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RATINGS: 1466   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 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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3.7
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
750 ml, Pasadena, CA. Brilliantly golden color and faintly cloudy. Awesome lacing. The aroma of this brew is predominately that of alcohol, yeast and lemons. Flavor is consistent. This beer is very much like a Duvel. Another delicious Cali brew!

4.1
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 750ml batch #14 (9/06, using abbey ale yeast). thanks to goldtwins for this. pours clear golden with fluffy white head. nose has some banana, pear, coriander, hay, slight funk to it, aged cheddar, very yeasty. the flavor of this batch seems odd to me, strange red apples and plums mixed with a very earthy and medicinal flavor. mouthfeel is smooth and silky, carbonation is low-medium. alcohol is well hidden. i recall enjoying the batch #16 i had several months ago much more, i’d probably give that a 4. I see why RR said this batch didn’t turn out liked they’d hope. i’ll have to re-rate a different batch soon.7/4/5/4/10=3.0

batch 16, aged 6months. pours sparkling semi-clear straw with frothy white head. nose is chalk full of barnyard, hay, banana, flowers, musty, yeasty, soft toffee, and coriander. flavor is light, crisp, lemon, coriander, banana, coriander, flowers, yeast, and sweet caramel malts. mouthfeel is full and crisp. very sessionable summer ale. the best US example of a belgian golden ale i’ve ever had. batch 16 is also the best batch of damnation and i prefered this aged bottle over when it was fresh. 8/5/8/4/16=4.1.

12/14/07, batch 16, 750ml bottle. I’m not sure how I feel about aging damnation. the hops play a key role in this beer and in this bottle they have faded leaving a lemony, yeasty, and grainy taste. i think the hops freshness is needed to balance things a bit more. its still a solid beer i think i just prefer it fresh. as this warmed up the herbal hop notes came out a lot more and this started tasting much better. 3.9.

3.8
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Entered from old notes. Bottle, split with muenster and NachlamSie. Pours a hazy golden yellow with persistent, lacy white head. The aroma is fresh banana, corriander, and a little bit of bread, maybe even muffins. The flavor is very smooth, with subtle banana, clove, and corriander. It leaves a toasty finish with a bit of floral hops. It’s all rounded off by a mellow sweetness, maybe some zest and amaranth. The aftertaste is slightly woody. The balance of flavors in this is amazing, they’re all there, but nothing dominates anything else. Pretty good beer here.

3.7
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light golden color. Solft light colored head that diminishes somewhat quickly into a thin film.Not a strong aroma of fresh fruit/yeast. Bitter sweet flavor, citrusy, fresh fruit. Flavor not powerful, but nice. Medium body.

3.8
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle courtesy of irishboy!!! Pours a hazy golden color, with a medium pillowy off white head. Aroma is yeast, citrus, straw, slight banana. Flavor is pale malts, yeast, fruit, pepper. Palate is medium bodied, highly crabonated, smooth, bitter finish. Nice one for sure.

4.1
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2007
750ml corked bottle. Bananas & citrus in the nose. Medium golden in color with tons of carbonation.Little head. Yeasty & citrus on the tongue. Lively & active on your palate. Lingers on your tongue like a chubby in fourth grade math glass. One of the best belgian blonds to date . loved it

4
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
On tap at the brewery. I think some Belgian beer makers wish they could brew a Belgian this good. Aromas of citrusy fruits, a little grassy and some apricots. Appearance was yellow, clear with a nice head. Flavors were light, fleshy fruits with some yeast character, slightly peppery.

3.7
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice solid rendition of the style. Slight spicy taste to it.

4
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Batch 003 - served in a Damnation Tulip. The aroma was fruity and bready with a citrusy and pineapple character after first being poured. Some candy sweetness was notable and a light earthy pepper spice. The beer was lightly hazy golden with a white lowish head which did last to lace the glass. The flavor was fruity and nicely bittered with a strong presence of peppery spice. The flavor was earthy and coupled with a light candy caramel worked well to achieve a nice balance. The bittering was actually quite high, but not overdone in the least. The flavor had a bready component and some pineapple. The beer was medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation. A really nice Belgian Strong Golden, great out of the bottle or on draft. 750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

3.6
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Sample from 750 ml corked bottle. Hazy yellow colour with a mostly lasting fizzy white head. Dry, yeasty, lightly acidic aroma and flavours. Flavour also adds citrus and other fruits. Medium bodied, dry and fizzy mouthfeel.


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