Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

3,712 Ratings

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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Live review:

Bottle opens with a pop and some nice gray wisps of smoke coming out of the neck. Pours into my tulip a light golden bronze hue with a generous amount of carbonation. Huge fluffy white head that has great hang time before turning into thin web like lacing on the glass.

Smell is a mixture of fruity and floral notes along with a slight vinegar sour aroma. Very nice. Can't quite put my nose on everything but definately an amazing smell.

Taste to me is absolutely perfect. Its crisp and dry and has fruity flavors of green apple. Also a very nice sourness upfront that is not mouth puckering. Tastes like a well balanced Champagne. Very vinous but definately the best sour ale I've ever had.

There is some nice body there and the amount of carbonation just makes for a very lively experience. I don't think it gets any better than this. Alcohol flavor is not present and this brew has alot of complexity while being balanced at the same time. My new favorite from Russian River.

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375ml corked and caged bottle. Bottled on 5/30/2013 and poured into a "tion" beer Russian River
stemmed goblet.

A- Yellow-gold murky brew. A 1/2" head fades away to nothing quickly. Heavy carbonation as evidenced by the strong string of tiny bubbles arising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Sourness, tartness, mild acidic vinegar appears immediately in the nose, followed by a wine
aroma from the oak wine barrel aging. Tart cherry, peach, red grape, and a hint of citrus are all there, along with a bit of malt from the base beer.

T- The wine barrel taste is right there at first with the sharp, sour cherry and fruit tastes holding up their end nicely. A hint of malt base keeps the sourness in check, and makes for a great all around blend.

M- Tart and sour, but not overly so. Strong carbonation allows all facets of the beer to dance around on the tongue. Nothing overbearing here.

O- A well balanced wild ale. Like I'm diving into a glass of wine for a split second, then quickly into sour, tart and fruity goodness. I prefer a couple of the other RR sours, but would never turn this one away.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,712 ratings
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