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RATINGS: 1123   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (892) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2015
2011 vintage 375 ml mottle into snifter. Pours a clear stunning gold color with small off white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Nose is bit white wine, minerals, apples, lemon zest, hints of horse blanket, straw, biscuit. Light body, mild sweetness, soft carbonation, sharp acidity, moderate funk, slight sourness. Finish is long lasting with more acidic apple, and vinous notes. I get a lot of chardonnay here, and it really aged beautifully with great level of funk and sourness coming through, very well crafted beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1155) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 14 May 2012 -- Bottle (5X1E) poured into an English pint. This beer is great. This started molding my enjoyment of sour beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ffbot (278) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Aroma is floral, grass, citrus, earthy...Appearance is pale, with a hazy and cloudy look to the brew. Slight head that disappeared. Taste was amazing, medium sweetness, then the sourness hits...you can taste the barrel aging in this very well. Long finish, lingers around. Matches well with so many different foods. High carbonation, slick and easy to drink, great mouthfeel, and full bodies. A delight to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle: Golden-yellow body, bright & hazy with a stark white, foamy head that settles quickly to a thin collar. Aroma of thoroughly acidic & tart. Sour apple skins, pears, under-ripe stone fruit, faint apricot. Heavy wood backdrop; lots of wet oak, dusty hay, dry white wine, & sour grapes. Super sour flavor loaded with puckering tartness. Lemons, apples, pears, & acidic peach transforms into a softer vinousness near mid-palate loaded with white wine, acetic grapes, faint vinegar, & a strong background of woody oak. Small touch of cotton blanket funk & musty hay. Sour lingers in the finish with an aftertaste of white grapes, lemon, apple, wood, & faint vinegar. Just a delicious beer, absolutely incredible. My favorite Russian River sour behind Beatification.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Is it beer or wine. Either or it would be a five. Nice Pinot and Sauvignon blanc aroma, beer character of an old lambic, tart and sour. Both the flavors and aromas of peach and sour fruits are excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2015
This beer has a lot going on. Chardonnay is evident in the nose, as is the oak. So lemon, grape, floral notes, funky sourness that is lovely. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
Au nez, c'est bien sûr, barriqué et sucré à la fois. En bouche, c'est très surette, mais sucré comme un bonbon a la fois. On sent bien le vieillissement en baril. Ce n'est pas poussiéreux, mais plutôt léger et pétillant. La finale est sweet, sour et citrusy! Un cadeau des dieux!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (1201) - - APR 4, 2015
375ml corked bottle. White wine grape aroma with notes of sour funk and a bit of lemony citrus. Pours clear golden colored with a thin, retentive white head with excellent lacing. Starts quite like a Chardonnay with sweet white grape flavors coupled with the lively carbonation. Finishes smooth but quite tart with funk and some lemon citrus that lingers on the palate. Very good, but the sour bite at the end is a bit much for my tastes.

   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 (3607) - 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

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