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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,684
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,519
Gots: 714 | FT: 39
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.

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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-06-2013 02:02:31 | More by JCam9981
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1.25/5  rDev -72%

01-19-2013 18:43:28 | More by wattoclone
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-13-2013 20:44:01 | More by MordorMongo
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4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paper thin head, light straw body. Nice lace.

Tart nose and really funky. Like, serious funk. Really faint melon maybe.

Taste isn't as intense as the nose, there's still a bunch of funk but it ends up pretty dry. It has a lot of chardonnay character, a bit of citrus.

Thinnish but not watery.

Good but pretty dry-- I don't love Chardonnay, but if you do, this would be pretty great.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:04:35 | More by zaphodchak
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4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 003:

Well,that got better! Not that we were looking at a beer with a ton of room for improvement or anything, or perhaps it's just I like it better fresh or.... I dunno...

But the sourness is in perfect balance, the Chardonnay/white wine notes are less prominent and more integrated. Dry and refreshing, still with a solid mid-palate sweetness. Just a joy to drink.


A 4.0 S 5.0 T 4.5 M 4.0 D 5.0

Well I've been hanging on to this bottle for... well... too long. When I bought it I grabbed the last bottle of Supplication, but there were two bottles of Temptation, and I didn't buy the second. WHY?! Just because I don't have a great way to cellar? This is drinking great as it is!

Well, now I know.

Batch 002:

Pours a beautiful golden blonde with relatively thin, if frothy head, just a hint of haze.

Smells, as it warms, like goodness in a glass. The chardonnay characteristics/similarities are marked, but there's a little hint of spice and fruity warmth. This has been poured into a globe red wine glass, and it's heaven just below the rim.

First few sips are a bit disappointing, it's too cold. Flavor is crisp and refreshing, but thin and lacking depth. The beer's fault? No... mine.

After warming, the intriguing complexities come bursting forth... the oak is relatively muted, but the brew is incredibly vinous... the sourness, which I was expecting to be much more forward, is really only present in the very back of the palate, making this crisp and refreshing. If anything, I'm a bit disappointed by the carbonation, as I at points wish this sat more comfortably on the tongue (like wine) to allow more savoring. Balance is perfect, finishes clean and dry after a touch of sweetness up front... this isn't wacking you over the head with any big flavors, but the sum total is superb.

Would love to see 750s of this available more frequently... I had this at the end of an evening, but this would make an amazing aperitif, and would pair well with anything a good white wine would.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 21:02:39 | More by errantnight
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-09-2012 18:26:09 | More by Googs
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pizza Port OB, I'm assuming batch 006 but have no way of knowing.
Pours a clear and light golden blonde with almost no head, seeing this beer set in front of me didn't excite me very much, that did change when I had a wiff of it though. The smell is rich of grapes, tartness and a funkiness almost wine like. The taste follows suite with sour grapes, tartness, champagne, natural earth funk, almost like a riesling. Lighter bodied with a dry finish, very champagne like. This is really a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 02:29:46 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #006

A - Pours golden wheat in color, almost champagne like. Little to no head.

S - Grass, funk, yeast, barnyard and a faint white grape smell.

T - Lemon peel, followed by tart lemon. Sour apple and funk. Finishes dry and a slight lip puckering.

M - Light body but effervescent. Really gets the flavors around your mouth.

O - Another fine sour from Russian River. I would rank Supplication slightly higher in sourness since Temptation is less intense.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 23:21:06 | More by cvm4
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-21-2014 00:37:23 | More by Walkerjgt
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3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold to straw in color and cloudy with a fairly effervescent white head that fades back quickly. Aroma is of tart green apples and honey, some floral and perfumy sweetness. Taste is a nice lemon tartness with a slight oaky dryness. Light in body with a dry finish that tingles in the back of the throat. An interesting beer, I am still experimenting with the sour beers and am still unsure how much i enjoy them, but I'll keep trying every so often. I did enjoy both the flavor and the dryness from the wood though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 02:36:27 | More by hoppymeal
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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Temptation pours a slightly hazed, golden color. It's topped by a bright white head that fades to a thin layer leaving thick, frothy lace. The aroma has all of the elements of a godd sour beer. There's a good amount of acidity, as well as bright citric notes. The characteristic "hop sack" aroma from the Brettanomyces used in fermentation is present, as well as an earthy, woody undertone.

Temptation is very gueuze-like. There's a coarse, grassy quality to the malts upfront, but these characters are quickly overshadowed by an escalating, citric and acidic sourness that's present through the finish. Earthy Brett flavors and a mild bitterness round things up in the finish. Temptation is crisply carbonated and light-bodied with an intense dryness in the finish.

Temptation is a very good beer. The sourness, Brett, and barrel-aging give it a distinclty Gueuze-like quality. It's mouth-puckeringly sour, and awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2009 03:50:19 | More by EPICAC
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 21:51:30 | More by kkrez
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

04-18-2012 13:51:20 | More by yergermeister
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-25-2014 14:07:12 | More by Ncpogs
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New York

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy Golden Straw, Light Foamy White Head, some Lacing

S - There is a strong white wine aroma with tart pears and grapes. Yeast aromas give the nose some funk. The aroma is definitely complex and I'm sure I could have spent more time discovering its intricacies.

T - This is pretty damn sour. Very tart citrus, white grape, and apple. Bretty funk taste. On the far back end, there is a bit of a harsh bitterness, like lemon peel, that lasts for thirty seconds or so after I swallow and detracts from an otherwise wonderful sour beer.

M -Medium-bodied with just the right amount of dry, sour character. A little more sweetness than some sours, which I appreciated.

O - A great sour for sure but it didn't quite live up to the hype that the other sours did for me from RR. I actually prefer Sanctification to this. Definitely glad I tried this.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 14:55:54 | More by SkiBum22
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-18-2011 04:46:19 | More by jjheinrichs
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4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Temptation pours a clear champagne-like white grape color with about 1.5 fingers of pure white head. Retention and lacing are quite nice. Also, this beer is quite effervescent; lots of carbonation rising to the top. Very nice.

Smell: I get funk, mustiness, white grapes and subtle vinuous oak. Not overpowering, but still nice.

Taste: I get tartness and mustiness up front, along with some white grape skin. I also get faint oaky notes, and can taste a hint of the chardonnay that occupied the barrels beforehand. Lightly acidic, but not over the top. In terms of sourness not real intense, but overall funk and flavor is very good indeed.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Just a little under medium bodied with great carbonation. Awesome mouthfeel. Overall, a superior wild ale. It's not overly sour but has a nice balance of flavors to it that isn't over the top.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:48:25 | More by zhanson88
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-22-2013 19:22:16 | More by ari32
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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001 - 375 ml bottle

Golden color with a creamy white head that leaves a coating of lacing on the glass. Smell is very fruity and tart. I pick up some oak notes as well . Taste hits you with the tartness up front but then mellows to a smooth sweetness. Reminds me of a chardonay and even has the buttery note to the finish. Oak and vanilla flavors become more prominent as it warms. Overall a very good brew. I love the effort that went into this brew and wish I had a bunch more to drink. I will buy every Russian River that I can get my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 01:40:51 | More by beermanbrian
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-15-2011 03:25:56 | More by TicoCali
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-03-2012 03:49:38 | More by tripledbrew
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-13-2013 14:29:46 | More by anticipation23
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

01-29-2013 16:19:31 | More by Prospero
Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
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