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RATINGS: 1406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2005
An enjoyable beer. Pours a nice cloudy yellow, with a much smaller head than I expected. Aroma is faintly fruity, with slight pear overtones. Flavor is much more mild than I was anticipating. The entire profile of the beer is understated, including the fruit aspects. Very balanced finish, with a bit of hop to it. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 Pour is a cloudy, pale apricot color with a small, fading eggshell head. Aroma is fruity with yeast and spice and a hint of bubblegum. Complex flavor includes: Pear, green apple, light banana and bubble gum. Finish is peppery, dry and spicy. Spritzy palate. Are you sure it’s only 7% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Cloudy golden color with a light white head. The flavor starts sweet and ends bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Very pretty, lightly hazy gold, truly a gold color, good head. Aroma is almost pungently earthy, with a bit of a floral note as well. Complex flavors abound, with earth, honey, light citrus tending towards lemon, spice, cloves, oak, vanilla, honey, and a touch of flowers and perfume. Amazingly complex, wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
Blonde dorée et brouillée recouverte d’une fine couche de mousse blanche. Arômes rose bonbon et fruités allants vers les pommes sucrées et les poires se tenant sur un gros bouquet de coriandre, aussi quelques traces de maïs. Flaveurs de poivre blanc, sirop de mais, léger caramel et de coriandre. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, carbonatation très présente, finale légèrement amère. Échantillon au American Beer Fest, Boston, 18 Juin 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Top notch appearing ale, with all of the requisites of a true Belgian, cloudy bright golden with the big, totallaly retained egg white colored head. The aroma hits the marks as well with lots of fruity esters and a heaping helping of authentic yeast and a good bit of spiciness as well. The flavor is quite refined and sophisticated for an American, Belgian style, the initial flavor is sweet fruit, a mild amount of hops, and a dry finish. The palate is almost too smooth to the point of being slick, but this is a minor quibble. I am thankful to Mike McCullah for the opportunity to sample this excellent beer here in The Lone Star State. Vive Lance!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Noogfest This one pours a hazy light gold color. The aroma was characteristic of a Belgian but lots of hoppy notes. Some spicyness that ended with a dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Thanks to Flip for shipping this to the Nooga. Poured a light cloudy yellow. The araom had cloves, cherries and bananas. The taste was spicy with cinnamon, bananas, clove and bread. I wanted more flavor out of this one. Still, nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 7, 2005
had this with a long string of beer today...who know what’s going on?? however, this was definately a different feel for my palate after all the hops that had surrounded me like a latex glove on a dentists hand, that day full of ipas. the golden fizzy hue had a prodominately fruity nose, apples and spicey hops. the palate was light, dry and refreshing. keeping with the large white fruit feel of grapes and pears. good and i’ll drink it again if i can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
cloudy yellow color, foamy white head. aroma is honeyish, and bourbon too. mouthfeel is slightly foamy. flavor is bourbon malt with a slightly sweet alcohol finish. thanks JimMack04!

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