Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#187
Reviews:
1,036
Ratings:
3,754
pDev:
8.76%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
1,782
Gots:
1,043
Trade:
63
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4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
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4.27/5  rDev -4%
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4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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05/2017 edition poured at Toronado S.D. Pours a super clear straw color with no lacing and soda-like carbonation.

Aroma is of pure wine barrels and lactic acid. Lots of citrus and lactic acid.

Taste is familiar for a sour, but the barrel character sets this beer apart. Lots of dry white wine character and a slight lingering bitterness with some crushed aspirin notes.

Overall, this is a good American sour with ample barrel character. I see this pairing a pairing well with a tender roasted pork dish. It gets a 89/100.

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Pours a bright golden yellow, semi hazy with a billowy bright white head. Nose is wine like. Grape must, grains and fresh sawed wood (oak) Taste of grape skins up front. Tartness comes through in the form of the skins. Some light lemon zest, grasses and grains follow. A smooth oak wine barrel finish to it. Much like a white wine. Mouthfeel is medium to light at times. This beer finishes very dry and I mean very! It leaves you definitely searching for the next sip. Drank this at 10 months from bottle date. Have another one I am letting go a few years and I will report back.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 3,754 ratings