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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luminous tangerine-gold with a film of white froth that leaves big rings and a mist of floaties.
Nectar, a touch of horse blanket, apricot, marigold, sponge cake, and white grape skin - deep nose.
Honey on country loaf up front, some yellow apple, vinegar tang, kumquat tartness, a twist of lemon zest, some oaky vanilla, a hint of chalk, perhaps some Chardonnay gooseberry and a hint of spice.
Waxy starfruit finish and clean acidic linger.
Crisp, light to medium, some chew, lively.

OK, yeah, this is pretty damn good. The secret to this, I think, is a very good golden ale as a base. Oak, Brett and beer all in finely calibrated balance, opening it up to remarkable depth. No burn, and amazing how funky it isn't.

I'd probably need to taste other, less accomplished sours to appreciate how well this is done, but I'd drink this again in a heartbeat.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 05/30/13.

A: Cork nearly blinds me as it flies out immediately when I undo the cage. Pours a clear light amber. Tall frothy white head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly. Light and very fluffy lacing left behind. A surprising amount for a sour.

S: Oak and chardonnay for sure. Quite tart from the aroma. Has an acidic citrus component to it too. Maybe some sour apples?

T: Quite tart and sour. Lots of tart wine up front; distinctive chardonnay. Sour apples and citrus (mostly lemons I would say). Just a hint of a bready malt, it's almost graham cracker-like. Drying oak in the finish with more chardonnay and sour fruits. Between sips there is a decently strong leathery aspect as well.

M: Nice medium body. Dry. Quite dry.

O: Not bad. I am not a huge wine fan, especially chardonnay so I am biased unfortunately. Definitely adds some nice complexity at least. One of the better sours I've ever had.

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