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Name – Damnation
Country – United States
Type – Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Appearance – Pours a very cloudy straw yellow color with a big fluffy white head.

Smell – Sweet malts and yeast with some peppery like spices.  Slightly boozy in the nose.

Taste – Sweet fruit, I get some banana in it.  Some lemony characteristics.  Yeasty like a typical Belgian.  Slight alcohol burn.

This is a much talked about one from Russian River.  Well a lot of their beers are talked about a lot.  But I saw it and decided to pick up a bottle when in PA.  I’m starting to realize I’m not that big of a fan of the golden Belgian styled beers.  It’s not that I think they are bad.  It’s just that a lot of them taste the same to me.  I prefer the darker Belgians and the funky ones.  This one is slightly different but still kind falls there.  I think for the style it is better than others I have had but I probably won’t go out of my way to get it again.

Sorry about the pictures.  I just couldn’t get any good ones to come out right.

Overall Grade – B-

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  • Reply nate

    I think that’s a pretty accurate assessment on Golden Belgians. I’ve not had Damnation, but they do taste very similar…a lot like pilsners: they are all very similar, but a good one stands out in the crown and blows your mind. My fav. is Jolly Pumkpkin. The creamy oakiness and funk makes it stand out.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Mike

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks this. I thought I may have been committing craft beer sacrilege.

    JP puts awesome twists on regular styles. I love it.

    June 18, 2010 at 10:04 am
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