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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,664 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,664
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,509
Gots: 708 | FT: 38
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.

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 14:44:06 | More by aficionado
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 14:35:19 | More by hu5om
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 13:42:16 | More by Keith238
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-14-2011 13:35:22 | More by inflatablechair
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-14-2011 13:32:19 | More by shuajw
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-14-2011 13:17:36 | More by jh1982
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 12:47:55 | More by eerbayman
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-14-2011 09:21:47 | More by bsuedekum
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 08:07:45 | More by beerme411
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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
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
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