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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Clear amber color – white frothy thick big bubble head – nose of woody (cedar) , fruity sourness , bread yeast , malt , antiseptic , grains and citrus– taste of sour red fruits, sour green apples , malts , yeast , cereals , grains , and citrus – acidic bubbly raw body , and dry – aftertaste slightly bitter , and sour chalk very short

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle: Columbus tasting shared by my santa. Clear gold with an off white head. Aroma was tart and sour, with a bit fruitiness to it. Flavor, sour, some light fruits, lemon, grapes. Really good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2006
golden honey color, white yead. smelled funky and sour, a bit like damp wood. tastes like pickles, apples, damp wood, and wine (i don’t know wine enough to specify). refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2006
12.7 oz Bottle. Cloudy, golden hue. No head. Fruity, chardonnay aroma. Notes of sour apple to the taste. Excellent wine/beer blend and a showpiece for your collection if you can find it. I’d show it more often than I’d drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Bottle at Hop Devil, NYC. Aroma: sour, apple, cherry, yeast. Tight, biting flavor, funky, old, oxidized apple, cherry pie, green apple rinds. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle from droopy49 (Secret Santa). Thanks!!! Pours with a perfect balance of gold, haze, head, and lacing. Aroma is champagne, er, sparkling wine, oak, and chardonnay. Flavor is sour chardonnay with subtle oak and peach. Palate is like smooth champagne, er sparkling wine, on the tongue. Stellar and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Thanks to Leopold for the chance to try this gem. Aroma is spicy, earthy, woody, and very sweet with some sour citrus. Taste was much the same with a nice balance of sour malt, white grapes, citrus, funk, and sour fruits. The finish was pleasantly dry. This beer could very well usher me into the realm of sour beers, as I haven’t been much a fan of those until now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
First off...big thanks to andy for the chance to try this brew. Now on to the beer, it is hard to believe this is a beer when it is so reminiscent of an excellent chardonnay. Which makes it that much more amazing that it is in fact a beer. The aroma was all sorts of funk, yeast, oak, fruits, lemon zests, and the best chardonnay wine aromas. The taste absolutely followed suit. The commercial description says it all with "is it beer or is it wine?" Either way this stuff is awesome!!!! Now only if russian river would distribute this beer to Ohio (As well as their other beers...im sure they are just as good). Now I am on the quest to try supplication and others...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 6, 2006
beer decants a lightly-hazed gold with a smallish white head that hangs around as a collar and leaves ok lace. tart nose definately has an acicdic kick, which actually seems more focused by the oak and winey fruitiness. flavor is actually less tart than the nose, with a mellow malt backbone playing nicely with the big oak kick, and all finished off by a nicely lactic tang. wonderfully complex is another work of art from Russian River. perhaps less complex than Supplication, but still a pretty amazing wine/beer hybrid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1161) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 31, 2006
Reminded me a bit of a sour ale. Huge almost wine-like nose that is not overwhelmed by the oak aging. I had been looking forward to tasting some Russian River products, and this one was a little underwhelming, sour and a bit one-sided.

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