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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,844 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,844
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 326
Gots: 573 | FT: 44
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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beef13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-27-2012 14:54:59 | More by beef13
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BlakeMatt

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-26-2012 23:59:34 | More by BlakeMatt
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ROWDYMELT

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-26-2012 22:23:47 | More by ROWDYMELT
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Realized I hadn't reviewed this one yet so I picked up a bottle - batch 061. Poured from bottle to NBB globe glass.

A - The beer pours a nice yellow straw color. Hazy with a fair amount of yeast sediment that settles to the bottom. A good 1 finger white bubbly head that slowly fades to a thick film. Excellent lacing.

S - A refined banana character that doesn't dominate the nose but isn't the usual belgian character either: subtle yet precise in a more earthen tone. A good biscuit/bread character. The hops are a mild addition in another earthy tone. A nice mix of bread and sweetness.

T - Sweetness immediately on the tip of the beer. The sweetness meshes well with the bread/biscuit tone of the malt found on the nose. Further adding to the complexity of the beer is the belgian yeast which adds a sort of banana bread character while also hints of spice and clove. The middle of the beer brings a light creaminess. Finishes semi-dry.

M - Interesting. The beer starts full and creamy but through the beer an extreme crispness presents itself and finishes drier than I remember.

O - A good beer that I would drink more often if it was more affordable but incredibly easy to drink. Hides the alcohol well.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-27-2011 01:45:50

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 17:48:24 | More by hopfacebrew
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rkasten1

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-25-2012 02:43:35 | More by rkasten1
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.4%

01-24-2012 05:00:18 | More by splendidsplinter
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MalReever

Delaware

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-23-2012 12:30:06 | More by MalReever
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375mL bottle poured into a snifter
Batch 071

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with 1 fingers width of bright white colored head. Tons of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top of the glass like champagne, and allowing the head to have great retention with just under ½ a fingers width remaining throughout the entire drink. A good amount of lacing. Pretty beer.

S: Strong fragrance from the moment you open the bottle, but the aroma is not all that great. At first it smells pilsner-esque, then other flavors start to come out. A peppery spice, some booze, some mild banana and a touch of clove. Aroma is strong, but not all that great. You really have to work the snifter to get the belguim aromas to come out, otherwise it’s pretty bland.

T: A peppery spice, a kind of bland malt flavor that I can’t quite place, a touch of clove (maybe), but the peppery spice is the predominant flavor. The only other flavor I get is a kind of bizarre sweetness mixed with a cutting bitterness that is reminiscent of lemon rind. Not much going on in the palate profile. This beer really just isn’t that good.

M/D: Bubbly almost stinging mouthfeel , fuller body that I was expecting, heavily carbonated, relatively easy to drink in terms of it hiding a pretty high ABV, but the palate profile isn’t appeal to me so I don’t think I’d have more than 1.

O: Overall, I consider this one a miss. Maybe I just had a bad batch, but my assumption is this beer is so highly rated because it’s a Russian River product. Now don’t get me wrong, RR makes some fantastic brews. However, this is not one of them. It’s not in the same league as Duvel, hell its not even playing the same game (and Delerium Tremens remains my favorite in the style). Cannot recommend, and won’t buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:37:11 | More by zac16125
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dbexpert

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-22-2012 22:51:32 | More by dbexpert
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Boz12

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-22-2012 14:54:27 | More by Boz12
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GAlcaraz1

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-22-2012 10:04:36 | More by GAlcaraz1
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Giovacchini

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a 16 oz. Tripel Karemliet glass.

A- orange with a finger head.

S- yeast, lemon, subtle orange

T- belgium yeast, citrus, clove

M- good carbonation, sweet and not very bitter or dry.

O- This beer is my go to beer of it's style. I like Belgium beers but some are too intense for my pallet and are often only sold in larger bottles. This beer is always available at my work and I enjoy it's drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:29:11 | More by Giovacchini
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poppyjohn

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-21-2012 22:19:27 | More by poppyjohn
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TRingelstein

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-21-2012 22:10:35 | More by TRingelstein
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bwyu

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-21-2012 05:07:00 | More by bwyu
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-21-2012 01:27:52 | More by imperialking
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-18-2012 00:44:30 | More by pirmannt1
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -27.2%

01-17-2012 21:43:03 | More by acurtis
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Drinkerofales

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with an off-white head that had some prominent lacing.

Smells of lemon grass and other citrus, yeast and tartness.

Taste is citrus, and I mean orange and lemon. Yeast is a major component, lots of juiciness and very refreshing.

Texture is very bubbly. A light-medium body makes this feel like the change from spring to summer. Easy to drink and hides it's booze, yet for some reason, I don't think I could drink a lot of this at one sitting.

A very nice beer, it's it's yeastiness is nice and I liked the citrus notes and the bubbly effect. The citrus is more forward than most Belgians I know and I liked that aspect.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 10:52:10 | More by Drinkerofales
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czfreeman

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waited a long time to be able to review Russian river beers
Opening a cork and cage 375ml bottle
A loud resounding pop ensures carbonated funky greatness.
A beautifully hazy beer is decanted.thick rich creamy head hazy body, nice cloudy golden tone as if someone poured some yeast into a Duvel.
Aromatics are powerful.pineapple pine hay citrus lemons musty hay pepper. Slightly inferior pear, apple clove..wow in a nutshell a fruity more citrus focus Duvel.
Flavor...wow
lemon pepper pear apple pineapples a beautiful balance of fruit and dryness. Never cloying or sweet in the least.
Banana and clove come into play. I find sour apple cider and pure fresh yeast in the mix as well.
Mouth feel is light lively spicy..great in a nutshell.
I really like this brew.
Russian river is a brewery that remains head and shoulders above all comparable examples

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 05:26:05 | More by czfreeman
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-16-2012 15:27:49 | More by Sparger
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JazzIPA55

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-16-2012 05:46:57 | More by JazzIPA55
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.2%

01-15-2012 23:28:11 | More by gafferjohn
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and hazy. Head is a bit smallish but bellowing and frothy. It's white in color and leaves abundent lacing on the glass.
Aroma of rich malts and yeast. Taste is sweet pilsner malts. Finishes tart and a tad spicey like in pepper. Hops are pretty light. Feels medium to thin on the palette with a semi-dry and slightly bitter finish.
My only problem that according to the label there should be some citrus hop notes and there isn't.
I liked the beer none the less it was quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 12:16:26 | More by micromaniac129
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bugbear

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-15-2012 05:40:14 | More by bugbear
Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
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