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RATINGS: 1030   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (1737) - Odense S, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2013
Trad from StefanSD, thanks body. Bottle @ Odense Beer & Ball Saturday - Real Madrid vs. Valladolid. Hazy yellow body with a small whitte head. Brett, citrus, yeast, oak, whitewine, tart, dust, fruity. Dry and crispy. This is a very balanced sour.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle @ Beer & Ball Saturday, Odense. 13,000th Tasting. Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Nose is oak complexity, Wood, farmyard, brett, lemon. Tart and dry. Sublimely complex and delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (386) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2013
Silver cream. Aroma is mild sour, mild wine. Taste is sharp tang, rich sour, mild wine quality. Overall, lovely sour, lots of great complex character.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ontape (153) - Valley Village, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle, 5/2013. Another banger from RR, I think this is the most gueuze-like of their main sours -- nice. Smell gives me lemon, apple, white wine, oak and more. Taste is moderately sour but well-balanced and full of flavor. Long evolving finish, lively mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattH (608) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Tap at the brewery. Nice sour aroma with some oak. Flavor is oaky sour. Nice beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (718) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle pours blonde low head, aroma is tart funky, taste is a great mix of tart and funk with a dry finish, love this

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, batch 05X1E. Pours lightly cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart green apple, grape, pear, lemon zest, straw, hay, grass, oak, clove, pepper, white wine, vinegar, leather, funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big complexity and great balance of yeast ester and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, grape, pear, lemon zest, hay, straw, grass, honey, bread, oak, clove, pepper, white wine, vinegar, leather, funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, grape, pear, lemon zest, hay, straw, grass, honey, bread, white wine, oak, clove, pepper, leather, vinegar, funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt, wine barrel, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding wild ale as expected. Tons of great complexity and well balanced flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1046) - Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Sample at Faux-bab. sour lemon and white wine, has sort of a metallic aftertaste. Reminded me of the New Glarus sour. Good but probably overrated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
seth_lfod (322) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 3, 2013
375ml into a tulip. Smell is oak, grapes, chardonnay, funk. Taste is super refreshing, sharp funk up from followed by tart chardonnay. Leather, tingly carbonation. Dry finish. Great beer. Used the dregs to sour a gallon of homebrew hopefully it turn out good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boxofrane (1878) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Finally got one! Bottle from Craft Ale House. Pours fairly blah yellow with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. The aroma has a huge tart apple and grape, vinegar, light oak. The taste is big tart lemon, apple, and grape. There is a residual dry tartness that lingers on the tongue. This is a gorgeous sour.


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