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RATINGS: 1191   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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.

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4.3
nathanvc (5070) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2023
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2023 9 November 2022. Bottle from San Diego Wine Co. Bottled: 17/02/2022. Hazy golden, stable, foamy, white head. Aroma of unripe peach & plum, green apple, sour grape, white wine, horseblanket, grass, wet hay, cheese, vinegar. Taste has sour peach, mandarin & green apple over a sourdough-like malt base with funky & cheesy notes; softly bitter hay accent and acidic vinegar. Finishes with 'old' grassy hops, funky hay, acidic unripe fruit and tannic white wine-like alcohol. Full body, moussy texture, average carbonation. A very noble brew, definitely a treat.

4
hman43 (4024) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2022
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2022 It pours golden and brilliantly clear with a white head. Head retention is low. It has a strong wine character from the chardonnay with some earthly flavors. There are some grape notes with a hint of leather. It has wine flavors with grapes. There are very low leather and earthen elements. There are some wood elements. It has a medium body with moderately strong sourness. Overall, this beer is quite wine like but not to the point where it drinks like a wine.

4.2
coachd (2690) - O'Fallon, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2022
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2022 Rich oak and chardonnay aroma with some butterscotch and light funk. Burnt orange body with a bright white head. Slight taste, moderately sour and earthy. Some funk in the finish. Light palate with champagne-like carbonation. As good as advertised.

3.4
BritAlesRule (219) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2022
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2022 2 year, and 2 month old beer. My third or fourth Russian River beer. Gold or dark wet straw color. A very tame and likeable bretty nose, like wet pavement with a little ocean, sweetness and funk in the background. There's a clean and breezy quality. Initial taste doesn't seem to have a lot of depth. Medium spritzy sour mouthfeel. Been sitting here letting it warm a bit, don't understand the 4.11 rating. Just drank a Rodenbach Classic and it moved me. Just didn't get it.

4.1
Bricktop86 (2010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2021
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2021 Slightly hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma is yogurt, earthy, leather, woody, fruity, and light bubble gum. Taste is light sweet, medium sour, and medium bitter.

4.2
gripweed57 (6495) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2021
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2021 On tap at brewpub. Hazy pale gold pour. Excellent lacing. Yeasty, funky, oakey aroma. Plenty of farmhouse funk. Bready, tangy, citrusy and herbaceous flavor. Quite amazing. Tart, enduring finish.

4
GDTRFB (8398) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2021
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2021 Pours murky gold into a tulip. Barnyard and aspirin aromas. Soft with sour grape, crushed aspirin funk and dry oak front to back. Tart grapefruit pith/peel and earthy sour funk finish. This one grows on you...

3.9
vcsa (402) - - NOV 7, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2020 Appearance: Pours hazy pale gold. A little creamy white head, no lacing. 外观:淡金色,朦胧。少量细腻的白色泡沫,无挂杯。 4/5 Aroma: Lemon, grapefruit, white peach, cheese and funk, with hints of wood. 气味:柠檬、西柚、白桃、芝士和马厩味,伴随着些许木香。 7/10 Taste: Tart citric fruits and vinegar with hints of bitter hops. Racy acidity. Dry tart citric finish. 味道:酸爽的柠檬类水果和香醋伴随着酒花的苦味。活泼的酸度。尾韵干而酸,呈现柠檬类水果 Light to medium bodied, slight oily texture, soft carbonated. 口感:酒体较轻,质地稍显油润,带有精细的单宁,杀口感柔和。 4/5 Ove Vinous, balanced and drinkable, yet not very complex. 像葡萄酒,平衡而耐喝,虽然并不是非常复杂。 16/20

3.9
Beese (14705) - Tooting, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2020 Bottle share at Pizza Port, Carlsbad, CA on 29/04/2008. You were blowing my mind here! Really not had many beers like this back then. Woody, gentle sour, some tanin, grapes, and lots more besides.

4.4
Cimbasso (1905) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2020 Bottle with a cork and a cage, like Champagne. Pours a slightly hazy white gold, with a very fine mousse, just like a Champagne. The taste is fruity, refined and slightly sour. Elegant notes of white wine and greengage are mixed with tropical fruit, lemon peel, cucumber, yeast and freshly cut grass. Some barnyard notes of wet horse blanket. This is a many-layered beer which repays careful and thoughtful tasting. It is a thing of rare beauty - an exceptionally well-made and beautifully balanced beer of remarkable quality.


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