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Temptation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,833 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,833
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1,549
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

leedorham, Jan 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

John11486, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

imyourhero21, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Gtg642, Nov 15, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured a cloudy golden dark straw color with a small frothy white head. Not much lacing. Aroma is sour with loads of chardonnay. Wow. Tastes like Chardonnay and grapefruit. Acidic like a dry white wine with a pleasant citric flavor. Very drying. Lots of palate cleaning scrubbing bubbles. Incredible. So complex, bright and oddly refreshing! A Sour bretty masterpiece. Tingly feel and very drinkable.

kbnooshay, Sep 04, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -15.2%

If you want to see a great review for this beer, keep scrolling down another. However, I'm still goving my two cents worth. This can be a beer where you can convert not the light beer drinker, but rather the white wine drinker. It seemed like I was drinking a nice balanced beer followed by a chardonnay, hence the BA notes on its aging process. can't compare it to other sof this style but will continue to search for other Wild Ales. Wish I could get my hand on more Russian River brews, I just got lucky the other night.

Backer2004, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of tewaris
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%

27 IBUs
OG 1.062
Batch III. Blonde Ale aged in French oak chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces. 375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Honey golden and bright, with hues of ripe oranges in the snifter. A very good off white and creamy textured head with excellent retention and good lacing. 4.5/5

Aroma: Sweet malts at the very beginning, followed by soft fruit and unmistakable sharpness of a sour beer. Brett notes seemed absent at the beginning but emerge with warmth. Still very estery, and an accomplishment in the sense that the base beer is not lost at all. Strong aroma of Belgian ale is always felt in the background. Toasted fruit is strong, so are rum raisin and oak. 4/5

Taste: Light and sweet on the palate with tartness eclispsing the bitterness often felt towards the end of a beer, and evolving into a tannic, dry and clean finish. Superb! The sour character dominates many notes of the aroma, but does not demolish the palate. I feel that this one could have been more complex if all notes of the aroma came through. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high-ish carbonation and a dry and long woody finish. 4.5/5

Overall, I quite like it. Like Supplication, subtly sour and never overpowering, but very very clean, refreshing, and enjoyable. 4.5/5

EDIT: Dammit, the -11.5% seems to indicate that I didn't like this beer enough. Far from truth. I love it. Perhaps not as much as Supplication, but I still loved it.

tewaris, Jun 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

nathanjohnson, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Zonian1, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

emottram, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

mixed_master7, Oct 09, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +9.4%

Batch 004X1

Golden body capped with the creamiest alabaster head. Retention is fantastic leaving a nice trail of lacing as it subsides.

Solid barn yard funk and plenty of tartness dominate the nose. There is incredible balance though between the two dominating aromas. Tart young grapes and green apple meld with rather earthy notes, oak and musty horse blanket.

First sip was an all on attack of puckering tartness. More of this is attributed to my lack of familiarity than the overall tartness of the brew. Assertive sour apple, lemon and wine like acidity. Peppery spiciness sits mid palate and clings to the tongue. Very subtle graininess and light earth grass flavor can be found as I search my palate.

Light to medium bodied. Sharp and crisp while the finish is smooth and dry.

Tremendously enjoyable. Very hard to find a weakness in this beer. As this is my first experience with the Russian River sours I can now say it is well worth the hype. Thank you to Spdkilz for providing such an awesome beer for review #150.

kzoobrew, Nov 09, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

inspektor, Friday at 12:10 AM
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

mjw1200, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Raziel313, Aug 11, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

On tap at Falling Rock.

Cloudy gold with solid white lacing.

Nose is delicate, light barnyard, lemon.

Perfectly sour and geuze-like. zesty lemon,light horseblanket, acidic citrus.

Light medium body with a dry, astringent finish.

This is a sessionable sour. I'm suprised how much of this they had.

brownbeer, Sep 28, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

denimdemon, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

pwoody11, Jul 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Khazadum, Apr 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

mikefuski17, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

AOShabaz, Jun 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

slimntubbs, Feb 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

RayUF07, Apr 06, 2014
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