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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,634 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,634
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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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

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

Poured a slightly cloudy yellow to tan color, bubbly with a so-so head but very nice lacing.

Smells as funky as any beer I've had. Tart lemon and white cake icing are the two things that first come to mind. Really funky with plenty of sawdust and freshly sawed wood (that's a good thing, I like the smell of sawed wood although I realize it's a strange descriptor).

Taste... WOW. No shortage of that. Powerfully sour lemons almost like someone was making beer lemonade and forgot the sugar. Somewhat like a tart and dry white wine. Some crab apple notes. Woody like sawdust, like being in a large wood shop. Some metallic notes.

Strongly carbonated and medium bodied. Fairly dry. Leaves a lingering tart aftertaste.

Hard to rate drink since I think this is my first wild ale. Thus I'll rate it as to how bad I'd want it again and possibly edit later if need be. This would be an occasional sipper for a cold night of hiding out from the weather, watching TV. I'd definitely drink again multiple times.

Overall a bizarre but lovely beer that I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 20:04:22 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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tburus

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Perfect pop of the cork upon opening. Beautiful pale gold opaque liquid with a two finger head. Fairly rapid carbonation climbing through the beer. Lace remains solid throughout the session.

Smell: Smell of apple cider and faint citrus/hoppiness.

Taste: Wow! Incredibly strong and sharp taste of apple. As it wears off a hint of bourbon/liquor flavor hits the front of my tongue. The smell did not prepare me for how intense the apple flavor was going to be!

Mouthfeel: Wonderful flavor profile leftover. Faint cider taste, no bitterness or booziness or carbonation. Amazingly smooth.

Drinkability: I tried not to drink this one too fast because I'm sure it's the last one I'll have for awhile, but I probably could have put down a whole case of them if available. Delicious beer and absolutely no let down from the expectations I had. Simply outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 15:58:24 | More by tburus
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Belgian Cafe.

I've had several different batches of this on tap and in bottles and always prefer the bottle.

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange color with golden yellow hues hen held to a light source and a half finger fizzy white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. No lacing.

Funky tart aroma with lots of dry bretty effervescence as well as some earthy oak and light fruit. Hints of grape, cherry, strawberry and other berries. A nice combination of sweet, funk, tart and earthy oak.

Medium bodied and very well balanced with a very nice combination of sour tart/funk notes, oak, vanilla and crisp, light fruit. Although this beer is puckering with a very prominent dry funky brett character, it is probably the most quaffable of the RR sours. Lighter and not acidic/acetic at all really. Plenty of oak and vanilla from the barrel aging but also vinous with hints of grape, cherry and other dark berries. Puckering, mouth-watering dry finish that leaves me salivating for another sip.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 07:22:23 | More by corby112
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Murchmac

California

2.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank this with a wine friend of mine who really enjoyed Supplication and Consecration. I have been expanding into sours more and more and thought I was ready for this.

Pours like cloudy urine almost, water, golden champagne look to it.

Lemon, sour, wood in the nose,

Taste was of sour apples, cidery for me. Lemony I guess.

neither my friend or myself enjoyed this beer. That being said I can see how others really like this, my sour palate isnt there yet, ill check back next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:31:11 | More by Murchmac
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kojevergas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an Irish (real) pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO, on December 21st, 2010.

A: Pours a pleasant clear gold with a thick, creamy, four finger head of very nice thickness, brilliant cream, and excellent retention. Remarkable and appealing.

Sm: Wow. Fresh but moderate. Notes of wine, ester, fruit, hops, and even yeast. Very complex, but balanced. Hopefully the taste is similar.

T: Yup. To a T. Smooth open, complex, incredibly well-built body, wine-ish climax, with a multinote finish. The notes in the body bleed into the aftertaste (past the finish). Russian river's done it again, and this beer supports my sentiment that they may be the best American brewery operating today. Hides its ABV very well.

Mf: Nice balance between coarseness and smootness, wetness and dryness, but I should say the wine gives it an unnatural fizziness that could be better refined. It's bold, and it works, so this complaint is minor.

Dr: I'm not the first guy to reach for this style, but I am the first guy to reach for Russian River, and for good reason. Even a stout lover like me will appreciate this beer. Definitely worth trying, especially if you don't like sour ales. Its taste lives up to its title, though it may only be a fleeting temptation at this price point.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 06:05:11 | More by kojevergas
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Thank you to both G311 and stonequarrywest for this brew! Long time want so a big THANK YOU goes to both of them!
375mL Batch 5
Poured in to my Brooklyn Snifter

A: This beer pours a murky hay-straw color yellow with a 1.4 inch of sudsy white head that recedes immediately. Fine wisps of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is grassy, hay, blanket, sour apple, and sour grapes.

T: Taste starts with a very hay like, grassy, barnyard type funk that just sits for a bit. One that moves away, a soured grapefruit citrus comes in to give a little tiny pucker before moving in to a soured grape note. The apple flavoring comes in lightly in the finish almost as an aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean feel with a drier finish.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, not filling, nice kick and decent representation of style. I may go for some of the other RR Wilds, but this one is nothing to sniff at!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:02:22 | More by Jayli
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay Goblet. Pours a nice golden color with a 1/2 inch head that quickly disappears into a small island in the middle of the goblet. Mild carbonation noticable.
Smells of pale, bready malts, grassy hops, chardonay grapes, oak and a nice bit of funk. A slight floral note as well.
Chardonay notes are right up front with bready malts. I also taste some lemon zest, grassy notes, and a touch of wood. The funk is noticable but not overwhelming. My only complaint is that it is super dry. Makes sense being that it's aged in wine barrels but still, super dry.
Despite the price it is amazingly drinkable. Top notch sour, wild ale from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:50:32 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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BDJake

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- fizzy dark blonde with a white, fluffy crown of head that laced beautifully and retained well

S- smells of chardonnay, sour cherries, hay, and an acidity i can't put my finger on

T- lemon juice, ripe cherry, wet grassy hops, and a very mild malt base to balance the taste

M- high crbonation, dry, with a uniquely sour finish

D- although i'm not the biggest fan of the style, it was decent in it's enjoyability but one pint bottle at a time is enough for me

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 11:54:50 | More by BDJake
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3

Pours a very clear straw yellow, so i hold it up to my computer screen, and am able to read the text through the glass, albeit upside down and backwards, lol. The lace is like a wall on the glass, like curtains closed around an actor. but the show is just starting this time.
Characteristic Brett funk, both in the aroma and mouth it comes and goes not subtly but not lingering or overpowering, much less sour then other RR sours i've had. The natural raw fruit and granny smith character plays out in a grassy and wet straw like way, like you threw them all together in a bag in the sun during a hot summer day, and that's your lunch salad, covered in vinegar.
The mouthfeel is light and quick with a dry finish that stops short of puckering, which makes this one very easy to drink, while this is only a 375ml, a 750 would be easy still.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 05:40:05 | More by ChadQuest
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thebierbrewery

Indiana

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

We had a bottle of this donated to The Bier Brewery on 11-24-10 by Mike Sprinkle.

A- Light, golden pale color with a bit of haze. Small head and little retention.

S- Nice brett character, you can definitely tell it is a funk beer that has been aged in chardonnay barrels.

T- Absolutely amazing flavor profile. So many flavors and layers of flavors. Acidity and sourness nicely balanced with the base beer.

M- Light, almost refreshing mouthfeel, crisp and highly carbonated

D- Very, very drinkable, if you like balanced sours. Needs to be served in brandy snifter for full effect. This beer is one to be savored and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:36:07 | More by thebierbrewery
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 05x1F

A- A nice, dense white head forms over a moderately hazed golden ale. The sharp carbonation fizzles out quickly.

S- Lemon and sour citrus are the first aromas noted. Wet grass, moldy hay and some musty oak comprise the funky characteristics of the beer.

T- Lots of lemon, which works well with the sourness. Its a nice middle of the road level of sourness. Funky flavors come out behind after the lemon. Grass, damp hay, rotting wood, some notions of white wine, mostly in the dryness. There is something on the back that I can closely relate to hops and it very well might be hops. The citrus opens up to a white grapefruit acidity and juiciness.

M- Sharp carbonation moves into a fluffiness. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 06:27:15 | More by MbpBugeye
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mrgnwlkr

Kansas

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

Got some good news and decided to take my third journey into the world of sours. Batch 05x1F, bottled 7/6/2010. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip (remember, collaboration, not litigation!).

Delightfully bright and clear, with a color that reminds me somewhat of apple juice, somewhat of rose gold. Persistent streams of champagne-like bubbles. Slight, white head with moderate lacing.

Smells: white wine, mineral, oak, granny smith apple peel, brett. I'm usually pretty meh about brett aroma, but here it's amazing. Not so much barnyard or funk, but leather and outdoors.

Taste is slightly less transcendent than the aroma, but still remarkable. Pleasantly sour, with green apple and some yogurt (or am I just imagining the lactic sourness?). If you're patient, there's a nice hop bitterness underneath/behind the sour. Finish is short, and slightly chalky. The malt reminds me of a communion wafer.

I believe there's only one brewery in the US that's capable of making a beer like this, and that's a crying shame. One can only hope that Vinnie Cilurzo is inspiring a whole new generation of brewers to follow and (dare I say it?) improve on his success. In the meantime, however, I'm seriously considering moving to Sonoma County.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:32:57 | More by mrgnwlkr
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Iceman

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one very much. Poured it into a large wine glass(suggested by this site) and enjoyed the flavors that poured. You can definitly the sour and wine tastes. It does not over power. The only complaint, not a big enough bottle hahaha. Worth the money big time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2010 01:48:51 | More by Iceman
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olmatty

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a clean beer the color of apple juice with a thin white head.

Smell-Not getting much. A bit of acidity and a whiff of barrel.

Taste- Sour like a white wine. Negligible hop presence. Bitter seems to come from wood barrel tannins. Sour and dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Thin with a palate washing effect.

Drinkability- An absolute pleasure to sip. Not overwhelming in any way.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 05:07:15 | More by olmatty
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cbarrett4

Oregon

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

Poured into tulip from tap at Belmont Station in Portland.

Zowie! This is one great beer! A truly odd and wonderful little monster here. Pours with a light head (typical of this style). Shows a lot of citrus with a slight funky twang. Well worth a try for any fan of barrel aged ales.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 00:00:18 | More by cbarrett4
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 05X3. Big thanks goes out to nyrangerfan for this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy deep yellow with a three finger pure white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, nice sour, and a little funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, mild tart, nice sour, and a hint of funk on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this beer made me say, "Oh my God, yes!". Russian River was spot on with this brew. It was very well balanced on the flavor and had quite an excellent aroma to back up the flavor. Not very much missing in this brew at all. Any Cali traders out there who trade with me in the future, feel free to send this as an extra as this is a damn good beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 13:59:40 | More by thagr81us
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Arbitrator

California

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. Batch 5 (375mL).

A: Pours a translucent straw / gold color with an inch of fluffy white head. The head remains at least 0.5" thick for the entire drink, continually refreshed by the active bubbles up the glass. Nice lacing down the sides as I drink. I actually left for an hour and came back to see it was still fully carbonated and lively.

S: Tangy citrus leaning towards lemons, orange, kaffir lime. Some cherry, too. A nice oak undercurrent with some chardonnay complements and a wild, earthy brett funk aroma. Very rich. A moderate lactic sourness in the nose. This is much improved over batch 4: more expressive, lots more going on.

T: A surprising number of fruit notes: green apple, lemon, orange, and kaffir lime. They lay an initial groundwork of sweetness and sourness. They give way to brett funk, earth, and hay in the mid-palate. Toward the end it tastes like white wine vinegar. I felt the finish in batch 4 was muddled, but here it is sharp and crisp. This batch also has a mineral note in the aftertaste. I'm picking that up lately in the Russian River wilds. I'm not sure where it's coming from, but it doesn't work well with my palate.

M: Thinner than medium-bodied, with high, fine carbonation. It results in a clean finish that works well for the drying (but not dry) body of this beer. I am sure this will become drier over time, but I like the way it is now.

D: Out of the gate, this is much better than batch 004 fresh. The previous two batches have aged very well, and I can only hope that bodes well for this one. Definitely a beer to stock up on.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 19:47:45 | More by Arbitrator
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Imthatguy83. Thanks a lot man!

Batch 5.

Split with my wife on a cold, snowy, dark Sunday evening. I in my Lost Abbey Sinner's club glass and she in her Ithaca tulip glass... Hers ends up looking slightly better-- nicer retention.

A deep, slightly hazy, golden blonde with a soapy 1 finger head of loose, large, fizzy, off-white bubbles-- minimal spotty lacing. This isn't bad at all for the style-- but nothing really jumps out at me as being amazing...

Flowery notes arise and begin the bouquet... A champagne like zest plays nicely with soft white grapeskins, light hay, and oaky notes. Very pleasant aroma... Of course I love the tart acidic quality as well. The taste starts out light and sweet with big floral notes-- then it dries out a bit with done nice barnyard and hay notes... A crisp tartness is nice, but I think this will open up and become really impressive with some time in the cellar.

The body seems a tad overcarbonated-- which makes it feel thin, almost a bit like seltzer water... But a champagne quality is present as well.

This is not the best wild... But it isn't bad either-- the aging potential of this is something that interests me quite a bit. It is tasty enough to be enjoyed, but complex enough to age... I will update this review when I have an aged bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 04:22:55 | More by AleWatcher
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DNICE555

Connecticut

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

The best sour I have had to date. Had in line at the Heady Topper Release. The smell and taste offered all the best qualities of a sour without being too overwhelming. I enjoyed the subtleties rather than having it blow me away like a sour patch kid. RR does them the best and this is the best that I've had from them. Perfect feel to it. Drinks like heaven in a cup. Cheers to the cool dude who hooked us all up with this.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 00:38:48 | More by DNICE555
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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

Served on-tap into a mini pint at TJ's 7th Anny. Party. Number three of three in my Russian River flight. An amazing party with amazing beers.

A - Pours pale yellow with a spotty white head leaving minimal lacing down the glass. Quite pale but very inviting.

S - Strong sour notes up front with a bit of sweetness. Some lemon, white grape, and a few other earthy notes. The sourness is strong but not overpowering.

T - Tart up front slowly giving way to bright citrus flavors, similar to the nose, finishing with a lingering biternes that fades after a short time. A very nice wild ale, tart but not overpowering. My favorite of the three.

M - Medium body and head with moderate carbonation. Overall dry feel with a good amount of sourness in the finish, not lingering on the pallet for very long.

D - Very high. While it is a bit dry the sourness helps to balance it all out. One of the most enjoyable wild's I have had. I am glad I have a few of these in the cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 03:34:57 | More by orangesol
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trevorjn06

Washington

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

Pours a clear straw/yellow with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is tart, slightly sweet, funky, earthy, fruity and zesty. There are hints of lemon, citrus, peach, earth, vanilla and sourness.

Taste is amazingly complex, there are layers of light malt, multiple fruits (apples, peaches, lemons), some spice, light oak, funk and a very nice tartness. The finish leaves tartness, white wine flavors and fruits an the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied and very effervescent.

Overall this beer is light, refreshing, complex and tart, though the sourness is more retrained than in most of the sour/wild ales I have had lately. Russian River beers are not cheap, but if you want to try a beer that will bend your perceptions of the beverage, pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 04:17:16 | More by trevorjn06
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far333

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Barleywinefiend for sharing this one. Served in a tulip glass.

Slightly hazed but clear straw yellow color with a bright white fluffy head that settles out slowly and leaves swirls of lace up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of green apple, kiwi, a bit musty, some mild yeastiness. Flavor is initially tart, some yeastiness rolls in, followed by white grape and some woody notes, morphing to cinnamon and ginger, ripe pear, and a subtle nutmeg linger.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, a bit puckery. Average drinkability for me as this one seems more like a specialty beer and not a quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 12:17:44 | More by far333
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ADZA

Australia

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

Another brew i have to thank Adam for cheers mate i must admit this has been one of those brews ive been hanging to sample,it pours a semi see through golden blonde hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and heaps of sporadic lacing,the aroma is straight out pretty much exactly like a fine wooded chardonay with hints of apples,gooseberries,kiwi fruit,white grapes and of course oak,it has a nice light to medium bodied mouthfeel which really suits it and it starts off with a white grape mouthpuckering sourness which is followed by a tropical punch,oaky hit and at the very end the sour white wine notes really come through and to be quite honest overall in my mind and palette this a truly exceptional brew where the two elements of beer and wine go hand in hand and since i dont mind the odd wine now and again i can truly say it is very drinkable and just wish it was a regular to our shores.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 11:34:14 | More by ADZA
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 of batch 05x1f.
this beer appears to mingle with the best, its got a wonderful golden hue and just looks immensely tasty sitting in front of me. the head is thin and white and doesnt last very long. it smells like a good mix of funk, lemon, and hay. despite the fact that i gave it good ratings across the board, i feel like it really went downhill from what i expected. by no means does this mean its a bad beer, because its not. i guess its just the first example of one of many hyped beers that i was just expecting more. hopefully my second bottle with a little time on it will prove me wrong. it tastes delicious initially, but the backend lets up quite a bit and im left looking for more of a finish. the carbonation is just right. i enjoy drinking it, and were it not for the pricetag id be more willing to experiment more with it. perhaps i needed to have the whole bottle to myself but alas i shared with my girlfriend.. and she seems to feel the same way. also duely noted, as this beer warms up, it shines a bit more and starts to come a little closer to true form. ill remember that for next time for a better experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 02:32:41 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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meeekyh

Colorado

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before I even get to writing anything else or noticing the color or head, straight away I get bubblegum smells wafting off of the glass.

I choose my St Bernardus chalice and pour from the 750 marked as batch 004X1. Head is white and ale is light golden and clear. Dissipation of head and lacing are both quick and tiny.

Bubblegum wafts into oblivion and what remains smells salty and spicy and fruity and carnal. I am impressed with the complexity and the depth. I find the sea itself is presented in this beer; maybe the oak is the culprit here.
Taste is tart and bright with chardonnay complexities and a smooth balance.

Feel is light and carbonation is full while the finish is neither dry nor sweet, but neutral and balanced.

I have been holding this beer for rather awhile (6 mo maybe) for me and I am glad I got into it when I did. It is more drinkable than I imagined but mot worth the $23 price tag. I have had many beers that were more enjoyable for substantially fewer dollars.

I would say get some if you need a change of pace and have money to burn. It resembles a Flanders ale and is quite good if you like the style.

Slainte.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 01:35:33 | More by meeekyh
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,634 ratings.