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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 984
Hads: 3,326
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 1,744
Gots: 892 | FT: 53
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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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.5/5  rDev +2%

375 ML bottle poured into a Russian River "tion" glass. Bottled on 07/27/2012.

Ap: Pours a thin cap of white head atop a hazy, light golden body. Some yeast chunks float around towards the bottom. Nice creamy lacing for a sour.

S: Juicy white grapes and tart pears up front leading into bright acidity, tangy lacto and dry oak barrel. Some musty barn notes peak out towards the end.

T: Big wave of acidic fruit that brings to mind gooseberries, straight lemon juice and white grapes. Nice yogurt tang in the middle with a drying oak barrel and a bit of brett. Juicy and tart.

Mf: Thin feel made larger by the prickly acidity. Smooth and wet. Great drinkability.

O: So much juicy fruit tartness with a drying finish that makes you want more and more. Nice backing flavors of tart oak, tangy yogurt and musty barn floor. So good. How can I get more Belgian style ales like this?

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%

Yellow fizzy body with white pillowy head. Somewhat sweet, sour taste that is both refreshing and delishious. Juicy pineapple, pear, and sour grapes.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from bottle into my Hill Farmstead stemware. Bottled on 6/18/14.

Fills the glass with a bright and slightly hazy orange body and a beautiful creamy and dense white head. Opens right up on the nose with a heavy dose of lemony-citrus sour notes and fruity banana Chardonnay notes. As it warms, the oaky wood starts to come through as well. Just a hint of musty and funky yeast notes in the background.

First sip reveals a great sour and tart citrusy goodness. A nice farmhouse yeast character comes through with great earthy funk. Not quite as fruity as the aroma was, but the Chardonnay doesn't go unnoticed. Overall, a great blend of wood, yeast, and sourness, thats served well by the excellent blonde ale at its base.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 375 ml bottle, bottled 5.18.14
Clear pale golden color, thin white foam, bubbles swim up like a fine champagne
Nose is funk, lemon, and chardonnay grapes
Taste is similar, some grape and golden raisin sweetness followed by a nice sour funky lemon finish
Overall a delicious, complex sour, with nice carbonation, very refreshing...

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Photo of draheim
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewing one of my favorite Russian River beers. This is my last remaining bottle of Temptation after Russian River pulled out of Washington in late 2012.

375mL bottle (bottle 7/27/2012) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color w/ a short-lived 1-finger white head, bright lively carbonation.

Aroma is tart and funky; grassy, earthy, acidic.

Taste follows nose. Sour, clean. The chardonnay and oak come through along with golden raisins and white grapes.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp; it's light, playful, and utterly refreshing. Finishes clean and bone-dry.

Overall a crisp, bright, drinkable, well-made beer.

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Photo of Hophazzard
2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

Wow! This is not what I consider beer. Like a super strong white wine or something. At $11 A bottle, it's priced like wine too. I'll stick to beer, thank you.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

End of day beer, gardens at Stone.

Temptation - Russian River
BA wild ale
7.5% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a kings crown gold with a brilliant star-bright glow coming from the bottom of the glass. Small thin white soapy head that dissipates into a halo that stays the entire time I'm drinking.

AROMA: Beautiful bouquet on this beer, huge sour tartness initially with loads of lemon and hay blended together. Perfectly ripe green apples, grapes, white wine notes and oakiness.

TASTE: My taste buds are playing celestial trumpets. A perfect marriage of sweet and sour. Like drinking a Chardonnay with lemon zest on top. Sour grapes and slightly sweet grassy notes. Nice faint flavors of barrel and malt.

MOUTHFEEL: Light plus body with a medium dancing carbonation. Funky, dry long lasting finish.

OVERALL: This beer was the perfect outside right before sunset 75 degree choice. Super refreshing and easy drinking. I am just starting to explore into the world of sours, out of all the RR sours I've had this is by far my favorite.

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of JohnG190
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled May 2013. Pours a hazy golden orange with a white sudsy head that dissipates quickly into a frothy retention cap that sticks around throughout and leaves some lacing. Its a lovely beer to look at. Lemon on the nose, with hints of oak and white wine grapes. Very light and crisp aroma. Tart and puckering on the front of the palate, with notes of lemon, oak, and sweet grape. Finishes extremely dry with little to no lingering aftertaste. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Overall, a supremely well crafted barrel aged wild ale. Well balanced, complex, and extremely drinkable!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 6 (brewed 2009, bottled 2011). Opened July 2014.

A - Golden straw body. Thin, fine white head. Light carbonation in the glass.

S - Ouh. Bright tingly tart nose. Oak, grape skins, minerals, hay, acidic lemons, and wet blankets.

T - Smooth, mouth fillingly tart, and dry. Prominent but smooth oak, tart green apples, tart white grapes, grape skins, lemonade, white sugar, unripe peaches.

M - Medium-light body with light carbonation.

O - A great example of the style; great oak notes with a smooth, bold tart flavor.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Cantillon flute.

A: Pours a rich gold with a bubbly, white crown.

S: Dry, white grape, dry oak, barnyard funk.

T: White grape/chardonnay flavors dominate at first, followed by some lush, light fruitiness, rounded out by tart, funk notes in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with abundant carbonation, not unlike a spritzer or wine cooler - works very nicely with the taste of this beer.

O: I definitely prefer the darker RR sours, but this was a nice change of pace and one I'm glad to have tried.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The beer was a handsome golden color with a bubbly white head crowning the glass.

Smell - The grapes from the aging really come through in the aroma. Sour notes reveal the intentions of the grapes.

Taste - My initial impression was sour grapes, largely from the aging process. Further, the taste evolves to notes of grape skin and some citrus notes. The taste finishes with dry sour notes.

Mouthfeel - I found myself wishing the carbonation was a little more muted which would allow for the taste to be extended.

Overall - It would be close between Temptation and Supplication to determine my favorite Russian River.

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Photo of dgilks
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden colour with a nice, creamy, off-white head.

Rich and rounded aroma. Quite tart with some goaty barnyard notes and then fruitiness. Quite a bit of oak. Vanilla and buttery oak. Interesting and very nice.

The palate deliversa moderate tartness backed up with the woodiness of the aroma. Fruit follows to cleanse and add complexity. Not as earthy as the aroma. Still very good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and some tannin. Good.

A really excellent beer. Not as great as I remember it being last time I had it but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of BWED
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Chalice pour at Via Marconi's, Hatfield, PA.

A- Light gold in color. Off white head stays thin, but sticks around for the entirety of the drink.

S- Tang in the nose. Citrus and some apple. Not overly sweet.

T- Tangy again, like the nose. Apples and citrus is what I pick up. Just a faint toasted malt.

M- Light, tangy, and a dry finish. Much less sweet than the other sours I've had from RR. (Consecration, Supplication)

O- Spectacular. I really love the tang and dryness this one brings, and the flavor profile is great.

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Photo of MrMoose916
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Final Gravity in Granite Bay, CA

A: A very clear and glowing golden appearance.

S: Whoa, I got tons of lemons, very nice funk aroma but the lemons dominate through out with undertones of grass and oak.

T: Follows the nose. Big tartness up front with the lemon/citrus flavor dominating the palate then falls into that nice funk. Again underneath you get that grassy, oaky flavor to it.

M: Light body, high carbonation and a very dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable, not going to blow your socks off but I would definitely buy this if I could.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Resurrection Ale House and Local 44 two days later - served in tulips)

A: light-golden liquid with a bright, jewel-like glow... brilliant clarity... initial feathery foam, falls out leaving a scattered collar

S: mild black pepper and grassy white wine... soft, elegant sourish tartness

T: subtle white grape, perhaps a dry peach... nice, delicate balance of lactic tartness, hardly puckering... quite dry, light-moderate balance of dry oak grain

M: very light, dry... crisp but not sharp... mild tannic finish (wood grain)

O: not explosively flavorful, but fantastically savorable and sessionable

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Photo of Tele
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5

A: 4.5 Slightly hazy golden yellow with a small off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: 4.5 Lots of lemon and funk at first with some light pine and a touch of vanilla. Funk opens up a bit more with bringing some dry, aged cheese aromas; it sounds weird but it's really pleasant.

T: 4.25 Fairly tart with a little sweetness. Lost of lemon and orange, a good amount of funk, and some grassy earthiness. Not quite as much going on as the nose, but still very good. Vanilla and oak come through a bit later on. More citrus on the aftertaste along with some herbs, green apple, and more oak.

M: 4.5 Nice carbonation with a fairly light body. Has a very nice, dry finish.

O: 4.5 Great sour blond. Reminds me a lot of some classic Belgian guezes, with a bit less tartness and more citrus.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great white wine sour. Has a different taste from beatification and sanctifation because it is a little more sour. Still very well balanced and super tasty

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle dated 5/30/13 from Homer321. Pours hazy golden colored with a one finger fizzy white head. Sweet and sour aroma, sour vinegar, pears, apples, citrus, hay, dry oak, tart brett notes, vinous white wine notes. Flavor is big sour vinegar, juicy apple, dry oakiness. Medium body with prickly carbonation, smooth and dry finish. Really nice brew.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5-30-13

A - Light orange with ~2-2.5" worth of white porous head.

S - Grapes, wine, vanilla, sour fruit.

T - Grapes, tartness / pink grapefruit, oak, vanilla. Tartness lingers.

M - Like Champagne, bubbles from first sip to swallow.

O - Very interesting. You can certainly taste the wine like qualities, but that Brett makes for some interesting sweet fruit and sour acidic notes. Very drinkable and seems to have aged nicely. Prost!

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Photo of RachelZ
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyable beer!! This beer pours a light golden yellow with a small white head. Aromas in this beer are very interesting with hints of yeast, fruit, sourness and acidity. Flavor is complex and medium bodied with a sour aftertaste. Overall this beer is very refreshing!!

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Sunshine orange mixes with light golden-blond.

S - Peach, musty sour green grapes. Aromas of peach blossoms.

T - Very sour. Lemons, unripe cox apples. Almost mouth-puckering. Not a huge amount of oakiness with a mildly astringent finish. The tartness overpowered the fruit and the funk from the brett.

M - Crisply carbonated which enhances its refreshingness. Body was medium and much less sparkling than champagne, for example.

O - Obviously expectations were fairly high with this one, and as is wont to happen from time to time, they were not met. I found the acidity ate away at the other characteristics which the beer might have offered. Not mind-blowing, and for this drinker, probably not worth the effort required to get hold of the bottled form. Will revisit in the future to see if my palate has changed.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-clear light golden, straw, 1 finger white head that clumps and fades
S-lemon, star fruit, some breadiness, sage, earthy/grassy
T- Brett funk, fresh squeezed lemon, ripe green apple, tart, chard, a bit of oak on the finish
M- medium body and bubbly carbonation, very fizzy clears the palate. Very tart.
O- Russian River never disappoints. Very clean and well blended. Tart and fruity with some dryness from the barrel.

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Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer hits of white wine and a strong tartness in the front. It's very lemony and citrusy with a general theme of apricot. A light crackery malt in the middle along with a nice touch of cherries. After the citrus, the barrel gives some oak notes and drying.

A very tart, yet well balanced sour. One of my favorites from Russian River.

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Photo of thecommonman
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A bright, golden orange. Nicely carbonated, very clean. Slight lacing along the glass, minimal head that stays.

S - Almost like Champagne, with a nice citrus and tropical aroma. This aroma is quite bright. Not much of a malt smell, but not necessary.

T - That oaky, barrel flavor hits first; it's a nice sweetness of slight vanilla. Then the citrus-orange-tropical flavor strikes the middle of your tongue and joins the oak. I get a slight sour grape/mild green apple there, too, as you go to the finish. The finale is nice and dry. You definitely get a tiny bit of bitterness from the hops, too, which is a surprise.

M - Medium, fizzy mouthfeel. Nothing too strong, though. Light bubbles, again, like champagne. Smooth and bubbly at once.

O - Probably the best-balanced, wild/sour ale I've ever had. It has a wine-ness that's pleasant at first, then a great, light-citrusy beer finishes you off with a fizz. It's very fresh tartness is balanced very well, and the whole beer in the glass is a top-notch experience from pouring to tasting.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/30/2013 and poured into goblet.

A-Bright Golden body with a head that quickly fell back into the beer and went missing. No lacing/retention. Clarity would be great for this beer but there is sediment floating throughout my glass. That was probably my fault due to my anticipation of wanting to try this for so long that I poured it a little to rough.

S-Vanilla, oak and a huge punch of freshly squeezed grapefruit mix together for a aroma that is different but intriguing and beautiful at the same time. The grapefruit is the from the sourness and also get some nice funky/musty notes with subtle peach aromas.

T-This is a sour beer and I love it. Mouth puckering goodness once you take it all in. Starts off as a simple belgian-esque beer and than you hit the middle and back palate and it shows you that it is a sour. Sourness turns into funky barnyard back into sourness with hints of that vanilla/oak from the barrels.

M-Medium-thin body, high carbonation and a super dry finish.

O-Enjoyable beer. Have had this cellaring for a couple months now and decided to take it out. Wish I had another one or two of these in my "cellar" so I could age them and see how they progress and change overtime. Lovely sour beer and cannot wait to have this one again. High price where I got it($20 for the 375mL) but happy with the purchase!

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.