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RATINGS: 1096   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maddmatt639 (321) - Pacifica, California, USA - OCT 12, 2014
No retention and no lacing. Smells of Chardonnay, sour fruits and apples. Tastes of sour grapes, yeast and Chardonnay. No aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2014
375 ml, bottled on 6/18/14, purchased at RR. Clear gold with fizzy carbonation with thin head in a snifter. Served slightly chilled at 49 degrees. Aroma is white wine, oak and mild Brett.

Flavor has lots of white wine throughout. Lightly tart with a precancerous of yeast. Turns sour in the back end, with nice oak character. The carbonation a lividly zing over the tongue, great effervescent pop. The texture is dry and crisp with a medium body. Damn! The wine, oak and Brett are married together in a beautiful threesome. If you know me and my feelings on sours, you will understand how much this impresses me; based on my score.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inbreak (3004) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2014
08.10.2014, 0,375l bottle (2012 vintage) sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice slightly bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is mild and balanced fruity, dried tropical fruits, grapefruit, sorrel, oak, mild vinegar, light malts, lemon, peach. Taste is slightly dry citrusy, lemon peel, oak, sorrel, mild vinegar, grass, lemon, weeds, hay. Medium bitterness, slightly dry sour-ish mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ej (997) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2014
Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a dense white top that laces the glass well. Aroma of wood, grapefruit, orange, dried hay and citruspeel. Citrus dominated flavor, tart and acidic, zesty. Some orange, some tropical fruits. Faint notes of pale malts and old hops. This is a magnificent brew. Dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2014
0.375l corked bottle shared with The Tasting Crew from trade with ig88b. Huge thanks for this one! Pours a really good looking, what I will describe as glowing orange cloudy body. It also has a lovely bright white slowly fading and heavy lacing head on the top. Tartish woody nose with lots of sour fruity elements. White currants, sharp sorrel, bitter orange peel, almost a little tropical in a way? It smells absolutely lovely non the less. Really flavorful also! Oh, yeah. It has a nice oily feeling in the mouth and its spot on the carbonation. The first thing I get in the taste is dried apricots. Ill actually call it super-fruity this. The sourness is just perfectly balanced between the tart woody, the fruity sweet and and the sharp vinegar - stingy. Definitely a little wood hint here, citrus and citrus peel. What a lovely beverage. Moreish, refreshing and just plain old lov ly tasting. 08.10.2014

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncosnbeer101 (11) - Denver, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Poured at GABF and drank there too!! Awsome beer, pretty sour but I really enjoyed the grape must character. I loved the oak balance and the dry crisp finish with its champagne like bubbles. Perfect brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1277) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours a golden color with a bit of head. Medium sourness. Wild yeast flavors. Easy going sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle dated 5/30/13. Pours a glowing pale gold with almost no head. Aroma is sour apricots, preserved lemon, musty cork, minerally Sancerre, white grape juice, peach, light funk. Profoundly winelike and complex. Taste is sweet peach and white grape on the front of the tongue that sharply pivots into clean sour apples, lemon juice, and buttery Chardonnay with oak barrel tannins. Sits in your mouth and changes, lingering and evolving. Prickly Champagne-like carbonation. Perhaps a bit more sour than Id like, but nonetheless the work of a master.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lizardking3 (193) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Pours blonde yellow, white head. Aroma is tart, white grapes. First taste is sour and citrusy. Finishes with herbs and bitterness. Delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (1416) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle. This one was turning into a bit of whale for me; I meant to rate it earlier, but it didn?t show up in Portland for a couple of years.A: Opaque orange-gold, a thin white ring of head. Some good lacing. N: Lemon, chardonnay, heaps of funk and attic floorboards, and a touch of melon. Grapefruit and pine through and through, as if this was an IPA. Oak and green apple. T: Very sour. A touch of biscuit at the base of this, but it?s definitely acidic. M: Big biting carbonation. light body, no alcohol presence. Desiccating. O: Been awhile since I?ve had this one, but I don?t remember it being this intense. The brett and the acidity is there, and I think this one is well worth its place in the American sour pantheon. Wish other places could get their beer so clean.

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