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RATINGS: 1097   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 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 (7682) - 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 (3892) - 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.

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