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RATINGS: 1150   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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4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
On tap at Russian River. Pours a light golden color with slight white head, some lacing. Light aroma, really had to sniff deep, smells a little of citrus and strongly like a bottle of Chardonnay. Sour taste with a very blatant Chardonnay flavor, some citrus on the background. Light body with a smooth citrusy finish. Overall a must have sour from Russian River. This and Supplication are easily my two favorites.


4.1
kathouse (1925) - 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.

4.5
Lacho (104) - 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.

4.1
nealblind (1939) - 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.

4
llkc (2588) - århus, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2017
duft ananas frugt sødme mango smag frisk citrus lime mango appelsin frisk

4.4
MarcoDL (5099) - 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.

3.4
beerplace (1801) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2017
375ml bottle shared at Brian’s. Bottled on 2016-05-06. Pours a hazy blonde with a white head. Aroma is funky, a little bit dirty, fruity, slightly woody and winey. Similar taste with some odd sour bitterness. Quite good.

4
monkeychugg55 (1096) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2017
Such a great beer. Super complex but everything is in perfect harmony. White whine character is mellow and peasant. The sourness is nice and not overly acidic.

5
keithk (18) - brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2017
This is my perfect beer - I can find no fault. Crisp, delicious, beautiful to look at. Sour, fruity, funky, plus a little Chardonnay wood. The best of the (amazing) Russian River lineup of wild/belgian/cask aged styles.

4.3
Vestergaard (2089) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2017
From bottle thanks to Maxi. Pours a slight hazy yellow with a Big White head. Aroma has quite estery yeast, funk, oak, sweetish White Wine, very fruity. Taste is super oaky, sour, smooth and spicy. Fluffy, velvety texture and an average carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
Klimaet (2880) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2017
Bottle thanks to Maxi. Pours hazy bright orange with a small white head. Aromas of brett, pineapple, citrus, mango, estery. Taste is super oaky, grapey, bretty, crackers, peach, tart and light bitter finish. Very delicious.


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