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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,270
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 356
Gots: 711 | 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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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, which was the Devil's chore to uncork...hmmm...

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves some spouting streaks of lace around the glass as it seeps away. It smells of pale malt, citrus, spicy clove, a bit of yeast, and simmering booze. The taste is more pale malt, a bit of breadiness, yeast, mild muddled cloves, aged citrus, and softly zingy alcohol. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, and smooth, with a slight clingy edge. It finishes warm, fruity, and yeasty, but in a much more blended manner than I may be implying.

A decent enough ode to the Belgian style. It's just with all the hype, I'd rather have a 6 dollar bomber of Unibroue, vs. a 6 dollar bottle of this (which entails a long trip across the border at that). Situational, ya know?

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

first russian river brew, batch number 65 poured a uniformly hazy golden wheat color with a large but delicate white head into a wine glass. classy packaging and mercurial carbonation makes this beer look exquisite. the nose is telling me its a nice belgian, but not much more than that. the taste is sharp and white wine like, with a gentle display of hops. a slightly floral and patient finish tops it off and a little sweetness, probably from the bottling sugars left over. the mouthfeel here is divine, bubbly and yeasty and fuller bodied than the style usually delivers. this is a damn fine glass of ale, and i look forward to my next russian river brew!

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 58, poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange-tinged golden brown with a finger of white head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Nice aroma of citrus, a bit of spice and Belgian yeast. A slight woody aroma.

T - Citrus and spices up front, with Belgian yeast and some earthy hops. Clean, dry finish. Really enjoyable.

M -- Medium mouthfeel that finishes dry and earthy.

O -- I think this is up with Duvel as my favorite Belgian pale ales. I think Damnation has more juicy citrus than Duvel, but both are excellent.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.
Batch number is missing, but I think it is #6

A - Pours a light, golden yellow with a huge foamy, near-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, then some light maltiness, earthy hops, and spices.

T - Citrusy lemon up-front, then some bright spices and yeast.

D - Tons of carbonation, lighter body.

O - Wonderful - lively and light, tastes great.

Photo of zhanson88
3.24/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cork comes out with very little pop. Pours out a pale straw color with only 1/4" of white head. Carbonation seems very low, and very little retention.

Smell: Smells pretty good. Citrus and yeast. Esters form and combine for a light, refreshing smell.

Taste: Citrus, yeast, light phenols present, but with a really odd, twangy aftertaste. I'd call it metallic more than anything else.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light mouthfeel. Again, the carbonation seems low. Not bad though. Overall, wasn't a huge fan of this. May have been an off bottle.

Photo of Hands22
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 70 poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter. 

A- Straw colored with a thick white head that faded but left a thin layer of white on the top. Great lacing. 

S- Spicy aroma typical of Belgian-ale phenolics. Some tartness with a light fruitiness (apples and pears). A little floral too. 

T- Again the spicy phenols with a light, tart fruitiness. A sweet maltiness backs up they yeast and keeps the finish from being too dry. 

M- Medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Somewhat creamy actually. 

O- A good Belgian strong. The yeast character is good but a bit one dimensional. A little more complexity would have been nice. On a positive note, the 7.75% ABV is very well hidden.

Photo of tony223366
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 29, 2011.

A: Beautiful golden color. Lots of carbonation around glass. White head quickly dissipated but sticks around with a light layer.

S: Smells very crisp. I get some phenols. Some sort of fruity sweetness as well.

T: Sweet and fruity up front. Some nice phenols follow with a dry finish. I get some of the peppery alcohol without the warmth. Great yeast. As it heats up a lot more cloves.

M: Crisp and astringent with a nice medium mouthfeel.

O: Excellent brew. Very tasty and great depth.

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

Had this on 2011-10-16 at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA

A - Clear gold with a 2-finger bubbly-white head and mild lacing.

S - Tart apples, spice, yeast. Very fresh smelling but not a strong aroma.

T - Tart apples, mild spice, yeast and mildly sweet malt. Finishes dry. Very, very fresh tasting. Good balance.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. It has a really rich feel without being heavy.

O - Just a real nice, refreshing and well-balanced beer with a good mouthfeel. Nothing that knocks you over-the-head but everything is so nicely proportioned. I liked it better here on-tap than when I had it in the bottle.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice light yellow color with a small white head. Nose is a bit spicy and hoppy with lots of Belgium an yeastiness.

The is very well balanced, mellow and smooth with a nice spiciness as you'd expect from the nose. Overall its way better than the bottles ice had.

Photo of fatmcb1
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado in San Diego.

Pours a light golden color with a white ring of head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Tons of spice, belgian yeast are very strong. There is also a malty, caramel aroma. Light earthy hops are in the background.

Much less spice come through in taste. It is very malt forward. There is also some light fruit.

Light bodied, and sticky. Sweetness lingers on the tongue.

This is very easy drinking, and enjoyable. Not my favorite in the style, but not bad.

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

A: A clear golden straw pour with a huge bubbly/frothy white head atop it. Retention is excellent and so is the lacing.

S: Apples, pears, bananas. Yeasty. A bit of spicy pepper.

T: Surprisingly good. As mentioned, some light fruit like apples and pears. A great pepper spice along with the cloves. Little bit of banana. No real indication of alcohol.

M: Just right in my opinion. The mouthfeel is great, the carbonation is perfect and it is surprisingly smooth with a bit of a crisp, drying finish. Super drinkable.

O: Great BSPA. I don't like many of them but this one is quickly among my favorites.

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,270 ratings.