Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

1,026 Reviews

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.

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Reviews: 1,026 | Ratings: 3,658
Photo of HopHunter19
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - nice yellow hazy beer with a big white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S - smells like tart lemon, white wine, little bit of white pepper and barnyard in there but mostly tart lemon, chardonnay does come through
T - same as the smell. Has a tart lemony flavor that sticks on the palate.
M - medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is tart citrus rind
O - really well done. As a wild ale I think it's a little less complex than I'd like though. But it's different and VERY well done.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another solid sour offering from Russian River. The wine notes came out very nicely in this and the Brett added a nice subtly funk on the back end. Another beer that was not out of this world but I would never pass up a bottle if I saw one.

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Photo of Ranz
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 5.5.16

Appearance: Beautifully bright golden orange color with big chalk-white head. Dissipation is reasonably quick.

Smell: Barnyard funk, lemon zest, champagne yeast, and herbal spice. Crisp floral notes as well. Wonderful.

Taste: Subdued tart, some bready malt, overripe banana, apricot skin, and champagne. The funk is much more pronounced with some warming.

Mouthfeel: Clean, effervescent feel with a soft finish.

Overall: This is one of the better sours I've had in some time. Definitely glad that I found some in Philly!

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Photo of edthehead
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Antique gold brown swirly appearance with foamy and creamy head for a sour that lasts a while. Lemon zest and inside the barn funk on the nose. Lemon zest, clove, white wine grapes on the palate. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation. Lots of yeast and stuff floating around in this beer, didn't mind it at all, loved it. GREAT sour, thanks Andrew for the trade!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 375 mL bottle ("bottled on: 050516") poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance: Pale, hazy straw yellow with a lush head of soap sud foam and nice streaks of lace.

Smell: Crisp, lean white wine with tart lemon and lime citrus, slight oak and goat cheese.

Taste: Tart wine and vinegar flavors with balancing minerality, slight salt and oak tannins. Grass, faint leafy hops and slight, crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with creamy, lively effervescence.

Overall: Full of complex, tart and refreshing wine notes. Enjoyed while visiting Sonoma and Napa Valleys - perfectly on theme.

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Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great pour and aroma, but a bit sour for my taste. Definitely leaning towards a wine, though the alcohol is incredibly subtle. I do love the oak character.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle. Pours clear light golden, like champagne, with two finger fluffy white head that fades quickly leaving some decent lacing. Lemony white wine aroma with a touch of funk in there. Very nice tasting sour, like drinking a good champagne, lemony, woodsy but with a little Brett funk around the edges, pairs together well. Peppery crisp finish. Not my favorite style, but very well done, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very pale gold, clear, two finger fine head, good retention, medium lacing.
AR: Vinuos, white grape, oak, lactic funk, subtle peach.
T: Follows nose, tannic finish.
M: Good carbonation, medium light body, dry.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark gold pour with thick white head; good cap retention and solid lacing. Aromas of sour fruit and lite spicyness and some funk. Flavors of sour fruit, lite funk, oak and white table wine. Dry crisp lite mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. World class.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had May 21, from notes. Poured into a teku, less than a year old, this was an amazing beer. complex, drinkable, the notes from the time spent in wine barrels sets this above your average wild ale.

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Photo of Its_a_Daniel_Life
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bo-BAM! those sour notes hit your tongue and just dance. From start to finish the brew just kept developing for the better. Really enjoyed this brew!
Bottle Date 09/2015

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man what an amazing beer. Deep funk, complexity of flavors, Gueuze-like but funkier than most Gueuzes I've ever tried, including 8 year old 3F. For the ease of obtaining this, you should go get some more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With an appearance similar to a glowing hefeweizen with a little less cloudiness, this brings the head, retention and lace like I've never seen in a wild ale before. Looks glorious. Aroma was American oak, lemon, tart, brett funk that is not barnyard, but a brighter earth tone.

Taste drops substantial white wine flavors, white/green grape, oak, super sour and tart. Alcohol well hidden, just like most RR brews. Was one of the first beers to really take on a lot of wine characters that I remember. More recent batches have been cleaner, less intense, but its always a world class beer.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice fairly hazy golden color. Decent amount of foam (2-3 finger head) with a light pour from the 750ml bottle. Head recedes pretty quickly, but you are left with interesting foam (ring around outside and some lacing).

Instant blast of sour fruit (sour apple, peach, grape). Slight vinegar scent, but not too sour smelling. Some malt / yeast present.

Bitter, sour, bitter, then sour again. I couldn’t make out the flavors that hit right at first as the first punch is a bit overpowering. Some bitterness may be from hop additions, but it is hard to tell. It could be, also, from the Lacto or the Brett yeast. There are definitely some herbal notes that come in along with a savory vegetable taste. At the beginning, this ale is very dry and bitter, but there are a few sweeter notes that surface and the dryness backs off a bit. There are definite signs of fruit and wine in this one. There is only a slight hint of oak/nuttiness. Alcohol not very noticeable-only 7.25%. There are also some faint minty notes.

Very dry that feels like it i9s sucking the life from your tongue. A bit low: the light side for mouthfeel. It still is a bit slick feeling, but the sourness almost leaves a burnt feeling on the tongue.

Still not much of a SOURS fan, but I keep trying. I heard this wasn’t as sour as their Consecration, so I tried it. It is still a bit too sour for me to enjoy, but I do appreciate the style and this one seems to be on par for others in the same category. It would be better, I think, if more fruit, sweetness, and oak aged flavors were evident.

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Photo of beergoot
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle label data: BOTTLED ON 080315

Very pale, extremely clear straw-hued body; huge, fluffy, creamy, white head; very fine, small bubble carbonation gently rising. Lemon and champagne aroma; white grapes. Bright, sour flavor; semi-sweet white wine quality; citrus; lemon. Medium bodied; bright and crisp on the tongue; sharp; mouthwatering tartness; mostly dry finish.

Wow. And wow! again. Delicious, mouth-watering green apple tartness yet light and refreshing throughout. Outstanding balance of delicate sweetness with a powerhouse punch of sourness. I can't say that my sense of taste is so refined as to differentiate between what the yeast, malt grains, and chardonnay barrel aging all contributed, but I can say that the end product is most pleasing. Yeah, buddy...

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Photo of TomMorris
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous translucent golden-yellow. If it weren't for the little bit of foamy head, this would look almost exactly like a Chardonnay. Very well-carbonated and more lacing than expected.

The nose features a huge burst of lemon-line with some brett funk and hits of wood. I'm getting some spiciness and white-wine vinous qualities as well. A lot going on.

The taste is even more complex than the nose. Tart smack of lemon immediately on the tongue followed by lots of peppery spiciness. Notes of dry, oaky chardonnay throughout with a very dry finish. Medium mouthfeel and moderately sour.

A fantastic and complex brew. The only other RR sour I've had of late is Consecration and I honestly think I may prefer this one.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: CLear gold color with a very nice foamy, lots of carbonation bubbles and quite a few fingers of lacing.

S: White wine, light fruits, a nice sourness, some wood notes from the oak. A very nice smelling sour.

T: Similar to white wine, some Brett funk, a little bit of fruit, some very nice tartness, fairly dry finish.

F: light body and very nicely carbonated. Very easy drinking sour.

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Photo of eifster82
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 080315, from bottle into wine glass.

Look is clear, strongly saturated yellow. More foam head than what I anticipated. Certainly more than Consecration or Supplication. Smells is that of wine. Beautiful aromas. Subtle oak and fruit in there as well. The Chardonnay barrel definitely comes through in the taste. Not overly tart. Fizzy/refreshing. Smoother end than I expected. A bit of fruit character noticed at the very end.

Would love to get more of these at some point.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome thing to sit down with a RR Wild.

The complexity of the look here is matched in the aroma, is matched in the flavor. Great lemony, green apple funk on the nose and matched in the taste. Such a beautiful blend of sour and oak and vanilla.

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Photo of Myotus
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 48°F from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 03Aug15) into a tulip. Consumed on 16Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dies down into a line within 35 seconds. Golden yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. A high amount of small and medium-sized rising bubbles is present. Lacing is very subtle in quantity and thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of chardonnay and sour green apple acidity entangle with mild hay, grassy barley, pear, and white grape aromas along with subtle banana, tobacco, oak, and earthy yeast aromas.
TASTE: Very strong sour green apple flavors first strike the palate. Strong hay and mild tobacco and chardonnay flavors follow immediately. Strong earthy yeast and mild barley flavors keep the ball rolling as sour green apple flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild flavors of pears and white grapes along with hints of bananas finish off the flavor profile as all previous flavors persist, except for barley, which grow stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a strong dryness. Sourness from the beer playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: Another great from Russian River. I would have liked to tasted more chardonnay and less grassiness from the barley. Perhaps a more fresh bottle would accomplish this. Or maybe a more aged bottle. Who knows? Still a fantastic beer!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color with nice carbonation. Has a nice funky aroma with notes of Brett and white grape. Flavor is tart white grapes with a funky Brett note. Leaves a nice aftertaste and a clean balanced finish. Overall this is delicious.

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Photo of grover37
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the nose and up front.flavors, but some thing is off on the back end. Some kind of weird hop flavor. Did not ruin it but would prob be better with age.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally bright addition to Russian River's "tion" beers. And while this one may not be my favorite of their offerings, it was a light and almost refreshing entry that pleased every sour fan at our bottle share.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL bottle bottled on 08/03/15 into a tulip glass.

A: A slightly hazy blonde with a white head that doesn't completely dissipate. Nice lace left on the glass throughout.
S: Slight barnyard funk on the nose. Very fun without being overbearing.
T: Somewhat crisp and zesty. Just a bit tart and not very sour.
F: Nice and effervescent. Great mouthfeel.
O: Kind of disappointed in this. I was expecting a lot more after having a lot of Russian River's other wild ales. Still a great beer, but I was left wanting more.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This review is for a very young bottle (corked 3 months ago): familiar light pale body, however with a good amount of haze (as the bugs and sediment haven't settled), huge billowing head. Light tartness on the nose, mixture of funk and some light earthiness. Very tart, pepper, Brett funk, minor astringency on the back of the tongue. Best to sit this batch's bottles down for a bit and bring the flavors together.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.42 out of 5 based on 3,658 ratings.
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