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RATINGS: 1095   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 Over a month later and now 5.0 again...fruit is not overly sweet or tart.

May 22nd, 2008 ---Batch 3ís fruitiness is out of this world, but it is too sweet at the moment. Lots of peach and nectarine skin flavor, very stony, and very good - just not quite perfect anymore (4.9).

Batch 2 and 1: 2 @ home and 1 @ DC at Cellar Clearing thanks to Ryan, March, 2008, on consecutive nights. Perfect beer, incredibly fruity. Just blended fruit and sour.

2 months later: A tiny bit unidimesional in itís flatness, sourness, with just a bit of a reduction in fruitiness, brings this down a tiny bit from perfection. Original sampling: Update: By the way...I had no idea to expect this. Having had Mo Betta and lots of lambics I knew something about brett This was executed amazingly well. Original: 10 minutes earlier...This is unbelievable. Dry, smooth and catchy in the throat all at the same time. Mmm oh boy. Tinderbox dry. Balsawood chewing for half an hour dry. This is dry. Parching dryness. OK. The aroma is multiple strains of weirdness all at the same time wet rotting mushroom and wet wood and pale fruit like peach. And it just plays with your nose right there. The flavor is...well, there are some sweet parts, more like peach and canteloupe I guess. And some white wine maybe, not so sure except that itís contributing to the entire experience. I think actually some of the flavor is like grape skins. Dry like that. Even the way the palate changes over the entire beer is amazing from too cold and thin to expansive. It looks luminescent. It begins to stink nicely by the midpoint of the beer. Wow. --- Not so much of a pop upon opening and a wet cork. The cork leaves tiny bits signal of a labor of love. I complain in my mind about beer prices sometimes of course this, like La Folie, is a peak beer experience and worth every penny. Who please will accept a shipment as I canít get it in OH? Thanks to MilkmanDan for the gift.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2008 June 2007. Batch 002. Glowing, almost the color of sunrise on water. Letting shadows through and retaining a constant sipping crown of foam. Wet leather and farmhouse aromas, peat and cayenne pepper, pungent vinegar. Fades softly into a kind of pistachio-crŤme white cake sweetness. The sourness here is soft and balanced, while the Chardonnay barrel lends a rich almond-butter depth. Wild notes of sea mist and wet oak rafts. An acidic pulse of lemon seed blossoms with a confident, imposing strength upon swallowing. Ringing with crystal clarity, sour but bright, complicated but melodic. One to savor and treasure. Thanks Ernest! 9/5/9/4/18 4.5

July 2008. Batch 003, thanks to Steve. Sunshine blonde pour and a wispy cream of meringue. Almond cake batter, leathery brett and lemon juice, hay must and attic dried spice in the aroma. The sunshine of the orchard and the evocative calm of the farmhouse dusts. Acetic acids and a range of tangy spice effects a jagged edge, while the Chardonnay barrel maintains its cool and reservation, lending polish. Far out horseblanket salt, sweat and grimy earth.

The restraint of the sourness, the pristine shimmer of pale malts in the glow of chardonnay oak, and the bittering calm of floral earthiness sleep gracefully together in the flavor. The essence of morning in the meadows. The angular impartation of wild yeasts is somewhat submerged, and integrates itself with ease into oak and white grape tannins. This makes for a truly spectacular drinkability; while marked with the distinctive sour flair of bret and pedio, the lactic yeasts seem more prominent in lending a silky, soft tartness; wholly perfect to accentuate that Chardonnay presence that already works so well.

Yeast dropped lends a pit of stone fruit quality throughout alongside a sharpened and more detailed sourness. The gravelly character of the white wine is pronounced, again just exaggerating how perfect the blend of these yeasts with this barrel actually is.

Sparkly palate is medium in body and maintains a gorgeous balance of velvet texture and diamond-sharp acidity. Pineapple and a distant doughiness alongside the drying leather of animal yeasts in a long but understated finish. AGAIN, itís the amazing balance of the elements here thatís truly breathtaking; itís one of those moments when art grabs hold of you and simply demands to be revered. 10/5/10/5/20 5.0

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1057) - Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Pours crystal clear golden with a lot of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and a large, fluffy, bright white head. Smells like white wine, light fruits, subtle oak notes, and some Bret funk. Taste is initially sour and then moves to some funkiness at the back end. Full-bodied with a slightly prickly texture and a little less than expected mouth-carbonation, Russian River Temptation finishes with both sour and funk.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bomb.com. Fizzy sour. Starts off mildly sour but finishes almost buttery like a chordonnay. Alan brought a bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ThanksYeast (33) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Another excellent example of a five out of five beer. Balanced and somewhat acidic tart Chardonnay Apple cider vinegar characteristics aroma is pear bready yeast peach and mango. It ends extremely dry carbonated very well perfect brew in my opinion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncosnbeer101 (11) - Denver, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Poured at GABF and drank there too!! Awsome beer, pretty sour but I really enjoyed the grape must character. I loved the oak balance and the dry crisp finish with its champagne like bubbles. Perfect brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Is it beer or wine. Either or it would be a five. Nice Pinot and Sauvignon blanc aroma, beer character of an old lambic, tart and sour. Both the flavors and aromas of peach and sour fruits are excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prolitariat777 (54) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Awesome in everything from lemon zest and wine barrel aroma. Taste real tart with a wine like champagne Chardonnay mouthfeel. Finishes with tartness and funk. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Bottle via Vinnie from RR comping me due to my mistake (yep Vinnie frakkiní rules!). Batch 001.Been saving this for 6 months. Pours a crystal clear gold with a large white head that leaves more than enough lace on my Pilsner glass. Nose is unique-sort of a cross between a champaigne and a fine red wine. Taste is quite unique. Like most RR beers, it starts with an explosion of fruit. THis one starts with my favorite apples;pink ladies, then some peach & strawberries, and then the pink lady finishes again. Dry clean finish. Medium body. I do not care for this style, but honestly this is great stuff. I liken it to a punk rocker that recognizes the best C & W band he has ever heard.....and knows it is good..and that all is well! I hate the style but love this beer, what more can u seay?! Get it & try it if u know whats good 4 u?!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2010 Bottles thanks to Craig and DirtyMartini!

batch 003 on 5/1/09, 14 months old
Cork blew out after I put a corkscrew into it, but no beer gushed. That beautiful, shimmering, hazy golden-straw color, fluffy white head with ample lacing... beautiful. Nose is really well put together: fruit with lots of wine and brett--yeast, egg, citrus, and hints of leather. Flavor is driven by the chardonnay, all the way through the finish. More citrus and yeast, again light leather. I like this a lot, but for me the wine is too overpowering in the flavor and the dry body bordered on fizzy overkill when coupled with the heavy carbonation. Another show-stopper from RR, but not an absolute favorite. Reminiscent of JP Luciernaga. 958417

batch 003 - on 2/5/10, 24 months old
Batch 3 out of a 375ml is incredible right now. Cork blasted out as soon as the cage was gone. The fizzy bitterness present a year ago is gone now, replaced by a tingly yet creamy soft body that is far more balanced. The marriage of elements here is practically beyond words, the complexity of the wine, brett, and wood is knee-knocking. Fuck me. 10510420

batch 003 - on 7/20/10, 30 months old
By now itís a matter of habit to aim the cork against a solid wall, paid off again. Batch 003 is still incredible... it may even be better than at 24 months. The nose is still brilliant, the soft marriage of brett, chardonnay, and oak still gloriously in tune. The body a bit more carbonated than I remember at 24 months, reminds of 14 months, but the flavor is a step up even from six months ago: more fresh lemon, grapeskin, lightly stinging with faintly eggy brett, chardonnay growing throwing the incredible finish before adding on some wet wood and grass, perhaps just starting to show itís age with a bit of celery/plant in the back, though that could be a contrast between the more fruity profile and still somewhat-dry body. The flavor is still not quite as harmonious as Iíd like, not sure if the 003 flavor will ever get to Deviation-level integration, but this is still mind-bogglingly drinkable and balanced. At 2.5 years, this is drinking better than any US sour Iíve had at that age. Vinnie wins again. 10510419

batch 003 on 9/28/10, 32-33 months old
Definitely on the way down. Too much Brett, not enough Chardonnay left. A bit mineral as well, still great with a beautiful body and appearence, just starting to fall apart. 958518

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