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Amazingly complex with flavors that dance across the burning the perfect image of what beer should be in your mind<^>
One of the best US sours out there. Clear golden color. Notes of hay and horse. Puckering flavor bursting with complexity.
Made a trip out to Russian River Brewing and had the best beers. Favorite sours are from here. This puckers your mouth but then the nice chardonnay buttery-ness
pucker up! sour sour sour. yummy but cant do anymore than 1...maybe 2 since its Russian River.
Poured into a flute. Batch 006
A: Pours a crystal clear straw with a ½ finger of fizzy head. Heavy carbonation.
N: White grape, pear, white oak, vanilla and hints of sour cherry. Very nice.
T: Mildly tart lemon, pear, chardonnay, lactic acid and light grains upfront. More sourness comes in mid-palette with white grapes and vinegar along with soft notes of tropical fruit, butterscotch and funk. Finishes with naked oak, vanilla and tobacco.
M: Light-medium bodied, lively, creamy, slightly tart and a little dry and sticky.
O: This is an exceptional Sour! Very refreshing and not overly harsh on the taste buds. I will be picking up more when I get a chance.
Will taste when I go to the brewpub if it is on. I have had many other brews from Vinnie and I can only imagine how good this. Wouldn't be able to drink a whole bunch but I know I will taste it.
Picked this up last summer on a road trip. Great brewery and great beer. This one was a nice dry and fruity-funky sour.
Another great beer from RR, ages very well too
Very interesting beer. Sour smell, dry taste, and buttery finish. Tastes a lot like a wine with beer hints. Tasty!
Poured into a tulip. Batch 004x5.
4.5 A: Hazy golden straw color. Two fingers of pillowy white head. Most of the head falls quickly, but the last 1/2 finger sticks around for a long time. Plenty of lacing.
4.5 S: Brett funk for sure, but way more funk that just the brett alone. Tons of barnyard funk with hay and horse blanket. Healthy fruity tartness backs up the funk. Oak tones linger. Very nice.
5.0 T: Brett barnyard funkiness again. Tart, but not overly so, fruitiness including wild orchard red apples and peaches. Straw and peppery yeast. Oak hits the spot as well. It does have plenty of chardonnay aspects as well. Excellent.
4.5 M: Lighter medium mouthfeel. Bubbly carbonation is perfect. Smooth with no major flaws. Tangy tartness on finish.
5.0 D: The most drinkable wild and one of the most drinkable of any brew. I could sip this all night long. I wish my bottle was 3L.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-08-2010 01:22:28
Wow. Delicious. Share this with your wino friend & show them what a great craft beer can offer. Fairly sour. Complex. Definite wine barrel influence. Wish this was easier to obtain.
Batch 4. slightly hazy - bubbly white head sticking to the side of the glass in a 1/4" thickness that stays around. smells lactic with oak and wine with a hint of lick ’em stick with some grape on it (the candy) some lemon/citric acid. taste is nicely acidic but not overopwering, some asian pear, spicy oak, some grape/wine acidity. a nice roundness to the flavor as nothing overpowers here. a bit of old oak and tobacco plays in the background. not funky really. smooth mouthfeel, not too dry, a good amount of carbonation but not prickly. almost a creaminess. this is just an extremely well balanced beer with nice rounded flavors that meld together. This is one of the finest American examples of what Belgians have been doing for a long time. Nice to have this relatively available as its made just about year round.
great notes from the chardonnay barrels and the sourness is just right. pretty drinkable, one of my favorites
It's good…my rating is what it is because I don't feel like I'm drinking beer. I respect the craft and the time it takes to conjure this style of beer and the brewmaster it takes to handle this type of yeast. I just felt like I was drinking a white wine, a Chardonnay. I would HAVE to drink this with a specific meal or cheese. All of my tastes point toward wine and not beer. For this I was dissatisfied…also the $11.99 price tag for 12oz. That costs more than most bottles of wine I drink…
now i havent had many sour ales and i figured i would give this one a try as i was bottling my homebrew.
poured a light yellow. breat carbonation and oak notes. this one reminds me of consecration.
aromas are sour and chardnay like. very inviting and not offensive.
starts with a slight tart and carbanation buttles begin to help spread the flavors. hints of grapes and raison and some oak for sure. well balance. i enjoy the complete mouthfeel but i think it would do much better on a warm day paired with some fruit.
It's been a few months since I learned about and had my first "sour ale." I don't recall the one I had last time, but I recall NOT enjoying it. So I was surprised when Pintley recommended Temptation to me. However, this site has been spot on with every "You'll Love This," so I sacked up and bought a bottle. Fresh out of the fridge I poured this into a pint class. Although it does not greatly affect the taste, I sure love opening beer that comes corked. Feels like beer lover new years every time I fire one across my kitchen... Great golden color with minimal head. The carbonation and head are very similar to that of champagne. Delicious oak and chardonnay notes (no doubt from it's aging in chardonnay barrels). Very sour odor, but it's sour taste is quite balanced and not too over powering. This beer to me is what all sours should strive to be. Sours are not for everyone, but if it's a style you like you will absolutely love this beer. Bravo Russian River, you've done it again!
Easy drinkability. Very little tartness and does not linger around like other sours. Aroma of wine grapes is present. As the beer warms mild tannin characteristic from the grapes comes forward. 7.5 % ABV is not noticeable and concealed nicely by sweetness. Very nice.
Tart. Sour. No fruit. Excellent sour.
A rare treat. Brett blended with oak and grapes. Good tartness. An excellent sour ale.