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RATINGS: 664   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Dark dark purple pour with a thin creamy head. Some chunks floating. Aroma is rich and a little sour. Flavor is well blended, sour. Dry finish with only hints of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9693) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2006
Peachy orange with some white head. Corked bottle, ready for serious ageing. Fruity yeasty aroma. Medium bodied, with good significant carbonation, and sour finish. After several samples, the sourness is comfortably contained in malt. A good supper replacement for wine, but went well with wine as well. A very good Belgian.Thanks to Nochum for bringing in a box of 3 bombers, 10 hours on the bus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2006
(Bottled, 0.75l) Dark, reddish brown color with a smallish, but lasting head. Aroma of rhum and raisins, banana-fruity malt, slight sourness, some nutty hops, and a slight hint of alcohol. Very dry, quite sour, nutty-hoppy, somewhat burned-malty flavor with a hint of alcohol and a herby finish. Yeast makes the flavor less ashy-burned, and more slicky-wineous. Medium to full-bodied, vinous and slightly alcoholic palate with balanced carbonation. An interesting blend of altbier and St.Bernardus Abt 12. Slightly rough for my taste, but at least it’s not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 1, 2006
750mL bottle, Batch 002. Medium dark brown appearance; off-white head with decent retention and tight lacing. The aroma seems to have developed more of a lactic-tart quality than the last bottle I opened, to its benefit - full aroma with a honey and tea-like malt character underneath. Medium-bodied belgian profile: lactic acid upfront, yeasty and slightly buttery; belgian sugar; definitely a malt backbone behind all this, hinting at chocolate and tea-like malts. Medium finish showing charred malts; well-balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Tan brown with fine lacing. Wet grain, light banana and brown sugar aroma. Flavor has very fluffy yet chewy malts (banana bread?), and a rough, ragged hoppy flavor. Finishes quite sharp. A bit more carbonation than I’d prefer. Drinkable, but unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2006
750 ML bottle via Russian River Brewery (thanks Vinnie!).Pours a clear dark brown with a medium/large beige head. Nose is pretty mellow with some notes of toffee, vanilla, and almonds. Tastes starts out sweet, then some toffee and then quickly turns very tart and sour cherries. Aftertaste stays sour with some added nuttiness. Medium body, well carbonated. Alcohol is completely hidden. The most unique dark ale i have ever tasted, likely due to the house yeast strain. Not bad, but the finish is a bit too chalky and sour..may be better after a year or two?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2006
Thanks to Kook! Light tan head with a reddy brown body. Cherry on the taste, medium body, also very fresh raisins, alcohol strength was good, sweet but very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Deep maple brown, creamy tan head. Soft rich nose of spiced pear and banana, fig, grape, toasted milk chocolate, and hints of apple. Flavor was tangy with plum, pear, and grape undertones. Well balanced throughout with a touch of carmel and earthy bitterness rounding the edges nicely. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying, soft bittersweet finish. Glad to have tried this. A very well done rendidtion...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2006
750 ml bottle Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a small off white head. Has a yeasty (banana) aroma. Flavor is full of esters (banana & raisin). Medium body. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
C&C 750 courtesy of Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike! Pours a dark burgundy with tan head. Nose is fruity, with grapes up front, followed by oranges, cherries, vinegar and brown sugar. Flavor is tangy fruits, some bitter in the finish. Really nice nose that doesn’t quite make it all to the flavor.

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