Session # 146 | Russian River | Damnation | 7.75% ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale | Santa Rosa, California | Rating: 90/100
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If you click the “Breweries” tab at the top of this site you’ll see that Russian River is currently my #2 favorite brewery (just behind Founders). Sometimes it’s really difficult to choose one over the other. Nevertheless, today’s beer called Damnation shows that even the simple beers are made extremely well at Russian River. Vinnie Cilurzo has become a master of producing very clean tasting beers and this one is no exception. It poured into the glass about as clear as any beer I’ve ever seen; especially knowing that there was yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I couldn’t help but notice right away how much it resembled Duvel in its appearance. The aromas were just as suspected: clean but dominate. There was a huge bit of over-ripened banana and clove from the yeast and a light floral character from the slight bit of hops. The bitterness, sweetness, and spiciness were all on the same page in the taste. Again, the banana and clove characters ran the show followed by the malty sweetness and finally a light bitterness from the hops. Put simply, Damnation is a non-flashy well-crafted Belgian beer at its near finest.
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