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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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
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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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Pours a cloudy, light orange with a small white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of white wine, brett, some sweetness and subtle, floral notes. Really heavy white-wine grape scent that blends perfectly with the brett aroma. Can't imagine much more inviting than this.

Taste is up front puckering sour that holds through the middle giving notes of pineapple, apple, and the distinct brett funk. There is a white wine character...just damned perfectly balanced flavors. Think brett and white wine with floral notes.

High carbonation and lighter body are perfect. The high, mouth puckering sourness is just fantastic.

An utterly amazing and hugely sour beer.

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4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle 7,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Batch 006

This will be my first American Wild Ale, I cannot wait to see how they compare to my beloved Belgian Lambics! Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up!

Appearance: Temptation has a lightly hazed, golden-yellow body, topped by a good sized white head that displays good retention and leaves some patchy lace.

Smell: Tart fruits dominate the nose with lemons, white grapes and green apples. White wine is easily identifiable as is oak and musty brett. As the beer warms light spices (white pepper) and sweeter fruits (cooked apples and hints of sweet melon and orange) become apparent, as does the faintest floral/leafy note.

Taste: As with the nose, the taste is dominated by tart fruits (white grapes, lemons and green apples), musty brett and white wine (more prominent than in the nose and easily identified as Chardonnay). Oak, light spicing and a touch of sweetness are also noted. As the beer approaches room temperature the Chardonnay character increases dramatically. Perfect Abv. cover, this may as well be 5%.

Mouthfeel: This is the one department in which I think Temptation stands up to its lambic cousins! Medium bodied with stunningly smooth, expansive carbonation. I could literally gulp this down - pity this is not a 750ml bottle!
Nice acidic bite, but far from enough to pucker the mouth. The finish is quite wine like with a refined dryness.

Overall: Temptation is a solid sour with stunning white wine character, however I feel it lacks the power and depth of a true lambic (particularly in the nose). That said, I think it is for that very reason that it scores so well on BA!

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.71/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle had been aged for 2 years... A toast to a fallen friend...

Effervescent and golden straw in color, Temptation comes with perfect clarity. Apple cider vinegar, fermented berries, champagne, chardonnay and a touch of oak come through in the bouquet. A soft Brett character is carried throughout the flavor via the active carbonation bubbles that last throughout the tasting. Very wine like, this RR Sour is immediately reminiscent of a carbonated white wine that finishes dry. Oak follows through from the nose.

Though I admittedly am not a fan of sours for the most part, this was a toast to a friend who once did. Very drinkable and palatable. Would work well with a sharp white cheddar cheese if one would like to compliment.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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

Poured into a snifter. Nice golden hue with a medium head, but solid carbonation. The aroma is of tart grapes and slight malted grain. The lacing is noticable and there is a bite of crisp and sharp flavors when sipping this one. It is a sipper unless you were born with an affinity to tartness. The alcohol is well hidden and the there is a heavy infusion of Chardonney from the aging process. I am quite impressed with my first sample from RR wild ale series.

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4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Batch 006. Served a touch too cold at 45F.

Appearance - Remarkably clear golden yellow body. Not a lot of head. Biggish bubbles that settle quickly. The lacing is nice and bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass like champagne.

Smell - Chardonnay is most prominent. Oaky with a nice lemon tartness. Funky, but not like a lambic. Complex aroma, but it isn't overwhelming.

Taste - Again, complex without being overpowering. Initially tart, with a slight funk in the flavor. Lemony like the aroma. The tartness is immediately tamed by the chardonnay, which makes it one of the easiest-drinking sour ales I've ever had.

Mouthfeel - The chardonnay cuts any unpleasant harshness that may have arisen from the souring process. Light and bubbly. I could easily drink this too quickly, but I would be missing out.

Overall - Not intense like many other sours. A variety of subtle flavors that play nicely together. Something I definitely need more of.

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

375mL bottle of Russian River Temptation - batch number 6.

Appearance: this brew pours a vivid and unclouded blonde color with a pristine white head and no chill haze to be found.

Smell: if I were blindfolded while smelling this, I seriously might have guessed there was a glass of white wine under my nose.. the Chardonnay barrels are extremely pronounced.

Taste: the level of sourness that Temptation exhibited was a little higher than I was anticipating.. and it finishes much drier than Supplication. The back of the label reads "Is it beer, or is it wine?" "... Temptation is indeed beer." After taking my initial sips, this aforementioned question seems like a very reasonable one; the Chardonnay notes in this ale are uncanny. The funky brettanomyces characteristics (as well as lacto and pedio) are present, yet more restrained. There's a tad of French oakiness in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: pleasantly carbonated and medium bodied.. extremely dry.

Overall: of the three American wilds I've had from Russian River thus far, I'm putting Temptation in second place.. ahead of Consecration but behind Supplication. All of them are really unique and highly distinguishable.. this one being the most wine-like.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,735 ratings