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RATINGS: 1082   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9410) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis (thanks!). Poured a lighter to medium golden color and slightly hazy with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of brett, wine, lightly sour, and fruity. Tastes of some sour apple, oak, citrus and vinous. Lightly sour. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4579) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma of white wine, apples and citrus. Flavor Iím also pickig up the white wine. Iím not a huge white wine fan, but I enjoyed this beer a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 batch 001 by way of enniskillen.poured a clear yellow with a nice head.aroma of apples,cider,and oak.taste is a mix of sourness,oak,and sprit wine.(BATCH 002)murky yellow with a small white head.aroma is brett,oak,and vanilla.flavor is a mix of the aroma.very nice indeed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Hazey golden appearance, excellent head formation. Wild, cidery, yeasty aroma. Plenty of fruitiness on the palate, lemon and orange, sour puckery second half with plenty of acidity in the finish. Long sour fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Poured slightly hazed golden color with a small white head. Complex aroma...Bretty funk, sweet, citrusy, vinous, and fruity. Sweet start becomes tart, acidic, and white wine on the light bitter finish. So tasty and drinkable why does the bottle have to be so small.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Delicious! Pours a beautiful golden color with a decent head. The aroma is very vinous (white wine) with lemon and a vast arrays of fruits. THe flavor is even better than the aroma- with strong vinous notes and a very strong citrus taste. Buttery at the end with just a enough sourness/bitterness to keep you on your toes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
375 ml bottle. Gold color with a nice, frothy head. You can really smell the chardonay in the aroma as well as barnyard and lemon. The taste is nicely tart, acidic and dry. The flavors are complex, bouncing between themselves like lottery balls. Totally refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2005
On tap at Monks. Somewhat hazy golden with a puffy white head. Smells like lambic, sharp citrus, pepper, funk and oak. Tastes like a mild geueze with more malts, refreshing, close to a saison but with more funk. Interesting, challenging, yet stylish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9846) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, golden ale with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention. Woodsy aroma with notes of white wine, vanilla and lemon. Tart, buttery flavor with oak, vanilla and butterscotch. Light-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Woodsy, tart, buttery finish. Odd combo, but terrific. World class brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2005
(375ml bottle, Batch 1) Big white head atop a hazy apple juice body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, bret, oak, white wine, some sourness. Taste is medium sweet, white wine, oak, some apple, sour, light lemon. Watery light-medium body, some acidity, pretty drinkable. No sledgehammer in this one, subtleness is the key. Quite enjoyable.

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