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RATINGS: 1429   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1735) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2015
7am in my room at ElCo because it won’t fit in my luggage. 375mL bottled 073015. Pours cloudy gilden with a white head. Aroma is honey, banana, Belgian yeast. Flavor is honey, banana, clove, pepper. Good balance. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1238) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2015
Aroma is a wonderful set of floral senses with lemongrass, citrus, straw and a nice earthiness. Taste is nice sweet body with honey, pineapple and passionfruit. Appearance is a hazy gold with a thin pearl head that retains quite well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Killer aroma of banana clove phenolic slight wine and som sweet toffee. Flavor is rich jammy and clove. Really great example from this side of the pond.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (1816) - Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Draft. Beautiful clear golden. White head. Sticky lace. Fruity. Banana. Lemon. Peppery. Medium body. Yeast forward. Clean. Wheat. No booze. A bit too fruity/banana than I’m caring for, but nonetheless a very well-made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (869) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2015
Aroma is soft peaches, a little yeast, smooth malt and a tad of citrus. Taste is surprisingly fruity and fresh, smooth mouthfeel even if it’s quite carbonated. Low bitterness leaves you with a pleasant and quite long aftertaste from citrus and a faint tartness. Excellent take on the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (1142) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2015
On tap, poured a lightly hazy golden hue w/ a medium white head. Big Belgian yeast and malty aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are apricot, straw, white wine, cloves, light banana, and crackers. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chadmasontx (28) - - SEP 18, 2015
Pours gold with almost nonexistent white head. Smells of bananas and spice. Taste is standard Belgian gold ale with spice and grass. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nrbirge (6) - - SEP 2, 2015 does not count
Standard golden ale. Poured with too much sediment. overall a solid beer, but not worth the russian river craze

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES: A: Earthy hops and yeasty malt dominate with faint fruit notes, possibly slight lemon citrus. A: Pours a pale straw color,short white head, some retention and some lacing. T: An initial malty goodness, reminiscent of a sweet bread, with a bit of a spicy lighter fruit following and then a finish that is just ever so slightly soured. M: Medium body with above average carbonation. O: Delicate and complex, balanced and inviting. This is my favorite RR beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (362) - USA - AUG 23, 2015
An aroma of spice and sweet, overripe bananas drifts softly from the neck, tantalizing but gentle. The bottle tips. The golden liquid flows smoothly into the glass, falling gently into a burgeoning foam, marshmallow-white and as tight and creamy as I’ve ever experienced. The soft, dense head is creamy velvet on my lips and as I pull my first taste over the rim, the gentle carbonation dances over my tongue. The muffled spice of the yeast and the undertones of mildly sweet malt are layered over the hops without smothering their presence. -- The aroma blossoms as the brew warms, accentuating the depth of the flavor. The finish is delightful, everything about the beer itself is only fading with time, not morphing or being convoluted at all, just a gradual lessening of the gustative opacity. I thought I needed something shocking tonight, something that would be a touch overkill. Apparent Russian River thought it best not to deliver that. They were right. This was a perfect remedy to my mood...a gentle nudge out of a shitty day.

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