Pours crystal clear with a half glass of pure white foam with meringue features. Retention is average with spotty, juicy lacing.
Aroma is light yet seemingly complex. Brett funk, pear, grape, and Chardonnay scents. Hay and lemon also rise from the glass.
Taste is once again subtlety complex. Oak and vanilla are more prominent here and carry throughout the beer. Brett funk blends with pear and grape to aid in the beginning and middle.
Light body with a well fit carbonation. The dries in the finish to keep one thirsty.
I was expecting a more sour beer but the subtle yet complex experience of this beer has quickly raised it in the ranks. A refreshing and easy drinker that keeps inviting one back. Possibly my favorite of the Russian River wild ales. Enjoy!
Temptation is a Blonde Ale aged in French oak chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces. Flavors of wine and oak absorb into the brew throughout its aging. Temptation is re-fermented in the bottle to create its carbonation--a process commonly used to make fine champagne and sparkling wine. Spent yeast forms a thin layer of sediment to remain in the bottle.
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy