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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,873 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 1,058
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 330
Gots: 579 | FT: 46
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-19-2003)
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MyTBeerDrinker

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.7%

07-10-2012 01:17:15 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.7%

05-20-2012 20:23:14 | More by epicac2
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Alabama

1/5  rDev -75.7%

09-13-2012 02:36:31 | More by mhurter
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dragonx2099


1/5  rDev -75.7%

02-26-2013 06:34:04 | More by dragonx2099
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sevenshubby

California

1/5  rDev -75.7%

06-27-2012 02:23:16 | More by sevenshubby
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Argofax

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -75.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

10-07-2012 17:21:33 | More by MW1321
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coleary

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -63.6%

07-19-2013 18:49:58 | More by coleary
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jamescott

Washington

2.05/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Batch 056x2.

Opened the bottle. Cork popped off by itself moments later.

Taste was sour and gross. Everything else was fine!

Had to pour.

I have had many of these, first time with the small bottles. Usually, a great beer (A+), but this one clearly went bad.

Damn.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 04:53:04 | More by jamescott
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cherche

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

10-23-2013 20:09:00 | More by cherche
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jaycar06

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

05-18-2014 00:09:55 | More by jaycar06
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

07-08-2012 21:14:21 | More by poopsmitherson
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spamages

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

12-29-2011 21:38:25 | More by spamages
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huddyball

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

05-17-2014 23:21:42 | More by huddyball
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leodarko

California

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

03-04-2012 23:05:32 | More by leodarko
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Mark

California

2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm trying real hard guys, I really am. This belgian style ale was had at the fun Russian River pub. This beer poured a cloudy pale gold, head was pure white and retained well, lacing was good. Banana notes dominated the aroma and taste profiles, the usual yeasty characteristics were also present. This Belgian strong golden checks in at 7% I'm glad I tried it, upset I didn't like it. I would like nothing more to report one day that I had found one I do like. Suzanne liked it though! I almost fell off my stool. I'll bet most if not all lovers of Belgians will like it, seems well made.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2004 03:54:25 | More by Mark
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matty

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow colored beer with a quickly fading head that laces the glass.Aroma is spice.Taste is pretty gross mix of fruit,coriander and some other garbage spices.I would have been angry if I had spent two dollars on this but the fact that I spent 15.00 makes me feel like I was robbed.Total rubbish!!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 04:53:57 | More by matty
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nefelim

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

03-23-2013 19:42:46 | More by nefelim
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Fitzpat4

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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vinny21bal

Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Russian River is one of my favorite Breweries out there. It could be the fact that I love sours but this beer did nothing for me. I think it is stylistically correct. But a over rated beer just for the fact that it is Russian River must help it get better ratings. I am not saying it is a bad beer at all. i personally would not buy it if it was only $2.00.

Russian River puts out so many great beers, this seems to me like a session beer there trying to make and it just lacks a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 18:57:54 | More by vinny21bal
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Damian

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Toronado, San Francisco, CA
Served in a tulip

It was rather fitting that Damnation happened to be review #333 for me (half way to the Number of the Beast). Quite ironic.

Poured a crystal clear, pale straw yellow with a one-finger, bright white head that quickly faded to a lasting ring. Disappointing head retention (particularly for the style) and no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was practically non-discernible initially and came out only slightly toward the drink's end. Slightly musty (from the yeast) with semi-sweet, honey-ish notes lingering in the background.

The taste seemed to be a very watered down interpretation of a Belgian strong pale ale. Crisp, citric and tart with some spicy, slight musty notes. Hoppy throughout (piney, dry, citrusy hops) with an especially hoppy finish that was super dry, bitter and rather tannic. The beer left my palate feeling like a piece of sandpaper.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a very fine and mild carbonation. Toward the drink's end, the liquid turned completely flat. Once again, off for the style.

The folks at Russian River definitely tried to put an American twist on a Belgian style ale and they did it very poorly. This beer lacked severely in almost all categories. Definitely one of the most disappointing brews I have tried in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 20:35:33 | More by Damian
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average, at best. Drinking a bottle of RR Damnation batch 74 as I write this review. This beer is ok, having a nice yellow, straw/hay appearance--thin one finger head quickly fades. Flavors of grass and hops are muted behind a smooth almost watery taste. A very, very average beer for something that comes from Russian River. Not a complete let-down, but nowhere near outstanding. Mouthfeel is ok, sudzy, not bad. Overall, a little bit disappointed...

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:13:21 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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Buttermaker

California

2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me start by saying I hold Russian River to a higher standard. They are absolutely one of the best craft brewers out there. So my relative disappointment with their Damnation should be taken in context. It starts off well with lots of fresh citrus on the nose and a nice golden orange hue and lingering head. But taste and mouthfeel are heavy handed and not nearly nuanced enough to stand up next to the best Belgium golden ales. Too bitter (and not in a good hoppy way) with an almost medicinal finish. Russian River can do better.

Recommended music pairing: Neil Young - After the Goldrush

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 02:07:31 | More by Buttermaker
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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.