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RATINGS: 1411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle shared with a bunch of fine folks. Yeasty, spicy, alcohol, soft aroma. Hazy yellow, small white head. Really nice soft spice, lemon, alcohol taste. Wonderful example of the style. Tastes a little stronger than the 7%. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6293) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev, DougShoemaker, R and others - blankboyís bottle. Cloudy yellow with a large pillowy white head, pretty much exactly what youíd want it to look like (4+). Bang on-style aroma, blended spices, sweet fruity malt, tangy yeast, lemon zest .. even has a hint of sourness on warming. Taste follows the nose, more alcohol evident, some light graininess to the malt, a welcome black pepper and yeast bitterness brings balance to the finish. The body is a little light, but it works well - mouthfeel is lightly astringent and juicy, very smooth but not a shy and retiring blond belgian. Excellent - very easy to drink, excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Batch 8 poured a cloudy golden body with a pretty large pillowy head. It was poured into its official glass. Amazing lacing, possibly better than Orval. Like some others, this reminded me of Duvel. But.. this also has a fairly fruity aroma. The spices are there, the pepper is there. The balance is there. Now add a fruit complexity and a lower pricetag. Hmmm. I even picked up a small hop presence, I think itís the same variety as the (I)IPA. I got a small tinge of alcohol in the finish, which was my only complaint. This brewery is still invincible based on what Iíve had though..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - MAY 10, 2006
An excellent golden Belgian style ale, perhaps the best clone of Duvel Iíve had. Probably better than the original. Not as bananny as I was expecting, with actually some sweet citrus notes present. Very good, and definitely lives up to Russian Riverís reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2006
750-DLD06. thanks to who brought this beer to the gathering. Golden orange with a nice fluffy white head that lasted the entire length of the sample. Some sparse whispy lacing once in a while as well. citric, sour, light funk-estery and lightly yeasty. nice balanced body with light carbonation but lots of mouthfeal. Flavors are estery, yeasty, lightly funk (banyard) with some notes of peaches, white grapes and apple skins. Very nice and complex belgian from a brewery that I must get more of!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Excellent Belgian strong. Very fruity aromas and a dry finish that refreshes. I will just have to have another for a more descriptive commentary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Bottle from Monkís. Poured a hazy golden color body with a big foamy white head. Very nice aroma of sweet lemonade and mild dough. Flavors are a nice blend of mild yet sweet citrus, bananas, cloves, and bread. A very well done brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
warriorx99 (85) - USA - MAY 5, 2006
Bottled. I opened this by accident before it got very cold and just drank it warm and it was surprisingly good at near-room temperature. This beer has a nice cirtrusy aroma to it. Itís a medium body and goes down smooth with a sweet finish that stays at the tip of the tongue. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 4, 2006
750 mL Caged & Corked Bottle Light aroma of almonds, bitter orange peel, and fermented lemons in brown sugar. Pour of golden hued yellow, with percolating fine carbonation and a super silky foam of off-white. Flavor is a fairly standard Belgian Golden Strong to me, not deviating from the style too much. Lots of phenolic belgian yeasts, over bananas, dried papaya, backed with allspice, more lemons and candi sugars. Well constructed and highly drinkable! Finish has a smack of lightly tinged euro hops for balance. Well Done. Thanks Andy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (574) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 3, 2006
The Russian River: a great place to take your canoe and a great area to drink awesome beer. This seems to be the most popular item the brewery offers and rightfully so (though I suspect that if the Plinyís ever decide to fill bottles, then itíll be a close call as to what is more popular). Delicious from the bottle and especially delicious from the tap of a certain top-secret San Diego pub that has it in pints for $2 on Fridays! A bold Belgian strong ale thatíll hammer you flat if youíre not careful. Love it!

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