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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

2,685 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,519
Gots: 714 | FT: 39
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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m1ked

California

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

So I have had this bottle laying on its side since the most recent release by mail from RR. I put it in the fridege early this a.m. to have some time soon. I opened the fridge early this evening to discover that my fridge liht bulb was out, and the cage and cork on the bottom of my fridge. I guess the thing popped and took out my light bulb....crazy.

A- This pours a bright, yet hazy yellow. A straw colored yellow with plenty of acrive streamers clinging to the sides. A perfectly white tiny bubbled foam cap that hangs out for the duration.

S- Definetly sour sour and sour with brett. A slight phenolic sourness to it, but more noticable to me is sour stone fruits. Great for a hot summer day.

T- Smooth yet definetly sour as noted in the smell with the sour stone fruits. Especially sour cherry with apricot.

M- This sour is almost creamy to me, maybe its the tiny nitro like bubbles, or the aging. The carbonation is perfect. Noticeable, you appreciate them, but it does not overwhelm this beer.

D- I have really grown to love sours, and this one is a gerat sour, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 01:05:09 | More by m1ked
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

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

What a weekend! Friday night at the ACBF. Tonite with some friends- starting with a Temptation, then Nugget Nectar, and finishing off with a Blue Dot. I am surprised I can still function!
Anyhoo- to the beer- Batch 3 - Poured inot a tulip glass after a huge pop and a lot of champagne-like head busting out of the bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with large white bubbly head. The head fades pretty quickly. Aromas are plentiful at the start- sour apples, wine, and some citrus- lemon peels. The smells fade as it warms. Taste is delightful. Strong flavors of sour fruits, but also alcohol, the chardonnay kicks in, then you get a bit of woodsy smoke at the end. Crisp, dry finish. Lingering champagne aftertaste and burn. Warms me as I drink. Hell, I am sweating. This is my fave RR so far!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 01:03:16 | More by DrDogbeer
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml bottle courtesy of largadeer, thanks a bunch for the opportunity. Beautiful, golden blonde color, cloudy. The smell is excellent and suggests sour and wine. The taste is pretty darn good and less sour than expected but still a pucker. This seems a little more subtle and complex compared to Supplication and Beatification but then maybe they aren't meant to be compared? There is not much funk to be found but all in all this is excellent. I've been skeptical about paying high prices for beer but these barrel-aged RR beers are worth it in my mind.

update 07/09/10

batch 004x2

This could take your eye out if you don't chill it first but it is delicious after a year in the bottle. It gushed at first but it smells awesome. Peach and citrus and a very subtle sourness, wow. I think this has actually improved since it was released because it tastes fantastic. I have never seen a cork shoot out so fast, good thing I know enough to treat corked beers carefully...

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:04:48 | More by ArrogantB
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dont remember who sent this beer to me. Big time thanks to my forgotten benefactor. Batch number 002. This beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet. The beers scores are from initial impressions. I may have been a bit tight. This is an exceptional beer treat.

Appearance: The beer poured a very clear orange/ peach coloration. The head was about one finger high delicate biege foamyness. The lacing left behind on the glass was light but lovely.

Smell: The beer hits my nose with a melange of lemon, very funky fruityness, peppery coriander, no aspect of this beer is excessively dominate.

Taste: This beer is very fruity under ripe apple and pears. The chardonay wine barrels have worked there magic and flavors on the beer. Pleasant oakey flavors peak around. Corriander pepperyness mingles with tart Brett funkyness and a bit of grassyness.

Mouthfeel: This beer is smooth and well carbonated. The beer seems to have a light body but still commands the attention of my palate.

Drinkability: The beer departed my glass at an alarming pace. This truly is a master work.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 00:00:51 | More by nlmartin
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Batch 001

Pours a foggy gold with a thin white head that falls. Nose is funky. Very much reminds me of a lambic style nose. Flavor has a definite oak qualities as well as some distinct vanilla tones. Some citrus is there as well. Really nice wood stuff going on here. Nicely done. Feel has a crisp carbonation to it and the liquid is typical. This is nice. There's a bit of a bite to it, which would be a detractor for some. But this is a well made wild ale. Nice levels of complexity. I'd say this is good with fish, chicken, or a pork chop with a mild sauce to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 03:42:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 375 mL corked and caged bottle of Batch 003.

A: The ale is hazy, a mixture of orange juice and tang with some shots of cola throughout to darken it a bit. A decent head, amply carbonated, welled up on pour but did not lace.

S: The aroma is bitterly tart, sour with an abundance of green apple, pepper and lots of funk. The dry bite of the chardonnay is present as well.

T: The tartness is layered, exposing multiple elements with each sip. Fruit up front in the form of green apple, apricot and lemon. Later sips reveal more tartness, woody with a dry chardonnay finish. Ample carbonation clears the palate with most every sip, allowing new flavors to emerge each time. A sweet white grape finish reinforces the chardonnay. A deliciously complex ale.

M: Lots of fruit, funk and wood throughout. If you don't like sours, this one may be too much of a bite.

D: The woody, vinous finish keeps me coming back for more each time. A wonderous and wonderful brew.

Review of Batch 002:
A: 4.0; S: 4.5; T: 4.0; M: 4.5; D: 4.0
Total: 4.15, A-

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 01:46:42 | More by akorsak
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SolsticeDreamer

California

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

Batch #3, Poured into a tulip glass; a lovely yellowish blonde ale with a off white head that lingers.

The aroma is sour and strong. Floral/Fruit aroma but serous funky! Pretty hard core.

Just so you know I hate chardonnay, but this one had an amazing balance of the chardonnay characters, fruit and fine woody taste; and Brett-yeast sourness. Amazing how this one won me over.

Vinegary flavor with a touch of sweetness that will keep one puckering!

Very drinkability, I pulled this out for a special event for special people. This beer is a perfect end to a perfect event.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 22:55:12 | More by SolsticeDreamer
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3. Bottle shared with sberman77. Poured into Russian River tulip. Beer was a hazy orange color with a huge, off-white, foamy head. Excellent lacing around the glass and lively carbonation.

Aroma was sour and funky with hay, grass, yeast and light fruits. Fantastic aroma. I could smell this one all day.

Taste was very tart. Notes of apple, peach, citrus and brett.

Full bodied and sweet. Lots going on in this one and an absolutely amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 15:00:43 | More by drumrboy22
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dill

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really a great beer. Pours a nice golden color with a fizzy head. The mouthfeel is dry with tight carbonation. I love the sourness of the beer, a bit of a vinegary flavor with some lemon and oak. Just a great beer and highly drinkable. I could enjoy this almost every day.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 05:54:57 | More by dill
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lightindarkness

Florida

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

A caged/corked bottle, received in a great trade from vwcraig.

A loud pop began some slow bubbling overflow from the bottle. Pours a hazy yellow straw color with slight grey-brown depth. Climbing mounds of nearly white uniformly bubbled foam leave sticky frothy lace all over.

Nice sour funk on the nose, with a thin light grain scent. Sourness is almost spicy. Vinous, with nice rich oak and tart fruit aromas.

Flavor is crisp, fresh, and tart with plenty of sourness. Mildly tannic with a good oaky back. Citrus and herb pop with a funky sour finish. Grains sneak out from under the yeast flavor at the very end, fading but hanging on mixed with a light sweetness. Bready aftertaste indicates fuller flavor than is present during the sip, heavier than initial tastes suggest. Yeast flavors really overpower the character of the beer hiding behind all the sour and tart.

Feel is a lighter medium body, really lifted by the carbonation. An interesting balance of effervescence and mouth coating slick feel.

Nicely sippable and very intriguing. Great flavor, though not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 16:32:24 | More by lightindarkness
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Benway

California

4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I would consider this beer a much more drinkable Beatification. While the aforementioned beer is one of the most compelling beers I've ever tasted, this one is a far less extreme version.

It looks excellent and the sediment is your call based on the pour. The color is a nice, crisp gold.

The smell is fantastic with the 'barnyard' becoming more apparent as it warms. There are elements of citrus and even a little sweeter white wines.

Taste rewards the smell. Big on the tastebuds, but not overpowering on the mouthfeel. While very tart, there is a soft grapefruit (doesn't seem possible). As with many of these American Wild Ales, you can't stop wanting to try more!

As for drinkability, this style of beer has grown on me. However, the best way to enjoy a bottle of this is to share with others unfamiliar with the style. It's a great "I told you, beer is the new wine!' experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 03:54:57 | More by Benway
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3. Hazy peach coloured, with 2 fingers of foamy, off-white head. Good head retention, still there when I finish the glass.

The smell is sweet and tart all at once. Fruit (mostly citrus) and oak dominate. Lemon juice and orange rind.

The taste is again full of citrus. Grapefruit, lemon and orange rind. It is strongly sour, slightly puckering in the finish. Lingering oak is noted even hours later.

Light bodied but a bit sticky. Medium carbonation. A touch acidic. Altogether pretty good.

I enjoyed this one. I don't think I could drink it all night, but I'd be willing to give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 12:14:45 | More by elricorico
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0110x011

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clear straw yellow into a snifter. Fluffy two finger head leaves sticky lacing all over. Citrus & earth on the nose, with the vanilla oakiness pushing through. Super complex on the tongue. The sourness is more on the lemony side, with green grape & melon. The oakiness comes as it warms, with a greater vanilla & earthy presence. The Chardonnay barrels are duly noted, adding a tannic pucker along with the lemon sour. Dry & crisp, a great summer sipper. There's a very good reason these Russian River sours are so sought after! They're delicious!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 05:40:11 | More by 0110x011
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Franchise

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this offering while in California. I poured this into a wine glass, the body is strawberry blonde leacing a pale white lace that disappates leaving a slightly foggy carbonated beauty in its wake.

The aroma is tart, lemon, viscous, very wine like with a distinctive brett character. The taste is nicely tart, sweet underlying honey plays off the very tart, and funky, acidic, feel on the palate. This is a very nice beer solid one bottle is enough for now but this tastes great in this summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 17:37:29 | More by Franchise
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ASymon13

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003

It pours a nice clear golden blonde with a huge amount of creamy white head and lots of continuous carbonation. The head leaves a thick lacing as it slowly recedes. The aroma is really wonderful. It is just full of ripe fruits; cherries, some melon, and even some lemon, which is all backed by some really solid belgian yeasty goodness, subtle oak and some hints of a dry white wine. There is also the underlying sour undertone you expect.

This is truly an extremely complex beer. Upon first taste it is very very tart. Sour cherry takes a leading role, while melon and grapes are both present and come through stronger as it warms up. The oak flavors are subtle but present, and there are some light phenols there. It comes off as being very wine-like with it's dry finish, but with a more refreshing mouthfeel. Sipping on a bottle of this is a wonderful experience and I'm thankful stores near me still have more in stock for me to horde.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 06:09:51 | More by ASymon13
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

Mini-vertical sampling of batch 2 vs. 3.

Both batches open up with a loud pop, and straw in color. Batch 2 gushed up within seconds, allowing some hazy yeast to make it into the glass. Batch 3 was clear. Lacing and retention is superior in batch 2, but in either case, not exceptional.

Batch 2:
Plenty of dry, bretty character, with wine-like mustyness, and a smidge of oak in the nose. Earthy, hay-like, and lightly tropical with pineapple. A hint of quanine and minerally bite.

Thin to medium mouthfeel. A decent amount of effervesence and slightly creamy with an edge.

Tart and vineous on the pallet. Grassy, hay-like, and slightly peppery. Plenty of lemony pizzaz and acid. Loads of finesse, barn-like earthiness, and white grape must.

Finishes with lingering lemon pith, white pepper, and warming acidity.

Batch 3:
A trace of sweet malt leads off in tandem with tart wheat. The Brett is restrained, but present, which allows traces of orange citrus fruits, vanilla, smoldered styrofoam, and ground bark to step forward. Quite earthy and unique.

Crisp and creamy mouthfeel. Tart and quenching.

Tart lemon pulp leads off the pallet, with sour grapes, grapefruit pith, and pineapple skin. A trace of pepper with plenty of clove.

Finishes exceedingly vineous with tart lemons, wet hay, and pepper-studded grapefruit.

The low-down:

Batch 2 certainly has developed more brett, pepper, pineapple, and funk in general. Dryer and more complex than 3, which is really saying something. 2 is also more vineous, tart and acidic than 3. A couple of things I enjoyed in the 3 over the 2 was the vanilla in the nose, and the slight tropical orange note. The 2 is definately headed in a more Gueze-like direction, but certainly nowhere near the acid level of a good Gueze.

While I prefer the 2 over the 3, it is by a marginal amount and is just a testament to how well Vinnie's barrel aged beers cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 22:41:16 | More by brewandbbq
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

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

Another beer via trade with deepsouth. Awesome man!

Batch 003

First things first, Smell that Brett!

Pale gold yellow cloud with a 2" head. Leaves a nice coat on the sides but that fades too.

This beer reeks of Brett and Oak! The sirens are going off for the sour smell.

This beer is sour as a MF'er! Tart, smooth and sour like a good belgian! Seriously this beer can hang with all the #1s out there! Little fruit, saison like spice but always sour and tart from start to finish. So Smooth! The tartness sticks around a while and refuses to leave the back of your throat. Mmmmm thank you! So Tart and so so yummy!

It's smooth with a bubbly complexity. The carbonation is very light. Tangy and zesty with a nice strong zap of oak near the end of each mouthful.

This beer is so so drinkable. Did a belgian brewery brew this? This can't be from America. O wait it is. Finally a brewery worth the same praise as say, De Dolle...Yummm

Ok I no longer want to review this beer...I need to focus on drinking and enjoying it! Wow this is a delicious brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:04:27 | More by RixBeer
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younger35

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought these on-line from Russian River and was generously sent to me by 0110x011. I love Russian River and I especially love these sour wild ales. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip. Batch 003.

Appearance- Pours a lowly hazy light yellowish orange with a HUGE two finger fluffy white head that evenly turns into a HUGE three finger bright white head. I didn't touch the beer either... It has a mind of its own. Maintains a one finger cap and collar for the entire duration of this treat.
Smell- Mildly funky but not to the extent of some other Russian River varieties. Light Hef like banana is present without the spice which I think would be there for it not for the barrel aging. The lightly woody vanilla is way more evident once it warms and at this point the beer really shines. Tart and sharp on the nose (tarter and sharper when cold) it's just a good all around smell.
Taste- Lightly tart and sharp this brew graciously takes on the characteristics of chardonnay without giving up its true identity of a delicious beer. The wood is way more present in this beer than in the other RR barrel aged I've tried. Light vanilla and oak are probably more predominant that the Brett; which instead of dominating the beer, turns out to play a gorgeous second fiddle. A tiny bit of green apple puckering shows toward the end with its peach/banana counterparts. The finish is über smooth and full of woody goodness. Amazing...
Mouthfeel- Really smooth and light with a soft creamy body and light crisp carbonation that looks like it should be more aggressive than it is.
Drinkability- This is one ridiculously good brew. I honestly didn't think I could like a Brett filled brew more than I liked Supplication. Wrong! Although probably not as complex and confounding, it's the very definition of simpler is better (in relative terms of 17 months barrel aging, adding of Brett, maintaining perfection, etc...). This is a ridiculously good beer that thank the lord, I have one more of coming. Thanks Matt!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 03:11:39 | More by younger35
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thickerfreakness

Texas

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

One of two bottles bought online from RR. This is batch 003. The other sent off in a trade so I am savoring this one.

It pours a peachy amber color with a fluffy, white head and it leaves amazing lacing on the glass as I drink it. This smells absolutely incredible. It has a very nice subtle sourness and an extremely inviting sweetness behind it. I could smell this all day long. The taste is predominantly of sour fruits but it is not so overpowering as to cover up the nice oakiness and light malt sweetness. This is best described as subtle but amazing. At first I had the taste as a 4.5 but it just got even better as it warmed and had to change it to a 5. The mouthfeel is great for a sour,very dry and wine like. It is extremely drinkable and the alcohol is just non existent in the taste. I wish I had bought many more of these babies. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 22:09:06 | More by thickerfreakness
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naproxen

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 003 from my trip to CA [should have bought 2 :-( ]

Poured into one of my random tulips. The head on this was amazing to begin with, white thick and creamy and it had staying power for a good few minutes. The color of this tasty libation was definitely blonde, a hazy but bright yellow blonde.

The aroma of sour fruits is undeniable, I found sour apple and lemon to be the most abundant. At the same time I almost felt I was sniffing a champagne or chardonnay (go figure), which became more intense with the first sip.

The taste is very sour fruity and a lovely hint of wine, definitely some funk. Also there is this very pleasing tingle of the tongue from the carbonation, awesome!

I could have easily drank this all myself, but I was nice and shared. Next time though, all me.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 15:38:23 | More by naproxen
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 003, thanks to Bubba83 for the help in obtaining! Poured into the appropriate Russian River tulip.

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow/light amber color with big white head made up of tiny bubbles, long lasting creamy retention and beautiful lacing. Smells of earthy Brett, sour fruits like lemon, apples, pear, peach, and apricot, Chardonnay, yeast, and spices. Great tart taste of lemons, peaches, white grapes, and apricot mix with apple cider vinegar and Chardonnay with a gentle yeasty bread and spiciness mixed in. Light in body but with a nice dry finish leaving you wanting more. Smooth and effervescent with no sign of alcohol, more tart than sour. A really easy to drink wild ale with lots of tartness, great appearance, and great flavors with more complexity coming out in every sip. Lower in alcohol than some others, and hides the alcohol wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 02:25:14 | More by HopDerek
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TheEremite

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 03

I can't get enough of this beer. This is by far the best beer I've had yet this year. There's some yeast in the bottle, so pour gently. A good pour leaves a brilliant crystal clear straw yellow beer with lively bubbles that lift to the top of the glass creating a rocky white foamy head. The acidity is not overpowering and it plays nicely with the high carbonation and apple, citrus and wine aromas and flavors. To me, this beer defines craft brewing.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 17:32:28 | More by TheEremite
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

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

Batch 003, 375ml bottle poured into a Russian River Barrel Aged stem. Very bright hazy yellow hue rose from the bottom, with 2 fingers of white froth. Fizzy, with lots of tiny bubbles on the sides of the head.
Very inviting aromas of sour apple, funk, and perfume.
Sour green apple on the front...grassy. Reminds me of a sour Sauvignon Blanc crosses with sparkling wine. Juicy, dry finish with the oak very noticeable. Oak leaves a woody, almost tangy resin in my mouth. Very hard to detect at first, but more apparent towards the last few sips. Maybe age will smooth that out?
In any event, glorious glass of beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 12:37:15 | More by RustyDiamond
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rxdrewthejew

California

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

Batch number 003 delivered from the brewery.

A: I popped the cork on this one and was immediately rewarded with the head pouring out all over the place. Once it settled down, I was able to fill up my glass...a hazy mustard-yellow beer was revealed. Almost looks like a hefe. The head was enormous, like 3 fingers, with great retention.

S: Mild sour/lemony smell hit first, along with lots of funk and woodseyness. Less sour and more funk in this beer.

T: Really nice complex flavor. Sourness is pretty subdued but definitely a major element. I also got some funk, oak, dark red wine, and a surprisingly honey sweet finish. The red wine flavor is probably most prominent once you notice it, but the mix of flavors is pretty well balanced.

MF: Smooth feel with just a bit of carbonation bite, which was surprising considering how huge the head was. Syrupy sweet and filling in the mouth, and an ultra-dry finish as well. Alcohol doesn't really hit that hard for 7%.

D: This is an excellent beer, and I lament the fact that I only bought one. I had the Supplication a few weeks ago as well, and this totally blows it away. The balance of the flavor is great. The sourness becomes a nice accent instead of being in-your-face as it sometimes get. It goes down so smooth that it would be easy to rush through it, but the flavor makes you want to savor it. Awesome work by Vinnie and crew...I understand now why this is so popular.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 06:19:11 | More by rxdrewthejew
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from my boy AndySR in trade. Thank you!

Temptation pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of head in my tulip glass, and it left patchy lacing on the glass. The earthiness of the Brett comes out full force with a funky sourness with hints of lemons, apples, oranges, chardonnay. The flavor profile starts out slightly sour with flavors that remind me of granny smith apples, lemons, and unripe cherries. I also get a good dose of chardonnay flavor from the barrel aging. This is so pleasant and the flavors meld very well in the profile. I was still finding new things as I drank the last drop of this beer. The ever changing fruitiness on this beer is my favorite aspect of this beer. There is a great deal of expected carbonation in this beer that leaves a dry sensation on the mouth that is actually quite smooth. The drinkablity for this beer is amazing and I hope I can get some more of this beer.

Overall this was an incredible drinking experience. I know it is beer, but right now is has a great deal of wine characteristics to it. I would really like to get my hands on more and age it for a year or two because I think this beer would only get better. I honestly hope though that it doesn't get any better because I would do dirty and despicable things to get more of this beer.

Thank you Andy!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 03:05:03 | More by TheodorHerzl
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
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