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RATINGS: 1075   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 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 (3177) - 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 (2500) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 From Bottle, Batch 001 and Batch 002. Extremely difficult to pour because the amount of fermentation that erupted from the bottle upon opening it was ridiculous. When it finally settled in my glass, it was a transaparant apple juice color with a thick, tightly bubbled, borderline creamy looking, white head. Green apple rinds, pineapple, and lemon blend together in an acidic, farmhouse funky bouquet. A sublty sweet pear and apple toffee aroma also wafts from beneath. Very acidic initial burn on the tongue, but it then develops into the creamy, yogurty, vinous goodness that is a testament to this unique craftsmanship. Clean, oaky finish. Exceptionally dry, and brilliantly layered in oak, grape, and funky brett complexities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3178) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Bottle from DarkElf. Hazy yellow-orange body, medium spritzy off-white head. Aroma rife with tropical or semi-tropical fruits (pineapple, lemon) in addition to white grape, esters, brie cheese rind, and musty oak. Sharp pineappley body, slightly puckering, with a strong acidic, lemony bite followed by a long tannic finish. White wine characteristics are prevalent. Nice balance of sweet and dry flavors. A solid sour beer but doesn’t rise to the status of Supplication.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Pours Pale golden hazy color with nice white head but disappear quikly to leave a fine lace that stick to the edge of the glass. Strong brett nose with some oak perfum. Flavors are more quiet than aromas but it is a nice play between malt, acidity and fruitiness (pear & grapefruit). The grapes are also pretty evident which brings more complexity and depth to this beer. Too bad I only had a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAR 13, 2006
I thought this was pretty damn tasty...reminded me a bit of jp bam biere. Pours a cloudy honey and has a decent sized white head. Aroma is sour yeast...bret, sweet fresh fruit, and wood. Flavor is similat...but much more winey/champaigny grape flavor...and a bunch of yeast funk. The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and very carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1423) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Beer pours cloudy, golden honey color with a well retained egg white colored head. Aroms is lightly sour with wonderful yeastiness, cobwebs and a bit of white wine aroma. Flavors are of light fruit, nice yeast and some wet wood. Mouthfeel is very smoth and well carbonated. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MLdragoon (14) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle. Orange/ amber and clowdy. Moderate sized white head quickly dissipates. Nose of champage and yeast. Dry with a subtle taste of fruit (peaches, lemon, mandarine orange). Initial bite subsides as the carbonation quickly fades giving way to a wine like aftertaste, oak becoming more aparent as the bottle finishes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Beautiful appearance - crystal clear, a nice peachish-light orange body, frothy head. Strong, sour nose - indeed very much like a dry white wine. Very dry, with a slight lip-puckering tartness. Too carbonated for me, actually, and it takes away from my enjoyment. A little thin in body, but overall pretty good.

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