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RATINGS: 1027   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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4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
On tap at Russian River. Pours a light golden color with slight white head, some lacing. Light aroma, really had to sniff deep, smells a little of citrus and strongly like a bottle of Chardonnay. Sour taste with a very blatant Chardonnay flavor, some citrus on the background. Light body with a smooth citrusy finish. Overall a must have sour from Russian River. This and Supplication are easily my two favorites.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (289) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2014
355 ml corked and caged bottle. From a trade. Pours golden, slightly hazy with a small off white head that settles fast. Aroma is lots of funk, acid, lemonpeel and some hay. Taste is loads of lemon, some light bread and some light vinegar. Quite vineous with a dry ending. Enjoyable!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
brinehart (199) - Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2014
375 mL bottle, bottled on 5/30/2013. Beautiful pour - crystal clear deep gold with fluffy white long lasting head. Big lacing. Lively carbonation. Nose is somewhat restrained. Aromas of chardonnay, earth, and pie cherries. Flavor is bursting and much more complex. Mostly lemon drop type sour with some tart cherry, funky and musty in all the right ways. Finish is quick and leaves the mouth feeling refreshed and wanting more. Wonderful sour beer, one of the best I've had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (3912) - Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Rated on 4-28-2010 (Corked and caged bottle and Batch 003) This beer pours a large frothy white head that mostly diminishes, transparent/slightly hazy yellow body, fizzy carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is yeast, woody, buttery, sweet, fruity, sour, and tart. The taste is sweet, sour, tart, fruity, oak, buttery, and has a dry finish. The palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is very sour tasting and it is too sour for my liking. If one likes this beer style, one should try this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1019) - Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
On draught at 2014 CellarFest at Bailey’s Taproom. 2009 vintage. Deep hazy golden color. Lightly funky basement aroma with notes of lemon zest. Taste is funky yeast, green grapes, lemon, oak, and sweet citrus. Mellow sour and fruit balance. Belies its alcohol content.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottled on 05/30/13. Amazing yellow color with a thick white head. The funky Chardonnay taste really spills through on this one! Amazing horse blanket smell rocks though as you taste unicorn effervescence. Very refreshing and a must have in the very near future!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1572) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle shared by tectactoe at Jeff’s. Thanks! Pours light yellow with a small fizzy head that fades to nothing. Musty aroma of citrus, grass, oak, barnyard and white wine. Taste is very woody and earthy. Nice amount of sour lemon, white wine, and funky barnyard. Not overly sour or tart which is good for me. One of the most refreshing sours I’ve had and it goes down really easy. Definitely my favorite RR sour I’ve sampled.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle->snifter. Hazy golden yellow with bare white head. Brett, bright citrus funk, sour fruit. Very very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (1227) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle kindly shared by Cuso, thank you! Aroma bubblegum, light brett. Lightly salty. Hazy yellow colour. Taste has considerable sourness, but not overpowering. Moderate to high intensity. White wine characteristics present. Refreshing, enjoyable. The wine is going forward with time. Finish of rather short duration. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1298) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Chris. Pours a murky golden color. Aroma of white wine, grape skins, Brett, some stone fruit. Taste is slightly tart but not overpowering. Lighter body and medium carb.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (917) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle pours a straw yellow with a white carbonated head. Funk apples and lemon aroma. Taste is the same.


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