skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brickskeller, Washington D.C.
Aroma is earthy, with some vinegar and surely the cherries. The Pinot Noir came out in the flavor, and really enhanced the raisin and prune aspects of the brown ale. The pour was a boring, flat orange, and the palate was a bit sharp, yet crisp and tingly. Where it counts (aroma and flavor) this is a winner.
Dogbrick (9173) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. Batch 001: Ruddy amber color with a thin light beige head that disappears almost immediately. Barely any light penetrates. Tiny rising bubbles and lacing that races down the sides of the glass. Aroma of grapes, brown sugar and sweet candy. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel, and a bold vinous character. Flavors of dark cherry and light spice and oak. The flavoring does not linger too long though. The finish is extremely dry and feels like it is sucking the moisture from your tongue as you drink it. The finish is moderately sour and peppery. Overall a very well-made and enjoyable beer.
SpringsLicker (3234) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange body that produces a fleeting off-white head.
The aroma is funky and fruity.
Tart flavor with spicy cherries and oranges. Not really my style of beer and I’d love to try this again on a fesher palate.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! What an unbelievable brew. Tart, sour, cherries, vanilla....just an INCREDIBLE brew. Quite possibly one of the best I’ve had. The sours just make this one unbelievable. When I will get my hands on this again, who knows but I know that this has changed my thoughts on how beers can taste.
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is VERY good stuff. Pours a cloudy orange brown. In the aroma there’s a bit of horse blanket, hay and sour cherries. The flavor is a bit sweet and is a bit cherry vanilla. Very good.
Jayb0 (1081) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Far far better than the chardonnay barrel "temptation", this pinot noir barrel approach has left you with a beer, not a question mark. The PN imparts a spiciness that goes well with the sour cherries. Still, I’m not won over by the wine barrel approach.
DocLock (8386) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby-brown turbid pour with off-white head. Aroma of big oaky cherries, hopcit, some funk, brown sugar. The flavor is krieky, with a funky, oaky element, fruit, and malt. You just gotta love the funky krieky oaky thing that this beer has going on.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club courtesy of Noah (htsprint). My sample size wasn’t too large, but thankfully, I can rerate down the road thanks to Noah procuring a second bottle. Notes of ginger, peach, sour cherry, and nutmeg on the nose lead into more of the same on the palate. The sour cherry quickly takes the lead, but there’s a nice presence of tannins and oak from the barrel ageing. Hard to drink this without thinking of La Folie, and it would be fun to sample the two side by side. All in all, a fun (but short-lived) experience.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to kramer17801. It opened to a snap of carbonation and then a rush of foam coming out of the bottle. The brew is a nice hazy orange with a tint of brown and white head, while pleantiful, went away quick enough. Aroma smells of the cherries and oak, similar to DFH’s Festina Lente. Flavor, thankfully, is much nicer than the previosuly mentioned beer. There is very little souring bitterness for the conditions this beer went through. Malty, rich, smooth, complex, this beer is confusing my senses. There is a slight spicyness at first, like cinnamon and ginger, then a yeast flavor, all while being backed by a subtle oak and cherry flavor. Once the usual alcohol and strong ale sweetness subside in my mouth, then the cherry flavor comes out in a fine fashion. This beer is tremendous. Many more thanks to kramer17801 for this amazing beer.
Boutip (5065) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy deep red color ale with a medium foamy slightly off-white head with average retention. Aroma of sour cherries and oak are clearly detectable. Taste has a clear sour cherries feel to it with some distinctive note of acidity and oak. Tartness was delectable but could have been more present. Even though this is an excellent Flemish sour, I though it could have had more tart and more complexity in general (i.e. De Dolle Oerbier Reserva). I’d definitely take more RR Temptation over this any day.