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RATINGS: 1130   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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 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 (2455) - 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 (3709) - 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 I’m 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 (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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 (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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 (3191) - 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.

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