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RATINGS: 626   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10527) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A: The pour is dark brown with a fluffy off-white head, leaving some sticky lacing on the glass. S: The nose is full of sweet malts and dark fruits. I pick up notes of plums, raisins, and maybe dates as well. There is also a touch of roast and candi sugar, along with some yeast. T: Following the nose, the flavor opens up with a bit of roast followed by some sweet sugar and malt. The fruit character is not quite as intense as in the nose. There’s also a noticeable alcohol presence. M: The body is medium to full bodied with an almost creamy level of carbonation. D: One of the better Belgian styles from Russian River, but the alcohol presence in the flavor was a bit of a downer for me. Still a nice beer, however.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle shared at CPK, London - thanks to Jack! Pours red-brown with a fluffy, light tan head. Ripe, light tangy berry nose, some plums. Medium sweet flavor, brown bread, Belgian candi sugar,ight yeast, dark cherries, slight tang. Medium to full bodied with smooth, massaging carbonation. Fairly warm finish, brown sugar, ripe plums, figs, berries. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10400) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle, dark brown colour. Off-white medium head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma. Flavour is malty with dark fruits, bit wheaty, caramel, bit alcoholic, bitter finish. Tasty Belgian ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10107) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2007
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Brownish dense head. Chocolate, fruits, alcohol and spices in the aroma. Flavour is sweet and fruity. Notable alcohol and nice spices. Is quite smooth and balanced. Medium to ful bodied. Has a light bitter yeasty and acidic end. Nice. Thanks to Degarth for this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (9999) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Blind tasting with tarheels86, thank you sir. Called "Salivation" by the gf. Clear reddish maroon, scant tan head. Taste is bitter cocoa, black pepper, with a bitter chocolate finish. Simple and straightforward.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9731) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9444) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 Bottle, batch 010. Updated rating (score and notes) on 8/24/2011. Draught at Avery. Pours hazy brown with a small, frothy, light brown head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), light hops (herbs), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of dark melanoidins and fruit (dates, plum, raisin) with vinous notes. Flavor is malt dominant, light chocolate, dark fruits, and melanoidins. Medium bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a dry finish.


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