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RATINGS: 1131   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Moderately hazy and translucent gold with cascading lace and some skittish bubbles in cloisters. Perfect aromatic display of pinot grigio, green grape skin and moderate lemon husk scraps. Complexities, follow me. Additional wafts and flavor spawned dimensions hint at stamped chardonnay grapes and souring compounds reminiscent of pears to some degree. In check sourness prevails with brett and dirty yeast. Soured from the confines of the wine barrel. Trace elements of oaken smoothness. Green grapes and select persuasions of chardonnay and pinot gregio are definitely enjoying their hay day. Fruity tendencies of pears and granny smith apples also aid the sweetly souring mission. Lovely. Thanks for sharing, JPDIPSO!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
375ml. bottle. Hazy golden color with a medium off white head. Great tart, fruity aroma with hints of wood and Brett characteristics. Flavor was tart, but not as much as expected. Grapes, lemon and the oak really stood out with a touch of butter. Very good, but I liked the Supplication a little more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Yeasty barnyard, sour, a bit woody, musty, and like a cellar. Yellow-orange. Flavor suggests fruit, apples, popcorn with butter, and a very light touch of alcohol. It goes a little watery. But wow, what a really nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2005
750 mL bottle, sampled at the 2005 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers, Chicago: Brilliant golden, streaming bubbles feeding a creamy, dense, white blanket. Elegant, soft aroma of buttery, floral hops, sweet vanilla pudding, and cobwebby yeast…sour flavours lightly pucker that soothes this funky yeast lover…soft, supple palate with a lingering creaminess and fruity flavours, simply fantastic and elegantly complex. wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 Bottled at the 3rd Annual FoBAB in Chicago. Hazy, well-carbonated, golden pour with a light dusting of white head. Tiny, bubbly lacing stuck perfectly to the glass. Tremendous aroma of Brett, Chardonnay, wheat, freshly-sliced pears, funky cobwebs and a hint of cider. Sooo much was going on in this odd little bottle! Tart Brett funkiness, ripe cherries, fresh wheat, lemon zest, and much much more toyed with all my tastebuds, and everything was so well-blended. Tart and champagney mouthfeel giving way to a long, funky, vinous finish. Remarkable beer with devilishly-easy drinkability. 9 4 8 4 17

3L bottle thanks to Blake, ladled into a snifter out of a big fuckin’ pot. Poured hazy medium golden with a tall cap of white head. The aroma picked up tart grape skins with lots of dusty, vinegary funk.. complex and engaging. The flavor had lemon zest, vinegar, and white grapes on the core with spicy zest and dusty funk on the back.. sweet vinous finish with lots of funk and lots of carbonation. Tart and engaging on the palate, again with high carbonation.. just fantastic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Picked up by BA RedwoodGeorge for the trade with me, this beer came in an oddly sized (375 ml) corked brown bottle, with a wire cage to finish the package. The cork came out resoundingly, and the beer started forming head in the bottle before pouring! The vigorous carbonation action continued unabated in the oversized wine glass, and the head that formed kept building up over the first few minutes rather than dissipating, and at the end of this spectacle, the head crowned an inch above the rim of the glass in the shape of a volcano.

The body underlying Mount Temptation was pale, cloudy, and very bubbly. The aroma was soured unripe cherries and fresh cut hay. There was also a little more alcohol in the nose than I was expecting. The taste was oh so dry and tart. Not quite as mouth-puckeringly acidic as a gueze lambic, this beer still had a similar taste of a lemon-lime juice mixed with wheat ale. There was also a peppery zing followed by a tannic woody flavor, and a hint of sweetness. Unlike a true lambic, there was no horse blanket funk here.

The finish was smooth and vanilla-creamy, and the aforementioned sweetness a little more noticeable in the aftertaste. This beer exhibited a very complex flavor profile, and yet remained quite drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 Over a month later and now 5.0 again...fruit is not overly sweet or tart.

May 22nd, 2008 ---Batch 3’s fruitiness is out of this world, but it is too sweet at the moment. Lots of peach and nectarine skin flavor, very stony, and very good - just not quite perfect anymore (4.9).

Batch 2 and 1: 2 @ home and 1 @ DC at Cellar Clearing thanks to Ryan, March, 2008, on consecutive nights. Perfect beer, incredibly fruity. Just blended fruit and sour.

2 months later: A tiny bit unidimesional in it’s flatness, sourness, with just a bit of a reduction in fruitiness, brings this down a tiny bit from perfection. Original sampling: Update: By the way...I had no idea to expect this. Having had Mo Betta and lots of lambics I knew something about brett This was executed amazingly well. Original: 10 minutes earlier...This is unbelievable. Dry, smooth and catchy in the throat all at the same time. Mmm oh boy. Tinderbox dry. Balsawood chewing for half an hour dry. This is dry. Parching dryness. OK. The aroma is multiple strains of weirdness all at the same time wet rotting mushroom and wet wood and pale fruit like peach. And it just plays with your nose right there. The flavor is...well, there are some sweet parts, more like peach and canteloupe I guess. And some white wine maybe, not so sure except that it’s contributing to the entire experience. I think actually some of the flavor is like grape skins. Dry like that. Even the way the palate changes over the entire beer is amazing from too cold and thin to expansive. It looks luminescent. It begins to stink nicely by the midpoint of the beer. Wow. --- Not so much of a pop upon opening and a wet cork. The cork leaves tiny bits signal of a labor of love. I complain in my mind about beer prices sometimes of course this, like La Folie, is a peak beer experience and worth every penny. Who please will accept a shipment as I can’t get it in OH? Thanks to MilkmanDan for the gift.

   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.

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