Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

BA SCORE
98
world-class
3,672 Ratings
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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:
3,672
Reviews:
1,028
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,786
Gots:
1,035
For Trade:
60
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,672 |  Reviews: 1,028
Photo of GregSemenza
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johng19751
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Burgh1328
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of morrissette1
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from 2009

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joeperl47
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skrabbenhoft
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yung_peli
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Hopislovehopislife
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gehille
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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 1levelabove247
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xrusha
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a_daniel_life
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 3,672 ratings.
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