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RATINGS: 1459   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
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
Nice 2cm cover of pure white lace, regular bubbles covering a cloudy pale gold pour. Spicy and slightly phenolic nose has a mild hay-like propensy, its dry yeastiness offering plenty of tea-like tannins and candied fruits (pineapple, sprucey orange skins etc.), like a less nutty chardonnay. Even for a belgian ale, it is pretty spicy, though balanced and you’d have a hard time picking dominant tastes. Certainly herbal, honey geared malts, tannic and yeasty. Medium carbonation, medium bodied, slight astringency. Quality, friendly and accurate artisanal farmy belgian ale, if not managing the extra steps to scar our imaginary world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danita (3) - USA - OCT 26, 2005 does not count
Very good beer on tap. Stong ale that poured good. Good if you can get it, but not top quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Batch 3. Poured a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Aroma was yeasty, dry and grassy with a touch of dish soap. Flavor again was malty, yeasty and grassy. A little warming on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
Yellow and opaque, with not much head on it.
Pepper, an old, dusty attic, but not in a Lambic, horseblanket kind of way. Like they used spent hops, not wild yeast. It does smell quite yesty, but it also had this strange smell that reminded me of sunscreen! Aloe and a bit oily.
Citrus and a whole slew of yeast flavors that ranged from cloves to banana and from nutmeg to all-spice. And plenty of booze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3457) - Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
The body is a hazy yellow, with a nice, lasting, white head. There’s a definite skunkiness to the aroma, but I don’t think this beer is really that old. Underneath that, there’s a definite herbal, lemon, grassy mixture. Mildly bitter straw malt body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2005
750mL bottle. Cloudy yellow orange with floaties. Large white fluffy head. Sweet and mildly spicy aroma. Caramel, raisin, and biscuit malt flavors. Mild Belgian yeast esters in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, full, and fairly smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tennisjoel (1326) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2005
The head stays tall and thick on this one for quite a while. Lacing covers the side of the mug. Scent is very strong yeast and some banana. For fulfilling flavor of banana, cloves, spices. Small hops finish it out for a nice overall brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
geno5 (21) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Tall, long lasting head with nice golden color, good bubbly carbonation. tastes exactly how it smells, sweet fruity, and candly-like. But then changes and is sharp and crisp on the tounge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2005
750 ml batch 003 via trade with Alanc - Thanks Alan! - The cork hit the ceiling as I cracked this one open. Pours golden beautiful with a fair sized white head that laces well down the sides of the tulip. Aroma of yeast, green apples, a bit of cloves. Flavor is yeast, green apples, apricots, a touch of clove and a bit of bannana. Buttery smooth on the palate. Feels literally like butter in your mouth. The sweetness of this brew is offset nicely by the sour apple aftertaste. Very nice! What better way to drink my way through #666 than a bottle of Damnation?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6527) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
GABF 2005: Golden rod hued with a good frothy head which fades but left some lace. The aroma has notes of belgian sugar candi, honey, earthy and dusty yeast esters, banana, herbal hops and a buttery notes. The taste starts with a twangy apple, apricot and banana fruit character balanced by bready malts. A bit sugery and hints of clove and nutmeg as well. The feel is surprisingly lively and biting which help cut through that sweetness nicely. A nice brew, I dig it.

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