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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,632 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,632
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,497
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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roadhouse

Florida

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 004x1, 750ml bottle split between a snifter and Duvel glass. Poured the last couple ounces and dregs in to my wild ale :)

The appearance is flawless. It's a crystal clear golden hue in both glasses with a massive fluffy white head and giant sheets of lace sticking to the glass already. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles floating to the top. The head is like a cloud, huge and puffy with it's own shapes.

The aroma is top notch as well. I am picking up white grapes, lactic acidity, Brettanomyces, and a bit of oak. Some light fruity notes of lemon and pear. A distant graininess mostly covered up by the wild complexity. The chardonnay definitely comes through a bit in the smell too.

The taste is just as splendid. It starts out with a perfect light sour/sweet note at the beginning upon sipping and at the beginning of the swallow it gets the most sour with a strong lactic and lemon bite which is followed up by a perfect note of fruit that almost lends a sweetness while the tartness lingers, making for a most interesting combination.

Mouthfeel is very light, yet the carbonation makes it super creamy and soft in the mouth in contrast to the sharpness of the acidity.

Wow - I did not expect this to actually be a 5 beer going into it - but it just has to be. As far as pale wild ales go, this stuff is better than many of the true lambics of Belgium. It's right up there with Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, etc. but I think there is even slightly more complexity to it. This one has had some extra time to age and it has done wonders. I need more!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 00:28:02 | More by roadhouse
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to nickd717 for this great brew!

Batch 5

A: Really pale yellow color. Proper pour and the beer is perfectly translucent. A good amount of pure white head (2 fingers approx) with really good retention and really good lacing.

S: The beer is in front of me on my computer desk and I can smell it from here. Really really strong smell. First thing to strike me is the very strong white wine qualities to the smell of this beer. Strong green grapes, lemon, green apples. The wood tannins come out quite strong in the smell too, which is surprising. Strong spices: pepper, mint and coriander. Vanilla. A little bit of hay and horse blanket. Not much malts or hops. Still, one of the most powerful, complex and inviting beer I've ever smelled.

T: After supplication, I expected a very very very sour beer. This is not the case. The beer is sour, but not as sour-bomb-ish as supplication. It has quite a good amount of acidity that shows with green apples, green grapes and (most of all) lemon. To my surprise, there is a definitive hops bitterness to this, a little bit grassy. Still a good amount of vanilla and wood tannins, thanks to the barrel aging. The spices are still there: pepper, mint and coriander. Hay and horse blanket. Perfectly balanced brew while still having a strong taste.

M: Very light and fluffy in the mouth. Carbonation is high.

O: Extremely refreshing. Really taste like a more acid, fruitier white wine. Drinkability is off the charts, I could easily down many of those with only my stomach ulcer stopping me at some point. The alcohol is no where in sight. By far one of the best brew I ever had.

Almost perfect brew? Damn sure to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:15:51 | More by flipper2gv
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Tripphop

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5, 375ml bottle.

Pours a hazy golden color with quick white foam. Leaves a sticky lacing in the glass. Aromas are funky and tart. A bit of wet hay and lots of grainy and herbal smells. Taste matches aromas, funky, tart, and vinous. Refreshingly crisp with a balanced sour that isnt over powering. Light acidity and vinous smooth finish that leaves a dry, citrus rind aftertaste. Overall a solid sour, but much more restrained than the other RR offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:07:07 | More by Tripphop
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the wild style, I cannot see any great improvements here. Super funky sour nose after seeing the clear pour with amber notes, and a small white head, lace good.

Notes of wine and roses as they say, very freshing smell. Full of yeasty goodness as well.

Taste is subdued fruitiness, with the wine flavor and a bit of oak coming through. Good malty backbone which doesn't interfere with the other notes. Very refreshing and satisfying.

Light but nicely bodied mouthfeel, and an easy drinker, this is not as sour as La Folie, but very well balanced and drinkable, sized for one person for sure, thanks to the folks at Winnetka Wine Shop for the taste!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 15:55:48 | More by robbyc1
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to perhaps G311 or ChadQuest for this bottle.

Consumed on a Sunday morning, at 9:30 am. I should do this more often.

Batch 005X1E

A - It is a radiant golden hue, ultra-translucent from a careful pour, and is capped with an inch of white frothy head. Great retention, collars and sheets of lace upon the glass, and a constant stream of micro-bubbles make for a phenomenal looking-brew.

S - The nose is relatively mild and belies the true nature of this brew. Brettanomyces is noticable, contributing a medicinal quality that sits above the pale and honey maltiness. Some suggestions of tart orchard fruits are also available.

T - The flavor offers a well-rounded array of gustatory curiosities, including but not limited to white grape, oak, lemon zest, heather, pale malt, band-aid, Chardonnay, apple and pear, apricot, Calabrese olives, vanilla (on finish), and karela (bitter gourd). The sublime balance and seemingly endless flavor dynamics exhibited are nothing short of phenomenal. The brew seems to get more mouth-puckering as I get deeper into the glass.

M - This is a beautiful balance of a lighter body that nevertheless displays some tooth, and a plentiful effervescence that piques flavor prodigiously without ever getting sharp or prickly.

O - Of the many bottles of Temptation I've had, this one stands out as best. This is, in fact, just about as good as any RR sour I've had (Beatification B2) and reminds me quite a bit of the very best bottles of Petrus Aged Pale (which are as good as it gets.)

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 13:54:23 | More by ktrillionaire
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DovaliHops

California

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd Review:
I'm re-reviewing this beer, as I was not very into sour or wild ales when I first had this. I must say I'm ashamed of my initial review...my palate must have changed drastically, because this is a fantastic beer! Pours an almost-clear golden straw color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is strong with Chardonnay aromas and a hint of funk from the Brett. There is also some lovely lemon aromas and strong french oak aroma. Taste is initially fruity...almost juicy...with some nice tartness and lemon flavors. The french oak is very dominant and delicious in this beer. Not overly sour, and very delicious oak, chardonnay, and fruitiness. Mouthfeel is very crisp, dry, and refreshing...just like some nice champagne. Drinkability is high. Overall, my first review did not do this beer justice. An awesome beer that I would buy all the time if I could.

1st Review:
(From Notes) Appearance is very clear golden color with a very big head on it. Smell is delightfully funky, bretty, and maybe a bit of lemon as well. The taste definitely kicks you in the face with it's lip puckering sourness. After a few sips of it, you can start to taste a bit of fruitiness. Not sure exactly what fruits I'm tasting, but it's not just sour I'm tasting anymore. The mouthfeel is awesome for this kind of beer. Very crisp and refreshing. I thing a 750ml bottle is all I could handle, as I am not THAT into sours/wild ales yet. I enjoyed Supplication and Consecration a lot more, but this one was still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 07:11:33 | More by DovaliHops
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice sour from Russian River, though not as awesome as some of the others IMHO.

A: Straw yellow with a darker hue at the core of the beer. Nice lacing wing of bubbly head.

S: Awesome smell of crisp bright fruit and excellent deep oak. Chardonnay grape is present and excellent and little vanilla imparted from the wood adds to a great dirty farmhouse blonde malt base.

T: Clean taste with white grape, oak, bitter dry fruit at the back of the palate and nice vanilla flavors. Semi sweet with a nice level of tartness that is pleasant. You can taste little of the blonde ale base, but not a whole lot. Not super complex but certainly good.

M: Super dry overall, especially at the back of the palate. Some juicy bursts of fruit up front though.

O: Good.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 14:36:26 | More by Dreadnaught33
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

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

A- Poured into an oversized DFH snifter... starts with a finger thick white fizzy head on top of a golden orange colored beer with some mild activity

S- First wiff is a bit funky and sour. After some swirls of the snifter, a hint of oak joins the sour funky aroma

T- Starts mild before becoming sour and funky tasting. The oak wine barrel aging ads a bit of flavor in the finish

M- Light bodied and slick... light/medium carbonation

O- I enjoyed as I do pretty much everything from Russian River, but this one has nothing on the Consecration imo

CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 00:05:19 | More by bbeane
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is exactly as you would expect -- golden blonde with a white head. The aroma is a bit funky, with that typical sour smell. I honestly didn't get too much from the aroma. With the taste, I got much of the same. Sour and tart, with a bit of oak -- honestly, I didn't find it all that complex or powerful. Exceptionally easy drinking, but I wasn't very tantalized.

This is a well crafted beer, but with the Russian River pedigree, I expected a bit more. I didn't find it particularly complex, and it was a bit tame as far as sours go. Don't get me wrong -- it's a good beer. But with a solid A average, I expected to be more impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 19:08:31 | More by Mavajo
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zhanson88

California

4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Temptation pours a clear champagne-like white grape color with about 1.5 fingers of pure white head. Retention and lacing are quite nice. Also, this beer is quite effervescent; lots of carbonation rising to the top. Very nice.

Smell: I get funk, mustiness, white grapes and subtle vinuous oak. Not overpowering, but still nice.

Taste: I get tartness and mustiness up front, along with some white grape skin. I also get faint oaky notes, and can taste a hint of the chardonnay that occupied the barrels beforehand. Lightly acidic, but not over the top. In terms of sourness not real intense, but overall funk and flavor is very good indeed.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Just a little under medium bodied with great carbonation. Awesome mouthfeel. Overall, a superior wild ale. It's not overly sour but has a nice balance of flavors to it that isn't over the top.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:48:25 | More by zhanson88
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Lunch

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a batch 5 375ml bottle into my Russian River "tion" glass as it shall be served no other way. I've had the pleasure of having this beer on a couple different occasions and this is quickly becoming my favorite RR sour that is of the easier varietals (I don't legitimately use this term) to come by.

Pours a golden blonde in the fashion of drabmuh's golden locks as he emerges from a tranquil brook on a picturesque summer day in the rolling hills of Hyattsville, Maryland. Small amount of fuzz graces the top and dances off the sunlight, just nice.

Smell is subtle and tart with with notes of a moderately priced Chardonnay that middle-aged white women with frosted hair like to pair with a Fillet Mignon at an overpriced bistro (again, not a legitimate term) in any pseudo-metropolitan city throughout the east coast of the United States.

Taste is soft and delicate with some tartness that hits you in the corners of the mouth like the old A1 Steak Sauce commercials from back in the day. This is not an in your face American Wild, but it is tasty and the base beer really shows itself with perhaps a hint of Belgian flare.

Excellent beverage that leaves me always wanting more...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 22:33:01 | More by Lunch
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy blonde with a soft white foamy head that recedes quickly but leaves impeccable lacing on the tulip.

lots of grape skin, white wine, champagne aromas on top of some musty yeast, some white bread, and other tart fruits like green apple, cherries and berries.

green apple skin, white wine, champagne, acidic citrus, definitely tart, with some grapes, dark unripened berries, black cherries, and just a hint of bready malts.

fizzy, yet soft on the palate with a tartness that coats the entire mouth and puckers the lips slightly.

very good. not quite as amazing as I expected, perhaps, but still tasty with plenty of nuances that come through as the beer warms a bit. Another amazing beer from Russian River, though one that would never be an everyday beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:02:30 | More by silentjay
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cetherid

Indiana

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

poured into a tulip

A.

beer is a pale straw color....very bubbly with a pillow of thick white head. As the beer sits the head dies down a little and leaves some nice lacing on my glass. A slight haze after the final pour from the dregs but I kind of like that!

S.

A wonderful brett/wild yeast aroma. Funky barnyard smells with some subtle aromas of white wine/grapes. Not as funky as your typical Belgian lambic but definitely noticeable.

T.

like a combo of a gueuze and white grape juice (however not as sweet) with some ever so slight biscuity malts You get that nice sour/tart bite like a lambic with just a hint of sweet fruit like grapes or pears. A subtle musty/oak flavor as well.

M.

light bodied with great carbonation. very effervescent qualities like a white wine. Nice slight tingle on the tongue before a slightly dry finish. A nice crisp/clean beer.

O.

Such a solid wild ale from RR. A highly drinkable beer that would go well with a meal, as would a nice white wine. They're one of the best at barrel aged sours in the business. Unfortunately the availability knocks this down a bit as I'm in the Midwest but would grab multiple bottles of this every once in awhile if I could.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:43:22 | More by cetherid
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/19/10

Appearance: Light gold/orange color, a bit hazy, elegant lacing

Smell: The nose is exploding with sour notes, funk, white wine, some funky esters, alcohol - very complex, and the question is whether the taste can somehow work with all of these flavors...

Taste: Simply masterful - sour, funky, tart, dry, magical - the taste is everything that I like about sours combined with everything I like about white wines - simply an amazing combination of things going on, including the subtle yet good dry biscuity malts, slight alcohol, and some wood - I cannot do it justice with words alone

Mouthfeel: Super dry yet somehow creamy and smooth, nice spicy alcohol bite

Overall: So good it could convert a non-sour fan

This is such a fantastic beer. Honestly, I am not in love with sour beers, particularly ones involving Brett. I also do not really love chardonnay. But somehow this beer compiles everything good about these things into one flavor. It is glorious.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 23:22:39 | More by angrybabboon
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nickhiller

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: good clarity, golden, champagne bubbles

S: vinegar, sour cream, lemon zest, Brett.

T: grapefruit pith, sweet white wine, cider, fresh green apples, seawall--seaweed and brine--a little vinegar, malt is present in the form of a slight sweetness on the, lemon juice.

M: light and sharp, with a bone dry finish.

D: This might be my favorite sour thus far. I'm new to this style and I will admit there's a little bit of a learning curve but I think it's safe to say that I'm being won over and this one has gone a long way towards acceptance. It was just the right amount of sourness for me with some great flavors just below the surface. Thumbs up for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 18:24:51 | More by nickhiller
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GarrettMD

New York

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

Batch 05 x 1F

A - Pale straw yellow with half a finger white head. Lots of bubbles rising up, reminiscent of a champagne.

S - Almost all Brett on the nose. Leathery, dark cherry, plum, some hints of white grape,

T - Not as sour as expected. definitely follows the aroma, but the leather and dark cherry is pushed to the back. The sour taste is almost sweet if that makes any sense. Sour grape, apple, pear, but at the same time the sweetness of the fruits comes through. A slight mustiness from the brett and the hint of leather and oak in the background.

M - Thin bodied, great carbonation, fairly wet, but coats the mouth. Finish is slightly dry and sweet with a tinge of sour. Finish stays for a long time.

O - Fantastic wild ale. Sourness doesn't overpower the beer as it does in most examples. There is a fantastic sweetness that comes through in this one. Lives up to it's name and seduced me to it's nectar.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:46:10 | More by GarrettMD
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375mL bottle batch 05X1F. Tasted 3/24/2011 Poured into Ommegang tulip.

A - Pilsner yellow with half a finger of white head. Big bubbles and extreme carbonation. Bubbles are never ending.

S - Brett, sourness and a bit of white grape. Some cherry aromas as well.

T - Sour white grape and brett funk. Tart white grape, with some sweetness. A bit of leather and granny smith apple. Finish is complex and dynamic and a bit hard to pin down. Some young Bartlett pear and plenty of sweetness are present too.

M - Light body, intense carbonation. Intensely dry finish. Very good.

O - Brilliant. The white wine version of Supplication, it focuses on the best aspects of chardonnay while continually focusing on what makes beer great. Carbonation is intense but appropriate, and the sourness isn't too much. Leathery brett and white grape/ green apple combine to make a spectacular brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:43:59 | More by greenmonstah
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 05x3

Appearance -- Pours a bright golden hue with a slim fizzy white head that is woefully short-lived. Slightly disappointing in the appearance. Great color, though.

Smell -- Biscuity malt, muscatel, vanillin, vinous oak, bright acetic character. The aroma is remarkably clean and, ignoring the acetic character, incredibly champagne-like.

Taste -- Very champagne-like with biscuit and white grape, floral vanillin, cellar must, and mild acetic tartness. As the beer warms more acetic brightness becomes apparent. Finish is firmly lactic with notes of vanilla and white grape.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium fluffy/prickly carbonation. Feels like a fine champagne. Quite good.

Drinkability -- Temptation is so clean, so delicate, and so refreshing that, in an ideal world, I could drink this every single day. Unlike so many other American Wilds, it's really quite remarkable for being so subtle and nuanced. I especially love how champagne-like it is. Most definitely a world-class beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:10:44 | More by yeahnatenelson
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something Special for my 200th review!!!

A - Pours like golden straw into my snifter with about of finger of bubbly head that dissipates somewhat quickly into a nice ring that leaves some lace; very visible carbonation.

S - Green grapes, funky farmhouse brett, pears, apples, lemon, and a bit of oak.

T - Sour yet sweet grapes, tart citrus and fruit, lemon, apples, pears, a little bit of oak and funk are there for sure too. This beer just simply makes my mouth water, gush even and keeps me wanting more.

M - Medium with lively carbonation, crisp and refreshing, amazingly well rounded.

D - I could drink this all day and night, it is such a pleasure on the palate, and any beer that literally makes my mouth water gets my seal of approval. This is an amazing brew that should not be passed up, ever.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:52:25 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 barrel 1F

Pours a golden orangish with a bit of head. Very well carbonated. Smells tart and fruity. Lote of citrus. Tastes tart and very sour. Lots of citrus. Very light and highly carbonated. Fairly drinkable for something so tart. Overall i think it's much more drinkable than supplication

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 23:31:31 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5

A-hazy yellow with a nice white head
S-very tart smelling. Nice fruity smell
T-alot like it smells. Almost like a champaigne.
M-medium bodied and very smooth, crisp and clean
D-very drinkable. My taste was gone before I wanted it to be. Great start to a sour tasting...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 23:27:20 | More by brew3crew
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gawnphishin

Texas

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Good Creamy looking head. A hazy yellow gold.

S - Brett and lacto. A little vinegar

T - Sweet and sour. A lot of lacto. Earthy and oak on the second sip.

M - Creamy and full. Mild carbonation

D - The most subdued but a the same time assertive Wild ale ive had.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 06:20:21 | More by gawnphishin
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beerhan

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 05X1E, 12.68 oz bottle.

Poured into a snifter, half an inch white head with lots of carbonation. Golden pour with a very opaque body.

Smells like delicious stinky funk. Very musty.

Tastes very much like a geuze in my opinion. Slightly sweet, very tart with a bit of raisin. A little grape and some oak. This was a rather fresh bottle and I feel like a little age may do this one some good. Not nearly tart enough for my standards but nonetheless delicious.

I was expecting a little more of a sour mouthfeel but this had about a champagne like feel to it.

Apart from the cost, this one mighty drinkable beer. I would like to get more to sample but in the meantime this will remain a rare treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 20:28:30 | More by beerhan
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ehammond1


4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2010)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A clear shimmering golden ale with beautiful carbonation and an appropriate thin white cap atop its head. Love it!

A biting aroma consisting of tart fruitiness along with some warm woodiness. Very nice.

Supremely sour and bitter; just about perfect! A biting tartness but with a surprising bitterness not usually found in other similar wilds. Balanced. tart, fruity, sweet, bitter: this sour has it all!

Thin to medium mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, and some biting sourness--great!

Just about a perfect American wild. This one does everything right from the big things down to the little things. Leading with the out-of-this-world mouthfeel, the flavor and aroma aren't far behind. Spectacular!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 03:23:08 | More by ehammond1
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

straw colored, minimal head, very little lacing. smells of funk, but pleasantly. slight vinegar notes. very dry and puckering in the flavor like sucking on a lemon. mouthfeel very "zingy." drinkability is as high as any of the russian river wilds. very nice, clean taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:47:28 | More by Blanco
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,632 ratings.