I enjoyed another fine beer from Russian River the other night, one of their sour ales named Temptation.
Temptation: “Aged in French oak wine barrels for twelve months with distinct characteristics of fruit and subtle oak” sounds more like a description of wine than beer. However, Temptation is indeed beer. 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.
7.25%ABV / 1.062 O.G / 27 BUs
It has a great aroma, smells kind of like lemon and white grape(from the chardonay barrels obviously). The body was much thinner and much less sour than some of the other Russian River sours i’ve enjoyed in the past. I think the chardonay flavors shined through quite nicely because of this. All in all it was a very solid beer and i enjoyed it thoroughly. If you’ve never had a sour ale i highly suggest this as a possible first.