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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,848 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,848
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,553
Gots: 768 | FT: 45
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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Photo of kzoobrew
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 004X1

Golden body capped with the creamiest alabaster head. Retention is fantastic leaving a nice trail of lacing as it subsides.

Solid barn yard funk and plenty of tartness dominate the nose. There is incredible balance though between the two dominating aromas. Tart young grapes and green apple meld with rather earthy notes, oak and musty horse blanket.

First sip was an all on attack of puckering tartness. More of this is attributed to my lack of familiarity than the overall tartness of the brew. Assertive sour apple, lemon and wine like acidity. Peppery spiciness sits mid palate and clings to the tongue. Very subtle graininess and light earth grass flavor can be found as I search my palate.

Light to medium bodied. Sharp and crisp while the finish is smooth and dry.

Tremendously enjoyable. Very hard to find a weakness in this beer. As this is my first experience with the Russian River sours I can now say it is well worth the hype. Thank you to Spdkilz for providing such an awesome beer for review #150.

kzoobrew, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this one.

A - Soft yellow with a nice head and lots of carbonation

S - Funky, sour, fruity.

T - This is such an elegant beer. Perfectly balanced in sour, mild fruit flavors with a wood taste. Not much hop presence, but I couldn't think of a way to improve the flavor.

M - High carbonation and light in body.

D - Unbelievably drinkable. Not too sour, very refreshing and mind blowingly balanced.

Martin2D, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night at a local brewpub. Poured out of a 750ml bottle Heard about Temptation for a while, finally found it for a reasonable price. Pours pretty clear yellowish. White small head. Smells very strong of lemon/citrus. Definitely a tart amoma...but expected for this Sour/wild ale.
Tastes exactly like it smells. Kind of tart, but a pleasant sourness. Pretty easy to drink and refreshing. Aroma stays with you even hours after your last sip.
In my oppinion, it reminds me of Limoncello: just not as sugary and not as boozy. Easier to put down too.

ShadesOfGray, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Intelligentsia
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750-mL bottle into a chardonnay glass. Figured it was the most appropriate vessel.

Poured a beautiful chardonnay but a bit more orange color with a fluffy white head that I admired. Left some nice but not over-the-top lacing.

Smelled of oak, green apple, lemon, grass, wildness.

Tasted very similar to the nose, but with cherry. Delightful taste supplemented by high carbonation and a medium body. Good enough to have an entire bottle myself.

Intelligentsia, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had while at the brewery.

A: A nice bright clean yellow/golden color. Very crisp. Provided a very thin white head that dissipates quickly. There is a moderate amount of lacing.

S: A very distinct tart and sour smell with some oak mixed in. The smell was very strong but not overwhelming.

T: Wow. Never really had a 'wild ale' prior, so this taste was very unique but quite enjoyable. A good amount of sour and citrus mixed in with a little oak. The oak flavor reminds me of the oak you may taste in a chardonnay.

M: A heavily carbonated light/medium bodied beer. It is quite balance and leaves a nice crisp dry taste on the palate.

D: I certainly enjoyed this beer but only had one regrettably. This beer certainly makes we want to try other Wild Ales. Easy to drink but not sessionable.

IronCitySteve, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to jedwards for sharing. 375ml bottle (batch #3). Served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a golden-orange with a quarter inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a fizzy skim that coalesces around the edges. Clarity is hazy/milky. Some lacing, but no legs. Nose is citrusy and buttery. Taste consistent with nose, some tartness, some green apple and some residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a consistent background effervescence that falls just short of prickly. Great beer and, based on my limited exposure, what I would consider a classic example of the style. A truly excellent beer.

Jwale73, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a Stone Leviathan fluted tulip. Enjoyed on New Year's Eve. Notes.

A: Great golden blonde body. Loads of bubbles hold up a pearly white two finger head. Thin wisps of lacing.

S: Very clean sour aroma, lightly vinegar like. Some fruitness, tart green apples and clean citrus. Spicy yeast and woody barrels. Lightly funky.

T/M: Lots of tartness from the light fruits. Sour and funkines foloow up with some light vinegar, leather, subtle cheese, and some general funk. Oaky tannins are very wine like. light, crisp body with lots of carbonation. Finishes dry.

D: ABV is higher than I thought but it's very drinkable and refreshing.

pwoods, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a wino buddy that suffered the brewpub on her trip through Sonoma county to send this to me. That's a friend right there.

Batch 004x3. According to the website brewed in 5/08 and bottled in June this year.

Pours a golden sunshine yellow with hints of apricot, slightly hazy. A gentle pour brings forth a finger's worth of pillowy white froth with excellent staying power. As it finally falls it leaves a very fine and thin lace.

Aroma is tart and sour overlaying a fruity sweet bread. Sour green apples. The oak is present, but not overwhelming. Light orchard fruits. Undefinable spices.

Flavor is strongly sour. Puckering lemon sour. A pithy bitterness and oak come through in the finish.

Body is light, effervescent, smooth and silky. Finish is puckering and very dry.

This is a very well done Belgian blond gone wild. The aroma balances all the varied characteristics superbly. The flavor favors the wild bugs a bit more than I'd like, with much less of the Belgian coming through. But a wonderful deviation from my recent string of American styled brews.

goatgoat, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swimsum and I sampled Consecration and Temptation back-to-back yesterday. This Consecration was his. This Temptation was mine. Following review written from notes.

375mL batch 003 bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Cloudy, goldenrod-colored body with a short, creamy, white head on top. Carbonation was much lighter than the Consecration (not surprising - it was a batch 2, second bottling). Clean; no lacing.

Smell: Strong white wine vinegar, doughy malts, and citrus. Smelled a lot like chardonnay. White pepper possibly? I got some milder spices in the nose as well. Sourness was stronger here than in the Consecration we just sampled.

Taste: Chardonnay sourness loomed large. In fact, this often tasted more like wine than beer. Citrus was very apparent, but the doughy malts found in the smell were much harder to find in the taste. I would have liked some more complexity here, but maybe I just need a more sophisticated palate. I'll work on it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, delicately carbonated, and surprisingly kinda creamy. Acidity is actually quite low. Still very sour and dry, but pretty soft on the palate for a wild ale.

Drinkability: Very good and very smooth (for a sour), but not quite as deep as the Consecration (see review here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/863/45653/?ba=ThreeWiseMen). I'm still sitting on a Batch 004 Temptation. I'll revisit it again after I get some more experience with wild ales.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation and average particles. Medium to heavy sweet & sour flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

I shared this with freinds and enjoyed the beer.

tmoneyba, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the 004 batch.

A - Cloudy yellow with a touch of amber, nice bubbly head with quick dissipation leaving no lacing. Pretty nice looking immediately off the pour.

S - Grapes, apricot, maybe a little bit of peach, mild yeast. Weak nose is actually kind of difficult to smell. Smells good, but needs some more body.

T - Wow, blows me away. Amazingly complex, you feel like this is going to get sweet and never does. Goes tart insteat in the middle, mild oaky finish reminds you of the barrel influence. Nice sour grape taste, very little yeast taste. This is outstanding.

M - Low carbonation, light body, nice dry finish. Just about perfect for this bear.

D - Super tastey and easy to drink. Can polish off the whole bottle and then pop open a second no problem. Love this beer.

AgentZero, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of squaremile
3.43/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Belmont Station in Portland. Pour a true gold, a bit of a fizzy head, and smells like a Pinot. Light mouthfeel, carb dances in the mouth a bit. Taste has a nice sour punch (like sour candy) and some funk and earthy notes, but I'm stuck on a chalky flavor that compromised the drinkability. Maybe it needs more time, maybe it's me.

squaremile, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a not quite transparent super-light gold, with an excessively fizzy bright white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a good sized island of bubbles stranded in the middle of an over-sized wine glass. The center continues to bubble aggressively, which makes the look of this beer only slightly more interesting than what it very closely resembles: bud light. The smell is primarily of chardonnay mixed with brett and perhaps a little citrus fruit (maybe orange?). it would score higher, but the aroma strangely resembles a hefeweizen, which disturbs me.

wow. a superb effort. this beer might convert me into a chardonnay drinker... but probably not. super sweet and super sour. the fruit and the wine perfectly compliment each other, and a very subtle oakiness sneaks in to contribute to the flavor blitz that is Temptation. very dry on the tongue, which gives off a wine-like bitter-sweet after-taste and again emphasizes the oak barrel aging, while the palate remains moist, almost slippery with goodness that begs for another taste.

at first i didn't like it, but then i grew to love it. Im speaking, of course, of the excessive carbonation that allows this beer to dance lightly and gracefully along the palate, massaging your mouth with airy pleasantness. the drinkability is, well, decently amazing.

jdklks, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice. Batch 004.

The beer pours a lightly carbonated, cloudy straw gold color. The head is about 1 finer high, decent retention, weak lacing just kind of runny.

The aroma right off the bottle is sour funk horse blanket, but once the intial nose is gone it is a very light sensation that's tough to pick up anything on. There is a light grape smell, light notes of flowers, hops.

The taste is amazing. It starts off light and sweet but then right away you get a stront tart bite and a hard sour finish.

Mouthfeel is surprinsgly strong with a great drinakability.

jrallen34, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of bmanning
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle batch 003
Opens with a loud pop and pours hazy light gold with minimal head but good lacing.
Aroma has lemon, pear, apples, sour cherries, light barnyard funk and a hint of earthiness.
Taste is very tart lemons and orange with a perfect balance between sweet, sour, and funk. It is so very complex and I wish I could pinpoint all the amazing flavors I'm tasting.
Mouthfeel is wonderful and like a fine Champagne with flavors bursting on every surface of the mouth.
Overall this is another homerun barrel aged beer by Russian River that gets better and better with age.

bmanning, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of DaveFL1976
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is why I have a chip on my shoulder about Russian River's Beers: They're so f'ing perfect!

I try to be a critic and find faults, but what faults are there here? It's a bit pricey? That's the only possibility I can think of. It's beautiful to look at. There's as much head stuck to the side of my Duvel tulip as there is beer left in the glass. It smells fantastic. Taste is heavenly. It's got all the funky smell of an Oud Beersel Gueuze with more kick in the palate. Mouthfeel could not be better. Holy crap, I'm going to give this a five across the board.

Rock on, guys. You know your stuff.

But you're making everyone else look bad by your awesomeness. Try not to become another New York Yankees, ya know?

DaveFL1976, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks goes to augustgarage for this one. I was on pins and needles waiting for the UPS man. Since then I've been eyeing this one in my fridge for a week. Part of me wanted to open it the second it arrived, the other part of me never wanted to open it. Gave in to temptation at the advice of my roommate. Thanks, buddy. Cork did NOT want to come out of this one.. took a good minute. No matter.

A- 750ml, poured carefully into wide snifter. I let the bottle breathe for 20 minutes or so, as my fridge is a tad cold. Pours a wonderful pale yellow, with a thin, thin head. Looks delightful, the coloration is superbly blonde. Beer looks pleasantly viscous, shape-shifting in the snifter.

S- Intense. Is this a wine? The chardonnay barrels come through in full force. Definite funk, a earthy woodiness, and more complex fruit than I can pick out in one sniff. Prob. one of the top 3 complex bouquets of any beer I've had.

T- For the power of the nose, this beer is remarkably subdued. Amazingly tasty, though. Tart, drying like a fine wine. A mind-bogglingly good combination of gentle sweetness, carbonation, and funk make for the holy trinity of beers. Seriously... I want a gallon of this stuff, ASAP.

I taste a tart apple, mild lemon, and a mead-like honey sweetness. There's a tonic water quality to this one, as well, which plays wonderfully off the fruit sweetness. Not to be outdone, the woody earthiness and the Brett finish leaving you scratching your head. So many flavors that just fit perfectly. I cannot fathom the trial and error that went into producing this beer, but it was so worth it. I had high hopes for this one... and they were smashed, shattered, and decimated.

Note- I thought this couldn't get any better. Second pour, I got all the yeast and whatnot. I was proven wrong... the funk is stronger, tastier, and fan-fuckin'-tastic.

M- Wonderful. Crisp, tart, sour, sweet, mildly acidic, and perfectly carbonated. This one dances across your tongue, begging for another sip. And another. And another. Before you know it, you're wondering where you can get some more. I'd drink this all day everyday if I was a millionaire. As it is, it was an amazing treat.

D- Through the roof. We'll see how I feel tomorrow (stories of gastro issues have made the rounds), but I would buy a boatload of this in an instant if I had the chance. A smile all the way down, one of the best... by far. I would give this perfect 5's... appearance just wasn't earth shattering. But where it counts? This beer excels. Trust me. The best-tasting beer I've ever had.

They often say don't believe the hype. I agree.... this one is far beyond words of praise.

A *BIG* thank you to augustgarage... You made my day, week, month, and year with this one.

ShogoKawada, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The taste has a nice complexity but does back off a bit versus the nose. Still a great flavor though. The malt comes out a bit more with a sweetness. But this is replaced quickly by a tart sourness that lingers into the finish. The wine and oak notes come out more versus the nose. The chardonnay notes are more distinct and has a light tannic feel on it. This helps bring out the oak notes though. The horsey, spicy notes back off but the brett is still notiTempting. Very tempting. Batch 2. Pours a very slight hazy, lemony yellow color with a golden hue throughout. A soft fizzy white head with limited retention and not much lacing. Some sticking to the glass, light viscous.

The nose is very complex. A nice sourness that comes out with a crazy array of fruit and barnyard notes. Some brett, horse blanket and a light butyric note that adds complexity. The fruit is subtle but apricot and peaches mixed with a light lemon peel aroma. Maybe a touch of acetobacter but I could be wrong. The wood character is light but as the beer warms it comes out more. A more oaky flavor with just a hint of vanilla. Some minor wine notes but limited. Some minor yeast notes, light acetaldehyde/green apples as it warms.ceable. The fruit notes come out as it warms and linger with a light sweetness on the back end. More of a lemon and apricot mix. But adds a nice complexity to the finish.

The body is light to moderate. The sour notes are nice and not over the top. Would have liked a bit drier, but just nit picking here. The carbonation is good and supports the beer. Overall a very enjoyable sour. Love the complexity of this one.

Oxymoron, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not a bad beer.

The appearance is golden. Golden nectar with a sexy head. The head has great sticky bubbles that leave a thick layer of lacing all down the sides of this glass. The color is so interesting because it has a sun gold color, but cannot be seen through. Just faint shadows can be seen meaning the haze is thick. Not very watered down either, a great body.

The smell is amazing. When I popped the bottle the cork flew across the room and bubbles came pouring out. Then, the whole room smelt like a sour champagne. Chardonnay can be smelt as well as oak. I have never really pinned down the distinctive smell of oak until right now. Amazing. Lemon grass as well.

The taste is mind boggling. This might be the gateway for me into sours. I have tried and liked Wild Ales and Sours before but this is on a league of its own. Tastes like a lemon champagne. Then mixed with a heavy blonde ale. The alcoholic taste that comes with a good white wine is present. Sour and a bit tart. The sourness is not overwhelming, it is just right. It is also not the first flavor, it hit me most towards the end.

The mouthfeel is great, just superb. So smooth and crisp. It just foams up in your mouth like champagne, perfect body as well. Not watery at all, just perfect. The lemon and citrus flavors just grab your taste buds. My mouth never stopped watering. Great oily finish, kills everything in your mouth. Nothing tastes the same afterwards.

The drinkability is sad. Why sad? It is sad because I only have one bottle of it and I am drinking it right now. I am going to trade for this. I need more. With some Wilds that I have had, they are great for a good long discussion with someone. You can sip on them and enjoy them over a period of time. This beer I cannot keep away from my mouth. Once I swallowed the first sip of Temptation I could not keep it away from my lips. Amazing. I was actually going into this beer thinking that it was just going to be mediocre. A blonde ale aged in oak? I hate blonde ales, and although Consecration was great, it was not like this. This is a whole new playing field.

Bravo.

J

EDIT: It is almost a week later and I have not stopped thinking about this beer. This is the first beer I am going to give a full 5 rating to. This beer to me is absolute perfection. There is nothing that I would change to it, there is nothing that is wrong with it. Everything about it makes me extremely happy. So I am changing the 4.5 in appearance to a 5. The solid golden color was amazing and the lacing around the glass was superb. Cannot get this beer out of my mind.

Jmoore50, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of NorCalYeti
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

taste- crisp, astringent, mouth-watering, sour, palete cleanser, oak, chardonnay

color- pale gold

clarity- clear with a slight bit of suspended sediment

smell- banana, spice, citrus, barnyard

body- light-medium weight mouthfeel, long sour finish, most of the weight is at the front of the palate

appearance- nice candy white thick head when first poured then less head retention with active carbonation and decent lace

overall impression- hold on tight, this beer makes you stand up and recognize. this beer crosses over into the sour ale realm, a real departure from what most beer drinkers are used to, very unique style done very well, rr continues to deliver the hits. alcohol is pretty well masked

bottle- 750mL

glassware- tulip

temp. served- 49.6 degrees

song- box of rain (2/21/73)

NorCalYeti, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Falling Rock.

Cloudy gold with solid white lacing.

Nose is delicate, light barnyard, lemon.

Perfectly sour and geuze-like. zesty lemon,light horseblanket, acidic citrus.

Light medium body with a dry, astringent finish.

This is a sessionable sour. I'm suprised how much of this they had.

brownbeer, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to drink a vertical of batch 1, 2 and 3. I found batch 2 to be the best of the three and this review is of that batch.

A-Clear, deep golden yellow with a thin bright white head that left spotty lace.

S-Batch 1 was intensely sour on the nose. The intesity of this sourness reduced as you moved to batch 2 and then 3. Batch 2 seemed to be the "just right" amount of sour/tartness. Nice, sharp and crisp bite with a touch of wood.

T-Quick, fleeting (but noticeable) buttery oak flavour from the Chardonnay barrels. After this quickly passes the sourness kicks in. Not over the top, especially in batch 2. Very nice with a sharp biting crispness.

M-Light bodied with a dry finish and a pleasant lingering sourness.

D-I think my tongue would shrivel if I drank too much of this impressive beverage---->but a glass or two, sure thing! A very tasty and well made brew.

Deuane, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a white birch glass.

The beer pours a hazy golden/burnt orange color with a very thick, frothy white head. As the head fades the lacing is foamy and sticky on the sides of the glass. The beer is highly carbonated, a little gushing after I popped it.

The smell is earthy, fresh cut hops and a light graham cracker malt. There is a lot of oak in the nose, as well as a slight alcohol presence. As the beer warms the smell gets noticeably sweeter and the graham cracker really comes to the forefront.

The taste is a lot like a mild geuze... Very sour up front, with lemony citrus, fresh cut grass and a lot of earthy smells. The earthy funkiness and barrel flavors play off each other very well and the finish is crisp and dry, very reminiscent of a chardonnay. The barrel flavors partner with the sour and citrus from the beer and match each other note for note.

The beer is carbonated perfectly for the style and the mouthfeel is crisp and dry, leaving me craving more after each sip. The alcohol is more present than I expected, leaving a nice warming in the stomach.

rpstevens, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Temptation pours a slightly hazed, golden color. It's topped by a bright white head that fades to a thin layer leaving thick, frothy lace. The aroma has all of the elements of a godd sour beer. There's a good amount of acidity, as well as bright citric notes. The characteristic "hop sack" aroma from the Brettanomyces used in fermentation is present, as well as an earthy, woody undertone.

Temptation is very gueuze-like. There's a coarse, grassy quality to the malts upfront, but these characters are quickly overshadowed by an escalating, citric and acidic sourness that's present through the finish. Earthy Brett flavors and a mild bitterness round things up in the finish. Temptation is crisply carbonated and light-bodied with an intense dryness in the finish.

Temptation is a very good beer. The sourness, Brett, and barrel-aging give it a distinclty Gueuze-like quality. It's mouth-puckeringly sour, and awesome.

EPICAC, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - murky wheat, near white thick head that stays for some time. Some sudsy lace.

S - Sour cherry, tart funk in the nose. Faint wood notes.

T - Wood more prevalent here. Wild sour liveliness with wood finish.

M - Medium bodied, lots of carb and the sour is balanced with the wood and malt.

D - Nice, but I wouldn't want more than a serving at one time.

srandycarter, Sep 26, 2009
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,848 ratings.