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RATINGS: 1142   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Goldend body with a thin head. Sweet with some sour accents. Dry body, some light fruit accents.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle (375ml). Shared with blankboy, biegaman, mds, Radek Kliber, tupalev and others. Rating #1900. Poured cloudy yellow-orange with an average creamy white head. Luscious balanced aroma; tart brett, restrained oak, sweet malt. The taste is everything the aroma promised and more - smooth, balanced between lightly funky/sour yeast and mellowed oaky malt, medium-long finish slides along like its on rails - nice! Dry, astringent, nicely carbonated mouthfeel - just awesome, like a softened, oak-aged Orval in a lot of ways, extremely easy to drink. Thanks for making the trip to get this one, man!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle at Marks Sour Tasting on 06/16/2010. Batch 004x4. Clear golden body with a small white head. Tart fruit and funk aroma. Big tart and barrel flavor with fruity notes. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 8/2/9/4/17 - 4.0 Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Clear golden body with a thin frothy white head. Sour fruit and funk aroma. Big sour flavor with some light fruit and faint caramel. Light body with high carbonation. 8/3/8/4/16 - 3.9 11/29/2006: Sampled at the Richmond Beer Industry Gathering 2006. Hazy amber body with a small creamy white head. Sweet but sour oaked aroma. Dry sour fruit flavor with some light vanilla hints. 8/3/9/4/17 - 4.1

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3502) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Thanks to droopy49 for this one. Pours fairly clear, light golden in color, with a large, lasting, tight white head. Fruity aroma. Slightly sour like an apple cider cellar. Some leather. Very complex and agreeable aroma. The flavor starts with some sweetness which is quickly overcome by a slightly acidic tartness that finishes dry and then turning spicy. I really liked the playfullness of this beer. The flavors and aromas are complex, yet this is light and very drinkable. Well done.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Small C&C bottle from courtesy of Lando. Thanks for this gem Steve! Pours a hazy, golden yellow out of a deceptively small (looks much bigger) bottle, with a tight off white head. Nose of wine, sourness, light fruits and barnyard hints. Flavor follows with a pronounced white wine. This one integrates fantastically. Well done!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Batch 001 bottle marked 05 on the cage by ?. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Smells of funky sourness with peaches and sugary undertones. Taste is peachy and lambicey with some strong lemony undertones. Hay and straw reveal themselves as the beer warms. Light lemongrass and bitterness is present on the finish with a subtle but persistent sourness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 7, 2006
12oz c&c bottle, props to gputty! Cloudy yellow gold with a creamy off white head. Very lambic-like nose - mildly sour, barnyardy brett. Lively, bubbly body. Fascinating flavors - sharp white wine notes, lightly sour brett, mild vanilla touches. WOW! Like nothing I have ever had. Bravo, RR!

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
dwyerpg (5839) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
In the words of my friend, this beer "smells like going down on a farting hooker". Or, in other words, not so good. So bad its hard to drink it and it doesnt taste much better. Perhaps a very vey bad bottle????? I can only hope. The new no. 1 bad beer at Bill and Steinys party. The second beer made with this brettanomyces - perhaps I really hate that stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2006
12.7 FL. OZ bottle obtained via trade with Ty5592. Thanks brother! Woody, wet cardboard, funk, brett, apple skin, lemon rind. Flavors are slightly reminiscent of a white wine but are more distinctive of a well crafted wood aged beer for me. Pleasent bretty flavors, nothing too sour (too sour can be wonderful, btw) but also not too sweet. Smooth with a thick and gooey mouthfeel. Alcohol is evident but by no means overpowering. Wish I had more of this wonderful brew. I need more Russian Rivers. Someone please help me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1769) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Pours cloudy gold, with a white head. Aromas are sour fruit and white wine. Flavors are fruit, white wine, and yeast. Slightly sour and tart, but in no way overpowering. A nice mix/balance between a strong and sour ale. Highly enjoyable.


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