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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Pours golden yellow with minimal head. Good lacing. Tastes of lemon, pears, and apple. Nice sour taste. Refreshing to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SlovakSniper (4148) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2015
Merci à Mario Hernandez pour cette maudite belle chance. Bottled on: 080315. Superbe et complexe nez avec des agrumes, d’autres fruits tropicaux, du vin blanc, du bois mangé par les bons microbes et du foin. Très près de la perfection. Au goût, un mélange très agréable de notes de raisins aigres, de jus de pamplemousse, de spontanéité, de chêne et de vanille. Fantastique. En bouche, un liquide souple qui est parfaitement sculpté pour mon palais. La finale impressionnante est boisée, aigre et fruitée. Tellement facile à boire. Du grand art. Finalement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
After tasting 13 Russian River beers, I can say that this was my second favorite. (Pliny the Younger blew them all away.) I was amazed at the creativity that went into crafting this beer. This has a pleasant aroma that almost resembles champagne. The aging process in the Chardonnay barrels definitely accounts for this, as well as its unique flavor. This came off heavily carbonated and a little sweet, but totally different than any beer I’ve ever had. One of the truly amazing things about this beer (also true with Supplication), is that just like wine, it has legs! Go ahead and swirl in your glass and see for yourself! Outstanding! Very creative. A great ’after-dinner’ beer.

   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 I’ve finished all the beer in my glass. I can honestly say I’ve 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 doesn’t really blow me away. I get flavors of lightly acidic wine, grapes, cherries, cider, and vanilla. Then, as it’s 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 it’s 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 I’ve 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 we’ll see more of these from Russian River.

   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 Monk’s 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cpetrone84 (1776) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3322) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gramity (1582) - 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!!

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fritz123 (1477) - 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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