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RATINGS: 1052   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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Pours hazy gold with a huge white head, some effervescence, and a whole lot of lacing. Interesting aroma. Smells like a good Gueuze mixed with an Orval. The main aroma is a funky sourness, but there’s also some citrus and oak. Some phenols come out with a swirl. Tastes a lot like a toned-down Gueuze. There’s a lot of sourness up front and some standard Belgian Ale flavors (cross between an Orval and an Ommegang Rare Vos) backing it up. Nice, subtle oak flavor, too. Very unique. A fuller body would make this one incredible.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle, pours hazy buttery yellow - I think I got the yeast shot at the bottom. Tart lemony and a little floral aroma. Citrusy and spiced flavors, a little oak, and some strong wine characters. Very acidic and tart. Some funk in there too. I liked this, but this would be hard for me to drink a lot of - just a bit too acidic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2005
First off I have to admit a slight bias to oak aged beer. The aroma is a mix of a flemish sour and an abby ale. Pours out a nice golden color with a little to no head. The taste is fruity and complex with some notes of cherries, oak and vanilla, tastes like I described the aroma, a flemish meets a blonde and sits in oak for a while

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Thanks to alanC for this beer.

Poured an effervescent golden with a frothy white head. Aroma is delicious sour cherries, cream, and cinnamon. Taste is highly acidic lemon, pear, and a heavy dose of dry toffee/wood... the latter seems to overpower the other flavors. Refreshing and complex, but I would prefer the toffee toned down.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
1.5 L bottle, shared by Kiel. Thanks dude! Pours hazy, light golden with a thin head. Definite bretta yeast aromas, sourish notes, young oak, a little funk and wet wool. Nice bitter, sour, astringent flavor, woody, green apple along with other sour fruits and old socks. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and gentle carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Clear bright gold with a thin, white head. Nose very aggressively sour, some fruit and cheddar. Flavor is sweet, lots of cookie-ish malt, creamy and mildly sour. Vaguely cheesy, quite sweet, nice malts. Very good stuff, the oakiness blends in beautifully with the beer rather than overpowering it. Great stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 A light barnyard aroma, and a little oak, Cloudy orange beer. A very sour beer, with grapefruit and some wheat. I would have said I was drinking a Belgian gueuze if I didn’t know better. Excellent.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
MilkmanDan’s MN Welcome Night: Hazy yellow color with a medium head. Sour aroma with some hints of nutmeg. Dry lemon taste with a sour finish. Some wheat lingering near the end. The is not nearly as up front as many gueuzes will be, instead it drags it out. Awfully nice!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Pours a hazy golden with a nicely lacing white head. Aroma is dry, barnyardy, funky and nicely oaked with a touch of fruity tartness and brett. Very complex and balanced body has lots of yeasty funk and good tartness without being overpowering. Enjoyable white wine character with great flavor and a touch of cheesiness. A nice, authentic and unique beer. Russian River is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Cloudy orange with thin white head. Sweet sour aroma. Mild sour and vinuous flavor with smooth palate.


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