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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

2,846 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,553
Gots: 768 | FT: 45
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 paytoplay
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World class brew. Chardonnay flavors meld well with beer. Great weight and texture. Silky, very easy to drink. Fun to drink. O'Briens 15th annv keg. Outstanding length to this beer. Distinct flavors and beautiful. The most femenin beer I've had. Also improves with age though the keg was a recent batch I believe. My #1 best RR beer aged in oak. Exceptional!

paytoplay, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer here... was super excited to try it, had it the other night with some friends in a huge tasting. This probably stuck out as most memorable for the night for me though.

Pours a somewhat pale yellow with moderate white head that recedes quickly. Smell is outrageous, big funky tart notes with a bit of oak and chardonnay coming out too.

Taste really kicks this one up. It's not super sour, but there's a sharp sour kick at the front, which moves into the oak and chardonnay notes, and finally melts into a creamy blonde ale with a lingering finish. Quite interesting, showcases all three components nicely throughout the palate. Very very good beer.

MF was pretty good, medium body with decent carbonation. It could maybe use a tad more carbonation, but that's about it. Coating, a bit of a dry finish, though not overwhelmingly so.

Good drinkability for a sour, it went away all too quickly.

Fantastic beer. Still a bit of a reach for $17 / 375 mL, but worth one try for sure. I'm a believer in all this RR stuff... but I guess I could pay $17 for a 750 of Cantillon and that would make me similarly happy.

LordAdmNelson, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of mnapier
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Judging Glassware, Belgian 12 ounce tulip.

On this hot summer day I elected to pour this straw gold ale with an obstinance to clarity. As the beer rose within it developed a strong cotton like foamy white head that as it receded left an angry tattered curtain within the glass.

The nose of this was sharp and dry with recognition given to the lemon and grapefruit citrus zest, complimented beautifully by the oak and green apple character.

The mouth on this beer is medium with essences of grapefruit, lemon, green apple, pear all blanketed in a nice biscuit spreading.

A wonderfully designed and prepared beer and will definitely go well with some blue cheese or maybe even a nice salmon fresh picked out of the ocean.

Cheers

mnapier, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of GuzzLah
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an opaque gold with an ephemeral head. A touch of lace. No bubbles.

S - pink bubblegum, oak, lacto/pedio sourness, leathery Brett, mild white grape, faint coconut.

T - is like the aroma minus the bubblegum with a pleasant peppery finish. Really nice balance of flavors. Certainly a sour, but not an extreme sour. Elegant without being wimpy. Not overly acidic for the style.

M - my first 5 rating for mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Slightly oily. Creamy. Effervescent. Dry. Tart. Absolutely delicious with a long aftertaste that does exceptionally naughty things to my tongue.

O - God damn. This beer is absolutely Fexcellent. (That's effing excellent for the phonetically challenged). I rarely get this excited over a beer, but this one is outstanding for the style from the perspective of a person who is a big fan of the style.

GuzzLah, May 18, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade as an extra from sideswipe.

poured from a 375ml into a champagne glass

Poured a slightly hazey deep golden to almost orange color with a nice slightly off white head with good retention.

Forget what batch number I got but i think it was fresh and probably would have benefited from a little bottle conditioning. there was a mild amount of funk aroma, with the hints of wine coming through.

Definetly some sour fruit notes almost like unripened grapes. also could detect notes from the wine barrel.

Mouthfeel was perfect, highly carbonated very light, and an extremely drinkable beer,

As this one one of my first sours it was probably good to have a young one that hadn't developed to many strong funky smells and tastes, since I have heard that some people are put off when they try their first sour and its to intense

rowingbrewer, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.

A - Pours a perfect slightly pale golden color with some nice bright yellow hints. It is quite hazy but there is some translucence to it. There is a nice thin 0.5 inch head that is dense but recedes quickly to a nice thin film.

S - Nice fresh white grapes, buttery white wine with some nice mild tartness on teh back end of the nose. Nice funk with some nice woody oak notes that are very fresh. Quite delicious nose for this beer. There is some slight pear notes as well as apple and some good malty grain notes.

T & M - Wow! This beer is delicious. Dry woody notes, fresh yet funky yeast notes. There is some nice white grape juice and some nice pear and apple. Buttery white wine is tasted. The Chardonnay really pops in the taste but its quickly supplanted by some slight tartness that you think will explode but just gets sharp enough to peak your interest but not destroy your taste buds. There are some pretty nice yeast notes mixed in with the malt and slightly grainy notes of the beer. Awesome. Body is light and refreshing and CO2 is near perfection. Good brew.

O - Awesome RR Sour. Probably one of my favorites from RR. Really well crafted flavors and tempered sourness as well as some nice creativeness.

JoEBoBpr, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of awalk1227
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Forgot to date this, I'm going to date it between 10/20/10-10/26/10 Got in a trade from Rock4sc96, thanks Chris, always welcoming new RR sours!

Poured into SA perfect pint.

A: I think I got some of the yeast with an over-aggressive pour, hazy straw with a faint wispy head.

S: Brett is here! White wine, white grapes, chardonnay. This is a more pronounced wine scent than I've noticed in the others.

T: White grapes, almost like a champagne. The marriage of the beer and creepy crawlies with the white wine is remarkable.

F: Effervescent; it dances in my tongue.

D: Awesome, I wish I had some more.

awalk1227, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been set up with this beer a handful of times now by different BAs, so thanks a lot guys! Poured into a tulip. . .just as the bottle instructs me to. The pour is a very clean light golden color with just a thin fizzy layer of foam and spotty lace. As soon as I pooped the cork on this I got a big lemon aroma. The nose is full of lemon, hints of oak and cedar, sour grapes and a bit of brett and balances the aromas very nicely letting everything meld together to compliment. The taste is lemony right off the bat. Nice and sour with a little bit of wood and chardonnay flavor and a nice funky brett finish. Honestly, excactly what I would want from a wild ale. Sour and funky but not overpoweringly; just a nice brett and sour balance with other flavors showing their profiles as well. The mouthfeel is slightly dry but no complaints really and the drinkability is like none other. I could sip this guy all night.

Bendurgin, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of jamescain
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml into a White Birch flute glass, thanks to jwjon1 for sending me this one

Appearance: Light yellow with small bubbles streaming to the top with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: A hint or lemon zest, tart apples and barnyard funk with a subtle fruitiness. Very complex and very enjoyable to just there and smell.

Taste: Sour and tart up front but incredibly complex. A touch of oak on the finish with, citrus, sour apples, and white grapes interwoven in the taste upfront.

Mouthfeel: Champagne like effervesce with a dry lingering sour finish.

Overall: So far this is the best sour/ wild ale I have had to date. Incredibly complex and very well blended. This is easily a beer I could drink all the time.

jamescain, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of impending
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A+

At the source. Crystal clear light golden copper yellow, pure white minor head stays a cap
for the entirety, nice lacing.

Aroma is intoxicatingly seductive, the chardonnay is front and center, defines the experience by any measure. Properly acidic and dry.

Chardonnay again defines the sensation. Impeccable, the ultimate intro brew for the wine drinker. Flawless as a wild as well. The evolution of the flavor is staggering. More than thin bodied crispy lively mouthfeel with just a proper touch of 9 volt.
cheers
jd

impending, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of IceAce
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle labeled as 'Batch 001'

Unleashing the cork from the cage and liberating it from the bottle sends forth a cascade of wild aromas including a mouth-watering sourness from Bret. The nose is farmhouse saison all the way!

From a cheek tingling entry to a chardonnay finish as crisp as the first cold autumn night, this beer is complex and seemingly changes 'moods' as it warms.

While chilled, it is subdued...yet vibrant. As it warms, the midtaste dances on the rear of the tongue with a myriad of funky treasures. The mouthfeel is a palate-pleasing contrast between spikey carbonation and velvety yeast strains.

Spectacular!

IceAce, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of fdig23
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.

fdig23, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of popery
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deliciously dry, complex sour. Temptation pours a bright yellow gold color with a wonderful blanket of fine bubbles. The bubbles stick around for a long time, too. The aroma is vinous with apples and a healthy dose of oak. There are some floral hops and the malt comes through a bit, too. The brett character is blends exceptionally well with the rest of the aromas. The flavor is wonderfully dry and oaky. There are a different fruit flavors layered throughout the beer. The best thing, though, is that the flavor stays full and round from the first taste to the finish. The brett, oak and fruit all come together. The sourness is restrained but still exerts some pucker. It's just a really good beer.

popery, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of jbaker67
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden yellow with light white head. Aroma of lemon and light oak and funky smell. Taste of nice belgian malt with sour grapes and great carbonation up front, on the backend of the sip i get an oak and funky bret taste. The beer isn’t too acidic but leaves a marvelous citrus/grape refreshing aftertaste.

jbaker67, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of grittybrews
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 05x2E, poured a rich straw-gold into a tulip with a quick-receding finger of fluffy white head. Sweet aroma dominated by grapes with additional notes of apple, honey, melon, and slightly funky Belgian yeast.

Ample carbonation and a light, effervescent mouthfeel. Intense yet balanced flavor progression with slightly sweet and lemony blonde ale notes quickly overtaken by puckering lemon and green apple sourness. The lingering finish slowly transitions from sour to a more musky and slightly oaky profile and then, amazingly, back to a different dimension of sour again. I could try to pick out more flavors but I'd rather stop reviewing and just go enjoy this one.

Absolutely one of the more complex and rewarding beers I've tried. I wish I was able to have it more often, but price and availability make this one a special occasion brew.

grittybrews, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 001. Top notch presentation in a 12.7 ounce glass. Very unique bottle with a fantastic label. Cork and caged.

Pours a brilliant straw into long stem white wine glass. Carbonation is wildly disturbed by the shape of the glass causing a tidal clash of yeasty white head. The mountain of cream constantly dissolves and reforms each time I pick up the glass. This is a fun beer to play with. Carbonation streaming is flawless. I feel compelled to say that this is a perfect looking brew, a true 5.

Nose is a ballyhoo of citric zest but through that intensity spouts a surge of oak and then a second surge of vanilla. After a while this pandemonium blends into a nice cohesive chardonnay but that’s not all. Above the lemons and oak barrel aromas there is something much more important…Da Funk! That quality that one finds in a great lambic…yep, it’s here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: An initial blast of sour grapes is quite fun but a bit overpowering. Seconds later, however, the palate is well adjusted and the Chardonnay like subtleties become palpable. The ever-present sourness is my favorite aspect of the beer but it does not outshine all else, as is the case in some lambics. Within the sour frame and coalescing with vanilla flavors lies a buttery mouthfeel. It’s surprising and eminently pleasurable. Herein too we find a miscellany of citrus, pear, apricot, rotten hay, and white grape skins, all of which combines to form that wonderful funk that we all so enjoy.

Ingurgitate - To swallow greedily or in excessive amounts; gulp. Yep, that’s this beer to a T-funk. If I may add a new adjective to my beer reviewing vocabulary, this one is inguritatable.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of brownbeer
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Falling Rock.

Cloudy gold with solid white lacing.

Nose is delicate, light barnyard, lemon.

Perfectly sour and geuze-like. zesty lemon,light horseblanket, acidic citrus.

Light medium body with a dry, astringent finish.

This is a sessionable sour. I'm suprised how much of this they had.

brownbeer, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of MiScusi
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.
4/4.5/5/5/4.5
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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.
5/5/4.5/4.5/4.5

MiScusi, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And yet again I thank BrewerB for bestowing this beer upon me, I just hope he enjoys his as much as I am enjoying mine. Thanks again.

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch 003

A: First thing of note is the healthy pop as the cork is twisted out of the bottle with a whispy white smoke of carbonation sneaking out of the neck. A very slow pour yeilds a peach skin orange and amber and slightly hazy color. The carbonation coming from the bottom of this beer is off the charts, it looks almost like champagne is in the glass, and it holds up a modest but dignified tightly packed white head that sticks around for the duration.

S: Lemon grass, white pepper, sour cherry, apple, peach and pear coupled with a detectable amount of that oaky wine character mentioned on the label of the bottle. My mouth is watering...

T/MF: Mild barnyard haylike funk but also incredibly fruity, pear, apricote and white peach mixed with a slight white grapeiness closes with a lemon and oaky peppery herbal zest. First few sips are incredibly bubbly and fill the mouth almost entirely with foam, after a bit this settles down into a more manageable bubbliness and given even more time, a slight creaminess.

D: Pretty damn good I'd say, much better than the sour as hell Beatification, this was sour and balanced, it didn't cover up anything and let the complexities of the beer dance across the palate. An excellent sipper.

bluemoonswoon, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. tall slender neck bottle with a cork and wire crown. grey label with a scythe graphic and temptation barrel aged ale printed. number 23 is on the scythe. "blonde ale aged in oak barrels" also printed on label. "barrel aged 12 months" presented. the russian river interpretation of "temptation" is on the back of the label along with, an image of a tulip glass, and batch 001. 7.25%abv is displayed, and there also is a graphic that is further explained on the russian river website to mean that the bottle can be cellared up to 4 years. what else do you need to know???

appearance: pours a hazy caramelly orange with tangerine hilights in my favorite snifter. 2" fluffy white head that dropped to about a quarter inch quickly. the lacing and sticking is near perfect. stream of bubbles rise from the stem.

smell: very aromatic. lemon citrusy with a soapy clean grape aroma. bubble gum, wheat and perfume. love the bouquet!

taste: salty and lightly spicy wine/champagne. very vinous flavor. nice sour lemony acidic finish. light bitterness. not overly complex, but very flavorful. alcohol is well masked. incomparable to any beer i've ever had previously.

mouthfeel: unusually crisp while also creamy. there's an amazing champagne carbonation that you feel at the top of your throat when you swallow. smooth. love it.

drinkability: every sip begs for more. the bottle is deceivingly small, and when you finish, you check the label to make sure it wasn't less than 12oz. where did it go? alcohol is almost completely masked. the true "champagne of beers". (sorry miller high life)

overall: what can i say? i love it. i have one other bottle that i'm gonna lay down, but i don't know if i can be patient. i ordered this from russian river's website and it was worth every penny. (almost $12 after shipping) i also have some supplication waiting in the fridge, and that's supposed to be better. it'd almost have to be perfect to be better than temptation. 2 enthusiastic thumbs.

Px2GrafX, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden sandy blonde. Head is white, small, lasting. Very vinous nose contains strong farmy and funky notes that seems to multiply the fruit presence. Banana bread soaked in cider and banged around with tart white grapes. Globally very fresh and classy, yet you feel this would survive many years. The palate is delicate, flowery and vibrantly tart in a pineapple way. Fresh fruitiness brings the complexity through the roof. It somehow manages to remain accessible thanks to a striking balance and transcendent "classiness". Bretty cobwebs, cidery salty minerals. Satisfying, juicy, yet dry. Firm champaigny carbonation, smooth palate. My new favorite from Vinnie.

Rastacouere, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of david18
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like this beer even better than the Consecration, which is a little too strong. A great pale color, intense sour and belgian aroma, excellent sour flavor that also has a very belgian (Damnation-like) quality.

I think this is one of the better sour ales I've had, maybe even better than many of the cantillons. This is to that beer what Damnation is to Duvel.

I highly recommend this beer.

david18, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle - batch 004x4 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a very pale yellow. It is hazy from yeast but there is little visible yeast sediment. The haze makes for a beer that glows when held to light, but at the same time there is some small amount of translucency. A tightly constructed finger and a half of small, very white bubbles sits on top, providing nice lacing.

Temptation's aromas seem to be less intense than those of the Consecration that I enjoyed last night. However, this beer is no less complex. The funk is a lot stronger here than in Consecration. A nice, even-keel hay-and-horseblanket set of Brettonamyces aromas is much welcomed. Some light tartness that comes across as lemon and nectarine. Fleeting whisps of flowers. Some astringency for balance comes from the Chardonnay barrels and from some medicinal phenols. Everything works together beautifully. If you've had enough lambics, guezues or wild ales then you won't find anything that will surprise you. But then not everything has to surprise.

Sweet & tart peach, nectarine and lemon flavors jump out right from the first sip. That tartness fades fast, leading to a slightly sugary malt taste. The beer's complexity unfolds over the next many sips. Funky sweat, musty leather and dried hay make for a deliciously funky counterpart to the sour fruits. There is a combination of phenolic flavors and especially oak barrel that I recognize from last night's bottle of Consecration (perhaps this is a signature taste among Russian River's wild ales?). The beer finishes very dry and funky; a positive thing given the nature of the flavors here.

Superb mouthfeel. It is light in body with carbonation that is perfect in both its amount and intensity to the tongue. I couldn't imagine the mouthfeel being any better for the flavors that this beer delivers. Temptation's drinkability is simply tremendous. It is light enough in alcohol (7.25 % ABV) to be able to drink a whole bottle carefree. The drying finish and overall subtlety and balance make for a beer that you will drink and drink and crave for more.

Scythe beer! I love you, Scythe Beer; you are my new friend. This is a great beer. Great beer. Oh, to have the disposable income to buy a case of this. Totally worth the retail price. Totally worthy of adoration.

Reaper16, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of PerHops
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If ever there were a starter sour, I think this may take the cake. Not going to blow your mind with barnyard funk, but this is a phenomenal sour beer. Heffe meets Gueze? The finish says so much more. I like Sanctification's lemon zest and dryness better. I like Supplication's tart cherries and pinot barrels better. I like Consecration's sickly sweet tannins better. Somehow, this beer is still on the same level as all of those. PERFECTLY balanced. Amazing. Most definitely a temptress!

PerHops, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of drewmprs
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What can I say that hasn't been said? This was my first experience with an american wild ale. First impression was one of the chardonnay oak barrels that it was aged in for 12 months. I was lucky enough to try this on tap at hollingshead. A contemplative beer that one can sip or chug. Another winner from Russian River, more places should carry this on tap. The brets were strong, but manageable.

drewmprs, Dec 23, 2005
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,846 ratings.