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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,153 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,153
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 351
Gots: 658 | FT: 47
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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Photo of BHopp12
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.

BHopp12, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Treebs
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.

Treebs, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Bjeerfalls
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ely2000k
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.

ely2000k, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
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.

MattSweatshirt, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ezperkins2
4/5  rDev -2.9%

ezperkins2, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of TobinMitnick
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

TobinMitnick, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of animortician
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

animortician, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

random846, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev -2.9%

beef13, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of BlakeMatt
3.5/5  rDev -15%

BlakeMatt, Jan 26, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ROWDYMELT, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
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

hopfacebrew, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of rkasten1
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

rkasten1, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of splendidsplinter
5/5  rDev +21.4%

splendidsplinter, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of MalReever
4/5  rDev -2.9%

MalReever, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of zac16125
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.

zac16125, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

dbexpert, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Boz12
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Boz12, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

GAlcaraz1, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Giovacchini
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.

Giovacchini, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev -2.9%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

TRingelstein, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of bwyu
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

bwyu, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.9%

imperialking, Jan 21, 2012
Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,153 ratings.