Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Russian River Brewing Company Temptation Barrel Aged Ale
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Russian River Brewing Company Temptation Barrel Aged Ale - Sour Blonde Ale Aged in Chardonnay Barrels. A lot can be said and is said of Russian River Brewing Company and if what you’ve heard is all positive then you’ve been hearing the truth.
From the Russian River Brewing Company website: “Blonde Ale aged in used Chardonnay barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 9 to 15 months (depending on the age of the barrel) with lots of brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Medium bodied with hints of oak and Chardonnay, funky brett characteristics, with a nice, long sour finish.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours golden blonde, a touch hazy, with a giant white foamy head and nice lacing left behind.
Aroma: Sour, Belgian yeast, oak, Chardonnay, citrus fruit, apple and a hint of bready malts.
Taste: Sour, fruity, tart and citrusy up front, bready malts, Chardonnay, oak and just a slight sweetness.
Overall: The Chardonnay, the oak barrel and the brett make Russian River Brewing Company Temptation Barrel Aged Ale a must drink for fans of the style and for those wanting to try a sour that’s not over the top sour. I would suggest this 7.5% ABV offering to anyone looking to ease their way in to the sour realm. As usual Russian River Brewing Company delivers another stellar offering.
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