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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,086
Reviews: 1,067
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 350
Gots: 641 | 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:
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(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-19-2003)
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Photo of roodie
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 51, into a green flash tulip

A: heavily carbonated, cork came out extremely easily. pours a honey-golden hue with 1 finger of head. head retains throughout my enjoyment of the beer.

S: yeasty, funky nose, major citrus, hints of pear and white wine.

T: hops and citrus blend, a perfect ratio, banana flavor rounds out the profile, takes any bitterness off. very little burn from alcohol.

M: leaves a spicy/tangy flavor on the palate, quite pleasant. carbonation adds to the "spiciness".

D: awesome. may be my go to BSPA. alcohol didn't hit my palate or me until afterwards!

overall, I loved this beer, it's semi-readily available so I will turn to this often. for me, it jostles with bruery premiere for my favorite beer.

roodie, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap a couple times on my trip. I reviewed it twice in my phone without realizing. Luckily I basically wrote the same thing, so this is combining of the two notes. Pours a pale yellow with thin white head. Smells fruity, I think I get sweet pear, to go with Belgian yeast. Very dry flavour overall. I get some spices more in the aftertaste, almost like a saison.

kwjd, Dec 29, 2010
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into bruges tulip. From notes. Thanks to stoney73 for this!
A: A very lively carbonation pours a full, white head. The body is a hazy golden hue. The lacing is full and sticky.
S: The nice note of clove and a Belgian yeasty character. The hint of flowers and crispness.
T/M: A front is a full explosion of carbonation, while this settles down a bit after the gases burn off. The classic tastes of a golden ale in the Belgian style. A hint at clove and chamomile and coriander. The mouthfeel is a creamy note of complex character.
D: This is an all around great brew to drink, I wish I had access to them and a pub to get draft pulls. A nice all around brew.

GDBEERMAN, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of dwarvenstout
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (batch #41), cellared for a year, popped on Christmas.

Aroma: Some spicy, floral notes, with banana fruitiness and some apple and pear.
Appearance: Cloudy gold, long lasting white head.
Flavor: Fruit and spice. Some earthy, floral hoppiness. Something almost woody. Sweet but not cloying.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low body. Medium carb. Long pleasant finish.
Overall: A very nice beer in the style. Personal preference is for more floral spice (think PranQster), but this was very good.

dwarvenstout, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Gmann
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden straw color with a short dense pure white head that quickly settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is sweet and floral. Candi sugar notes with some honey suckle; some really nice clove phenols from the yeast and a light peppery spice from the hops. Pretty spot on for the style.

Honey suckle and clove flavors hit right off the bat, sweet lemonade, candi sugar, light coriander and a very light grassy/peppery hop. I feel that I pick up some orange, not orange peel, but orange sweetness. Light tart apple in the finish. Again, pretty much nails the style.

The feel is moderate with very fizzy carbonation, enough that it sizzles the tongue a bit. Sweet on the palate with a very light bitter offset.

This beer is a winner, great representation of the style, abv well hidden.

Gmann, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aah, Damnation. The first brew I ever tried from Russian River. I really enjoyed it the first time around, and I pick up a bottle or two whenever I can. Guess I should sit down and review it.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this beer is cloudy, light golden color with a solid inch worth of white fluffy head. Retention is impressive, and the lacing is pretty good too.

Smell: A little sweet, a bit of spice, with a moderate grassy kind of hop quality to it. There's also a mild fruit quality to it, though I can't really pick out anything distinct.

Taste: The spice and fruitiness comes out more here, and the grassy hops I picked up in the nose take a backseat. There's a nice Belgian yeast quality, and the fruitiness reminds me a bit of lemon zest and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Nice light to medium body, good clean crisp finish, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine drinking brew from Russian River, the first one I've had and still one of my favorites. I usually have at least one of these in my cellar (this is my last one, guess I gotta go buy more), and I would recommend this brew to anybody. Cheers!

krisandajt, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of mjsheehan08
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle caged and corked. Batch number on bottle. Poured into a chimay goblet glass. 

Pours a yellowy orange color with some specks of yeast floating around the glass. A cloudy, white 2 fingered head forms at the top that dissipates  into a single layer of white that caps this brew. Lacing stays with this beer. 

Smell is fruity and malty, and I can detect the Belgium yeast present in the nose. Spicy.  I'm not blown away by the aroma, but I usually am not when it comes to Belgians. 

Taste is fresh. Strong fruit presence to balance out the Belgium yeasty malt flavors. There is definitely some lemon zesty flavor as well as some grainy malts. Really a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation.  Coats the palate and stay with you after you have swallowed it.

I would drink this  much faster if I know I could get them more readily or if it wasn't so pricey in my area. Really hides the alcohol well, and I have another one of these in the fridge that I might drink tonight. 

mjsheehan08, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 058 - brewed 5/18, bottled 6/14/2010

A. Pours a fairly clear golden/yellow with some small little globs of floating yeast. The foamy white head recedes to a thin film leaving a few small globs of residual lacing.

S. Belgian yeast spiciness with some floral fruity character - including a touch of tart apple.

T. Starts off with just a touch of malty sweetness that leads into some lemon peel character. The peppery spice then comes in and dominates leading to a dry spice finish. The alcohol is always in the background, but not quite detectable until after the swallow when it shows its head a bit in the aftertaste.

M. Medium body with a high level of small bubble prickly carbonation.

D. A nice subtle take on the style. Quite refreshing.

BeerAndBourbon, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of cadaugherty
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours an nice hazy amber with loads of fluffy carbonation.

Aroma/Taste- Fruity and spicy, hello belgian yeast. Overall nice and crisp but with just enough belgian notes to keep it interesting. Think lemon zest and corriander.

Mouth- Light and refreshing. Slight palate coating.

Drink- If this was cheaper I could drink 4 in a row. Overall a very nice beer.

cadaugherty, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy tangerine color. Flimzy heading that left a thin white lining around the edge of the glass. Decent flow of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass to the surface.

Smell is mostly of belgian notes. Clove,subtle spice,and the funky fruity yeasts.

Taste is all the same. The spice is apparent right from the get go.A bit peppery quickly follows up with a somewhat lemon citrus. Finishes with a clove linger that sticks around throughout the tasting.

Despite it's 8% ABV this is extremely light bodied and very drinkable.

I like this offering much better from the bottle than the tap.

TheFightfan1, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of cbarrett4
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

(also enjoyed on many occasions from tap)

This is a wonderful Belgian style American ale. Lots of bright citrus with a slight funky note from the Belgian yeast. Banana, clove, spice, and citrus all combine to form a rich yet refined brew. Medium weight, not too heavy, perfect alcohol content for the body. Finishes very smooth. Immensely drinkable and satisfying.

cbarrett4, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Prospero
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a glass, it is golden yellow in color. The aroma is like fresh bread and some fruit like characteristics like apple/pear, lemon zest, possibly from the Belgian hops. The taste is pretty similar, sweet but hints of lemon and citrus. In terms of body it's very light and had about a 2 finger head and medium carbonation. There's a lot of complexity and flavors for (what I would consider) a pretty light ale. Light and refreshing for the summer.

Prospero, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Chincino
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA in August 2010 as part of a sampler of the beers they had on-tap that day and I also had this beer in a pint glass.

The beer poured a hazy yellow color. It had an aroma of fruit and spice predominantly a lemon smell.

The beer was light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

This beer was unique and had a slight bitter aftertaste.

I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it although it was not my favorite of the beers I tried that day at Russian River Brewing Company.

Chincino, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Batch 056x1. Plenty of carbonation going on here. The cork was far too eager to come out. First pour gave four plus fingers of head.

4.0 A: Hazed orange brownish color. Big moderately dense white froth with good retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Almost saison like due to the big presence of fruit and spices. Pear, peach, lemon, and wild apple fruitiness. Herbal spiciness with a touch of corriander and clove. Small touch of vegetal herbalness as well. Fairly strong yeastiness.

4.0 T: The taste is more lemony that the nose and less of the other fruits. Some banana in there as well. Grassy and herbal hops. Corriander is fairly strong in the taste, but the clove is more subdued like in the nose. Not really strong flavors, but good enough and they seem to work pretty well together.

4.5 M: Medium body. Higher carbonation that comes off as spritzy and works pretty well. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Definitely a good beer. A bit pricey, but a good treat every now and then. Solid throughout.

DavoleBomb, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damnation Batch 43 into chalice. Side by side with batch 23 (46)

Pours over 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Good head retention with some thick lace. Active carbonation. Color is a slight hazed dark golden orange.

Aroma: Pineapple juice up front with some bananas following quickly. A fruit cocktail. Pears as well. Some coriander and spice. Belgian yeast.

Taste: Very dry here. Coriander, spice, and yeast all show. Bready malts here. Pears, dried apples, and some orange peel show. Has some earthy, grassy hops. Not as sweet as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp/bubbly. Medium bodied with a ton of carbonation. Ends extremely dry.

Overall, a decent Belgian, but the taste alters a bit too much from the nose in an unwilling favor. Nice mouthfeel, but ends too dry for me. Decent drinkability.

mothman, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't particularly sure if this would be sour or not (it wasn't), but it was a really good brew, in my opinion. Light, zesty, refreshing, it reminds me of a spring beer--actually in the same vein as Fantome Printemps, though not as good. Light bodied, well carbonated, great drinkability. Lemons, some grassiness, and light malt/yeast notes are the big players here.

LordAdmNelson, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest I wasnt sure what to expect out of this beer and I bought it mainly just to try another Russian River.

Great head and leaves nice lacing.

A golden yellow color with lots of bubbles.

The smell is of grass and lemons, this would be a great summer brew.

The taste is lemon, alcohol, and slight biscuit. The alcohol is definitely but almost in a good way and is covered pretty well for the most part.

Eriktheipaman, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 059

Hazy lemon color with a 2 finger white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has lemon, spices, green apple,and yeast.

The beer tastes just like it smells with lemon, spices, green apple, and yeast. Some light sweetness, balanced by bitter lemon citrus.

Light to medium bodied, finishes dry and somewhat bitter. Well carbonated. Another great beer from Russian River.

hardy008, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Batch 43, thanks to mothman. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed orange amber color with a big pillowy bone white head of 2 fingers. Nice lace left on the glass as it settles. Really citric nose with pineapple, orange, and pear. Nice light mouthfeel with good carbonation. The sip yields a nice flavor of fruit cocktail with the aformentioned fruit but without too much sweetness. Some alcohol notes. Some bitterness kicks in in the middle and stays arond until the end. Drinks fairly dry. Ends nicely with a subtle warming effect. I went into this beer without expectations and I find this is quite a nice drinking beer without being overly cloying or boozy.

kbutler1, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a golden straw hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy whipped three finger head and heaps of lacing everywhere,the smell is mainly banannas and belgian yeast mixed with tropical punch,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel with yeasty bread the first flavour i get followed with a bananna/coconut/paw paw hit very tropical flavours and is rounded out with a barley sugar sweetness right at the end,overall not bad but to be honest i was expecting a little more but glad ive tried it.

ADZA, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of porcelli426
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tumbler

A: Fuzzy golden with little head retention

S: Bland, a little bread yeast-like smell

T: yeasty and malty. Some fruit

M: Not bad, medium mouth-feel

D: Very drinkable. Could easily drink another if it had a little more flavor

porcelli426, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Takahiro
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into Duvel Tulip

A: Golden/Almost straw color with 3" thick, white whipped-cream like foam

S: Mango! Tropical fruit. Smell of a very "sticky" and sweet fruit. Once the foam dissipated, I can smell some "yogurty" Belgian yeast.

T: Low-medium, maltiness with some husky (tannin) character upfront. This tannin may be due to the presence of wheat... Some hop bitterness is felt after this maltiness. Noticed a very clean Belgian yeast flavor after my palate got used to the beer. Finishes dry, with accompanied by a warmth from alcohol.

M: Very smooth. There's some tannin twang which is very pleasant.

D: highly drinkable. This one does not exhaust your palate after a sip.

Takahiro, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle as a very generous extra from Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

A: Poured a beautiful, cloudy, apricot orange color, with with a huge VERY white 2 + inch head that lingered throughout the session.

S: Fresh yeast, pears, mandarin oranges, and an awesome filtered water quality. Zesty and funky!

T: To describe the taste would be to describe the taste profile of Russian River in general: Belgian funky yeast, combined with ground up aspirin, citrus fruit, and very minimal spices.

M: No booze detected, and when I finished the session, my glass came out clean as a whistle. In general, this was thick enough without being too.

D: I tend to think of this brew as the baseline brew for RR's sour beer offerings (eg. Supplication, Temptation, Consecration, etc.). Don't expect a jaw-locking sour experience here, and if one were to do a RR sour beer tasting, I would recommend to start with this one. I honestly couldn't image a more refreshing craft drinker.

Chaney, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of beagle75
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label reads batch 060.

A: Slightly hazy, bright golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Juicy, bright fruit (pear, apple, apricot, lemon) is most pronounced throughout, with funky saison-character yeast detectable initially but dissipating over time. Other scents detected include cloves and vinous fermented grain.

T: Begins dry, acidic, then quickly turning bitter. Delicate bright fruit and toasted grain briefly emerge in the middle. The finish is short and remarkably clean, ending as dry as this beer began.

M: Medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. This beer is very pleasantly wet, effervescent, and refreshing.

D: This beer is a faithful but characteristically American interpretation of the style that's delicious and continually invigorating on the palate. The alcohol is felt before it is tasted, in line with other Belgian-style strong pale ales of quality. Capable of taking the place of a dry white wine in pairings, the presence of too many heavy savory flavors would bury the delicate nuances found here.

beagle75, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of ryantaussig
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my favorite glass, a Duvel Tulip.

A: A hazy golden copper color meets the eyes. An immense head develops and settles into a permanent one finger height.

S: Smells strongly of fruit and yeasty esters. I'm especially getting apricots in the nose. Plenty of spice in there as well. Cloves and citrus are a consistent backdrop.

T: Plenty of spice and alcohol up front. A balanced level of fruit and earthy hops are there as well. The fruit and alcohol linger to the very end, where the yeast notes come to the fore.

M: Smooth and silky on the tongue. This is an excellent brew. Comes to a dry finish.

O: A definite sipper, this one definitely drinks like a Strong Pale Ale.

ryantaussig, Nov 25, 2010
Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 3,086 ratings.