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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.

FlacoAlto's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Batch 2, Sampled December 2007
It was definitely a slight mistake to serve this at near cellar temperatures (60ºF / 15.5ºC), as the beer foamed up and started gushing as soon as I popped the cork. I only lost a couple ounces though. The beer forms a frothy, scant fat-one-finger thick, pale, off white colored head that is actually quite persistent. The beer is a hazy, slightly chunky, orange tinted, dark straw color. The oak character seems much subdued from the first batch (which is a good thing as this was my main complaint with that beer). This is nice and funky, notes of urea, aromatic goat, farmhouse-stinky-cheese, a definite cattiness, mushroom spore and a host of sharp phenolics that at times approaches fresh curing plastic. Underneath the funk is a nice fruit character reminiscent of tart, un-ripened white grapes (sauvignon blanc & gewürztraminer come to mind), as well as touch of green apple and tart pear aromas. The aroma on this is really quite nice, it is definitely ringing my funky bone right now.

Tart, but not aggressively so (at least for this Gueuze addict), it is somehow soft and creamy feeling, despite the still present carbonation. This creaminess has definitely been picked up in the barrel as oak notes add some tongue coating softness to this brew and even some heft to the body; suggestive from the butter-like oak flavors this makes the beer actually feel buttery in texture. Soft oak contributions of vanillin, a definite sharp spiciness and perhaps a hint of buttery-oak notes are all found here, though the spicy notes are definitely the largest oak character here. The wine analogy continues as the process used is definitely a contributor; definitely reminiscent of an oaky chardonnay as this beer has flavors of green fruit, star-fruit, flint, a certain light metallic quality and that definite oak presence. The funky wee-beasts and the oak contribute spice notes of white pepper, piquant ginger, The flavor is not quite as funky as the aroma might have suggested, but I think this is ultimately a good thing as it allows the complexity of the fruit, oak and spiciness to come through. The sourness, while present and definitive, is so well integrated that it is not overly noticed on its own.

The oak character is much more in check with this the second batch. This is a far superior beer in my opinion (and it hasn’t taken anywhere near 5 years as I last predicted) as the oak, while present, now plays a supporting role. If successive batches keep getting better, then I am going to need to re-baseline my scoring. Just a fantastic brew. The texture is phenomenal & the flavor is just so well integrated and nuanced. The aroma, while absolutely engaging and complex, may actually be a bit too funky. Let me explain that though, because I absolutely love funk and the funk found in the aroma, while dominant, is so well integrated together, but it is a bit too dominant to let the nuanced oak, grape and malt notes through (despite being so inviting and characterful). I may even need to crack a batch 1 just to see what is happening to that .I still maintain that these 375ml bottles just aren’t quite enough, as I always want more of this brew after draining my glass. Though if it was a 750’s worth, my proliferous text might be pushing the extremes of my already superfluous ramblings.

Batch 1, Sampled July 2005
7/4/7/4/16 total 3.8
Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper color, it is pretty well carbonated and has a frothy pale, almost white head. The aroma is quite oaky with lots of buttery notes, an astringent woodiness, notes of grapes (perhaps sauvignon or chardonnay), notes of pears, and some subtle spice notes. Quite an interesting nose on this one.

The beer is quite light on the palate, and very dry. The dryness actually suppresses the oakiness a bit, but it is definitely still here. The finish is quite long with a subtle tannic woodiness to it. There is a light acidity (for a Lambic at least) here as well, more similar to the lactic character of a Lambic than the acetic character of a Flemish sour beer. I am really quite relieved that I don’t get any diacetyl in this beer (I am quite sensitive to it), there is a bit of buttery character (mostly in the aroma), but this is definitely oak derived. There is a certain spritzy character to this beer that is a combination of the carbonation and the acidity.

This beer is really quite interesting, Vinnie still has a ways to go, but this has more to do with the barrels than Vinnie at this point. I think that Vinnie has the touch, in perhaps 5 years (if the wee bugs are compliant and amenable) the new releases of this should be stellar.

Purchased: Russian River Brewing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3117) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle. Light hazy deep golden liquid with minimal white head. Aroma of lemon, apple skin, cunty taste, jungle fever, grain, oxidization, light funk and wood. Taste is dry and medium sour with notes of apple skin, lemon, light wood, light vinegar and light grain. Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Really nice! Would’ve preferred more carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SlovakSniper (4147) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pyrmir (4738) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2015
375 ml bottle at home, thanks TimVim! Cloudy golden with white head. Aroma vinous, barrel, funk, grapes, lemon, zest. Taste is vinous, sour, barrel, wood, funk, grape juice. Really nice!

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Livendadream (176) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Btl pours crystal clear golden color with a soft compact white head. It vanished quickly leaving a ring of foam and spots of lace. Aromas of wood, grape juice, funk( wet horses) and citrus fruit. Taste of white grapes,lemon sour patch kid candy and a hint of wine. Medium body, soft silky mouthfeel, above average carbonation with a tingling on the tongue dry finish. Absolutely wonderful tasting sour beer. This beer is addicting. I love the sour taste, it’s perfect. RR never disappoints. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1367) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Pours a pale golden color with a white head. Tart, funk, yeast, fruit, wood and grape must aroma. Funk, tart, wood, white wine, yeast, biscuit, fruit, grape must and biscuit flavors. Medium light body and lively carbonation. Funk, grape must and tart finish.

   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 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsekouratos (560) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JUN 28, 2015
Golden orange color with a thick white head. Aromas of fruits, lemon, leather and oak. Taste is really sour and acidic, with lemon, leather, sweat, oak, fruits. Light body with medium carbonation.

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