paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Malt and herb flavors. A hint of sweet carmel, funk. No Brett? Yeast strain must be wild as it has a very odd complex funk going on. Creamy texture is nice. Could of told me it was belgian and I’d believe it. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Batch 005-750ml bottle-pours a white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is spice-coriander/pepper/nutmeg, orange, sweet light malt but a dry character. Taste is spice-coriander/pepper/nutmeg, orange/lemon, some grass/herbal/floral hops, sweet light malt but a dry character, slightly musty/funky yeast. OK effervescence. Thanks to brewerb for the trade with jwc215 & me. marcus (10234) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Batch 6 bottle. This golden ale poured with a fluffy white head and a floral aroma. There is a caramel malt flavor with a fruity start and a spice finish. It has that distinct flavor characteristic that lets you know it’s from Russian River. jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Gold in color with a nice thick frothy off-white head. Aroma is fresh, hoppy and spicy. Flavor is lightly hoppy, a little grass and some grain. Light and refreshing. anders37 (26657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2009
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a pale yellow color with a small white head. Has a malty hoppy spicy aroma with some fruity hints. Sweetish malty spicy caramel flavor with some slightly tasrt fruity hints. Also some hoppy hints. Sweetish malty spicy fruity finish.
DSG (14838) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 11, 2009
(10/28/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. 5.48%. Clear golden color with a white head. Aroma of malt, fruits (a bit of apple, peach, tropical fruits noes) and spicy notes. Sweetish malty flavor with caramel notes, fruits and a drier finish. Medium-bodied. Pleasant. Nik925 (795) - USA - DEC 7, 2008
Light in color and palate, but clean. Strong clove flavor with a bit of lemon, enough to almost hide the small bite of metal. Similar to Damnation but not as good and mellower and toned down. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Golden yellow, malty, floral, citrus, bready, yeasty, spicey, grassy, dry finish. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft at RR brewpub. Pours a clear light golden/yellow color with a bone white head. Aroma is intense Pilsner malt. Very malty and clean. Cereal, crackers, fresh barley on top of some subtle but noticeable fruity esters. The malt stands out more than the yeast character though you can tell this is a Belgian beer – it’s just cleaner than normal. Taste is crisp, super dry, thirst quenching. Fruitiness is in the taste as well but it is subtle and not intense. Quick, bone dry finish. This is very quaffable. I like this style of beer and this is a good example. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2010 This is only my third Russian River beer but it doesn’t take long to figure out these guys know what they’re doing. Thanks to zythum for trading this to me. Pours a golden color with a huge fluffy off-white head. Pretty good retention. The aroma is nice, yeast, light fruits and flowers with malt. Everything seems to blend together quite nicely with this. Slightly sweet malty flavor, some grass and straw or somewhat of a barnyard taste, bananas and cloves with some spices kicking in towards the finish. This is light but there’s enough there to set it apart. Good one, I look forward to trying more from Russian River. Re-Rate 11/9/09. Batch 6 courtesy of cloudskipper. Sometimes simple is a good thing. Golden color huge lively white head. Very soft and slick, refreshing, nice crisp spice to compliment the fruity and floral flavors. I like Damnation but I think this one is even better.