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RATINGS: 1483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 brewmasters 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.

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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (447) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (999) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Sweet aroma of pears and spices. Smooth lively palate. Taste of malt, citrus, and something that reminds me of tobacco. Finishes smooth, dry, and slightly bitter with a lasting perfumy spiceness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a big, fluffy, white head. Smells of orange citrus, coriander, slight acidity, and other spices. Alot going on flavor-wise. Alot more cinnamon than I expected. Very spicy. Big coriander flavor as well, with that small hint of sourness in true Russian River fashion. Really easy drinking with nice flavor. I like this brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
Nice appearence with golen yellow color and nice white head. I did taste the bananas and lots of yeast.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 22, 2007
Bottle poured a clear yellow/gold color with a bright white head and great lacing. Aroma was yeast with some banana and sweet caramel. The flavor was clean with a dry finish and some lingering spices. A little more age might drop out some of the alcohol notes, but still a great Belgian.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegoguinness (45) - Dodge City, Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2007
Hellfire and Damnation!! Ye hast surely Sinned, making such a fine brew! What debaucherous lacing! What lecherous carbonation! And the flavor, my beloved congregation, is pure SIN! Thou hast tempted us greatly, wicked evildoer of well-balanced beer that, surprisingly, goes really well with Spicy Chicken Stirfry. I am powerless against you...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
22 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Hillcrest. The smell, and taste remind me of yeasty doughy uncooked bread. Im not a fan of this style yet. One of my favorite breweries, but this style just isnt for my palate.


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