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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,553
Gots: 788 | FT: 43
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

mdidonat, Sep 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Soto, Sep 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

lunarbrew, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle dated 7/27/2012, so its about a year and 2 months old. Poured into a Bell's snifter at Doug's today, 9/18/2013.

Pours a beautiful hazy straw colour, with a lovely 2cm white head with great retention. Looks so incredibly refreshing with a lot of great lacing as this one goes down- that's all I have to say about the appearance.

Smell is interesting and very aromatic, but a little one dimensional. I can definitely get the oak and chardonnay scent here, but its not particularly complex. It smells so refreshing though that I can't dock it too many points. I can tell that this is the base for the FfaC though.. a bit of that funkiness in that nose also, but not a ton. Definitely get a little bit of lactic acidity, like FfaC, but its not particularly acidic sour. One thing about this one is that it smells so clean.

Flavour is great, so refreshing, but not too complex. Its a combination of oak and tannins, lactic acidity and some sweetness which is more of that dry chardonnay sweetness combined with a little bit of citrus zest. Not a ton of funk in this one, like a good geuze, but its definitely a very, very palatable flavour. I think this is a great beginner's sour, honestly, even more so than Sanctification or Supplication.

Its a lighter bodied beer but it is so incredibly refreshing. I would definitely use this is a hot day-porch beer, or a palate cleanser. Its so pleasing, I can see this is a beginner sour. I would be able to drink a pitcher of this without any problems, its that great in disguising the 7.5% ABV booziness. Very drinkable, may quite possibly be the most drinkable of the RR sours.

Definitely worth trying; its not über complex but its got that good sour quotient and a bit of complexity to it. Russian River's other sour offerings are more complex and flavourful, but if you are new to sours, this is one I would definitely try first before all the other sours.

Stevedore, Sep 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

IrishColonial, Sep 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Rhettroactive, Sep 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

MagicJeff, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on May 30, 2013

A - Pours a glowing light amber golden hue, initially clear, with a slight haze from the leftover yeasties.
S - Bright and aromatic with notes of grape, straw. Slight funk with a dominant Belgian brett yeast character. Clean but pungent. Marshmellow, ambrosia, pineapple poetry on the nose!
T - Delightful. Rich, full orange peel and lemongrass upfront that blends into a tart, succulent funkiness. Notes of grape and grape must with a tinge of oak tannin.
M - Fun and light on the palate but with a medium body to sustain through each flavor intricacy. Quite palatable -- I swear I could drink an entire pitcher of this and be in heaven (I promise to do it slowly, don't worry).
O - A pleasurably fun light ale with the Belgian twist. One of the more memorable sours I've enjoyed.

StrongAleSkeptic, Sep 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

allstar255, Sep 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

miggy96, Sep 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

ChicagoNick, Sep 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

KetchumSuds, Sep 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

BeerShoup, Sep 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

fsck, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of stewart124
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at Stone.

Pours golden with plenty of visible carbonation. Beautiful
Lacing right off the bat. Trails of bubbles.

Farmyard, horse blanket and grainy notes. Some lemon and tart cherries comes to mind.

Whoa! This packs a punch. Loaded with tart characters and finishes so dry. More lemon and tart cherries with biscuity/bread to back it up. So easy to sip. The bottle doesn't last nearly long enough.

stewart124, Sep 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

mcdonald422, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

JonnyBeers, Sep 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

rob99er, Sep 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Noonan425, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

heysuz, Sep 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Phoenix2443, Sep 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

bouncepass, Sep 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,936 ratings.