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RATINGS: 1465   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Pours into the glass a violent bath of foam but forms a clear golden ale with only a thin layer of head. Aroma smells of a fine Belgian yeast lightly touched with fruit and spice. The drink is well carbonated and has a flavor of spice, yeast, pepper, pear and a perfect slicing of banana added. Its such a strong and firm golden ale for how light in appearance its density and color reveal it to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
On tap at RR brewpub 2/18/06. Poured a clear golden color with a nicely retaining white head. Good sweet aroma with banana and citrus zest. Flavor has a subtle complexity with notes of fruit, spices and a citrus tartness. Light body with a nice dry finish. Another good Belgium ale from Russian River.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (23006) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
Bottled. Clear golden. Complex aroma including grassy hops, deep malt and almonds. Sweet and very soft. The velvetty softness gives the aromatic flavours a lot of room. Low bitterness. Very Belgian in style, not pumped up with direct flavours, but more laid back, and with a wonderful malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle @ OMH-tasting
Like a sweet and hoppy Westmalle tripple. Full bodied, fruity some acidness, yeasty and long aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Batch 007. Pours slightly hazy gold with a gigantic head that leaves about three and a half coats of lacing. Amazing spicy and yeasty aroma, with banana, cloves, bread, and citrus. Flavor is even better than Duvel, though the middle is a little hot. It has all the spices of the aroma, along with some horseblanket, wheat, and extra cloves. The finish is dry and hopped perfectly (lightly). Very damned good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Poured from a 750mL bottle slightly hazy and golden in colour. Smells lovely with a pretty traditional nose of banana, bread, and a hint of lemon zest. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with an abundance of tight but not overwhelming bubbles and a sharp prickle of hops. This is truly an exceptional American interpretation of a Belgian Golden though I don’t know that I’d call it a Strong Ale. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Hazy, straw yellow color with a medium soapy white head. Light banana, lemon, yeasty aroma with a bit of a tartness as well. Very banana-bready flavors with a touch of freshly ground nutmeg. Sugary yeasty sweetness coats the tongue in a gently lingering finish. Pleasing overall, but the level of complexitiy leaves a bit to be desired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours a nice golden straw color with medium head and lasting lace. The aroma is classically Belgian with bread yeast, bannana and honeyed sweetness. The flavor is complex with strong sour and bitter finish. Very drinkable and quite good representation of a Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing this bottle. Batch 003: Lightly hazy straw color with a medium thick off-white head that dissipates quickly. Small particles floating freely, and thin sheets of lacing. The aroma is potent fruit (banana and melon) and yeast. Medium-bodied and tart with fruit and peppery spices, along with some hops and malt. The finish is spicy and short with a lingering sweet aftertaste of banana and clove. Very drinkable, and the cacophany of flavors seem to be on the verge of chaos. However, the complexity is restrained enough to be rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4826) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Yellow color with a fizzy head. Sour wheat aroma with a balance of sweet honey. Dry malt and wheat taste and some sourness to the finish, along with a mix and match of fruit. Pretty good, but more of a gueuze than golden ale.

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