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RATINGS: 1124   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Nice clear appearance with light, white head. Very sour and apple-like taste. Decent for a bit, but too overpowering in the long run. Definitely not a repeat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Festival of Barrel Aged Beers, 2005. My first beer of the day before hitting Cuvee de Tomme and then all the bourbon barrel barleywines and stouts. This reminded me of a better version of La Fin du Monde, more complexity particularly due to the wine barrels. I liked the creaminess and tannins imparted by the barrel, but this style of Belgian just isn’t my thing I’ve been learning. Some spices, certainly a lot of lemon and lemon peel, and quite a bit of straw/wheat flavors. Good stuff, not necessarily my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Hazy amber with a large, fizzy champagne-like head. Aroma was sweet/sour, vinous, woodsy, citrusy. Thin and light bodied with big carbonation. Flavor was mouth-puckering sour. Didn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Personal Milestone: California Rating #100 (out of 1874)!
Pouring a hazy golden body with a pillowy white head, this has a lot of the funkiness that makes a gueuze fun, without the intensity. This Beligian ale has an aroma of wilting flowers, straw, citric fruits, vanilla, oak, alcohol, and some interesting spices. The mouthfeel is soft and a bit grainy. The flavor carries over from the aroma, adding that Brettanomyces acidity that makes a brew interesting. The finish is a face-puckering sourness. Very, very nice.

<font size=-4><a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve Third Annual Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, Chicago, IL 11/12/2005<font size=-1>

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3rd FoBAB. Hazy, golden body with a huge, fluffy white head. White grapes, oranges, warming alcohol, old oak, horseblanket, hay--dry, soothing and terrific. The body is spectacular, with soft, active carbonation that lays on the tongue like a wave of velvet. Cool, bright fruits, light sweetness, excellent Brett character and light woodiness. Tart acidic character comes on as well, leaving that oh-so-cool mouthpucking sensation of joy. What an awesome beer and an awesome experience. Here’s to many more Brett classics from Russian River!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2005) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Well-hazed, golden/amber topped with a thick film that laced. Moldy notes in the aroma (rotting cardboard), with green grapes and oak. Wood presence is dominant in flavor with yeasts in remission until the finish, which is funky and vinous. Creamy, sour and interesting.

<font size=-4>Sampled at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve Third Annual Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer, Chicago, IL<font size=-1>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Large white frothy head of fine bubbles. Big carbonation keeps a thin layer of foam on the surface. Fruity and sour aroma. Lots of pears, yeast and oak. Color is a dark gold. Wow, was not expecting this in the flavor. Very complex. Tart and sour flavor with green apples, vanilla, oak, alcohol, lime, etc. Pretty harsh and tart up front but mellows out and smooths out as it goes down. Nice alcohol warming. Finish is pretty clean and not as dry and as tart as expected. Pretty good and different brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Bottle. Batch 1. Amber-peach colored beer with a nice off-white head. Tart green apple and slight lemon aroma. Green apple, grape, tart flavor, slight woodiness, and a touch of butteriness (but not unpleasant) in the flavor. Refreshing. Carbonationa bit too high. Some wine-like characteristics. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Bright orange color. Thin white film for a head. Aroma is oaky and sour. Flavor is oaky and fruity with a very dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Mega thanks to DarkElfster for this in trade. slightly murky bright golden color with a foamy off-white head. lovely yeasty brett aroma, a little sour peach too. light malt & candi sugar. flavor is dryish but not overly so. more yeastiness and candi sugar malt. lively carbonation. tastes quite like a Fantome.

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