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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

yet another one of the "tion" brews under my belt, and while its not the consecration, it is a hell of a damn good beer. it pours a murky pale blonde color with some flaoting sediment and a frothy white head just half an inch high and relaxing to less than that, but always ready to come back to life with a shake or a swirl. it smells like brett and wine acidity, grapey and musty, oaky and dank, really nice. lighter though than some of the other beers from this line, less in my face. it has a really unique flavor, somewhere between a glass of white wine and a beer. the sour element sneaks up on you too, its just a tart golden ale at first, but then after a few seconds the sour really hits you in the face. almost jaw hurting. dry as hell in the finish. i love the fruit in this, lighter than the heavy cherry stuff in the others, refreshing and surprisingly drinkable. the feel is epic, like all of these. its so so dry at the end, and the carbonation is crazy bright. body is lighter too, and i just love the sour puckey feeling i get from this. overall another, yet another, brilliant brew from the masters.

edit: just had a batch 4 bottle of this, maybe 09 or something, im not sure the date, but it was even more dry and awesome than was the fresh one i had a year or so ago. cellar this, its worth the patience!

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of spoony
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle with a 7/27/12 date into a tulip.

A-Opened with a nice pop and poured golden in color. Mostly clear with lots of ultra-fine carbonation. The off-white head started at three fingers in height and stuck around for a long time, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S-Oaky and vinous at first with hints of tart apple and grapes. I could tell this beer was aged in white wine barrels. There is just a touch of yeasty funkiness that grows as the brew warms up.

T-Starts out with tart apples, grapes, a little vinegar, and lemon curd. As it warms up, the flavor turns more to the sour cherry side, but it never gets all the way to sour cherries. The taste is not as oaky or vinous as the smell, but it is quite complex and concentrated.

M-Lighter to medium bodied with lots of fine, champagne-like carbonation. It is just a touch creamy with a dry, tartness that mellows some on the finish.

O-I really enjoyed this beer; one of my favorite American Wild Ales to date. It had a nice complex dose of sourness and a touch of yeasty goodness, which really played well with the level of carbonation. I could drink a lot of this...if it weren't so damned expensive.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy lemon color with a bubbly white head with pretty good retention and lace

Smells of lemonheads with a touch of cherry clan. Immediately after opening it smells nice. Shortly after it starts to smell a little stale.

Taste follows the nose. Tastes like the tart side of Lemon Heads. Kind of one note but not bad.

Light bodied and crisp mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Overall I think it's very very similar to Beatification, but I like this one better.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of WesM63
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a RR "Tion" glass.

A: Pours a murky/cloudy straw yellow. A tiny 1 finger head is present but quickly dissipates. Tons of lacing.

S: Smell is very faint but I get some funk with some citrus (lemon) lingering.

T: Complex. Lots of stuff going on here. Tart and Funky, lemon, white wine, oak and finish try and tart.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

O: Mind = Blown. This stuff is insanely good. Initially it seems simple but the more you drink, the more it evolves. Everything in this beer just works extremely well together. Well done, RR, well done.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle from batch 003
Pours out with just a hint of hazy on a golden background with a fluffy white head that persists forever with massive stickage. The aroma is quite vinous with a sour funky edge. Grapes, lemons, cherries, plums, oranges, tartness, sweaty horses its all in there and it smells great. The first sip pierces my tongue with lactic but smooths out quite quickly. Grapes, candy sugar, brown sugar come up front and provide a great balance against the lemons sour cherries and apricots that come in next. A bit of lactic and funk find its way in there towards the finish but smooth out with a fruity sweetness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel. This is a beautiful beer! Wonderfully complex and incredibly drinkable. I've had this in the cellar a few years and have lost track of where I got it, if you sent it to me thank you so much.

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4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light straw color with brilliant clarity, bright white head, with very good retention but not much lace. Bubbles are fine, champagne-like.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit, floral notes, brett, and supported subtly by the oak and funk.

T: A moderate sourness carries through most of the mouthful. The blonde ale peeks through, esp. on the long finish, along with some tannins, but is hidden beforehand by the tartness, floral white wine-like flavors.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation, wonderfully crisp and refreshing.

O: Fantastic. This stuff is so good it's dangerous, not from an ABV standpoint but the price point (like sushi). Pairs very well with food, where you would otherwise drink a white wine.

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Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch 006.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring and thin cap.

S: A great lemon tartness is there initially on the nose. A dry white wine with some light green grape.

T: Great lactic sourness. Really puckering at the jowls. Tart lemon, white wine, white grapes and fresh green grape tartness. Unripened pear Dried oak with a light barrel sweetness. Definite funkiness in the periphery.

M: Light bodied with a drying, sweet finish. Nice prickly carbonation as well.

O: The lightness is great and the carb is perfectly spritzy. Great tartness with a nice lactic sourness.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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