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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,370
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 369
Gots: 790 | FT: 57
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-19-2003

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Ratings: 3,370 | Reviews: 1,096
Photo of bigsteve45
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Perfect one finger head. Golden but leans towards yellow
Aroma: Belgian Yeast.Sweet and Savory
Taste: Sweet Banana, Lemongrass, Cloves. Beautiful Belgian flavor
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Smooth beer all in all.
Overall: A great Russian River offering. Not their best, but in the belgian strong ale category it sure does shine. SomethingI always pick up if I come across it.

Photo of jetpilot12
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I took my time to savior every sip. One of the best Belgian pale's I've had.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy dark yellow color with fizzy and foamy off white head that reduces down to a ring around the edge. Smells of tropical fruits and clove spices. Tastes of bananas and spices with some breaded malts mixed in too. Well carbonated with some bite when finishing. Really enjoyed this RR take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale!

Photo of J_K
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, but nothing impressive. Expected a little more out of this.

Photo of intovert2438
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Was not very impressive, may have been an issue with aging or what not. Urea seemed apparent on the bouquet and palate

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great lighter beer with flavor.

Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Most of RR's brews are amazing, this one just seemed to fall short of the standards so highly set by the others I've had before it.

Photo of toronadotornado
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toronado - San Francisco, CA

Photo of KATCanada
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apple juice color with beautiful white foam that subsides relatively fast. Some lacing. Carmel aroma at first. Very spicy taste, medium body with decent mouth feel. Cloves, banana. In my mind not up to par with other RR offerings but I would drink it for sure but unlikely to buy it.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 112614 at 40 degrees into hand washed and dried goblet
Aroma weak, fruity, with some spice overtones but nothing distinct
Head none, aggressive pour. While some froth occurs while pouring, it instantly disappears leaving a thin 1 mm ring and a tiny island of tiny bubbles
Lacing none
Body light yellow, cloudy (chill haze and sediment - bottle conditioned and I inadvertently stirred up the yeast)
Flavor of spices; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5. Slightly above average but not much. Better Belgian ales exist with better price points.

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth. A nice balance of malt, yeast and hop flavors.

Photo of DrChompy
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up at my local grocery store (~600 miles from the Brewery)! I couldn't believe they had it. I almost passed out. Grabbed a bottle, rushed home to taste it and it is amazing. Great Belgian strong!

Photo of RobinLee
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 04/01/14.

Color: Nice pale gold, think Duvel without the prodigious head.

Nose: Smells like the hop profile of a German pilsner. Floral, a bit soapy, tiny bit earthy, spicy (mostly clover) and banana.

Taste: Rather sweet initially. Light malt, floral hops again, similar to Duvel but not fermented to the same dryness. Cannot tell it's almost 8%, drinks more like 5-6%.

Finish: Grainy, bitter, floral. Nice carbonation.

Pretty much seems like Duvel mini- almost as good, but not quite. As much as I want to say Damnation is in the shadow, it is a good beer in its own right.

Photo of Dynobolt
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really really enjoyed this beer.. Another great beer from Russian river, bought it at alpine liqour. Too bad I only bought one, will definitely get it again.

Photo of sjones5045
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft Monks Cafe in Philly
2/19/15

Photo of Tfols
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bit of fruit on this I wasn't expecting. Opened too cold, so really evolved as I let it warm a bit.

Photo of EBaez
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth taste and finish, a very balanced and refreshing ale.

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head

Smell: Straw, yeast, wheat, lemon peel

Taste: Cloves, lemon peel, bready grain, yeast, pepper

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good Belgian style carbonation

Overall: A pretty good brew, I enjoyed thoroughly

Photo of jooler
3.31/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty bitter. I'm not really a strong ale fan but this is pretty good. This is like a really high quality shock top. But not really worth the money

Photo of Buzz3d
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

was not expecting such a smooth Strong Pale...really enjoyed this.

Photo of CraigTravor
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It is yet another offering from RR that has lived up to the hype.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My least favorite from the cork in cage series from Russian River

Photo of Racinjoe
3.09/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not true Belgian strong. To light on flavor and body.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split bottle w/my sis in law, who's a big Belgian Pale fan. One of the best American made I've had. just the right amount of sweetness, Belgian yeast, lemon, biscuit. great mouthfeel, carbonation

Photo of Roguer
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful hazy golden ale, cloudy lemon-orange hue, topped with a fluffy snow-white head. Good retention, and individual lines of lacing.

Immediate strong Belgian pale aroma: straw and Belgian candi sugar, yeast, and wheat. Sharp citrus slices through.

Classic Belgian pale flavor, but really delicate and well integrated: cloves, bananas, sugar, light lemon; a hint of citric acid without cutting through the soft sweetness; chewy malt flavors.

Lively feel with noticeable foaming, but otherwise soft and sticky in the mouth. A delicate brew that somehow demands slow sips.

This is an exceptional Belgian strong pale ale. Similar brews: Duvel, NEBCO 668. This might be as perfectly put together as any in the style I've ever had. Truly exceptional balance and overall feel.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,370 ratings.