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RATINGS: 1047   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1267) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Corked and caged bottle dated 5/30/13 from Homer321. Pours hazy golden colored with a one finger fizzy white head. Sweet and sour aroma, sour vinegar, pears, apples, citrus, hay, dry oak, vinous white wine notes. Flavor is big sour vinegar, juicy apple, tart brett notes, dry oakiness. Medium body with prickly carbonation, smooth and dry finish. Really nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (686) - - MAY 24, 2014
Very light yellow, white head. Nose is wine barrel, sour light fruits. Taste is wine barrel, sour peaches, nectarine, very complex and delicious. By far my favorite regular release from RR.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (4793) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours hazy golden with an off white head. Aroma is barnyard funky, citrus, tart fruity, leather. Flavour is light sweet and moderate acidic. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5075) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2014
sample shared. A thin white head. Cloudy golden blond pour. Funky aroma. A decent sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Slight hazy yellow with a good pale head. Aroma is orange zest, brett funk, gooseberry, citrus. Medium bodied, fruity and sour on the palate, dry finish. Taste is orange, brett funk, lemon zest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ester_ (92) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Yellow color, small persistent head. Aromas of wild yeasts, wood, lemon, yellow fruits. Flavors of wild yeasts, sour, wood, lemon and tangerine. Couleur jaune, petit collet de mousse persistant. Arômes de levures sauvages, bois, citron et fruits jaunes. Saveurs de levures sauvages, sure, bois, citron et tangerine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
islay (1074) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2014
Approximately 3 oz. pour from 12.7 oz. bottle. Consumed on 4-19-14. Batch 05x2F, which, according to the brewery’s website, was brewed on 10/16/2009 and bottled on 7/7/2010, using Abbey Ale Yeast as the primary yeast and Rockpile and Brettanomyces as the conditioning yeast. My mom picked this up for me on a trip to California back in 2010, so I drank it at a little under 4 years old, shared with some fellow RateBeerians (ElGaucho and falco242) at a small tasting. Powerful, Belgian-esque, fresh, sour, fruity aroma features a crabapple scent. Excellent and appetizing sour smell. Pours an effervescent golden with a small amount of beige head. It looks as it should, but I’m not going to award such an ordinary appearance particularly high marks. Really nice and quite complex, sour flavor features elements of urine (but not in a bad way, somehow) and sour apple. Nice, dry finish. Lively and frothy in the palate. Temptation, or at least this batch of Temptation, is a sophisticated, complicated, and subtle beer. It is not over the top in its sourness, but it really is exactly what anyone would want out of a sour. A wonderful and well made brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
falco242 (242) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2014
Holy crap, this beer is awesome. Light yellow with a remarkable apple and winey oakiness and the brett adds a wondetful tart sourness that doesnt make you pucker too much. So damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Islay. Sour aroma with some funk. Crystal clear pale yellow. Effervescent bubbles. Very sour initial mouthfeel. Dry. Batch 05X2F. Very complex and palate cleansing. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewje41 (323) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
Draft pour. Lemon tart aroma. Sweet citrus flavors with a nice, dry, mild, sour finish. I can drink this all day, as I could have guessed. Sour isn’t nearly as intense as others, but it’s nice for a change. Loved it.

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