Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,227
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 352
Gots: 677 | 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

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(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-19-2003)
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damnation Batch 051

A: Insane blonde clear as a mo fo beer that pours with a huge bubbly dome piece.

S: Bananna and light spices tickle the hairs iny shnoze. 

T: A crisp fruity with tiny traces of honey mostly dominated by unique floral belgian esters that are mild but prominate.

M: A refreshing and crisp, easy drinking belgian that is great and dry. 

O: A delicious beer but not overly complex but a damn good brew. Not sure how the aging had on it but was still quite tastey. Recomend for beginning belgian drinkers. 

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle from Batch 67 poured in a Stella Artois Chalice

A - The pour is a slightly hazy blonde color that is hazy. with a nice finger and a half head that leaves a nice off white head.

S - The smell is a nice bready smell, some fresh pepper, a slight amount of grains, I enjoy this smell its nice. there is something else there that I can't quite put my finger on.

T - It is nice, funky at the beginning following a nice spice flavor, followed by an a granny apple flavor. There is also a nice bready character.

M - This is a nice light medium feel that has a perfect amount of carbonation.

O - Wow, I love this beer, It is wonderfully made and thoroughly enjoyable. I would recommend this beer to anyone who has the chance.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 072-375 ml bottle

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with just a hint of white filmy head. Plenty of tiny bubbles. Don Ho would be proud.

S - Aromas of fruity and funky belgian yeas with some spicy hops. Hints of light malt.

T - Starts off with some yeasty funk with plenty of spice bite, fruitiness somewhat remniscent of a hefeweizen with a weak hop bitterness. Finishes dry, with a long lingering aftertaste.

M - Fairly light body with high levels of carbonation that gives a crisp, dry finish but lingers.

O - A solid beer, but not my favorite style. I like the funky fruity belgian yeast. Could use a little more heft in the malt department for my taste. But would be glad to have this one again.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old 750ml that I bought about two years ago, been in my fridge ever since.

A - Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a thin film of white head leaving very light lace down the glass. I got a bit of the dregs in my glass, the others were much clearer.

S - Smells of fruity belgian yeast, pepper, apples, some fresh cut grass, and a bit of dry graininess. The funk is kinda weak initially growing stronger as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with some light funkiness quickly giving way to hints of spices, chewy belgian yeast, fruitiness - mostly apples and bananas - and some light hop bitterness. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, slightly funky feel that clings to the pallet for some time after consumption.

O - I have always liked Damnation, although I enjoy it more on-tap than in the bottle. The flavors are good and it is pretty easy to drink. Not my favorite RR beer but still a solid offering.

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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 71 (recent). Thanks to BA KevSal for including this generous extra in a recent trade!

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 2 inch fizzy white head that dissipates steadily, leaving a small splotch of lacing. Pours a murky yellow and leaves a few splotches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, pear, apple, some bread underneath. Flowery and sugary sweet.

No unexpected aromas, but the story here is how potent and pleasant the aromas are. Very nice.

Taste: Follows the nose, with lots of pear-like esters, flowery hops, and assertive Belgian yeast up front, with an apple juicy finish and a banana aftertaste.

Also like the nose, this is very fresh and potent, if not complex or unique. Not as bready as suggested by smelling it, though some breadiness (and spice) emerge with time. Absolutely no solvent-like flavor. More bitterness than the average BSPA, which is fine with me as I have a rather bitter palate--could be a problem for other fans of the style though.

This is one of those rare beers with bold flavors that yet feels "subtle" in how finely balanced it is. It gets slightly more complex with warmth, but in the complexity development department, it's stasis by comparison to juggernauts like Duvel or the better Belgian quads or big American stouts.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light and medium bodied. A step or two above moderate carbonation. Pretty dry, but not overboard. Somewhat creamy feel.

This 5.0 is less perfection than it is "so many standout, flavor-benefiting elements that it stands out among beers in the style" (and it's close to perfection, anyway).

Overall: This beer would be a great introduction to BSPAs for hop heads who find Belgian ales too sweet. It's no Duvel, but it's substantially better than many other "authentic" BSPAs (e.g. Delirium Tremens, Lucifer, most widely available tripels).

To make a possibly stupid analogy, this isn't the artist whose work steals the show and towers above everyone, but rather the kind of thing you'd expect from any artist in a well-established, healthy, active culture of artists. It's a genre work that makes me think about what it would be like if all the people creating generic work were brilliantly talented. Hopefully this makes at least a little sense.

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3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch 060. From notes. Reviewed 8 July 2011.

A: Nice tight, white head. The beer is incredibly clear and very pale. A sort of milky yellow color. Good lacing.

S: Sour. Lambic yeast? Lemon zest.

T: Very light...too light? Wheatiness, especially on the endtaste. A bit of fruit, apple and apricot. The taste is only very slightly sour. Lemon cream on the aftertaste. In my opinion, it's not that great.

M: Light, spritely, fleeting, but enjoyable.

O: Disappointing. It's far too gentle a beer for me; I will not have another. Not recommended.

EDIT (14 April 2012): Drinking this on-tap in the brewpub, I stand firmly by my initial review.

EDIT (21 June 2012): Batch 068 poured from a 375mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Even less remarkable than previous incarnations. If you want something like this, go with the superlative Redemption.

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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.

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,227 ratings.