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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,090 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,090
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,568
Gots: 822 | FT: 46
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 Tucquan
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-12-03 in Paoli, PA at TJ's (from tasting notes)

A - Very clear yellow-orange with a very short, white head and little lacing.

S - Mild fruit floral aromas and brett funk.

T - Delicious. Plenty of cherry/berry sourness with a delicalte light malt touch and some floral hops. Dries quickly. Perfect balance.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Smooth, crisp, refreshing.

O - It has such a great balance that it is hard to break it down to component parts. A delicious sour.

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this after I shared my Flora with him. Poured into a tulip. This is batch 005.

A - Pours a beautiful golden hue with a light one finger head that fades to leave a super thin cloud resting atop the golden hue.

S - Very mellow nose here. Light funk and must with some slight sweetness. As it warmed some light cherry and stone fruits began to come out.

T - Taste is good sour fruits, especially as it warmed. There is light mustiness and light wild ale funk. As it warms more sour fruits come out like cherries and peaches.

M - Smooth, light carbonation. Incredibly drinkable and a great sour finish.

O - Damn do I love Russian River. Very glad to have tried this beer. Super enjoyable and easy to put back. Wish Russian River was readily available.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 006. Pours a murky orange with steady carbonation rising up the sides of the glass. Very little head, mostly due to the slow pour. Nice belgian ale aroma mixed with the brett funkiness. Sour citrus that gets the mouth watering. Like the other RR sours, this has lots of sour tartness and finishes real dry. Cherry and lime flavors mix to really make this one pop.

If you like sours, grab this asap.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky medium yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to just a thin foamy film that hung to the sides of the glass thus producing some excellent sheeting of lace.

The aroma was harsh of a grain malt and a funky moldy yeast (Brett) with notes of peach, pears, lemon and a winey oak scent.

The taste was slightly sweet and tart with a note of peach in the beginning then quickly got extremely sour with a big dose of citrus and a hint of wine and wood at the end. The flavor stuck around for a good long while after the swallow with a nice sour citrusy taste left to lie on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body with a nice dry creamy texture and an extremely lively carbonation.

Overall a seriously sour brew with great notes of citrus, wine and oak. Which all together make this a very delectable tasting beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,090 ratings.