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RATINGS: 1153   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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4.3
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2006
375 mL bottle. Clear golden color with nice, lasting head. The aroma is extremely barnyardy with bret and sourness. The flavor is pretty funky with a pithy bitterness and sourness from the barrels and bacteria. It’s a bit like the aftertaste of a bite of grapefruit. Nice medium body to go with all the funk. Great beer.

3.9
sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Small white head, good retention, thin lace is lasting in a thin sheet around my tasting glass. Hazy, gold hued brew light orange glow. Nose if fruity, woody with notes of apple and lime, spicey baby. Light bodied with a prickly carbonation, quenching. Wood notes up front, lightly acidic and groovily Bretty. Notes of caramel hidden in the background, pleasently barnyardy and fruity. Alot going on here. Finish is dry, tart. Neat brew. Props to awaisanen for the trade! You rock man! I,d also like to thanks SDbruboy for the bottle he recently sent me. I plan on aging this one a little. Thanks Cliff!

3.9
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.

4.5
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, that’s 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? It’s freakin awesome. I’m 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. I’ve 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!

3.5
Ungstrup (37674) - 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.

3.2
SDalkoholic (2393) - 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.

3.8
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, 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.

4.8
DocLock (10702) - 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.

3.8
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

3.1
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.


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