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RATINGS: 1480   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
Hazy golden ale with a thin white head. Intense orange peels in aroma with light pear notes. Crisp wheat malt in mouth, with coriander and orange notes, souring in mouth. Medium bodied. Russian River Beer Revival & Barbecue Cook-Off, August 20, 2005. On tap.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Batch 6. Wow. Theres a lot going on here. I dont like to go overboard w/ "burnt cherries with a hint of clover and sassafrass" comments, but this has a bunch of different flavors. Smokey, citrusy, nutty, oaky, spicy alcohol flavor. I usually dont like this type of beer, but for the style, this is a VERY good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2006
On tap at the Liars Club in San Diego. A great interpretation of a Belgian Strong Ale. Fruit notes to the aroma, a slightly cloudy, golden-hued libation with a nice rocky bright white head that left a great deal of fine lacing on the glass. Great stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Batch 003. Pours hazy yellow with zero head. Great aroma that is spicy, medicinal, yeasty, earthy with vanilla and eucalyptus. Tart in flavor with citrus, pear, banana, yeast and some farmhouse funkiness. Finishes sweet, bitter and spicy. A bit undercarbonated and light in body for my tastes. Still, another bold American interpretation from this most excellent brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Pale straw yellow color, totally clear, with big pure white head. Aroma is tart, yeasty, slightly funky, hints of applesauce, pear, honey. Flavor is sharp, slightly acidic, notes of bananna, honey, malt, with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Simple, but nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2006
750cc bottle, batch #05 opened 21 Dec. 05. Pours a clear colden color with a humongous head even with a delicate pour. Fine carbonation bubbles, head is long lived, breaking down sporadically and leaving a dense deafoam lacing. Aroma is pleasant, lightly fruity with earth/musty notes. Lighter bodied with very active carbonation dancing across the palate. Moderately hopped bitterness, slightly drying, earthy. Slight sour/tart notes mix well. Nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Somewhat Duvel-like in its clean, slightly spicy flavors. Thin in the initial pour and even with the yeast pour. Somewhat fruity (apple), though relatively understated. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
tap at Zeitgeist. Pours with a fairly light color and a decent head. Aromas of fruit, bread and yeast. Very pleasant and strong. Flavor of a typical Belgina ale, again full of fruit and doughiness. Medium bodied with a pleasant bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2005
on tap at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. Hue - clear, yellow hay, a minimal creamy-white head that sulks around the rim. lacing. Aromas of mild citrus and florals. Flavors - foral, citrus and sharp bites of golden apples. an echo of bitterness in the finish. little carbonation - (flat). not complex but sweet and crisp.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Clear yellowish amber. Thick full white head. Nice sweet belgian banana aroma. It seems fairly one-dimensional but still very nice. Some hidden complexities. Very sweet lavender. A bit fizzy. Some nice apple, belgian yeast, nice malty sweet character. Some biting bitter grapefruit notes. Pretty good overall flavor. I like it.


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