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RATINGS: 630   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (8038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
Draught @ Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, CA
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel and dried fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamJackson (2802) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Batch 11 at fridge temp in a stemmed wine glass.

A - Looks like Plum juice witha 1 finger oaky head.

S - Candied sugar, figs and banana runts on the nose.

T - Nice sweetness. reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel. spicy finish, fruity and bready.

M - big mouth feel, easy to drink and slick

O - very drinkable. surprised i havenít rated this one yet.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. It pours a clear amber body under a minimal sized off-white head. Dried fruits, some roasted malts and nuts in the aroma. Lightly sweet on the palate, still quite bitter, with a mellow blend of lightly roasted malts, nuts and dried fruits. Full body and a soft carbonation. A tasteful one indeed, could very easily have a few of these. 130806

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5967) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, fruitiness and yeast. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, nuts, grains and warming alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rocketman2013 (108) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bold aroma. Dark amber color with thick lacy head. Full of flavor with a smooth finish. Can feel some alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1040) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Some Belgian breweries could learn something here and that is you can still be Belgian and be unique. This had the distinct characteristics of a strong ale but with differences. The Belgian yeasty aroma was there bit with strong fruity esters. Dark brown with a quickly vanishing head. The beers from RR all seem to have a wine essence to them. Weighty palate that was smooth with decent carbonation. The taste matched the aroma with a burnt sugar aspect that was brief. Some hops presence for balance. More dark cooked fruits. Good offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Nice strong beer with a bitter finish. Iím not sure what else to say but I need more characters so Iím just going to keep rambling on a little bit.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (676) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours dark red with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose is sweet toffee, caramel, Belgian ale spice, a backbone of malt. Taste is much the same with bold malt, prune, and raisin. Tasty, full bodied brew. Very nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paz (71) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Tap- Pour is dark red with light tan head that fades..Nose is nice toffee, caramel, belgian yeast, spice malty..Taste is much the same with bold malt backbone and dark fruits.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Batch 010. Active Belgian yeast, plenty of carb, raisins, figs, malty sweetness. Fruity, spicy, finishes dry. Too much carb for my tastes, but it fits the style. Well-made, as always.


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