Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 71 (recent). Thanks to BA KevSal for including this generous extra in a recent trade!
Appearance: Careful pour yields a 2 inch fizzy white head that dissipates steadily, leaving a small splotch of lacing. Pours a murky yellow and leaves a few splotches and spots of lacing.
Smell: Belgian yeast, pear, apple, some bread underneath. Flowery and sugary sweet.
No unexpected aromas, but the story here is how potent and pleasant the aromas are. Very nice.
Taste: Follows the nose, with lots of pear-like esters, flowery hops, and assertive Belgian yeast up front, with an apple juicy finish and a banana aftertaste.
Also like the nose, this is very fresh and potent, if not complex or unique. Not as bready as suggested by smelling it, though some breadiness (and spice) emerge with time. Absolutely no solvent-like flavor. More bitterness than the average BSPA, which is fine with me as I have a rather bitter palate--could be a problem for other fans of the style though.
This is one of those rare beers with bold flavors that yet feels "subtle" in how finely balanced it is. It gets slightly more complex with warmth, but in the complexity development department, it's stasis by comparison to juggernauts like Duvel or the better Belgian quads or big American stouts.
Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light and medium bodied. A step or two above moderate carbonation. Pretty dry, but not overboard. Somewhat creamy feel.
This 5.0 is less perfection than it is "so many standout, flavor-benefiting elements that it stands out among beers in the style" (and it's close to perfection, anyway).
Overall: This beer would be a great introduction to BSPAs for hop heads who find Belgian ales too sweet. It's no Duvel, but it's substantially better than many other "authentic" BSPAs (e.g. Delirium Tremens, Lucifer, most widely available tripels).
To make a possibly stupid analogy, this isn't the artist whose work steals the show and towers above everyone, but rather the kind of thing you'd expect from any artist in a well-established, healthy, active culture of artists. It's a genre work that makes me think about what it would be like if all the people creating generic work were brilliantly talented. Hopefully this makes at least a little sense.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2012 04:53:54 | More by Pahn
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