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RATINGS: 1459   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo (599) - 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 y’know? This isn’t 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 can’t quite nail down and pears. There’s 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. There’s 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 it’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Poured a cloudy light yellow with an effervescent white head. Nice fruity aroma. Flavor is dry and well hopped, with a finish that really is nice and avoids being overly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2007
bottle. hazy apricot pour with thick foamy white head. yeasty wheat aroma with hints of spice, fruit and musk. lively, smooth, fresh and crisp. mildspice, earthy and organic. yeast rounds. nice fruit. great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Smells wit-like and has a ligh golden yellow color. Full palate with medium carbonation. Very light sour flavor with spices, yeast, and lemon zest. Slightly funky aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Pours a lightly hazed straw amber color with an inch of white head. Nice webby lacing and solid head retention. Lightly tart and fruity aroma, not as tart smelling as Sanctification however, and not really funky at all. Again, the flavor is not as tart as Sanctification, but the tartness is definately there. So is a floral hop presence and a mild cheesy-yeastiness in the finish. Nice bready malt profile with some alcoholic heat in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Sampled a few times recently, including on draft at Capone’s and bottled at the Monk’s cafe RR dinner 1/23/07. Hazy yellow-orange. Earthy aroma, with notes of hops, citrus and clove. Interesting flavor, with yeast, wheat and spice. Interesting interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Got some light oak in the aroma.Pours a light copper with a huge white head.Flavors are of light sourness and a hint of spices.Alittle thin with some spice in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3512) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Poured a light gold; very opaque, with visible sediment. Earthy-hoppy aroma; citrus; malt; fruity; floral. Flavors were subtle, but complex. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Yeast, some fruit, sweet malt, some ending bitterness. Not overly impressed, but was enjoyable.

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