Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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Photo of northernbrews
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to try the much sought after Temptation. My first Russian River beer.

Thanks Westsidethreat for this wonderful beer.

Appearance: 375ml corked bottle. Pours a honeyish orange in my Piraat snifter. Starts with a one finger white head that fades quickly and forms a nice layer on top.

Smell: Starts with an initial smell of tart, musty, barrel aged greatness. The oak and chardonnay notes come through near the finish. This smells fu*king amazing.

Taste: Damn...The taste follows the wonderful aromas. Starts out tart and dry. The finish is oak, vanilla, tropical fruits and spices followed by a very nice dryness.

Mouthfeel: Nice and spritzy mouthfeel. The sourness and oakey notes hang around for a bit.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day any day. Even though it's quite tart, it goes down quite smooth. Very drinkable.

Lots of time when beers are hyped up, they become a let down. Not in this case. This is the first offering from RR that I have tried. If this is any indication of their other offerings, then I can see why the awards keep piling up in Santa Rosa. If you see this and don't buy it....shame on you. I just wished they shipped to MI. If they did, I'd be celebrating Christmas and New Year with the 3 litre badboy.

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Photo of flexabull
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy bright gold color with a nice head. Looks very appealing.

Smells are faint but pleasant, I noticed a slight toasted and tart note, but the aromas are subtle.

Taste is extremely interesting. Tastes very toasty, biscuit like, and a bit sour. This beer has a very "champagne" like quality, but with less carbonation than a glass of champagne. Very enjoyable beer to try... not much "beer like" that I can compare it too.

Mouthfeel on this one is wonderful. Very full and round, really coasts your mouth nicely..

This is an excellent "beer". Very interesting... a must try!

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

375ml smoked green bottle, batch 001.

Sparkling flamed gold. Short head of fine, bright white bubbles that wilts to a dusting and a tall collar. Fine drapes of lace cling to the glass. Central spire of steady, small bubbled streams. Sweet, slightly brett laced aroma melded with some woodiness and white grapes. Brett funk and a lemon zest edge lead into a sweet and dry white wine-laced middle. Bright and fruity with moderate dryness, the finish has an ample amount of funk, but it does not linger long. The back corners of the mouth instead are grabbed by a refreshing crispness. There is a fair amount of sweetness beneath the surface. Medium body with a firm, slightly dry mouthfeel and fine bubbled carbonation. Nice overall and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with very active white head taking up over half the glass... nose is quickly very musty, acidic, strong hints of lambic-type sourness as well as an odor I almost always find in old, decayed bottled beer. The bad odor passes quickly (gas?) and the beer now smells much more like a typical geueze.

tasting it is like tasting a geueze where you expect a big bite, but only get a medium-sized one. The sourness is present but not overwhelming, I cannot pick up any distinct wood notes different from what I normal get from lambics despite use of an unusual wood from chardonnay. Perhaps some of the winey acidic taste comes.

Interesting american effort at something very close to a lambic. Wonder if they have more aging more than a year in barrel. Very refreshing, not overpowering, and overall well worth seeking out.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with thin white head that turns into a filmy halo quickly. Moderate amounts of lacing.

Smell: Butterscotch, butter, wild yeast, and musty, oaky grapes predominate the smell. Light citrus, honey, apple, and vague spiciness present. General pleasant earthy, sour smell also. Very complex smell.

Taste: WOW. Very vinous in nature. Light caramel apple maltiness on the intial that progresses into a sweet and sour grape taste with a pleasant oaked taste. The wild yeast is definitely present but blends nicely with the overall taste. Smooth buttery taste with a light citrus hops. It really tastes as smells, but better. It is really the best of beer meets the best of chardonnay. Flavors and smell improved as it approached room temperature.

Medium bodied, very low carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel with nice transitions. Moderately slick and smooth on the initial becoming dryer then a brief fruity sweetness and great dry white wine finish. Alcohol presence is well balanced.

I could easily drink several glasses of this. Easy to drink. Sessionable, but I would want to drink it slowly to savour it. I'll take more of this anyday!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 1/4" - 1/2" white head on top of a clear golden orange body. Nice decent lacing.
S- The white wine smell comes through. Also some light woody (oak) smells. Some weird kind of fruit and spices. Hops also make their way through. It is almost like the style desribes a "wild" smell.
T- Some big white wine flavors. I think this might be one of first where it is just aged in oak (not with oak chips in it) that I can actually taste the oak. Some light grapes with that drying finish to them. The alcohol warming also comes through. Maybe some piney and earthy hops in there. The malt does help balance it all out but does take a big back seat. It is mostly just a strong wine flavor. Truly different than any beer I have tasted. Also is on the sour side. Maybe spiced a bit too. Its a very complex brew.
M- medium to full body. Low carbonation. Nice big dry finish.
D- I am surprised how much I like this for something tasting so much like a white wine. It is very complex and I love that in a beer. It is strangely appealing. From what I have tried so far a truly unique beer. I think this one is worth the money.

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Photo of sleazo
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Batch 0001

A--A lovely gold copper hue, cloudy with a ncie head. Gorgeous

S-First thing is the oak, smellls like a chardonnay. Spicy apple notes

T Sour flabours permeate the mouth upon first sip. Very tart yet slightly sweet. Very well balanced. The oak comes out at the end.

M-Bubbly with body

D-Not sure how many of these i could go through, but possibly alot.

Wow what a unique beer. If chardonay tasted like this i would be a white wine drinker. There are just so many different tings going on here. What a remarkable beer. HIGHLY reccomended.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a sour aroma. Some spicy aroma is present. It smells citrusy also. Orange, and a touch of lemon. That pretty much dominates the aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Mostly citrusy, with orange and lemon dominating. I think I taste just a touch of alcohol. It has a yeasty flavor also. It tastes quite sour, in a pleasent way.

This beer is quite refreshing. It is smooth. It leaves a sour aftertaste. It has less carbonation than I expected.

I dont think this beer would make a great session beer. It is a little too sour to be able to drink too many. It would become cloying. However one or two is great.

Overall: This beer is great. I think I will go back and buy more.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Can't find a date printed on the label, but it does say 'Store in a cool, dark place. Batch 001." I looked up this batch on the web site and it is the only batch of this beer. It also says that aging is required to let the wine flavors mellow, as it was aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Appearance - Pours with a creamy white two-finger head that leaves excellent lacing as it goes down. It dissipates after a short time to a constant cap of very thick and creamy white head. The beer is a pale honey color that is very clear. There is a lot of carbonation activitiy from within.

Smell - Are we sure this isn't a gueuze? Just kidding, but it does smell a lot like the Boon Geuze I just had. Champagne like on the nose, with hints of slightly sour/bitter hops behind this. The malt character smells totally separate from the rest, but is rich in aroma. Some peppery spiciness is also there, perhaps from the alcohol.

Taste - Sour champagne flavors up front, with hints of apple and pear. Very slight bitterness from the hops. Again there is a peppery spiciness, and some oak/musty character. The malt again tastes "separate" and is rich and buscuity, but definitely a background flavor. The finish is quick, with a burst of more winey sourness. The aftertaste has some hints of the malt, and just a touch of sourness. Little alcohol can be detected.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation does carry an initial bite, but mellows into a pleasant level. The is light-bodied and not very smooth. It actually has a very "thin" feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability - I personally don't care too much for that winey sourness in this beer, but it wasn't bad. The beer had a lot else to offer to make up for it, like its very subtle complexities, for one. Still, this sourness takes from its drinkability a bit, in my opinion.

My first beer of this style, and not too bad. The flavors were strong and pronounced, and it was pretty well-balanced for all of the flavors it had. The nearest comparable beer I've had is a gueuze and this exceeds any of those I have sampled. Recommended.

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Photo of Phatz
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drinking this beer is a remarkable experience! I practically left this world for a while, becoming totally engrossed in the entire encompassing experience that is "Temptation." We are all susceptible to temptation; it lures us in and is so pleasurable that right and wrong, and all we know and understand is irrelevant because we are engulfed by the experience. That is the case with this beer, aptly named, "Temptation." I was in a full room with a large group of friends, but as I enjoyed this beer I left all that behind (for a time).

Presentation: A true collectable bottle that is beautiful and classy. Corked and caged, the bottle is marked Batch 001. The server at Monk's removes the cage and then it pops like champagne and poured into a Duchesse De Bourgogne goblet.

Appearance: It pours a glimmering golden color. The head fades to a majestic halo around the beer clearly indicating it rightful status as nobility among beer.

Smell: She brought the beer out while I was still eating. I wanted to get the most from the beer so I finished eating first. However for 10 minutes while I finished eating the aroma was lofting from the glass and teasing my senses. From the moment she popped the cork I could smell the French oak aroma. The smell is unique but the closest thing I've had recently was Cidre Bouché Brut De Normandie 2004, a French oak aged cider. The aromas of wood and leather are complimented with honey vanilla and yeast that are in a league of their own. Simply stated; enticing!!

Taste: Beautiful apple oak, green and white grapes, Chardonnay or rather Pinot Grigio flavors parallel the sweet vanilla honey French oak, earthy flavors. A bit of vinous (wine like) alcohol with some wild Brett tartness and a sour apple snap in the finish keep everything about the beer lively and exciting while equally balanced and meloncaly. There is not one iota of conflict amongst the blended flavors of this true masterpiece!

Mouthfeel: The beer is full bodied and both slick & smooth and creamy & sprtizy. That sour tangy Brett flavor pulls and puckers the palate then lasts long after it's gone. So what does it really feel like? It feels like it is messing with my mind and I love it.

Drinkability: Everything beautiful and wonderful about creativity and the world brewing is exemplified in this beer. Belgium has Westvleteren 12 and they can boast; but guess what... America has Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company!!!

Hope this is helpful.

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

I began salivating in anticipation before I ever even popped the cork on this one. And thus begins the seduction. Batch 001.

One Russian River 12.7 ounce olive-colored, caged and corked glass bottle paired with a long-stemmed over-sized wine glass.

Straw yellow and light shiny copper with pulp-free not-from-concentrate orange juice might begin to describe the color of this beer. Tiny but active CO2 bubbles dance about the interior. A solid 4.5 caliber white head translates into beautifully sticky glass lace art when swirled.

In my nose: Super-sexy Brett funk snuggles up with sweet and clean Belgian blonde and woody French wine. The actions of wild yeast have contributed complex fruity flavors redolent of late season apples but the French oak character and chardonnay notes predominate.

Wine-like and dry with sour Brett pucker, this fancy-pants beer is one fine mother--wait a minute, this isn't Dr. Seuss. Sorry.

I find this beer, while maintaining a remarkable depth of character, doesn't exhibit a terribly large breadth of flavors.

By no means is this bad, it is only to say,
The flavors you get are the ones that you may...
Have expected to get all along, don't you see?
It is flavors of oak and of wine that hit me.

Of oak and of wine and of apples Brett soured. And I also found out that it's alcohol powered and I've drunk the whole thing in just under one hour.

My cheeks have flushed red and I long for my bed. But who will end this review my wife said? To her I replied all sad and red-eyed...

That it might be reported, or might be deleted but I just do not have the words to complete it. What to do? What to say? Well I think that it's time. To end this review and to end this bad rhyme. Not enough has been said about this great beer, so back to the topic this train wreck I steer.


What I meant to say was that this beer is made up of a fairly simple battery of flavors that carry a complexity in their own right. The barrel aging and the Brettanomyces bring to life a beer that was most likely a phenomenon on its own.

I don't know if I can salvage a respectable review at this point, so I'll close quickly. Russian River has another platinum beer here. Thanks to Vinnie and Co. for conceiving and caring for this beer. And thanks are due to RedwoodGeorge, my supplier of upper crust West Coast ales.

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Photo of sloejams
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After over a year of waiting, I finally cracked open my lone bottle of Temptation. Batch 001, 350 mL.

The golden color fizzed nicely in my Chimay chalice. It swirled a nice pinky finger head. A sweet and sour Brettanomyces fragrance reminded me of an oud bruin, almost. The taste was tart without being cloying, as a sweetness followed. Sour apple and meringue flavors were evident. It's close in taste to Depuration, but a bit sweeter. A fine beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty belgium cloudy orange with a fine quarter finger head that melts quickly to thin lacing.
Aroma is belgium in yeasts....sweet, sweet malts...and earthy...somthing very green, natural, and very earthy.
Taste is very sour...a little medicinal in the swallow....sweet citrus fruits with citrus peel bitterness....a little lemon on the tailend
It leaves your mouth clean, fresh and dry, surprisingly.
this is a very interesting style....I think I like it.
It's the kind of a beer that you sip...swallow...and then chew or at least smack your lips several times afterwards.

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Photo of stephendr
3.77/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color – white frothy thick big bubble head – nose of woody (cedar) , fruity sourness , bread yeast , malt , antiseptic , grains and citrus– taste of sour red fruits, sour green apples , malts , yeast , cereals , grains , and citrus – acidic bubbly raw body , and dry – aftertaste slightly bitter , and sour chalk very short

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.55/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold to straw in color and cloudy with a fairly effervescent white head that fades back quickly. Aroma is of tart green apples and honey, some floral and perfumy sweetness. Taste is a nice lemon tartness with a slight oaky dryness. Light in body with a dry finish that tingles in the back of the throat. An interesting beer, I am still experimenting with the sour beers and am still unsure how much i enjoy them, but I'll keep trying every so often. I did enjoy both the flavor and the dryness from the wood though.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001 - 375 ml bottle

Golden color with a creamy white head that leaves a coating of lacing on the glass. Smell is very fruity and tart. I pick up some oak notes as well . Taste hits you with the tartness up front but then mellows to a smooth sweetness. Reminds me of a chardonay and even has the buttery note to the finish. Oak and vanilla flavors become more prominent as it warms. Overall a very good brew. I love the effort that went into this brew and wish I had a bunch more to drink. I will buy every Russian River that I can get my hands on.

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Photo of Callenak
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle bought at Naja's in Redondo Beach.

A: Pours a highly carbonated golden color. A huge white head that will last as long as you drink it. Sticks to the glass as you drink it. Very nice.

S: Carbonation comes first. Tickles the nose, then come citrus tones with a tartness. Hints of oak, but subtle. The brett/gueze smell is definitely there though. Lovely.

T: Wow. Another great beer from Vinnie of Russian River. Tartness and carbonation comes first. The oak/chardonnay comes next. Hints of fruit. I have come to love sour beers and this is another fine example why.

I actually had beatification before this. A lot of similarities between the two. I actually preferred the beatification, but as no denigration to this beer. Temptation is amazing and worth every penny.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Batch 001. Thanks to the effervescent beermanbrian.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a touch of orange. Has a creamy white had that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is tart, fruity, and very similar to wine. I also detect a touch of oak and just the slightest bit of malt.

Quite tart upfront with a slight hint of the base golden ale. Lots of fruity tones enriched by a nice oak flavor. I also detect some light vanilla notes, which have appeared more as it warms. Finishes quite tart with a slight acidic citrusy bite.

Light body, creamy texture. Plenty of carbonation.

What an unusual and tasty ale, and very easy to drink. I wish I had another.

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Photo of instrumentality
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Batch 1" according to the bottle.

Poured into a tulip glass, a hazy golden color with a thin, creamy white head that settled to lace and left a thick film clinging to the sides of the glass

The scent was dominated by a tart rhubarb kind of smell mixed with malt. It somewhat reminded me of RR's Supplication, although it's been so long since I tried the Supp that I can't say which scent I prefer. Nonetheless, tempting, hence the name.

First sip: oh, it burns! Still tart, somewhere between rhubarb and cherry. The alcohol is highly prevalent, which is completely appropriate in this case. A wicked bite but with a clean finish (thanks alyankus for the Terminology 101). This is what I look for in a beer: each sip kicks my palate's ass, fades away, and makes me beg for another. Brutal mouthfeel, yet highly drinkable. A paradox in a bottle.

Further into the glass, I picked up on another strange flavor: a cooling, sort of wintogreen minty taste. This flavor was very subtle and neither enhanced nor interfered with the overall experience.

Temptation is very similar to the Supplication as I recall, and I can't complain. I'll have to try them both head-to-head to really understand the distinction. Hopefully they'll both be available at RRBC when I make a trip up there in about a month. Woo hoo!

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Photo of Prufrock
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into a thin pilsner.

hazy pale golden with a thin layer of white head. rising bubbles and thin strings of lace.

fragrant but light aroma. yeasty funkiness with a thin presence of tart and sour. some lemons and sugary sweetness.

dry white wine and white grapes in the flavor as it starts, then finishes dry with an edge of tartness. funky and sour, but very subtly so. fairly light mouthfeel and a fizzy, champagne-like carbonation. light and complex, but comes off as too weak, especially for someone who loves gueuze.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I'd imagine this is what peach juice looks like. Hazy but very friendly. Not much head to speak of. Started very frizzy and fell to just a small ring around the glass.

S: Wet hay, yeast, pungent oak, lemon peel and coriander.

T: whooooweeee thats sour. Citric acid attacks the tip and front of the tongue with reckless abandon. From there notes of kiwi, grapefruit and caramel apples start to take form. These flavors merge with the abundant oak flavors and meld completely until only that classic Russian River brett is shining. This fades and a precise lemon sourness prevails at the roof of the mouth. Aftertaste of lemon peel and bittering hops.

M: Medium body with a frizzy carbonation.

D: They call it a blonde. Yeah, a Russian River blonde! Everyone other brewery in the world would call this a sour.

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Photo of Foxman
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy and well-carbonated straw gold. Two fingers of bright white head last and quilt the surface. Scoops of lacing dollop the inside of the glasss.

As the aroma wafts, a creamy, muted grain sweetness trios with cherry and dark berry, and a tart sour apple note shines through. A lighter spiciness works with the alcohol and a cidery tang.

Upon tasting, there swims a sweet and sour malt and fruit concoction, with light grain, green apple, and blackberry. A mouth-filling oaken vinous character nods to a swirl of alcohol, and a slick of vanilla carries a mellow spice bitterness to counter a lingering sourness. Residual yeast tartness holds sway in a very mellow finish. The earthy flavor is a fine mate for the funky Brett.

Medium bodied, the puckering sourness and lively carbonation make this a sly entity on the palate.

It's an intriguing amalgam of farmland funky and aristocratic wine country. It's unique and a stretch, but damned if it doesn't work. Sure, the ABV is a hoot, but in such a happy way, and with the tartness in play it's refreshing and drinkable. This is why thinking outside the box can be a real good thing.

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Photo of mntlover
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach color with a small white head fed by rising bubbles that leave some lace behind.

Aroma is soft fruits peachs, berries, strawberries, light pink grapefruit along with some nice dry oak aromas on a light malt backdrop.

Taste is a nice fruity mix good zesty flavors good dry oak crispness. Some good brett flavors but not as intense as the Supplication on the wild side anyway. Temptation is softer can taste the golden ale underneath everything going on. This would be the one to try for those who don't like super sour, man this is a master piece of work.

Mouthfeel is nice smooth lightly carbonated. Almost medium after the last bit added to the glass almost seem lightly gritty in texture.

Drinkability is great only hampered by cost this is one fine brew of many Vinnie has going. Glad I have another. From batch 001.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 001. Top notch presentation in a 12.7 ounce glass. Very unique bottle with a fantastic label. Cork and caged.

Pours a brilliant straw into long stem white wine glass. Carbonation is wildly disturbed by the shape of the glass causing a tidal clash of yeasty white head. The mountain of cream constantly dissolves and reforms each time I pick up the glass. This is a fun beer to play with. Carbonation streaming is flawless. I feel compelled to say that this is a perfect looking brew, a true 5.

Nose is a ballyhoo of citric zest but through that intensity spouts a surge of oak and then a second surge of vanilla. After a while this pandemonium blends into a nice cohesive chardonnay but that’s not all. Above the lemons and oak barrel aromas there is something much more important…Da Funk! That quality that one finds in a great lambic…yep, it’s here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: An initial blast of sour grapes is quite fun but a bit overpowering. Seconds later, however, the palate is well adjusted and the Chardonnay like subtleties become palpable. The ever-present sourness is my favorite aspect of the beer but it does not outshine all else, as is the case in some lambics. Within the sour frame and coalescing with vanilla flavors lies a buttery mouthfeel. It’s surprising and eminently pleasurable. Herein too we find a miscellany of citrus, pear, apricot, rotten hay, and white grape skins, all of which combines to form that wonderful funk that we all so enjoy.

Ingurgitate - To swallow greedily or in excessive amounts; gulp. Yep, that’s this beer to a T-funk. If I may add a new adjective to my beer reviewing vocabulary, this one is inguritatable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a goblet)

big thanks to goodbyeohio for this brew (batch 001)

A- This beer has a hazy golden deep copper color with a thick pure white foam that last and last. The carbonation is wave of microbubbles swirling in the glass. The head turns into thick sheets that stick to the side of the glass after each sip and turn to lace in some parts.

S- The smell of tart wild yeast and wild mushroom has a very soft hint of light oak and fresh rain with a very light earthy decomposition note. The finish has a nice bright lemon zest note.

T- The taste of smooth slightly sweet pale malt has a faint tartness with a brightness almost like lemon to it. There is a very light oak taste that is smooth and really balances the sweet malt and tartness. On the exhale, after each sip there is a very faint ham note that is quite nice. As it warms notes of chardonnay start to come through nicely and a faint grapefruit note blends with it.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a nice pucker in the back of the jaws in the finish.

D- Wow. This beer is so complex and smooth yet too mysterious to describe it in words. The flavors of Bret and oak are soft enough to let the blonde ale shine through but strong enough to give it so much more depth and character. I was expecting a sharp "extreme" American punch in the mouth but instead I got a beer that taste like decades of craftsmanship in the making.

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Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.42 out of 5 based on 3,658 ratings.
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