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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1398) - Garching, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2015
Sampler at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Pale golden color with small white head. Yup, Duvel is an accurate deScription, just it?s way more complex: Bananas, spicy, slightly bitter, honey, vanilla, coriander. Full body, thick oily mouthfeel. An excellently brewed Belgian Mid-Strong Blonde!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1106) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Poured from bottle 6/19. Was expensive but had to try it. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Golden amber, cloudy with a trace of head. Flavors of vanilla, cake, citrus (grapefruit), sweet bread, yeast, coriander, honey, pepper. Well balanced despite all that is going on here. This is a beer that you drink slowly to better enjoy the flavor. Finished well. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madchemist83 (202) - USA - JUN 20, 2015
Clove, funky yeasty aromas. Thick white head. Cloudy golden. Delicious belgian beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MRodgers1982 (111) - USA - JUN 18, 2015
Clove and honey in aroma. Taste of a great Belgian with more cloves and some yeast. Flavor has a little tartness and some yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (433) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3 oz chilled pour from tap into cylindrical taster as part of Russian River’s “everything on tap” sampled (16 beers this time around) at the brewery itself. I realize that drinking 16 different 3 oz pours is not ideal for proper rating, but when will I ever have an opportunity like this again? Looks like a lager, but does not taste like one. Very light and refreshing. Big flavor though. Nose is clover and grass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle at GGW 2015. Clear hold with a light head. Clive, honey, and Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosskyle (281) - - MAY 22, 2015
Served on tap at Russian river. Holden orange color with minimal white head. Citrus wheat aroma. Medium body. Clean citrus flavor with slight bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (299) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Pours a cloudy golden color with very nice lacing and very minimal head retention. Smells of banana and hay. Kind of like a trip to the farm. Tastes strongly of banana and malt. Not a bad beer and this is coming from a "non-fan" of Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (760) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Pushing 13oz on the bottle. Poured into super bulbous glass that holds it nicely. Glazed donut color, cloudy yellow/hay. Ample lacing, thin on glass, sticky and white. Aroma of sweet fruits, cotton, mineral grains, crystal malts, grass, orange spice. Taste of frontal sweet fruit, orange havans, bitter ramblings. Fruit, spice, and hops load this one on the fun side, the bitters bring it back to revelation. Superb drinker, just asks for more. Looks like it should be a dark ale in the bottle that it is in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (1217) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle. Semi hazy golden beer with a large white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel, apricots, dried fruit and grass. Flavor is fruity with notes of caramel, grass, herbs, hay, dried fruit and apricots. Well balanced.

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