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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

2,458 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2458
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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match1112

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour this in to my russian river tulip. clear golden straw body with two inches of thick white head that fizzes out at a steady pace. plenty of lacing left behind. not a big fan of chardonnay and this is dominated by chardonnay. that said, i absolutely love this beer. i dont know how they make it work but they do. as far as smell and taste this is straight chardonnay, nothing else. mouthfeel is very lively with more carbonation in a sour than i have experienced. kinda a medium thin body, drinks like champaign. overall ireally like it, heck i might even try another chardonnay, nah i'll stick to beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:05:20 | More by match1112
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VinoBeer

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears hazy royal gold with ample pure white fluffy, lacy-beyond-belief head that crowns the glass and stays there as a half-finger cap. Aroma is melon, funky floral notes, and lemon citrus. Smell keeps developing with time, with the lemon/flower scent coming through after the initial oak/melon. Taste is intoxicating, with light fruit initially, and a woody finish, with plenty of others in between, including yeast funk, white wine, and a tart carbonation kick throughout. Beer is light while being well-bodied and leaves a nice dry coat around the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:23:58 | More by VinoBeer
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Duff27

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch white head on a clear golden body. Good head retention and above average lacing, especially for a sour.

Definite Chardonnay influenced. Honestly that's all I get from the nose.

Not overly sour. Chardonnay makes my face do funny things, dominates for me. Would guess at an 8% beer here.

Medium mouthfeel, big carbonation.

Somehow it all comes together for me. Chardonnay isn't my favorite but RR makes it work here. Thanks for the trade a long time ago stupac2.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 01:48:20 | More by Duff27
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iadler

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a bright gold with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- White grapes, oak, green apple skins with a hint of lemon and vinegar.

T- Lots of white grape, oak, green apple, lemon, hints of hay, vinegar, and lacto. There is a nice amount of sourness at the end.

M- Medium carbonation with a light crisp body that finishes dry.

O- Really impressed by this sour from rr. Lot's of wine qualities from the barrels and a nice amount of sourness that isn't overpowering. I'll take this over Beat B5 any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 19:01:14 | More by iadler
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 05X1E

A - Slightly hazed golden body with a bright white head.

S - Sweet grapes, green apples, tart berries, lots of dry dusty wood, lemons, some grassy potpourri spices that remind me of a hobby lobby. The brett and chardonnay aroma really starts taking over as it warms.

T - Tart grapes, crisp green apples, and lemon dance on the tongue creating a nice crisp tartness. A light dusty funk appears mid palate finishing crisp and tart with some snappy lemon acidity.

M - Light body, effervescent carbonation that turns smooth at the end, nice tartness with a crisp dry finish.

I've been sitting on this for almost 2 years but it's felt like 5! I had to crack it open tonight.
Very light and crisp with nice wood notes. Funkiness was there but not over the top. Sour but not puckering. The chardonnay is pronounced but is nice. Just a subtle, but very well done sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:12:33 | More by StaveHooks
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vic21234

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 6.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with about a finger's worth of head that fades to a thin film along the top. Seems well carbonated, with lots of fizzy bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Smells tart and wine-like. Notes of cherries and light grapes come up, also with a sort of breadiness.

T- Starts off rather fizzy. I get notes of grapes, cherries, and just light fruits in general. The barrel aging is great on this, with nice tart/sourness.

M- Light, highly carbonated, sour, a nice sipper.

This is a nice sour from RR. I like Supplication a bit more, but I'd recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 22:25:51 | More by vic21234
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Meerkey

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hardly any head. Slightly cloudy gold. Tons of bubbles.

S: The smell of chardonnay is overpowering. Some sourness and a hint of grains that I'm probably imagining.

T: SO sour. Definitely taste the chardonnay barrels and grapes. Sharply sour with some kind of burnt toast aftertaste.

M: Clean and bubbly and nice.

O: Soso sour. I'm not huge on sour ales, so it's always hard for me to get used to them, but this is pretty good for one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 19:11:37 | More by Meerkey
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #006

A - Pours golden wheat in color, almost champagne like. Little to no head.

S - Grass, funk, yeast, barnyard and a faint white grape smell.

T - Lemon peel, followed by tart lemon. Sour apple and funk. Finishes dry and a slight lip puckering.

M - Light body but effervescent. Really gets the flavors around your mouth.

O - Another fine sour from Russian River. I would rank Supplication slightly higher in sourness since Temptation is less intense.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 23:21:06 | More by cvm4
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this in a motel room on a road-trip west. Batch 05X2E, whatever that means (RR batch finder was down last time I checked).

Pours clear pale yellow, champagne-like, with an eruptive dense foamy white head. Massive head, so much that I have to give it time to die down. Color is clean and sparkling, and really makes me want to drink it.

Smell is crisp and clean and sweet, but pungently sour at the same time. Smells absolutely delightful, as each sniff brings aromas in slightly different waves. Tart, clean, and dry. Yum. Edit: after tasting it, I can go back and find a bit of white wine grapes, but barely.

Flavor doesn't wow me as much. It's heavy on the chardonnay, with way more white grape than I picked up in the smell, and with a slightly biting dryness (the same thing that makes me pucker when I drink chardonnay). White grapes and oak, overpowering all of the subtle sour-sweet that was so dominant in the smell. I feel like I'm drinking a beerish white whine, rather than a beer.

Mouthfeel is delightful, and fits the beer really well. Like the appearance, it reminds me of champagne, with a huge burst of bubbles that fills the mouth and carries the flavors to every corner. Finish is very dry and slightly acidic.

On balance, this is a good beer. It's just unfortunate that the flavor is my least favorite part. It's dominated by the barrel in the same way that many rough bourbon-barrel-aged beers are. I want more beer, or more sour, and less chardonnay.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 02:43:43 | More by zeledonia
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 6

A - Bright gold, mostly clear, fluffy white head that retains and laces well.

S - Takes a nice vinous character from the barrel with oak and grape fruitiness, horse blanket, grass, hint of cherry, maybe even a little pine.

T - Woody barrel notes, green grape, vinous, strong yeast funk, brett earthiness, hay, sour, but not too overpowering. Long finish with lingering sourness.

M - Light side of a medium body, high carbonation, stays smooth and sour, with a bit of a pucker.

O - Splendid. Huge complexities, really opens up as it warms. Worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:49:30 | More by garuda
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phishsihq

Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Temptation Batch 006 pours a hazy, straw color and is capped by a white, quickly disappearing head that leaves a light amount of lace. A rich bouquet of aromas burst out of the tulip including hints of oak, chardonnay, green apple and brettanomyces funk. The brew starts out with a fruitiness reminiscent of pears before a quaint oakiness leads other flavors like vanilla and chardonnay grapes into a tart and funky finish. A high level of carbonation dances across the tongue in this medium bodied ale. Maybe our new favorite sour, and that says a lot!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:29:24 | More by phishsihq
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Beautiful clear gold color with a rather small white head. On the nose I get some apple skins, pears, and a slight touch of barnyard funk.

Medium-bodied beer with a nice mellow fruity, tart flavor. The sour notes hit you immediately as the beer touches your tongue. Despite the fruit on the nose, there's not much sweetness to balance it out. What there is though, is a nice stony champagne-like dryness. There are fruity dry notes that linger well on the finish. Very appetizing beer.

This is not my favorite sour from Russian River (that is still Supplication), but this is an excellent beer. The combination of fruit, sour, and stony dryness makes this beer taste like a nice mellow gueuze. Fans of sours (and gueuzes) should definitely try to get this. It's wonderful that an American brewer is making such unique, distinctive beers, but it's criminal that they aren't distributed more widely. Here in KY, we have to trade for them. And when I say we ``have to'' trade, I mean we absolutely must. There's just nothing like these anywhere outside of California.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 23:47:35 | More by deadonhisfeet
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paper thin head, light straw body. Nice lace.

Tart nose and really funky. Like, serious funk. Really faint melon maybe.

Taste isn't as intense as the nose, there's still a bunch of funk but it ends up pretty dry. It has a lot of chardonnay character, a bit of citrus.

Thinnish but not watery.

Good but pretty dry-- I don't love Chardonnay, but if you do, this would be pretty great.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:04:35 | More by zaphodchak
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Grohnke

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw, light gold; slight cloudiness. Condensed white head has little staying power, leaving a thin film. Remarkable lacing forms.

Smells of bright, tart lemon and grapes (in the sense of white wine). Mild funk, mild sourness. Very light oak.

Lemon is strong initially while the beer is still chilled, and then the sour cherry takes center stage, all the while green apple is in the background. Subtle sourness, with a light lactic bite, tart.

Light bodied, but far from watery; High carbonation makes it fluffy, and effervescent. Finishes dry with a lingering soft mouth puckering and tingling sour note.

Though not immediately 'wowed' by this beer, i fell deeply in love with it during the session. Its subtle and delicate, yet bright and bold. Some great fruity notes, paired with some soft sourness. Being aged for nearly a year in oak barrels, i was expecting more wood in the aroma (very light) and finish (nonexistent). Stellar mouthfeel. I am very jealous of those whom have this at their local liquor stores throughout the year.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 22:28:25 | More by Grohnke
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange with a minimal white head and some smooth lacing.

Smells heavily of chardonnay. White grapes, some apple, a load of oak, butter and some brett.

White wine flavors abound. Buttery vinous flavor. Brett is more prevalent than the nose indicates, but still well integrated. Sour apple and cherry come out a bit more as warmed. Sourness is not strong up front but leaves the back of the tongue pucker.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Very pleasant beer. Well integrated complex flavors. I prefer this to its closest kin Sanctification.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 20:37:23 | More by jmarsh123
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RedBeard88


4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this one up from a Whole foods in the South San Francisco Bay Area. The 350ml bottle came in a cage and cork arrangement. The glass was particularly heavy I'm guessing to facilitate Russian River's bottle fermented beers.

On with the review.

A- Beautiful, ususlly I love a cloudy golden coloring but this bright orange beer blew me away. The most interesting thing about the poor was that bits of barrel sediment made it through so the bubble cascade looked like falling stars ... unreal.

S- Striking. When popped the quark the first smell to come out was sweet, like root beer sweet. To which i had to respond "Well lets keep and open mind". But after the pour all sorts of intense citrus and mango and sweet orange came to the front. The famous sour cherry didn't seem to come till later on.

T- Like nothing else. Right now Russian River Brewing have the uncanny ability to bring to your pallet the sensation of something you have never tastes before. Cherry carbonation, mild wheat body, with a strong cherry finish. Not strange but unique and wonderful.

M- The first couple sips allow you to feel and explore the carbonation from barrel sediment which in this case is awesome. Later on at the beer warms and smooths out, not exceptionally drinkable but pleasant.

D- Majesty. Its beers like this that make me proud to be from California.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:54:58 | More by RedBeard88
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass. batch 5.

pours a luminous golden/straw yellow while yielding about a finger of white head; so-so retention that mostly recedes into a ring around the sides of the glass. decent lacing.

chardonnay leads the way in the aroma, followed by oak, fruits, and some subtle notes of both funk and tartness. first sip delivers that vinous quality up front with some oak and funk. as it warms more fruit characteristics (green apple, pear, lemon) open up, along with a touch of hoppiness and spices. a pleasant sourness courses throughout; a dry finish. easily one of the more interesting, original beer i've had to date. for my money the creme de la creme in its style (and i am rating with style heavily in mind here).

light-bodied, tangy mouthfeel, pretty well carbonated. one you'll want to nurse and savor.

original review on: 09-13-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 05:01:17 | More by BostonHops
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at city beer store in San Francisco. They said this was batch 4. Pours a clear, bright yellow at first, then turns hazy on the second and third pour. Tastes nicely sour with oak notes coming through on the finish. Very refreshing and it has the right amount of sourness. This brewery is fucking awesome.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 16:00:45 | More by WeedKing4
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter
Batch 006
written from notes taking a few months ago

A: Pours a translucent yellow amber with just over 1 fingers width of snow white head. Head dissipates down to a thin film, but leaves a solid amount of lacing.

S: Funky yeast can be smelled as soon as you pop the cork. Sour apple and sour lemon with sweet aromas to balance out the sour, including banana and a subtle vanilla. The brett and sour characters are certainly present but there are also some traditional Belgium yeast aromas coming through. A grassy aroma as well, and even a peppery spice. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so many different scents coming from one beer. Wow.

T: Sour apple and sour grape are noticed right away, followed by the chardonnay flavor. There is some of that belguim yeast banana flavor (that I love) that lingers in the after taste, and does a nice job of balancing out the sour. At one point I catch a hint of hop bitterness that I certainly wasn’t expecting. There is a champagne character to the beer as well. Its like a champagne/white wine/gueuze hybrid, and I like it. Doesn’t quite live up to the nose, as not as many flavors come out, but how could it. Still damn good though.

M/D: Light, crisp and refreshing. A lively mouth feel. Good drinkability as I could certainly drink more than 1 of these, and I can’t say that about all sours.

O: Overall, this is definitely a keeper. Damn expensive ($13.99 for a 375mL!) but worth it. Great job of creating the sour aura, but maintaining balance and drinkability. I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys wild ales, sours, and to those who are just in the mood for something different and unique.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 19:35:24 | More by zac16125
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riored4v

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in to a Duvel tulip. Batch 004x4 from 2009 release I believe. 2.5 finger, frothy, egg-white like head. Beautifully clear, golden colored body. Good lacing.

Aroma had an excellent tart aroma to it. Some light musty Brett aroma. Cherries. Light notes of oak which some light acidity. Some light bready notes.

Taste was amazing. Solid tartness up front with a crisp finish that had a light lingering tartness. Mild acidity with some cherry notes. Light notes of oak. Some mellow fruity notes with a light bready flavor. Some noticeable musty, brett notes.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body, high carbonation with a super dry finish.

Overall this was an excellent beer. Wish I had more of it laying around. Amazing tartness with some great complexity behind it.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:43:45 | More by riored4v
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle batch 006 poured into tulip 17/4/12

A slight haze in a bright golden body, not a very lively pour with just a thin white cap, doesn't look like there's much carbonation in the glass but two rings of lace

S the funk is pretty mild but hard too miss, apple, pear, with lots oaked vinous notes, the funk comes out as it warms, smells great

T more vinegar and cider notes I didn't really pick up on in the nose, other then that thankfully it mimics the smell quite well, the barrel leaves its mark on this one and I'm loving it

M more bubbles then I would have guessed but could use just a few more but it's a minor issue, its sour but not turning my mouth inside-out, and just a faint aftertaste

O this bottle was nowhere near big enough, I smell, I sip, and before I know it I'm smelling an empty glass and bottle. although there's room for improvement I wouldn't change much

the more sours I drink the more I like them and this is a great example, I like the Chardonnay barrel choice it works quite well, once again I need to thank the most awesome Rutager for this one

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 17:58:12 | More by wordemupg
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MadeInOregon

California

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Russian River beer. Guess I'm officially a cool, beer snob now...

THE APPEARANCE of the Temptation ale (btw, 7.5% not 7.25%) was not impressive but not terrible. It's extremely effervescent with a 3/4-inch airy white foam head bubbling up to the top. It has virtually no lacing at all. Basically looks like apple cider or a heavily-filtered hefeweizen in color.

THE SMELL, wow, very pungent. I could smell this beer from several feet away after popping the cork and pouring it out. The aromas I picked up are champagne, chardonnay, green apples, apricot, and yeast.

THE TASTE is extremely vinegary. Cider vinegar is the main flavor with some mild hopping. It is a little peppery and there is a strong skunky, wild mushroom flavor also. Alcohol is hidden. The flavor is strong but it is really quite simple, and straightforward--which is kind of a shame considering the extra labor involved in creating this beer. Starting with a blonde ale was a wise choice for making this style; too much hoppyness would have made the tartness overwhelming (I once had a sour ale at Deschutes Brewery's pub that must have started with a fairly hoppy pale ale. It exemplified how NOT to make a sour ale. Might as well have drank vinegar).

THE FEEL of this odd ale is by far the high point. It's amazingly smooth, dry and sticky on the lips, with a fair amount of alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Altogether, these are odd sensations but are enjoyable and mild. Overall, this is a light beer.

CONCLUSION: This beer is not for everyone, obviously. I tend to agree with the low-end reviews for this brew more so than the high ones. Truthfully, it's mostly hype. The fancy bottle, complicated process, high price, and perceived exclusivity of Russian River's brews are great marketing but do nothing to enhance the taste of Temptation. The best thing this has going for it is that it's a great thirst quencher in the same vein as a Bavarian hefeweizen. On its own it's just a little one-sided and boring. I'd recommend treating it like wine and having it with food. On the other had, you could always just buy some wine...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 04:44:02 | More by MadeInOregon
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a conundrum this drink is. After a ho-hum pour, it's terrific, with a tartness that evokes grapes and lemons and gets your salivary glands going whether you want them to or not. Delicious. But what the hell is it? There's so much tart chardonnay it's crossed over from being a beer to being something else. It's as much wine as it is beer, and in many ways it's no more beer than a malternative is. Still, a great drink, but I've penalized the overall rating for the identity crisis.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 14:35:13 | More by lurpy1
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #6 Poured into Duvel glass

A: Half-finger white frothy head with good retention, clear light-golden color, good carbonation, small amount of nice lacing

S: Grapes (wine), earthy, oak, little bit of funkiness

T: Pleasant sourness, chardonnay, buttery, some lemon zest, vinegar, apple, same little bit of funkiness

M: Smooth and oily, good carbonation, medium-light bodied, good aftertaste

O: Very good and very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 03:26:46 | More by derkfromwi
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jegross2

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Temptation (Batch 6) from Russian River Brewing Company.
Score: 92

Batch #6. Brewed on 05/10/09 and bottled on 08/08/11. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/20/12.

Appearance: Pours an incredibly hazy golden color with a half finger of bubbly white head that settles into a bubble ring around the glass. Above average lacing, poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Chardonnay, white wine, oak, fizzy light fruit, rose pedal, light "Brett" and only a hint of sweaty sock funk and vinegar once it reaches room temperature. Very light hint of yeast. Surprisingly pleasant. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet white wine/Chardonnay flavor and fruit. Moderate tartness that grows as the beer warms. Some light wheat, oak and a growing modicum of sweet vinegar. There is a light "funk" when it hits room temperature, but this beer is surprisingly balanced. No real pucker or cringe, which I am enjoying. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high carbonation. Smooth, sugary and crisp. 4.5/5

Overall: At least at this point in my beer journey, I hate sour. Alas, I legitimately enjoyed this beer. I would certainly come back to this one again. Thank you slvrmon82 and n00b BIF for hooking me with a sour I did not hate.

Recommendation: This is a good beer for fans of white wines and a good "starter sour" for folks like myself that despise sours.

Pairings: Chicken Parmesan.

Cost:$8.99 for a 355 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 07:59:25 | More by jegross2
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,458 ratings.