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RATINGS: 1455   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3404) - 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 (1313) - 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 (6509) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5373) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Batch 3. Upon extraction of the cork, it was evident that that this would have a run at Duvel. Lightly clouded light golden liquid with a taller foamy head that settles slightly with the first few sips. Light toasted pale malts detected slightly behind blossoming wild flowers and herbs. Cloves, licorice, menthol and allspice blow in to mix with pears, apples and bananas. Full body that is deftly lifted off the tongue to create a light and fine champagne feel. Fairly dry start. A honey or perhaps candi type of dryness. Mild fruit, including peaches and pears. Very spicy. A breath-mint type beer to quote the wife with all the spice in the finish. A very tasting and refreshing brew much in the family with Duvel and now Jolly Pumpkin. Sure wish these were more available to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Hazy pale yellow with a big head. Grainy malts with a shy sweetness. Very spicy and hoppy. Nice bitterness. Notes of pepper and coriander. Finishes dry. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Bright golden pour, with cloudy yeast and good carbonation. Yeast carries over in aroma, with some nutmeg and fruit. Taste is light for this kind of brew. Malt and banana, kind of like bread pudding, but with a crisp, a slightly hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Light yellow tall small bubbled white head great lace. Odd very yeasty aroma w/ some dough and a touch of sourness. Well coated carb palate. Very yeasty flavor hints of bread, nutmeg, and bannana. sampled again in a bottle... upped the palate a notch.

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