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Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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:
3,716
pDev:
8.74%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
1,786
Gots:
1,040
Trade:
62
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Ratings: 3,716 |  Reviews: 1,032
Photo of Alieniloquium
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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Photo of BlastBeats
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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Photo of herrorara
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of wyatt
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of chalkfullof
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of avaldivia
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Adamdc
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of cptneutrino
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of LittleDon
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a bit of haze. A surprisingly long lasting head for a sour with a fair amount of lace. Aroma has elements of sour fruit, oak, and a hint of barnyard. Light body and lively but not overpowering carbonation are dead on. Starts like a lager, but lots of interesting stuff happens middle through end. Slightly sour, somewhat oakey, with bit of smokiness. Bitterness builds after the finish. Batch 008

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

Russian RiverTemptation is an interesting and delicious wild ale. Some sourness, some chardonnay and some lemon.

A: Orange colour and 5 mm head. Looks great! 4.5

S: Chardonnay. There is also a weird funkiness. Lemon. 4

T: Sharp bitterness and some lemon flavour. The finish tastes of chardonnay flavour in the finish. Very interesting and delicious 4

M. Fine foam. 4.5

O. 4.

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Photo of grownfool
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy Golden Straw, Light Foamy White Head, some Lacing

S - There is a strong white wine aroma with tart pears and grapes. Yeast aromas give the nose some funk. The aroma is definitely complex and I'm sure I could have spent more time discovering its intricacies.

T - This is pretty damn sour. Very tart citrus, white grape, and apple. Bretty funk taste. On the far back end, there is a bit of a harsh bitterness, like lemon peel, that lasts for thirty seconds or so after I swallow and detracts from an otherwise wonderful sour beer.

M -Medium-bodied with just the right amount of dry, sour character. A little more sweetness than some sours, which I appreciated.

O - A great sour for sure but it didn't quite live up to the hype that the other sours did for me from RR. I actually prefer Sanctification to this. Definitely glad I tried this.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of drtth
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from Batch 006.

Appearance: As poured the beer is mostly clear with lots of active carbonation like a sparkling wine. The ½” white head covers a canary yellow liquid with a faint orange tinge to it. The head recedes very slowly leaving foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates nice leggy lacing, most of which clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: The aromas include the mild musty hay, along with barnyard and horse blanket, all of which show that the Bettanomyces has been at work here. In addition there is some oak with a bit of lemon and green apple in the background.

Taste: The flavors include some tart green apple with some mustiness that remains in the background. The tart acidity is tinged with some lemon zest and some of the green grape from the chardonnay. The contributions of the wine barrel aging are subtle and add layers of complexity with the oak and chardonnay.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is active and prickly. The finish is long and manages to be acidic, fruity and funky all at the same time but the final ending is a pleasant tartness that invites another sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a sipping beer to enjoy slowly. And it is easy to keep on sipping until the glass is empty. I’ll certainly be having this one again, both to re-evaluate what I think I’m smelling and tasting, and for the simple enjoyment of a complex, subtle well balanced beer that continues to reveal additional dimensions of flavor as it warms from its starting temperature. My overall impression is that this one is a winner folks.

Note: Since writing this review I had the opportunity to drink all 12 bottles from a case of the 2012 bottling spread out over 18 mos, and on one evening being able to do a side-by-side with a second bottle of the 2011 bottling. On the whole I think this beer is outstanding for the first 2 years of its bottle life but in the future will personally not want to let it age more than about 2 years from bottling date.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 05X1F
Served in Lost Abbey snifter

A: Pours a beautiful yellow orange clear color.  Tons of carbonation bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass.  Half finger of bright white head.  Bottle conditioning adds those tight bubbles.  Such a clean beer.  (pronounced pop)

S: Lots of "hay" and "horse blanket" scents.  Brett notes dominate.  White grape and green apple are there too.

T: Another amazing sip from Vinny.  I get a nice sour bite in the tip of the tongue, sourness.  Middle of the mouth I get that white grape and green apple and vinegar hints.  Nice dry white wine and or champagne finish.  Delicious beer.

M: Light and fruity and airy.  Bottle carbonation helps.

O: amazing good American sour

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, incredibly clarity. nice thin white head that dissipated, good lacing. the clarity of this beer is absolutely vivid.

oak, slight vinous character. generally funky with a mild acetic twinge.

pear, tropical fruit, touch of toast, funk, mild lactic acidity, touch of oak. complex but kinda straight forward. i get a little bit of a buttery flavor but nothing that really takes away from the beer. really enjoyable.

mouthfeel is pretty light and effervescent, really a nice beer. i had my doubts but this beer is very good.

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Photo of Shackman
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,716 ratings
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