Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

1,026 Reviews

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.

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Reviews: 1,026 | Ratings: 3,657
Photo of zimm421
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A careful pour yields a clear yellow color with a fluffy white head. The head has great staying power and leaves wonderful lacing. The nose is funk, citrus, white wine and a touch of graininess. The taste is raw grains and lemon up front, followed by white wine, funk and a drying oak. The sourness doesn't overpower things here, but is obviously present. The mouthfeel is very dry, yet with good body. Overall, it's a good sour that stands the test of time. The complexities I'm looking for are all present, but some are in greater aspects than desired. Still something I'll never say no to.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale straw colored,but it is mostly cloudy in complexion. There's a fingernail of eggshell white around the rim and the vast majority of the top. The aroma is packed with chardonnay, oak, and lactic acid. I'm tasting mostly tart pear and then the brettanomyces kicks in during the fade and comes off bitter and tart. This is moderately carbonated,but oddly smooth for a wild ale.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled 5-6-16; poured into a tulip

p- clear pale yellow/straw; 2f foamy white head; recedes to nice foam cap; lots of active carb
n- med-bold; crisp grainy malt, moderate funk, fruit, and white wine notes; apple; underlaying sweetness comes out after a few min; more funk in the nose than in the profile
t- chardonnay, tart apple, and lots of barrel; dry and fairly tart finish; no sweetness to balance it out, yet it works; light funk; crisp malt body carries the profile well; very little alcohol heat
mf- effervescent; light-bodied and crisp, with plenty of carb
o- this beer is solid; bold, yet drinkable; normally I'm all about sweetness, but I wasn't missing it too much with the way this wild was crafted; I don't think I've had another sour quite like it; very happy I tried it

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Photo of fireazzi
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great sour beer aged in chardonnay barrels. Nice golden color and the best funk smell going on a Russian River sour. The oak notes are perfect and note over powering and taste amazing. Best Russian River sour.

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Photo of Detlef90
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is probably the best Brett saison/blonde I've had in the states. Wow. Just wow. Everything about this beer was perfect. The mouth, smell, feel and taste all were yes yes yes and yes! All other Brett saison/blondes/golden ales made in the states must be compared to this (Allagash, Boulevard, Perennial, Indeed Brewing all are fantastic but still you gotta give credit where credit is due). Rating is for style.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Clear filtered on the first pour, golden with lots of soda like carbonation. Topped with 1 finger of white head.

Smells of Brett, oak, white grapes, particularly white wine. Funky like a cellar, with memories of Cantillon Brewery.

Dry and sour with oaky notes, the same Brett and funk that came in on the nose, and the dusty and dank cellar of an oak laden brewery.

Light body, lots of large bubbled champagne like carbonation, dry and tannic finish.

Super brew. Got at Russian River in September. Drinking Nov 7th, 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden and has a terrific lambic-like aroma. That funky cheesy aroma that those Belgians get out of their spontaneously fermented beers. That lambic character definitely is present a little bit in Temptation, with some funky met with sweet red bell pepper, then a touch of celery on the finish. The finish is a little off putting to be honest. It's a really well made and complex beer, but it misses the mark a little for me.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another decent sour by Russian River; sadly as hard as I try- the sours just don't settle well with me. Golden hazy color with tart lemon taste and balanced hops. Had this at GABF 2014.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ridiculously good like all other RR sours. This one was very complex and had a nice little hop bite on the finish in addition to a really complex sour note.

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Photo of Awolter
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at GABF 2016. Straw colored with a good amount of sourness, but very crisp and refreshing. A lot of white wine notes. Great beer, glad I had the opportunity to try it,

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - nice yellow hazy beer with a big white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S - smells like tart lemon, white wine, little bit of white pepper and barnyard in there but mostly tart lemon, chardonnay does come through
T - same as the smell. Has a tart lemony flavor that sticks on the palate.
M - medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is tart citrus rind
O - really well done. As a wild ale I think it's a little less complex than I'd like though. But it's different and VERY well done.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another solid sour offering from Russian River. The wine notes came out very nicely in this and the Brett added a nice subtly funk on the back end. Another beer that was not out of this world but I would never pass up a bottle if I saw one.

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Photo of Ranz
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 5.5.16

Appearance: Beautifully bright golden orange color with big chalk-white head. Dissipation is reasonably quick.

Smell: Barnyard funk, lemon zest, champagne yeast, and herbal spice. Crisp floral notes as well. Wonderful.

Taste: Subdued tart, some bready malt, overripe banana, apricot skin, and champagne. The funk is much more pronounced with some warming.

Mouthfeel: Clean, effervescent feel with a soft finish.

Overall: This is one of the better sours I've had in some time. Definitely glad that I found some in Philly!

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Photo of edthehead
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Antique gold brown swirly appearance with foamy and creamy head for a sour that lasts a while. Lemon zest and inside the barn funk on the nose. Lemon zest, clove, white wine grapes on the palate. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation. Lots of yeast and stuff floating around in this beer, didn't mind it at all, loved it. GREAT sour, thanks Andrew for the trade!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 375 mL bottle ("bottled on: 050516") poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance: Pale, hazy straw yellow with a lush head of soap sud foam and nice streaks of lace.

Smell: Crisp, lean white wine with tart lemon and lime citrus, slight oak and goat cheese.

Taste: Tart wine and vinegar flavors with balancing minerality, slight salt and oak tannins. Grass, faint leafy hops and slight, crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with creamy, lively effervescence.

Overall: Full of complex, tart and refreshing wine notes. Enjoyed while visiting Sonoma and Napa Valleys - perfectly on theme.

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Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great pour and aroma, but a bit sour for my taste. Definitely leaning towards a wine, though the alcohol is incredibly subtle. I do love the oak character.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle. Pours clear light golden, like champagne, with two finger fluffy white head that fades quickly leaving some decent lacing. Lemony white wine aroma with a touch of funk in there. Very nice tasting sour, like drinking a good champagne, lemony, woodsy but with a little Brett funk around the edges, pairs together well. Peppery crisp finish. Not my favorite style, but very well done, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very pale gold, clear, two finger fine head, good retention, medium lacing.
AR: Vinuos, white grape, oak, lactic funk, subtle peach.
T: Follows nose, tannic finish.
M: Good carbonation, medium light body, dry.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark gold pour with thick white head; good cap retention and solid lacing. Aromas of sour fruit and lite spicyness and some funk. Flavors of sour fruit, lite funk, oak and white table wine. Dry crisp lite mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. World class.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had May 21, from notes. Poured into a teku, less than a year old, this was an amazing beer. complex, drinkable, the notes from the time spent in wine barrels sets this above your average wild ale.

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Photo of Its_a_Daniel_Life
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bo-BAM! those sour notes hit your tongue and just dance. From start to finish the brew just kept developing for the better. Really enjoyed this brew!
Bottle Date 09/2015

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man what an amazing beer. Deep funk, complexity of flavors, Gueuze-like but funkier than most Gueuzes I've ever tried, including 8 year old 3F. For the ease of obtaining this, you should go get some more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With an appearance similar to a glowing hefeweizen with a little less cloudiness, this brings the head, retention and lace like I've never seen in a wild ale before. Looks glorious. Aroma was American oak, lemon, tart, brett funk that is not barnyard, but a brighter earth tone.

Taste drops substantial white wine flavors, white/green grape, oak, super sour and tart. Alcohol well hidden, just like most RR brews. Was one of the first beers to really take on a lot of wine characters that I remember. More recent batches have been cleaner, less intense, but its always a world class beer.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice fairly hazy golden color. Decent amount of foam (2-3 finger head) with a light pour from the 750ml bottle. Head recedes pretty quickly, but you are left with interesting foam (ring around outside and some lacing).

Instant blast of sour fruit (sour apple, peach, grape). Slight vinegar scent, but not too sour smelling. Some malt / yeast present.

Bitter, sour, bitter, then sour again. I couldn’t make out the flavors that hit right at first as the first punch is a bit overpowering. Some bitterness may be from hop additions, but it is hard to tell. It could be, also, from the Lacto or the Brett yeast. There are definitely some herbal notes that come in along with a savory vegetable taste. At the beginning, this ale is very dry and bitter, but there are a few sweeter notes that surface and the dryness backs off a bit. There are definite signs of fruit and wine in this one. There is only a slight hint of oak/nuttiness. Alcohol not very noticeable-only 7.25%. There are also some faint minty notes.

Very dry that feels like it i9s sucking the life from your tongue. A bit low: the light side for mouthfeel. It still is a bit slick feeling, but the sourness almost leaves a burnt feeling on the tongue.

Still not much of a SOURS fan, but I keep trying. I heard this wasn’t as sour as their Consecration, so I tried it. It is still a bit too sour for me to enjoy, but I do appreciate the style and this one seems to be on par for others in the same category. It would be better, I think, if more fruit, sweetness, and oak aged flavors were evident.

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Photo of beergoot
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle label data: BOTTLED ON 080315

Very pale, extremely clear straw-hued body; huge, fluffy, creamy, white head; very fine, small bubble carbonation gently rising. Lemon and champagne aroma; white grapes. Bright, sour flavor; semi-sweet white wine quality; citrus; lemon. Medium bodied; bright and crisp on the tongue; sharp; mouthwatering tartness; mostly dry finish.

Wow. And wow! again. Delicious, mouth-watering green apple tartness yet light and refreshing throughout. Outstanding balance of delicate sweetness with a powerhouse punch of sourness. I can't say that my sense of taste is so refined as to differentiate between what the yeast, malt grains, and chardonnay barrel aging all contributed, but I can say that the end product is most pleasing. Yeah, buddy...

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