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RATINGS: 1440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Clear but slightly hazy golden. Aroma was spiced pears and apricot. Light fruit flavors up front with a dry earthy hopped finish, slightly oaky. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Thanks, JCapriotti. The aroma is lemony and floral with a light overripe pear. The appearance is a murky straw colored body with a thin head and so-so lacing. The flavor is decent. Spicy cloves and pears with some lemons. The palate is dry and medium bodied. 8, 3, 7, 3, 14 = 3.5
Rerate: Batch 12. Pineapple and yeasty aroma. Aged brie cheese. The flavor is yeasty and pineapples with lots of fruity pale malts. Lots of tart lightly acidic carbonation. Nice yeasts but clean palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle, batch #5. Clear golden body under a thin white head. Lots of carbonation. Tangy aroma - beets, beef bullion, and a toasty caramel malt. Lots of puckery tannin-y flavors along with rhubarb in the flavor. Basic cookie malt underneath, finishes with musty hop leaf and bark. An interesting set of flavors in this guy but they’re not working for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Kind of nice, subdued aroma. Has a cloudy, yellow-orange color, with a little head that quickly dissapates. OK, somewhat bitter flavor. Kind of light body, with ample carbonation. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2005
(750ml bottle, batch 3) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of pear, florals, and citrus. Flavor of spicy yeast, cloves, banana, and citrus. Soft carbonation with a dry finish. Another excellent brew from Russian River!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
similar to a dvuel. colour is golden and murky hard to see thru. smooth palate but kinda thin. fools try and say itts hella good but i punk them by saying its just aight

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8821) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2010 The Lure:
The cheerful fruitiness of plantanes and starfruit meets a doughy, sweet and spicy yeast. Pleasant and authentic, but with different goals than his artistic creations.

The Festivities:
Pineapple juice sweetness clings to the doughy yeast. This same yeast, helped by light alcohol heat, evolves into a spicy hop bitter finish which adds to my enjoyment of the spicy fruitiness. The fluffy cushion of a mouthfeel is a great example of impeccable bottle conditioning. No breathtaking creativity for RRiver here, but a damn fine Belgian Ale nonetheless. You could swear this hails from a countryside Wallonian brewery.

A genius can still take the bus when needed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
Hazy yellow pour with a ring of white lace. Aroma of citrus, yeast, barnyard, it’s particulary lactic and citric. Flavor of citrus, yeast and brett but the brett is mild, wich is unusual with Russian River, sigh. The body is light with a lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
tap at toronados: aroma is wheaty, alcoholy, and grassy appeariance is clear with a bit of thickness flavor has a slight burn on way down. of wheat, some veggies, and slight alcohol

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6141) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Sick_boy282 via trade. Aroma is yeast, spice, flowery hops, and unfortunately skunk. Pours a hazy gold with small white head. Yeasty and spicey. Orange peel and moderate flowery hops in the finish. Hint of sourness in the background. Tastes much better than it smells. Aroma really hurts the final score.

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