Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a blinded bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a mild amber hue. There is a finger of thick, off white head that sticks around quite nicely. 5

Smell: This is a light sour beer. I'm getting a strong barnyard funk presence. It dominates the smell, but it isn't particularly biting. I'm also getting a mild sweetness and a hint of white wine. 4

Taste: Light and sour, but not to an extreme level. I'm getting some lemon juice and funk up front with some more herbal notes building towards the finish. The sourness builds to the finish if the sip, which also contains a white wine note. Reminds me of a mild lambic. 4

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lighter side with smooth carbonation and a finish that is dry but could be drier. 3.5

Overall: I would call this a pleasant sour blonde ale. It's not overly biting or sour. I don't really have a guess as to what this one is, but I like it. 4

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

375ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Bottled July 27, 2012. Or is it released that date? Should I have let it sit longer?

A: Slow slow pour to prevent yeast sediment. Light foamy 3 finger head with good retention, leaving little lacing but a good cap. Beer is a light copper.

S: Very wine-like, tart grapes, cherries, and apples. Some of the mustiness associated with the Brett yeast.

T: Quite citrus-like, a lot of lemon, orange type flavor. A little bit sour, but not overpoweringly so. Well-balanced.

M: Not overpowering, carbonation present, but not too much. Sour, but not too dry. Very little alcohol presence evident.

O: I always say this: It's a Russian River bottle-aged sour ale. What are you waiting for? Get one if you can.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing straw gold body topped with a healthy amount of paper white head, loads and loads of lacing, tiny beading fills the glass from start to finish.

Wow. Incredible... white grapes, clove, funky love, dandelion, lemongrass, incredibly dynamic, complex, like nothing else I can think of.

Lemon zest, loads of tasty pulp, beautifully tart and dry, approachable, hints of fresh wood - incredibly balanced. A remarkable beer.

This beer achieves the same complexity found in Beatification without the overwhelming level of sour patch tart. Phenomenal.

Highly, highly recommended.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,727 ratings
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