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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Photo of VinoBeer
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears hazy royal gold with ample pure white fluffy, lacy-beyond-belief head that crowns the glass and stays there as a half-finger cap. Aroma is melon, funky floral notes, and lemon citrus. Smell keeps developing with time, with the lemon/flower scent coming through after the initial oak/melon. Taste is intoxicating, with light fruit initially, and a woody finish, with plenty of others in between, including yeast funk, white wine, and a tart carbonation kick throughout. Beer is light while being well-bodied and leaves a nice dry coat around the mouth.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch white head on a clear golden body. Good head retention and above average lacing, especially for a sour.

Definite Chardonnay influenced. Honestly that's all I get from the nose.

Not overly sour. Chardonnay makes my face do funny things, dominates for me. Would guess at an 8% beer here.

Medium mouthfeel, big carbonation.

Somehow it all comes together for me. Chardonnay isn't my favorite but RR makes it work here. Thanks for the trade a long time ago stupac2.

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1/5  rDev -77.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a bright gold with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- White grapes, oak, green apple skins with a hint of lemon and vinegar.

T- Lots of white grape, oak, green apple, lemon, hints of hay, vinegar, and lacto. There is a nice amount of sourness at the end.

M- Medium carbonation with a light crisp body that finishes dry.

O- Really impressed by this sour from rr. Lot's of wine qualities from the barrels and a nice amount of sourness that isn't overpowering. I'll take this over Beat B5 any day of the week.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 05X1E

A - Slightly hazed golden body with a bright white head.

S - Sweet grapes, green apples, tart berries, lots of dry dusty wood, lemons, some grassy potpourri spices that remind me of a hobby lobby. The brett and chardonnay aroma really starts taking over as it warms.

T - Tart grapes, crisp green apples, and lemon dance on the tongue creating a nice crisp tartness. A light dusty funk appears mid palate finishing crisp and tart with some snappy lemon acidity.

M - Light body, effervescent carbonation that turns smooth at the end, nice tartness with a crisp dry finish.

I've been sitting on this for almost 2 years but it's felt like 5! I had to crack it open tonight.
Very light and crisp with nice wood notes. Funkiness was there but not over the top. Sour but not puckering. The chardonnay is pronounced but is nice. Just a subtle, but very well done sour.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cletusdog
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 6 served in Tap at the brewery a while ago

A. Pale gold with 1 finger frothy cream head with great retention and abundant lacing.

S. Chardonnay grapes, green apples, earthy funk, oak

T. Accurately described by many as a beer like wine with huge Chardonnay wine and oak character with brett funk and fruit notes. A slightly bitter and pretty sour finish.

M. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth. Moderate etoh warming.

O. Really amazing wild, but I still love supplication the best.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vic21234
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 6.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with about a finger's worth of head that fades to a thin film along the top. Seems well carbonated, with lots of fizzy bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Smells tart and wine-like. Notes of cherries and light grapes come up, also with a sort of breadiness.

T- Starts off rather fizzy. I get notes of grapes, cherries, and just light fruits in general. The barrel aging is great on this, with nice tart/sourness.

M- Light, highly carbonated, sour, a nice sipper.

This is a nice sour from RR. I like Supplication a bit more, but I'd recommend this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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