Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.19%
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Gots: 823 | FT: 45
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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:
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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Photo of Patrick999
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 004X1. Had before at a tasting, but never had a full bottle to myself....now I do. Cork comes loose with a good deal of coaxing, loud pop. Diagram on the cork basically forbids me to pour into a pint glass. Don't worry, I wasn't going to. Cork smells strongly of acetic acid.

Poured into a tulip. Tons of wispy white foam, clear golden body. The foam leaves very good lacing as it recedes. Pretty outstanding appearance. Yeah, this looks pretty good to say the least.

Smells gueuze-y. I get tart chardonnay grapes right off the bat, a little sour apple, some sweet pear. Sweet-Tarts candy. Fleeting notes of plastic in and out. While the wet cork may smell like pure acetic acid, the beer itself doesn't. Excellent aromatics.

It's immediately mouth-puckering upon hitting the palate. I would say the level of sour is on the high side of moderate. As one would expect, the flavor profile is high on the chardonnay; very vinous with high acidity. Dank, leathery and woody without ever really bringing the funk. Hops at the back end, there's a little more bitterness than I'd expect with a beer like this. Pleasant oaky-white-wine finish and aftertaste.

While carbonation is obviously high, it doesn't really have that much bite to it. And that is a good thing, I think. It's more like a slow-burning flurry of smaller bubbles rather than something carbonated to the degree of annoyance.

For those who enjoy sours, drinkability is high, limited only by the state of your wallet and the ability of your stomach to continue handling the high acidity. I think of this as a gueuze, as good as any Belgium has to offer. In most cases, I'd say a 750ml bottle split with someone will be sufficient. It goes without saying that this would be a good one to give to wine afcionados, but I figured I'd say it anyway.

I knew this was a very good beer when I first had it at a tasting, but it has been fun to really get to know it over the course of a 750.

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Photo of davey101
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml C + C bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 07/27/12 so nearly six months old at this point. Thanks Wes!

A - Pours an initially clear golden amber body. The second pour is obviously quite hazy with some sediment. Massive fluffy bone white head fills the rest of the glass but dies down quickly leaving behind a gorgeous one finger cap. Sticky and soapy lacing with long retention coats the glass after every sip.

S - Starts off with huge notes of brettanomyces. Barnyard musk, hay, and oak. Layers of fruit; mainly lemons, overripe pears and grape skins. The finish is powdery and dry with a touch of blue cheese. The white wine barrel adds such a great fruit character. Just phenomenal.

T - Crisp and lively. Sour lemons, ripe pear juice, and tart green grapes. Oak and a musk take over on the finish. Lactic and very tart. Finishes nearly dry. Not over the top sour.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Drinks very easily.

O - Very nice AWA. The aroma is just perfect. Definitely draws some parallels with brett heavy Belgian Pales and the Chardonnay barrel adds a subtle but well implemented angle.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5

A-hazy yellow with a nice white head
S-very tart smelling. Nice fruity smell
T-alot like it smells. Almost like a champaigne.
M-medium bodied and very smooth, crisp and clean
D-very drinkable. My taste was gone before I wanted it to be. Great start to a sour tasting...

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Photo of KAP1356
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle marked Batch 05x1F which was bottled on 7/6/2010 into a Victory Golden Monkey tulip...

A - Pours a hazy, slightly couldy golden yellow color. A nice well carbonated fissy white head forms about 1.5 fingers high. Head fades to form a nice collar of the same color.

S - Sour and funky with great fruit aromas. I get lemon, some green apple, white grapes and some slight banana. Also getting lots of great funk, barnyard brett characteristics as well. Really nice chardonnay notes and oak as well.

T - White grapes, lemon zest, chardonnay, and great barnyard funk, although slightly subdued on the palate than was in the nose. Oak is more apparent here than in the nose. Great fruit and funk mixed together with a nice dryness that reminds me of a saison.

M - Very light body and nice dry finish. Nice and crisp with very nice carbonation.

D - Incredibly easy drinking even with the sour funky flavors on the palate. I could drink many of these in one sitting. Really a quality brew from RR.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,096 ratings.