Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

TemptationTemptation
BA SCORE
4.46/5
3,712 Ratings
TemptationTemptation
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
Ranking:
#157
Reviews:
1,032
Ratings:
3,712
pDev:
8.74%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
1,787
Gots:
1,037
Trade:
61
HISTOGRAM
 
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3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hardly any head. Slightly cloudy gold. Tons of bubbles.

S: The smell of chardonnay is overpowering. Some sourness and a hint of grains that I'm probably imagining.

T: SO sour. Definitely taste the chardonnay barrels and grapes. Sharply sour with some kind of burnt toast aftertaste.

M: Clean and bubbly and nice.

O: Soso sour. I'm not huge on sour ales, so it's always hard for me to get used to them, but this is pretty good for one.

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4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #006

A - Pours golden wheat in color, almost champagne like. Little to no head.

S - Grass, funk, yeast, barnyard and a faint white grape smell.

T - Lemon peel, followed by tart lemon. Sour apple and funk. Finishes dry and a slight lip puckering.

M - Light body but effervescent. Really gets the flavors around your mouth.

O - Another fine sour from Russian River. I would rank Supplication slightly higher in sourness since Temptation is less intense.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this in a motel room on a road-trip west. Batch 05X2E, whatever that means (RR batch finder was down last time I checked).

Pours clear pale yellow, champagne-like, with an eruptive dense foamy white head. Massive head, so much that I have to give it time to die down. Color is clean and sparkling, and really makes me want to drink it.

Smell is crisp and clean and sweet, but pungently sour at the same time. Smells absolutely delightful, as each sniff brings aromas in slightly different waves. Tart, clean, and dry. Yum. Edit: after tasting it, I can go back and find a bit of white wine grapes, but barely.

Flavor doesn't wow me as much. It's heavy on the chardonnay, with way more white grape than I picked up in the smell, and with a slightly biting dryness (the same thing that makes me pucker when I drink chardonnay). White grapes and oak, overpowering all of the subtle sour-sweet that was so dominant in the smell. I feel like I'm drinking a beerish white whine, rather than a beer.

Mouthfeel is delightful, and fits the beer really well. Like the appearance, it reminds me of champagne, with a huge burst of bubbles that fills the mouth and carries the flavors to every corner. Finish is very dry and slightly acidic.

On balance, this is a good beer. It's just unfortunate that the flavor is my least favorite part. It's dominated by the barrel in the same way that many rough bourbon-barrel-aged beers are. I want more beer, or more sour, and less chardonnay.

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

Batch 6

A - Bright gold, mostly clear, fluffy white head that retains and laces well.

S - Takes a nice vinous character from the barrel with oak and grape fruitiness, horse blanket, grass, hint of cherry, maybe even a little pine.

T - Woody barrel notes, green grape, vinous, strong yeast funk, brett earthiness, hay, sour, but not too overpowering. Long finish with lingering sourness.

M - Light side of a medium body, high carbonation, stays smooth and sour, with a bit of a pucker.

O - Splendid. Huge complexities, really opens up as it warms. Worth the price tag.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Temptation Batch 006 pours a hazy, straw color and is capped by a white, quickly disappearing head that leaves a light amount of lace. A rich bouquet of aromas burst out of the tulip including hints of oak, chardonnay, green apple and brettanomyces funk. The brew starts out with a fruitiness reminiscent of pears before a quaint oakiness leads other flavors like vanilla and chardonnay grapes into a tart and funky finish. A high level of carbonation dances across the tongue in this medium bodied ale. Maybe our new favorite sour, and that says a lot!

Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,712 ratings
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