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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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989 Reviews

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Reviews: 989
Hads: 3,377
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1,755
Gots: 927 | FT: 61
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003

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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Reviews: 989 | Hads: 3,377
Photo of rowew
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 375 ml champagne bottle, corked and caged. Lots of information about the beer, including batch #, description, glassware suggestions, and pouring instructions (leave the yeast).

Appearance: Poured carefully to avoid the yeast into a goblet. Resulted in a bright yellow with just a hint of orange color, and a light haze. Medium sized head fades slightly, but has great retention and lacing.

Smell: Mmm.. sour! There are so few good sour beers available in the US that the smell of Brett is so novel and exciting. Typical sour funk with some barnyard smells.

Taste: More subtle than I expected from the aroma. So much going on here it is hard to pick out all the details. Starts out sour with a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel. The finish has a bit of oak and all kinds of other things that I can't identify.

Overall impression: Once again, a quality offering from Russian River. Incredibly complex, unique, and all kinds of great flavors going on. Why oh why can't more American brewers put out beers like this!

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Photo of ChillMike
3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a very active bubbly white head that recedes quite quickly and leaves only a trace of lacing.
S: Smells more of wine or cider than it does beer. Very floral smelling, along with sugary malts and a mix of spices.
T: Not exactly what I was expecting, very much like a white wine. It starts out with a bit of a sugary malt flavor, then pulls an optimus prime and completely transforms into another beast. As the bottle asks, "Is it beer or is it wine?" I think that's the problem it doesn't really ever make up it's mind. It's not bad but it's not really my thing.
MF: Very active on the tongue like a champaign, very carbonated but I think it's appropriate for this "style".
D: I think this is where this one suffers,the most, it is too much like a wine, and something that you really have to be in the mood for. Lastly it's a one and done not only because of the style but at $8.99 for 375ml it's pretty pricey. I'm glad I tried it and it'd definitely a different offering from a great brewery but I suppose it's just not my "glass o beer"

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Photo of phisig137
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated corked and caged 375 pours a fairly hazy light gold straw color. Looks almost like a wit. One finger head rises and falls quickly, leaving only a ring around the top of the glass.

Aroma is very refreshing. Light fruits, sour apples, over ripe pears, sugar, brett, alcohol, and a touch of wheat. Fairly mild overall.

Flavor is superb. Very mild and restrained brett character, giving only a touch of sourness and funk. Smooth almost wheat beer like flavor, with light fruity yeast esters. All wrapped up in a warm blanket of smooth vanilla flavors. Delicious. Superb as it gets warmer. Mouthfeel is moderate and well carbonated. Drinkability is great.

This is one of the more "approachable" wild ales for beginers I feel. Despite that, it is a great treat for any wild ale lover. Fantastic and well rounded in every way.

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Photo of supercolter
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the most different beer I have ever tasted.
Appearance was very good, lots of head, not the greatest retention though.
Smell and taste was more complex than anything I have ever had. It begins very fruity, some lemon and grapes, and then the oak and malt flavor sucks all the sweetness away. Very different. I could also note some hints of tar, commonly used in wines.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a long stem, caged and corked bottle, batch #2.

Appearance: Poured slowly into a Duvel tulip, Temptation is golden in color, with a 1" foamy white head that dissipated to a thick lacing topping the beer. Somewhat hazy due to suspended yeast.

Smell: Wow, not sure how to describe this, but let me try. Faintly fruity sweet but has a funky, spicy overriding aroma, maybe hints of black pepper, sweat, apples and white wine and oak, who knows what else.

Taste: Starts with hints of sour green apples, dry white wine possibly pinot gris or sauvigon blanc, oak and an array of spices. The middle is smooth then transitions to a finish that is more sour apples and white wine. Extremely dry in the finish like a very dry wine, makes the mouth beg for more.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation to make things very lively in the mouth, a medium bordering on thin due to the carbonation and it being a very dry beer.

Drinkability/Notes: My first wild ale and I'm not dissapointed. I love the fact that Vinnie used Brett in this beer. Very unique with hints of sour apples and dry white, oak, wine and pepper. Spicy and funky but also very tasty. Definitely not a session beer but one to drink slowly and savor. What can I say, this one sort of blew me away with a totally different aroma and flavor profile. Not for everyone, but one I will definitely seek again. If you can get this, I highly recommend giving it a try. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RR Brew Co. Batch 002.

The beer poured a pale yellow with a generous white head.

The aroma was bursting with tart lactic acid, fruity esters, and a ton oak - more oak than batch 001

The flavor of the beer was bright and tangy, but at just the right level. A healthy amount of oakiness and vanilla made their way through the sips. The hops were subdued and helped round things out. This beer is very complex and almost champagne-like. This beer had a noticeably higher level of oak than batch 001. I love oak, but to me, batch 001 seemed a little bit more delicate. According to RR, batch 001 was on oak for 12 months, while batch 002 was on oak for 16.

The carbonation was high (correct for the style) and helped at bite to the beer.

Very complex and satisfying. Highly drinkable due to it's dryness. Get it while you can. This beer is a masterpiece. I should've gotten one of those 3L bottles.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very exceptional beer from batch #001. I believe it is my first American Wild ale, and one of the best of the style. Many thanks to dogfooddog for sending it.

The beer pours to a clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Retains to about a centimeter throughout the duration of the drink. Lacing is not the greatest. Carbonation is good, as expected.

The aroma is fairly light. A hint of sweet, though primarily oak and chardonnay. Some tartness as well, from the brett.

The taste is very good. A hint of sweetness up front, but it quickly fades into a very dry tartness from the brettanomyces. Huge oak flavor -- probably among the oakiest beers I've ever tried, if not THE most oaked. Also a light hint of chardonnay grapes.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice tartness. Bone dry, with only a feint hint of residual sweetness. Very enjoyable, and quite drinkable as well. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. I'm very much considering ordering some more of this from the RR website. Thanks again, dogfooddog!

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Photo of Domingo
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this from the Russian River website. It's batch #2.
Pours a hazy yellow/tan color. At first the head forms quickly, but dissipates to a think layer across the top that stick around, but isn't overwhelming like a Belgian Pale. Looks a little like a weiss with a thin head.
Smell is like a lambic. Sour, but it has an oak scent in the background. A little spice to zing your nostrils, too.
The first taste is sweet, but it becomes more sour and finished with some black-pepper like spice. Yeasty and citrus, but with that same zing at the end. The oak seems to come through more in the smell than the taste, but there's a little there. There's definitely a wine-flavor that seems to encompass everything, but without being overbearing.
While this is a sipper, you'll find your sips come in greater and greater frequency. I really enjoy the pepper hit at the end. Alcohol really doesn't seem to be present at all, which makes it go down easy.
I'm not sure I could afford to make this a session brew, but I certainly would if it were an option.

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Photo of Viggo
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 375 ml bottle, thanks DrJay, you spoil us!

Pours a hazy blonde/yellow, gushes out of the bottle, white head, some nice lace and good retention. Smell is crazy, sweet, yeasty, horse blanket, spices, toffee, honey, some brett sourness, oaky vanilla, amazing. Taste is sour, oak, vanilla, pineapples, more sour, spices, very tart acidity, almost salt and vinegar, excellent. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, crazy and my first wild ale, love this style though.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 002

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with almost no head but a few patches of hazy white lacing.

S - Tart apples, oak, lemons, fruit, funk, hints of chardonnay, sour. Man there is a lot going on here.

T - Sour grapes, tart apples, lemon, fruits, hints of chardonnay. The blonde ale malt backbone is present with the clean funky/sour flavors mixed in. Complex and leaving me taking sip after sip to try to find all the flavors.

M - Well carbonated and crisp. It mentions that his batch was over carbonated and the cork was removed and recorked to degas. I think the degassing did the trick as the carbonation now plays well with the tart sourness.

D - Hats off to Vinnie on another fine beer. I wish great beers like this were more readily available and in 750's as my 375ml went too fast.

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Photo of MVassar
2.77/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a tad reluctant to submit my review since I'm clearly in the minority here. I've tried this beer twice, and had consistent notes each time.

Slightly cloudy, light gold color. Minimal head, which doesn’t last long. Looks (and behaves) like a glass of Martinelli’s cider. Scant lacing.

Smells of Martinelli’s, too. Lots of crisp apple scent, which is very pleasant. Not much else.

Would be hard pressed to identify this as beer. Tastes like a sour apple cider, with little depth. Tart apple, hints of sour cherry, and a touch of grapey Chardonnay flavors. Raw flavors. Unimpressive.

Very carbonated, (unpleasantly fizzy,) with an acidic finish. Clean texture, but a little difficult to get down.

Clearly, this isn't my style. Not one I'll be sipping again.

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Photo of grub
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DrJay was nice enough to share this interesting and complex beer. my first russian river experience was definitely a good one. thanks jay!

pours a slightly hazy yellow with a huge gushing white head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bit of lace.

aroma is great. lots of funk. bit of vinegar. salty, like seawater. one of the other guys mentioned salt and vinegar chips, and i think it fits well. fruity, maybe pineapple. interesting.

taste is great. i found it interesting to start, and it just got better with time. slightly sharp initially. bit of vinegar. light fruit. dried cherries. bready malt. citric acid, almost lemony. light bitterness. the more you taste it, the more layers and depth comes out. great with food.

mouthfeel is great. the high carbonation works really well. nice body, with a very dry finish.

drinkability is great. i liked it at first, and really found it grew on me. very interesting, complex, and balanced beer. thanks again jay!

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Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to egajdzis for splitting a bottle of Batch 002 with me...
Appears a hazy, pale gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy, funk, oak, vanilla, brett, and mild sugar.
Taste is of the same aromas in a wonderfully done brew. The flavors jump along the palate with glee. Highlights include the light funk mixed with wine, vanilla, and some sugary caramel. This is hardcore and it outdoes some of the counterparts overseas.
Mouthfeel is of a spritzy, nicely carbonated yet restrained brew that is smooth but bouncey with the CO2 giving rise to the vanilla esters riding along the sugary, chardonnay grapes.
Vinnie is an excellent brewer. He is at the top of the charts for American brewers IMHO. With the wine background, he has the experience to make this stuff work. This is no exception to the rule. Well done.

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Photo of northernbrews
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to try the much sought after Temptation. My first Russian River beer.

Thanks Westsidethreat for this wonderful beer.

Appearance: 375ml corked bottle. Pours a honeyish orange in my Piraat snifter. Starts with a one finger white head that fades quickly and forms a nice layer on top.

Smell: Starts with an initial smell of tart, musty, barrel aged greatness. The oak and chardonnay notes come through near the finish. This smells fu*king amazing.

Taste: Damn...The taste follows the wonderful aromas. Starts out tart and dry. The finish is oak, vanilla, tropical fruits and spices followed by a very nice dryness.

Mouthfeel: Nice and spritzy mouthfeel. The sourness and oakey notes hang around for a bit.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day any day. Even though it's quite tart, it goes down quite smooth. Very drinkable.

Lots of time when beers are hyped up, they become a let down. Not in this case. This is the first offering from RR that I have tried. If this is any indication of their other offerings, then I can see why the awards keep piling up in Santa Rosa. If you see this and don't buy it....shame on you. I just wished they shipped to MI. If they did, I'd be celebrating Christmas and New Year with the 3 litre badboy.

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Photo of flexabull
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy bright gold color with a nice head. Looks very appealing.

Smells are faint but pleasant, I noticed a slight toasted and tart note, but the aromas are subtle.

Taste is extremely interesting. Tastes very toasty, biscuit like, and a bit sour. This beer has a very "champagne" like quality, but with less carbonation than a glass of champagne. Very enjoyable beer to try... not much "beer like" that I can compare it too.

Mouthfeel on this one is wonderful. Very full and round, really coasts your mouth nicely..

This is an excellent "beer". Very interesting... a must try!

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml smoked green bottle, batch 001.

Sparkling flamed gold. Short head of fine, bright white bubbles that wilts to a dusting and a tall collar. Fine drapes of lace cling to the glass. Central spire of steady, small bubbled streams. Sweet, slightly brett laced aroma melded with some woodiness and white grapes. Brett funk and a lemon zest edge lead into a sweet and dry white wine-laced middle. Bright and fruity with moderate dryness, the finish has an ample amount of funk, but it does not linger long. The back corners of the mouth instead are grabbed by a refreshing crispness. There is a fair amount of sweetness beneath the surface. Medium body with a firm, slightly dry mouthfeel and fine bubbled carbonation. Nice overall and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with very active white head taking up over half the glass... nose is quickly very musty, acidic, strong hints of lambic-type sourness as well as an odor I almost always find in old, decayed bottled beer. The bad odor passes quickly (gas?) and the beer now smells much more like a typical geueze.

tasting it is like tasting a geueze where you expect a big bite, but only get a medium-sized one. The sourness is present but not overwhelming, I cannot pick up any distinct wood notes different from what I normal get from lambics despite use of an unusual wood from chardonnay. Perhaps some of the winey acidic taste comes.

Interesting american effort at something very close to a lambic. Wonder if they have more aging more than a year in barrel. Very refreshing, not overpowering, and overall well worth seeking out.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with thin white head that turns into a filmy halo quickly. Moderate amounts of lacing.

Smell: Butterscotch, butter, wild yeast, and musty, oaky grapes predominate the smell. Light citrus, honey, apple, and vague spiciness present. General pleasant earthy, sour smell also. Very complex smell.

Taste: WOW. Very vinous in nature. Light caramel apple maltiness on the intial that progresses into a sweet and sour grape taste with a pleasant oaked taste. The wild yeast is definitely present but blends nicely with the overall taste. Smooth buttery taste with a light citrus hops. It really tastes as smells, but better. It is really the best of beer meets the best of chardonnay. Flavors and smell improved as it approached room temperature.

Medium bodied, very low carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel with nice transitions. Moderately slick and smooth on the initial becoming dryer then a brief fruity sweetness and great dry white wine finish. Alcohol presence is well balanced.

I could easily drink several glasses of this. Easy to drink. Sessionable, but I would want to drink it slowly to savour it. I'll take more of this anyday!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 1/4" - 1/2" white head on top of a clear golden orange body. Nice decent lacing.
S- The white wine smell comes through. Also some light woody (oak) smells. Some weird kind of fruit and spices. Hops also make their way through. It is almost like the style desribes a "wild" smell.
T- Some big white wine flavors. I think this might be one of first where it is just aged in oak (not with oak chips in it) that I can actually taste the oak. Some light grapes with that drying finish to them. The alcohol warming also comes through. Maybe some piney and earthy hops in there. The malt does help balance it all out but does take a big back seat. It is mostly just a strong wine flavor. Truly different than any beer I have tasted. Also is on the sour side. Maybe spiced a bit too. Its a very complex brew.
M- medium to full body. Low carbonation. Nice big dry finish.
D- I am surprised how much I like this for something tasting so much like a white wine. It is very complex and I love that in a beer. It is strangely appealing. From what I have tried so far a truly unique beer. I think this one is worth the money.

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Photo of sleazo
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Batch 0001

A--A lovely gold copper hue, cloudy with a ncie head. Gorgeous

S-First thing is the oak, smellls like a chardonnay. Spicy apple notes

T Sour flabours permeate the mouth upon first sip. Very tart yet slightly sweet. Very well balanced. The oak comes out at the end.

M-Bubbly with body

D-Not sure how many of these i could go through, but possibly alot.

Wow what a unique beer. If chardonay tasted like this i would be a white wine drinker. There are just so many different tings going on here. What a remarkable beer. HIGHLY reccomended.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a sour aroma. Some spicy aroma is present. It smells citrusy also. Orange, and a touch of lemon. That pretty much dominates the aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mostly citrusy, with orange and lemon dominating. I think I taste just a touch of alcohol. It has a yeasty flavor also. It tastes quite sour, in a pleasent way.

This beer is quite refreshing. It is smooth. It leaves a sour aftertaste. It has less carbonation than I expected.

I dont think this beer would make a great session beer. It is a little too sour to be able to drink too many. It would become cloying. However one or two is great.

Overall: This beer is great. I think I will go back and buy more.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Can't find a date printed on the label, but it does say 'Store in a cool, dark place. Batch 001." I looked up this batch on the web site and it is the only batch of this beer. It also says that aging is required to let the wine flavors mellow, as it was aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Appearance - Pours with a creamy white two-finger head that leaves excellent lacing as it goes down. It dissipates after a short time to a constant cap of very thick and creamy white head. The beer is a pale honey color that is very clear. There is a lot of carbonation activitiy from within.

Smell - Are we sure this isn't a gueuze? Just kidding, but it does smell a lot like the Boon Geuze I just had. Champagne like on the nose, with hints of slightly sour/bitter hops behind this. The malt character smells totally separate from the rest, but is rich in aroma. Some peppery spiciness is also there, perhaps from the alcohol.

Taste - Sour champagne flavors up front, with hints of apple and pear. Very slight bitterness from the hops. Again there is a peppery spiciness, and some oak/musty character. The malt again tastes "separate" and is rich and buscuity, but definitely a background flavor. The finish is quick, with a burst of more winey sourness. The aftertaste has some hints of the malt, and just a touch of sourness. Little alcohol can be detected.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation does carry an initial bite, but mellows into a pleasant level. The is light-bodied and not very smooth. It actually has a very "thin" feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability - I personally don't care too much for that winey sourness in this beer, but it wasn't bad. The beer had a lot else to offer to make up for it, like its very subtle complexities, for one. Still, this sourness takes from its drinkability a bit, in my opinion.

My first beer of this style, and not too bad. The flavors were strong and pronounced, and it was pretty well-balanced for all of the flavors it had. The nearest comparable beer I've had is a gueuze and this exceeds any of those I have sampled. Recommended.

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Photo of Phatz
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drinking this beer is a remarkable experience! I practically left this world for a while, becoming totally engrossed in the entire encompassing experience that is "Temptation." We are all susceptible to temptation; it lures us in and is so pleasurable that right and wrong, and all we know and understand is irrelevant because we are engulfed by the experience. That is the case with this beer, aptly named, "Temptation." I was in a full room with a large group of friends, but as I enjoyed this beer I left all that behind (for a time).

Presentation: A true collectable bottle that is beautiful and classy. Corked and caged, the bottle is marked Batch 001. The server at Monk's removes the cage and then it pops like champagne and poured into a Duchesse De Bourgogne goblet.

Appearance: It pours a glimmering golden color. The head fades to a majestic halo around the beer clearly indicating it rightful status as nobility among beer.

Smell: She brought the beer out while I was still eating. I wanted to get the most from the beer so I finished eating first. However for 10 minutes while I finished eating the aroma was lofting from the glass and teasing my senses. From the moment she popped the cork I could smell the French oak aroma. The smell is unique but the closest thing I've had recently was Cidre Bouché Brut De Normandie 2004, a French oak aged cider. The aromas of wood and leather are complimented with honey vanilla and yeast that are in a league of their own. Simply stated; enticing!!

Taste: Beautiful apple oak, green and white grapes, Chardonnay or rather Pinot Grigio flavors parallel the sweet vanilla honey French oak, earthy flavors. A bit of vinous (wine like) alcohol with some wild Brett tartness and a sour apple snap in the finish keep everything about the beer lively and exciting while equally balanced and meloncaly. There is not one iota of conflict amongst the blended flavors of this true masterpiece!

Mouthfeel: The beer is full bodied and both slick & smooth and creamy & sprtizy. That sour tangy Brett flavor pulls and puckers the palate then lasts long after it's gone. So what does it really feel like? It feels like it is messing with my mind and I love it.

Drinkability: Everything beautiful and wonderful about creativity and the world brewing is exemplified in this beer. Belgium has Westvleteren 12 and they can boast; but guess what... America has Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company!!!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I began salivating in anticipation before I ever even popped the cork on this one. And thus begins the seduction. Batch 001.

One Russian River 12.7 ounce olive-colored, caged and corked glass bottle paired with a long-stemmed over-sized wine glass.

Straw yellow and light shiny copper with pulp-free not-from-concentrate orange juice might begin to describe the color of this beer. Tiny but active CO2 bubbles dance about the interior. A solid 4.5 caliber white head translates into beautifully sticky glass lace art when swirled.

In my nose: Super-sexy Brett funk snuggles up with sweet and clean Belgian blonde and woody French wine. The actions of wild yeast have contributed complex fruity flavors redolent of late season apples but the French oak character and chardonnay notes predominate.

Wine-like and dry with sour Brett pucker, this fancy-pants beer is one fine mother--wait a minute, this isn't Dr. Seuss. Sorry.

I find this beer, while maintaining a remarkable depth of character, doesn't exhibit a terribly large breadth of flavors.

By no means is this bad, it is only to say,
The flavors you get are the ones that you may...
Have expected to get all along, don't you see?
It is flavors of oak and of wine that hit me.

Of oak and of wine and of apples Brett soured. And I also found out that it's alcohol powered and I've drunk the whole thing in just under one hour.

My cheeks have flushed red and I long for my bed. But who will end this review my wife said? To her I replied all sad and red-eyed...

That it might be reported, or might be deleted but I just do not have the words to complete it. What to do? What to say? Well I think that it's time. To end this review and to end this bad rhyme. Not enough has been said about this great beer, so back to the topic this train wreck I steer.


What I meant to say was that this beer is made up of a fairly simple battery of flavors that carry a complexity in their own right. The barrel aging and the Brettanomyces bring to life a beer that was most likely a phenomenon on its own.

I don't know if I can salvage a respectable review at this point, so I'll close quickly. Russian River has another platinum beer here. Thanks to Vinnie and Co. for conceiving and caring for this beer. And thanks are due to RedwoodGeorge, my supplier of upper crust West Coast ales.

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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After over a year of waiting, I finally cracked open my lone bottle of Temptation. Batch 001, 350 mL.

The golden color fizzed nicely in my Chimay chalice. It swirled a nice pinky finger head. A sweet and sour Brettanomyces fragrance reminded me of an oud bruin, almost. The taste was tart without being cloying, as a sweetness followed. Sour apple and meringue flavors were evident. It's close in taste to Depuration, but a bit sweeter. A fine beer.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.