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RATINGS: 687   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13985) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Sort of malty, chocolaty, clove aroma. Brown to deep ruby when held to strong light (tulip glass). Flavor like a smooth brown ale - chocolate coffee holding down the malt. Dry, considering the malt; maybe that’s what lean malt means. Medium thick feel, with tiny bubbles. Alcohol seems to dissolve the fruit aspects quickly. Dark fruit like dried grapes or plums, but only hints. Finishes with a sweet n sour aspect. Chocolate lays on the tongue. Never detected banana, but it’s spring, so the nose may not know.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13342) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle Batch 17 shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear reddish/brown color with an average brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Very complex dark fruit, caramel and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex chocolate bittersweet flavor with medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13097) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2006
750 ml bottle[batch 2] poured a clear reddish brown with a large lasting tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit and light spice. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of spice, brown sugar, hints of plum and grape with a lingering lightly sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2006
(750ml bottle, Batch 2) Large pillowy beige head atop clear dark amber body with dead yeasties. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, spicy Belgian yeast, some alcohol, pepper. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, alcohol, some banana, plum, light metallic. Watery medium-full body, low carbonation. Evokes weizenbock, but too much alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12802) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
A burgundy copper red ale with a thin moka head. In aroma, interesting oily cloves, caramel, fusel alcohol, and woody notes. In mouth, an oily candy suagr with orange peels, intense and lovely aniseed and licorice, alcohol warmth, very pleasing. On tap at brewpub, August 17, 2009.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12688) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2007
(750ml bottle, Batch 002) Pours a mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of various vinous varieties, molasses, and fruit. Flavor of dark fruit, banana, funkiness, brown sugar, and layers of malt complexity. Excellent beer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (12427) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Draft - Sweet plum and dark raisin. Deep brown with a decent beige head. Roasty notes, seem plum and prune. More dark and roasty than fruity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (12280) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2010
Corked bottle from NickD717, thanks! Dark brown color. malt, plums, dried figs and licorice in the aroma. Malty flavor, fruity with some roast, blackberries, tannines, chocolate and dried fruit. Some earthy hops. A good balance in this abbey-like beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12246) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle thanks to my bro jackl. It pours deep mahogany brown with a small light tan head. The nose is caramel, wood, brown sugar, chocolate, over-ripe plum, prune and candy. The taste is wood, prune, plum, leather, candy, brown sugar, spice, earth and light astringency with a dry finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, well balanced balance and pretty drinkable. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Batch 01-bottle@Hoboken#1-thanks Eugene/ beastiefan2k–pours an off white head and cloudy orange/brown color. Aroma is fruity, alcohol, herbal/spicy. Taste is medium malt-non-sweet caramel, alcohol, fruity, herbal/spicy. Occasional.


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