Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
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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:
#158
Reviews:
1,034
Ratings:
3,730
pDev:
8.74%
Bros Score:
4.46
 
 
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Bottle Date: 5/6/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Look is a clear light gold with a moderate amount of fine, white head.

Smell is a bit brett, a bit floral, a bit cilantro, and a bit plum blossom. It's an interesting combination. The word "fresh" comes to mind. It says chardonnay on the label, but I can't pick out anything specific to that wine ([from the future]: yet).

The taste definitely shows shades of the chardonnay grape. That wine is usually along a spectrum of mineral to butter for me, and I can pick out both characteristics, but overall it's leans toward butter (or malolactic for yinz who talk big like that). The wine flavors dominate, like with Almanac's Grand Cru. There's also a lot of apple taste, accompanied by earthy grape leaves. And floral, floral, floral. Shock of all shocks, I'm enjoying sipping on this one.

The feel is thin-moderate for the type, and the carbonation is a bit coarse. Still, the aftertaste is pleasant with the butter and apple, although those two don't fuse.

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Funky -- lingering tart/sour -- crisp -- some wine overtones. So that's the "Brett" tastes like?

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,730 ratings