whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 Bright golden body with tons of fine suspended particles. Looks dirty, but enticing. Later pours from other bottles have been very clear so this can definitely settle in the bottle. Nice big estery nose and some yeast and pepper qualities. Tart with moderate sweet notes, spicy hop character and subtle hops and bitterness. Round and complex in the vein of Duvel, although slightly sweeter. This is core beer. Another excellent beer from Russian River. Gets my vote for best American-brewed Belgian Strong Ale to date.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazed amber body, moderate head, well carbonated. Well spiced malty aroma, clove and slight woody tones. Malty palate, moderate spice. Dry spicey finish with a touch of citrus.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cooperstown. Clear pale yellow in color with a white head. Candi aroma. Smooth and malty flavor. Good beer. Interesting. Slight alcohol.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Stone 8th anniv bash. Gold-yellow with a decent white head, yeasty fruity aroma. Notes of banana, corriander, peach, yeast. Slight acidic finish is not overwhelming, otherwise dry in the back end and hides abv well. Nice beer to bring to the party.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005
750 ml bottle. Sparkling bright yellow, nice white head. Fantastic fruity aroma, notes of banana ad maybe a touch of clove. Flavors are very fruity, with a big dose of pale malts. Fizzy and malty. This is fantastic, and way way better than draft. Very authentic as well. Rating as noted.
Tap at Cooperstown. Pours clear pale yellow with a white head. Nice phenols/candi aroma. Flavor is smooth and malty. Slight alcohol and phenols. Decent.6-5-6-5-13
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a thin white head and not much lacing on the glass. Strong banana, light citrus and yeast as well in the aroma. Bready taste, some citrus, very dry and yeasty finish.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2006 Light gold hue, clear. Peaches, apricot, yeast, bread among other things in this sweet fruity beer with a little kick in the finish. Spicy overall, moderate to high sweetness, I actually like the yeast in this beer a lot! Good, proper crispness. Great stuff.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Batch 002, Sampled April 2005
As I pour this beer I get sharp fruity notes of pears and apples as well as a note that reminds me of wildflower nectar. The beer pours a lightly hazy gold color that is topped by a frothy three-finger thick pale head that is held aloft by a persistent carbonation. As I go in for a deeper smell of the aromatics I notice that the nectar quality of the aromatics has increased. There is also a light spicy quality to it that reminds me of orange peel, coriander, a hint of and ginger. The aroma is soft and floral yet has some astringent notes that one might pick up from a hearty flower on a weed.
As this beer hits my tongue for the first time it almost disappears because this beer is fairly soft and also because the carbonation causes it to foam up as it flows across my tongue. This beer is fairly dry with a hint of sweet grain character that rounds out the middle and finish of this beer. The taste is quite pleasing and quite quaffable, I get soft notes of lemons including a bit of acidity, some notes of pear, vanilla, chamomile, and soft ginger. There is a soft astringency in the finish that is a combination of hop bitterness and yeast derived characteristics. There is a definite soft herbal component to this beer, from the soft spicy overtones up front to the light astringency in the finish. It reminds me of the balance that a good fresh cut basil makes, though I do not pick up much in the way of basil actually in this beer.
Overall this beer is very soft, and oh so drinkable, which is certainly the definition of a Belgian Golden Ale. The flavors are really well integrated, and there is certainly a very good balance between the soft flavors of malt and fruit and the notes of spices, astringency and hop bitterness. The more I sit and sip this beer the more impressed with it that I become. At first I did not think that this beer had enough huza/ oomph to it, but in the end this lack of over-the-top flavors is what makes this beer so enjoyable. If one looks to the prototypical Duvel, it certainly does not bowl one over with flavor. Damnation is a wonderful interplay between the simple malt & hop notes and the soft, sometimes sharp, yeast fermentation characteristics. Vinnie this is a classic example of this style and it is done quite well, I am not sure which one I prefer Duvel or Damnation, I guess I will just have to do comparison.
Sampled June 2004
Pours a hazy deep straw color and is topped by a creamy off-white head. This has a spicy aroma that has notes of apple. The nose is both fruity and dry at the same time. Paradoxally the taste is dry but sweet in the finish (usually this is found in the reverse order in most beers). This has a very nice herbal character in the finish. The front and middle of this beer evokes notes of apple. This goes down quite well, with a bit of astringency in the finish that balances the fruitier components of this beer quite well.
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HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Immense rocky head with good lacing. Murky yellow/gold color. Sour nose with some pineapple and citrus. Sour taste but not too sour. Smooth silky texture. Nice finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ O’Brien’s San Diego
A special treat as I had the current batch and the one year old batch, rare to get a two release sampling. The beer pours a clear gold to amber color with the head white and modest in size, the texture creamy with the resultant lace a slender skirt to seal of the glass. Nose is sweet and crisp with a bit of yeast, hints of coriander and peaches; nice blend of aromas, start is lightly sweet, nice grain profile with the top fair to middling in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops perfect, the ABV gives a snappy end to the beer, dry and lingering aftertaste.