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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,519
Gots: 714 | FT: 39
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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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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For review #200 and my 26th birthday, I've decided to pull out something I couldn't imagine letting go. Here's to celebrating with something good.

Batch 002

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin chalice a clear, golden yellow. The 2-finger, tightly bubbled, white head on tap is rock solid and is constantly being replenished. It holds firm as a thick, solid cap and leaves sheets of lace behind.

SMELL: The unmistakable aroma of Brettanomyces fills my nose. It accompanies a light, dry golden Belgian ale ripe with the smells of light citrus and a bit of apricot and peach.

TASTE: The first sip is initially quite tart, but not so much to make your mouth pucker. It soon gives way to the most luxurious sweetness containing the fruity flavors found in the nose. The bottom drops out of it on the finish, leaving a fleeting reminder of the beer you just tasted with a subtle tartness, and begs you to take another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Quite dry with a piquant, effervescent carbonation. Very nice.

DRINKABILITY: Well, the only reason this would take a long time to drink is because I hate to see it go. I think it goes without saying that I wish I had another one of these.

Just wow. Vinny is a wizard of brewing magic. Now I just need to find more of this somehow.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 19:23:43 | More by jmalex
Photo of MiguelMandingo


4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Thanks Joey!

Batch 003

Poured a 375ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - It pours a hazy yellow peach color. It produces a solid one finger head that slowly dissipated, but never fully goes away - it lasted throughout the entire drinking experience. The head's texture is very fine, billowy. It leaves behind amazing lacing the further along I drink. Carbonation streams rise from hundreds of points along the perimeter of the glass. This is a perfect looking beer.

Smell - I love the way sour beers smell. This one screams tart. The Brett makes its presence known straight off the bat. It has a slightly sweet component, which when tied to the tartness reminds me of SweeTarts. I get notes of lemon, green apple, a hint of orange, Chardonnay, and a woody note from the oak. I wish that the scent was as powerful as the flavor.

Taste - Wow. I love the punch a good sour has. I immediately detect the wild yeast, as well as citrus. I taste tart lemon, white grape juice, woody oak, nectarine or tangerine and Chardonnay. It becomes more dry and sour towards the finish. It very complex, and has huge depth of flavor. This is just what I want from a sour brew.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation level is perfect for a beer this style. It has a high level of carbonation, but cuts through the tartness without detracting from the drinking experience. It is slightly astringent, but that should be expected from a beer of this style. Overall it has a creamy texture, and it is incredibly smooth going down.

Drinkability - Amazing. What a well crafted beer - a feat of brewing prowess. This is amazing drinkable, I find myself drinking it way too fast. None of the flavors are in competition with each other. I enjoyed this one better than I enjoyed Batch 002. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 22:25:11 | More by MiguelMandingo
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4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 002, courtesy of UncleJedi as part of BIF Race 2008.

Wow, this one was a gusher. I opened it, and all seemed well, and then it was like a volcano erupting on my desk. I did my best to contain it as well as possible, but there was some loss sadly. This pours a hazy light orange color with a finger of sticky foam on top.

Aroma is sour and tart, with hints of cherry, oak, vinegar, and a bit of wine. Flavor is rich and fantastic. I don't even know that I can describe it. It's sweet, tart, nicely sour, and delicious. Hints of oak and wine abound, with some nice cherry and fruit flavors as well. Alcohol is completely hidden. Amazingly well brewed. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a crisp dry finish that has some staying power.

This is an outstanding brew from Russian River. This beer deserves the hype it gets as it is utterly outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 22:59:16 | More by YonderWanderer
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4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 003 375 ml bottle purchased from the brewery (with a little help) in April 2008.

Pours a hazy honey yellow with a nice foamy white head that remained for a long time and laced nicely. This is one outstanding looking beer.

I smell sour oak barrels up front with a slight citrus background.

Taste was tart upfront with almost a unripe fruit (cherries or granny smith apple) flavor. mid palate the oak flavor came into play pretty strongly. At about that same time there was a white grapeskin flavor, perhaps the some of the residual charodonney from the oak barrels presenting itself. The finish is almost a sour candy flavor in that it is sweetish but at the same time quite tart.

This one is not sour as much as tart, so it is very drinkable right now. Not sure how much more tartness will develop with the brett over the coming months, but i have a couple more hanging out in the DBF and intend to find out.

It was well carbonated and very light feeling in the mouth. It finished quite dry on the palate making me want to keep going back for more.

I had no problems finishing the entire 375 ml bottle by myself. I did not even realize this beer was 7.25% until i was done and started to feel it a little. It was a very tasty sour beer, one i cant wait to enjoy again soon!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 19:22:55 | More by tayner
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4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a great trade with urwatuh8. Thanks!

375ml bottle, states "Batch 003" but no other dating.

Appearance: pours a hazy bright golden orange. Light white head, moderately dense, dissipates rapidly, leaves lots of small lacing dots.

Aroma: sour and tangy, hints of citrus fruits, mostly lemon and maybe tart oranges.

Taste: sour sour sour! Lemon, very light hints of tangerine maybe. But the sourness is definitely the player here. The Brett comes through, though if I get another bottle at at some point, I'd like to see what it would be like in a year or two.

Mouth: Light and tingly, the Brett and sourness makes it slightly sharp. Limited to no alcohol warmth evident. Dry.

Overall: Very tasty, very drinkable beer, especially for the style, though I have to agree with others that it's a little one-dimensional. I'd buy it, but I'm not sure I'd pay the $13 it commands.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 00:57:47 | More by warmstorage
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3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle, Batch 003

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a voluminous white head, with thick, sticky laicng and good retention.

S: Earthy brett jumps out at first, then lemongrass, honeysuckle flowers, and light sugar.

T: Big flavours of sour lemon juice hit first, white grape juice in there as well, but it is much more secondary. The dry brett comes in in the aftertaste giving a raw funk, but it has a certain lightness about it. The acidity is there all the time, but I feel it can take over the flavour profile at times and be too harsh.

M: Quite tart, and bone dry, and has a lingering acidity on the palate. Fairly light-bodied, and has a creaminess in all of the carbonation.

D: In the end a tasty wild ale, but not up there with Supplication, which I think is one of the best beers I've ever had, moderately complex, I'll buy it again next year and delve through it some more.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 04:03:45 | More by Halcyondays
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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3

Poured into a wine glass, golden color, slightly cloudy with a creamy white head that could pass for whipped egg whites. Aroma of oak, grapes, apples and brett funkiness. Flavors include tart green apples, chardonnay, malt and oak--very well balanced. This blend of flavors combined with a refreshingly smooth, beery mouthfeel makes for a unique and very pleasant imbibing experience. That's fancy talk for "this stuff is damn good."

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 16:10:11 | More by Rzzzzz
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice tangerine color with a huge, frothy white head that reminds me of orval.

S- Smell is definitely has some sourness and barnyard funk but also carries with it some sweet fruits.

T-Taste is sweet and fruity at the beginning followed by deep oaky chardonnay flavor which then rolls into an intense sourness.

M- Very crisp and dry with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Great one to just sit and sip on. Doesn't get old very fast. Flavor is not as complex as some of the other Russian river beers I have had (Deviation especially) but I like how you don't have to think about it. It just seems pretty straightforward.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 02:12:24 | More by Lothore
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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003 poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- This beer pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a massive white head that takes a long time to settle, leaving sheets of web-like lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of funky sourness along with strong aromas of white wine and oak. There are grassy and floral notes in there too.

T- Very sour at first, with flavors of white grapes and lemon. The finish leaves a nice oak flavor on the palate. This beer leaves you wanting more after every sip.

M- A medium-bodied feel with lively carbonation, but the carbonation is light enough to give this a very smooth feeling in the mouth.

D- This is a pure joy to drink. The sourness is intense, but it's balanced out extremely well by the subtle oak flavors. The alcohol is masked very well too.

One of the best sour beers I've had. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 22:16:56 | More by Tdizzle
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4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very excited to try one of these Russian River barrel aged releases.

Pours a semi hazy golden cololr. Surprisingly robust white foam head that lingered for a good five or ten minutes. Like all RR brews, fantastic mouthfeel. Bubbling champagne-esque carbonation that really enhances and lightens the flavor.

The smell is biting and promises a delicious funkiness. Vinegar tones, a citrus zest you can almost taste through your nose, and a hint of yeast.

The taste is explosive. Sour funk, tart unripe applr and fruit, vinegar, and that difficult to explain zesty lemon

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 07:44:15 | More by Overlord
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3.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rerate -
Gigantic 3 Liter bottle shared at tasting. Huge thanks for the chance to enjoy such a fantastic beer and so much of it! Pours a nice glowing orange color with a lasting foamy and bubly white head. Smell is slightly oak, some bret, and fresh dry citrus rind. Taste was mild, a slightly citrusy quality and very oaky with some mild sourness. Quick finish, and incredibly drinkable, I thought. Thanks again!!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:39:03 | More by JDV
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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with a fizzy white head. Tart fruity aroma with bready yeast. Bright, tart fruit flavors. Vinous with very complex, musty yeast dimension. Lively on the tongue, with deep complexity yet light and bouncy mouthfeel. A champagne-like nutty creaminess mid-palate turns to a crisp and zippy finish, leaving green fruit and soft bitterness in the aftertaste. With warmth it becomes slightly less lively and a bit creamier, and the bready/nutty complexity increases. Overall very interesting and very well done, with all the right subtleties and absolutely no unwanted flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 05:33:27 | More by bcm119
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4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JeffKenner for the chance to try this.

A- Poured into a snifter from a 375ml corked and caged bottle noting it is from Batch #002. Pours a bright orange-yellow with a nice white pillowy head. Carbonation bubbles are rising up the beer as it sits. Beautiful beer.

S- This has a nice sour nose but not pungently sour. Some definite funk but not barnyardy. Citrus notes like lemon and orange with a slight grapey nose.

T- I got a hit of the chard grape in the beginning followed by some sour pedio and lacto notes. The finish get a drier and a bit more sour. You get the chard barrel leftovers in this beer very nicely. It isn't overpowering but just right. I get some Brett funk throughout this beer but at no point does it overwhelm the more subtle flavors. This is a great beer. I would like to try this without the wine notes too.

M- This is a really nice beer in the mouth. The carbonation makes it seem almost creamy when you are drinking it. I can see why they had to recork the bottles b/c this is about max carbonation I would want in a beer. It fits the style perfectly though.

D- This is another stellar offering from Russian River. I cannot wait to try more of their beers in the coming years. I could drink this beer all night.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:24:16 | More by Mudpuppet
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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle (marked batch #2) into the appropriate Russian River barrel aged beer glass.

A: Pours an orangish color with a big fluffy white head. There was a little bit of foaming when the cork was popped but nothing too bad. I did open it very cold as per the instructions on Russian River's site. Excellent lacing as well.

S: Quite a bit of funk in the nose as well as some light fruit.

T: As it usually goes with their brews, this one is entirely one of a kind. Quite complex and very unusual. Quite a bit of fruit: pears, apples, and white grapes. The finish is very tart and dry.

M: Medium bodied with very fine carbonation.

D: Probably my favorite and the most drinkable of Russian River's wild ales. Definitely worth trying for the unique example of what can be done in the wonderful world of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 00:30:41 | More by willjschmidt
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002
Pours a light golden in color. Has a nice thin head sitting atop.
Taste is almost the perfect combination of sourness and carbonation. This is really enjoyable. There is a definite impact from being aged in wine barrels. There are subtle hints of oak and wine. Nice and medium creamy on the mouthfeel. The Bret is perfectly done here. This is my first Russian River beer, and I'm quite impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:13:09 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at O'Brien's for $20. The bottle list said this was a 2006 vintage and the bottle stated this was Batch 002.

The beer couldn't wait to get into the Chimay chalice as the foam started gushing out of the bottle. Pours a pineapple juice/apricot color. Surprisingly there is very little foam once it was poured into the glass.

Aroma of pineapple, apple skins, peach, nectarine, strawberry, oak, and pale malt. Funkiness surrounds the entire aroma as well as a leathery combination. A little earthy as well.

The fruits are a little more subtle in the taste than in the aroma, at least at first. First sip revealed sourness upfront with some fruits--apple, peach, nectarine--in the finish. Slightly salty on the tongue. Mostly tart, maybe a little sour, but not lip-puckering sour. Tart cherries and a little vinous. Very good.

Well carbonated and somewhat thin on the finish, but I would call that refreshing. After-taste of apple and grape skins with some funk. Alcohol is very well hidden.

I was surprised to see this one listed and even at $20 it didn't take me long to decide to buy it. The only other wild ale I've had from Russian River is the Toronado 20th on tap and I really wanted to try their other bottled beers. I probably wouldn't buy this one again at this price but I'm really glad I tried it. If I could find this one at a more reasonable price I'd definitely take it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 04:10:29 | More by seaoflament
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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle purchased at Walnut Liquorette four months ago for eleven dollars, one of the two bottles they had left in the back

Poured into my Westvleteren chalice last night, sipped on it for about an hour

A-Pale murky yellow color, not much of a head considering the bottle fizzed everywhere when it was opened, very little retention, not much lacing either

S-Lots of brettanomyces, funkiness, faint amount of sour cherries, oak chips, chardonnay, sour apple, and vinegar

T-Lots of funky sourness, big tart right from the beginning, followed by some oak and a dry finish from the Chardonnay, hints of cherries but near as many as Supplication, yeast gave an interesting tarty taste as well, lots of things floating in the bottom of the glass towards the end, easier to drink as it warmed because it became more sweet and less sour, strong sparkling wine feel

M-Dry and sour mouthfeel, pretty thin body, long lasting taste, felt more like a wine of the palate, maybe too much carbonation

D-Could probably drink another bottle, smooth but leaves a dryness, somewhat heavy on the stomach from the overwhelming sweetness, ABV is pretty high for a wild ale as well

Not as great as I expected but still pretty damn good, never had a wild ale that tasted remotely close to this one, could probably use even more age than it had already, recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 18:30:37 | More by Floydster
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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. 375ml bottle. Pours into my tulip glass a deep golden yellow with nice clarity, fine active carbonation and a creamy white head. Aromas flow out of the glass with sun drenched grains and a fruity profile (green apple). The oak is there with a vinous aroma as well. Brett moves in with a noticeable sourness and an underlying funky, hay/barnyard aroma. Draws me in with its wonderful array of scents.

First sip brings a light sun dried malt with fruity flavors of lemon, citrus and grapes. Oak and woody tannin tones are met by a sourness that flows in. Hay, must and barnyard flavors mix in on the way down. Acidity is there but is well managed and never becomes too much. The Brettanomyces works in so well. Finishes a bit dry. Just an amazing beer.

Mouthfeel is medium to light and arid with mellow carbonation that rolls across the tongue perfectly. Incredibly refreshing and easy to drink. Just an amazing brew overall. I could easily sit down and enjoy a couple of bottles of this to myself and be in heaven. Yet another winner from Russian River, I only wish this wasn't my only bottle. Temptation is worth seeking out and enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 00:50:10 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale apricot/straw shade with a billowy off-white head of tiny white bubbles, indicating yet another RR wild ale with impeccable carbonation. Several columns of bubbles stream upwards. The head leaves huge chunks of lacing on the glass.

Nose is full of a nice brett funkiness. In the background there are notes of fruity sweetness, champagne tartness, lemon, and a hint of the sour cherry found in Supplication.

Taste is very tart, almost sour. Unripe apple, lemon, lime, and white wine all make an appearance. Mouth puckering and exquisite.

Just as I thought, the carbonation is beautiful. Russian River is easily king of the Belgian style mouthfeel. Smooth, drying, tart finish.

If you can handle sour, this beer is very drinkable. I'm glad I have another in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 05:26:48 | More by illidurit
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling golden color with a small amount of rocky head that fades away leaving a sparkling wine type beverage in my fingertips. Smell is all tart with cherry, apple, and wine type aromas. Taste is heavy on the sweetness with some sour notes toward the finish. Mouthfeeling is very dry reminding me more of a fine wine, and less of a beer. I've had some tart beers that are too overpowering this was not one of them. A very nice crisp, refreshing drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 18:40:11 | More by genog
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky blonde color with little head and little retention. Still very appealing.

Smell of Cherries and brettanomyces funkiness. Some oak notes as well

Taste: Cherry sweetness balanced by a white wine type flavor. A little funky sourness from the brettanomyces. Some dry bitterness come in the end to finish with some oak characteristics.

Dryness on the palate. Almost wine like in mouthfeelfeel.

One hell of an experimental brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 06:06:36 | More by jasonjlewis
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark murky blonde with a white head that retains nicely. The tartness comes out in the nose along with light fruit and oak. Tartness is hits you, a beautiful sour, I can actually make out a little chardonnay. Magnificant mouthfeel with a perfect tickle of carbonation. Extremely drinkable and a delightful treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 03:58:21 | More by franksnbeans
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4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

This little gem cost me a bottle of Dark Lord 2007. Big ups to tangfoot on the trade (yes, it was quite a while ago). The appearance is a cloudy, bright yellow with a nice amount of carbonation, decent white head, and some yeast floating around. Sour grapes and lemon dominate the nose - overall, a very different smelling beer, intriguing to say the least. All kinds of complexity in the taste - white grapes, lemon, orange, and some hints of vanilla sweetness in the end. Totally awesome. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style - rich, creamy, and well carbonated. For as sour as this is, this is one incredibly easy to drink beer. Very tasty. I really wish this stuff was readily available in Michigan. Oh well, may have to start trading again! Highest recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 01:13:59 | More by montageman
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4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001 corked and caged 375 ml very cool bottle thanks to todd1.

Slight haze suspended in a golden body with blonder, yellower edges. Solid finger of dense, pillowy, glass-crawling, soft white head with good retention. Vibrant complex nose of honeysuckle, lemon juice, chardonnay, wet oak, sweet-tart fruits, pears, sharp sour funk, and old hay. Wonderful; I could smell this all day!

Metallic, dry, cobwebby, acidic taste up front. Tart fruits and fruit skins follow with a citrus bitter sour edge. Pear and grape sweetness round out the palate. There's a pronounced funk throughout that goes very well. Oaky, vinous finish with some leftover fruits. Mostly dry. Medium body feels bigger due to lively carbonation and a very long aftertaste.

Wow. A fantastic beer that is well worth the price/trading/traveling. I would love to have easy access to this gem!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 01:29:52 | More by alexgash
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4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002. This is about a year since bottling, which I guess makes it about 2 years since it found it's way into the barrel for the first time. Foamed up just a bit after uncorking, as expected based on their website bottle log. Pours a pretty clear golden, but gets a bit hazy with the addition of some of the fine yeast particles. The bright white head foamy head didn't have much retention in my glass. The smell at first, when very cold is lots of wine-y chardonnay. As it warms up and if you release the aroma by swirling you can get an ever so slight barnyard funkiness to it. The taste is the classic brett sourness with a (for lack of better term because I know next to nothing about wine) a white wine type taste (I've had chardonnay before so I can see how it is similar). The barrel aging in chardonnay barrels really added a great quality to compliment the sourness of the brett.

The mouthfeel is great in this beer. Very light and plenty carbonated as it should be. Spritzy if you will. The drinkability is very good. The sourness doesn't limit it too much as I would say it does in the very good but very acidic Supplication that burns my throat. Once again a great sour beer by Russian River... they can't go wrong, even if they tried.

Batch 003.

Crystal clear gold, bubbly, lacy wispy foamy bright white head. Smell is tart and slightly fruity, faint strawberry. There is a mildly musty smell, like that you get from a blue cheese, which actually becomes quite prominent as the beer opens up. The taste starts out like the chardonnay barrels it was aged in, with a moderate tartness, and finishes very clean without puckering. A belgian yeast fruitiness is left in the aftertaste. The woody character seems pretty low.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 01:08:34 | More by MiScusi
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.