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This Belgian style Strong Dark Ale has a tawny brown color and aromas of banana and spice that dominate the initial bouquet of the beer. Lean malt flavors blend perfectly with fruit driven characteristics created by the classic Belgian yeast which fermented this ale. The alcohol content is deceptively smooth just like its sister beer Damnation. Brewed just once a year for a release in January.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3271) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle, Batch 010. Pours a cloudy brown with medium frothy tan head that lasts, lots of carb. The aroma is a strong yeast, raisins and spice Medium mouthfeel figs, sweet malt with nice spice with lingering dry finish. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Deep brown pour. Complex aroma of raisins, dark fruits and yeast. Amazing. Flavor is raisins, dates, nuts, alcohol, and dark fruits. Wow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (291) - - MAY 27, 2014
Sample at Russian River, Santa Rosa, CA. The sample pour was brought to me with several other beers, and is a dark maroon with an uneven thin head and active carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits, malt and spices. Flavor is same, mild and not aggressive. Alcohol is well-masked. From notes 2/19/13.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (690) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Growler from the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Chocolate with mild sweetness and a bit of spice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (668) - California, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours a dark amber color with an off white head. Chocolate, spices, fruit hop and malt aroma. Fruit, spice, malt and chocolate flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a malt and slight alcohol finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (264) - - APR 13, 2014
I thought this tasted a bit like a plum brandy, somewhat Christmassy. Pretty nice, overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (914) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Tap at Avery, same recipe but brewed at Avery for the Collaboration not Litigation Ale. Pours hazy copper brown with fine khaki head. Settles quickly with thin lace. Aroma is fruity, huge belgian yeast, ester, big banana, quite sweet. Flavor is banana, sweet and cereal malt, apple, with a fruity, grain and caramelized malt finish. Banana fruitiness is very big and sweet. Soft carbonation and medium body. Would be curious to see how this compares to a batch brewed at RR.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1329) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap @ RR. Pour is hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor are both sweet with notes of caramel malts, dried fruit, and booze. Bitter and yeasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4398) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2014
On tap at the Brewpub in February 2014. Clear amber with a small head. On the sweet side with light roasted malt, fruit, some licorice and some nuts. Well hidden alcohol and with a thick mouthfeel. Quite tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1468) - Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Sampler at the brewery- pours clear dark copper with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate, some spices. Taste is similar.


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