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In the great beer producing country of Belgium, some brewers have made it a tradition to give their beers an unusual name. Sometimes the name is curious, now and then it is diabolical and other times it is just plain silly. Damnation is our brewmaster’s interpretation of a Belgian style Strong Golden Ale. It has extraordinary aromas of banana and pear with mouth filling flavors of sweet malt and earthy hops. The lingering finish is dry and slightly bitter but very, very smooth.

Editor’s Note: this entry is for all batches EXCEPT batches 23, 46 and 69 see separate entry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2006
MN Ratebeer Winter Get Together. My first Russian River rating. Sour, fruity aroma. Hazy, pale yellow like a Belgian white. Nice lace. Very nice, fruity, wheaty, banana, effervescent. At only 7%, this was more like a Belgian White than a Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 27, 2006
(Draft. 03/2006) I thought I liked this beer more than I decided I really did. It isn’t a bad beer ... its just not ... well ... Belgian (OK. I’m a snob. I admit it. I have high standards). Spicy aromas with some fruitiness ... and hops. The flavor is of the same spiciness, with a fruity nose predominating even as you drink with phenols tending toward peppery (and maybe "meaty" though I was told I was crazy there) ... and hops. Palate wasn’t as full as I remembered and it ended up seeming a bit thin. Ultimately, this beer needs much more maturation time. It seemed green and almost harsh at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1808) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Sampled a pint of Damnation on draft. Golden appearance, malt body and elevated bitterness. Enjoyable Belgian style strong ale that had hoppy ale undertones to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle. Clear gold w white head seafoam. Apple, peach, apricot hop aroma! Spice fizzy tart alcoholic, a little acidic. Fresh, young! Coriander. Bright & sunny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2006
"Batch 007 Poured a lighter golden color with solid head and great lacing. Aroma was strong bananas, apple and candi sugar. Flavor was not what i expected, didn’t taste the stong banana aroma in there at all. Hops dominated not much maltyness to it. "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2006
Hazy golden colour with a white head. Spicy and yeasty aroma. Malty spicy flavor with some hints of yeast. Long spicy aftertaste with some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Sort of a Duvel-light. Gold color. Large white head. Heavily carbonated. Dry, chalky, and a light, sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 12, 2006
Yeast and dust in the nose, hazy light gold color, fluffy white head. Creamy malt with hints of apples and a flowery note too. Yeast and peppery spice end. Soft texture and a good balance. Thanks Saarlander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2006
A tasty beer. Not goin crazy over it but certainly quite tasty. I am hard to please in the belgian department, so this does alright. All of the flavors do go well together for a tasty beer. Has the typical sweet yeasty banana flavor of a belgian

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2006
On tap at the Tap House in Norfolk. Clear golden pear colored; light layer of foam. Nice perfume of honeysuckle and clover. Yummy melony banana with some lemon at the end. Light carb and medium light body; a little tart. Pretty damn good for a light Belgian and American to boot.

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