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RATINGS: 1123   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 16/20
beastiefan2k (3278) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 375ml cork and wire bottle, Batch 001. Used St. Sebastiaan small tulip glass. Pours with some lacing, very cloudy yellow. Cannot see through the beer. The smell is potent. The beer is silky smooth in your mouth wherein the rougher edges of a beer are dulled by the chardonnay taste. Goes down very smooth. Feel a slight warming feeling at the bottom of mt throat. Tastes of sourness tickle the sour censors on my tongue. 8/4/7/3/16

Re-rate: batch 003, shared by JB. Completely murky with a thick golden color. Aroma is very dry floral brettiness. Taste is more floral and citrus brett. Well. its glorious brett. 8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 From Bottle, Batch 001 and Batch 002. Extremely difficult to pour because the amount of fermentation that erupted from the bottle upon opening it was ridiculous. When it finally settled in my glass, it was a transaparant apple juice color with a thick, tightly bubbled, borderline creamy looking, white head. Green apple rinds, pineapple, and lemon blend together in an acidic, farmhouse funky bouquet. A sublty sweet pear and apple toffee aroma also wafts from beneath. Very acidic initial burn on the tongue, but it then develops into the creamy, yogurty, vinous goodness that is a testament to this unique craftsmanship. Clean, oaky finish. Exceptionally dry, and brilliantly layered in oak, grape, and funky brett complexities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Bottle from DarkElf. Hazy yellow-orange body, medium spritzy off-white head. Aroma rife with tropical or semi-tropical fruits (pineapple, lemon) in addition to white grape, esters, brie cheese rind, and musty oak. Sharp pineappley body, slightly puckering, with a strong acidic, lemony bite followed by a long tannic finish. White wine characteristics are prevalent. Nice balance of sweet and dry flavors. A solid sour beer but doesn’t rise to the status of Supplication.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Pours Pale golden hazy color with nice white head but disappear quikly to leave a fine lace that stick to the edge of the glass. Strong brett nose with some oak perfum. Flavors are more quiet than aromas but it is a nice play between malt, acidity and fruitiness (pear & grapefruit). The grapes are also pretty evident which brings more complexity and depth to this beer. Too bad I only had a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - MAR 13, 2006
I thought this was pretty damn tasty...reminded me a bit of jp bam biere. Pours a cloudy honey and has a decent sized white head. Aroma is sour yeast...bret, sweet fresh fruit, and wood. Flavor is similat...but much more winey/champaigny grape flavor...and a bunch of yeast funk. The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and very carbonated.

   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 (5640) - 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 (22759) - 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!!

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