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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,941 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,941
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,553
Gots: 789 | FT: 44
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 musicforairports
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

musicforairports, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of cmadd
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cmadd, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of joshwalt
4/5  rDev -10.3%

joshwalt, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

jacewg, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -10.3%

KAF, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev -10.3%

johnhenryconway, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Sparger
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Sparger, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of beerdiety
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

beerdiety, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of mithrascruor
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mithrascruor, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

gafferjohn, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Stoutsman
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of charlzm
2/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

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.


charlzm, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of busterthecat
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

busterthecat, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of largefarva
5/5  rDev +12.1%

largefarva, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of TotallyHosed
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to rlee1390. Batch 05x1E

Pours with a big white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. The appearance reminds me of sparkling wine, however this is more opaque. The color is golden amber full of bubbles.

The nose is dominated by a variety of sour smells: sour fruit, sour barrel and tart fruit.

The sour taste is refreshingly mellow. There is just a hint of barrel in the flavor. I'm also detecting a little bit of white wine. All of this masks the alcohol very well.

The feel is light with some mild carbonation. It is very crisp and refreshing.

What I like about this brew is that it is a very approachable sour. The sour taste is not overwhelming, but completely hides the alcohol. This is an elegant example of its style.

TotallyHosed, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried a few sours before... and hated all of them (including RR's supplication).

This one, on the other hand, is much more drinkable and pleasant to drink. In fact, I actually liked it! If it was a bit cheaper, I would drink this more often.

Medium body, high carbonation, I love the bitterness at the beginning and dry finish like Saison... very tart throughout.

This is the best I can describe it. Not much head though. Best sour I had so far.

sukwonee, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

JRod1969, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ThirstyHerf
3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jsilva, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sugit.

A: 1/8" white head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Funk, oak, yeast, pears and sour apple.

T: Slight bitterness up front with flavours of oak, chardonnay, pears and sour apple. The aftertaste that lingers is somewhat funky.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to high level of fine carbonation.

O: A very refreshing sour, this would be great in the summertime.

DaftCaskBC, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of texasclimber
5/5  rDev +12.1%

texasclimber, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Jtthegreat, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

kevfujii, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DrewZ926
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- golden orange hue with an inch of head that fades to a collar, ample carbonation apparent

S- lots of funk and hay, lemon rind and tart apricot, a hint of green apple

T- not overwhelming acidity, perfect amount, lots of funk and horseblanket and must, tart fruits are abundant

M- prickly yet full, lasting and evolving taste, a bit creamy

O- fantastic sour ale from RR, very similar to Ithaca Brute, wish I had year round access to it. if you like sour, seek this out with a vengeance.

DrewZ926, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,941 ratings.