Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

3,662 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into RR Steamed glass

A: Pale yellow, very transparent and crystal clear. Very foamy white head, steam like with a mix of tiny to medium sized bubbles. Good head retention and lacing. High carbonation with large amount of bubbles being created from the dimple on the bottom of the glass. Very unique looking beer but very attractive.

S: Very tart on the nose. Sourness is very apparent and comes across almost wine like, "Is it beer, or is it wine?" (Quote from the back of the bottle). Also, a bit floral and a tad bit sweet but dry.

T: Tartness comes first, sourness is nicely tamed. A bit bitter in the middle and finishes sweet with some bitterness as well. Very balanced and extremely drinkable. Very good example of this style and good intro beer for someone unfamiliar with wilds. Obviously a great intro beer for a wine drinker.

M: Bitterness lingers along with a slight sweetness and dry.

O: Much more drinkable and not as sour as I was expecting. Not a bad thing at all, actually very enjoyable and refreshing. Finished dry and reminds me much of wine, but yes, it is still a beer. Great friendly American wild and would gladly have someone try this in hopes of converting them to the sour side.

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

12oz to a cordial glass

Pours a pale gold with a finger of foam with some pretty good retention for a wild. Little transparency with the yeast floating around. Medium carbonation coats the glass with some decent lacing. Smell of white wine, sour apple, cherry, and citrus. Some funk blends with a sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. Taste follows the nose well, sour apple and cherry with some chardonnay. A mild malt base mixes with some alcohol and citrus. Pretty solid feel, crisp with medium sourness, not much face twisting as the rest of the Russian River sour line. Good sticky finish. Over all another quality sour from Russian River, however probably my least favorite of the line so far. Can't wait to see how this ages

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 3,662 ratings.
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