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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,218 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,218
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 353
Gots: 678 | FT: 48
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hzy gold with a nice fat white head of foam that fell pretty fast. Left nice lace a cap and ring. Bubbles rising up from the bottom but not in an effervescing stream. These are lazy bubbles.

Nose is grass, fresh with citrus and grain plus a nice spicy yeast and scent of coriander. Pale, biscuit and lemon. Subtle nad mellow ont he nose. As it warms it gains a little peach and some apricot. There is no alcohol on the nose.

Taste is the citrus with a little lemon zest for sweetness, the light peach and apricot. Juicy and smooth. Very mellow. So light with it's pale grains that deepen as it warms to a really fantastic roundness on the tongue. Faint hop bitter that is very retrained but adds pleasantly to the mouthfeel. The grain is rich and there is a little earthy dryness. Mineral qualities soften the mouthfeel. The spice is the perfect accent to the fruits.

You would think that with a name like damnation it would be roiling. Shouting from the depths or something with all kinds of strong flavors clamoring. It is the exact opposite of that. It's depth is in the grain and how that sweetens fully and naturally and without any sugary quality showing that the earth is deep and golden in it's nature. Drinks easily and it's only flaw is that there isn't more fruit sweetness in the finish. But, even that fits the concept of damnation as it leaves a bit of longing. Easy and refreshing. Nothing heavy about this one it has a silky texture and excellent balance. It sparkles with depth and complexity rather than with carbonation and has a softness on the palate that is tangible. All of the qualities are only lightly forward making this one a very demure drink.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 25-July-2013, Enjoyed: 2-Sep-2013...
A - Pours a hazy golden color with a decent billowing head, settling down to a thin film of bubbles. The tulip glass accentuates the cascading effect of bubbles rising from the bottom.
S - Grassy, grain notes, rounded out by a fresh yeast and biscuit backbone. Subtle, citrusy hop character in there too.
T - Begins with a spicy tinge of citrus and coriander and lighter grape notes, evolving into a pale, slightly-hopped foundation. Little to no perceived bitterness, but it's recognized as it compliments the decadence of the dried fruits from the yeast esters. It's faint, but there is a note of dried apricot, maybe peach and plantain. Decadent and rich with a dryness to keep everything balanced.
M - Complex. There's a higher body to this one with the yeast and unfiltered ingredients contributing to a larger mouthfeel, but the dryness in the end helps to balance the texture. The spicy notes help to further that experience, creating a tantalizing sip that can only be satiated by another.
O - Phenomenal experience. I would possibly put this American take on the Belgian style at the top spot for American offerings. I definitely have to respect the care and attention that this delicate recipe has received. Looking forward to a few more months of bottle-aging the others.

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2012 Bottle bought at Russian River Brewery. Poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A - Opaque, hazy golden-yellow body with a nice foamy head about 1.5 cm thick. Fine lacing throughout.

S - Sour cherries and slight sour apple or apple ciderish smell, followed by wheatbreadiness, musky chardonnay, wet oakey earth.

T - Started off like a witbier - sharp wheat malt with subtle citrus-like and spicy undertones, wheatgrass, and slight bitter aftertaste.

M - High carbonation which is fine, but I think it may have been masking some of the subtle flavors. Slight sour left on lips.

O - My second time having Damnation, and I liked it much more the first time, when I had it on-tap at the brewery. Maybe I should have aged this a little bit longer, or let it sit out a bit to let it warm and let some of the carbon dioxide off to taste some of the more subtle flavors. Nonetheless, it is another good Belgian-style from RRBC. Worth obtaining a bottle and cellaring it for a bit.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,218 ratings.