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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Pale straw yellow color, totally clear, with big pure white head. Aroma is tart, yeasty, slightly funky, hints of applesauce, pear, honey. Flavor is sharp, slightly acidic, notes of bananna, honey, malt, with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Simple, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2006
750cc bottle, batch #05 opened 21 Dec. 05. Pours a clear colden color with a humongous head even with a delicate pour. Fine carbonation bubbles, head is long lived, breaking down sporadically and leaving a dense deafoam lacing. Aroma is pleasant, lightly fruity with earth/musty notes. Lighter bodied with very active carbonation dancing across the palate. Moderately hopped bitterness, slightly drying, earthy. Slight sour/tart notes mix well. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Somewhat Duvel-like in it’s clean, slightly spicy flavors. Thin in the initial pour and even with the yeast pour. Somewhat fruity (apple), though relatively understated. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
tap at Zeitgeist. Pours with a fairly light color and a decent head. Aromas of fruit, bread and yeast. Very pleasant and strong. Flavor of a typical Belgina ale, again full of fruit and doughiness. Medium bodied with a pleasant bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2005
on tap at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. Hue - clear, yellow hay, a minimal creamy-white head that sulks around the rim. lacing. Aromas of mild citrus and florals. Flavors - foral, citrus and sharp bites of golden apples. an echo of bitterness in the finish. little carbonation - (flat). not complex but sweet and crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Clear yellowish amber. Thick full white head. Nice sweet belgian banana aroma. It seems fairly one-dimensional but still very nice. Some hidden complexities. Very sweet lavender. A bit fizzy. Some nice apple, belgian yeast, nice malty sweet character. Some biting bitter grapefruit notes. Pretty good overall flavor. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Clear but slightly hazy golden. Aroma was spiced pears and apricot. Light fruit flavors up front with a dry earthy hopped finish, slightly oaky. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Thanks, JCapriotti. The aroma is lemony and floral with a light overripe pear. The appearance is a murky straw colored body with a thin head and so-so lacing. The flavor is decent. Spicy cloves and pears with some lemons. The palate is dry and medium bodied. 8, 3, 7, 3, 14 = 3.5
Rerate: Batch 12. Pineapple and yeasty aroma. Aged brie cheese. The flavor is yeasty and pineapples with lots of fruity pale malts. Lots of tart lightly acidic carbonation. Nice yeasts but clean palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle, batch #5. Clear golden body under a thin white head. Lots of carbonation. Tangy aroma - beets, beef bullion, and a toasty caramel malt. Lots of puckery tannin-y flavors along with rhubarb in the flavor. Basic cookie malt underneath, finishes with musty hop leaf and bark. An interesting set of flavors in this guy but they’re not working for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Kind of nice, subdued aroma. Has a cloudy, yellow-orange color, with a little head that quickly dissapates. OK, somewhat bitter flavor. Kind of light body, with ample carbonation. Not too bad.

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