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RATINGS: 1456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle courtesy of irishboy!!! Pours a hazy golden color, with a medium pillowy off white head. Aroma is yeast, citrus, straw, slight banana. Flavor is pale malts, yeast, fruit, pepper. Palate is medium bodied, highly crabonated, smooth, bitter finish. Nice one for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2007
750ml corked bottle. Bananas & citrus in the nose. Medium golden in color with tons of carbonation.Little head. Yeasty & citrus on the tongue. Lively & active on your palate. Lingers on your tongue like a chubby in fourth grade math glass. One of the best belgian blonds to date . loved it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
On tap at the brewery. I think some Belgian beer makers wish they could brew a Belgian this good. Aromas of citrusy fruits, a little grassy and some apricots. Appearance was yellow, clear with a nice head. Flavors were light, fleshy fruits with some yeast character, slightly peppery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice solid rendition of the style. Slight spicy taste to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Batch 003 - served in a Damnation Tulip. The aroma was fruity and bready with a citrusy and pineapple character after first being poured. Some candy sweetness was notable and a light earthy pepper spice. The beer was lightly hazy golden with a white lowish head which did last to lace the glass. The flavor was fruity and nicely bittered with a strong presence of peppery spice. The flavor was earthy and coupled with a light candy caramel worked well to achieve a nice balance. The bittering was actually quite high, but not overdone in the least. The flavor had a bready component and some pineapple. The beer was medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation. A really nice Belgian Strong Golden, great out of the bottle or on draft. 750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Sample from 750 ml corked bottle. Hazy yellow colour with a mostly lasting fizzy white head. Dry, yeasty, lightly acidic aroma and flavours. Flavour also adds citrus and other fruits. Medium bodied, dry and fizzy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (870) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 sample at pub. Another solid beer that isnít as complex as the others but still drinkable. There was definetly a sour apple in this one. Re-Rate: Bottle. Pours yellow/gold witha nice sized white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, banana. Taste is same as aroma but with a bit of spice and hop thrown in as well. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo (598) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Crystal clear golden yellow with a thick sudsy head. The aroma is rather delicate and fruity. I can smell apples and lemons and kiwi. The flavor is equally delicate and fruity. More of that apple and some pear. I have come to expect better from Russian River Brewing, but yíknow? This isnít half bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 16, 2007
750ml bottle, batch 003 Pours a slightly cloudy, golden hued straw color with a one finger head. The head fades fairly quickly to a soapy cap, and thick ring, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace. Smell; lots of tropical fruits, with mangoes, pineapple and some citrus that I canít quite nail down and pears. Thereís a bit of cloves and yeast, as well as some mid spices. Taste; as with the nose, this is dominated by the fruits, with the mangoes, pineapples, pears and citrus. The spiciness is a bit more noticeable in the flavor, and the cloves are very present as well. Thereís a bit of a bitterness in the finish, as well as a bit of a drying effect. After a while the spices and fruity flavors become a bit of a burden for me, and make this a little hard to finish Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a light carbonation it almost comes off a bit lighter. Very smooth and easy to drink, but for me itís almost a little too fruity, otherwise this is a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Pours a bright gold, very clear, with a tall white head. If Duvel were fruity, slightly less dry, and had a slight sour finish they would be brothers. Great malt base with a pineapple and pear fruitiness with a nice herbal hop finish.

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