This Belgian Strong Golden Ale weighs in at 7.75% ABV; not a super high alcohol content but what is there is well hidden. It poured a lovely golden, sunshine color with a finger of head that didn’t stick around for too long.
Damnation’s aroma was of citrus, a little bit of banana, a healthy helping of yeast and a dollop of honey. My mouth was watering after taking in such a nose.
Its carbonation is lightly bubbled and effervescent, but not in a way that would detract from the body; I feel the bubbles up front on the tip of my tongue, past the sides and then a slight smoothing out to a medium-heavy finish, without being syrupy or thick.
Damnation tastes of sweet, bready yeast and citrus. I recommend this for a warm day or evening as it’s very drinkable and the hint of citrus tends to make me think of summer.
I must thank John Siller for bringing it to me from California on his most recent trip this way… I hope he’s had a chance to enjoy the Nøgne Ø Barleywine I sent home with him, too!
[techtags:RUSSIAN RIVER, DAMNATION, BELGIAN ALE, GOLDEN ALE, BEER REVIEW]