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RATINGS: 1082   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2006
My favorite R.R. to date. Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a lively white head. Aroma was green apples, sweet champagne, and mild, salt-free crackers. Flavors were very well blended with the perfect amount of carbination. Absolutely lovely!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kramer (5213) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Rating #500. 375 ml bottle, Batch 1, served in a Duvel glass. After I poured this, the only thing I could say when I looked at it was "here lies a beautiful beer". Pours a bright, virtually clear, deep golden yellow body under a nice fluffy white head. The head settled to a thin and creamy mass after a few minutes and retained for the duration due to fairly active visible carbonation. I could have just looked at and smelled this for a half hour and been happy. First a slightly sugary sweet yet lightly sour aroma rises up to meet you, followed by some citrus fruitiness and oak with noticable chardonnay characteristics. Lastly that oh so beautiful bretty yeasty bouquet. I want to use that buzzword "funky" to describe it, yet itís really much more refined than your average saison funkiness. Flavor is soft and delicate with just the most gentle acidic tartness up front with oak tannins, pepper, apricot, and just a hint of Grannie Smith apples. The amazingly subdued brett flavor is a testament to this brewers skill and knowledge to not let these little critters take over and muddle the flavor. This is just as clean of a flavor as you can get with these yeasties. The mouthfeel is just as perfect as can be with very fine carbonation that gives a lively feel without becoming foamy. Nicely drying on the finish. Overall, this is as close to a perfect beer for me as I have rated yet, and one of the best examples of a barrel aged beer available. A nice way to celebrate my 500th beer here, as this is one of the many treasues that I would have never known about were it not for this site.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Batch 001. After a lively pop of the cork, this pours a slightly hazy golden color. A bubbly, thin head. A truly different taste is encountered - yeast, citrus, some oak, other fruitiness. Sour but also a little sweet. Very unique and very, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - APR 30, 2006
Good stuff. Creamy, fruity flavors, slight cream cheese aroma and flavor. Really smooth and flavorful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2006
Batch #1. Hazy gold. Small, dense white head settles to a thin layer. Aroma: sour yeast, oak, piney citrus, crisp malt, wheat?, and vinegared fruit. Same flavor with some white wine notes as it warms. Medium/full, banaced body. Dry finish. Excellent. Have to try more from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
375 ml bottle from batch 001. Hazy orange with a nice head that faded to a decent ring. Aromas were bret from the beginning. Sour Cherry pie filling, with just a hint of sweet around the edges. Flavor just about loses the sweet part complely. Starts off sour and very vinous. Wood is apparent in the middle. Then a grapefruitti bitterness toward the end that fades rapidly into a very dry finish. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3429) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
12.7 oz bottle. Batch 001. My 50th rating! Hazy golden pear with a thin white head. Incredible aroma of pear and banana. Starts with a high carb mouthfeel that melts into sour apple and fresh lemon juice. Oak keeps it from getting too tart. Now Iím starting to regret having this for my 50th. Hoping I can find another to age for a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2006
Batch 001 bottle. A nice pop greeted me upon the removal of the cork. Poures a hazy golden color with a thin head. Tart Bret character in the nose, along with ripe apples and a gentle woodsiness. Flavor is spot on - Bret does not overpower, it is about as subtle as Bret gets, in my experience. Vinous character gives over to a light oak and lemon zest finish. Had this and Supplication in the same day, my first brews from RR, and they have immediately become one of my favorite brewers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 12, 2006
375 mL Bottle - Batch 001 Pour of candy orange yellow, almost artificial, with a cusp of frothy off-white. Rich flemish aroma with wild woody notes and a hint of leather and fungus. Reserved, with pears and muscat. Bret creates an inviting vinegar like sourness over a fairly deep complex malt. Forefront not terribly exciting, with the acidic notes blending with a light watery alcohol. Finish is the real winner. A lingering of part fruity sweet cream malts, gentle white fins, pears and some pork fats. Real smooth and slick. Finishes out with dash of drying hops and herbs. A truly polished brew, with fantastic balance and great execution. Delicious! Thanks Andy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2644) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 375ml cork and wire bottle, Batch 001. Used St. Sebastiaan small tulip glass. Pours with some lacing, very cloudy yellow. Cannot see through the beer. The smell is potent. The beer is silky smooth in your mouth wherein the rougher edges of a beer are dulled by the chardonnay taste. Goes down very smooth. Feel a slight warming feeling at the bottom of mt throat. Tastes of sourness tickle the sour censors on my tongue. 8/4/7/3/16

Re-rate: batch 003, shared by JB. Completely murky with a thick golden color. Aroma is very dry floral brettiness. Taste is more floral and citrus brett. Well. its glorious brett. 8/4/8/4/16

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