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RATINGS: 1405   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Cloudy pale yellow body. Belgian yeast like flavours. Banannas, and what I have come to find is corriander. Sweet fruity aroma and taste. A bit on the thin side. Iím just not feeling the belgian thing with this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours clear gold in color with a fluffy medium white head that quickly diminishes to thin. Initial aromas of grain, bananas, corriander and dare I say a little mustard in the background. Flavors are apple, pear and some spice. Pretty mild tasting. Carbonated and fairly thin mouthfeel. A touch of alcohol and bitterness in the finish. Overall not bad tasting but a little too carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Dark cloudy phenolic brew. alcohol heat with a rich nose. Easy going palate very fruity and decent fuity phenol finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Beer pours a murky, light-diffusing medium gold color with a large, white, frothy, mostly diminishing head. Itís quite attractive. The aroma is complex, dry and earthy: Malty and heavy with delicate roasted-grain notes; lightly hoppy with the aroma of clean, dry straw and green apple; moderately weighty esters of banana and under-ripe pear and a moderately heavy note of coriander and pepper. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter with an average-length, lightly bittersweet finish. The palate is luxurious. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is watery, the carbonation is soft and thereís a touch of alcohol warmth at the end. Damn :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8527) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Thanks to Secret Santa for this one. It poured hazy dark straw with a medium white head. The aroma was bready malty, with honey, hopcit, sour pear and apple, fruit. The flavor was on the dry side, and very fruity, with a big mid-palate coriander/floral/spicy element. I got a lot of Bartlett pear and Granny Smith apple aroma and flavor from this one. Wonderful complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Hazy golden ale with a thin white head. Intense orange peels in aroma with light pear notes. Crisp wheat malt in mouth, with coriander and orange notes, souring in mouth. Medium bodied. Russian River Beer Revival & Barbecue Cook-Off, August 20, 2005. On tap.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Batch 6. Wow. Thereís a lot going on here. I donít like to go overboard w/ "burnt cherries with a hint of clover and sassafrass" comments, but this has a bunch of different flavors. Smokey, citrusy, nutty, oaky, spicy alcohol flavor. I usually donít like this type of beer, but for the style, this is a VERY good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2006
On tap at the Liarís Club in San Diego. A great interpretation of a Belgian Strong Ale. Fruit notes to the aroma, a slightly cloudy, golden-hued libation with a nice rocky bright white head that left a great deal of fine lacing on the glass. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Batch 003. Pours hazy yellow with zero head. Great aroma that is spicy, medicinal, yeasty, earthy with vanilla and eucalyptus. Tart in flavor with citrus, pear, banana, yeast and some farmhouse funkiness. Finishes sweet, bitter and spicy. A bit undercarbonated and light in body for my tastes. Still, another bold American interpretation from this most excellent brewery.

   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.

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