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
Ratings:
3,663
Reviews:
1,025
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
Wants:
1,787
Gots:
1,031
For Trade:
61
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,663 |  Reviews: 1,025
Photo of nfedas
2/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of zimm421
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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 fosters9
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PC_Principal
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of matthewrdale
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaulFox
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yoshie
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DankScuba
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerRay
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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 WolverineFan1243
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer4B
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jlira
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anteatr23
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tyecko
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kgncfl
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beefbucket
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bufante
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DudeBeerYaBro
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ssippisam
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 3,663 ratings.
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