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Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had while at the brewery.

A: A nice bright clean yellow/golden color. Very crisp. Provided a very thin white head that dissipates quickly. There is a moderate amount of lacing.

S: A very distinct tart and sour smell with some oak mixed in. The smell was very strong but not overwhelming.

T: Wow. Never really had a 'wild ale' prior, so this taste was very unique but quite enjoyable. A good amount of sour and citrus mixed in with a little oak. The oak flavor reminds me of the oak you may taste in a chardonnay.

M: A heavily carbonated light/medium bodied beer. It is quite balance and leaves a nice crisp dry taste on the palate.

D: I certainly enjoyed this beer but only had one regrettably. This beer certainly makes we want to try other Wild Ales. Easy to drink but not sessionable.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled 5-6-16; poured into a tulip

p- clear pale yellow/straw; 2f foamy white head; recedes to nice foam cap; lots of active carb
n- med-bold; crisp grainy malt, moderate funk, fruit, and white wine notes; apple; underlaying sweetness comes out after a few min; more funk in the nose than in the profile
t- chardonnay, tart apple, and lots of barrel; dry and fairly tart finish; no sweetness to balance it out, yet it works; light funk; crisp malt body carries the profile well; very little alcohol heat
mf- effervescent; light-bodied and crisp, with plenty of carb
o- this beer is solid; bold, yet drinkable; normally I'm all about sweetness, but I wasn't missing it too much with the way this wild was crafted; I don't think I've had another sour quite like it; very happy I tried it

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this gem from a friend in CA. 375ml bottle, batch 05X1F...

A: A murky golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Smells of a nice light malt and tart lemon upfront. Some heavy cherry in the middle and some more tartness on the backend. Good.

T: A nice earthy light wheat malt upfront blended with a nice balance of tart lemon. Some light lemon peel flavor in the middle with a nice tart finish. This is a very balanced sour.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A medium tart finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a great blended sour. It's not just all about being puckering. This to me taste like a blonde ale blended well with a tart sour. The tart is very obvious, but not overwhelming. Try if you like sours!

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,717 ratings
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