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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,873 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 1,058
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 330
Gots: 579 | FT: 45
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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Argofax

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -75.7%

02-10-2012 04:21:59 | More by Argofax
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JMZiobro

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-09-2012 16:50:06 | More by JMZiobro
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JimmyTango

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-09-2012 16:29:28 | More by JimmyTango
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.4%

02-09-2012 05:20:09 | More by msarver16
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-08-2012 22:34:36 | More by John11486
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turdadactyl

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.2%

02-07-2012 16:11:47 | More by turdadactyl
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Microbrewtaster

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle from Batch 67 poured in a Stella Artois Chalice

A - The pour is a slightly hazy blonde color that is hazy. with a nice finger and a half head that leaves a nice off white head.

S - The smell is a nice bready smell, some fresh pepper, a slight amount of grains, I enjoy this smell its nice. there is something else there that I can't quite put my finger on.

T - It is nice, funky at the beginning following a nice spice flavor, followed by an a granny apple flavor. There is also a nice bready character.

M - This is a nice light medium feel that has a perfect amount of carbonation.

O - Wow, I love this beer, It is wonderfully made and thoroughly enjoyable. I would recommend this beer to anyone who has the chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 04:01:01 | More by Microbrewtaster
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-07-2012 00:16:58 | More by jwat
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deebo

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 072-375 ml bottle

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with just a hint of white filmy head. Plenty of tiny bubbles. Don Ho would be proud.

S - Aromas of fruity and funky belgian yeas with some spicy hops. Hints of light malt.

T - Starts off with some yeasty funk with plenty of spice bite, fruitiness somewhat remniscent of a hefeweizen with a weak hop bitterness. Finishes dry, with a long lingering aftertaste.

M - Fairly light body with high levels of carbonation that gives a crisp, dry finish but lingers.

O - A solid beer, but not my favorite style. I like the funky fruity belgian yeast. Could use a little more heft in the malt department for my taste. But would be glad to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 01:36:16 | More by deebo
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old 750ml that I bought about two years ago, been in my fridge ever since.

A - Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a thin film of white head leaving very light lace down the glass. I got a bit of the dregs in my glass, the others were much clearer.

S - Smells of fruity belgian yeast, pepper, apples, some fresh cut grass, and a bit of dry graininess. The funk is kinda weak initially growing stronger as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with some light funkiness quickly giving way to hints of spices, chewy belgian yeast, fruitiness - mostly apples and bananas - and some light hop bitterness. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, slightly funky feel that clings to the pallet for some time after consumption.

O - I have always liked Damnation, although I enjoy it more on-tap than in the bottle. The flavors are good and it is pretty easy to drink. Not my favorite RR beer but still a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 19:48:09 | More by orangesol
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Kenai4

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +21.4%

02-05-2012 18:18:22 | More by Kenai4
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-05-2012 17:01:05 | More by kspongeworthy
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DrWalterWhite

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-05-2012 06:07:29 | More by DrWalterWhite
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dudeabides76

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-04-2012 02:06:43 | More by dudeabides76
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juliusseizure

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-03-2012 20:50:22 | More by juliusseizure
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Pahn

New York

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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DrHoptagon

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-02-2012 22:03:20 | More by DrHoptagon
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chalkfullof

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-02-2012 07:00:21 | More by chalkfullof
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-01-2012 20:08:11 | More by JeffTheJuice
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AgentMunky

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch 060. From notes. Reviewed 8 July 2011.

A: Nice tight, white head. The beer is incredibly clear and very pale. A sort of milky yellow color. Good lacing.

S: Sour. Lambic yeast? Lemon zest.

T: Very light...too light? Wheatiness, especially on the endtaste. A bit of fruit, apple and apricot. The taste is only very slightly sour. Lemon cream on the aftertaste. In my opinion, it's not that great.

M: Light, spritely, fleeting, but enjoyable.

O: Disappointing. It's far too gentle a beer for me; I will not have another. Not recommended.

EDIT (14 April 2012): Drinking this on-tap in the brewpub, I stand firmly by my initial review.

EDIT (21 June 2012): Batch 068 poured from a 375mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Even less remarkable than previous incarnations. If you want something like this, go with the superlative Redemption.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 19:13:17 | More by AgentMunky
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BHopp12

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12.75oz bottle into chalice

A: Clear golden yellow colored body with a big white head that leaves its trail throughout

S: Kind of get the scent of a pilsner which is not very exciting, then some pepper, booze and a mild banana smell afterwards. Not a great smelling beer

T: Very peppery, spicy taste is the most prevelant. Get a little fruity banana flavor or a little lemon zest coming through.

M: Very bubbly almost like a champagne very highly carbonated and very full body.

O: I was expecting more from this beer but not at all a bad beer. Probably will not have again but definitly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 16:13:08 | More by BHopp12
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Treebs

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml C&C bottle, Batch 070, served in a Bell's tulip. Big thanks to mfavoino for the brew.

A: Pours a solid golden yellow with a slight chilled haze to the body. A frothy white head forms on the pour, about one finger in height, and recedes to a nice thick collar. Little splotches of lace are left on the glass.

S: Yeasty funk and light grassy hops are present in the nose. A slight sweet malt bill and a touch of dried fruit peel.

T: The taste is much like the nose. A slight spicey yeast with a touch of bretty funk. Grassy and earthy hops shows themselves midway through and it pairs nicely with some fruit esters, mainly apple flesh.

M: Refreshing and light bodied with an above average carbonation. The flavor really doesn't stick around as the mouthfeel dries out.

O: A very solid strong pale ale. The ABV was non existent and the combination of flavors was solid. Special? No. Good? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 14:35:12 | More by Treebs
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Bjeerfalls

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-01-2012 09:07:50 | More by Bjeerfalls
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ely2000k

California

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

Definitely enjoyed this one. Poured a hazy burnt orange color. Not transparent. Murky looking. Lots of Belgian yeast on the nose, some slight biscuit and floral scents mixed in. Taste starts sweet and malty, ends with a bit of a mild hoppy bite. The alcohol is present, but not in an overwhelming way. The carbonation is really good, and the mouthfeel is full but goes down fairly smooth. Has a very slight smoky feel to it. Overall I feel like the taste and mouthfeel are pretty complex on this beer. Quite enjoyable, wouldn't hesitate to drink another one. The price is a bit steep, but no other complaints. Have had this on tap and found it enjoyable, but I may have preferred it conditioned in the bottle a little bit more.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:44:40 | More by ely2000k
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 72 poured into a chalice.
Hazy bright golden body with not much of a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. It looked effervescent while pouring it but the carbonation died fast after finishing the pour. Slightest amount of lacing makes an appearance.
An immediate spicy/clove character hits the nose with some citrus and grass/funk notes also present.
Sort of get a hefe taste going on with the spice and slight banana flavor. Loads of fruit characteristics are present. Leaves sort of a earthy/woody aftertaste.
Not much carbonation to it considering that it is bottle fermented. Medium body.
Again Russian River doesn’t wow me but this is a solid offering by them. I’d rather just pay a little more and pick up a stubby bottle of Duvel. Worthy of a try if digging into strong Belgian pales though. A textbook example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:53:01 | More by MattSweatshirt
Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.