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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2499) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
batch 001: Dark straw gold. Semi-rocky, thin white layer of foam. Gorgeously lemony Goldings aroma with doughy malt notes. Subtle bandage and brett. Influx of soft carbonation. Subdued brett rigidly anchors the doughy malts and overt yeastiness. Timid “bandage”-accented phenols fail to stabilize the heavily-sweet candy sugar foundation. Feeble brett notes numb the tip of the tongue with a touch of minerals and lemon zest, but the disjointed yeastiness & sweetness completely overpower the sharp funk. Juicy fusion of lemony, floral hop flavors pack a sizeable “green” bitterness, as well, while trace melon acidity briefly brightens the sweetness. Spicy yeast and perfumey brett show highlights of dryness, but the candy sugar and doughy yeast run rampant with a thickness that encompasses the palate and offsets the brightness. Pretty straightforward flavorwise, e.g. not enough brett verve or dryness to rival the muddled yeast and candy sugar. Nice aroma, though, with a refined balance of wild yeast, phenols, and fresh hop perfume. With all that said, I expect this to be luxurious after a few [minor] adjustments.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6231) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Draught, Russian River (May ’07, so batch 21 or 22). Head is mostly lasting. Body is hazy glowing medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of pineapple, clove, lemon zest, pepper, and Juicy Fruit gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. A vast improvement over the older batches I’d had (previously have only had batches around #7). Beautiful stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
The beer poured a cloudy yellow color w/ thin lasting head and medium lacing. The aroma had soury light fermented fruit, citrus, and flowers. The flavor had the same. The mouthfeel was light and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2005
this was legit. it was pretty hoppy and had some strong pine flavas. bitter at the end, but smoother to drink than i expected. i didnt get much of the fruit flavors that are mentioned in the description, but it was a decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 7, 2005
Very nice easy to drink tripple. Spice and plum dominate with a nice bitter finish. A great local belgian beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
GABF 2004. Sometimes, beer names just don’t make sense. I know that Belgian Strongs are often refered to the devil and his environs, so in that sense, Damnation fits. But when I think of Damnation, I think of intensity. I think of those forbidden pleasures in life that lead to prickly pain in the hereafter. None of that comes from this beer. This should have some bite somewhere, or at least intensity. Instead, it was bland, although it had some interesting grainy flavors (barley?) and some subtle soft fruit flavors which were mostly covered by a muted yeasty bread. Good mouthfeel and appearance, but it’s not evil enough in the places it counts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Draught @ Hollingshead in Orange, California. Light dark straw, bordering on orange with a large, frothy and lasting head of foam. An aroma of papaya mostly, with other hints of banana and pear, along with some funky yeast notes and hints of salty pizza dough. Big, doughy, fruity malt flavor with hints of tart passion fruits and grassy and earthy hops. A pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Thx MWSF! This is a well made Belgium Ale, not exceptional but well worth having. Classic in appearance, golden in color, moderately hazy with moderate white head. Aroma is very yeast and sweet (as some have noted like golden delicous apples and maybe some banannas). Flavor is pretty tart up front and sweeten as it crosses the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
On tap @Toronado. Straw colored with the hint of an orange tint. Huge yeasty aroma with spices and banana. Spices show up in the flavor as well. Nice bitter aftertaste that lingers just long enough. Well Done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Orange Blossum undertones, butterscotch, spices, alcohol. 1/2 inch lasting head, nice foggy gold coloration. Cinnamon, nutmeg, very nice, alcohol well covered. Very nice brew.

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