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RATINGS: 1151   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12633) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11849) - 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

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jayb0 (1183) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Im 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Recieved a bottle in a trade with Ernie. I shared this with hey_kevin. Number 2000! The color is dark gold with a white head. The aroma is definitely noticeable white wine along with oak and pineapple fruit. There is also some coconut with that definite tropical note. The taste is tart and subtle at the same time. There is some cranberry with some light pineaple. There are some oranges and vanilla. This is an amazingly well refined and light bodied beer. A big winner.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Many more thanks to kramer17801 for this beer. It poured a nice golden glassy color with a small and sustaining white foam top. Aroma comes off first with a wine tinted oak and some sourness is there as well. The palate comes off as crisp first off, very subtle at it, but very enjoyable. The bitterness expected in the palate did not come through as expected from the aroma. Likewise, there was only a slight sour funk left in the flavor. There is a slight flavor of lemon and spice in the beer, but its very subtle. This is not as an extreme of a flavor as Supplication, but is so well balanced and sublte, yet complex, it is hard not to like it. Im no wine fanatic, but I suspect this would be a great bridge between the two crafts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13566) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
On tap at Russian River Beer Revival & Barbecue Cook-Off, August 20, 2005. Blonde ale with a thin white head. Nice light cloves, coriander and orange peels in aroma, a bit lactic, pleasant. In mouth, light, spices, acidity coming well and very smooth hops. A good light belgian ale from a fine brewer! This was not aged.
Bottled one yr at same festival. Wonderful lactic horsblanket aroma , like a fine lambic. Crisp and tart in mouth, with nice alcohol smoothness, light sour apples, sharp and pleasing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Batch One, 375cc bottle. Pours a rather clear, medium amber color with an inch tall white head after pouring. The head slowly subsides but never fades out and leaves fantastic sheets of lacing behind. Aroma is pleasantly lambic-like. Full of Brettanomyces. Slight notes of white wine shine through along with hints of oak and tannins. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Moderate acidity, ample bitterness pair well with the slightly sour tastes of Brett. in action. Wonderfully crafted, a pleasure to drink.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Boutip (6214) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle (batch 1 drank in 2006): Poured a hazy/cloudy dirty yellow color ale with rather large white bubbly head with medium retention. Nose of farmhouse, chardonnay with a sourness resembling lambic. Taste is totally incredible with huge amount of farmhouse (there is probably a better word for this but it is the only I can think of right now), sour notes resembling a lambic and Brett, which is reminiscent of Orval. The Chardonnay barrel effect is maybe a bit too accentuated but still very interesting. Also, it might be a bit too acidic for my liking but it is still very much enjoyable. A more balance level of acid and this would have been a perfect score. Now, I just need to get my hand on some more of this.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3624) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2006
pours a murky dark yellow color. smells spicy. tastes smooth and fruity. like no other beer ive had. you can tell it was aged in oak and very much resembles a wine. points for originality but not a personal favorite.

4
   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, thats 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 didnt know, youd swear this bottle crossed an ocean. Fine and mellow, this tempting ale. Delightful. Delicious. Dlovely.


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