Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

3,662 Ratings

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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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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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

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this after I shared my Flora with him. Poured into a tulip. This is batch 005.

A - Pours a beautiful golden hue with a light one finger head that fades to leave a super thin cloud resting atop the golden hue.

S - Very mellow nose here. Light funk and must with some slight sweetness. As it warmed some light cherry and stone fruits began to come out.

T - Taste is good sour fruits, especially as it warmed. There is light mustiness and light wild ale funk. As it warms more sour fruits come out like cherries and peaches.

M - Smooth, light carbonation. Incredibly drinkable and a great sour finish.

O - Damn do I love Russian River. Very glad to have tried this beer. Super enjoyable and easy to put back. Wish Russian River was readily available.

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

poured into a tulip


beer is a pale straw color....very bubbly with a pillow of thick white head. As the beer sits the head dies down a little and leaves some nice lacing on my glass. A slight haze after the final pour from the dregs but I kind of like that!


A wonderful brett/wild yeast aroma. Funky barnyard smells with some subtle aromas of white wine/grapes. Not as funky as your typical Belgian lambic but definitely noticeable.


like a combo of a gueuze and white grape juice (however not as sweet) with some ever so slight biscuity malts You get that nice sour/tart bite like a lambic with just a hint of sweet fruit like grapes or pears. A subtle musty/oak flavor as well.


light bodied with great carbonation. very effervescent qualities like a white wine. Nice slight tingle on the tongue before a slightly dry finish. A nice crisp/clean beer.


Such a solid wild ale from RR. A highly drinkable beer that would go well with a meal, as would a nice white wine. They're one of the best at barrel aged sours in the business. Unfortunately the availability knocks this down a bit as I'm in the Midwest but would grab multiple bottles of this every once in awhile if I could.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 3,662 ratings.
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