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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,265 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,265
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 357
Gots: 706 | 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:
Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-19-2003

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

Big thanks to KevSal for the bottle. Cheers man.

Glowing golden apricot body, slightly cloudy. One and a half finger bone white head rests atop. The head works its way back slowly, ultimately leaving a slim cap. Heavy lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

The aroma is bright, crisp and clean. The aroma melds a golden fruit and spiced aroma. Hints of cardamom and clove contrast the pear and soft citrus. Subtle grassy hop lay quietly in the back ground.

Sweet malt base rolls from the glass. Sweet cookie malt transitions into a spiced fruit flavor on the midpalate. Slightly under ripened orange flavors pairs with pepper and cardamom. The malt base reemerges on the back of the palate. The finish results in a tremendous balance of the previous flavors. Soft floral and grassy hop flavor.

Medium to light bodied belgian style pale. Carbonation is on the higher side, making the beer quite light on the tongue. Very smooth texture. The finish is dry and pleasant.

Enjoyable beer, highly drinkable. With a few exceptions, there are not many BSPAs that I have the urge to drink often. If this were readily available to me, I would certainly purchase it a few times a year.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle listed as batch 66 into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy pale golden color with carbonation bubbles rising to meet a thick and creamy looking off-white 1.5 finger head. Very appealing looking.

S: Strong fruity spicy aroma, very pleasant. Banana, strawberry and cloves on the nose. This is just a very pleasing beer.

T: Wonderful fruity taste with a clean malt profile underlying with a clove finish. Same flavors from the nose hit the tongue with a perfect balance and a warming finish.

M: Creamy with light carbonation despite the carbonation bubbles. Goes down very smooth, hard to not drink.

O: Perfect score from me. This beer is not letting me down even in the slightest. If this is what Californians are treated with daily I'm jealous.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #66 written on the label.

A. Dark golden amber in color, murky just like how I like it, a 10-second brief burst of head, no lacing.
S. Its like a sweet wheat malt amplified up to 11 out of 10 with a strong boozey hotness with an oddball unripe strawberry scent laid over the top with a dash of cinnamon and turmeric.
T. Flavor is more clove and wheat-centric, but also has sub-aspects of banana and tropical fruits, only very dry and alcoholic in the finish because of a heavy earthen hop blanketing presence.
M. Light bodied, good carbonation, semi-bubbly.

Overall, this is an excellent example of a domestic Belgian-styled SPA, and to my palate within spitting distance of the genuine article. Given it blind, I might have even mistaken it as having come directly from Belgium.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,265 ratings.