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RATINGS: 693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Belgian style Strong Dark Ale has a tawny brown color and aromas of banana and spice that dominate the initial bouquet of the beer. Lean malt flavors blend perfectly with fruit driven characteristics created by the classic Belgian yeast which fermented this ale. The alcohol content is deceptively smooth just like its sister beer Damnation. Brewed just once a year for a release in January.

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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Batch 002. Faint wisp of salty malt aroma. Nice clean amber pour, shroued with off-white rim. Flavor is a quite sour malty flavor, with some cherry. thai lemongrass and galangal, but its not particularly nuanced or distinctive. Composed with some long caramels and a bit of sour oat saltiness. Ebbs lemon tangy on the backend and this joins some bland grape skins. Bite of almond. Not cloying. Yeast begins to dominate. Crisp lemon leaf hop finish. I was looking for more. Thanks Andy!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (610) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Rich caramel, but very much mostly tart sour fruit flavors. Plum and grapeskin. Sweetness and sourness are balanced carefully. I was afraid of chimay-like overcarbonation issues when I saw the large head with tiny bibbles, but this is soft and smooth. This could compare favorably to Trois Pistoles. Probably my least favorite RR beer, but looking at the score, its pretty obvious how I feel about their beers in general.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2007
750 of batch 002 shared by CharlesDarwin, thanks for sharing! Very faint aroma, hint of minerals and caramel and a touch of chocolate? Im really grasping here... Dark ruby-amber with a thick and creamy off-white head. Fairly interesting flavor with some simple dark fruits (raisins), a hint of minerals and some caramel malts. Fairly fruity, but grows more simple as you drink. Hmm..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Dessert beer at Monks cafe RR dinner last night. Brown amber color. Complex aroma, with notes of fruit, anise, and vanilla. Big flavor as well, again with fruit and anise, along with spice. Matched well with Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (35894) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2007
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thick light orange head. The aroma is sweet and very spicy with especially cinnamon coming thru, while the flavor is sweet malty again with a strong spicy note, but here cloves are the strongest component. The end is dry with a spicy note still lingering around.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (269) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Clear but deep in color, Salvation pours with a nearly purple hue and a beautiful fluffy cream that laces in thick rings. Its aroma is very obviously vinous, with the depth of Cabernet and the light sourness of Champagne. Apple cider vinegar appears prominently alongside oak, vanilla and custard, while hints of cinnamon, anise, fig, caramel and Gouda provide ample complexity. The nose is quite light for such a dark looking beer, but decidedly unique. With such a graceful invitation, the flavor is rather shocking, melding dry coffee, smoke and Roquefort. Raisins and Champagne don a subtle sourness to which perfumy herbal connotations are added reminiscent of lavender and rosemary. Texturally, the fine carbonation and smooth mouthfeel fit the vinous character, while a finishing dryness promotes the coffee and oak flavors of the aftertaste. An intriguing effort that seems to close the gap between wine and beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
CT V shared by sliffy. Poured a dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma was dark fruity, yeasty, belgiany, and a little chocolate coming through. Flavor was pretty sweet and maybe a little berry flavor coming through. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle, dark brown colour. Off-white medium head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma. Flavour is malty with dark fruits, bit wheaty, caramel, bit alcoholic, bitter finish. Tasty Belgian ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Shared at Columbus tasting 5. Sour and wood aroma from a very murky brown body. Medium to thin palate. The taste is a little watery with some very light sour flavors mixed with nutty tastes. Not my favorite Russian River product.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2007
Deep amber reddish brown beer with small creamy yellow-beige head. The beer has nice and interesting aromas of sweet bread crust, confit doranges, orangettes, smooth malts, Pedro Xemenez, some fresh herbs with a light citrussy caracter and some sweet asian spices. The taste is elegant and has a medium body, the alcohol is slight present and soft detectable allong with some almond touches and candy sugar accents. There is a fine bitterness of hops in the finale and it ends with a nice untherlaying touch of crispy lemongrass.


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