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RATINGS: 1465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
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In the great beer producing country of Belgium, some brewers have made it a tradition to give their beers an unusual name. Sometimes the name is curious, now and then it is diabolical and other times it is just plain silly. Damnation is our brewmaster’s interpretation of a Belgian style Strong Golden Ale. It has extraordinary aromas of banana and pear with mouth filling flavors of sweet malt and earthy hops. The lingering finish is dry and slightly bitter but very, very smooth.

Editor’s Note: this entry is for all batches EXCEPT batches 23, 46 and 69 see separate entry.

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3.9
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2007
draft- clear yellow in appearance, large white head. Extremely clean taste, some correander, orange peel. Not as yeasty and wild as other belgians. A session beligian if there is such a thing.

3.8
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 Aroma is sweet malty spiciness and a little clean bitter hops. Pours golden. Has the sweet spicy Belgian golden ale flavor - think Duvel. Pretty fruity and sweet, but this is nice to me as it is a little hoppier and bitter in the finish than most of the Belgians. I remember it being pretty easy to drink too. Not my favorite style, but this is nice.

4.1
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Not a huge fan of the FO-Belgian style, but russian river nails this brew. The smoothness of a beligian slightly tweeked with good hops.

3.9
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2007
bottle....appearance: duvel-ish like in appearance. light, golden, and sparkling with a fluffy white head....aroma: yeasty, bready with banana....taste: much of the same. very clean and refreshing and very non-offensive. i would have liked a little more spice and complexity added to this but it’s certainly tasty belgian ale.

4.5
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Light golden-orange color and clear. Lots of carbonation (by appearance and taste). Thin head but good lacing. Smells like lemongrass. The taste is light, citrus and banana flavors. Nice on the palate, right amount of light, bitter aftertaste. Golden/Blonde ales are usually not a style I go for but this is a superb, very drinkable beer that I won’t avoid. (Another thought: my girlfriend hates the bitter IPAs and dark porters that I drink. When she drinks beer, she usually picks a light, mainstream lager. But I bet she would love this--its got so much more going for it than a lager.)

3.4
DubC (8) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2007 does not count
Color was pale gold with a nice head. Taste was citrus, but had a thin though smooth body. The finish was dry, bitter, and abrupt.

4
oakbluff (453) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Poured into my Damnation tulip glass that I ordered avec beer. Lovely straw colored golden hue. Head was nice and full. Aroma - sweet belgian candi sugar. Taste and mouthfeel- creamy mouthfeel, with the belgian candi rolling off the tongue. Light and fruity- some white grape and subdued wood. Finishes dry with a hint of hops. Upon futher reflection, the finish is very dry with some booze present. There is a touch of sourness, but quite minimal. A very solid beer from a great American brewer.

3.5
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
RATING #666: 25April07 on tap @ Russian River. Golden yellow. crisp belgian yeasty smell. lemons and bananas. Lots of malt creaminess.

3.8
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2007 Bottle: Hazy yellow pour with a dense creamy white head. The aroma is extremely Belgian-like. Yeasty, esters, citrus (lemon), almost a floral like hint. The flavor is bright and clean. Creamy body with almost sweet dough like hints. Also has citrus in the flavor with evident orange peel, a peppery coriander spiciness in the middle and a late smooth bitterness. A nice Belgian Ale.

3.8
hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Definitely one of the better strong Belgian goldens I have had. Russian River has their s*** together. I gave appearance a 5 due to a massive pillowy head that lasted pretty much all the way through the first glass, with great lacing. Fruity aroma of pear, bit of mango, packed with banana and light malts. I was expecting a bit more on the flavor after experiencing the aroma. Dominated mostly by Belgian yeast flavors, pear, orange peel, lemon and finishing in bready & earthy malts. A bit of hoppy bitterness at the end too. Medium palate, lots of carbonation. Kind of acidic ending, didnt like that part.


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