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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11736) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Hazed golden body topped by off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, clove, some apple. Taste is medium sweet, berry, apple, clove, light pepper. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2004
GABF 2004: Clear golden with a thin lacing white head. Rich Belgian malty and fresh yeasty aroma. This is a full, malty and spiced Belgian style brew with great balance and authenticity. Finishes with a touch of citrusy pepper spice and a bready palate while masking its alcohol very well. This really could’ve come from Belgium.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
While the RR IPA’s are my favorites, I enjoy and respect what RR is doing with their belgian style ales. Nice and malty with some fruit notes. Dark clear yellow Looks and tastes like a belgian triple, however it is marketed as a double.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2004
BC: Lots of floaters in a lite amber bodied beer. A good fluffy head. Aromas of bret and grapefruit. Some pepper mixed in with a great but subtle tart beer. Very interesting and by far myfavorite RR belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 Bright golden body with tons of fine suspended particles. Looks dirty, but enticing. Later pours from other bottles have been very clear so this can definitely settle in the bottle. Nice big estery nose and some yeast and pepper qualities. Tart with moderate sweet notes, spicy hop character and subtle hops and bitterness. Round and complex in the vein of Duvel, although slightly sweeter. This is core beer. Another excellent beer from Russian River. Gets my vote for best American-brewed Belgian Strong Ale to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Slightly hazed amber body, moderate head, well carbonated. Well spiced malty aroma, clove and slight woody tones. Malty palate, moderate spice. Dry spicey finish with a touch of citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
On tap at Cooperstown. Clear pale yellow in color with a white head. Candi aroma. Smooth and malty flavor. Good beer. Interesting. Slight alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Tap at Stone 8th anniv bash. Gold-yellow with a decent white head, yeasty fruity aroma. Notes of banana, corriander, peach, yeast. Slight acidic finish is not overwhelming, otherwise dry in the back end and hides abv well. Nice beer to bring to the party.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 750 ml bottle. Sparkling bright yellow, nice white head. Fantastic fruity aroma, notes of banana ad maybe a touch of clove. Flavors are very fruity, with a big dose of pale malts. Fizzy and malty. This is fantastic, and way way better than draft. Very authentic as well. Rating as noted.

Tap at Cooperstown. Pours clear pale yellow with a white head. Nice phenols/candi aroma. Flavor is smooth and malty. Slight alcohol and phenols. Decent.6-5-6-5-13

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5436) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Poured a hazy golden color with a thin white head and not much lacing on the glass. Strong banana, light citrus and yeast as well in the aroma. Bready taste, some citrus, very dry and yeasty finish.

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