Review: Russian River Temptation #beer

Rating: A (post update)

Had this with Thanksgiving dinner (kept bread and water as a palate cleanser while I snuck this one past my grandmother pretending it was sparkling cider… you gotta do what you gotta do).

I have to say. Underwhelming. Combined with the positive reviews and the price point, I think the brett, chardonnay, and everything else mentioned in the description was just a bit too much. The appearance is downright fantastic light and golden. The head and lacing are wonderful. Its smell is funky and complex. There’s a lot in there, tart, sour, dry, oak, and it’s like they all come out in the smell. The problem is I just don’t really like it. The taste is the same. It’s a sour beer, and remains wild. But these can be hit or miss.

Much respect goes to it though, as the light body complements the nice carbonation to have an easy sipper. And it’s again, highly drinkable for someone who wants it, but not for me.

Especially not at upwards of $10 for a 12oz.

UPDATE: Original 11-26-10 review gave it a "B", but having had it more recently, wow… my tastes have evolved. I really loved this one. Truly truly did. Still an expensive bottle, and I think there are others that are a bit cheaper and just as good quality, but man this one is good. It’s a welcome indulgence. Moving taste from 3.5 to 4.5, smell from 3.5 to 4.0, and overall from 3.5 to 4.0.

Serving type: bottle


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