Temptation | Russian River Brewing Company

3,712 Ratings

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2003

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4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle marked Batch 05x1F which was bottled on 7/6/2010 into a Victory Golden Monkey tulip...

A - Pours a hazy, slightly couldy golden yellow color. A nice well carbonated fissy white head forms about 1.5 fingers high. Head fades to form a nice collar of the same color.

S - Sour and funky with great fruit aromas. I get lemon, some green apple, white grapes and some slight banana. Also getting lots of great funk, barnyard brett characteristics as well. Really nice chardonnay notes and oak as well.

T - White grapes, lemon zest, chardonnay, and great barnyard funk, although slightly subdued on the palate than was in the nose. Oak is more apparent here than in the nose. Great fruit and funk mixed together with a nice dryness that reminds me of a saison.

M - Very light body and nice dry finish. Nice and crisp with very nice carbonation.

D - Incredibly easy drinking even with the sour funky flavors on the palate. I could drink many of these in one sitting. Really a quality brew from RR.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sugit.

A: 1/8" white head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Funk, oak, yeast, pears and sour apple.

T: Slight bitterness up front with flavours of oak, chardonnay, pears and sour apple. The aftertaste that lingers is somewhat funky.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to high level of fine carbonation.

O: A very refreshing sour, this would be great in the summertime.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -32.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of monitorpop
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep golden yellow, active carbonation with a one finger white head.

S: Tart grapes, yeast, oak, white wine vinegar.

T: Tart apple, bready yeast, acidic, white wine/grapes, earthy oak, a bit of lemon zest in the finish

M: Crisp yet creamy, decent carbonation and a slight pucker in the finish.

O: Almost wine like. Refreshingly tart, but not overly sour. Really good, but I still prefer Supplication.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

batch 004x5 into an oversized pinot noir wine glass

A: Pale straw-yellow body.. hazy, lively carbonation... half inch white head quickly subsides to a healthy skim... sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Green apples, tartness, pear, oak... very nice... the brett and the barrels both come through here

T: Excellent! Much like the nose the tart green apples and pears dominate while an undercurrent of oak ... actually, this was reminiscent of the superior saison, fantome!

M: Smooth, relatively light body... massive tart finish lingers on the tongue before fading... great carbonation levels

D: Considering how tart this was, it was very drinkable... quite enjoyable and worth every penny.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Beautiful clear gold color with a rather small white head. On the nose I get some apple skins, pears, and a slight touch of barnyard funk.

Medium-bodied beer with a nice mellow fruity, tart flavor. The sour notes hit you immediately as the beer touches your tongue. Despite the fruit on the nose, there's not much sweetness to balance it out. What there is though, is a nice stony champagne-like dryness. There are fruity dry notes that linger well on the finish. Very appetizing beer.

This is not my favorite sour from Russian River (that is still Supplication), but this is an excellent beer. The combination of fruit, sour, and stony dryness makes this beer taste like a nice mellow gueuze. Fans of sours (and gueuzes) should definitely try to get this. It's wonderful that an American brewer is making such unique, distinctive beers, but it's criminal that they aren't distributed more widely. Here in KY, we have to trade for them. And when I say we ``have to'' trade, I mean we absolutely must. There's just nothing like these anywhere outside of California.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

thanks to Largadeer for this bottle

A - golden pear/honey in color, huge rocky-foamy white head

S - super sour grapes/grapeskins, chardonnay/muscat grapes specifically, some honey sweet twangs balance the tartness

T - super tart grapes dominate the taste, tart apples, granny smith-esque, accentuate the tartness, the honey sweetness is lesser but still present

M&D - dry and champagney, super tart, these characteristics may put off some, to others (like me) they will make the beer prized, well done RR

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4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

A-golden with a thin head

S-sour lemons and white grapes. good strength

T-hits the tongue with a great tartness and slight hint of good funk. reminds me of lemon basil. some sour apple in there as well. it has a good lasting after-taste of lemon grass.

M-pretty good carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-overall its more mild and average than i expected. it easy drinking. i almost swallowed it whole. something i wouldn't mind getting again if not for the price.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Temptation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 3,712 ratings
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