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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,630 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,630
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,495
Gots: 709 | FT: 40
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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:
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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5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 07:56:57 | More by bombadil
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 07:18:41 | More by tbeq00
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 07:00:08 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle slowly into a tulip glass. Batch 006 listed.

A good solid pop on the cork, giving a small foamy off white one finger head that falls slowly. Very nice slightly cloudy lemon hued and light orange body, with some very slow rising carbonation. Looks nice.

Nose is a good brett, some oak buttery sense, and mild apple fruit. Quite nice.

Taste is incredibly refreshing. Slight chewy malt density, but then a crisp mild tart apple. Wine like viscosity and pleasing crisp carbonation. Finish has a slight drying sense, and a feeling of crisp bubblly. Very fruity, some mild hints of tropical such as pineapple, even some mild light baguette white bread.

Real nice brew, rather enjoyed this more than I expected. Also surprisingly very easy drinking for the style and full of flavor. Another nice job from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 22:06:16 | More by smakawhat
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 375 mL bottle from leschkie; thank you! Split into four snifters to share with friends; review from notes taken 09/30/2011.

Body is a translucent yellow, though an ever present stream of bubbles obscures some light. About a centimeter of bubbly white head forms. The aroma is of tart fruits (peach, apple, pear, grape), slight funk, and some crisp, floral scents. It tastes of grape, tart apple, peach, and pear, various other fruits, straw, grain, faint yeast, a hint of oak, and white wine. Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, clean, and finishes a touch dry. Overall, a great sour that is easy drinking; I could happily have one daily.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:48:38 | More by eclipse54
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6 live review

The beer is a bright yellow with a hint of yeast haze and a very patchy ring of white foam. The beer smells very good, very much like 3F gueuze, with a hint of crush granny smith apples, juiced lemons, and a layer of musty funk. The beer tastes very similar to the aroma, with a nice tangy lemon upfront, a bitter tannic oak in the middle that is almost minty and numbing, the finish is juicy like apple rind. The alcohol is really well hidden and though the slightly lower than expected carbonation knocks it down a notch. Overall this is very good, almost as good a 3F Oude Gueuze, but not quite. It's nice the RR or any American brewer/blender can make a beer this good. I wonder if more time in the barrel would drastically improve this beer since it is conditioned with brett and bugs.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:58:15 | More by Soonami
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4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to vissai for one of my first sours!

Poured from the bottle into my brand new Bruery Tulip

A: Pours a hazy yellow without much head that recedes quickly. I love the chardonnay color with it.

S: Yep, this is totally a sour, every whiff comes through strong for me

T: wow the barrel aging really comes through on this one. I love the flavor that it brings to the beer.

M: Great carbonation on this one. Easy to drink at the alcohol volume and really enjoyable.

O: I really liked this beer. It was one of my first sours so I'm new to the style but I really enjoyed it. One i would come back to for sure!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:02:21 | More by Shagtastic
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New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

if i were ever on death row, this just might be my beverage of choice, provided availability.
i've had this on tap at RR, but the first time i had this was at monk's RR Stuff-if-ication beer dinner 7 June 2011.
i was more excited for this course than any mainly because i was so eager to try Temptation after severely enjoying consecration and supplication in the past.
the course was a lobster stuffed ravioli with a quail egg, corn puree, and RR Temptation butter.
it was a hit. it was excellent. and we recieved 2 flute pours each of Temptation. magical.
notes from that evening...

Light-gold and very carbonated. nearly yellow actually. not much head at all--i didn't have one. poured like wine, sat like wine, swirled like wine, felt like beer.

the wine characteristics are incredible actually. pungent grape aromas. brett funk: bready, mild cheese stink, dirt and grass. baking apples and butterscotch. chardonnay aromas abound.

aaaahhh. amazing. sour apple, like a sweet tart and a jolly rancher at the same time. i don't really like white wine, especially chardonnay, but the brett funk and barrel sugars level it all out. it's sour, really tart, but it's not cutting and it doesn't burn, which is really impressive for a beer made this way.

there's a good deal of carbonation which gives this an incredible edge in a food pairing. the dish is very rich, which is a perfect combination with the sharp, bubbly Temp to clean up.

heart. this is love. this is absolutely lovely. i bet you could get any devout wine drinker to really enjoy this and any skeptic to open up a bit more. this is extremely ideal for cheese, fish, pastry, you name it.

i enjoy this beer, because it tastes good. i love this beer, because it represents the philosophy of "craft": unique, concentrated, beloved, and deliberately constructed based on the talent, ingenuity, and environment from which it was concieved.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 20:06:35 | More by patm1986
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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Temptation, Batch 006: Poured From bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden in color, little to no haziness, this, of course, is different than supplication and consecration.

Aroma: Great oak barrel. The distinct aroma or Bret as well as the other three bugs used comes through quite nicely, would have liked to pick up more of the grape aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Taste: Puckering sour but not overwhelming,
closer to a supplication but not as developed. The chardonnay wine is not readily detectable in this beer. I plan to drink my other bottle in three years.

Overall: Another masterpiece from Russian River this one is not as complex as the Giant Consecration and Supplication but its still a great great sour!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 06:40:56 | More by ChanChan
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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the RR brewpub. Pours a light blond color with a little bit of head. The aroma definitely has the funkiness of the sour notes, along with some light fruits like apples and pears, almost white wine-like. The taste is nice and tart without too much puckering, and again some more pear, apples, grapes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, and comes across smooth, yet finishes dry.

This is a great beer for all sour fans: those you want to introduce to sours, and those that are already fans. It's that good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 07:55:56 | More by mkotsayfan
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4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a couple bottles today locally to send as a part of a trade. I've had this beer multiple times, but I thought i'd sample the latest batch a bit fresh.

Batch 006 3 hour glasses of potential into lost abbey tulip.

A: Pear juice in a glass with white wine thin nanofiber foams forming a ring around the edges of the glass. Some foams hover over the center of the beer like milkfat, but it's more or less just a pseudo head formation. The white wine-like qualities of this beer are undeniable. This could win a look alike contest.

S: The smell is really exciting, just a slight tang of barnyard funkiness that plays on potent lemongrass. There's a young vibrancy to the nose that is really very notable, in other words it doesn't seem so aged. It's almost like the first born appearance of that bretty character you get in so many super funky lambics. It's a beautiful thing, like an embryo of age.

T: Taste totally rocked my world. I've had this beer many times, but this is absolutely near perfection. No acetic vinegar burn whatsoever. The tang is lemony and bright like my first sip of DDG. Really I am taken back by how cloudy, soft, foamy, fluffly, and generally creamy the beer is in its current state. Makes me wonder about a great many sour beers I have aging. This really is a head check. Tad bit of whip butter on a funky lemon zest. Some horseradish faint bitterness that makes me want a sammich pronto.

M: This is a baby blanket in the mouth, I am taken back to an infantile state as the tart prickling sensation of the beer takes me to a bed of satin. I am petrified by a lullaby of perfection. The taste and the mouth are just so on. I'm lost in a dream like state of mouth feels. I recite poetry in my mind while being unable to speak.

O: This could be a batch thing, but seriously I am floored by this beer. This is perhaps my 2nd time out of a bottle, while I've had this at the source more than once. The lemony fine dining funk that I currently get in this beer is as refined as it comes. I'd be more than happy to grab a case of batch 6 and see how it goes, but at the same time I'd be tempted to drink this as is every night that passes. Simply an absolutely fantastic drinking beer. This is worth every penny, I want a 750 or two to compliment some future cases of 375s. Give batch 6 a try and see if you don't feel the same. It's young, but I'll be damned if it's not drinking on that heavenly level already.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:30:02 | More by Cavery
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4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wineglass. Batch 6

A pours a nice blonde color with a small short lived head.

S lots of barnyard funk from the brett along with some sour grapes and a hint of what might be apples.

T a nice tart funk with some wood from the oak barrels. More grapes and some apple maybe.

M reminiscent of champagne with a light bubbly feel.

Overall a top notch sour that shows Russian River knows how to make a world class sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:19:51 | More by beerandcycling88
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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Number for in my RR -tion quest
Pours a bright golden straw, an inch fluffy white head that lasts.
Tart citrus and a farmhouse funk dominate the nose.
Crisp and tart with white grapes, lemons. Tart, but not overly puckering.
Tight carbonation, fluffy, dry and crisp. The mouth really compliments the beer quite well.
Another beautifully crafted sour from Russian River. Incredibly drinkable, especially for someone who's just getting into the style. A gateway sour that can still hold its own with enthusiasts.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 09:51:56 | More by dbmernin83
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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again Ryan. Poured into tulip glass.

Apperance: Yellow/gold, pours a slight white head that fades quickly. Slight lacing.

Smell: barnyard funk, earthy, vinous, white wine.

Taste: just as it smells. Barnyard funk, earthy, white wine, oak.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, good carbonation.

Overall: A great sour. Russian River never fails to deliver. Wonderful funk. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 16:04:30 | More by phichifiji00
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3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with almost zero head or lace. It's a sour: whaddya expect? Sour fruit, funky Brett yeast, oak barrels in the nose.

Tastes of mildly sour fruit and Bretty yeast, but little else. Much more bland than its RR peers and quite disappointing overall. Makes me appreciate Consecration even more.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 12:01:44 | More by brystmar
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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden blond with white one finger head. Carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass. Gorgeous.

S - Brett, some clove, banana, oak.

T - Initial taste of musty oak, sour funk. Mildly acidic fruitiness comes through with a mildly dry finish.

M - Light and carbonated.

O - Mildly sour ale with lots of complexity. Very drinkable and a good intro into sours.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 00:30:43 | More by pigc
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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bottleworks in Seattle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice light amber with a small white head. Nose is tart, funky and crisp, very approchable.

Taste is almost perfect, it's tart and tasty without being too acidic or sour. There's a nice bretty taste that drys out your mouth and makes you want more. Very, very solid beer and still awesome on draft!

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 01:20:05 | More by kingcrowing
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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice pop when I got the cork off. Pours a golden yellow color with a frothy white head on top with great retention and impressive lacing, very thick and sticky.

S: Nice and tart, but not overly sour. A little bit of light cherry, grass, oak, faint apple, and a slight mustiness.

T: Nice sourness level. Flavors of lemon, light oak, and a bit of chardonnay. I am surprised at how nicely the wine flavor comes through. There is a slight grassy component and some light fruit.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation and a great level of sourness.

O: Very easy drinking. Not overly sour and very approachable. A great beer to sip over a long evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:04:54 | More by mdaschaf
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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

From notes, poured into a tulip.

Really enjoyed this beer. It’s nice and crisp, a bit lighter but still complex and intriguing. Obviously dominated by fruit flavors, but the grains do come through with a nice subtle oaky flavor that really enhances the fruitiness. It’s amply sour but doesn’t have as strong a bite as the other Russian River sours which is actually really nice with its lighter complexion and softer flavors.

Verdict: Really great, worth every penny. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 04:05:58 | More by kevanb
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally decided to open one of these. This bottle is from Batch 05X2F.

It pours a light bodied bright orange gold in color with little to no carbonation. It smells lactic, acidic, has definite California Chardonnay characteristics, and even a little butter. Oh wow, having had a lot of chardonnay lately this one is right up my alley. It really does smell like a tart chardonnay. It's very impressive. The flavors too are very acidic, lactic, and very heavy on vinous and slightly buttery California chardonnay. This beer puts "Russian River" in perspective, being in prime wine country this emulates the local wines and is really quite transcendiary. It is impressive through and through. This is my new favorite from Russian River and a phenomenal, world class beer. It has truly earned its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 02:39:26 | More by aasher
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with my buddy JR

Poured a golden honey with a finger of fizzy white head. Reduced quickly into a thin film.

Smells of white grapes (the Chardonnay barrels shining through) granny smith apples, lemons, and some funk.

Tastes like day old Chardonnay but with some fresh carbonation... But in a good way. Crisp granny smith and lemons make up the rest.

Light and crisp mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Drying wine like aftertaste.

Overall, this was a refreshing sour. Not too sour but just enough twang on each sip. Big thanks to SolomonGrundy for this bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 01:00:26 | More by dcloeren
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4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an active orange, light white fizzy head that moves to a thin ring in a stone specialty glass

A -some lemon and a little orange peel influence, definite wine presence some funk is here, Brett is here

T - I could crush this all summer...perfect Brett influence, I'm not a big white wine fan but this is done well the oak dryness battles some of the sweetness little lemon tart in the back...Im a huge fan of Brett.

M - very easy to drink, a really tight carbonation that is well done fizzy feel in a good way, good body

O - love it, my first "tion" was redemption and it was absolute shit IMO this one is great I need to try the others now, deftly want more, Thanks to the man D.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:56:03 | More by JayAre46
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3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle from a trade with PinkFlag, thanks Brandon !

Appearance is a golden yellow tone which is nearly clear with a thin white head. The nose has apple, lemon peel, chardonnay, oak and funk. Its` taste is fairly similar to the nose , along with some grapes and more of the funk/brett. As others have noted, it has many characteristics similar to a sparkling wine. The mouthfeel does not have too much sour or too much of any characteristic really. It is nice and crisp, a very good wild ale that I had waited too long to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 23:47:29 | More by mltobin
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3.7/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch 05X1E.

It pours a brilliant yellowish orange with a nice foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is bretty and fruity. It isn't that potent of a smell though. I am getting a faint bit of pineapple and a faint sourness. There is also a bit of malt. Odd that I can't really smell this one, might just be me.

The flavor is nice though. It is not really sour but bretty. the brett shines in this brew, if you like it then you will like this brew. A bit of funk and lemon paired with a nice malt and a hit of oak and wine bill complete this brew.

A very nice one from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 05:39:54 | More by crossovert
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden straw color, with a lot of haze. One finger bright white, very thick head. Awesome retention and lacing.

S: Something upfront that I can't place. I will guess it's Chardonnay since I've never smelled it before. It's a tad buttery and bready. A medium funkiness and tartness. Oak comes through a little. A touch of apples.

T: Tart and citrusy. Light funkiness. Green apple along with some other fruits I can't place. It all kinda fades into what I would guess is the wine. Has a slight bitterness in the finish along with some oak notes.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess. Very smooth. Super dry finish.

O: I think this is the best of the Russian River Sours. I have yet to review Consecration, but have had it. The sour/tartness doesn't overpower but is totally perfect. Definitely a must try for entry into sours.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:59:21 | More by doughanson78
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