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
Ratings:
3,680
Reviews:
1,030
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,787
Gots:
1,035
For Trade:
61
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Photo of MasterSki
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004 on-tap at the Monk's Kettle in SF. Served in an oversized wine glass.

A - A finger of persistent egg-white foam with big bubbles. Opaque golden orange colored body, and nice lacing that sticks around. I suspect the appearance was hurt a little bit by the glass type.

S - Awesome aroma - wonderful blend of unripened green apples, horsey funk and mustiness, white wine and green grapes, light oakiness, and some other light fruit and spice notes.

T - Starts with graham crackery sweetness that morphes into a light sour finish that is surprisingly clean. Funk and unripened fruits predominate the complementary flavors. Excellent, but not quite as rich and complex as the aroma.

M - Dry finish, lively champagne-like carbonation that still imparts a soft texture. Some residual dry stickiness and cottonmouth sensations.

D - There is nary a trace of the 7.25% ABV - this could easily be a 4-5% geuze. It's actually a little reminscent of Deviation, but without the aggressive Beatification PH001 tartness element. However, it's also significantly cheaper...

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Umberto's tasting.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow, with a one inch head, very fizzy, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like white wine, strong sourness, hay, lemon and green apple.

This is an absolutely delicious sour. There is a nice, big white wine character here, lemony and grainy, with a puckering tartness, and a little bit of oak from the barrels themselves. The beer feels alive in your mouth.

This is light bodied, with a very active and prickly amount of carbonation, and a crisp, tart, juicy mouthfeel.

This is absolutely excellent.

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4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/25/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 375ml bottle, caged and corked from the first batch ever bottled. Poured into my Duchese chalice.

Appearance- Pilsner golden color with a nice clouded vision. A solid 3/4 inch head forms with a full 1/4 inch remaining all the way down. Beautiful lace kisses almost the enitire glass.

Smell- Ahh, more barnyard funk, with a touch of oak and hops!

Taste- Drank immeadiately after the Supplication and found the same tartness to be there, in fact more so. This time the sourness stays in the aftertaste and lingers a bit. Slight touches of vinous notes and maybe a wee bit of oak treat the pallete to a nice suprise. Hops are plentiful as you notice them immediately.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, tart and sour to the back of the tongue.

Drinkability- Another winner from Mr. C. A different approach to a blonde ale to be sure, but a winner nonetheless.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally decided to open one of these. This bottle is from Batch 05X2F.

It pours a light bodied bright orange gold in color with little to no carbonation. It smells lactic, acidic, has definite California Chardonnay characteristics, and even a little butter. Oh wow, having had a lot of chardonnay lately this one is right up my alley. It really does smell like a tart chardonnay. It's very impressive. The flavors too are very acidic, lactic, and very heavy on vinous and slightly buttery California chardonnay. This beer puts "Russian River" in perspective, being in prime wine country this emulates the local wines and is really quite transcendiary. It is impressive through and through. This is my new favorite from Russian River and a phenomenal, world class beer. It has truly earned its reputation.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks flexabull for this brew.

Batch 002

Corked and caged.

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy white head, leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing. The nose is of malts, hops, yeast, citrus (orange, grapefruit), pears, apples, and grapes. The taste is sweet with a nice tangyness to it, fruity and a nice dryness to the finish. Very carbonated, medium body, a complex brew. Very drinkable, this is my second RR brew to date, love both of them. Highly recommended.

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4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear gold in color with a wispy head that remains as some surface bubbles. No lace develops.

Smell: woodiness and some funk are surprisingly pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big flavors here as biscuit, brett funkiness, oak, green grapes, and tart green apples are up front. There is a lingering chardonnay flavor that arrives late. Mild bitterness and some soft lemon citrus rounds it out. Hints of alcohol provide some warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and very dry throughout. Long aftertaste as the funk and oak last a while.

Drinkability: this is a true slow sipping beer meant to be enjoyed over a long time period. It changes up as it warms, keeping it interesting.

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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is yellow (eventually the sediment got released and ended up clouding the beer but it started out pretty clear). Thick white head of medium bubbles held up shortly by moderate carbonation of medium to large bubbles that rose through the beer quickly. Head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as the beer is drank.

Beer has a good sour aroma followed by a slight funk. Sour aroma seems citric rather than acetic or lactic.

Whoa, this is a sour. Puckering citric sour flavors. Once the shock wore off, its amazing. Beer is really smooth. Drinkability high, mouthfeel great. Crisp finish, no aftertaste, there is a hint of oak in the back after drinking for a while. This is a great beer.

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

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4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Signature Russian River corked and caged 375 ml bottle pulled from the cellar. Batch 05X1F, I've been sitting on this one for just a few months and decided I was in the mood for something sour. Served at cellar temperature, around 55ºF, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Golden orange semi-hazy body, topped with a pure white fluffy and sudsy head. The dissipation is rather rapid although a retention cap sticks around for the entire consumption. Some minor lacing is present, a bit less than I like to see but still quite a gorgeous beer to look at.

S: Dandelions, rose hips, floral "spice," peach, lemon zest, oak and white grapes. All come through on their own but blend to give a very light, crisp and tart fragrance. Towards the end of the nose, a hint of white grapefruit comes forward with its acidic character.

T: At first, the tart and puckering nature of this beer is obvious. Sweet and tart white grapes coat the palate, along with lemon and honey. A slight oak note is in the finish but there's really no lingering taste other than a bit of a dry bite. The woodiness I thought might be overpowering but it is well displayed and evidence the use of the French Oak Chardonnay barrels for it's secondary aging is masterfully done.

M: On the lower end of a medium-bodied beer, sparkling and bubbly like a champagne. The finish is semi-dry across the palate and slightly prickly.

Well, of all the "standard" Russian River Wild Ales I've sampled, this one might just be my favorite. I feel it's extremely balanced in both aromas and flavors, while providing enough depth, complexity and balance to be a showpiece for a Wild Ale. The aging on French Oak Chardonnay barrels was the touch that took this beer above and beyond my expectations for the style.

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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale straw yellow with a half finger of head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: you can definitely smell the barrel oak funk and vinous characters at first whiff with faint brett, acidic citrus, slight vanilla, and a little vinegar notes.

T: the vinous barrel funk charaters are more potent on the palate with wine, slight vinegar, and acidic citrus accents. You could taste a little brett notes as well.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation that had a slight sweet, sour, and dry finish.

D: I love my sours and this one is no exception but isn't the greatest I've ever had but it still drank very good and had me feining for more after ever sip; great brew.

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2.66/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Falling Rock:

Well, I like RR beers and the Temptation is a nice beer. However, while it produces a nice looking brew, and it's not horrible or bad, it's simply just a sour beer.
The taste has a touch of green pear to it, but for the most part this is only sour. Nothing complex, and I"m glad I had this on tap instead of paying the 24 bucks for a bottle.
Aroma is sour, with bits of clove and green apple. That's as far as it goes, though. Aged? sure doesn't come out in the aroma or taste.
A solid sour, but nothing special. I would think it's not worth the bottle price.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 3,680 ratings.
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