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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2006
Thanks, Ren for sharing this one. Nice hazy golden-yellow beer with small white head. Aroma is fine and refreshing, it has subtile lactic and citric sensations allong with hints of flower bloossems and hints of Greek Yoghurt. The more complex aromas come from the woody caracter of the barrels. It has a tart edge with a smooth vanilla accent. The taste is crisp, well ballanced and has a complex refreshing lambik like souriness. It is light to medium boddied but this great brew has so much to offer. The spectrum of the taste sensations is so wide and goes from a light maltyness over some noble wood to lactic yoghurt, sour fruits like (Duindoorn), vanilla, ripe rubarb, lemon zest and some honey. This is what ballance is all about.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2006
Hazy golden colour with a medium sized off white head with nice sized bubbles. Great yeasty, oaky, tart, fruity aroma with hints of citrus and apple characteristics. Flavour was tart and slightly sour with lots of citrus, apple, brett and quite bubbly as well. Even a touch of butter on the finish like a fine chardonnay. My favourite from RRB so far.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (4033) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2006 Bottle Pours a nice golden color with a short lived white fizzy head. Soft fruity apple cider aromas. Lively carbonation. Flavors are apple cider and slight belgian musty yeasty flavors. Very nice. Thanks to Buck Dich for sharing this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (6548) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle A Pale golden color. Pours out a with a white head there is a bit of fiz. A very nice beer. Thanks Buck Dich

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1921) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle: Cloudy, pale gold with a fizzy white head. Aromas of tangy cider, apple skins and the tastes are similar to a Flemish Sour Ale and hard cider. Nice finish. I love this!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle picked up at OBriens: Pale golden color with a thick white head and adequate lacing. The nose is tart and spicy with some citric funky brett character and a light pilsner malt and hop note. The flavor is nice and tart with a well balanced fruity character; cherry with light grapefruit and a nutty finish. Light body, well built, full of different flavors and complexity. Nice.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 Wow. Holy cow. This is delicious like rhubarb pie-delicious. Even if I had not known of the wine barrel stuff, I tasted it right away. Then... nice and sour. I can tell this is beer by my malt tongue, but all said and done, this is like a fine champagne. I would <!-- b -->LOVE<!-- /b --> unfettered access to this to see just how insane this would make me... or how charming Id be. Great stuff. Get it while its hot.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2656) - California, USA - MAY 10, 2006
After a 3 or 4 mile hike, this became pretty "tempting." Anyway, stupid pun aside... batch 1 poured a cloudy golden orange body with a moderate sized head. Excellent lacing on the glass, almost Orvalesque. Huge complex aroma. Spices, oranges, a light barnyard sourness, the smooth oak aroma, its all here. However, what I really appreciated is that this is so well balanced and put together as well. Complex but delicate. The barnyard action nor the oak aging were over the top. You know its there, and its done well. A must try, even at $8.50/375ml bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Very, very different. pours lightly hazy, golden color. Sourness is offset by some sweetness. fruity with some citrus. carbonation is great and complements the almost wine/champagne characteristics. very memorable beer in that it is so different from just about anything else. A must try.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Delicious in its individuality. The wine comes through as an odd dryness on the palate. Im not sure if I would have said "winey" if I did not know it was aged in wine barrels. Brett comes through as it warms, adding a nice light sourness on the finish. Interesting beer overall and a testament to craft brewing in general.


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