Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute. Batch 006

A: Pours a crystal clear straw with a ½ finger of fizzy head. Heavy carbonation.

N: White grape, pear, white oak, vanilla and hints of sour cherry. Very nice.

T: Mildly tart lemon, pear, chardonnay, lactic acid and light grains upfront. More sourness comes in mid-palette with white grapes and vinegar along with soft notes of tropical fruit, butterscotch and funk. Finishes with naked oak, vanilla and tobacco.

M: Light-medium bodied, lively, creamy, slightly tart and a little dry and sticky.

O: This is an exceptional Sour! Very refreshing and not overly harsh on the taste buds. I will be picking up more when I get a chance.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub.

Pours a clearish light golden color with a wispy off white head. Aroma is initially vinous with mild brett. Grapes, apple, oak and lemon. Flavor is mildly fruity, with strong white wine and oak and a slightly funky finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sour, dry finish.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Batch 003 purchased on 3/16/2008, waxed, stored at 55 degrees for 1,370 days, and opened by me tonight. This is my last bottle of this vintage. Snifter. When I remove the wax and cage the cork shoots out with an emphatic pop, but the liquid does not rise or gush.

A: Bright dark gold with perfect clarity and an enormous white mousse-like head rising three fingers above the liquid exhibiting exceptional retention. The lacing forms a thick white coating on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

S: Ripe granny smith apple blends with wet leather and white grape. Oak is strong but not overpowering. Earth is apparent and I get light notes of barnyard and earth. The aroma displays a moderate tartness with evident lactic characteristics. There's a decided Chardonnay presence.

T: Chardonnay up front with ripe golden apples, a soft buttery note, and a piquant oak character. Lactic notes are pronounced, and there's a lower moderate tartness. Wet leather blends with earth and a mild spiciness. The finish is dry with evident tannins.

M: Light in body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is bone dry and sticky.

Overall: One of the more successful aging experiences I've had. This is exceptional.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.3% out of 100 with 3,696 ratings
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