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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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989 Reviews

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Reviews: 989
Hads: 3,378
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 1,754
Gots: 928 | FT: 61
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 Gueuzedude
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, Sampled December 2007
It was definitely a slight mistake to serve this at near cellar temperatures (60ºF / 15.5ºC), as the beer foamed up and started gushing as soon as I popped the cork. I only lost a couple ounces though. The beer forms a frothy, scant fat-one-finger thick, pale, off white colored head that is actually quite persistent. The beer is a hazy, slightly chunky, orange tinted, dark straw color. The oak character seems much subdued from the first batch (which is a good thing as this was my main complaint with that beer). This is nice and funky, notes of urea, aromatic goat, farmhouse-stinky-cheese, a definite cattiness, mushroom spore and a host of sharp phenolics that at times approaches fresh curing plastic. Underneath the funk is a nice fruit character reminiscent of tart, un-ripened white grapes (sauvignon blanc & gewürztraminer come to mind), as well as touch of green apple and tart pear aromas. The aroma on this is really quite nice, it is definitely ringing my funky bone right now.

Tart, but not aggressively so (at least for this Gueuze addict), it is somehow soft and creamy feeling, despite the still present carbonation. This creaminess has definitely been picked up in the barrel as oak notes add some tongue coating softness to this brew and even some heft to the body; suggestive from the butter-like oak flavors this makes the beer actually feel buttery in texture. Soft oak contributions of vanillin, a definite sharp spiciness and perhaps a hint of buttery-oak notes are all found here, though the spicy notes are definitely the largest oak character here. The wine analogy continues as the process used is definitely a contributor; definitely reminiscent of an oaky chardonnay as this beer has flavors of green fruit, star-fruit, flint, a certain light metallic quality and that definite oak presence. The funky wee-beasts and the oak contribute spice notes of white pepper, piquant ginger, The flavor is not quite as funky as the aroma might have suggested, but I think this is ultimately a good thing as it allows the complexity of the fruit, oak and spiciness to come through. The sourness, while present and definitive, is so well integrated that it is not overly noticed on its own.

The oak character is much more in check with this the second batch. This is a far superior beer in my opinion (and it hasn't taken anywhere near 5 years as I last predicted) as the oak, while present, now plays a supporting role. If successive batches keep getting better, then I am going to need to re-baseline my scoring. Just a fantastic brew. The texture is phenomenal & the flavor is just so well integrated and nuanced. The aroma, while absolutely engaging and complex, may actually be a bit too funky. Let me explain that though, because I absolutely love funk and the funk found in the aroma, while dominant, is so well integrated together, but it is a bit too dominant to let the nuanced oak, grape and malt notes through (despite being so inviting and characterful). I may even need to crack a batch 1 just to see what is happening to that .I still maintain that these 375ml bottles just aren't quite enough, as I always want more of this brew after draining my glass. Though if it was a 750's worth, my proliferous text might be pushing the extremes of my already superfluous text.

Batch 1, Sampled June 2006
4/4/4/4.5/4.5 total 4.1
Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper color, it is pretty well carbonated and has a frothy pale, almost white head. The aroma is quite oaky with lots of buttery notes, an astringent woodiness, notes of grapes (perhaps sauvignon or chardonnay), notes of pears, and some subtle spice notes. Quite an interesting nose on this one.

The beer is quite light on the palate, and very dry. The dryness actually suppresses the oakiness a bit, but it is definitely still here. The finish is quite long with a subtle tannic woodiness to it. There is a light acidity (for a Lambic at least) here as well, more similar to the lactic character of a Lambic than the acetic character of a Flemish sour beer. I am really quite relieved that I don't get any diacetyl in this beer (I am quite sensitive to it), there is a bit of buttery character (mostly in the aroma), but this is definitely oak derived. There is a certain spritzy character to this beer that is a combination of the carbonation and the acidity.

This beer is really quite interesting, Vinnie still has a ways to go, but this has more to do with letting the barrels reach an equilibrioum point than Vinnie at this point. I think that Vinnie has the touch, in perhaps 5 years (if the wee bugs are compliant and amenable), subsequent releases of this should be quite stellar.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Show of hands: who wants Temptation tonight? Well, you ain't gettin' a sip of my 750 ml bottle from Batch 004x1, get yer own. This bottle has been in my possession for 18 months. On to the beer:

Bright sundrop yellow in color with lively carbonation and some haze in the body. The foam on top gracefully clings to the glass and continues to hover over the beer. One smell and already my salivatory glands are reacting. Big sour lemon is present, oak, a pinch of vanilla; very pungent at first but settles down in intensity.

The beer tickles the roof of the mouth as it enters the first few times. It's hard to pick out individual flavors, but I will attempt. Lemon (especially sticking to the lips), horse blanket, vanilla, oak, and modest acidity (for a sour ale) and pucker. The carbonation bubbles up in the mouth like a champagne, and it is extremely drinkable.

Que delicia! Chalk up another tally for Russian River beers that deserve to be talked about. But like the other Russian River sours, is nearly a dollar per ounce, so bring your piggy bank to the store.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.66/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Falling Rock:

Well, I like RR beers and the Temptation is a nice beer. However, while it produces a nice looking brew, and it's not horrible or bad, it's simply just a sour beer.
The taste has a touch of green pear to it, but for the most part this is only sour. Nothing complex, and I"m glad I had this on tap instead of paying the 24 bucks for a bottle.
Aroma is sour, with bits of clove and green apple. That's as far as it goes, though. Aged? sure doesn't come out in the aroma or taste.
A solid sour, but nothing special. I would think it's not worth the bottle price.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle from batch 003
Pours out with just a hint of hazy on a golden background with a fluffy white head that persists forever with massive stickage. The aroma is quite vinous with a sour funky edge. Grapes, lemons, cherries, plums, oranges, tartness, sweaty horses its all in there and it smells great. The first sip pierces my tongue with lactic but smooths out quite quickly. Grapes, candy sugar, brown sugar come up front and provide a great balance against the lemons sour cherries and apricots that come in next. A bit of lactic and funk find its way in there towards the finish but smooth out with a fruity sweetness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel. This is a beautiful beer! Wonderfully complex and incredibly drinkable. I've had this in the cellar a few years and have lost track of where I got it, if you sent it to me thank you so much.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle, Batch 003

A: Pours a golden yellow, with a voluminous white head, with thick, sticky laicng and good retention.

S: Earthy brett jumps out at first, then lemongrass, honeysuckle flowers, and light sugar.

T: Big flavours of sour lemon juice hit first, white grape juice in there as well, but it is much more secondary. The dry brett comes in in the aftertaste giving a raw funk, but it has a certain lightness about it. The acidity is there all the time, but I feel it can take over the flavour profile at times and be too harsh.

M: Quite tart, and bone dry, and has a lingering acidity on the palate. Fairly light-bodied, and has a creaminess in all of the carbonation.

D: In the end a tasty wild ale, but not up there with Supplication, which I think is one of the best beers I've ever had, moderately complex, I'll buy it again next year and delve through it some more.

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

On draft at the brewpub.

Pours a clearish light golden color with a wispy off white head. Aroma is initially vinous with mild brett. Grapes, apple, oak and lemon. Flavor is mildly fruity, with strong white wine and oak and a slightly funky finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sour, dry finish.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russian River : Temptation

12oz corked and caged. Opens with a resounding pop, and pours a bright gold sporting a fierce, crackling white head. The aroma is full of brett, funk, and alittle grapey. Strong sour notes, almost mimicking lemon rind, but more bitter and sour than that. Musty, funky, and oaky tannins are present with some wood notes, mildly astringent but sour the whole way through. Mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry, yet quenching as well. Overall, this is a serious beer, for serious beer crusaders. Fantastic.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newest batch, had on-tap at the RR pub. I've had this in the bottle in the past, with a fresh batch, on-tap, my initial impression is that this is quite dry, quite hoppy for the style, and quite oaky. Pours a cloudy golden with a thin head but superb lacing. Smells sour and slightly grainy with some lactic notes, green apples, herbal hops, and oak notes. The taste is a perfect balance between the oak barrel notes, sour green apple flavors, and light herbal hops. Tart and punchy, a very nice beer this batch.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy golden colored beer. Not much head formation but that could easily be because of the care I took pouring this beer to make sure to not get any sediment in the glass.

Smell wine like with lemon and fruity scents much like a Chardonnay. There is a strong whiskey aroma to this. Vanilla and caramel from the oak barrels used most likely. Fairly sweet smell after your nose adapts a bit, but I can't say that it has a malty smell. Fairly spicy scent mostly black pepper.

Taste is fairly sour at the beginning but nowhere near lambic funk. The sweet and sour yin and yang here is somewhat like a Flanders Red. After three sips your taste buds adapt and the other flavors come out. Lime and oak mix with the caramel and vanilla flavors that comes out as some new wacky Mojito variant in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is good.

I have a hard time here deciding if I really like this or not. I hate sour beers as a rule but this isn't a jaw locking Lambic. Really interesting vanilla and caramel here that makes me think of a bourbon barrel beer. I guess I have to say that this isn't my first choice of the Russian River Beers.

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

A: poured a pale straw yellow with a half finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: you can definitely smell the barrel oak funk and vinous characters at first whiff with faint brett, acidic citrus, slight vanilla, and a little vinegar notes.

T: the vinous barrel funk charaters are more potent on the palate with wine, slight vinegar, and acidic citrus accents. You could taste a little brett notes as well.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation that had a slight sweet, sour, and dry finish.

D: I love my sours and this one is no exception but isn't the greatest I've ever had but it still drank very good and had me feining for more after ever sip; great brew.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Batch 003 purchased on 3/16/2008, waxed, stored at 55 degrees for 1,370 days, and opened by me tonight. This is my last bottle of this vintage. Snifter. When I remove the wax and cage the cork shoots out with an emphatic pop, but the liquid does not rise or gush.

A: Bright dark gold with perfect clarity and an enormous white mousse-like head rising three fingers above the liquid exhibiting exceptional retention. The lacing forms a thick white coating on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

S: Ripe granny smith apple blends with wet leather and white grape. Oak is strong but not overpowering. Earth is apparent and I get light notes of barnyard and earth. The aroma displays a moderate tartness with evident lactic characteristics. There's a decided Chardonnay presence.

T: Chardonnay up front with ripe golden apples, a soft buttery note, and a piquant oak character. Lactic notes are pronounced, and there's a lower moderate tartness. Wet leather blends with earth and a mild spiciness. The finish is dry with evident tannins.

M: Light in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is bone dry and sticky.

Overall: One of the more successful aging experiences I've had. This is exceptional.

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Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An eccentric corked and caged, 12.7 ounce bottle. Batch 003.

Canary yellow with a golden brass glossing. The beer is both lambent and radiantly clear despite its light haze. It's much darker than champagne, but otherwise shares an awful lot of resemblance. A milky blanket of lace comes to overlay the glass. This because an immaculately pristine capping of whipped mousse lay bountiful with an almost dizzying steadfast stream of determinant, hyperactive bubbles that maintain its perfect physique.

The smell of long over-ripened fruits, time-tested French oak, fresh baked bread, the rich yet delicate scent of Chardonnay grapes and a maturing strain of Brettanomyces makes for an aroma as pleasant and complex and unique as any drink is capable of possessing. The character of Chardonnay grapes add lush, ripe, fleshy and almost buttery qualities. It prickles the nose like champagne. I never knew there could be such a wonderful smell.

Still relatively young, the Brett is only starting to impart its notes of earthiness, barnyard and just a hint of singeing smoke. The contribution to taste is noted as well although still not yet more pronounced than the effects of the barrel. The oak itself plays a relatively minor part although it's imparted so much lush, buttery, lightly fruity flavours from the Chardonnay. Drinking this beer puts you right in a Grand Cru vineyard of Burgundy.

Especially with the Brett continuing to develop the most lucrative and unique of barnyard flavours, what people taste in the beer could be a highly subjective thing. Apart from the unbelievably strong resemblance to white wine and Champagne, I'm also picking up on all kinds of lightly suggestive fruity notes. These would include stone fruits (apple, pear), citric fruits (lemon, lime), and tropical fruits (mango, kiwi).

The mouthfeel is light but sharp and acidic. Although a mere 27 IBU's there is plenty of (almost puckering) tartness to take the place of bitterness. At times, the beer can also be rather oaky and buttery. A slightly higher alcohol percentage never factors into what is an absolutely sociable drink. The yeasty bread quality is never lost and the wild yeast continues to turn up with new - even more funky - notes when the beer's allowed to warm.

It's absolutely incredible what 17 months in a used Chardonnay barrel and a strain of wild yeast will do. This is certainly starting to come into its own after almost exactly a year since bottling. Oh how I wish I had more! Russian River's Temptation is a study in contradictions: it's so tremendously enjoyable - a light bodied, tart, highly sociable drink - and yet it also happens to be one of the most delicately intricate examples of brewing artwork.

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Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to egajdzis for splitting a bottle of Batch 002 with me...
Appears a hazy, pale gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy, funk, oak, vanilla, brett, and mild sugar.
Taste is of the same aromas in a wonderfully done brew. The flavors jump along the palate with glee. Highlights include the light funk mixed with wine, vanilla, and some sugary caramel. This is hardcore and it outdoes some of the counterparts overseas.
Mouthfeel is of a spritzy, nicely carbonated yet restrained brew that is smooth but bouncey with the CO2 giving rise to the vanilla esters riding along the sugary, chardonnay grapes.
Vinnie is an excellent brewer. He is at the top of the charts for American brewers IMHO. With the wine background, he has the experience to make this stuff work. This is no exception to the rule. Well done.

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

Thanks flexabull for this brew.

Batch 002

Corked and caged.

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy white head, leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing. The nose is of malts, hops, yeast, citrus (orange, grapefruit), pears, apples, and grapes. The taste is sweet with a nice tangyness to it, fruity and a nice dryness to the finish. Very carbonated, medium body, a complex brew. Very drinkable, this is my second RR brew to date, love both of them. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was quite a trek around the Bay Area for me to find one of these. Well, it was a profitable way to spend a Saturday.

Uncorks with a massive "thok". No gush, fortunately. Slightly cloudy with a little disturbed sediment, a nice yellow gold colour, with a wonderful thick head. Excellent lacing. Looks great.

Nose is redolent of white wine, massive oakiness and light sour overtones of must and fermentation. So much oak though - I love it. Deep and earthy, but with lighter fruitier notes shining through. Cherries, citrus and kaffir lime. Great. Just great.

Taste is huge, with a massive tongue-slicing of organic acidity. Green apples, young sauvignon blanc grapes, even tending towards the sourness of lemons and limes. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and full, lending some gravitas to the enormous spike of puckering acidity.

What an amazingly flavoursome beer. It sure packs a punch; easily as good as some of the Belgian Geuezes I've had the pleasure to try.

Amazingly drinkable and refreshing with a quite incredibly powerful taste profile. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a .375 bottle.

The beer pours an impressive, hazy gold color with impressive head retention and very good lacing. The nose on this beer is the best thing about it in my opinion, consisting of honey, citrus, white pepper, vanilla and some light sour funk. This beer smells very complex. However, considering the way this beer smells, I'm a bit surprised by the level of sour in this beer. There is a hint of honey and vanilla, but it's just about overwhelmed by the sour funk. As the beer sits in the glass the sour dies down a bit and blends in more with the other flavors. I get some more vanilla and even cherry now, which is interwoven with the sour funk. The beer is medium bodied, but there's a crispness in the finish that I really like, that helps to make this beer very refreshing and drinkable.

Very interesting beer. Not entirely my cup of tea, but it was fun to try nonetheless.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed back on 888, reviewed from fairly meticulous notes. Shared with SAS, Inflatablechair, and theotherbeerguy.

My share poured into a Chimay goblet... I believe this was Batch 3... Sam decided to throw this down after we had cracked all the planned brews.... BadAss!

Hazy straw with a good head and a little bit of retention.. sorta looks like a slightly cloudy sparkling wine.

Aroma is like a dry white wine.. citrus zest.. underripe peaches and grapes..

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. sour and fruity and a little oakey.. never reaching acedic territory.. wonderful and very complex... has a puckering quality like when sucking on grape skins and seeds. Body is champagne like with prickly carbonation... and the drinkablity is fantastic... I would pick this over any sparking wine any day, any where, and any circumstance.. awesome.

Thanks again, Sam!


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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 barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RJ(Grabbin2nd) for sharing this one.
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium head white head. Nose is big and funky, as some would say "horseblanket" and "barnyard funk", lemon, tartness. Taste is like a big lemondrop, grassy and def sour. Mouthfeel has a very nice mouthfeel, very champagne like, sour but not to much, lemon, funk. Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a goblet)

big thanks to goodbyeohio for this brew (batch 001)

A- This beer has a hazy golden deep copper color with a thick pure white foam that last and last. The carbonation is wave of microbubbles swirling in the glass. The head turns into thick sheets that stick to the side of the glass after each sip and turn to lace in some parts.

S- The smell of tart wild yeast and wild mushroom has a very soft hint of light oak and fresh rain with a very light earthy decomposition note. The finish has a nice bright lemon zest note.

T- The taste of smooth slightly sweet pale malt has a faint tartness with a brightness almost like lemon to it. There is a very light oak taste that is smooth and really balances the sweet malt and tartness. On the exhale, after each sip there is a very faint ham note that is quite nice. As it warms notes of chardonnay start to come through nicely and a faint grapefruit note blends with it.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a nice pucker in the back of the jaws in the finish.

D- Wow. This beer is so complex and smooth yet too mysterious to describe it in words. The flavors of Bret and oak are soft enough to let the blonde ale shine through but strong enough to give it so much more depth and character. I was expecting a sharp "extreme" American punch in the mouth but instead I got a beer that taste like decades of craftsmanship in the making.

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally decided to open one of these. This bottle is from Batch 05X2F.

It pours a light bodied bright orange gold in color with little to no carbonation. It smells lactic, acidic, has definite California Chardonnay characteristics, and even a little butter. Oh wow, having had a lot of chardonnay lately this one is right up my alley. It really does smell like a tart chardonnay. It's very impressive. The flavors too are very acidic, lactic, and very heavy on vinous and slightly buttery California chardonnay. This beer puts "Russian River" in perspective, being in prime wine country this emulates the local wines and is really quite transcendiary. It is impressive through and through. This is my new favorite from Russian River and a phenomenal, world class beer. It has truly earned its reputation.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 375 mL corked and caged bottle of Batch 003.

A: The ale is hazy, a mixture of orange juice and tang with some shots of cola throughout to darken it a bit. A decent head, amply carbonated, welled up on pour but did not lace.

S: The aroma is bitterly tart, sour with an abundance of green apple, pepper and lots of funk. The dry bite of the chardonnay is present as well.

T: The tartness is layered, exposing multiple elements with each sip. Fruit up front in the form of green apple, apricot and lemon. Later sips reveal more tartness, woody with a dry chardonnay finish. Ample carbonation clears the palate with most every sip, allowing new flavors to emerge each time. A sweet white grape finish reinforces the chardonnay. A deliciously complex ale.

M: Lots of fruit, funk and wood throughout. If you don't like sours, this one may be too much of a bite.

D: The woody, vinous finish keeps me coming back for more each time. A wonderous and wonderful brew.

Review of Batch 002:
A: 4.0; S: 4.5; T: 4.0; M: 4.5; D: 4.0
Total: 4.15, A-

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Photo of flagmantho
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked bottle into a wine goblet. I can't wait!

Appearance: beautiful golden hue with a hint of opaqueness; lots of evident effervescence contributing to a thick, white, gorgeous head.

Smell: tart, fruity, bready; apples with notes of citrus. There's a very light aroma of something chalky which I quite like as well.

Taste: tart, chalky, yeasty/bready, very much in line with the aroma profile. Like a good cheese, this tastes like it's gone bad in the most delicious way. This would probably pair spectacularly with a nice roquefort or gorgonzola.

Mouthfeel: body is not particularly thick, and there is a huge well-integrated carbonation from bottle conditioning. I'm always a fan of a creamy texture in a higher-alcohol ale, and this sure has it.

Drinkability: definitely a sipper, with its over-the-top tartness, but this beer is interesting enough to keep me sipping until I finish the bottle.

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Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Belgian Cafe.

I've had several different batches of this on tap and in bottles and always prefer the bottle.

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange color with golden yellow hues hen held to a light source and a half finger fizzy white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. No lacing.

Funky tart aroma with lots of dry bretty effervescence as well as some earthy oak and light fruit. Hints of grape, cherry, strawberry and other berries. A nice combination of sweet, funk, tart and earthy oak.

Medium bodied and very well balanced with a very nice combination of sour tart/funk notes, oak, vanilla and crisp, light fruit. Although this beer is puckering with a very prominent dry funky brett character, it is probably the most quaffable of the RR sours. Lighter and not acidic/acetic at all really. Plenty of oak and vanilla from the barrel aging but also vinous with hints of grape, cherry and other dark berries. Puckering, mouth-watering dry finish that leaves me salivating for another sip.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.