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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,553
Gots: 790 | 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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear gold in color with a wispy head that remains as some surface bubbles. No lace develops.

Smell: woodiness and some funk are surprisingly pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big flavors here as biscuit, brett funkiness, oak, green grapes, and tart green apples are up front. There is a lingering chardonnay flavor that arrives late. Mild bitterness and some soft lemon citrus rounds it out. Hints of alcohol provide some warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and very dry throughout. Long aftertaste as the funk and oak last a while.

Drinkability: this is a true slow sipping beer meant to be enjoyed over a long time period. It changes up as it warms, keeping it interesting.

Gavage, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of bobjonesSD
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the PB Taproom on a belgian sour night. It's a nice golden color with a very tiny head. It smells of green grapes and apples. Quite sour and tart but in a way that one can really get behind. The finish is a blend of sour and bitter notes from the yeast. Really very enjoyable and drinkable - ordered a second pint and would have had another except for the hefty $8/pint price tag. Glad to have gotten the opportunity to try this beer.

bobjonesSD, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of schinebd
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy light golden yellow/brown. The head is fluffy, white and moderately dense. While it does go down (slowly), a nice finger thickness retains. There is moderate lacing as well as pieces of the fluffy head are left clawing to the edge of the glass.

S - Tangy lemon zest combines with the smell of crushed white grapes, giving the beer a sweet/sour smell that I think will transition nicely into the flavor. This is undercut by some distinct fresh leather (hooray, brett.)

T - The tart lemony flavor really squeezes on the outsides of the tongue while fruit sweetness of grapes, pears, apples boil on the center and tip of the tongue. Underneath is some uncertain oak flavor, uncertain in that it is not the traditional oak wood flavor, and more wood a fence surrounding a farm that cows have been rubbing against kind of oak (again, hooray brett.) Some light bready malts serve as one of the few tame, traditional flavors, and serve as a subtle signal to remind you that this is, indeed, a beer.

M - The flavors coat the tongue quite well, covering every inch and straining every taste bud. Well carbonated to really make all of the flavors explode.

D - Flavorful, thirst quenching, light in the stomach and a moderate ABV. The perfect drinker.

schinebd, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A white head forms and leaves some lace.
S: Wonderful Brett aromas. Funky barnyard, hay, grass, and some yeast. Very tart and sour, though it is never overwhelming. Lots of fruity aromas as well. Awesome.
T: Funky barnyard, hay, grass Brett flavors that follow the nose. Fruity flavors and dry biscuit. Again, very complex and awesome.
M/D: A light to medium body that is crisp dry and very refreshing. Though not watery at all. I can drink this all day. So easy and smooth to drink. I can never get enough of this.

I have had the pleasure of trying this several times now. I just love it, and highly recommend.

champ103, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x5

A: Yellowish gold in color with lots of bubbles traveling up from the bottle of the glass. Not much head here but a fine layer sits on top providing almost leg like lacing.

S: The very fine smell of brett is present. There is a very nice essence of sweet and sour playing off of each other. Some oakiness and fruitiness also pervade.

T: This one hits all the taste buds on my tongue. The mix of sweet and sour is excellent and extremely enjoyable. Very much like a chardonnay with a very dry finish and and the taste of white grapes. There is also a bit of a peppery note as well.

M: Dry and tart. No booziness though.

D: Sometimes I find that sours are a bit difficult to drink more than a few ounces of but this one left me wanting more.

mikey711, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewdan for this one. Batch 3, 2009 vintage.

A: Slightly hazy yellow color with orange hues. A pretty big ivory-colored head leaves some lacings.

S: A nicely sharp smell full of character. Funky horse blanket and aged cheese. Lots of tart fruits (apples, pears, lemon) and general notes of berries. Notes of fermenting apples as well. Light hints of oak barrel and a nice touch of alcohol in the background. A very impressive smell.

T: The taste is semi-sweet at first, but then turns rather tart. The tartness isn't really mouth-wrecking, but feels genuine and robust. A wonderful combination of pleasant fruit aromas (green apples, gooseberries, lemon) and funky notes of barnyard and mud. A hint of wood. Nice bretty flavors. In the finish, there's a mild grassy bitterness, sweet and phenolic alcohol, a gentle leafy hop note and a dry tartness.

With the last poor (I let all the yeast go into the glass) the beer changes character a bit. The tartness is muted and notes of vanilla and nuts develop.

M: Light body with a refreshing cider-like carbonation.

D: A very good wild ale. This one could probably go head to head with some of the milder Belgian gueuzes. Very refreshing and enjoyable. Impressive.

ricke, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newest batch, had on-tap at the RR pub. I've had this in the bottle in the past, with a fresh batch, on-tap, my initial impression is that this is quite dry, quite hoppy for the style, and quite oaky. Pours a cloudy golden with a thin head but superb lacing. Smells sour and slightly grainy with some lactic notes, green apples, herbal hops, and oak notes. The taste is a perfect balance between the oak barrel notes, sour green apple flavors, and light herbal hops. Tart and punchy, a very nice beer this batch.

Georgiabeer, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Aenema
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a bright, slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head and nice rings of lacing.
Smell - Funk/hay and citrus/lemon.
Taste - Tart apple and citrus/lemon, puckering, very tasty and refreshing. Delicious sourness.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and fine bubbles. Crisp, dry finish.
Drinkability - Very easy drinking and quite refreshing.

Aenema, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River, then again many times out of the bottle. Always a treat to try this one.

A - Cloudy golden color with a nice white head that sticks to the glass.

S - Aroma is funky with light fruits, citrus, and white wine.

T - Dry white wine, pale malt, Bretty tartness, slight funk, oak, lemon, and white pepper. Complex and very good.

M - Fairly high carbonation, almost like a sparkling wine. Finishes really dry.

D - Great. This is pretty refreshing for a wild ale and the sourness is not overpowering (which Beatification is, IMO).

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
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4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Russian River. You never let me down.

After having the Consecration a few months back and being impressed beyond belief, I was anxious to try other "-tion" beers from RR. The Temptation was my first opportunity to do so and it did not let me down at all.

I will not bore you with descriptions of appearance and smell because that seems to be well covered here. What I will say is that this is a phenomenal and complex beer that is well worth forking out the $20+ dollars for. The flavors are complicated but balanced and overall this was an amazingly crisp and drinkable beer.

Definitely a sipper that you will want to savor. By the end of the bottle I found myself wondering where it all had gone and having to restrain myself from cracking open the bottle I am intent on cellaring.

IDS, Sep 09, 2009
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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my third experience with Temptation--my first came about a full month ago and that led me to instantly buy 2 more 750ml bottles. Temptation was my first sour and it was the third beer to really bow my mind in the past couple months (the other two being Founders Breakfast Stout and Weihenstephaner Hefe).
I went into my first experience with this beer with all kinds of mixed feelings and worries--I'd heard such mixed things about sours that I was truly worried.

Probably one of my favorite beers thus far. Don't expect anything but perfection here. And of course it delivers...
Appearance is a cloudy gold color with some beautiful carbonation and a pretty incredible pillowey pure-white head that laces and retains exceptionally well.

Smell is very intriguing- almost like a chardonnay with a nice hint of sourness. There's pear, oak, and a lot of grape (wine notes) on the nose as well.

The taste is beautiful. It's a heavenly experience. I fell in love with Russian River all over again the first time I had this beer. It's well balanced with some great sourness and acidity that don't need to mask the delicious yeasty and apple flavors. I bring up the apple because my good friend, not a beer advocate but someone open to trying new things anytime told me that it tasted like zours, his favorite candy, to him, and that it was subsequently his favorite beer of all time.

Temptation is a bit dry, wonderfully crisp, and an altogether delicious brew. I wish I didn't have friends to share it with because I want the whole bottle to myself but nonetheless I'm so glad to get to share this experience with others.

originalsin, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks go out to Mcdiddypop for sharing this one at our little throwdown on Friday.

A: Clear, straw yellow color. The pour produced a quarter of nice bubbly, white head, that retained well and left some great lace.

A: Smells of white grape, apple, and chardonay. I get get the woodiness from the oak, some slight citrusy action,and the sourness.

T: Very much like a wine here. The chardonay oak barrel aging really comes into play. The beer takes on all the qualities of the wine. The white grape, apple, and sourness are very pronounced. The beer finishes very dry and tart, just like a chardonay.

M: Hefty amounts of carbonation deliver the flavors well, and give it a tingle. Light body.

D and overall impression: I could drink a ton of this stuff. Manageable ABV, with the light body make this one dangerous. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. This was my first sour from RR, and I can't wait to try more. Skal.

Gtreid, Sep 06, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a 750 last night from the most recent batch, batch 4. Poured into a chalice at on the cooler side. Split with some other BAs, and was left wishing there was more at the end!

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with champagne-like carbonation and hazy nature that clears after some time to sit. Looks a whole lot like a deeper Chardonnay, which hey, this is aged in those barrels!

Smell: Oaky, white-grape, pear, and, of course, the Brett yeast. The Brett is much more restrained here than in Consecration, and as such it doesn't smell overly sour, but that sour funk is certainly there. I actually got a bit more Lacto than Brett, but that certainly could've been the more oaky grape. Slight apple-juice like aroma as well, but the oak and grape are the most prominent.

Taste: Another winner. Chardonnay-like initial acidity with a zing from the Brett that is slightly restrained. Followed by the main flavor-profile that was existant in the smell, and that is of the oak, grape, pear, and apple esters. The oak barrels here lead not to a something too heavy, but rather almost sprucy and more refreshing. Really, really well balanced as well, with the malt character being light and effervescent and the hops being mild as well, all matched perfectly with the yeast strains. Just very well done. It's so balanced and tasty that you almost forget to appreciate just how in proportion everything is. Really wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Very, very near a five, with an initial acidity and bitterness that leaves a long-lasting, powerful aftertaste of the actual flavor. Really, really nice dryness imparted by the champagne-style carbonation, and finishes much like a sparkling chard.

Drinkability: These 95+ degree days leave me craving IPAs and Sours, and this came through big time. Fantastic beer that deserves high praise, if for no other reason than its extraordinarily balanced body, taste, and aroma.

nomomentwasted, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of jminsc76
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Swung by Father's Office in Santa Monica to try this out on tap. Into a mini tulip glass, pours a decent head atop a yellow, chardonnay-like body. Quite vivid in color intensity; and though the head doesn't last long, it reemerges decently upon agitation.

Intense aromas of white grapes, sour flavors, and some earthiness. Very pleasant and enjoyably intense.

Sour flavors, with tinges of chardonnay, earth/dirt, and some of the tomato-like acidity I find in a lot of Brett-fermented beers that adds so much complexity. The overall taste, however, is light on the palate and very dry/crisp.

Mouthfeel includes the stickiness on the gums, which again, I have found in a lot of Brett-y brews, with a lighter body. I could throw back at least two to three (maybe four) of these per session.

Overall, this is another triumph from Russian River that virtually rivals their present masterpiece, Consecration.

jminsc76, Sep 01, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked bottle into a wine goblet. I can't wait!

Appearance: beautiful golden hue with a hint of opaqueness; lots of evident effervescence contributing to a thick, white, gorgeous head.

Smell: tart, fruity, bready; apples with notes of citrus. There's a very light aroma of something chalky which I quite like as well.

Taste: tart, chalky, yeasty/bready, very much in line with the aroma profile. Like a good cheese, this tastes like it's gone bad in the most delicious way. This would probably pair spectacularly with a nice roquefort or gorgonzola.

Mouthfeel: body is not particularly thick, and there is a huge well-integrated carbonation from bottle conditioning. I'm always a fan of a creamy texture in a higher-alcohol ale, and this sure has it.

Drinkability: definitely a sipper, with its over-the-top tartness, but this beer is interesting enough to keep me sipping until I finish the bottle.

flagmantho, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
2.05/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Russian River's Temptation Blonde Ale pours off-yellow in a goblet or Chardonnay glass. There is a "whack in the head" lack of subtlety in the oak Chardonnay notes throughout the beer - sour apples, lots of oak, yeasty but not overwhelming. Well made, but beware of oak.

Personally: For my taste buds Russian River's Blonde Ale in oak barrels doesn't work...maybe my taste buds will grow to like it....

WCBCFrank, Aug 31, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden straw, active, frothy head.

S- Complex whiffs of pear, sour apple, oak, white wine

T- Complex, again. Pear, sour apple, oak, white wine, slight hints of orange and coriander. Slighty breadyness from the yeast and malt. Great balance of sweet and sour. Not too "funky" from the brett.

M- Champagne... crisp, clean, dry

D- Pretty mellow flavors, nothing overpowers or dominated. Great balance of all the ingrediants. Still prefer its cousin Concecration for that little bit of added red wine umph.

rfgetz, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a tulip/ Batch 004x2

Well, before I could even finish unscrewing the cage, the cork blasted off into orbit and flew all the way across the room, taking the cage with it! Damn, now that's some carbonation for ya :)

P: Slightly cloudy yellowish-gold with a huge, healthy head of pearly white foam. The crown is pretty thick and frothy, and features beautiful streams of bubbles rushing from the bottom to reinforce it. Showed excellent retention as it slowly deflated to form a thick cap on top, while leaving my glass caked with lace in the meantime. This looks great!

A: Mmm....very fruity! Ripened pears and green apples hit the strongest, but I'd swear there's a faint hint of bruised banana buried under the toasted malts as well. The brett funk stays pretty tame in the nose, while a wee bit of oak peaks through if you really dig in there. Not an in-your-face type of aroma, but one that offers a promise of subtle complexity in the flavor.

T: Mouth-puckeringly sour blasts of lemon zest and vinegar right from the jump. Buttery pears and green apples team up with white grapes and some tropical notes of peaches/apricots for a fruity concoction that plays nicely off of the barnyard funk. Speaking of the funk, it seems to share the foreground with the rest of the profile instead of crushing it, which is always appreciated. Toasted malts seem to flash more in the middle, then go quietly back to the supporting role, while the oak layered underneath lends a subtle hand in deepening the flavor even more. The back half of the mouthful gives way to a buttery chardonnay characteristic, which leads into a really enjoyably acidic, dry finish that lasts quite a while. All of this is swimming around in a pool of spices, with white pepper being the most evident. It seems like layer after layer of complexity become unraveled with each and every sip. Damn impressive!

M: Temptation is medium-bodied, with a rich, semi-sticky, mouth-coating quality that just blankets every square inch of the mouth with its delicious flavors. But, it doesn't quite blossom in the mouth like some belgians do, and I've gotta dock it for over-carbonation, too. The huge prickly bite is overdone and almost masks some of the more subtle nuances of the beer. Only 1/2 point worth of a complaint, though.

Notes: Don't get me wrong, I love the hell out of some sours when they're done right. But, I'm not completely fanatical about them in the way some others seem to be. However, I make it a point to drink each and every sour offering that Vinnie Cilurzo puts out, mainly because I know it will be fantastic. So, I'm happy to admit that I gave in to Temptation, and am extremely glad that I did! Fruity, funky, sour, tart, subtly complex, and downright delicious. I like Consecration a bit more, but Temptation is one hell of a brew! Highly recommended

sweetbrew82, Aug 31, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a very wide challis. Bottles were shipped last week, from Russian River.

A - Pours a very pretty frothy/fluffy white head made of tiny bubbles. Streams of carbonation race towards the surface keeping the head covering the surface of the beer. The liquid has an oh-so-slight haze to it, but I can still see through. It's a perfect straw yellow in color and glows in the summer sun. Good lacing.

S - There is a predominate green apple smell to it, with a slight tart acidy finish to it. Chardonnay sweetness comes through and a hint of warm hay follows. Very pleasant.

T - Wonderful cereal wine. There are many different notes of tart and tang up front that clear the palette to . Then a very large sour granny smith apple hits with an acidic and dry finish. There is just a touch of sweetness that remains behind on the lips. Further into the bottle and a bit warmer some yeasty and straw notes come into play also.

M - The Mouthfeel is incredibly light. High carbonation and a very dry finish.

D - This is now my most favored sour beer that I have ever tasted. Each sip takes me further into the complexities of this beer and makes this warm summer afternoon more enjoyable. Its getting a 5 on the drinkability because it keeps getting better. Simply amazing.

DwnTwnBwn, Aug 29, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Russian River Stemmed Glass in celebration of completing my first week of my second year of law school (good excuse to try this!)

Appearance - When pouring this a brilliant golden/amber color emerges leaving a nice frothy finger of head which actually dissipates relatively fast. Additionally, there is minimal lacing. However, swirl the glass around a bit and I am able to obtain the initial head.

Smell - Overwhelming smell of tart fruits, the most apparent to me being green/sour apple with a hint of white grapes. I smell a hint of champagne emerge at the end.

Taste - Very pleasant. As soon as it touches my tongue I immediately taste the tart and tangy characteristic to this beer. I taste the sour apples, white grapes, some lemon/lime sourness, and some white wine/champagne like qualities. Honestly, this is pretty complex in tastes - I'm new to this whole style (overall) and it is already drawing me in.

Mouthfeel - Moderate/high carbonation that is reminiscent of champagne, with a moderate mouthfeel. Very crisp and refreshing after a 12 hour day of studying.

Drinkability - The more I drink this the more it keeps growing on me and after the initial taste I already loved it. This is highly drinkable and am going to run out and get another one or two tomorrow to cellar for a while. I previously tried an American Wild Ale which I loathed (extremely vinegary) and was afraid to open this up because of how expensive it was and for the fear I would not like it (though I would have forced myself to drink it). I was pleasantly surprised and am going to go get some of the cheeses and crackers out of my fridge right after I post this to pair it up with them and see what goes well with it. A very drinkable drink!

SpdKilz, Aug 29, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003, 350 ml

A: Huge pop of the cork. Pours a dark yellow to light copper. Head is bright white with small tight bubbles. Lacing webs the side of the glass on the initial pour.

S: Apple, cherry, light funk and huge sour nose. Nothing disappointing on this glass.

M/T: Puckering sour on the first taste, followed by a huge rush of cherry, lemon and apple on the second wave. Finishes very dry and refreshing. A punch to the mouth with flavor.

D: This is my favorite beer of the year. I could drink this every night. There is nothing that is obnoxious about this beer. Big nose, huge taste and dry finishing. The lemon could make you reflux after a while, but other than that, flawless.

DrewOSU, Aug 29, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 2009 bottle received in a recent trade.

Appearance: Gorgeous frosted lemon body with a luciously frothy 2 finger white crown. Tons of retention and lacing. Seriously sexy!

Smell: Extremely nice mixture of tart lemon notes, pronounced brett, white wine / green grapes, and a hint of oak. I'm even getting a slightly smokey charred note from the barrel.

Taste: This ones opens with a nice tartness and continues on to show its grape / wine barrel quality, then finishes with a beautifully dry lemon drop tartness. This is so nice and sour with brett woven seemlessly in between the sour notes! This is seriously well crafted and I'm in awe of the brewmasters talent. Puts fresh Cuvee De Castleton to shame!

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well carbonated but lacks a nice crispness or a nice softness!

Drinkability: Oh this one is acidic enough to limit my intake but its delicious every sip of the way.

Russian River is by far my favorite Brewery!

2/25/10 Batch 04x04 2009 750ml bottle aged for 6 months:

The flavor has lost a bit of its pungent citric goodness and the grapes are showing even more now.

koopa, Aug 29, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Frontier Saloon (!) in Folsom. Surprised to see it there but very happy nonetheless!

Appearance- Pours a nice light golden color with a fair amount of carbonation and about a finger of very white head. Head fizzes for a bit and then dies down to a ring, with very little lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Mmm, very tart, vinous, and lactic. Lots of green apple and citrus backed up with a bit of grain and funk. Very much what I like in the nose of a wild ale or gueuze like this. Anticipating a biting tartness.

Taste- Very tart up front but not quite as much so as I was expecting. Rather than the tartness of granny smith apples, it is much more along the lines of a green grape tartness. Funk is present, but also more subdued than I was expecting. A touch of grain again as well behind the tart flavors. Much more subtle than I was expecting and less of a kick in the mouth but perhaps even better as a result.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Both of these are great on this better. Just the right level of carbonation and not overly thin despite the style. The tartness isn't mouth destroying either and really keeps you coming back for more. Excellent.

Overall, great offering from Russian River as usual. Had this one fresh and have another for aging. Look forward to seeing what happens to this one in the future. Highly recommended.

boatshoes, Aug 26, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door

A-Pours a clear gold, with a very small white head and no lacing.

S-Moderately funky with some barnyard and vinegar; maybe a bit of a peppery hop also.

T-A rather subdued barnyard funk with some light phenolics. Just a bit sour, I will hope for more over time.

M-Light bodied, crisp and fairly dry.

D-As the sourness is not fully developed (or maybe this batch is designed to be less sour), it is quite easy drinking, even sessionable, for the style.


sholland119, Aug 25, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 004 on tap yesterday at Teresa's Next Door. I loved all the previous batches, and was looking forward to revisiting this batch as my previous experience with it was a little disappointing, which I'd attributed to my inebriation

A: Clear straw yellow with no head. Some carbonation is visible

S: Bretty, musty, barnyardy and woody. Vinous and grape character is present. The balance is excellent. As it warms up, a buttery Chardonnay character comes through

T: Opens sour with a clean lactic character before a vinous, grape-like character kicks in with a mild vanilla/oak character. Finishes tart and grapey. Good stuff

M: Light, crisp and refreshing. Excellent finihs

D: While not as enjoyable as previous batches, I enjoyed this and look forward to revisiting it with some time on it.

**Edit 22 March 2013**
My last bottle of batch 004. Le Sigh.

The brightness, the zest, and the vivaciousness are gone, but this beer is still a work of art. Beautiful chardonnay character with a perfect blend of soft, grass/hay Brett notes, though the wine is a little more dominant now. Verjus and mild spice. The palate is similar, though the finish is just a little thin, a touch watery. Beautiful lactic palate, well balanced with wine and Brett notes. This just might have been the best batch of Temptation ever. 4.5/4.5/4.5

DefenCorps, Aug 24, 2009
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
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