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RATINGS: 1099   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Another sampled ten (or more) times over at GABF. I have a bottle of this don’t I? I think I am happy now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Gold-orange with an active white head, aroma is fruity sour, yeasty. Flavor is apple, lemony, perhaps a tinge of wood, vinous and tart, somewhat acidic but clean finish. Impressive creation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Clear yellow color nice white head. Touch of tart aroma hints of a wine and some light fruits (grapes & pears). Highly carbonated palate some coating. Tart light fruity flavor w/ a dry finish. Pretty boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
The chardonnay dominates the aroma, but there is some mild sourness and of course alcohol. Pale gold to yellow with a small head. STRONG white wine flavors. Grapes, pear, oak and some acidic tartness. Very interesting brew that I would love to get more of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Enjoyed with elnadeau tonight. Kinda a geueze lite. Much of the sour notes one woudl find on a gueuze without as much funk. Head was light, color was golden yellow. A real tartness on the mouth, sour apples, tart grapes. Like matinelli’s cider without the sugar. Mouth feel is light and effervescent a bit like champagne. Tast profile finishes dry and clean with a touch of yeast funk. Quite an interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Hazy buff color with a fat white head. Lemony horse blanket aroma with some pepper and minerals. Sweeter in flavor than the aroma would suggest. Tart and fruity with some aldehydes. Quite spicy. Satisfying body that rolls across the palate. Finishes a bit flat but still very clean and palate cleansing. Exceptional ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Pours cloudy orange with a thick white head. Very good head retention. Aroma had vinegar, lemon, citrus, orange, vanilla and cherry. Cherry, oak and vanilla round out the taste along with a butteriness. Palate is very creamy and has a cheese feel to it. Very good but just a knotch below the supplication in my opinion. Still one would never guess that an American Brewing Company makes this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Pours hazy gold with a huge white head, some effervescence, and a whole lot of lacing. Interesting aroma. Smells like a good Gueuze mixed with an Orval. The main aroma is a funky sourness, but there’s also some citrus and oak. Some phenols come out with a swirl. Tastes a lot like a toned-down Gueuze. There’s a lot of sourness up front and some standard Belgian Ale flavors (cross between an Orval and an Ommegang Rare Vos) backing it up. Nice, subtle oak flavor, too. Very unique. A fuller body would make this one incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle, pours hazy buttery yellow - I think I got the yeast shot at the bottom. Tart lemony and a little floral aroma. Citrusy and spiced flavors, a little oak, and some strong wine characters. Very acidic and tart. Some funk in there too. I liked this, but this would be hard for me to drink a lot of - just a bit too acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2789) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2005
First off I have to admit a slight bias to oak aged beer. The aroma is a mix of a flemish sour and an abby ale. Pours out a nice golden color with a little to no head. The taste is fruity and complex with some notes of cherries, oak and vanilla, tastes like I described the aroma, a flemish meets a blonde and sits in oak for a while

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