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RATINGS: 1103   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3046) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2006
pours a murky dark yellow color. smells spicy. tastes smooth and fruity. like no other beer i’ve had. you can tell it was aged in oak and very much resembles a wine. points for originality but not a personal favorite.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2006
"French oak chardonnay barrels", eh? I smell it once the cork comes out. Lovely pale amber color, nearing orange, completely cloudy, witha thick, sturdy snowy cushion of foam above. Potent aromatics, screaming sour from afar....on closer inspection, yup, that’s tart, with citrus and spice squeaking in...deep, heady stuff....beautiful. Sourness is the main game in the mouth, blasting the tongue, then fading gently. Bracingly tart. Then smooth, but never releasing the hold of the tart, accompanied by some fruit and a bit of spice. Nice. Full-bodied and fresh. Zesty, snappy, tangy...quite an accomplishment, matching the quality of Belgian ales so well that if you didn’t know, you’d swear this bottle crossed an ocean. Fine and mellow, this tempting ale. Delightful. Delicious. D’lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 5, 2006
12oz corked bottle. Pours a light golden yellow color, slightly cloudy, with a medium sized pure white head that slowly dissipates to leave nice lacing. Aroma is all about the funk, with sour cherries, leather, honey, white grapes, and a hint of dry wood. Flavor is more subdued than the aroma would lead one to expect. Fair amount of dry woodyness, malt, touch of honey. Light palate with fairly evident carbonation. Finish is rather dry, clean, with a subtle but tangible bitterness. A very nice and interesting beer. The aroma is very intense and interesting, however the flavor doesn’t quite deliver on the aroma’s promise. Still, a beer worthy of distinction.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 May ’08 rating. 3L bottle shared by Blake. Hazy orange body, small white head. Horsey, grapefruit rind aroma. The flavor adds a nicely complex acidity to a basic pale malt base. Very good stuff - it has a complex acidity instead of the usual one-dimensional sourness found in most American sour ales. Previous - 8 4 7 3 14 Bottle, 5/05 batch. Pours a clear dark golden body with a big foamy head that dies down ot a thin creamy layer. Nice lacing. Great aroma - hits two distant points of the flavor spectrum with powder sugar and acidic grapefruit and silage unified by light wood. Lambic-y tartness but nowhere near as complex or strong. Straight-up acidity over pefumy, floral light malt. The beer deserves a good score but doesn’t excite me a whole lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle: Dirty straw in color, very cloudy and thick, large white pillowy head, fairly nice lacing.   Tart nose, notes of oak and pixi stix, somewhat candy sweet.   Soft sour tongue, softer than I expected.   Subtle sweetened oak, with a slight twang on the exit.   Lingering sourness, somewhat dry.   Much like a Gueuze but not as sharp or dry.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Good, but not as good as I expected.   I was thinking Girardin Black Label when I first got a whiff of this one, but its not as brash.   Those that like a lighter Gueuze will probably like this one more than I.   Good, but not as aggressive as I like.   Thanks Stephen for the bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
Plenty of oak, honey and pear-like fruitiness spiked with a tartness and plenty of brett in the aroma. The barnyard funk is reserved and yet definitive. Hazy blonde body is topped by a low, fine bubbled, white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Funky barnyard flavour has plenty of fruitiness - apples, pears, pineapples, grapes are accentuated by woody, leafy, herbal, haylike hops with a light but lasting acidity in the long dry finish. Medium body is very dry with soft texture and fairly light carbonation. Sampled on the PA trip 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Exceptionally tart barrel-aged Belgian...very spritzy...almost dancing on your tongue. Big sour, yeastiness...with typical earthy notes and weird Belgian sour/tartness. Wine barrel makes itself known mainly in the oaky finish. Funky but fun!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2005
12.7 oz (375 mL) corked brown bottle from Monk’s Café, Philadelphia, PA. Oak barrel aged batch no. 001. ABV 7.25%. Hazy orange hued blond ale having no discernable head. Average carbonation. Light fruity aroma. Light-to-medium bodied that starts dry with light fruitiness and tiny sweet malt. Finishes dry and clean with light oak wood flavor. Very nice blond ale, similar to a Belgium golden ale but lighter in flavor and complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
A sweeter smelling sourness that is malty upfront with sour hints in the back. Light straw and hazy in color, with slight head. Flavor is light at first then develops into a complex 1 minute absorbtion into this beer. For the first second it seem like a really light beer then the rich malts and tartness come in and linger. Neeeeeeed some more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7990) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
This golden ale poured with a fluffy white head, eliciting a sharp hoppy aroma. The flavor is of lemon, apples and grapes, with a tart white wine finish. This is a very pleasant and satisfying drink.

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