Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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 deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Beautiful clear gold color with a rather small white head. On the nose I get some apple skins, pears, and a slight touch of barnyard funk.

Medium-bodied beer with a nice mellow fruity, tart flavor. The sour notes hit you immediately as the beer touches your tongue. Despite the fruit on the nose, there's not much sweetness to balance it out. What there is though, is a nice stony champagne-like dryness. There are fruity dry notes that linger well on the finish. Very appetizing beer.

This is not my favorite sour from Russian River (that is still Supplication), but this is an excellent beer. The combination of fruit, sour, and stony dryness makes this beer taste like a nice mellow gueuze. Fans of sours (and gueuzes) should definitely try to get this. It's wonderful that an American brewer is making such unique, distinctive beers, but it's criminal that they aren't distributed more widely. Here in KY, we have to trade for them. And when I say we ``have to'' trade, I mean we absolutely must. There's just nothing like these anywhere outside of California.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paper thin head, light straw body. Nice lace.

Tart nose and really funky. Like, serious funk. Really faint melon maybe.

Taste isn't as intense as the nose, there's still a bunch of funk but it ends up pretty dry. It has a lot of chardonnay character, a bit of citrus.

Thinnish but not watery.

Good but pretty dry-- I don't love Chardonnay, but if you do, this would be pretty great.

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Photo of Grohnke
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw, light gold; slight cloudiness. Condensed white head has little staying power, leaving a thin film. Remarkable lacing forms.

Smells of bright, tart lemon and grapes (in the sense of white wine). Mild funk, mild sourness. Very light oak.

Lemon is strong initially while the beer is still chilled, and then the sour cherry takes center stage, all the while green apple is in the background. Subtle sourness, with a light lactic bite, tart.

Light bodied, but far from watery; High carbonation makes it fluffy, and effervescent. Finishes dry with a lingering soft mouth puckering and tingling sour note.

Though not immediately 'wowed' by this beer, i fell deeply in love with it during the session. Its subtle and delicate, yet bright and bold. Some great fruity notes, paired with some soft sourness. Being aged for nearly a year in oak barrels, i was expecting more wood in the aroma (very light) and finish (nonexistent). Stellar mouthfeel. I am very jealous of those whom have this at their local liquor stores throughout the year.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange with a minimal white head and some smooth lacing.

Smells heavily of chardonnay. White grapes, some apple, a load of oak, butter and some brett.

White wine flavors abound. Buttery vinous flavor. Brett is more prevalent than the nose indicates, but still well integrated. Sour apple and cherry come out a bit more as warmed. Sourness is not strong up front but leaves the back of the tongue pucker.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Very pleasant beer. Well integrated complex flavors. I prefer this to its closest kin Sanctification.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of RedBeard88
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this one up from a Whole foods in the South San Francisco Bay Area. The 350ml bottle came in a cage and cork arrangement. The glass was particularly heavy I'm guessing to facilitate Russian River's bottle fermented beers.

On with the review.

A- Beautiful, ususlly I love a cloudy golden coloring but this bright orange beer blew me away. The most interesting thing about the poor was that bits of barrel sediment made it through so the bubble cascade looked like falling stars ... unreal.

S- Striking. When popped the quark the first smell to come out was sweet, like root beer sweet. To which i had to respond "Well lets keep and open mind". But after the pour all sorts of intense citrus and mango and sweet orange came to the front. The famous sour cherry didn't seem to come till later on.

T- Like nothing else. Right now Russian River Brewing have the uncanny ability to bring to your pallet the sensation of something you have never tastes before. Cherry carbonation, mild wheat body, with a strong cherry finish. Not strange but unique and wonderful.

M- The first couple sips allow you to feel and explore the carbonation from barrel sediment which in this case is awesome. Later on at the beer warms and smooths out, not exceptionally drinkable but pleasant.

D- Majesty. Its beers like this that make me proud to be from California.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of BostonHops
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass. batch 5.

pours a luminous golden/straw yellow while yielding about a finger of white head; so-so retention that mostly recedes into a ring around the sides of the glass. decent lacing.

chardonnay leads the way in the aroma, followed by oak, fruits, and some subtle notes of both funk and tartness. first sip delivers that vinous quality up front with some oak and funk. as it warms more fruit characteristics (green apple, pear, lemon) open up, along with a touch of hoppiness and spices. a pleasant sourness courses throughout; a dry finish. easily one of the more interesting, original beer i've had to date. for my money the creme de la creme in its style (and i am rating with style heavily in mind here).

light-bodied, tangy mouthfeel, pretty well carbonated. one you'll want to nurse and savor.

original review on: 09-13-2010

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of WeedKing4
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at city beer store in San Francisco. They said this was batch 4. Pours a clear, bright yellow at first, then turns hazy on the second and third pour. Tastes nicely sour with oak notes coming through on the finish. Very refreshing and it has the right amount of sourness. This brewery is fucking awesome.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Canesfan22
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of zac16125
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter
Batch 006
written from notes taking a few months ago

A: Pours a translucent yellow amber with just over 1 fingers width of snow white head. Head dissipates down to a thin film, but leaves a solid amount of lacing.

S: Funky yeast can be smelled as soon as you pop the cork. Sour apple and sour lemon with sweet aromas to balance out the sour, including banana and a subtle vanilla. The brett and sour characters are certainly present but there are also some traditional Belgium yeast aromas coming through. A grassy aroma as well, and even a peppery spice. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so many different scents coming from one beer. Wow.

T: Sour apple and sour grape are noticed right away, followed by the chardonnay flavor. There is some of that belguim yeast banana flavor (that I love) that lingers in the after taste, and does a nice job of balancing out the sour. At one point I catch a hint of hop bitterness that I certainly wasn’t expecting. There is a champagne character to the beer as well. Its like a champagne/white wine/gueuze hybrid, and I like it. Doesn’t quite live up to the nose, as not as many flavors come out, but how could it. Still damn good though.

M/D: Light, crisp and refreshing. A lively mouth feel. Good drinkability as I could certainly drink more than 1 of these, and I can’t say that about all sours.

O: Overall, this is definitely a keeper. Damn expensive ($13.99 for a 375mL!) but worth it. Great job of creating the sour aura, but maintaining balance and drinkability. I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys wild ales, sours, and to those who are just in the mood for something different and unique.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,736 ratings