Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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:
3,681
Reviews:
1,030
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,787
Gots:
1,035
For Trade:
61
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-clear golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-sour grapes, yeasty funk, oak, floral

T-tart grapes, yeasty funk, oak, Chardonnay barrels add but are so well-incorporated as to be unable to taste this as a separate distinct aspect of this beer, has a nice dry finish

F-medium body with nice tight carbonation, crisp and tart mouthfeel

O-a delicious beer, so beautifully blended and well-balanced

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an illuminated toasted straw color. Body is quite hazy. Puffy bleached head sits atop the body. Looks nearly perfect. Long, attention-grabbing lacing stains hug the glass and dry up.

S-The aroma is Brett at its best. Funky, tart and earthen. Pretty floral notes play quite nicely with the barrel notes. Woody, infected Chardonnay with a light, crisp malty underbelly. Fresh, juicy apples, pears and stone fruits. The buzzing funk encompasses all of the other aromatic components.

T-The flavor is blatantly exquisite. The funky, barny, yeasty tartness rushes over the palate. The sips following the first deliver all the notes from the nose but with much more robustness. Warmth is friendly to this ale. The honeysuckle and dandelion stem flavors add depth. The oak is sneaky but noticeable after a few sips... I may even be getting some oak-imparted vanilla flavors. Tart fruits of course.

M-Perfect body; relatively light and highly carbonated. The first sip seemingly explodes all over my mouth; the bubbles roll over every inch.

O/D-Another royal brew by Russian River. Too complex to ever fully describe. Too drinkable to ever fully feel satisfied. A glass of this at the brewpub was truly inspiring.

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4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Review from 2/3/13: 750ml Caged and Corked bottle, batch 004x3 (brewed 5/25/2008, bottled 6/2/2009).

A: Pours light orange with nearly two fingers of a bubbly white head that fairly quickly dissipates to a frothy film. Just a little hazy, but mostly clear.

S: As soon as I popped the cork the sourness practically jumped out of the bottle. White wine, moderate fruitiness akin to peaches and green apples, lots of sourness and funk.

T: As I had hoped, the nearly 4 years of aging turned this quite sour and funky. Semi-sweet chardonnay with mild fruits, a lot of oak. Slightest bit lactic. Has a good bit of that funky-cheese and musty basement quality. Tart bite up front with a mouth-puckering sourness lingering through the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly dry finish. I'd like a little bit more carbonation, slightly lighter body, and a dryer finish. Nitpicks though, it's still darned good.

O: One of the finest examples of it's style and the extended aging made it even better. Near perfection.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 3,681 ratings.
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