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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,216 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,216
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:
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(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-19-2003)
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3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 5-22-12

A- Great looking beer, poured into a snifter producing a fluffy white two finger head with excellent retentiion and nice lacing. A virtual storm of bubbles in the glass. Color is a slightly hazy medium gold.

S- Bananas and pepper with some distinctive Belgain yeast in the background.

T- Not quite enough sweetness to balance the dry finish. Maybe a bit too subtle for my palate but I was expecting something with more flavor and richness.

M- Carbonation is right for the style but it's still on the thin side.

O- A good effort but all things being equal, I'd rather have a Duvel.

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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

billowy white head with medium bubbles, dissipating with some fine lacing down the sides. definitely looks (and feels) like a heavier-bodied brew, but smells entirely like most of the unibroue offerings attempting to re-create a strong belgian ale. a bit more 'fruity' than i particularly like but for a 7.75% abv, this is an awesome achievement.
overall, it leaves a nice twang on the outsides of the tongue, is exactly what it tries to be, and is an excellent offering if strong, light belgian ales are what you crave. it just doesnt have that belgian signature and tastes so much like the unibroue ales... but very decent in its own right. and from california....

Photo of MrDanno96
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with 4 fingers of fluffy white head. So much head, in fact, that I couldn't get the whole bottle into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Lots of sticky lacing. A nice golden color, but cloudy from the yeast.

S: Lots of fruit on the nose. Oranges, lemons, applies, pears. Slight Belgian spiciness. A little more subdued than I would like.

T/M: Lots of sweet maltiness with notes of lemon and spice in the finish. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with very subtle carbonation.

O: Just kind of "meh" for me, to be honest. I expect more from Russian River. Just a fair BSPA for me. Lots of better options from RR. Underwhelming nose and flavor profile.

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4.98/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, bright, hazy golden color with a creamy white head. According to the wife, the aroma reminds her of champagne - I have to assume that means yeast and candy sugar, and I'll toss in a bit of spice. One sip and...wow. This is awesome, awesome stuff. The best beer I've had in a long time. A perfect balance of biscuity malts and a crisp bite of hops, with a lingering slick mouthfeel. Notes of citrus and spice, too.

This is just...awesome. Perfectly balanced and excellent. It's been a while since I added a beer to my top five, but this one did it.

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3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 077, 375ml into a tulip glass.

A - Murky dark amber body. Massive fluffy off whit head. Great lacing and retention.

S - Massive vegetal notes. Coriander, lemons, hay, grass, spices, Belgian yeast then...BAM...celery or something. Just has a very soup like aroma.

T - Lemons, hay, and coriander spice with a large Belgian yeast spiciness. I'm still getting a large vegetal quality to it. Alcohol is noticeable. Mouth feel is spritzy and dry with a medium slightly coating mouth feel.

O - I think its just the freshness of this beer. I was getting more vegetal and hard spice notes than anything. Hopefully I can try an aged one at some point.

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

375ml bottle, corked and caged. Thanks to stmgl01 for this one. Batch #77. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a hazy brownish golden with about a 2-3 finger white fluffy head that has great retention. Nice carbonation around the sides of the glass and lightly billowing groups carbonation coming up the middle of the glass. Leaves thick lacing coating the sides of the glass.

S- Lemony citrus hops mixed with honey and earthy grains/wheat, followed by light spices and some light malt.

T- Lemony citrusy hops mixed with some light sweet honey, light earthy grains and spices, with a very light malt background. Light citrusy malty aftertaste that lingers faintly for a little while.

M- Light, nice carbonation, slightly juicy, very drinkable, no abv burn.

O- I'd definitely have to say this is the best Belgian Pale Ale I think I've had. Everything in it was very well done from the appearance down to the mouthfeel. There were very nice well balanced flavors that provided for a very easy to drink and enjoyable beer. Not only that but beer felt very good on the palate and looked very good in the glass. I definitely enjoyed this beer, another great offering that I would highly recommend.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,216 ratings.