Batch 004X2. deep golden with fluffy white head, lots of sticky lacing. beautiful.
Smell of zesty lemon and light funk, very light oak. subdued but hypnotizing, i thought at first it was too light, but i cant stop sniffing.
tart lemon on the tongue, funkier than the nose foreshadows. Spicy brett cuts the zest, then finishes with a bitter oak-y funk. good carbonation keeps it dancing. one of my favorite sours, plenty puckering, but complex with a killer finish. could age it(three hour glasses by the batch #) but who would want to lose that brett funkness?
Served In: Tulip
A big thanks goes out to errantnight for providing me with a few of the Russian River sours, thanks again Derek! Temptation's body is deep golden with a moderate haziness. Large carbonation bubbles explode to the surface from every inch of the glass. The carbonation kept the two finger micro bubbled head alive throughout the entire drink. I'm surprised to find it but chunky, sticky lacing is left behind after each drink. This is a great looking beer!
The nose is loaded with tart orchard fruits. Apricots and peaches are the first thing to jump out along with vinous qualities from the chardonnay barrels. All of these aromas bring tartness to the nose; green apple skins play a big role as well. The malt base is all about pale, semi sweet malts that allow the Brett to do its thing. The depth of this beer is outstanding and the fruitiness meshes perfectly.
The flavor follows closely in the footsteps of the aroma. Tart apricots fall away for the peaches to step forward upfront. The vinous qualities come through mid-palate along with green apple skins that leave behind a solid tartness that lingers after the swallow. The only addition to the aroma is a slight bready maltiness along with candi sugar-like sweetness toward the finish. This is a delicious beer from Russian River.
The body is medium but the lively carbonation makes the body feel airy. The dryness grows as I drink which accentuates the tartness on the swallow.
This beer is dangerously drinkable and should be bottled in 750s. 375ml is not near enough of this delicious beer for one sitting. I find myself not being able to set the glass down.
Temptation is one of my favorite sours to date. This is a fantastic beer in all aspects that I just can't get enough of. The tartness of this beer comes across ridiculously well. Thanks again for picking these up Derek!
Price: $14.95 Served In: Tulip
Side-by-side review of Batch 04 (750ml) and 03 (375ml).
A: Deep amber color, a little bit cloudy (bottle probably a bit too agitated). Minimal head and lacing. Not much difference between the two.
S: The 04 is bright and tart in the nose, up-front fruits. The 03 is a mellower aroma, but somehow richer and perhaps with a bit of honey. Chardonnay influence is easily appreciated in both bottles.
T/M/D: The 04 is lively and tart. Opens with a good hit of sourness, finishes dry and oaky. The 03 sourness is not as sharp, and is accompanied by a distinct honey sweetness. The 03 finishes similarly dry to the 04, but persists longer with Chardonnay and oak flavors lingering.
Both are supremely easy to drink, and showcase RR's excellence at blending wine flavors with fantastic beers. Definitely looking forward to aging this Batch 04, and wondering when I'll decide to open my last Batch 03.
Served In: Tulip
Bought a bottle at O’Brien’s for $20. The bottle list said this was a 2006 vintage and the bottle stated this was Batch 002.
The beer couldn’t wait to get into the Chimay chalice as the foam started gushing out of the bottle. Pours a pineapple juice/apricot color. Surprisingly there is very little foam once it was poured into the glass.
Aroma of pineapple, apple skins, peach, nectarine, strawberry, oak, and pale malt. Funkiness surrounds the entire aroma as well as a leathery combination. A little earthy as well.
The fruits are a little more subtle in the taste than in the aroma, at least at first. First sip revealed sourness upfront with some fruits—apple, peach, nectarine—in the finish. Slightly salty on the tongue. Mostly tart, maybe a little sour, but not lip-puckering sour. Tart cherries and a little vinous. Very good.
Well carbonated and somewhat thin on the finish, but I would call that refreshing. After-taste of apple and grape skins with some funk. Alcohol is very well hidden.
I was surprised to see this one listed and even at $20 it didn’t take me long to decide to buy it. The only other wild ale I’ve had from Russian River is the Toronado 20th on tap and I really wanted to try their other bottled beers. I probably wouldn’t buy this one again at this price but I’m really glad I tried it. If I could find this one at a more reasonable price I’d definitely take it.
Served In: Pint Glass
Thanks to Fro for this brew>
Pours a murky orangish color with a thick white head that settles down nicely into light bubbles on top of the brew. Light tart nose, with a very yeasty smell. Really digging sitting here and smelling it. As soon as the sip is taken the tang hits the back of my jawline. Light tartness is there, but not overwhelming. Crisp fruity finish. Nice carbonation, really dig sipping on this brew.
Served In: Snifter
Review from 12/28/06
A - Slightly hazed straw colored body with a bunch of rising bubbles. Head is about one finger and looks just like what you would see on top of a glass of champagne.
S - Big champagne bouquet. Tart and sour with a touch of oak.
T - The taste upfront is very much that of a barnyard floor. Slight oak comes into play. Then you get a nice subtle hit of a sour and tart blend.
M - Light and crisp body. Carbonation is the same as in champagne with large bubbles.
D - Easy going. Another nice brew from Russian River.
Served In: Other
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