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RATINGS: 1407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3351) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, 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 (568) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Sampled at the Dark Lord/Hampton Inn tasting 06. Good and clear. Golden with lots of snowy white head and lace. Mild sugary and citrus nose. Lemony. Sarts of a touch sweet with a nice citrus sour middle and a dry finish. Fullish body. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2006
This one was a gusher, but it finally settled down so I could pour. Murky yellow-orange body, laden with sediment, thick but dissipating off-white head. Aroma of molding fruit (fermented pear and apple), white grape, spice (including clove) and a bit of bubblegum. Smells sweet but the body is a bit breadier than fruity, biscuity and estery with touches of pear, apple, and white grape playing off the dusty, toasty esters and lingering spice. I expected something sourer and funkier but Iím pleasantly surprised by how well constructed this relatively simple ale is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2006
On tap at Pizza Port (Solona). At first glance I donít know what to expect - looks like a lager - yellow with a good size fizzy head. One sniff and you know itís no lager. Aroma that reminds me of green apple Bubbís Daddy bubblegum from when I was a kid. Much more yeast in the taste along with green grapes, apple, and other light fruits. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
Damnation is a simple, yet delicious belgian style golden ale. Some banana flavors mix with citrus, and a fairly robust hop finish. Plus, itís on tap at my local pub for $2 during happy hour. Thatís right, 2 bucks. How you like that?

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