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RATINGS: 1103   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, 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 3’s 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 it’s 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 it’s 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 can’t 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 (1713) - 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-crème 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, it’s the amazing balance of the elements here that’s truly breathtaking; it’s 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 (1080) - 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 (102) - 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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Sour grapes! Love it white wine and oak. Malts are evident but the flavor of wood and white wine complex this out. Nice fizz like a sparkling wine. Finished with cellar notes of an old winery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 17, 2015
It s not a Cantillion, I am not going to rate on style in comparison but merely on the merits of the brew. You Americans always tweak things. And this one was a great tweak. Younger tasting than the Cantillions. That said the Vinicius character in this brewery’s beer is really a great dimension to mellow out the sometimes harsh oak. The slight Brett is evident and the acidic tartness is well in balance. Love the mouthfeel and carbonation. Great if not a perfect brew.

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