RATINGS: 1151   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
05 vintage. 375mL bottle, courtesy of MrDick. Hazy golden orange color with a thin film of white head. Vinous tones with a heavy brett presence in the aroma. Mildy horsey flavors with some fruit esters (apricot, apple) and a large tannic component. Residual oaky astringency in the finish with mouthcoating brett and a pleasing sourness. Mouthfeel is rather light, very dry and wine-like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
I could not stop myself from muttering over and over again...oh wow this beer is good. Yes, thats what I told myself at the Vine in OB, SD. Not the first time I had it either, but I got the Happy Hour deal on it and I surely was happy. One word: pears. My lasting impression was almost entirely pears, maybe a little peach if I want to allow for some room there. But not obnoxious or overly fruity. I agree with the producers own description - the semblence in nose and even taste is all white wine, and specifically, chardonnay. And you know what? Its freakin awesome. Im not a big wine guy, but the complexity and depth of flavor stages in this beer is really something one must try to truly appreciate. Ive had other beers aged in chard casks (Petrus), but this is different. This is special. This is the stuff of legend, as I almost expect Pan himself to traipse around and pour the nectar of revelry down mine own throat! Was that too over the top? Anyway, my god this is good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (36498) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2006
A hazy orange beer with a lazing white head. The aroma is sweet yeasty combined with notes of wheat and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with an acidity from the wheat, combined with notes of yeast and alcohol. It has a rather nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Wow did this ever sell fast off the shelves of BevMo. Not even a week later and all of them are gone. The beer is a hazy blonde that has a lively carbonation topped by thin layer of film. Aroma is strong with alcohol that resembles a fine merlot or sangria wine. The beer is like no other beer i have before because of how similar to a wine it is. Slight notes of wood are found in the taste but an overwhelming serving of alcohol and sour fruit that gives my tastebuds a shock. Could of fooled me as being a Flemish sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11655) - Sborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2006
Bottled, courtesy of sk8viking: Light yellow coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Sweet, fruity and light tarty aroma. Flavour is light acidic. Is quite grapish and light fruity. Quite complex. Medium body. Is sour and acidic in the end. Delicious beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (10471) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Big thanks to DaveCooks for this one. The pour is hazy layered dark straw/deep golden color with a great 2-finger white fluffy head. The aroma is Bretty, with that oaky funk common to gueuzes, plus some citrus (orange zest, lemon) and honey malts, plus floral dry spices and coriander. Complex aroma. The flavor is tart, very gueuzy, but with more sweetness in the apricotty oaky fruit, white wine grape, and citrus components (more citrus than fruit). The palate is dense and extremely complex, and the beer retains a tart citric frutiness as it warms, alond with the dry floral spiciness. This beer was so good it was all I could do not to chug the whole damned thing! This one is worthy of a top 50 slot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a hazy orangey golden with a creamy, white head leaving a neat lacework. Very pleasant, lightly tart Brett aroma. Medium-bodied, dry and lightly malty with distinct, tart Brett accents. Very refreshing. 210506

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle #1. Hazy yellow colour with a white head. Dry acid, citrus fruity, wood aroma and taste, hoppy. Medium to full body with a very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle. Batch # 1. Hazy golden coloured with a white head. Acidic aroma of grapes, spices and fruits with notes of wood. Light acidic flavour of grapes, wood and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2006
Thanks, Ren for sharing this one. Nice hazy golden-yellow beer with small white head. Aroma is fine and refreshing, it has subtile lactic and citric sensations allong with hints of flower bloossems and hints of Greek Yoghurt. The more complex aromas come from the woody caracter of the barrels. It has a tart edge with a smooth vanilla accent. The taste is crisp, well ballanced and has a complex refreshing lambik like souriness. It is light to medium boddied but this great brew has so much to offer. The spectrum of the taste sensations is so wide and goes from a light maltyness over some noble wood to lactic yoghurt, sour fruits like (Duindoorn), vanilla, ripe rubarb, lemon zest and some honey. This is what ballance is all about.

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