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RATINGS: 1095   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 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 (7554) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
375ml bottle in a trade with alanc - Thanks Alan! - Pours golden with a short white head that stays well and laces down the glass. Aroma is lemon, oak, pears, and yeast. Flavor is lemon, apple, yeast, oak, vanilla, many sour notes mixed with some oaky, vanilla sweetness. Palate is smooth and lighter in body. Very drinkable with a nice dry finish. Very nice brew that I’m very glad to have had the chance to try!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle courtesy of BuckNaked. Pours slightly hazy golden with wispy film for head. Coats the glass quite nicely though. Aroma full of lemon zestiness, pear or sour grape, and musty woodiness. Flavor is all over the place, again lemon and pear sourness up front. Lots of musty/farmhouse yeast flavors through the middle. Fades back to sour/tart mouth puckering finish. Just the right amount of carbonation. Lots of apple cider belches right now, sorry. Aroma hurts the score a litle but this is a fine treat nonetheless. Thanks again Matt!!

   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 (3835) - 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 (7364) - 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 (979) - 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.

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