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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,839 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,839
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 1,551
Gots: 764 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003)
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip. Batch 006

Pours a hazy yellow with a half inch white head. Some fizziness from the bottom to the top, with a huge amount of lasting bubbles. On the nose i get a strong vinegary scent very reminiscent of a geueze. The taste is also very similar to the traditional gueuze style - tart white grapes with a very lasting sour on this one. As my favorite style is a gueuze, im really digging this. Exceptional mouthfeel, like all RR beers ive had thus far, makes this beer extremely easy to drink. Though i find myself savoring it as the flavor is superb. Finishes dry. Very dry in fact.

Overall another excellent beer from Russian River. As close to a gueuze that youre going to get in America.

Axnjxn, Aug 04, 2013
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bvdubn, Aug 02, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice big 750ml bottle that was corked and caged. Right on the front of the bottle is a large sickle with the name of the beer in big yellow letters along the handle. Above the sickle is an end of a barrel with how long the beer was aged and the types of yeast circling the barrel. To the right of the sickle is the Government warning, proper glassware, the definition of Temptation, a lengthy description of the beer, and a batch number. My bottle was from batch 004X5. According to RR's website, this beer was brewed on 5/25/08 and bottled on 6/5/09.

I wish I had a RR Snifter or Tulip to pour this beer into. I guess my Great Lakes Snifter will have to do. From behind the cork came a lightly hazy bright golden apricot colored beer that had a tiny touch of amber to it. I really did like the color of this beer. The head of foam was almost as impressive as the color. Up rose a 1/2 an inch pearl white head of foam. This head of foam had slow retention. It took its slow ass time to recede. That's fine because I wasn't going anywhere anytime soon. When all said and done, it left behind a fat white string of rings, an island of foam, and a fair amount of blots and streaks of lace. This beer was eye candy!

The aroma was lightly sour and tart. It was one of those pleasantly sour aromas. It wasn't a make your heard turn strong sour aroma. Up front in this sour aroma was the green grapes and oak. This must be the French Oak shining through. Quickly following that combo was some barnyard funk and a whiff of spices. When the second aroma combo had their fun, the beer then finishes up with green apples, a touch of lemon, and a subtle pinch of candi sugar. There was a lot going on in the aroma. This beer had a pleasant level of both barnyard funk and oak. Not one of those controlled this aroma.

Pucker up tastebuds! This beer was sour and tart. Like the aroma, it wasn't overly sour and tart. The sour and tartness just wanted to let you know it's there without punching your tastebuds to death. There was also some barnyard funk in this beer as well. Like everything else in this beer, that was kept down to acceptable levels. They didn't allow that to punch your tastebuds as well. Intermingled with all the sour, tartness, and barnyard funk was the green grapes, green apples, French Oak, orange peel, lemons, and candi sugar. This beer didn't allow the oak to get out of control either. An extremely well done barrel aged Blonde Ale.

This was a light to medium bodied beer that had more than its fair share of carbonation and a very nice sour and tart aftertaste. This aftertaste had the taste of green grapes, green apples, farmyard funk, French Oak, lemon, and candi sugar. After all the sour and tartness leaves, in comes the candi sugar. The candi sugar leaves behind a sugary and Pixie Stick like aftertaste. It was very interesting.

This beer aged very well. It aged so well that I wish I had another bottle in my cellar. This was one of those beers that had a lot going on in it, but nothing really controlled this beer. Every flavor and aroma had the same amount of time in the spotlight. I would love another bottle of this!

AltBock, Aug 02, 2013
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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,839 ratings.