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RATINGS: 1118   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Beer pours cloudy, golden honey color with a well retained egg white colored head. Aroms is lightly sour with wonderful yeastiness, cobwebs and a bit of white wine aroma. Flavors are of light fruit, nice yeast and some wet wood. Mouthfeel is very smoth and well carbonated. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MLdragoon (14) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle. Orange/ amber and clowdy. Moderate sized white head quickly dissipates. Nose of champage and yeast. Dry with a subtle taste of fruit (peaches, lemon, mandarine orange). Initial bite subsides as the carbonation quickly fades giving way to a wine like aftertaste, oak becoming more aparent as the bottle finishes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Beautiful appearance - crystal clear, a nice peachish-light orange body, frothy head. Strong, sour nose - indeed very much like a dry white wine. Very dry, with a slight lip-puckering tartness. Too carbonated for me, actually, and it takes away from my enjoyment. A little thin in body, but overall pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Thanks to herbjones for the bottle - sparkling clear golden in color, with beautiful, thick white lace - lots of brett funkiness in the aroma, musty smells, oak and wine (of course) - champagne-like tartness starts things out - lots of funky, cheesy flavors from the brett - oak comes in big time, but the vinous character never makes a huge statement; it prefers to stay in the background - a little thin near the end - a nice, light, crisp ale - a welcome change for a barrel-aged ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (22315) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2006
Bottled. Hazy golden, firm head. Vinous, oaky nose. Dry and lightly acidic with medium body and soft mouthfeel. It has a light almondy yeast character with freshening citric acid on top of it. Oak is obvious throughout it all, but not overwhelming. This is art!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
God this is good. This is just friggin incredible. Beautiful to look at and to drink, and that my friends is a wonderful thing. Aroma floats around with notes of cherries, sourness, some chardonnay. Mouthfeel is soft. Flavors are just off the chart with some oak, the obvious chardonnay, with a tart finish I love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1564) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Beautiful slightly hazy golden-orange with a white head. Aroma of white wine, light brett/funk, champagne, lemon and slight alcohol. Pretty dry. Flavor has notes of wood, champagne, lemon, grass, hay, some brett, sourness, sweetness and grapefruit. Ends with a touch of saltiness and citric acidity. Medium bodied with moderate, spritzy carbonation. Very complex and well-put together. And made by an American brewer, very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10416) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. Batch 001. Pours hazy golden/orange with a medium thin and foamy ivory-colored head. Thick ring of lacing at the top of the glass, and spotty underneath. Tart, vinous aroma of chardonnay. Wine-like flavor, fruity and tannic. Oak is present, and there is some yeast in the background. The finish is zesty with tart fruit and a hint of sweetness. A unique beer to say the least, with some elements of a Lambic or Flemish Sour, yet still different enough to stand out. Refreshing and easy to drink too. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (10327) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
A sour beer that is drinkable and not hard on the palate owing to good malting. Woody taste in there-something akin to a acidic chardonnay. Minerals, apples, saison like spice. Horse aroma. I am glad I tried it however this is not the greatest beverage I have had as some others claim. Thanks for sending Hopsalot

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jayb0 (1122) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2006
I’m going to veer away from the crowd on this one. I found the chardonnay character to completely kill the beer and would advise brewers to avoid this idea. Distinct aroma of white wine and flavors of white wine. Bad combo imho. Go have a glass of white wine instead.

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