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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 brewmasterís 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.

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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5077) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Thanks to Odeed for this bottle - pours a slightly hazy golden color with a well-retained, foamy head - complex, earthy aroma of orange peel, banana, apple, vanilla, some yeast and pastry-like sweetness, and a subtle funkiness in the background - very soft on the palate - mildly sweet up front, with all the fruits from the aroma making appearances - this is followed by some medium-dry, herbal and hoppy qualities - a mild vanilla and clove flavor throughout - peppery finish, with just a hint of alcohol warmth arriving quite late - this is a great beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Gold hazy color Ė white medium head -nose yeast, green apple, bright - yeast, sour apple Ė champagne body Ė aftertaste slightly bitter, yeast

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Aroma of yeast and cobwebs as the cork is removed, giving way to pear as it pours, with huge banana coming out as it warms. Appears a clear golden-yellow with noticeable effervescence, and with a huge frothy white head that reduces but does not dissipate. Flavor is supremely balanced, with sweet honey as it strikes the tongue, soft bitter hops in the middle, and a clove and peppery spice at the finish. Palate is dry but not too dry, and very refreshing. Overall, an excellent brew and one which I am very happy to have tasted.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Courtesy of Pailhead, another bottle from whom I donít recall right now. Golden with minimal head. Aroma has a huge skunk character, which I am not a fan of, but offset by residuel sugar and grassy hops. Reading other reviews, maybe this bottle had too much sun, who knows. Flavor again has all kinds of residuel sugar and floral hops. Skunk sort of fades away. Finishes very dry.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 <i> 750ml bottle - Batch 006</i>: Lemon blonde pour with a huge, creamy head. Leaves fantastic, sticky, spider web lacing. The nose is slightly sour with a lemony orange sweetness and fresh bread note. The body is sticky and fruity - apples, pear - lush, creamy mouthfeel. The body dries out in the finish. Very good. 4

<i>750ml - Batch 40</i>: The yeast doesn’t seem as springy as the earlier batch I had. Somewhat deadened, the esthers aren’t as punchy. Still, a solid example that shows some nice depth with the malt and yeast interplay. 3.6

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle at the Vine (San Diego) Sweet and fruity, a bit syrupy. Nice strong golden color with a cloudy head. Complex flavors and noticable hops for a belgian. Finishes of pears and lemons, Strangely dry at the end... makes it refreshing with a slight warming.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlySwatter (34) - USA - JUL 11, 2006
Nice strong golden ale. Good color and head retention. Fruity aroma and flavor with a dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Big time pear and banana aroma ,some alcohol quickly comes and goes, cloudy dark gold, ,big floppy head, taste is much the same, high carbonation , hops are merely backing, just a touch of sweetness ,this is all about the perky fruit esters, with none of the typical Belgian yeast aftertaste,Kingpin youíd like it, it doesnít have the hot dog juice taste you despise in Belgians

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2110) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Batch 007 Pours a bright gold that continues to roll up bubbles from the base of my duvel tulip to the top curve of the glass with a cloud like sticky mass of foam. Very crisp nose of pear or red apples with a plowed field yeast level that Iím really digging on this 4th of July as I listen to Johnny cash follow Leonard Cohen and relax. Thick sweet flavor of banana, pear, light orange note, then it dries up in the finish leaving a great bitter taste and a touch of yeast. Lemon flavor is nice and enjoyable here, there are a lot of flavors poking their turtleheads out here, but it all works together in harmony. Now there is a cut from that monstrosity of an album called st. anger, what the fuck were they thinking with that drum sound? These are mostly the same guys that did ride the lightning, what happened? This makes me think of blueberry pancakes for some reason. Iím really enjoying this, now I know why TAR was pissed I didnít call him when I found this bottle on my last road trip, this is damn good. Sorry about that, Jeff, Iíll try harder in the future. This gets better the as I drink it, the flavors become more distinct, a grassy taste emerges. Nothing like a good beer and some tunes to relax with and contemplate how Italy could beat Germany at the last minute like that, it was stunning, and I thought for sure I would see a shoot out to decide it. Oh well, to the numbers. Ap-5 ar-8 tas-8 pal-4 ov-18

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
From a 750 ml. caged cork brown bottle with a blurb and serving instructions on the right side/back of label, batch number 009. Made a good appearance, poured a hazy orange hued golden with a frothy white head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, good carbonation. Had a nose of bananas, pears, citrus and spicy alcohol, very Belgium. A crisp, dry, slightly slick and carbonated smooth, more light than medium bodied mouthfeel, very good drinkability. Nicely yeasty and malty taste with a quick hop bitterness, bananas, pear fruity, morning melons and lightly citric, spicy with a earthy hop bitterness that is quick and fleeting, and a good dry yeasty and malty finish. The alcohol provides a good warmth in the palate and is well blended and masked. I thought this was a very enjoyable Belgian strong pale ale, balanced tasting and dangerously quaffable.


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