“In the great beer producing country of Belgium, some brewers have made it a tradition to give their beers an unusual name. Sometimes the name is curious, now and then it is diabolical and other times it is just plain silly. Damnation is our brewmaster’s interpretation of a Belgian style Strong Golden Ale. It has extraordinary aromas of banana and pear with mouth filling flavors of sweet malt and earthy hops. The lingering finish is dry and slightly bitter but very, very smooth.
7.0%ABV / 1.068 O.G / 25 BUs”
Tonight was good night. Crystal started working her night shift tonight and she doesn’t get off until midnight. This will be like this for six weeks. For the first night I enjoyed this amazing beer while watching Inglorious Basterds. I’ve been excited to see this for a while. I had it at or near the top of my Netflix queue for about 5 months now. Netflix is so popular I don’t see how they have a shortage of DVDs and it takes 5 months for a popular movie to be available to me. Anyways, I loved this movie. Not much more to say than that. Maybe I should start Movie & a Beer Blog and review both while I enjoy or not enjoy both. Onto the critique!
Russian River has a thing with naming their beers with words that end in ‘tion’. Just check out their site and look around. This would be my first taste of one of those and what a good one to start on. As you can tell from the photo above, this was a corked bottle. Maybe because it’s a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Any beer with a cork makes me excited. It’s like the pop when it comes out is the exclamation point on my anticipation right before I’m about to drink it. Pouring it in the glass a very nice head formed and I could smell the goodness right away. Smelled a bit of citrus and some herb like notes. Also smelled a lot of what I think would be wort. I thought the color in the glass was very nice. Lots of bubbles and very clear. I let up on the pour a little bit so there was a little bit left in the bottle. I also held back because they leave a little yeast in the bottle so it can ferment longer than just at the brewery. I smelled the almost empty bottle and looked inside and felt I should pour the rest into the glass. This was after the photo was taken. After the last pour, it turned slightly cloudy. Upon drinking it, I am delighted. First thing I think is the flavor is very heavy, not like a golden ale that I am used to. Very malty, high carbonation (hence all the bubbles), crisp, lemon zest, and dry. I love dry, so this is great. Man what a great beer. I think lots of people would like this, but it’s probably hard to find outside of Northern California. I picked this one up at City Beer here in SF. If you see it, don’t miss it, no matter who you are.