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RATINGS: 1095   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Sour funk and oak in aroma, wine like in flavor champagne like in carbonation. Taste tart lemon and dark grape sour grape. Really good brew if this is your style!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3303) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 4 2014; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of off-white head, light lacing; nose: acidity, sourness, wild yeasts, musk, fruity, freshness; mouth: acidity, sourness, wild yeasts, musk, fruity, freshness, refreshing, finale in musk with presence of acidity, medium-full body, good carbonation, slick texture; overall: nice balance FRANÇAIS Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 4 octobre 2014; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse blanc cassé, légère dentelle; nez : acidité, aigreur, levures sauvages, musc, fruité, fraîcheur; bouche : acidité, aigreur, levures sauvages, musc, fruité, fraîcheur, rafraîchissante, finale en musc avec présence d’acidité, corps moyen-corsé, bonne carbonatation, texture coulante; en résumé : bel équilibre

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
connor0415 (47) - - MAR 9, 2015
Pours a straw color, pretty hazy, carbonation fizzling to the top, lots of white head that clings to the glass and leaves a good bit of lacing. Smells kind of like a chardonnay with some brett, grass, funk and sourdough bread. The taste is of vinegar, lemon, grape, funk, and a tad bit of bread on the finish. Very sour, carbonation tingles the tongue, drying, astringent qualities. Overall great beer, not the best sour in the world but unique and worth a try

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strife21 (259) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Pours golden yellow with thin white head. Smell is white wine, funk and vinegar. Taste is sour with notes of white wine, oak, lemon and vinegar. Light body, heavy carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2608) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Had on draft at the brewery. I got grapes, lemon, acidic, dusty, grain, thin finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iguanodon (98) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Sours are not my favorite style, and I’m certainly no expert on them but this one is pretty damn good. Smells like a chardonnay and the first sip tastes like it too, but then you get the sour with the wine. Nice fine carbonation, good mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1435) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Batch 003 bottle shared. Pours a transparent amber with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma and taste of oak and tart with ample carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle at home, bought from RRBC. Bottled June 2014. Clear yellow gold, fluffy white head recedes gently. Nose of heavy brett funk, lemon, hay, light cheese, floral perfume. Tastes a touch sweet cereal then heavy sour, vinous, green apple, lacto acidity, dry and buttery oak, some moderate bitterness, touch of funk. Medium body, lightly creamy feel, sharpish fine carb, long sour apple and cheesy finish. If anything this is better than on draft, superb.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
itsamber (27) - - DEC 12, 2014
Scent is lemon and major funk, flavor reflects that with slight pink peppercorn. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (440) - GERMANY - DEC 12, 2014
Yields a sunny-yellow color, with a one finger broad, bubbly head. The aromas reveal a tart sourness among wheat notes. It got an almost sweeter sparkling wine character with a noteable barrel infusion to it, which then turns into a more acidic direction. It picks up on the lactic chardonnay characteristic very well, the resulting tartness comes almost naturally to mind. The nose gets completed by hints of white lemon peel, adding a refreshing, fruity aspect. While the sourness from the aromas was very well integrated into a complex interplay of smells, it shines through big time while tasting the beer. It rises from the sweeter, pungent sparkling wine qualities to unfold on the palate with an almost tongue numbing dryness. The sweeter aspect doesn’t vanish from one moment to the other, but evolves during drinking and turns from sweet to sour, while the lively, soft carbonation turns visible. Funkiness is very well integrated, adding depth to the chardonnay lactic acid, without being recognizable on its own, otherwise defined by its typical barnyard qualities. Due to the high carbonation, the mouthfeel is almost sprizzy, fizzy - another well inserted sparkling wine aspect. I am impressed, that this is still easily recognizable as a beer, while it features very thoughtful and effectively integrated sparkling wine constituents. Malts and hops play an important role, as they prevent the beer from becoming too sweet and fizzy. The subtle musty and earthy additions do the same, convincing me this is still beer. Finishes quite refreshing with a faint lemon fruitiness and an almost bitter, punching, dry sourness. This is incredibly complex and very convincing.

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