Beer Sellers: City Beer Store, San Francisco
Origin: Santa Rosa, California, USA
This was the first Belgian-inspired bottle conditioned beer I tried from one of California’s leading micros, a strong golden ale broadly in the style of Duvel that’s claimed three GABF medals so far. My sample came from Batch 028, back in 2007.
Damnation is a cloudy golden beer with a thick, creamy yellowish head, and a scent of cream too on a complex estery aroma with notes of fennel, coriander and bacon smoke. A sweetish pale malt and tangerine palate has some alcoholic weight, with hints of burnt wood and herbs and a spicy bitterness lurking beneath. The fine, long and warming finish has tangy orange fruit, twiggy spice and late developing grapefruit. No slavish imitation but an impressive beer in its own right.
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