Jayb0 (1080) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Far far better than the chardonnay barrel "temptation", this pinot noir barrel approach has left you with a beer, not a question mark. The PN imparts a spiciness that goes well with the sour cherries. Still, I’m not won over by the wine barrel approach.
DocLock (8345) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby-brown turbid pour with off-white head. Aroma of big oaky cherries, hopcit, some funk, brown sugar. The flavor is krieky, with a funky, oaky element, fruit, and malt. You just gotta love the funky krieky oaky thing that this beer has going on.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club courtesy of Noah (htsprint). My sample size wasn’t too large, but thankfully, I can rerate down the road thanks to Noah procuring a second bottle. Notes of ginger, peach, sour cherry, and nutmeg on the nose lead into more of the same on the palate. The sour cherry quickly takes the lead, but there’s a nice presence of tannins and oak from the barrel ageing. Hard to drink this without thinking of La Folie, and it would be fun to sample the two side by side. All in all, a fun (but short-lived) experience.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to kramer17801. It opened to a snap of carbonation and then a rush of foam coming out of the bottle. The brew is a nice hazy orange with a tint of brown and white head, while pleantiful, went away quick enough. Aroma smells of the cherries and oak, similar to DFH’s Festina Lente. Flavor, thankfully, is much nicer than the previosuly mentioned beer. There is very little souring bitterness for the conditions this beer went through. Malty, rich, smooth, complex, this beer is confusing my senses. There is a slight spicyness at first, like cinnamon and ginger, then a yeast flavor, all while being backed by a subtle oak and cherry flavor. Once the usual alcohol and strong ale sweetness subside in my mouth, then the cherry flavor comes out in a fine fashion. This beer is tremendous. Many more thanks to kramer17801 for this amazing beer.
Boutip (5037) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy deep red color ale with a medium foamy slightly off-white head with average retention. Aroma of sour cherries and oak are clearly detectable. Taste has a clear sour cherries feel to it with some distinctive note of acidity and oak. Tartness was delectable but could have been more present. Even though this is an excellent Flemish sour, I though it could have had more tart and more complexity in general (i.e. De Dolle Oerbier Reserva). I’d definitely take more RR Temptation over this any day.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light brown/amber color with smallish light tan head. Aroma defintely has some funk, lots of bretty character, with wet leather, horse hair, sharp lactic acid tangyness, hints of vanilla, cherry, apricot, oak, light caramel. Flavor is tart, sharp, acidic, hint of vanilla, caramel, cherries, and a faint note of alcohol. Finish is slightly sour, smooth, with the slightest hint of bitterness, and very dry. I felt the flavor could have had a bit more depth, but that is truly being a nitpick. A fantastic brew overall. A true accomplishment.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
6/05 bottle. Hazy red-amber body, thin white bubbly head. Ripe sweet cherry aroma with cinnamon-laced apple pie and an acidic linger. When I first started sipping on this guy I thought it was a simplistic cherry kriek but with patience it gets better. The biggest flavor component to me is bready yeast followed by sweet cherry skins, vanilla? and a chocolately malt pushed waay into the background. As with the aroma there’s an acidic aura over the whole flavor. Finishes with tart cherry skin and citric acid. Bubbly but medium-strength mouthfeel that leaves a bit of satisfying sweet stickiness on the tongue. The beer with the cherries+barrels is pretty nice but the special yeasts do a fantastic job of offsetting the sweetness, and not with too much tartness/acidity! This certainly isn’t some bombastic Cantillon, this stuff has restraint.
This is a special beer exhibiting the best American utilization of Belgian bugs that I’ve seen. Great job!
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep orange/gold and hazy in color. Decent head and quickly fading lace. Great nose of wet horse blanket, but not as big as Cantillon, notes of fruit, slight vanilla and oak. Dances on your tongue, this beer has alot of finesse, sour upfront but very well balanced with malts, cherries, oak and you can feel the tannins glide over your tongue. I thought this was lacking in finish but the more I sip on it, the more complex this beer gets, and its more of a silky finish.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hazy brown color with a beige head. Light cherry notes on a light sour body.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 7, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok, simply my favorite RR brew I’ve had. I’m a fan of red wine, and the character of this one fits to a tee. Woody, tannic, along with a nice good old beer flavor. A bit acidic, but it fits perfectly. Fruit is there too, just a great beer, the future looks good for Russian River! Thanks Vinnie!