Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1118   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
Is it beer, or is it wine? "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. But, of course, Temptation is indeed beer. Actually, Temptation is a Blonde Ale Fermented with a special strain of yeast, then aged in French oak chardonnay barrels. Flavors of wine and oak absorb into the brew throughout twelve months of aging. During this aging process, a secondary fermentation occurs using a yeast strain disliked by most brewers and winemakers called Brettanomyces. The "Bret" gives Temptation intriguing characteristics and a pleasant sourness. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2482) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Large white frothy head of fine bubbles. Big carbonation keeps a thin layer of foam on the surface. Fruity and sour aroma. Lots of pears, yeast and oak. Color is a dark gold. Wow, was not expecting this in the flavor. Very complex. Tart and sour flavor with green apples, vanilla, oak, alcohol, lime, etc. Pretty harsh and tart up front but mellows out and smooths out as it goes down. Nice alcohol warming. Finish is pretty clean and not as dry and as tart as expected. Pretty good and different brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Bottle. Batch 1. Amber-peach colored beer with a nice off-white head. Tart green apple and slight lemon aroma. Green apple, grape, tart flavor, slight woodiness, and a touch of butteriness (but not unpleasant) in the flavor. Refreshing. Carbonationa bit too high. Some wine-like characteristics. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2033) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Bright orange color. Thin white film for a head. Aroma is oaky and sour. Flavor is oaky and fruity with a very dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Mega thanks to DarkElfster for this in trade. slightly murky bright golden color with a foamy off-white head. lovely yeasty brett aroma, a little sour peach too. light malt & candi sugar. flavor is dryish but not overly so. more yeastiness and candi sugar malt. lively carbonation. tastes quite like a Fantome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Aroma of yeast, apple, light orange peel, and moderate lambic sournes. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a moderate white head that lasts a minute or so. Moderate apple presence up front with some other sweet fruits. Finishes with a moderate lemony tartness and woodiness. Lambic qualities in the finish are there, but more subdued than the Supplication that I sampled earlier today. Very impressed with the few RR beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 375 mL bottle, snifter, batch #1. A medium and fluffy eggshell-colored head rests a top a glowing golden amber beer with the slightest haze and effervescent carbonation. A boquet of beautiful bacterial aromas. Funky barnyard and horse blanket aromas are strong but never sharp. Oak and tart white grapes shine through. Fresh hay and the slightest hint of toffee malt. Lemon zest and orange sherbet further along. Honey sweetness of a Gala apple and the subtle spiciness of black pepper. Earthy and rustic yeast profile. Challah bread and a handful of crushed flowers. My nose is continually lured back to the glass. Surprisingly complex sweetness at first sip. A veritable orchard of light fruits. Healthy carbonation keeps the somewhat thick body from being sticky up front. A gentle roll around the tongue reveals brisk black pepper and soft honey. The finish shows off the Chardonnay lineage with rich and zesty citrus as well as a soothing buttery smoothness. The lingering, tingling dryness is a testament to the miracles of Brettanomyces. The firm body, velvet texture and spritzy carbonation play well together throughout this breathtaking experience. This is one of those beers I can never just sit back and drink. Every moment is a new experience, every smell unique, every taste a treasure. The yeasty last pour smoothes the sharpness a bit and adds to the already pleasant tartness. Something akin to a spectacular marriage of Orval and De Dolle Arabier, my senses tell me. Danken jullie wel, Kj en Mike.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
Pours a hazy blonde color with a ring of white lace. Excellent aroma of oak, fruits and brett. The flavor is the same, an amazing combination of wild brett with fruits and oak. The palate is light and creamy with soft carbonation. Again Russian River does it, i’m very impressed so far by their masterfull use of brettanomyces. Wild thing you make my heart sing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
12oz batch 001 from DarkElf. Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a foamy white head. Nose is spicy and peppery. Taste is quite spicy, bits of orange peel and citrus juice are present, finishes with a nice bitterness throughout the entire mouth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 The Lure:
Percipient pears nobly take the hand of recipient floral honey. White wine and bread are also joined. The surrounding yeasty wilderness blends into the scenery admirably.

The Festivities:
White grapes and honey plot the course of the bretty polyglot. Lambic sourness soars and wooden dryness gently hovers. A citrus fruit is amorously squeezed for some of its precious juice.

Worlds reside in silences.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Lightly hazed golden color with an off white, soft beaten egg white head. Fairly thick looking brew with the initial pour having slow meandering bigger bubbles. Lightly vinous aroma, surrounded by cobwebs, lemon zest, wet oak and dry cement. Not as thick as it looks, but substantial and yet light on the tongue. The warmer this get the chardonnay really comes out, but does not take over, justs adds the brett and drives things home. Complex, yet simple. Smooth, yet a mild edge. The balance to me is near perfect. Malt, oak, chardonnay, brett. Why did I only order one bottle? For me this is like an oak aged Duvel, very nice.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 100 101 102  103  104 105 106 » 112

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50