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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle, Batch 001: Cloudy yellow/orange color with a thinnish white head. Aromas were of yeast, malts, light fruit. Flavor was sweet malts, peach, pear, other light fruits, ending with a nicely balanced bitterness, a perfect finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Batch 01 from eyedrinkale. Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Nose is lemony and spicy, with earthy scents. Mouth is a comfortable bitterness that is smooth and pleasant. feels good in the mouth. Nice and citrusy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (13270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2005
Cloudy, effervescent golden with a billowy head. The richness of the gold colour cannot be understated here. Champagne-toasty aroma with pear esters. The body is full, the malts sweet as honey and well-rounded. Delightful spiciness backs them up with faint esters and peppery alcohol. A precision brew. I’d always suspected somebody could do this style as well as Moortgat...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2005
05.22.05 Batch 01 bottle, 750ml, at Jimmack04 invitational, thanks to Jim. Straw colored brew, highly effy, lofty head. Light and bright aromas and flavors of unripe pears, grassy yeast. Not as dry as the aromas fortold, yet still firm bodied and dry enough to prevent sweetness from overpowering. Honeysuckle. Nicely made stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
bottle courtesy of jimmack at the invitational, a sour citrusy aroma, with some yeast and grass tones comes off a buttery yellow body with a smooth layer of white head. a nice spicy malty flavor, bits of yeast and alot of citrus close out the mouthful. body is crisp and dry, but doesnt have an overwhelming tartness, which i was afraid of with the amount of citrus flavors going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Bottle from batch # 001 thanks to EDA. Hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma was mildly sour lemon along with some dark fruits and yeast. Flavor was sweeter than expected. Lots of malt, bread, dark fruits before turning a bit tart and lemony/grassy. A bit more hops to balance out the sweetness of the malt would have been nice. Enjoyable though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
What a great beer. Bottle from batch no. 3. The beer pours a a light yellowish and is very bubblish. Aroma is pretty belgian, a sweet, yet dry malty aroma with floral hints as well. Flavor is also belgian, it is very smooth and flavorful. I really feel that this beer is somewhat underated. Also I’m hoping this beer gets better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5496) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Bottle - corked and caged. Batch 003. Pours the color of apple juice. Small whitish bubbles lingering on the surface and aroung the rim. Nose is yeasty and earthy with floral accompaniment. Notes of dried fruits, biscuity malts and light sugary wafts. Taste is fruitier (pears and tangerinewith hints of banana), while having stronger wheat notes, light biscuity flavors, yeast, flowery notes, mild syrupy sugar notes and earthy dryness. Body is medium with lots of carbonation sharpness and a pleasant dry feel to it. Finish is more yeast and earthy hops with dried fruits, light candy sugar, toasted malts, and yeast. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2005
I don’t know about Belgian Strong Ale,maybe a weak ale.Nose is kinda’ nondescript with some fruits but I have a sour aroma coming from the glass.After it sits I start to get some Cloves and more fruit.I do like this taste as I think it is better than expected with a banana flavor and an aromatic spiciness coming on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2005
There wasn’t much going on with this one. A lemoney hay scent. It poured a golden color with a moderate white head. The flavor was somewhat yeasty with the alcohol showing through quite a bit especially considering the ABV. More lemons and hay present in the flavor. Overall its not bad just one dimensional. Thanks for sharing Cheri!

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