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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,031 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,031
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 342
Gots: 624 | FT: 50
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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Ratings: 3,031 | Reviews: 1,065 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

staggerlee024, Mar 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

edwardkersh, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Pat, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

robieobie1, Mar 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ensign11, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

canadianghetto, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of ajramirez1
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a pint glass. Look is light golden crisp. Smell is belgian es, im a fan of belgian style ales so this smell is very distinct & unique...taste is a clean belgian pale to a T. After is clean & no complaints. Very good beer, nothing to exciting about it but this beer is on tap in area currently, pdx, so i wanna get the tap taate to compare. Beer is subject to chg per rating...

ajramirez1, Mar 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

demgoth, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a medium gold in color with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that was mostly lasting, eventually reducing to a thick foamy cap which produced some really nice sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, citrus hops and a strong moldy yeast with notes of banana, green apple, pears and a mild peppery spice.

The taste was good and malty with a nice strong note of citrus in the beginning and then became very yeasty and mildly bitter with notes of green apple, pears and had a bit of spiciness towards the end. The flavor stayed with you for a really good long time with a spicy yeast finish that was left laying on the taste buds well after all other flavors faded.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a good strong prickly carbonation.

Overall an exquisite Belgian Ale with a complexity of flavors blending together extremely well, forming a fantastic tasting brew...

KajII, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jorgemir, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

efb123, Mar 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

UncleBumpy, Mar 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

dmorgan310, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

hays99, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of output01x
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL. corked and caged bottle (Batch 063) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger off-white head that slowly settles after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a orange gold with large, dark floaties suspended throughout. Thick lacing clings to the glass each time the glass is tipped but seems to have trouble tearing itself from the head.

Warm malts aromas lay the groundwork with notes of buttery popcorn, toffee, and fresh-baked bread. Citrusy hops aromas add on with notes of lemon oil and orange cream. A clove and peppery spiciness in the background adds yet another level to the complexity.

Flavors of bready and buttery malts impact the taste buds at the beginning of each sip and are quickly joined by flavors of ripe bananas, lemongrass, and clove. Swallowing allows even more of the Belgian yeast flavors to come out along with some peppery spiciness. This spiciness persists on the palate after each sip as an aftertaste.

The medium body really allows the flavors to strike the palate but never becomes coating or sticky. The carbonation fizzes only slightly and makes a nice, crisp swallow.

output01x, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ewhitford, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Ironbuddha, Mar 06, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 066

A - Cloudy, pale orange in color. Three-finger, soapy, white head settles rather quickly to half-finger thickness. Some light, patchy lacing.

S - Lots of citrus zest. Very faint yeasty funk and spicing. Not really jumping around the nose.

T/M - Lemon peel and orange zest. Mild peppery notes with a small bitterness. Medium-bodied with lots of good prickly carbonation.

O - Solid offering and easily drinkable. I don't think it stands head and shoulders above other brews, but I gladly pick it up on a semi-regular basis.

bigaltemple, Mar 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #072.Poured into a tulip glass a hazy lemon yellow with a large blooming white head that settled slowly into a frothy mass,aromas of pithy lemon hops,alcohol,and light yeasty spice.Flavors are citric and somewhat medicinal hop flavors up front on the palate,light yeasty phenols actuall mix well with the hop profile wich makes for a well rounded palate.A great beer for the style wich I expected from RR,somewhat refreshing even with a higher ABV.

oberon, Mar 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

leodarko, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

volta, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live. Batch 74.

A- Man is this beer foamy. I poured half the glass full and a half of that (two fingers) is a dense white head. Sticky, soapy lacing. Semi-cloudy golden hue. It looks quite nice.

S- Citrusy and boozy esters. Sort of a white wine smell with some light fruits. Light, sweet and yet boozy.

T- Golden malts, some sweetness and a smidgen of booze. Rather light flavor but well developed with what I can taste.

M- Smooth and wet, leaves no linger. Maybe a tad thin though.

O- The appearance is so nice, but everything else is lacking from true greatness.

Murrhey, Mar 03, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A member of my wife's family brought this beer to me from California. She took the risk of putting it into her checked baggage. I appreciate her supporting my hobby so much and taking that risk. We don't get Russian River, and the limited distibution in Pennsylvania makes it harder to get ahold of.

I poured this beer into a goblet. And the beautiful golden color really looks good. The foam was very thin on this beer.

Off the top I got a very fresh smell, with a tiny bit of sour at the edges. This is a very tasty golden. I can tell the belgian presence at the edges. Damnation gets really good at the back end.

This beer was so light and tasty that I could drink it all day.

ummswimmin, Mar 02, 2012
Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,031 ratings.