Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 972
Hads: 3,277
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 4.56%
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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 maDUECEgunner
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank you Geuzedad for another gem.

Appearance: Deep hazy yellow. Pure white foamy head with good retention. Head dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: Grapes, chardonnay, oak, Belgian yeast.

Taste: Tastes like a mix of oak and chardonnay. Slightly lactic, very easy to drink. Way more mild of a sour than most others.

Mouthfeel. Not a puckering as most sours. Very well carbonated. I barely loosened the cork and it went flying across the room:)

Overall: It's hard to decide whether to give it a 5 or 4.75. It is absolutely amazing, yet kind of one dimensional. I wish I could drink this everyday. Russian River fails to disappoint.

Serving Type: Bottle 05/30/13 (I want another to age) (690 characters)

Photo of dwagner003
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What can you say about Temptation that hasn't already been said a million times? It's a masterpiece. Nearly flawless, with the exception of some personal preference towards appearance and mouthfeel. Even still, it gets incredibly high marks there. It's a wonderfully tart and refreshing beer with the most pleasantly subtle oaky chardonnay background. This is a prime example of how to use Brett in a beer. It's vinous and effervescent, and just awesome. (454 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to my good friend Ryan Dunn for splitting this bottle. Served into wine glasses.

Poured a hazy deep yellow, hint of orange, white head of a little less than a finger depth, good lacing, and great retention.

Smells of sour grapes, green apples, sour cherries, white wine, and oak. As to be expected, nothing surprising there.

Taste is pretty damn nice. There is a great sweet and sour vibe going on that balances the beer well. The taste is of sour tart grapes, apples, and cherries, but enough fruit flavor remains to put a nice sweetness to it. A touch oaky, very complimentary. A very strong presence of chardonnay in the taste, and it blends so damn well. Impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Carbonation is medium, spot on. Smooth and sticky but clean, just a really impressive feel to this beer, I love how every sip feels.

Overall I loved this beer, it was almost as good as consecration and supplication, certainly one of my favorite sours of all time. The wine barrel aging really makes this, as it does the other russian river sours. Well done, must try for everyone at some point. (1,106 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,917 characters)

Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was one of those rare and perfect beers.

Pours a clear, vibrant gold color with a pretty orange hue. Streaming effervescence. Looks like a glass of white wine or champagne except for the fat head of white foam. Delicate, tight bubbles that cling to the glass and fall off slowly to a cap and thick ring. Couldn't be any prettier.

Nose is chardonnay wine. Has a nice crisp wine like scent with a touch of sour lemon. Brett and barnyard. Wet grass. The nose has just a touch of the oak and a dryness from the brett that also seems to be a little sour. The malt is faint on the nose and not much more than a breath of biscuit. As it warms the lemon becomes a little sweeter.

Taste is divine. It's tart and sour. The mouth waters from the first sip. it tastes of the chardonnay and oak. The bubbles make it sparkle on the tongue. It has a mineral quality and a it's a little edgy too. Bold and daring. The malt is light, fluffy and biscuity bread. The drink is dry and warming. So fruity, so juicy.

This is one of the best beers you will have. The chardonnay character and the brett go so well together. The oak is understated but adds depth and the malt is superbly light. Crisp, fresh, billowing and ample. This is a beer you can linger over and really appreciate it's indulgence. (1,289 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle
$14.95
Russian River

Batch# 003

A big thanks goes out to errantnight for providing me with a few of the Russian River sours, thanks again Derek! Temptation's body is deep golden with a moderate haziness. Large carbonation bubbles explode to the surface from every inch of the glass. The carbonation kept the two finger micro bubbled head alive throughout the entire drink. I'm surprised to find it but chunky, sticky lacing is left behind after each drink. This is a great looking beer!

The nose is loaded with tart orchard fruits. Apricots and peaches are the first thing to jump out along with vinous qualities from the chardonnay barrels. All of these aromas bring tartness to the nose; green apple skins play a big role as well. The malt base is all about pale, semi sweet malts that allow the Brett to do its thing. The depth of this beer is outstanding and the fruitiness meshes perfectly.

The flavor follows closely in the footsteps of the aroma. Tart apricots fall away for the peaches to step forward upfront. The vinous qualities come through mid-palate along with green apple skins that leave behind a solid tartness that lingers after the swallow. The only addition to the aroma is a slight bready maltiness along with candi sugar-like sweetness toward the finish. This is a delicious beer from Russian River.

The body is medium but the lively carbonation makes the body feel airy. The dryness grows as I drink which accentuates the tartness on the swallow.

This beer is dangerously drinkable and should be bottled in 750s. 375ml is not near enough of this delicious beer for one sitting. I find myself not being able to set the glass down.

Temptation is one of my favorite sours to date. This is a fantastic beer in all aspects that I just can't get enough of. The tartness of this beer comes across ridiculously well. Thanks again for picking these up Derek! (1,893 characters)

Photo of impending
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A+

At the source. Crystal clear light golden copper yellow, pure white minor head stays a cap
for the entirety, nice lacing.

Aroma is intoxicatingly seductive, the chardonnay is front and center, defines the experience by any measure. Properly acidic and dry.

Chardonnay again defines the sensation. Impeccable, the ultimate intro brew for the wine drinker. Flawless as a wild as well. The evolution of the flavor is staggering. More than thin bodied crispy lively mouthfeel with just a proper touch of 9 volt.
cheers
jd (525 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.39/5  rDev 0%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (3,157 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Temptation Batch 8

From the bottle.

This pours looking like a Belgian wit—it’s a cloudy hazy white-golden in color with great foaming. The aroma has this wonderful, big tartness that dominates. I get some sour cherries coming across and an intense acidity. The flavor fills the mouth with that same tartness before finishing dry and sparkly. Yes, this sparkles on the palate. There, I said it. Wow. Yum. More, please.

Review 900! (436 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy goldenrod yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chardonnay wine barrels are present in nose along with notes of sourness from the brett.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the sourness is a little stronger and there are also hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very nice balance between flavors of chardonnay and sourness that makes it both interesting and quite easy to drink.

Note: Batch 07-27-12 (701 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 072712

A: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation at the surface of the beer and some apricot highlights. The beer has a quarter to half finger tall pillowy/soapy bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts with stronger aromas of brett, barnyard funk, tartness/sourness, chardonnay, and oak.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts with some moderate to strong amounts of tartness/sourness. There is a strong presence of brett without it dominating or being overbearing and a nice light amount of funkiness. There are moderate flavors of chardonnay and oak towards the finish.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with light amounts of acidic prickliness and some light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink and interesting due to the great balance of flavors/aromas with just enough complexity. Love the use of brett in this beer because it enhances and does not dominate. (1,238 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle dated 7/27/12
A: poured into a Russian River 'tion' glass to a clear yellow with a small and dense white head that fades to a small pool in the middle and a large collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of oak, funk and sourness. definitely some bretty goodness on the nose with this one
T: big sourness up front with some nice fruity notes, a bit of oak, slight funk and barnyardy flavor with some more oak. swallow is a nice sour fruitiness that slowly fades with a bit more oak
M: medium in the mouth with soft and ample carb that is just slightly prickly and is quite dry on the finish
O: absolutely phenomenal beer. Words can't express how perfect it is for an American Wild Ale. It's honestly a benchmark beer for a sour blonde (746 characters)

Photo of Shumania
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ounce bottle, batch number 05X1E, poured into a snifter

a: hazy yellow/orange with minimal head, some carbonation

s: tart lemon, oak, funky yeast

t: similar to the smell. lemon, wine grapes, good tartness, oak, and more funk from the brett

m: extremely dry

Really nice play from the oak barrels. Good mix of fruit, tart, and oak! (339 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an opaque gold with an ephemeral head. A touch of lace. No bubbles.

S - pink bubblegum, oak, lacto/pedio sourness, leathery Brett, mild white grape, faint coconut.

T - is like the aroma minus the bubblegum with a pleasant peppery finish. Really nice balance of flavors. Certainly a sour, but not an extreme sour. Elegant without being wimpy. Not overly acidic for the style.

M - my first 5 rating for mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Slightly oily. Creamy. Effervescent. Dry. Tart. Absolutely delicious with a long aftertaste that does exceptionally naughty things to my tongue.

O - God damn. This beer is absolutely Fexcellent. (That's effing excellent for the phonetically challenged). I rarely get this excited over a beer, but this one is outstanding for the style from the perspective of a person who is a big fan of the style. (845 characters)

Photo of vinny21bal
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect beer. Not a flaw to it. Citrus, funk, lower alcohol. You get the taste of the barrel as well as the fruit. Perfect sourness. Not to strong like the Bruery and not to light like Allagash. I really think this is one of the best beers around. I think of a better beer. I have tried all of the other Russian Rivers and this one seems to be my favorite. (356 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 05X1F. Poured from a 375 ml cork n caged bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.

A- pours a bright golden color with a 2 finger white head. Trails and clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- honey, big cherry aroma, vinegar, straw, earthy

T- pale malts, straw, light cherry, vinegar, lemon peel, earthy spices, with a lingering light bitterness at the finish.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Very mild acidity and carbonation for a sour which is nice.

O- 5/10 sourness. another good sour from RR. Still take supplication over this but would place it above consecration. (579 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

I have to thank Jeff Bull for this beer. He actually sent us the final three Russian River beers on our list. We sort of lucked into the other one, finding the Pliny the Elder at a small bottle shop when we were in San Diego for Thanksgiving. I wasn't impressed with that, for an IPA, and sat down with a bottle of Blind Pig last night. Also, thanks to Jeff. It was a good trade, and I am excited to drink all of these "-ation" beers. Oh, and speaking of the Blind Pig… cool story behind the name/meaning. The beer smells WAY better than it tastes, but is still better than Pliny in my opinion.

Today we are drinking the Temptation, our first in this line of beers. I was excited until I read, "Brettanomyces". I HATE that yeast strain. I mean, HATE with a passion. Every beer I have had that uses that wild yeast has tastes the same. But, words like, "pineapple", and, "citrus" are helping me stay positive about this bottle. If nothing else, it's a beer from a good brewing company with a lot of history. Time to drink. Cheers!

In the Glass: If I didn't know any better, I would think this was a wheat beer. An unfiltered wheat beer, but a wheat beer nonetheless. It pours a thin pale yellow in the glass, and has a nice white head on top. The head is more impressive than I originally would have guessed. I will say, as I was pouring this, I thought I could smell some nice wine notes… but I don't want to get excited, as I am sure the yeast will overpower and spoil this beer for me.

Nose: Whoa, did NOT expect that. It smells like a sour. I mean, more sour than a typical sour. I am getting, toward the finish, some drying notes that are coming from the barrel that this beer was aged in. Considering the cost and the story behind this entire series, I am stoked to see what this tastes like. Man… what a great aroma. The bros on BeerAdvocate rates this beer 100… and that has got to be rare from them. They don't ever give a beer that high of a rating.

Flavor: Oh. My. Goodness. That is SO sour. I mean, lip sucking face sucking sour. I did NOT see that coming at all. But I am glad that it did, as I am a big fan of that style. Considering I hate the Brettanomyces yeast strain, I expected this to be pale in comparison. I am not getting much of the wine flavors that I expected to find, but I am sure they are hidden behind the sheer sourness this bottle is presenting. I wasn't a big fan of Russian River until this beer… and that sip has me wanting to take a trip to California!

Mouthfeel: There are a few bubbles dancing across my tongue as I swallow, but not too many. It's not enough to really notice because of how simply sour this beer is. I am curious to see what Sheryl thinks… I am not sure she likes that style. I hope, because this is amazing! As you finish, a drying flavor would be nice, and the sour flavors are quickly gone… but the mouthfeel is, quite honestly, pretty boring. I am focused on the flavor.

Aftertaste: The sour sticks around for a few minutes, but not as long as I would like. That might actually be a typical experience with sour beers… I haven't had a sour beer that the aftertaste has lasted more than a few second. People are always asking me, "What is your favorite sour beer?" That is tough for me, because there aren't a lot of these out there and the style is not popular among domestic brewing companies. But if I had to pick, from this moment forward, I will be picking this one!

Why can't Russian River ship their beers to me? I want more of this! We have two more bottles from the "-ation" series in the fridge. Can't wait to see what those taste like. I now see why the bros rated this so high. Bravo, Russian River. Cheers! (3,704 characters)

Photo of David1975
1/5  rDev -77.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Are you kidding? Are you calling this beer? Taste like champagne mixed with white wine with
bitter taste. It took me forever to finish drinking it. If you like nice gold or dark lager stay away from this "beer". It is hard to understand that so many people on Beer Advocate website like it. (290 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flute (had nothing else). Acquired in a trade from chalupa_batman, thanks man!

A- Pours a clear, pale straw, carbonated body with a white head that rises quickly and reduces to 2" of foam - honestly wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and BMC. I don't judge a book by it's cover, though. Edit: The last pour was more hazy and had particles of yeast in it - I just didn't want to waste any of this beer!

S- I'm getting some belgian style/hefe characteristics here - funky banana and clove, along with acidic lemon, tart sour apple, and some woodiness.

T- Tart lemon juice, sour green apple, white grapes upfront, transitions into a slight oak and musty leather notes which are extremely pleasant. Aftertaste is slightly spicy with unripe bananas. Nearly perfect.

M- Crisp, light, refreshing, smooth, easy to drink.

If this beer wasn't so hard for me to acquire I'd drink it all the time. This is up there with one of my favorite beers - it's so beautifully crafted that it's simply complex, if that makes any sense. Complex in a way that there are so many notes at work, and simple in a way that they all work together perfectly to create an extremely drinkable sour. My favorite of the RR sours (I have not tried beatification though). Must try. (1,304 characters)

Photo of mnphish
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Shared with yamar68! Poured into a wine glass.
Smells of sour green apples, champagne, tart fruit, funk, super yeasty.
Tastes like the cristal of beer. Sour green apples, white grapes, lemons, barnyard brett funk, chardonnay. Very tart.
Mouthfeel is light, bubbly, smooth, nicely carbonated. I'm having a hard time putting this down.
The best sour beer i've ever had. I'm already trying to find another bottle! (410 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for sharing this one with me. Pours a golden-yellow color, translucent with lots of light shining through the edges. The foamy white head lasts for a bit as it settles and leaves some big, wet lacing.

The aroma is thoroughly acidic and tart. Sour apple skins, pears, light vinegar, faint lactic aromas. There's a mild woodiness behind all of the tart fruits, but there's no denying that this is a sour bomb. I was a bit shocked to find that there was quite a big vinous character in the aroma, too, until I read that this was aged in chardonnay barrel. Makes sense now. Very tingly on the nostrils, this one's gonna be sour - no doubt.

And sure enough, it is. Temptation is very sour, front and center. We're talking puckering sour, not just "mildly tart". Lemons are huge, as are apples and pears. Wow, this is just so, so, so, SO tart. Each sip feels more tart than the last. It hits the edges and corners of your mouth and gets your face scrunched up in no time. Not as sour as Beatification, still pretty damn tart. Light vinous notes, as well as a mild oak flavor on the tail, but the beer has a mostly sweet finish once that godly tartness finally dies down. Medium bodied, heavily carbonated.

I've come to expect a lot from Russian River, and rightfully so. Temptation delivers. It's a sour motherfucker, that's for sure. If you like sours and you haven't had this yet - get some. Now. (1,414 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into RR Steamed glass

A: Pale yellow, very transparent and crystal clear. Very foamy white head, steam like with a mix of tiny to medium sized bubbles. Good head retention and lacing. High carbonation with large amount of bubbles being created from the dimple on the bottom of the glass. Very unique looking beer but very attractive.

S: Very tart on the nose. Sourness is very apparent and comes across almost wine like, "Is it beer, or is it wine?" (Quote from the back of the bottle). Also, a bit floral and a tad bit sweet but dry.

T: Tartness comes first, sourness is nicely tamed. A bit bitter in the middle and finishes sweet with some bitterness as well. Very balanced and extremely drinkable. Very good example of this style and good intro beer for someone unfamiliar with wilds. Obviously a great intro beer for a wine drinker.

M: Bitterness lingers along with a slight sweetness and dry.

O: Much more drinkable and not as sour as I was expecting. Not a bad thing at all, actually very enjoyable and refreshing. Finished dry and reminds me much of wine, but yes, it is still a beer. Great friendly American wild and would gladly have someone try this in hopes of converting them to the sour side. (1,234 characters)

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