I Lied….

Back to another sour beer. I’ll do another stout tomorrow to make up for it! I promise!

Description:Is it beer, or is it wine? “Aged in fresh oak wine barrels with distinct characteristics of fruit and subtle oak: sounds more like a description of wine than beer. But, of course, Temptation is indeed beer. Actually, Temptation is a blonde ale, after the primary fermentation it is aged in used fresh oak chardonnay barrels. Flavors of wine and oak absorb into the brew throughout the barrel aging. During this time, a secondary fermentation occurs using a yeast strain disliked by most brewers and winemakers called Brettanomyces. The addition of “Brett” along with two good bacterias gives Temptation intriguing characteristics and a pleasant sourness. Temptation is refermented in this bottle to create carbonation- a process commonly used to make fine champagne and sparkling wine. Spent yeast forms a thin layer of sediment in the bottle, adding yet another layer of complexity and flavors. Pour slowly as to allow the natural yeast sediment to remain in the bottle.

Beer: Temptation (batch 23)

Brewery: Russian River

Style: Wild Ale

ABV: 7.25%

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Appearance: Gold. No head to speak of, none. I do see bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass though

Aroma: Lactic sour, with a little bit of funk followed up by apple?

Taste: Sour, some funk, white wine, and oak

Mouthfeel: light and fizzy, finishes pretty dry

Drinkability: Due to it’s lightness, you could drink two bottles without much trouble.

Beer Advocate Grade: A

My Grade: B+

Consecration is still my favorite Russian River sour. This one is just way to similar to white wine for me.

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