Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
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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:
#165
Reviews:
1,036
Ratings:
3,748
pDev:
8.74%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
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1,782
Gots:
1,044
Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky medium yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to just a thin foamy film that hung to the sides of the glass thus producing some excellent sheeting of lace.

The aroma was harsh of a grain malt and a funky moldy yeast (Brett) with notes of peach, pears, lemon and a winey oak scent.

The taste was slightly sweet and tart with a note of peach in the beginning then quickly got extremely sour with a big dose of citrus and a hint of wine and wood at the end. The flavor stuck around for a good long while after the swallow with a nice sour citrusy taste left to lie on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body with a nice dry creamy texture and an extremely lively carbonation.

Overall a seriously sour brew with great notes of citrus, wine and oak. Which all together make this a very delectable tasting beer.

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

I've really been looking forward to trying this after having Supplication and Consecration! Poured into my CC snifter batch 006

A - Pours out a beautiful golden color with a small white head on the edges of the glass.

S - Just WOW! Everything you could hope for in a wine barrel aged sour. Lots of funk and sour with some chardonnay character, not as much wine in the nose as Supplication.

T - Doesn't quite match up to the intensity of the nose, but starts off sour and finishes dry and tart.

M - Light and bubbly carbonation, but not too thin.

O - Another fantastic sour from Russian River. Supplication is still my favorite sour by them, but Temptation is a very close second. Cheers!

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

375 ml bottle, batch 006, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color, capped with a finger of white head.

S- Loads of yeasty barnyard aromas, lemon, lots of white wine and grape skin.

T- Very tart up front, lemons and sour cherry, then white wine and some oak.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth crisp feel, tartness is a bit puckering.

O- A great beer, definitely try this one.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Batch number 006. Had to drink this after trying Lost Abbey Cuvée de Tomme for the first and last time.

A- Pours a brilliant glowing yellow that is surprisingly clear and has a small film of creamy white foam. Not a whole lot of lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of white grapes, Brett funk, green apple peels, lemons, white wine, oak. Smells extremely refreshing, not as intense as supplication.

T- Front palate is very slightly sweet and extremely tart. Green apple and a bit of bitterness evident here. Mid palate is where the white wine/grapes really shine through. Back end is a lingering bitterness with a load of Chardonnay characteristics. Awesome.

M- Mouth puckering, dry, prickly carbonation, light mouthfeel. Perfect.

O- I am so glad I have regular access to this beer. Simply phenomenal.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,748 ratings