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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,781
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,540
Gots: 748 | FT: 42
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

01-29-2014 13:16:42 | More by hombrepalo
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

05-23-2014 16:30:04 | More by jlg79fe
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

06-28-2014 02:13:45 | More by HitchSlap
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

03-21-2013 15:49:44 | More by theGlasstronaut
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

08-03-2014 22:29:13 | More by PhilDaBrewer
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

10-16-2013 17:48:16 | More by michaellcoates
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

01-17-2013 12:51:23 | More by Dirty25
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

02-22-2013 06:10:15 | More by jaylib
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

08-11-2012 00:06:11 | More by kendellmarie
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

06-01-2014 03:16:13 | More by Zetcha7x
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

02-06-2013 13:53:38 | More by browniewithnuts
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

05-24-2013 01:53:50 | More by Jeremy_H
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

09-21-2013 03:44:13 | More by gelasin
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

01-20-2013 03:23:38 | More by gpawned
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

11-11-2013 11:43:57 | More by rxeight
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -15.2%

If you want to see a great review for this beer, keep scrolling down another. However, I'm still goving my two cents worth. This can be a beer where you can convert not the light beer drinker, but rather the white wine drinker. It seemed like I was drinking a nice balanced beer followed by a chardonnay, hence the BA notes on its aging process. can't compare it to other sof this style but will continue to search for other Wild Ales. Wish I could get my hand on more Russian River brews, I just got lucky the other night.

01-12-2006 03:02:30 | More by Backer2004
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3.78/5  rDev -15.2%

Pale golden colour, cloudy appearance with steady bead feeding a decent snowy head that isn't hanging around for encores but is leaving a deliciously fragile lacing cradle. Great, for the lacing. Otherwise nothing exciting.

Really very delicious nose. Champagne characters with a slight sour fruit element but a lot of pleasant grapey aromas. Slight hint of a tang, not quite sherbety but sherbety is the closest I can come, linguistically.

Wow. And...wow. Okay, that taste really surprised the arse off of me. (If I'd known what this was, perhaps not quite as much, but still) Very, very mouth-puckering sour palate, but yes I was dead right about the tang because there it is loud and clear. It's very citrusy really, like lemon squash that's leant too heavily on the lemon. At the same time, a very rich, robust mid-palate, rather (I'd say) champagney again. Like the tang on the nose, it's kind of like poorly-hidden alcohol, only without the alcohol intensity. Just a rich billowy palate, like a cloud of octopus ink. Full marks, beer, for the surprise factor. And a fascinating palate to boot.

Not an everyday chugalug beer but an interesting, bold palate that grabs you by the balls and spits in your face "I am an interesting, bold palate." Mouthfeel is very puckering. I feel it killing my tastebuds with its acidity.

01-13-2009 05:41:59 | More by laituegonflable
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3.78/5  rDev -15.2%

Batch 005x1E

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with a long lasting whitish head. Quite fizzy with lots of lacing.

S - Slight sweet malts with some tropical fruits: pineapple and mango. Lite funk with a slight tart sour aroma.

F/M - Sweet pils malts, lots of tropical fruit flavors, again pineapple and mango. Lite barnyard funkiness is quite subdued compared to prior expectations. Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Prickly and lite on the tongue. Quite effervescent.

D - Good. Finishes clean with a refreshing quality. Full flavored and very enjoyable.

09-18-2010 06:45:31 | More by domtronzero
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours a hazy pale golden amber color with a big loose white head that fades fairly quickly leaving spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is aggressive and all about the chardonnay barrel treatment; earthy, very lemony, fruity and tart...way more character than the base blonde. The mouth feel was tangy and effervescent. Full flavored, the tart lemon character and barrel treatment tastes like drinking a chardonnay out right. Too tart for me and with a bit more wine character than i could appreciate at this sitting. I had the opportunity to consider this one with lunch at Hopmonk's Tavern in Sebastopol, CA.

10-12-2008 11:50:54 | More by jjayjaye
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3.8/5  rDev -14.8%

Appearance is exactly as you would expect -- golden blonde with a white head. The aroma is a bit funky, with that typical sour smell. I honestly didn't get too much from the aroma. With the taste, I got much of the same. Sour and tart, with a bit of oak -- honestly, I didn't find it all that complex or powerful. Exceptionally easy drinking, but I wasn't very tantalized.

This is a well crafted beer, but with the Russian River pedigree, I expected a bit more. I didn't find it particularly complex, and it was a bit tame as far as sours go. Don't get me wrong -- it's a good beer. But with a solid A average, I expected to be more impressed.

04-12-2011 19:08:31 | More by Mavajo
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3.8/5  rDev -14.8%

Fairly fresh bottle of batch 5, shared with my buddy Nick. Consumed from my Harpoon LE glass.

A- Golden Straw colored, maybe a touch of amber. Pours with a light white head, not a lot of head and not much lacing.

S- Smells parfumey, with smells of funk and citrus. Touches of oakiness and wine.

T- Not as sour as I expected, more smooth and tart. Has a light touch of funk. The dominant tastes are oak and chardonnay, maybe even a touch of citrus

M-Quite smooth, with a touch of sourness. Has a nice tingly mouthfeel. Very nice and probably the most complex part of this beer.

D- Very drinkable, due to the lack of acidity/sourness that I am used to from RR's other sours. It's nice, and I drank it very quickly.

I had particularly high hopes for this one, as Supplication is one of my favorite sours. I feel like this was a good beer, but not quite exceptional. The sourness was there, but not really what I expect having had most of RR's other sours.

Have a few more bottles that I plan on aging, we'll see how it develops.

09-20-2010 01:08:19 | More by Gfunk720
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3.8/5  rDev -14.8%

Clear amber color – white frothy thick big bubble head – nose of woody (cedar) , fruity sourness , bread yeast , malt , antiseptic , grains and citrus– taste of sour red fruits, sour green apples , malts , yeast , cereals , grains , and citrus – acidic bubbly raw body , and dry – aftertaste slightly bitter , and sour chalk very short

09-14-2006 03:53:37 | More by stephendr
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District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -14.8%

750ml bomber

Appearance: Pour is orange-apricot with great belgian head and lacing.

Smell: Full of bitter barnyard funk and must, chardonnay oak (more like a cheap chardonnay than a good one) and ripe golden fruit. I think it might have almost spent too long in barrels.

Taste: Bitter barnyard funk (with a cat piss element to it), chardonnay oak, and ripe fruits like apricots, pears, peaches, and apples. There is a bitterness to it that doesn't quite fit in. Just a bit too much oak. Actually I find more oak in the bottle than the on-tap version, along with more of a funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Not in love with the carbonation or coating aspect, but good

Drinkability: Drinkable enough but I am not crazy about this one; I admire Vinnie as a pioneer of this style in America but he just never caught up with the Europeans and has now been surpassed by several americans. The first doesn't always go the farthest, even though he sets the path.

06-19-2010 14:50:09 | More by craytonic
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North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -14.6%

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says 072712.

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before fizzling away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam. Solid lacing. Wispy sediment is found suspended in the body.

S- Lemony, funky wild yeast aroma with a hint of barnyard must. Crisp but fumy.

T- Pow! Massive sourness of lactic acid assaults the palate leaving only traces of citrus fruit notes. Has that strange rubbery aftertaste that I haven't, as of yet, been able to determine what the cause of it is but it shows up in a lot of sours. Drinkable, but with small sips few and far between.

M- Incredibly dry and twangy with a tartness that doesn't let up. Medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- It's a kick in the teeth right off the bat but, once you get into it, it's a pretty tasty sour if you like that sort of thing.

02-10-2013 00:34:46 | More by Immortale25
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3.83/5  rDev -14.1%

A: Cloudy, golden/straw color with a thin white head.

S: Sour and wine like. Interesting.

T: The taste is as it smells - sour and wine. This is almost like a wine with beer flavoring. Definite sour notes.

M: Thin and carbonate - I thought it fit the beer exceptionally.

D: This is my favorite RR to date.

06-23-2008 21:43:29 | More by barefootbrewer
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
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