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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Pours light golden with a lot of fast moving bubbles and a large white head that stays. Aroma is of hay, melon, pear, light citrus zest, sweet cream. Flavor is of butter, hay, citrus zest, mixed light fruit. Fluffy light body somewhat creamy palate. Not huge flavor just a very nicely crafted very drinkable belgain style ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Nice golden color with a medium head and a little lacing. Tastes sweet and spicy at the same time with hints of citrusy undertones, particularly at the beginning of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (976) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
This 750 ml. was carried with love by BA UncleFlip from Vintage Cellar in Virginia. And for that act of kindness, words can’t do justice.

The bottle was capped with a cork and a wire cage, which came off easily enough, thanks to the now trusty heavy duty cork puller. As the beer was poured into a tulip, a golden clear body with rolling carbonation, and a foamy white head were evident.

The aroma was signature Belgian, with a earthy yeast, orange peel, coriander, and perfumey alcohol. The taste was sweet-sour-tart, and darn near perfect. Seemingly simple and approachable with a pale malt sweetness and airy carbonation at first, the beer exploded on the tongue mid palette with citric sourness with a banana oil tropical touch. Faintly grassy hop bitterness momentarily poked out its head, but was buried in the apricot, and raspberry flavors in short order. All this flavor switching went on without the beer ever losing its drinkability.

This was my first Russian River, and if I can help it, it won’t be the last.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a golden color, fluffy white head, opaque and good lacing from the head. Aroma explodes with fruitiness, pear, banana, some spices hiding in there, a real pleasure to sniff this one. Flavors are yeasy, a hint of sweet malts and a bit of dry yeastiness in the finish, just the right amount of harsh yeast flavors there. Really smooth in the mouth, this went down extraordinarily easy for an ale of this strength. All in all, I’m very impressed by this brew, I hope I have the opportunity to try some more of Vinny’s creations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Pretty standard Belgian style. Banana/clove yeasty aroma. Cloudy golden in color. Very chewy body with lots of bread. Pears and bananas with slight hops. Thanks to Rodger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Draft at Liars Club. Golden and clear with a small white head that diminished quickly leaving some lacing. Sweet fruity aroma with pear, peach yeast and candy sugar. Sweet fruity malts, peach, prune and candy sugar notes again, some spice as well. full body and smooth carbonation. Good example of a belgian golden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
Pours cloudy yellow-gold w/ generous white foam. Biscuity, yeasty aroma of banana & pear w/ notes of vanilla, fresh pepper, & floral hops. Soft, creamy, effervescent feel. Flavour is sweet, fruity & lightly acidic w/ a nice supporting spiciness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
hazy yellow, white head. aroma of biscuity malt, sweet corn, flowers, pear, mixed fruit and earth. flavour follows and is sweet and malty up front, spicy and mildly bitter in the finish. this beer is all about the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 27, 2005
This is one of Russian River’s most popular ’tion’ beers. I detected a lot of fruit and spice in both aroma and taste. It is really well balanced, but does have a slight bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
Verre de dégustation (provenant d’un fût) au Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2005 (Cooperstown, NY). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de foin. Apparence: Couleur blonde légèrement voilée. Mince col mousseux. Faible densité des bulles. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Arrière goût d’orange. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #232)

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