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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,179
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,648
Gots: 861 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003

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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Ratings: 3,179 | Reviews: 978
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this one up from a Whole foods in the South San Francisco Bay Area. The 350ml bottle came in a cage and cork arrangement. The glass was particularly heavy I'm guessing to facilitate Russian River's bottle fermented beers.

On with the review.

A- Beautiful, ususlly I love a cloudy golden coloring but this bright orange beer blew me away. The most interesting thing about the poor was that bits of barrel sediment made it through so the bubble cascade looked like falling stars ... unreal.

S- Striking. When popped the quark the first smell to come out was sweet, like root beer sweet. To which i had to respond "Well lets keep and open mind". But after the pour all sorts of intense citrus and mango and sweet orange came to the front. The famous sour cherry didn't seem to come till later on.

T- Like nothing else. Right now Russian River Brewing have the uncanny ability to bring to your pallet the sensation of something you have never tastes before. Cherry carbonation, mild wheat body, with a strong cherry finish. Not strange but unique and wonderful.

M- The first couple sips allow you to feel and explore the carbonation from barrel sediment which in this case is awesome. Later on at the beer warms and smooths out, not exceptionally drinkable but pleasant.

D- Majesty. Its beers like this that make me proud to be from California.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of BostonHops
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass. batch 5.

pours a luminous golden/straw yellow while yielding about a finger of white head; so-so retention that mostly recedes into a ring around the sides of the glass. decent lacing.

chardonnay leads the way in the aroma, followed by oak, fruits, and some subtle notes of both funk and tartness. first sip delivers that vinous quality up front with some oak and funk. as it warms more fruit characteristics (green apple, pear, lemon) open up, along with a touch of hoppiness and spices. a pleasant sourness courses throughout; a dry finish. easily one of the more interesting, original beer i've had to date. for my money the creme de la creme in its style (and i am rating with style heavily in mind here).

light-bodied, tangy mouthfeel, pretty well carbonated. one you'll want to nurse and savor.

original review on: 09-13-2010

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of WeedKing4
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at city beer store in San Francisco. They said this was batch 4. Pours a clear, bright yellow at first, then turns hazy on the second and third pour. Tastes nicely sour with oak notes coming through on the finish. Very refreshing and it has the right amount of sourness. This brewery is fucking awesome.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of zac16125
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter
Batch 006
written from notes taking a few months ago

A: Pours a translucent yellow amber with just over 1 fingers width of snow white head. Head dissipates down to a thin film, but leaves a solid amount of lacing.

S: Funky yeast can be smelled as soon as you pop the cork. Sour apple and sour lemon with sweet aromas to balance out the sour, including banana and a subtle vanilla. The brett and sour characters are certainly present but there are also some traditional Belgium yeast aromas coming through. A grassy aroma as well, and even a peppery spice. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so many different scents coming from one beer. Wow.

T: Sour apple and sour grape are noticed right away, followed by the chardonnay flavor. There is some of that belguim yeast banana flavor (that I love) that lingers in the after taste, and does a nice job of balancing out the sour. At one point I catch a hint of hop bitterness that I certainly wasn’t expecting. There is a champagne character to the beer as well. Its like a champagne/white wine/gueuze hybrid, and I like it. Doesn’t quite live up to the nose, as not as many flavors come out, but how could it. Still damn good though.

M/D: Light, crisp and refreshing. A lively mouth feel. Good drinkability as I could certainly drink more than 1 of these, and I can’t say that about all sours.

O: Overall, this is definitely a keeper. Damn expensive ($13.99 for a 375mL!) but worth it. Great job of creating the sour aura, but maintaining balance and drinkability. I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys wild ales, sours, and to those who are just in the mood for something different and unique.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to a Duvel tulip. Batch 004x4 from 2009 release I believe. 2.5 finger, frothy, egg-white like head. Beautifully clear, golden colored body. Good lacing.

Aroma had an excellent tart aroma to it. Some light musty Brett aroma. Cherries. Light notes of oak which some light acidity. Some light bready notes.

Taste was amazing. Solid tartness up front with a crisp finish that had a light lingering tartness. Mild acidity with some cherry notes. Light notes of oak. Some mellow fruity notes with a light bready flavor. Some noticeable musty, brett notes.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body, high carbonation with a super dry finish.

Overall this was an excellent beer. Wish I had more of it laying around. Amazing tartness with some great complexity behind it.

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4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle batch 006 poured into tulip 17/4/12

A slight haze in a bright golden body, not a very lively pour with just a thin white cap, doesn't look like there's much carbonation in the glass but two rings of lace

S the funk is pretty mild but hard too miss, apple, pear, with lots oaked vinous notes, the funk comes out as it warms, smells great

T more vinegar and cider notes I didn't really pick up on in the nose, other then that thankfully it mimics the smell quite well, the barrel leaves its mark on this one and I'm loving it

M more bubbles then I would have guessed but could use just a few more but it's a minor issue, its sour but not turning my mouth inside-out, and just a faint aftertaste

O this bottle was nowhere near big enough, I smell, I sip, and before I know it I'm smelling an empty glass and bottle. although there's room for improvement I wouldn't change much

the more sours I drink the more I like them and this is a great example, I like the Chardonnay barrel choice it works quite well, once again I need to thank the most awesome Rutager for this one

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,179 ratings.