RATINGS: 1155   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DennisD (12) - USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pale yellow straw color. Sour, musky, wine aroma characteristics. Floral, lemon, grass, white wine flavors. Smooth clean finish. Wow, what a great beer. Absolutely delicious. Very nice.

Biroholik (1545) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - OCT 30, 2017
Sour Ale Aged In Chardonnay Barrels.
Alkohol: 7,5% obj.
Butelka: 375 ml
Data butelkowania: 05.15.2017
Kolor: Złoty, klarowny, czysty jak łza trunek.
Piana: Biała, drobnoziarnista, wysoka i puszysta. Rzadko w piwach w stylu Sour Ale można zobaczyć tak wspaniałą, czapowatą pianę. Po nalaniu do szkła stoi w bezruchu jak zaczarowana. Cudowny, książkowy lacing. Firmowy pokal wygląda jak pomalowany przez jakiegoś artystę-malarza.
Zapach: Potężny owocowy bukiet! Piwo miażdży intensywnością białych winogron, białych porzeczek i agrestu. Owocowy aromat wzbogacony jest o nuty beczkowej wanilii, dębiny i zbutwiałego drewna. W tle nuty wiejskie, stajenne. Nie brakuje ani końskiej derki, ani skórzanego paska. Piękny, bogaty i super-intensywny aromat!
Smak: Smak jest niezwykle owocowy nafaszerowany do granic możliwości jędrnymi, dojrzałymi od słońca winogronami. Wtórują im dojrzałe mandarynki, pomarańcze, agrest i liczi. Dębowe, beczkowe taniny doskonale pasują do całości. Perfekcyjnie komponują się z wanilią. Umiarkowany poziom kwasowości, bogaty owocowy profil trunku. Goryczka niewielka, leciutkie winne taniny minimalne ściągają na języku. Wytrawny finisz. Gęsta, oleista tekstura. Piwo lekkie, ale zarazem bogate w smaku, sesyjne do bólu. Sztos!
Wysycenie: Średnie.
Piwo leżakowało przez 12 miesięcy w dębowych beczkach po francuskim białym winie Chardonnay. Jest to całą pewnością najlepsze Sour / Wild Ale jakie w życiu piłem. Tutaj każdy element jest dopracowany w najdrobniejszym szczególe. Nawet piana, która w tych stylach opada dość szybko w dół, tutaj prezentuje się okazale jak w najlepszych czeskich Pilsach. Smak i aromat jest niezwykle bogaty, intensywny, wielowymiarowy. Beczka po białym winie Chardonnay daje przepiękny owocowy bukiet. Smak jest spełnieniem marzeń o ideale stylu. Temptation wyprzedza o klasę wszystkie poprzednie piwa jakie piłem w tej kategorii.

Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 24, 2017
From Apr 2007 This one pours from 375ml caged and corked bottle(batch 002)..ooops! I turned the bottle sideays to read some of the info and when I popped the cork, the beer shot out of the bottle big time. My bad. :^( Anywho, it pours a cloudy straw yellow with a large head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving a solid layer with plenty of lacing. The smell is all fruity, and yeasty, and funky. Fruit wise, I can smell lemon and some apricot and it's very inviting indeed. The taste on first sip has a BIG sour punch and a ton of citrus flavours. Lots of grapefruit, apricot and lemon tartness permeate my every taste bud and I can *only* smile. A very BIG smile. Swishing the Ale in my mouth, it gets even more complex. Big yeast notes, strong representation of funk, and a never ending stream of a variety of fruit...man, the flavours are simply outstanding. Yum. Talk about a Wild Ale, in the future, when I see or hear that term used, I'll instantly think of RR Temptation. The mouthfeel is superb, the carbonation is light, the drinkability is through the roof...I kid you not. The finish is very lemony and you just want the aftertaste to *never* end. And as far as the 7.25%abv comes in to play, there's no evidence of it in the tasting and there's almost no warming as it goes down. An amazing brew. Bottom line: Yet another fantastic brew from Russian River. If I ever visit California again, visiting RR Brewing would be a must. My BA hat is off to them!

MrTipple (6446) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2017
Sweet grain malts, caramel, sweet grapes, oak, vinous. Clear gold, small, frothy, white head. Medium sour. More sour berries, lemon, lime juice, unripe redcurrant. Decent Sour. Keg at GABF17, Denver.

jinroh (2276) - ESTONIA - OCT 13, 2017
Tasting at Tokyo Midtown. Batch 051517. Light hazy yellow, bit of white foam, leaving nice lacings. Nose has good acidity, grape peels and white currants, funk. Good balance, not too acidic. Taste is mellow sour, good bitterness, balanced pretty well with sourness. Acidity kept in control. Woody and spicy with white wine characteristics. This one is GOOD, light bitter dry aftertaste. Autumny and oaky linger.

AgentAle (1810) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2017
Aroma is clove, sparkling wine, citrus and allspice. Taste is citrus, oak tanins and sweet grains paralleled by minor funk and sour finish. Axing stuff.

kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2017
Honey gold, clear, with a smooth light fruit aroma. Brett sourness adds a tartness that balances well with the oak.

Lacho (109) - USA - SEP 5, 2017
This brewery was one of those that I visited while on a beer tour to Santa Rosa. Got this and others in a flight, but went for this one two more times. It looks beautiful, hazy, orange, with a thin frothy head that lingers. It smells of grapes, apples and pears. Tastes amazing, very tart but not overpoweringly sour, mineral, fruity, acid, bright like champagne and strawberries. One of the best beer I had while on my tour.

nealblind (1977) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2017
Bright yellow. Aroma white grapes, white wine. Tastes big minerals slight grassy hops juicy character. Fuller body than most Russian river brews actually great. Some ozone big melted snow minerals.

llkc (2733) - århus, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2017
duft ananas frugt sødme mango smag frisk citrus lime mango appelsin frisk

MarcoDL (5381) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2017
Draft at the brewpub. Aroma of soft tart, white grape, green apple, citrusband horseblanket. Taste has soft white grapes, oak, vanilla, soft sourness, tart horseblanket, green apples and citrus. Long tasty finish. The white wine aging rounds off the sourness in a fantastic way. This is extremely balanced and flavorful, a true masterpiece.

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