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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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2008
[bottle, batch 3, shared with DarkMagus] Pours a hazy yellow with a very dense white head. Loads of visible carbonation. Aroma is quite tart and funky. Flavors are full of microbiology.. tart and funky brett character provides some interesting pineapple and fruit esters. Really complex and bone-dry finish. Thirst quenching and delicious. An outstanding beer, overall.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
itsamber (25) - - DEC 12, 2014
Scent is lemon and major funk, flavor reflects that with slight pink peppercorn. Amazing beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (280) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2014
Yields a sunny-yellow color, with a one finger broad, bubbly head. The aromas reveal a tart sourness among wheat notes. It got an almost sweeter sparkling wine character with a noteable barrel infusion to it, which then turns into a more acidic direction. It picks up on the lactic chardonnay characteristic very well, the resulting tartness comes almost naturally to mind. The nose gets completed by hints of white lemon peel, adding a refreshing, fruity aspect. While the sourness from the aromas was very well integrated into a complex interplay of smells, it shines through big time while tasting the beer. It rises from the sweeter, pungent sparkling wine qualities to unfold on the palate with an almost tongue numbing dryness. The sweeter aspect doesnít vanish from one moment to the other, but evolves during drinking and turns from sweet to sour, while the lively, soft carbonation turns visible. Funkiness is very well integrated, adding depth to the chardonnay lactic acid, without being recognizable on its own, otherwise defined by its typical barnyard qualities. Due to the high carbonation, the mouthfeel is almost sprizzy, fizzy - another well inserted sparkling wine aspect. I am impressed, that this is still easily recognizable as a beer, while it features very thoughtful and effectively integrated sparkling wine constituents. Malts and hops play an important role, as they prevent the beer from becoming too sweet and fizzy. The subtle musty and earthy additions do the same, convincing me this is still beer. Finishes quite refreshing with a faint lemon fruitiness and an almost bitter, punching, dry sourness. This is incredibly complex and very convincing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2728) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
16 Nov 2014, bottle. light yellow, clear, steady bubbles. nose is brett, white grape, grape must. thin body and moderately fizzy. pretty tart from the beginning and fades at the end. earthy, dry, some woody notes. reminds me of a dry champagne.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (938) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
Golden clear with a big white head but it disappeared quickly. Very aroma, some hay and funkiness. Taste is very fruity, Brett and lactic sourness, maybe the best RR sloe Iíve tried yet, really enjoying this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2485) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Pours a hazy yellow from the bottle with fluffy white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma is sour lemon, funky brett, nice barnyard over lactic citrus. Taste follows, nice lactic tartness with big funky barnyard notes, citrus base, prefect for what you would think.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1056) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2014
A more pronounced sour. Citrus and apple tart aroma. Pretty crystal golden color with a big foamy head. Palate was very wine-like. Tartness was up front and more like apple than lemon. Finish was somewhat dry. The funk was a little less. A little more one-sided than I typically prefer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2682) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2014
On tap at Russian River. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has a huge tart apple and grape, vinegar, light oak. The taste is big tart lemon, apple, and grape. There is a residual dry tartness that lingers on the tongue.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BiiruBierBeer (246) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Chardonnay smell and taste. Lots of oak and bubbles. Medium to high carbonation and foamy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"ok, Russian River knows what theyíre doing with the Belgian style. This is one of the better ones Iíve tried. Iíve only had it on tap...hopefully, as itís corked, itís just as good in the bottle. A little pricey, but worth trying. had for the third time last night-just a sample, but itís grown on me a little (not that i didnít like it before). the brett & barreling seemed more aggressive this time, which was a good thing. near mouth-puckering yuminess."

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dapierce17 (110) - Pasco, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Pours a golden slightly hazy. Very little head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of tart citrus with hints of oaks. Characters of white wine and brett also come through. Flavors of chardonnay with a definite sour punch. Very dry and tart with a oaky finish. Extremely complex and very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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