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RATINGS: 694   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14745) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Sort of malty, chocolaty, clove aroma. Brown to deep ruby when held to strong light (tulip glass). Flavor like a smooth brown ale - chocolate coffee holding down the malt. Dry, considering the malt; maybe thats what lean malt means. Medium thick feel, with tiny bubbles. Alcohol seems to dissolve the fruit aspects quickly. Dark fruit like dried grapes or plums, but only hints. Finishes with a sweet n sour aspect. Chocolate lays on the tongue. Never detected banana, but its spring, so the nose may not know.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14222) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2006
750 ml bottle[batch 2] poured a clear reddish brown with a large lasting tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit and light spice. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of spice, brown sugar, hints of plum and grape with a lingering lightly sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (14139) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Draft - Sweet plum and dark raisin. Deep brown with a decent beige head. Roasty notes, seem plum and prune. More dark and roasty than fruity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle Batch 17 shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear reddish/brown color with an average brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Very complex dark fruit, caramel and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex chocolate bittersweet flavor with medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13874) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2006
(750ml bottle, Batch 2) Large pillowy beige head atop clear dark amber body with dead yeasties. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, spicy Belgian yeast, some alcohol, pepper. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, alcohol, some banana, plum, light metallic. Watery medium-full body, low carbonation. Evokes weizenbock, but too much alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13780) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2009 Re-rate 6/09: Bottle sample. Thanks Yafit! Deep ruby color. Aroma of caramel, licorice, raisins and prunes. Sweet flavor of dark fruits, licorice, yeast, spices, demerara sugar and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full body. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

(10/28/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Nice deep amber color. Aroma of malt, caramel, smoky wood notes and lots of dark fruits. Sweet malty flavor with dark fruits (plums, raising, figs notes), caramel and light roasty chocolate hints. Rather full-bodied. Very drinkable for a 9% beer. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13736) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle thanks to my bro jackl. It pours deep mahogany brown with a small light tan head. The nose is caramel, wood, brown sugar, chocolate, over-ripe plum, prune and candy. The taste is wood, prune, plum, leather, candy, brown sugar, spice, earth and light astringency with a dry finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, well balanced balance and pretty drinkable. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (13483) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle, Batch 010. Pours a cloudy brown with medium frothy tan head that lasts, lots of carb. The aroma is a strong yeast, raisins and spice Medium mouthfeel figs, sweet malt with nice spice with lingering dry finish. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13404) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
A burgundy copper red ale with a thin moka head. In aroma, interesting oily cloves, caramel, fusel alcohol, and woody notes. In mouth, an oily candy suagr with orange peels, intense and lovely aniseed and licorice, alcohol warmth, very pleasing. On tap at brewpub, August 17, 2009.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13259) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Batch 4 bottle shared by Immy at his Backyard Throwdown. Thanks! Pours a clear auburn color with a small head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee and raisin. Taste is very similar with notes of toffee, raisin and bitter chocolate. Full bodied.


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