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RATINGS: 1096   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2005
375ml Batch 1 bottle: Bottle conditioned. Served in a large tulip glass from IKEA (great beer glasses). Mostly clear, but ever so slightly cloudy rich amber body with a medium white head that simply lasts until Iíve finished all the beer in my glass. I can honestly say Iíve never tried a beer that smells or tastes quite like this one. The aroma is strawberries, sour cherries, and sweet oak barrel if inhaled forcefully with the nose as far in the glass as possible. If the glass is tilted until the beer almost touches the nose then scents of chardonnay, acidic barnyard, and sour grapes come out. If the nose is barely held over the edge of the glass then aromas exactly resembling yellow cake with butter icing, honeysuckle immediately following a rain and a very subtle hint of cocoa beans come through. Ok, I spent a bit of time with this one. Now onto the flavors. Initially this beer doesnít really blow me away. I get flavors of lightly acidic wine, grapes, cherries, cider, and vanilla. Then, as itís held in the mouth, light flavors of barnyard, white grape juice, crabapple, and oak show themselves. What really blew me away from the first sip was the aftertaste. Almost immediately after swallowing a strong oak comes through - but itís not overly harsh or acidic - rather it reminds me very much of the fleeting qualities of a good port, the almost sweet pure wood notes. From there it then turns to a bit of chardonnay, and then surprisingly a sweet nutty/caramel/almond flavor that perfectly counterbalances the oak notes. Medium bodied, medium-lively carbonation, can get slightly watery towards the end ( my fault for taking my time enjoying this one). The aftertaste is like no other, and much, much longer than Iíve previously experienced with other beers. I am not normally very taken with the barrel-aging fad, but this one absolutely works. Vinnie, if you read these, a superb job innovating with this one. Hopefully weíll see more of these from Russian River.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2006
If we ever have kids, weíre totally naming one Vinnie; this is brilliant work! Bottled Batch 1. Beer is a hazy, medium coppery gold color with a small, off-white, fizzy, lasting head. Oh my... this smells AMAZING! Subtle and sublimeóa ballerina on pointe. The aroma is malty with just a trace of toasted almond and grain; Hoppy with a moderate amount of herb and lemon; Chock full of yeasty funky moderate horseblanket, band-aid and attic; Heavenly heavy, tart vinousity (think FSA), moderate notes of white grape juice, light notes of oak, alcohol, pear and traces of vanilla and green apple peel. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily acidic, lightly bitter with a long, tart/dry, lightly bittersweet, moderately acidic finish. A nice touch of warmth, too. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively. Bravo!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
Another beer via trade with deepsouth (BA). Awesome man! Batch 003! First things first, Smell that Brett! Pale gold yellow cloud with a 2" head. Leaves a nice coat on the sides but that fades too. This beer reeks of Brett and Oak! The sirens are going off for the sour smell. This beer is sour as a MF’er! Tart, smooth and sour like a good belgian! Seriously this beer can hang with all the #1s out there! Little fruit, saison like spice but always sour and tart from start to finish. So Smooth! The tartness sticks around a while and refuses to leave the back of your throat. Mmmmm thank you! So Tart and so so yummy! It’s smooth with a bubbly complexity. The carbonation is very light. Tangy and zesty with a nice strong zap of oak near the end of each mouthful. This beer is so so drinkable. Did a belgian brewery brew this? This can’t be from America. O wait it is. Finally a brewery worth the same praise as say, De Dolle...Yummm Ok I no longer want to review this beer...I need to focus on drinking and enjoying it! Wow this is a delicious brew!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkunz (19) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Large head that lingered. Great lacing. Golden color. Aroma was sour, brett funk, and a bit of sweetness. Dry. Taste was sour lemon, the taste of hops but not too much bitterness, a bit of a wine character. Not too sure what to say just dangerously drinkable. An amazing beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Draft at Monkís for Russian River Day. Pours transluscent golden with slight trace of orange. Head is thin, small, and lacy. Aroma packs a nice floral wallop; dry hops, wort, wheat, honey, and crazy resin funk. Body is full and well carbonated with a somewhat dry, extremely tart palate. Finish is quick and powerful. Excellent sour ale.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cpetrone84 (1722) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2013 Comparison of Batch 1, 3, 4, and 5 12/4/10 Batch 5-fair bit of hops, juicy, hints of soap with notes of leathery brett up front. som dry oak, dustry, very light chardonney wine flavor. juicy dry oak, bright white grapes and slightly sour with a fairbit of grassy hops and some juicy citrus. Batch 4-more sublte than 5, chardonney comes out slightly more and the hops are much more mild. flavors of integrated oak, white grapes, light brett presence and faint hops. Batch 3-the hops have faded but the flavors are soft well integrated and subtle. the chardonney barrels really make a bright presence, juicy white grapes as the brett comes in behind. the brett is slightly sharp but still leans towards subtlty with some lemon and soft peach flavors in the back. Batch 1-the brett has started to dominate and take over, the chardonney and juicy wine flavors have become much light and the sweetness now resides behind and underneath the strong brett presence. ************************** Batch 004X4 reveiwed 3/1/10 A-pours a pale golden yellow color with a thin bubbly head, 2-3 full fingers, holding strongly to the side of the glass. S-nice notes of oak and hints of vanilla start off this funky aroma. Wild yeasts take over giving it a fair amount of funk, sour grapes and green apples, notes of lemon zest and grass at the finish T-tart cherries, sour white grapes, and notes of lemon zest are followed by a biscuity malt base. the oak is very faint in the taste as it comes in towards the back. M-this is extremely smooth and crisp throught, sharp finish and very dry. medium body with a slight warming from the alcohol in the back with a lot of carbonation. D-this is very sweet and tart. it brings huge flavors and an interesting taste from the barrel aging. Another intersting brew from RR.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3270) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle from a trade with wavers1. Pours slightly cloudy pale yellow color with white head. Slightly musty aroma with brett, oak, wine and some floral scents. Tart flavor with some oak ane wine aith a good dose of brett funkiness. Light and crisp mouthfeel. Lots of effevescence. An excellent brew. Thanks Baker.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
Golden and effervescent with a thin white head. Fine bubbles. Aroma is tart fruit, grape, wine, and some green apple. Taste is heavy with Chardonnay character, funky, with green apple and grape skins. The finish is puckering and delicious. This rating is over. The name is suitable as this brew is overly tempting to drink quickly. Amazing!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
Au nez, c'est bien sûr, barriqué et sucré à la fois. En bouche, c'est très surette, mais sucré comme un bonbon a la fois. On sent bien le vieillissement en baril. Ce n'est pas poussiéreux, mais plutôt léger et pétillant. La finale est sweet, sour et citrusy! Un cadeau des dieux!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fritz123 (1360) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle in Boca before leaving. Small snifters with Dan and Brian. Pours a golden clear with a small head. The aroma is fucking heaven with white wine grape must, balanced oak barrel, just the right amount of brett. The taste is just as impressive with white wine, white grapes, must, brett funk, straw, and the oak barrel. The aging makes it so smooth regarding tartness. Active carb, light body. Just overall wonderful.


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