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 sukwonee
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried a few sours before... and hated all of them (including RR's supplication).

This one, on the other hand, is much more drinkable and pleasant to drink. In fact, I actually liked it! If it was a bit cheaper, I would drink this more often.

Medium body, high carbonation, I love the bitterness at the beginning and dry finish like Saison... very tart throughout.

This is the best I can describe it. Not much head though. Best sour I had so far.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

Thanks to Sugit.

A: 1/8" white head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Funk, oak, yeast, pears and sour apple.

T: Slight bitterness up front with flavours of oak, chardonnay, pears and sour apple. The aftertaste that lingers is somewhat funky.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to high level of fine carbonation.

O: A very refreshing sour, this would be great in the summertime.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of DrewZ926
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- golden orange hue with an inch of head that fades to a collar, ample carbonation apparent

S- lots of funk and hay, lemon rind and tart apricot, a hint of green apple

T- not overwhelming acidity, perfect amount, lots of funk and horseblanket and must, tart fruits are abundant

M- prickly yet full, lasting and evolving taste, a bit creamy

O- fantastic sour ale from RR, very similar to Ithaca Brute, wish I had year round access to it. if you like sour, seek this out with a vengeance.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

A; Pours a fairly clear golden color with almost no head.  A medium white ring and a sparse film sits on top.  Very little lacing and moderate legs. 

S: Tart up front with some green apples, grape skins, lactic tartness, and some barnyard funk. The funk is a little heavier than some of the other wild ales that I've had lately, which I really like. 

T: The fruit comes out first, with some green apples and sour grapes.  The funkiness comes out just behind, with a good amount of hay and must.  The lactic tartness really comes out at the finish and lingers through each sip. 

M: Medium-bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.  Tart throughout with a bit of sweet up front.  Drying on the finish. 

D: Super drinkable.  Tasty, tart, and fantastic. 

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Takahiro
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 05X1P
was served in bottle,
i don't understand why BA does not allow multiple entry of the same beer. i had to change the serving type to can to accommodate their inconvenience.

A: clear golden, a thin and lingering foam
S: lemon, wheaty
T: starts out like a watered-down lemon juice (in a good way), finishes very quickly with some green apple. lingering muted bitterness of citrus fruit, like lemon peel. this whole experience is a very quick one.
M: dry. with silky/smooth touch on the palate.
O: it's a good beer. i think this is refreshing beer, especially for hot summer day

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Photo of camil1mj
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A: Golden yellow. White foamy head. Good lacing present.

S: Sour apple vinegar notes.

T: Well balanced sour. Not too tart and not overly sour.

M: Redreshing and effervescent. Well carbonated.

O: Great sour. I would recommend this as an entryway sour for folks trying to get into the style.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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

375ml bottom poured into a large snifter

Appearance : golden champagne like color . A vigorous pour yeilds a fuzzy white head that fades away quickly

Smell : lots of apples dominant the aroma. Also a big wine smell also. When I close my eyes I think I have a glass of wine.

Taste : lots of flavor and tart apples up front. Great dry finish with oak tanins. Love the flavors going on very addictive.

Mouthfeel : light bodied sour with lots of tiny bubbles dance in my mouth

Overall : RR sours are nothing short of remarkable. Can't get enough of these brews. Please if you love beer you owe to yourself to enjoy this beer.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle. Batch 4x2. Served in a Blvd. tulip. Poured a clear, pale gold with a couple of fingers of big bubbled white head. Plenty of carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Lots of brett in the aroma, also some barrel. Light bodied, dry and effervescent. Nice and tart. Amazingly long finish with some oak. Very drinkable. Fantastic beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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