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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,828
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,547
Gots: 761 | FT: 44
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003)
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

aapp, Sep 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from bottle into my Hill Farmstead stemware. Bottled on 6/18/14.

Fills the glass with a bright and slightly hazy orange body and a beautiful creamy and dense white head. Opens right up on the nose with a heavy dose of lemony-citrus sour notes and fruity banana Chardonnay notes. As it warms, the oaky wood starts to come through as well. Just a hint of musty and funky yeast notes in the background.

First sip reveals a great sour and tart citrusy goodness. A nice farmhouse yeast character comes through with great earthy funk. Not quite as fruity as the aroma was, but the Chardonnay doesn't go unnoticed. Overall, a great blend of wood, yeast, and sourness, thats served well by the excellent blonde ale at its base.

Kinsman, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 375 ml bottle, bottled 5.18.14
Clear pale golden color, thin white foam, bubbles swim up like a fine champagne
Nose is funk, lemon, and chardonnay grapes
Taste is similar, some grape and golden raisin sweetness followed by a nice sour funky lemon finish
Overall a delicious, complex sour, with nice carbonation, very refreshing...

Ready4aHeady, Sep 07, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

Re-reviewing one of my favorite Russian River beers. This is my last remaining bottle of Temptation after Russian River pulled out of Washington in late 2012.

L: 4.25
A: 4.50
T: 4.75
M: 4.50
O: 4.50

375mL bottle (bottle 7/27/2012) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color w/ a short-lived 1-finger white head, bright lively carbonation.

Aroma is tart and funky; grassy, earthy, acidic.

Taste follows nose. Sour, clean. The chardonnay and oak come through along with golden raisins and white grapes.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp; it's light, playful, and utterly refreshing. Finishes clean and bone-dry.

Overall a crisp, bright, drinkable, well-made beer.

draheim, Sep 07, 2014
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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,828 ratings.