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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Mega thanks to DarkElfster for this in trade. slightly murky bright golden color with a foamy off-white head. lovely yeasty brett aroma, a little sour peach too. light malt & candi sugar. flavor is dryish but not overly so. more yeastiness and candi sugar malt. lively carbonation. tastes quite like a Fantome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5037) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Aroma of yeast, apple, light orange peel, and moderate lambic sournes. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a moderate white head that lasts a minute or so. Moderate apple presence up front with some other sweet fruits. Finishes with a moderate lemony tartness and woodiness. Lambic qualities in the finish are there, but more subdued than the Supplication that I sampled earlier today. Very impressed with the few RR beers I’ve had.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 375 mL bottle, snifter, batch #1. A medium and fluffy eggshell-colored head rests a top a glowing golden amber beer with the slightest haze and effervescent carbonation. A boquet of beautiful bacterial aromas. Funky barnyard and horse blanket aromas are strong but never sharp. Oak and tart white grapes shine through. Fresh hay and the slightest hint of toffee malt. Lemon zest and orange sherbet further along. Honey sweetness of a Gala apple and the subtle spiciness of black pepper. Earthy and rustic yeast profile. Challah bread and a handful of crushed flowers. My nose is continually lured back to the glass. Surprisingly complex sweetness at first sip. A veritable orchard of light fruits. Healthy carbonation keeps the somewhat thick body from being sticky up front. A gentle roll around the tongue reveals brisk black pepper and soft honey. The finish shows off the Chardonnay lineage with rich and zesty citrus as well as a soothing buttery smoothness. The lingering, tingling dryness is a testament to the miracles of Brettanomyces. The firm body, velvet texture and spritzy carbonation play well together throughout this breathtaking experience. This is one of those beers I can never just sit back and drink. Every moment is a new experience, every smell unique, every taste a treasure. The yeasty last pour smoothes the sharpness a bit and adds to the already pleasant tartness. Something akin to a spectacular marriage of Orval and De Dolle Arabier, my senses tell me. Danken jullie wel, Kj en Mike.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
Pours a hazy blonde color with a ring of white lace. Excellent aroma of oak, fruits and brett. The flavor is the same, an amazing combination of wild brett with fruits and oak. The palate is light and creamy with soft carbonation. Again Russian River does it, iím very impressed so far by their masterfull use of brettanomyces. Wild thing you make my heart sing...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
12oz batch 001 from DarkElf. Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a foamy white head. Nose is spicy and peppery. Taste is quite spicy, bits of orange peel and citrus juice are present, finishes with a nice bitterness throughout the entire mouth.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 The Lure:
Percipient pears nobly take the hand of recipient floral honey. White wine and bread are also joined. The surrounding yeasty wilderness blends into the scenery admirably.

The Festivities:
White grapes and honey plot the course of the bretty polyglot. Lambic sourness soars and wooden dryness gently hovers. A citrus fruit is amorously squeezed for some of its precious juice.

Transcendence:
Worlds reside in silences.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Lightly hazed golden color with an off white, soft beaten egg white head. Fairly thick looking brew with the initial pour having slow meandering bigger bubbles. Lightly vinous aroma, surrounded by cobwebs, lemon zest, wet oak and dry cement. Not as thick as it looks, but substantial and yet light on the tongue. The warmer this get the chardonnay really comes out, but does not take over, justs adds the brett and drives things home. Complex, yet simple. Smooth, yet a mild edge. The balance to me is near perfect. Malt, oak, chardonnay, brett. Why did I only order one bottle? For me this is like an oak aged Duvel, very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Batch #001. Pretty beer, starting with the bottle. Nice little 375mL is unique. Pours a slightly cloudy peach color with fairly large white head made up of ununiform bubbles which create nice lacing. The aroma is decidely sour. Yeast is present and a very fruity wine and vinegar aroma. The flavor is fruity and sour. Apple, pear, some cherry, and grape giving champagne flavors. Sourness sits on the palate, but is not heavy or unwelcome. Beneath the sourness is a slightly noticable malt with a little sweetness. Itís nicely active which addes another layer to the complexity of the beer. This is a nicely crafted beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1368) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2005
375mL bottle. Batch #001. A beautiful hazy orange with an average-sized, fluffy off-white head that leaves some lacing. Very tart aroma of lemons, berries and the faintest hints of oak and vanilla. The taste is equally tart. Very lambic-like. Sour green crabapples and lemon juice comprise the flavors. Spritzy and champagne-like. Leans toward the thin side. Slightly dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 (375ml bottle, batch 1) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with a moderate white head. Aroma of subtle oak barrel, vanilla beans, and fruitiness. Flavor of spicy yeast, mild gueuze-like tartiness, earthiness, lightly toasted malt, and apple. Excellent beer!


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