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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12268) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12126) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11920) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11560) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11260) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11170) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11148) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/08/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Mail Order

dark clear ruby, big beige head, sweet ripe fruit aroma with light spicy esters, sweet ripe fruit flavor, light tartness, well balanced
-------- /> Date: 06/30/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

same wonderful rich fruity malt flavor,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10793) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10785) - San Diego, California, 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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