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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,309 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,309
Reviews: 1,084
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 361
Gots: 745 | 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:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-19-2003

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4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle; batch 072...

Appearance: Pours as it states a beautiful hazy golden hue of a body with an off-white head. Retention is lesser with the lacing being modest at best.

Smell: Fruity esters and spicy, yeasty notes come through.

Taste: For a golden ale... the flavor is complex; and beautifully so. Elements of citrus and yeast come through most pressing with the malt and earthy hops supporting humbly while notes of cedar also make presence.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation through the bottled refermentation creating a light to medium body that packs a flavorful punch finishing clean and dry.

Overall: Easily the best Golden Ale I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Does Russian River ever fall short of great?? Cheers to this one!

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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

Poured into a tulip straight from the brewpub tap
A: A light orange color with a one-finger head
S: Nice mix of fruit, spice and grain
T: Fruity but a nice sweet malt backbone and a bit of spice
M: Medium-bodied, fairly sweet but creamy, pleasant overall
O: Of the three beers I had tonight on tap at the brewpub this was my least favorite, but was still well made and enjoyable to drink

Photo of BoOmerG
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was purchased and consumed at the Broad Street Bullies Pub at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia.

Beer was brought to the table uncaged and uncorked along with the proper glassware, a tulip glass.

A - The beer pours a very cloudy, hazy golden color. A one finger, rather dense head on the initial pour. Small particles of yeast from the in-bottle fermentation are floating around. A small amount of lacing left after drinking.

S - A nice aroma of yeast and fruit-like sweetness.

T - A very smooth, easy drinking beer. There is a mixture of spiciness, along with the classic banana taste. A background of an earthy/grassy taste is noticeable as well. The alcohol is pretty well disguised but does peak through a bit during the sampling.

M - A moderate to heavier consistency. Light carbonation.

O - A good beer. This is a style that I don't normally lean towards but since it was a beer I had never had before and had heard a lot about, I decided to give it a try. I know that I was out at a pub but at $9/bottle, I don't think this is worthy of a repeat purchase on a return visit. It's not that its a bad beer, just simply that for a cost/enjoyment value, I'd get something else.


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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Pours a honey color into my Chimay glass. It's perfectly clear- seems 100% free of any particles. Initially there is a small soapy looking head which disappears. There is virtually no carbonation in my glass. Aroma: Citrusy, astringent, grainy, spicy, with hints of banana as well. The taste is very nice - I'm picking up a fruity pear taste that's dominant, yet something I did not detect in the aroma. It's got yeasty/spicy elements to the taste as well with a clean, semi-dry finish. Medium bodied and decent coating of the palate going on. Although it warms on the way down the alcohol presence goes very much unnoticed. Overall, I am a bit disappointed, as this is Russian River we're talking about. Maybe I will try this again on the chance that the cork loosened and let some air in before purchase. This was very expensive though.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 075. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a hay color, brilliant clarity, with three fingers of solid fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks gorgeous.

S: Banana, clove, and fruity yeast in very good balance.

T: Similar, plus pepper and a long finish.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, where I'd prefer much more crispness. This knocks it down a bit. Medium-full body and very light carbonation.

O: Very good example of the style, but it's just not one I get that excited about.

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

This brew pours a solid cloudy orange with a two finger head and light lacing which lasts until the end. Low carbonation. Note: the bottle was cage corked and the label stated that the beer fermented in the bottle.

The smell is of many fruits. It was hard to pick out any one fruit but I would say orange and bananas were present. The brew almost smelled like flowers; this was likely the hop influence in the smell. There is also a strong yeast smell.

The taste was very fruity, the alchohol is well masked. There is also a yeasty, grassy taste. There is a bready taste on the back end followed by a light hop taste. Possibly some vanilla, when the brew warmed up.

The mouthfeel is simply smooth and creamy with just a little bit of bready feel.

Overall this is a well balanced brew. I am not a big fan of Belgian beers but I would have this one again. I believe the strong fruit and low hop presence makes this a good beer for a hot day. I would drink it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 72 from corked caged 375ml bottle

A-pours a slight hazed golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head and a little lacing

S- fruity,spicy,bready,with malt and yeast

T- was floral and herbal with fruit and spices like bannana and apples with clove and pepper, some yeasy and malt

M- medium carbonation crisp and fruity

0- was good but for the price not one for me to buy very often

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,309 ratings.