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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1584) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle: Cloudy, pale gold with a fizzy white head. Aromas of tangy cider, apple skins and the tastes are similar to a Flemish Sour Ale and hard cider. Nice finish. I love this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle picked up at OíBriens: Pale golden color with a thick white head and adequate lacing. The nose is tart and spicy with some citric funky brett character and a light pilsner malt and hop note. The flavor is nice and tart with a well balanced fruity character; cherry with light grapefruit and a nutty finish. Light body, well built, full of different flavors and complexity. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bartzilla (561) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 Wow. Holy cow. This is delicious like rhubarb pie-delicious. Even if I had not known of the wine barrel stuff, I tasted it right away. Then... nice and sour. I can tell this is beer by my malt tongue, but all said and done, this is like a fine champagne. I would <!-- b -->LOVE<!-- /b --> unfettered access to this to see just how insane this would make me... or how charming Iíd be. Great stuff. Get it while itís hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 10, 2006
After a 3 or 4 mile hike, this became pretty "tempting." Anyway, stupid pun aside... batch 1 poured a cloudy golden orange body with a moderate sized head. Excellent lacing on the glass, almost Orvalesque. Huge complex aroma. Spices, oranges, a light barnyard sourness, the smooth oak aroma, itís all here. However, what I really appreciated is that this is so well balanced and put together as well. Complex but delicate. The barnyard action nor the oak aging were over the top. You know itís there, and itís done well. A must try, even at $8.50/375ml bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Very, very different. pours lightly hazy, golden color. Sourness is offset by some sweetness. fruity with some citrus. carbonation is great and complements the almost wine/champagne characteristics. very memorable beer in that it is so different from just about anything else. A must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Delicious in itís individuality. The wine comes through as an odd dryness on the palate. Iím not sure if I would have said "winey" if I did not know it was aged in wine barrels. Brett comes through as it warms, adding a nice light sourness on the finish. Interesting beer overall and a testament to craft brewing in general.

   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 (5328) - 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.

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