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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:
3,717
pDev:
8.74%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
Wants:
1,787
Gots:
1,040
Trade:
62
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 3,717 |  Reviews: 1,032
Photo of Rristow
3.57/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from draft. Pours a very pale light yellow. Clear with some lacing. Aroma is Brett, lemon, citrus, funk. Taste is pretty bitter with flavors of citrus, sour funk, grass and herbal notes. I'll admit I'm not a sour fan but this is well done.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Darwood77
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Peaches13
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robertm2152
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amesetz
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBrewsky
3.82/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FyreStorm
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mnine
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering clear gold with a moderate white foam that settles with good retention as a fluffy pillow leaving tall walls of cling. Temptation achieves level 10: infinite revival.

Aroma is light grain and corn, white wine and green grape, lemon, oak, light bright funk that's a mix between barnyard and hay-like brett and some other nice complexities.

Taste is brett-laden oak which is cut and brightened by white wine, orange peel, semi sweet corn and bitter hops that are difficult to describe but almost give off dank and pine notes with a hint of vinegar.

Smooth and crisp with a nice froth. Tangy, sour and semi-dry.

2015 vintage

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a golden yellow with a thin head. Aromas include lemon, brett, baked bread, and oak barrels. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, and is dry.

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

Photo of daem3384
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of abagri
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatthewGrapeHead
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked bottle poured into a stein, some lacings

Clear yellow, soapy white two finger foam cap

White wine aroma

Tart, dry finish

Good beer

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Photo of mrtomatohead49
3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jhartley
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Dark gold color with thick white lacing, light carbonation.

S - White grapes, dry oak, citrus, green apple.

T - Tart green apple, white grapes, oak.

M - Light puckering, moderately light on the sour scale, light puckering.

O - The bottle may have sat too long, I'm not a sour fan, but it totally works.

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Photo of mad3air
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,717 ratings
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