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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10480) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2006
Bottled: Yellow unclear. White dense head. Yeasty, sweet and woody brew. Has some fruitnotes. Spices are present but not dominant. Quite smooth and easy to drink. Ends on a sweet and spiced note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8094) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2006
Very pale gold with a little orange shine; disparate, very white head. I get some apricot, sugar, straw and faraway plywood. Sweet - but woody, very discreet. Finish is dry woody, like oak that’s nearly completely eaten out; also something distinctly vegetal. Quite sticky MF, well bodied, not really thick and a bit of alcoholwarming. Nice, but compared to the Supplication, extremely discreet, nearly shy. The balance, however, is near perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2510) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Nice deep orange color, fizzy white head. Nice, medium intense yeast dough nose. Grows in taste as it warms up, kumquats, grapefruit, koriander and lavender in taste with a nice peppery finish. Well balanced. Thanks a lot Saarlander for this treasure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Pours a lovely crystal clear golden color with a dusting of bubbly white head. Nose is fruity with subtle yeast undernotes. Hints of pear and faint alcohol. Flavor is clean as a whistle. with a grand fruity tartness and a subtle bitterness. Very crisp and cleansing. If you peeled the label off I’d swear it was one of belgiums finest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3900) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 On tap at the pub. Gold color with a white head. Hoppy pear aroma with a sweet hoppy taste. 7/3/7/4/13/3.4 2/28/06 Batch 001 750ml bottle, a gift from Vinnie and his cellar, at Enniskillen’s 2/11/12, Nose is light yeast, apricots, sweetness, and a bubblegum note. Crystal clear yellow orange with a small pale yellow head. Flavor is lightly sweet, fruity, with a very smooth, lightly sweet with a hint of bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2183) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Pours into the glass a violent bath of foam but forms a clear golden ale with only a thin layer of head. Aroma smells of a fine Belgian yeast lightly touched with fruit and spice. The drink is well carbonated and has a flavor of spice, yeast, pepper, pear and a perfect slicing of banana added. Its such a strong and firm golden ale for how light in appearance its density and color reveal it to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
On tap at RR brewpub 2/18/06. Poured a clear golden color with a nicely retaining white head. Good sweet aroma with banana and citrus zest. Flavor has a subtle complexity with notes of fruit, spices and a citrus tartness. Light body with a nice dry finish. Another good Belgium ale from Russian River.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (20166) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
Bottled. Clear golden. Complex aroma including grassy hops, deep malt and almonds. Sweet and very soft. The velvetty softness gives the aromatic flavours a lot of room. Low bitterness. Very Belgian in style, not pumped up with direct flavours, but more laid back, and with a wonderful malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle @ OMH-tasting
Like a sweet and hoppy Westmalle tripple. Full bodied, fruity some acidness, yeasty and long aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Batch 007. Pours slightly hazy gold with a gigantic head that leaves about three and a half coats of lacing. Amazing spicy and yeasty aroma, with banana, cloves, bread, and citrus. Flavor is even better than Duvel, though the middle is a little hot. It has all the spices of the aroma, along with some horseblanket, wheat, and extra cloves. The finish is dry and hopped perfectly (lightly). Very damned good.

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