Damnation Golden AleSeptember 1, 2005 Santa Rosa, CA
Russian River Brewing Co.
Santa Rosa, CA
Available: CA, PA, DC, VA
Damnation is Russian River’s version of a Belgian-style golden ale. The name evokes the Belgian tradition of giving this style of beer a curious or diabolical name.
Alcohol (wt.): 5.57
Alcohol (vol.): 7
Original Gravity: 1066
Blind folded, I'm bound for Belgium. Even the wired and corked bottle and naughty name seem to hail from the old country. Though it's a big beer, high in alcohol, the light golden color and slightly sweet fruity taste are amazingly gentle and seductive, like original sin. Maybe that's why they call it Damnation. What ever they call it, it's a hell of a beer! Divine with organic apples and Trappist cheese.
- Charles Finkel
Teasing, greeny gold. Dense, white head. Earthy, grassy aroma. Lemon grass. In the palate, very lemony indeed. Lemon sherbet. Lemon curd. Vanilla. Very clean body, but I could have taken a little more muscle. Slightly sticky finish. I still wanted more—and it is a very appetising beer. The work of the Devil, I’ll be damned.
- Michael Jackson
Straw-to-golden color, quite hazy, like sunrise on a humid day. Wonderfully conditioned, with a persistent white head and fine champagne-size bubbles. Batch 003 smells young, with an initial hint of banana taffy and abundant fruit on the nose. Nicely rounded, more subtle fruit skins emerging in the middle, pears and tangerines, giving way to a dry, spicy-peppery finish. Seems a tad tarter than in the past, perhaps because a wine yeast was used for re-fermentation (bottle log at their website includes details for each batch), even earthier and more refreshing. Forget Duvel comparisons. Both beers distinctive in their own way.
- Stan Hieronymus
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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