 | More by kevflaherty
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HopHead84

California

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

12-17-2011 00:29:31 | More by Leftofthedial
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darkmoon66

California

4/5  rDev -10.3%

12-16-2011 11:04:49 | More by darkmoon66
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mrbubbler

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-16-2011 05:54:31 | More by mrbubbler
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-16-2011 04:25:18 | More by jrohrbacher
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brewnic

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-15-2011 18:53:06 | More by brewnic
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KSimley

Colorado

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-14-2011 22:23:38 | More by KSimley
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-14-2011 18:22:19 | More by photomike
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,775 ratings.