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RATINGS: 1474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Totally not my type of beer. I wil not lie, this is a more biased rating, but for what it was the beer was very well made. Very nice aroma and fruity, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Tap in Philly area. Hazy amber. Aroma is belgian yeast and spiciness. Tasted pears, bananas, peppery spices, and the whole thing bordered on the sour. It was quite good to my unrefined mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle. Aroma is oak with a blend of spices. Pours a clear orange body with thin head retaining. Flavor is slightly oak with spices of corriander and subtle fruit tones. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2007
(Batch 12) This is a nice ale that covers all the bases. Good level of CO2. Complex, but I wish it were a bit drier. The sweetness keeps this from being a show stopper in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2007
(Bottled, 0.75l, 7.75% ABV) Deep golden color with a largeish, foamy and lacy head. Strongly grassy-hoppy aroma with neutral maltiness and hints of honey. Yeast smooths out the hops, making the aroma a bit dull. Grassy-hoppy flavor with balancing, sweetish and fruity maltiness. Yeast brings in lots more honey and fruit, but again, kills the hops. Medium-bodied, neutral, smooth-carbonated and quite refreshing palate. Although quite straightforward - not much more than a stronger, maltier pils - it’s a pretty enjoyable one, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours gold with a generous lasting white head. Smells of bananas, citrus, some herbal qualities in the background. Tastes of bananas, coriander, peppery hops and random spiciness. Finish is light and tingly. Maybe it’s because this is a follow up to a great beer, but this didn’t pack the punch most of their other offerings do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
On tap @ Stone Bistro in Escondido. Maybe I expected too much from this beer, but it didn’t think it was anything too special. Medium gold with a thin white head. sweet aroma. Flavor was light and uninteresting. This was my first Russian River beer, and i was expecting a lot more. Not a bad beer, but doesn’t measure up to great Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
nice fruity, spicy yeast aroma. Pours golden yellow, floaties, slightly cloudy. Smooth sweetness. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
Hazy gold with a fizzy head. Nice spice aroma. Peppery flavour. It is a nice Golden Ale but fell short of style leaders. I found the body a little light and the flavour a little flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 9 Liter batch 20 at Ham’s 2nd Anniversary party, exceptional. On tap at the Live Wire in San Diego, CA. Cloudy straw color with a small thin head. The nose is light and sweet with a typical belgian ale scent. The taste was dissappointing with much more feeling of a belgian wheat then a belgian strong. Possibly influenced by having Pliny the Elder first.

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