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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2451
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%


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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davey101

Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml C + C bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 07/27/12 so nearly six months old at this point. Thanks Wes!

A - Pours an initially clear golden amber body. The second pour is obviously quite hazy with some sediment. Massive fluffy bone white head fills the rest of the glass but dies down quickly leaving behind a gorgeous one finger cap. Sticky and soapy lacing with long retention coats the glass after every sip.

S - Starts off with huge notes of brettanomyces. Barnyard musk, hay, and oak. Layers of fruit; mainly lemons, overripe pears and grape skins. The finish is powdery and dry with a touch of blue cheese. The white wine barrel adds such a great fruit character. Just phenomenal.

T - Crisp and lively. Sour lemons, ripe pear juice, and tart green grapes. Oak and a musk take over on the finish. Lactic and very tart. Finishes nearly dry. Not over the top sour.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Drinks very easily.

O - Very nice AWA. The aroma is just perfect. Definitely draws some parallels with brett heavy Belgian Pales and the Chardonnay barrel adds a subtle but well implemented angle.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:06:48 | More by davey101
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 072712. Big thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed light gold/straw. Lively carbonation. Head is bubbly, bright-white, and drops to a small cap and chunky, bubbly collar. Some nice lacing as the beer dwindles. Head retention stays small, but constant.

Smell: Fruity and funky. Apple and some pear. Nice solid hit of oak. Backing citric tartness. Pushes toward lemon at times. Slight powdery Brett in the back. White wine and grape skin. A touch of earth. Touches of grass/hay and alcohol. Some lactic sourness as well.

Taste: Yeasty funk. Lactic and citric sour jockey for position. Fruity and floral. Apple core and grape skin. Pushes big notes of chardonnay and oak through the back and finish. Earthy Brett. Some hay and grass. Some pale bready malts give it a little backbone. Peach. Fruity up front, earthy and grassy through the middle. Finishes with a lingering lactic bite. Maybe even some lime thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium and dryish. Crisp with a smoothness that defies the carbonation.

Overall: A chronic case of the "tions." Bother master and erect.

Another Russian River "sour" that does it right. Massively fruity and bit more delicate than some of the others. Refreshing. Some age will probably turn this in to a distilled version of liquid gold.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 23:16:54 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Kriek Bel-Vue tulip. Thanks Prospero!

Appearance- Poured golden clear until the yeast made its way into the glass and then a lovely hazy golden color presided. One finger white foamy head that lasted a short while leaving beautiful lacing.

Smell- Buttery, oaky flavors- oak aged (chardoney). Subdued vinegar with tart grape. Sweet vanilla.

Taste- Earthy. oakiness mixed with soft vanilla and mild white grape flavors. Not as tart as other Russian River sours, but well balanced through the mild sweetness. Musty flavors finish the taste.

Mouthfeel- Lots of little bubbles bursting all around my mouth. Carbonated and smooth.

Overall- This is another great beer from Russian River. If you want a sour that won't make you whole face change, then this is it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:37:36 | More by Seanniek91
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with a quarter inch of white head. Lazy lacing.

The nose is pungent and has an inviting tart scent. Peach and apricot juices. No booze, just sour lovin'.

Flavors are very tart and have some lip smackingly good flavors. Peaches, apricots, and sour apples. Vineger and oak. Everything just blends so nicely and balance is achieved.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart with high carbontion. Still smooth.

Overall, never a dull moment with RR's sours. Pleasently blown away and would drink thos on an hourly bases if given the chance. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:28:42 | More by ChugginOil
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sommersb

Tennessee

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

Tasted On: 01-18-2013
Freshness: Batch 072712
Packaging: 375ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Teku
Purchased: Mail order

Pours a brilliant golden, clear color, with a nice-sized white head. Lacing and head retention are both good. My second pour yields some yeast cloudiness.

Aromas are very wine- and champagne-like, with fruity, grape notes in the forefront. Other smells are sour lemons and some woodiness and mustiness.

It tastes much as expected from the nose, dry, fruity and sour. This coupled with the fruit and grape flavors really bring out the wine notes from aging in Chardonnay barrels.

Mouthfeel has a prickly carbonation on a medium body. It finishes quite dry and sour, but is tempered by the fruits so as to create a balance.

I'm not too experienced in tasting wild ales, but can say this one is really delightful. I'm looking forward to my next beer from Russian River!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:55:10 | More by sommersb
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass. Batch 3.

A - Bright golden color with a thin layer of head. Very nice to look at.

S - Sour, citrus fruits, apples, and a hint of oak.

T - Lemons, oak, chardonnay, and sour funkiness are all dominant in this one. Hints of grapes and sour cherries. Very oaky aftertaste. Extremely well balanced.

M - Light and refreshing with lots of carbonation. Dry aftertaste.

I really loved this one. It's one of the best sours I've had and I thought it was more well balanced than the other RR sours I've had (Supplication and Beatification). Thanks to Douglasjamjak for the awesome extra!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:15:58 | More by RoninTK3
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tut2528

Illinois

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

Batch 3 Bottled 7/27/12

thanks to matttYCE and beachstrength49 for this one. you guys are awesome!

A: pours a light yellow/orange, head formation is quick and subtle just like a soda. it builds up to about 1/2 fingers worth then quickly fizzles out. there is a slight film that hugs the glass

S: big Brett funkiness that is complemented well by lemons and orange peel. there is a subtle spice hint (possibly a clove?), and a nice slight oak note

T: straight forward AWA in my opinion. very nice balance of citrus oranges, and lemons. vinegar, tartness, and barnyard funk all intermingle nicely together.

M: Chardonnay is extremely evident here in the mouth feel as it leave a nice dryness on the palate. its on the lighter side of medium bodied, and along with the Chardonnay note, it leaves a nice sourness that creates salivation for balance

O: drinking this makes me wish RR was easier to come by. Its a solid AWA, not overly complex and very nicely balanced. Will definitely want to seek this one out again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 01:25:11 | More by tut2528
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matttttYCE

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 I believe, bottle date 072712.

Bright white creamy/foamy mixed head, good retention and lacing, with a beautiful pale golden colored beer beneath. Slightly tame aroma, or should I say more tame than I expected from RR. White wine, lemongrass, hay, slight funk, yeasty, earthy, light notes of what I can only describe as damp basement must, light oak, hint of green apple and lime. The taste runs along the same lines but with more white wine/grape, more grassy notes, more lemon tart and sour than the nose, and pleasantly so. Again plenty of earthiness, hay, light oak, and how I can only imagine a damp musty basement might taste. Light medium, slightly filmy consistency, medium carbonation, and a smooth, light body. Finish leaves the puckering sourness just lightly coating the mouth and throat.

Once again, a stupendous American Wild Ale from Russian River. As I've said previously they have all been wonderful but had their own great twists and I find myself craving each at different times depending on my mood. Temptation is a bit more subdued compared to Consecration or Supplication but is probably a bit more intense than Sanctification. Take that with a grain, but give any of them a try if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 05:08:24 | More by matttttYCE
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours hazy blonde like a wheat beer with more sufficient lacing.

The aroma is white wine, funk and some yeast. Similar to RR's other wild ales, but slightly more tame.

The taste is moderately acidic with slight vinegar. Lemon citrus forms a background but doesn't impose itself. I get some grapefruit notes as well. Balanced, but it seems to be fairly simple.

The body is medium thin with slightly more carbonation than the norm. Finishes dry.

Overall, this is quite well balanced and well made, but I feel like the wine and Brett dominated it. Not a bad problem to have, but it made it harder to find the underlying beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 04:29:43 | More by BBP
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with two fingers of head. Head is white and persists well throughout consumption. Smells like white wine and definitely sour style brew. Taste is amazing and definitely brings forward Chardonnay, sour fruit - maybe cherries - and a long sour note to finish. Great beer/wine brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 13:37:15 | More by Oakenator
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL Bottle 7/27/12 on the label.

Appearance: Typical golden belgian blonde color with a medium-sized pure white head

Nose: Initial aromas are of bitter lemon and sour cherry with a sweeter green grape undertone. Deeper in the nose hints of the classic Chardonnay butterscotch oak characteristics and a bit of smoke comes though.

Taste: Tart lemons and cherries with toasty bread and apple cider underneath. Finish with that vanilla, woodsy oak flavor and a hit of funky gasoline.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special overall but for a sour it was surprising lively.

Overall: Really refined, complex, tasty wild-fermented sour. A standout in a recent tasting of wine-barrel aged brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 19:51:11 | More by fdig23
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Batch' 072712

A - golden straw in color with noticeable carbonation and a half-inch pale-white foam head

S - Belgian yeasts and sugars; champagne; Chardonnay; grapes; green apples

T - sour grapes; Chardonnay; citrus and tarty; musty lemons; stanky funk all up in it; flowery

M - light bodied; pleasantly carbonated; sour tart; crispy

O - as a noob to sours and wilds in general, this is probably a pretty solid introduction; this beer is certainly not for everybody...and I'm not even sure the style is for me; but this is pleasant, complex, and generally pretty refreshing

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 00:20:26 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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n2185

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with three fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Sweet Belgian notes up front with aromas of bubblegum and candy sugar. Agitating it produces some tart and sour fruit aromas with slight barnyard notes.

T: Tart cherries and lemony sourness dominate the flavor with some musty and funky flavors underneath. Simple, but enjoyable.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is crisp enough to accentuate the sour and tart notes well.

O: A good wild ale, overall. It's a bit lacking in complexity, but is refreshingly tart and sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 06:44:28 | More by n2185
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Golden in color with tons of carbonation, looks identical to champagne

Smell - Lots of yeast notes with a mix of that barnyard smell you would find in a saison. Also a hint of sweetness lots brings to mind white grapes

Taste - An explosion of wild tart right off the bat. Tons of white grapes and champagne like flavor. Middle of the sip you start to notice the yeast and slightly bready notes. Aftertaste is that of a saison with the wood presence making itself known. Leaves the mouth quite dry after

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated and thin, exactly like champagne. Perfect for the style though

Overall - Another Russian River sour and another fantastic beer. This always seems to be the case with them and I am once again extremely pleased and could drink this one all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 21:59:01 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a crystal clear pale straw color that eventually turned into a cloudy golden color once the yeast is poured in. Big frothy white head that lingers around for awhile.

S- Sour funk, grape must, citrus, pears, some earthy aromas and oak.

T- Wine-like flavors come through first with oak comes through a lot in the middle, with the sour tart flavors blasting the palate at the end. The tart flavor has very fruity citrus-like flavors that come through a lot.

M- High carbonation with some bite, very dry towards the end. Hard to beat this mouthfeel for the style.

O- Just a great beer. Every sip is savored and terrific.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 23:04:04 | More by stephenjmoore
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

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

Batch #6. 375ml bottle split two ways. Poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a nice golden with a half finger of head that recedes fairly fast and leaves some spotty lacing. Fairly minimal carbonation.

S- Chardonnay, grapes, a hint of green apple, brett contributing some barnyard funk, a little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Chardonnay, grapes, decent amount of sourness although not as much as I was expecting that mixes with some barnyard funk, some oak, finishes with a decent tartness and lingering fruits.

M- Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, very high drinkability.

O- This was a very nice sour, but definitely not my favorite. This bottle seemed like it might have had a little bit less carbonation (it didn't effect the beer that much though). The barrel aging definitely contributed a nice presence to the sour. I would definitely recommend trying this beer out but I definitely like some of RR's other sours better (might be because I'm not as big of a fan of blonde ales as being the bases for sours).

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 06:20:35 | More by jaasen64
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harrymel

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 072512
Pours a light yellow diaphanous with a solid fine white quilt. Smells of lemon, funk, zesty tartness and some nice pithy character. Flavor is sour with a good farmy, tart, hints of bicarb, some bits of pepper and a nicely refreshing finish. Thin with hi carb and watery finish. This might be one of my preferred RR beers. Really a beautiful brew.

Original review 25JAN11
5/4/4/4/4/4.05
Batch 05x1F
A: c&c bottle pops and pours a light golden ale with excellent clarity. Atop is a blanket of white head which is constantly refilled with a continuous persistence of bubbling.
S: Oranges, limes, classic tart scent. Great smell.
T: Tart, farmy, with largely bitter head. Somegrassy tones.Very good.
M: Light body with excellent carbonation. Great feel and finish on the tongue.
D: This beer is wonderful. I can say I prefer supplication to this one. But when available, I still buy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 06:27:20 | More by harrymel
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a blinded bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a mild amber hue. There is a finger of thick, off white head that sticks around quite nicely. 5

Smell: This is a light sour beer. I'm getting a strong barnyard funk presence. It dominates the smell, but it isn't particularly biting. I'm also getting a mild sweetness and a hint of white wine. 4

Taste: Light and sour, but not to an extreme level. I'm getting some lemon juice and funk up front with some more herbal notes building towards the finish. The sourness builds to the finish if the sip, which also contains a white wine note. Reminds me of a mild lambic. 4

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lighter side with smooth carbonation and a finish that is dry but could be drier. 3.5

Overall: I would call this a pleasant sour blonde ale. It's not overly biting or sour. I don't really have a guess as to what this one is, but I like it. 4

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:47:58 | More by oline73
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IvoryFoxhole

Virginia

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

375ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Bottled July 27, 2012. Or is it released that date? Should I have let it sit longer?

A: Slow slow pour to prevent yeast sediment. Almost no head at all and what there is quickly goes away. That's not a good sign, though I am seeing tiny carbonation bubbles and cork popped properly. Beer is a light copper.

S: Very wine-like, tart grapes, cherries, and apples. Some of the mustiness associated with the Brett yeast.

T: Quite citrus-like, a lot of lemon, orange type flavor. A little bit sour, but not overpoweringly so. Well-balanced.

M: Not overpowering, carbonation present, but not too much. Sour, but not too dry. Very little alcohol presence evident.

O: I always say this: It's a Russian River bottle-aged sour ale. What are you waiting for? Get one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 16:06:07 | More by IvoryFoxhole
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yamar68

Minnesota

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

Glowing straw gold body topped with a healthy amount of paper white head, loads and loads of lacing, tiny beading fills the glass from start to finish.

Wow. Incredible... white grapes, clove, funky love, dandelion, lemongrass, incredibly dynamic, complex, like nothing else I can think of.

Lemon zest, loads of tasty pulp, beautifully tart and dry, approachable, hints of fresh wood - incredibly balanced. A remarkable beer.

This beer achieves the same complexity found in Beatification without the overwhelming level of sour patch tart. Phenomenal.

Highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:33:06 | More by yamar68
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jimilayne

New York

3.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first American Wild Ale I've ever had, so with no basis for comparison I will be as fair as possible. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin head that has staying power. Rests comfortably and consistently throughout the drink. There is a thin tornado-like strip of carbonation rising directly in the middle of the glass. Impressive.

Smell: The aroma does absolutely no justice to the beer. A bitter, dare I say, dry urine tinged smell.

Taste: As expected, a burst of chardonnay but not overwhelmingly or bitingly so. Sits on the tongue before lifting throughout the mouth. A touch sour and unusual (perhaps briny) to the untrained tongue but settles in nicely after a few sips rather than keeping you guessing. However it does bite the back jaw with the sourness the deeper you get into it.

Feel: Nice smooth finish with near perfect carbonation.

Very interesting. My quest to finish the top 100 opens up yet another door that I will be walking back through.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:42:55 | More by jimilayne
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

9/24/12: Opened right after work. Mail-order beer from the left coast.

Nose reminds me of berliner weisse? But additional Brett and a touch of Chardonnay. Very pleasant.

Pale gold - looks gorgeous. Seems super carbonated yet a nice light head. Interesting how bubbles come up directly from the center of bottom of glass? This actually does look like the champagne of beers...

Taste is wheat, lemon grass and a tiny bit of funk up front...quickly followed by this lovely explosion of Brett and Chardonnay. I’m not even a huge Chard fan, but this is the perfect amount of winey oak in the taste. Very refreshing and in my opinion the perfect amount of tartness.

While carbonation is strong, it doesn't feel overly bubbly like champers would be - really nice mouthfeel.

One of my favorites

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 16:40:14 | More by DRBiser
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tarheels86

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL b3 shared with the family for Christmas. Poured into champagne glasses. Pours a glowing bright yellow that is cloudy with yeast and a decent size white head that has good retention and leaves sheets of beautiful lacing. Aroma is chardonnay, white grapes, champagne. Taste reminds me of a geuze minus the barnyard funk. At first there is a nearly mouth puckering sourness that overwhelms the palate for an instant. Then it goes from sweet to sour to bitter dryness back to wet sourness in all of about three seconds. Woah. There is some hop bitterness that reminds you this is a wild ale and not white wine. Was loved by all the wine lovers in the room. A big hit. Would be an excellent gateway beer to move someone from wine to beer snobbery. 12/27/2009 8/5/8/5/16=4.2

FULL VERTICAL TASTING

375mL b1. First batch of Temptation has gained quite the phenolic, plastic nose. The body is not too sour but rather sweet with minimal tartness. Finish is very dry. This batch isn’t aging so well.

375mL b2 pours with much higher carbonation and a gorgeous head. Aroma here is such spot on: cotton candy, funk, chardonnay, white grapes. Excellent body with some spicy sourness, sweet tropical fruits, candy. Very nice. This is the best batch by far.

375mL b4 pours with a giant head. Nose is losing complexity with sweet vanilla and birthday cake. Taste is watery, much too sweet. Either too young or just not up to par.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 15:36:16 | More by tarheels86
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

yet another one of the "tion" brews under my belt, and while its not the consecration, it is a hell of a damn good beer. it pours a murky pale blonde color with some flaoting sediment and a frothy white head just half an inch high and relaxing to less than that, but always ready to come back to life with a shake or a swirl. it smells like brett and wine acidity, grapey and musty, oaky and dank, really nice. lighter though than some of the other beers from this line, less in my face. it has a really unique flavor, somewhere between a glass of white wine and a beer. the sour element sneaks up on you too, its just a tart golden ale at first, but then after a few seconds the sour really hits you in the face. almost jaw hurting. dry as hell in the finish. i love the fruit in this, lighter than the heavy cherry stuff in the others, refreshing and surprisingly drinkable. the feel is epic, like all of these. its so so dry at the end, and the carbonation is crazy bright. body is lighter too, and i just love the sour puckey feeling i get from this. overall another, yet another, brilliant brew from the masters.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:36:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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spoony

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle with a 7/27/12 date into a tulip.

A-Opened with a nice pop and poured golden in color. Mostly clear with lots of ultra-fine carbonation. The off-white head started at three fingers in height and stuck around for a long time, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S-Oaky and vinous at first with hints of tart apple and grapes. I could tell this beer was aged in white wine barrels. There is just a touch of yeasty funkiness that grows as the brew warms up.

T-Starts out with tart apples, grapes, a little vinegar, and lemon curd. As it warms up, the flavor turns more to the sour cherry side, but it never gets all the way to sour cherries. The taste is not as oaky or vinous as the smell, but it is quite complex and concentrated.

M-Lighter to medium bodied with lots of fine, champagne-like carbonation. It is just a touch creamy with a dry, tartness that mellows some on the finish.

O-I really enjoyed this beer; one of my favorite American Wild Ales to date. It had a nice complex dose of sourness and a touch of yeasty goodness, which really played well with the level of carbonation. I could drink a lot of this...if it weren't so damned expensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 03:00:12 | More by spoony
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,451 ratings.