Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

3,680 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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Largadeer for this bottle

A - golden pear/honey in color, huge rocky-foamy white head

S - super sour grapes/grapeskins, chardonnay/muscat grapes specifically, some honey sweet twangs balance the tartness

T - super tart grapes dominate the taste, tart apples, granny smith-esque, accentuate the tartness, the honey sweetness is lesser but still present

M&D - dry and champagney, super tart, these characteristics may put off some, to others (like me) they will make the beer prized, well done RR

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A-golden with a thin head

S-sour lemons and white grapes. good strength

T-hits the tongue with a great tartness and slight hint of good funk. reminds me of lemon basil. some sour apple in there as well. it has a good lasting after-taste of lemon grass.

M-pretty good carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-overall its more mild and average than i expected. it easy drinking. i almost swallowed it whole. something i wouldn't mind getting again if not for the price.

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4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

Yields a sunny-yellow color, with a one finger broad, bubbly head.

The aromas reveal a tart sourness among wheat notes. It got an almost sweeter sparkling wine character with a noteable barrel infusion to it, which then turns into a more acidic direction. It picks up on the lactic chardonnay characteristic very well, the resulting tartness comes almost naturally to mind. The nose gets completed by hints of white lemon peel, adding a refreshing, fruity aspect.

While the sourness from the aromas was very well integrated into a complex interplay of smells, it shines through big time while tasting the beer. It rises from the sweeter, pungent sparkling wine qualities to unfold on the palate with an almost tongue numbing dryness. The sweeter aspect doesn't vanish from one moment to the other, but evolves during drinking and turns from sweet to sour, while the lively, soft carbonation turns visible. Funkiness is very well integrated, adding depth to the chardonnay lactic acid, without being recognizable on its own, otherwise defined by its typical barnyard qualities. Due to the high carbonation, the mouthfeel is almost sprizzy, fizzy - another well inserted sparkling wine aspect.

I am impressed, that this is still easily recognizable as a beer, while it features very thoughtful and effectively integrated sparkling wine constituents. Malts and hops play an important role, as they prevent the beer from becoming too sweet and fizzy. The subtle musty and earthy additions do the same, convincing me this is still beer. Finishes quite refreshing with a faint lemon fruitiness and an almost bitter, punching, dry sourness. This is incredibly complex and very convincing.

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Photo of mc4z
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz bottle. Pours a golden color, lots of yeast, and lots of bubbles rising to the top, keeping a nice head. The smell is super tart, lots of lemon. The taste is incredible. You can taste the Chardonnay and the citrus with a strong but pleasant sourness. One of the best balanced sours I've had. This beer is really carbonated and the drinkability is on the same level as Champagne. An excellent beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .375L bottle to a snifter the liquid is pale gold with very good carbonation. The corked bottle opened with a huge pop yet no liquid foamed to a spill. An average pour produced a nice 2 finger head, white with god retention and left a good lace.

The smell is sour and fruity.

The taste is big and bold sour, with lots of fruity notes. The oak aging add some nice flavor as well.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin yet the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is good if this is your style it is going to be a treat. My personal taste is not so enthusiastic, I like these brews but not as much as some other styles.

Prosit, MK

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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light golden apple juice color that was slightly foggy with a thin egg shell head sustained by sparse, slow moving bubbles.

Smelled of oak, sour cherries and turned milk, (BrettÂ’s doing, I presume) with a backing of honey and golden raisins with a slight biscuit doughiness.

Tasted of a light and sweet apple and pineapple base that slowly picked up some grapefruit rind and then faded into a smooth, terribly under ripe fruit, a bit of woody oak and sour milk. The journey of this beer was stupendous that was made all the better by the coupling of the smell with the flavor.

The mouth feel was light, but the carbonation actually detracted from the flavor.

This is an extremely enjoyable sipper that takes your sense for a ride. Again, the compliments of the smells and flavors really was spectacular and the dynamics of the flavor were top notch.

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