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RATINGS: 1474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Batch 007. Poured a golden color with a very nice head and lots and lots of lacing. Aroma was excellent, bananas, apples, yeast, and candi sugar. The flavor was off, pretty highly hop-loaded and out of character for a Belgian Strong that was thin on the malts (more like a Belgian Ale). Funky American wheat flavors come out as it warms. Where is the banana in the flavor? So much in the aroma. Mouthfeel was acidic. Again, the hops are just too strong. This a bad American twist to a Belgian beer - no good. Maybe if there was an American-Butchered-Belgian-Medium-Ale category this would be tops of the class. Blah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
A pleasant, spicy BSA - not too bitter or too strong, and easy-to-drink beer. Thin, quickly fading head over a cloudy yellow body. Yeasty, and strong malt character. Fruity flavors abound - yup, banana is there, and overall it is quite pleasant, even though it seems slightly out of balance, and even a little bit bland for Russian River. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2006
6/6/6 Day -- Cloudy pale golden body with a large white head. Great aroma, nice banana accents from the yeast as well as other light fruits. Nice body, heavy on the carbonation. Malts are present with nice woody tones. Dry ending, that’s lightly spiced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
Cloudy yellow with a little head. Lace. Yeasty aroma, not substantive. Aggressive carbonation. Taste is delicate yeasty, tad of grain, crisp, and satisfying.Moderate bitter aftertaste. No sign of alcohol, a mild amount of other fruit such as per. 6 ounces at Mondial 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a full white head and a good amount of lacing. Aroma contains a lot of fruitiness banana), some spices, some yeast, malts and a splash of hops. Flavors are yeasty, sweet malts and a bit of bittering hops to balalnce things out. Really smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty and very drinkable. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3845) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden body with moderate carbonation and a decent white frothy head. Very pleasant and complex malty/hoppy aroma that carries various notes of bread, yeast, and fruits. Taste is robust and hides the alcohol pretty well. It ends with a long and fairly warming finish. Damn good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
Thanks to madsberg for bringing this fantastic beer along for my first (hopefully not last) and never forgettable train tasting. Unclear golden body, with a beautiful white head; Hugh deep complex and incredible nose: citrus, overripe apple, overripe banana, some white bread and a little yeast; Huge, balanced, strong body with a great and perfect carbonation, soft and sharp at the same time; Into long buttery finish with fresh apple, orange peel, earthy spicy, some bread and a little grain. Simply amazing! I could drink so much more of this beer, which is one of the best balanced American beers I ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
Bu au Mondial de la bière 06. Blonde avec beaucoup d’effervescence, collet moyen. Arome de malte assé présant. Bon goût de malte riche, un peu amère.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
Robe blonde voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui persiste. Arômes de malt caramel, d’épices et de levures. Saveurs de malt caramel, de houblon amérisant, d’épices et de levures.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. The aroma is cheesy, has lots of yeast and notes of pears and apples. The flavour is heavily of fruit - pear sweetness, yeasty, and some alcohol warmth. Nice. Sampled this on a train from Brewday at Ølfabrikken to Københavnske Øldage 2006 on May 19, 2006. Thanks Madsberg.

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