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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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Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 This is wonderful and absolutely one of the best Belgain strong ales I’ve ever had, if not the best. It’s a bright gold with a pretty big, dense white head that lasts very long and leaves decent lace. The aroma is rich, fruity, flowery, a definite Belgian-ale aroma but a bit more hoppy, flowery, citrusy, and complex. The taste is similar: it tastes like a Belgian strong ale such as Delirium, Tremens or Duvle, but has more complexity, more hoppy-citrusy-flowery character and a little more bitterness, with grain, hints of spice, nuts, pears, and honey, It’s wonderful.

5
noturdadsbeer (25) - centennial, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip at Euclid Hall. A: Perfect bright golden and crisp straw color. Head is prominent stark white, touch under billowy, fades moderately fast but has fantastic lacing. S: Spice, wild yeast, biscuity malts, and a range of tropical fruit. Lemon and citrus notes prevail but touch of pineapple lends itself to the sweetness present in the aroma. Big spices dominate with floral notes wafting in and out. T: Bright and clean flavors immediately. The malts are very balanced to the hops. A touch of citrus- lemon and acidic fruit follow through to hints of spice. Super long finish that keeps you sipping. M: Medium to full bodied. Great carbonation and a clean coating of the palate. Doesn’t weigh overly heavy and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. D: Fantastic Belgian Golden style ale made for the perfect summer day or the coldest of winter nights. This is the most perfect representation of a Golden from the U.S.

5
Strattoc (3) - - AUG 29, 2011 does not count
My favorite beer at Russian river, perfectly balanced with the Belgian yeast bursting through ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Poured from a 375ml bottle listed as batch 66 into a tulip glass. A: Hazy pale golden color with carbonation bubbles rising to meet a thick and creamy looking off-white 1.5 finger head. Very appealing looking. S: Strong fruity spicy aroma, very pleasant. Banana, strawberry and cloves on the nose. This is just a very pleasing beer. T: Wonderful fruity taste with a clean malt profile underlying with a clove finish. Same flavors from the nose hit the tongue with a perfect balance and a warming finish. M: Creamy with light carbonation despite the carbonation bubbles. Goes down very smooth, hard to not drink. O: Perfect score from me. This beer is not letting me down even in the slightest. If this is what Californians are treated with daily I’m jealous.

5
czarnowski (4) - Morgan Hill, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012 does not count
Batch 72. Possibly my favorite beer. Balanced, flavorful, creamy mouthfeel.

5
CousinBrenden (131) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Noble earth hop aroma with sweet malts. Nice golden Belgian with pear and banana flavor. Great lively carbonation. Excellent example. Glad to have things like this stateside.

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IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Wonderful nose of spice and breads yeast. Smell like you are at the brewery. Some phenolics in good way. Light fruits in flavor and esters. Excellent prickly carbonation. Got better as it warmed up, more fruity esters and champagne like characteristic. Some clove on finish. Excellent!

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Nik925 (795) - USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2015 Perfect color and smell of banana yeast deliciousness. Perfect palate. Slap of clove spiciness completely hides its ABV yet still allow the mild bitterness to come out. To top it off, the malt is delicious and blends perfectly. Achieves perfection if enjoyed a bit warmer than normal. A highlight of Nor-Cal craft beer.


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