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RATINGS: 1088   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
1.5 L bottle, shared by Kiel. Thanks dude! Pours hazy, light golden with a thin head. Definite bretta yeast aromas, sourish notes, young oak, a little funk and wet wool. Nice bitter, sour, astringent flavor, woody, green apple along with other sour fruits and old socks. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Clear bright gold with a thin, white head. Nose very aggressively sour, some fruit and cheddar. Flavor is sweet, lots of cookie-ish malt, creamy and mildly sour. Vaguely cheesy, quite sweet, nice malts. Very good stuff, the oakiness blends in beautifully with the beer rather than overpowering it. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (4845) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 A light barnyard aroma, and a little oak, Cloudy orange beer. A very sour beer, with grapefruit and some wheat. I would have said I was drinking a Belgian gueuze if I didnít know better. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4565) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
MilkmanDanís MN Welcome Night: Hazy yellow color with a medium head. Sour aroma with some hints of nutmeg. Dry lemon taste with a sour finish. Some wheat lingering near the end. The is not nearly as up front as many gueuzes will be, instead it drags it out. Awfully nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Pours a hazy golden with a nicely lacing white head. Aroma is dry, barnyardy, funky and nicely oaked with a touch of fruity tartness and brett. Very complex and balanced body has lots of yeasty funk and good tartness without being overpowering. Enjoyable white wine character with great flavor and a touch of cheesiness. A nice, authentic and unique beer. Russian River is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Cloudy orange with thin white head. Sweet sour aroma. Mild sour and vinuous flavor with smooth palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis (thanks!). Poured a lighter to medium golden color and slightly hazy with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of brett, wine, lightly sour, and fruity. Tastes of some sour apple, oak, citrus and vinous. Lightly sour. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma of white wine, apples and citrus. Flavor Iím also pickig up the white wine. Iím not a huge white wine fan, but I enjoyed this beer a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 batch 001 by way of enniskillen.poured a clear yellow with a nice head.aroma of apples,cider,and oak.taste is a mix of sourness,oak,and sprit wine.(BATCH 002)murky yellow with a small white head.aroma is brett,oak,and vanilla.flavor is a mix of the aroma.very nice indeed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Hazey golden appearance, excellent head formation. Wild, cidery, yeasty aroma. Plenty of fruitiness on the palate, lemon and orange, sour puckery second half with plenty of acidity in the finish. Long sour fruity aftertaste.

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