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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,099 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,099
Hads: 3,587
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 400
Gots: 899 | FT: 55
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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Reviews: 1,099 | Hads: 3,587
Photo of wdberkley
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks gorgeous in a glass with bubbles dancing in a tornado to the top. Looks like a golden sunrise in a glass. Some fruit on the nose - banana, grape, little clove. Tastes similar, little sweet malt comes through, and the esters are defiantly forward. Almost finishes bitter, yet sweet. Great Belgian Pale.

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Photo of Zonk
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No detailed notes but noticeable yeast esters, finsishes slightly sour. Light to medium body, green apple on the palate. This is a very good Belgian Pale

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Photo of Myotus
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that refuses to die. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sour yeast, green apples, pears, white grapes, bready malts, and cloves that entangle with subtle aromas of bananas and earthy yeast
TASTE: Initial taste is composed of mild flavors of bready malts, green apple, pear, white grape, and banana along with subtle flavors of sour yeast. Mild aromas of cloves, subtle flavors of earthy yeast, and the slightest hint of alcohol enter right after as all initial flavors persist.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down somewhat rough and finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: It was a great beer. No further comments.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spot on Belgian Pale with classic aggressive carbonation. If you like the phenolic yeast one two punch this one will deliver. Some nice subtle fruit esters, a little banana, a little pineapple.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best beers I've had. On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia. Hazy blonde, floral aromas and a bitter bubblegum-like aftertaste. Hard to put it in words but this is a beer that you simply gotta try even if you're not a fan of the style.

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Photo of lic217
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: golden color, quick fading white head
Aroma: banana, peppery esters
Taste: sweet, then estery, clove like flavor, finishes dry, with a touch of alcohol, little citrus
Feel: high level of carbonation, medium body
Overall: a really nice golden ale, as another poster pointed out, it's not quite up there with delirium tremens

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Photo of SABERG
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 02072015 into a chalice.
A - Light colored honey, viscous body resists a train of carbonation. Light cap clings to the edges throughout the experience.
S - Sweet, sugars, light malts with an Abbey thread runs through.
T - Wonderful, base, strong esters, and a complex triple series, sweet malts, Belgian sugars and a touch of ops.
F - Surprisingly light in body, a medium mouth feel, and sweet finish that dries up quickly.
O - As billed, a wonderful Triple style, Abbey Golden with enough heft to lure you in to trying another at your own risk.

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

Light gold to straw yellow and plenty hazy. There's a fingernail of eggshell white covering the vast majority of the top of the beer. Moderate lacing. I smell Belgian ale yeast with plenty of fruity esters and I also detect some light Belgian candy sugar. I taste plenty of lightly bready malt and sweet, light Belgian candy sugar. The mouth is fairly carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of MHurley
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the over all look of this beer. With a corked top with the great Russian River twist cover. Thick neck and great art work. Pour a clear yellow with amazing head that give off a great aroma of peppery and fruit all in one. The taste though wasnt for me, kinda earthy but with some hop taste and booze. But a great beer to add to the collection! I love this bottle. Its like the ideal woman

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Photo of AnalogErik
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mouthfeel was flatter, smooth - the carb didn't get me, which is contrary to some reviews on here. The beer doesn't hide the booze too well, but the spices and malts come through well. Wasn't thrilled with this, but I can appreciate how well it represents the style.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with lots of tiny bubbles forming a large white head
S: Mild, some spices and slight fruit
T: Belgian Pale. some lighter fruits. Some banana and pear
M: very light and dry with a lot of effervescence
O: This is my first Russian River beer. It was an excellent representation of the style, but not what I would say was spectacular. Don't get me wrong, it is probably a top 5 BPA, just not sure if I would pay to have another. Looking forward to trying more of theirs!

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Photo of Kinsman
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours as expected with a nice golden orange body and a big fluffy white head. Slightly fruity on the nose but not nearly as much of an esters note as some similar beers give off. Taste reveals a bit more of the peppery character of this yeast but it's well balanced overall. Not quite on the same level as Duvel or Delirium, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Monks Cafe in Philly. The beer had a murky, pale yellow appearance with visible carbonation and a good sized head that dissipated. I smelled a combination of fruity flavors, but especially a fruit like a pear, mixed with cloves and yeast. The beer tasted slightly hoppy with earthy wheats and that advertised banana flavor. But, the aftertaste had a bitter citrus and grape flavor that was a bit strong for my tastes. The body of the drink was airy with a light carbonation. Overall, the aftertaste was a bit much for me, but I liked the combination of flavors and the body of the drink.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow with stream of carbonation

White foam ring, foamy lacings

Peppery aroma

Peppery spice taste , wine like taste ,Belgian qualities

Good beet

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Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

7/26...on tap at Monks in Philly. Pale gold, heavy high white foam. Faint fruity nose. Gritty hop, and yeasty taste. Pears. Peppery. Simple blonde, yet hugely flavorful. Worthy of the setting.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It smells like fresh baked banana bread with a little earthy hay as well. Good carbonation on the mouthfeel. Flavor is nothing spectacular but very good as well. Reminiscent of a lot of Belgian pales, with notes of grassy yeast, light citrus and honey with some rye grain floating in the background as well. Good beer but not a flagbearer for the style.

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

Really impressed with this. This Belgian ale is unlike any other offering in the style. Usually Belgian goldens are too sweet for me, with too much banana and clove going on. Not damnation. Hops on the tongue balanced out by sweet malt and a bit of funky character. I'll be getting this again!

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Photo of bmeehan
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Damnation is a very good Belgian ale that leans a little on the stronger side. It's a beer that lends itself more to a slow sip than a big chug or gulp, but its still smooth enough to not bite back after swallowing.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours hazy straw to gold under a 1” clingy off white foam collar.
S: Ripe fruit, a hint of banana, fruit,
T: Bread, biscuit, fruit, citrus, pineapple, pear drops, some large pitted fruits lead to a mild bitter finish.
M: Very creamy, effervescent, above average carbonation and a medium to medium light body.
O: As good as any strong pale ale from Belgium.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.