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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,970
Reviews: 1,062
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 335
Gots: 600 | FT: 48
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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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

750ml caged & corked bottle pored into a sam adams pint glass twice. Batch 41.

A- With a loud pop after opening, Damnation pours a stram yellow to slighty golden color. Coming up the glass a nice looking 1 inch head arises eventually fading. into a thin film. A lot of bubbles are seen coming up the glass. Not much lacing Watch out on the end of the bottle as there is some yeasty gunk.

S- A nice assortment of fruits come forth such as banana and apple with a good amount of clove. Lemon scent also. Some yeast and a dash of malts are there.

T- Damnation comes through with a lot of banana and clove for me. The apple and pear taste is also present. The yeast and malts also pair up to add another layer of taste becoming bready at times. Some spices were obviously used in this brew as i'm getting some pepper. A bit of hops are detected throughout the bottle.

M- RRD has some slight carbonation with a thin to medium mouth feel. This really goes down smooth with some alcohol if you really search for it. A bit on the dry side probably increasing with age in the bottle.

D- A pleasure to drink and at 7% a 750ml bottle is the ideal size. A good representation of this Belgian style although the fruits are less present then in import styles. Good off the tap but better in the bottle as the ingredients get to know each other better. I need to save the rest of my bottles for the spring, summer as that time of year is more ideal for this style.

Now i need to trade for redemption to see what that has in store for me.

01-18-2009 03:22:52 | More by BARFLYB
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

A- pours a nice strawy yello with a lot of white head and a good amount of lacing
S- hops, sugar, malt, some faint overripe fruit smells
T- very carbonated, a good amount of hops, very cold I really dug it, Very much in the belgian strong ale category
M- smooth, its hard to taste the extra alcohol... but its there
D- cant wait to sip this again, I could drink these all day, I only had one but I know it would catch up with me

A great great domestic interpretation of a belgian strong pale

01-15-2009 07:40:20 | More by gdfan47
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kaseydad

California

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours literally no head whatsoever. I was hoping for a nice foam head so that was rather disappointing. It looks exactly like apple juice except for a few small bubbles on the sides of the glass.

Smells of floral and fruit scents.

Not as tart or strong as other Belgie Strong Pale Ale's which makes for a little "smoother" taste. No strong aftertaste to speak of.

A nice beer to drink if you are curious about the Belgie experience but I feel there are many better one's out there.

01-11-2009 19:08:19 | More by kaseydad
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Buddy of mine brought back this bottle from CA for me when he came home for the holidays.

Batch 39. 750mL, corked and caged split a few ways into some wine-like glasses.

Pale Straw colored with a stark white head which rises quickly and forms a nice foam leaving some lacing.

Aromas of fruits and estery spiciness. I get a lot of berries... raspberries maybe? The same followed in the taste but with a peppery note. Overall fairly mild and approachable. Slight yeastiness with fruits but I could see this appealing to a fairly new craft beer drinker. Not my favorite style, but I could enjoy a bottle of this myself throughout the course of a nice meal.

After reading up about this beer, and its sister beer redemption, and trying them in the same night, I can't see wanting to reach for redemption.(although redemption is by no means a bad beer) To me, this is just a superior version of it. ( slightly more robust with more pronounced flavors and a slightly higher ABV.)

01-09-2009 01:46:07 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Served on-tap at Monk's Cafe, in Philadephia.

A- Pours beautiful clear golden color. The fluffy white head leaves a great lacing on the side of the glass.
S- Definate Belgian yeasty notes, but a bit mellow. Some peppery spices come through as well.
T- Like the aroma, slight fruitiness and spices. Mild yet tasty.
M- Smooth and lightly carbonated. Leans on the dry side (but not too much).
D- A very drinkable Belgian ale. It's not too strong and goes down very smoothly.

Overall, a great offering from Russian River and a fine Belgian ale. I look forward to trying the other beers in their lineup.

01-08-2009 02:52:43 | More by mrandypandy
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Damnation - The state of being condemned to the eternal punishment of hell.

Sounds like my kind of beer.

This is batch 042.

Damnation pours beautifully and effortlessly. Golden yellow body, with hues of orange. Fluffy white head, and ample carbonation.

Taste has a nice malty crisp aroma, with fringes of yeast.

Damnation has a very nice peppery spiciness about it. Sweet lightly toasted bread, with assertive black pepper, citrus twang, and hoppy florals. Yeast notes permeate around all edges, along with a slight dry earthy body. Excellent balance, with the citrus and grassy hops going well against the rest of the flavors. Finishes clean, with nice tanginess.

An easy drinker, with some excellent flavors. Another solid beer from Russian River. Definitely give this one a try.

01-06-2009 23:58:30 | More by HoustonTX
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Splunny

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Got this one at the Foodery (N. Liberties) Philadelphia. Batch 041. This Golden Ale is golden in color. Poured a small white head and came down to barely nothing. The smell isn't too strong, but definitely pick up some of that yeast/clove aroma along with some pear. I really enjoyed the drinkability of this one. This is a well balanced, not too overpowering, Belgian ale.
I'd drink this one again, but I do prefer other Russian River beers over this one. For the price, I'd also pick something up over it too, but overall not bad.

01-06-2009 02:51:47 | More by Splunny
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Orange-yellow with a small white head. Not much retention.

S: Huge spiciness and estery in the nose. Complex and good.

T: Fruitiness and spicy notes. More citrusy than any other flavour. Tasted like a standard Belgian ale

M: Nice and aqueous.

D: Somewhat

01-02-2009 00:53:20 | More by swizzlenuts
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shirfan

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a Duvel glass, pale gold with a very sticky and enduring white head. A few particles floating around.

I didn't get much of an aroma. Pale malt, maybe a little yeasty pear.

Flavor is smooth, dry, refined. Pear and plantain notes, simple pale malts, a touch of grain and some minor "funk" in the finish.
Soft carbonation and lack of any bold, unbalanced flavors makes for an exceptionally drinkable beer.

01-01-2009 00:11:08 | More by shirfan
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Reviewed on 10/30/08. Bottle, batch 41. Pours a cloudy deep orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet melon, light fruits, and prickly spices. Flavor of tart citrus, lemon, melon, and light bitter hops. Nice mouthfeel- not as astringent and harsh as some Belgians. Nice BSA.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

12-29-2008 18:02:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Batch #40

A - Remarkably clear pale golden with a few fingers of foamy white head that settles to a finger of foam with sticky lacing.

S - Pear, apple, hint of clove, light citrus and lemon, slight banana and some yeasty notes.

T - Fruity with apple, pear, lemon and a touch of citrus and banana. Hints of spice and bubblegum.

M - Fairly light with lively carbonation. There are still bubbles rising to the top as I get to the bottom of the glass.

D - Sweet but not cloying. Subtle but complex. Very tasty.

12-24-2008 03:02:43 | More by brewcrew76
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HalfFull

California

4.08/5  rDev -1%

Served on tap in a Chimay chalice. A deep golden in color with good clarity and a short lived head.

Sweet malts on the nose with clean apple and pear notes, along with light citrus. Good dose of yeast but not sour.

Taste is rich and sweet from start to a moderately lingering finish. Same apple and pear of the nose along with some banana and a bit of spice on the finish.

Feel is good initially but the carbonation releases prematurely yielding a somewhat slick finish that shows the alcohol. Rather drinkable nonetheless and probably not the best example of this beer as I think the keg may have been on its last legs.

12-18-2008 19:40:21 | More by HalfFull
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easement

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - golden pale. big head that lingers around for a while.

Smell - Smells like fruit and alchohol. like a drk spice fruit punch.

Taste- very well balanced and has some linfering spices

Overall - It's pretty good, but a bit pricey. You get what you pay for, but there are other beers out there for $12. A nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 17:33:15 | More by easement
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QuentinCompson

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

22 oz bottle from Batch 044 into Chimay chalice

A - Nice 2-finger-head, murky gold brew

S - Banana, pepper, candied apples, caramel, cotton candy, trappist yeast

T-M - Highly carbed malt intro into slight hoppy presence, but really the yeast is the flavor here & that's good; slight sweetness; peppery, possibly a tinge of coriander notes...

D - Excellent beer. I probably couldnt drink it all night, as it hits pretty hard, but I'd like to try sometime.

12-17-2008 05:24:33 | More by QuentinCompson
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magictrokini

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Bright golden pour, with cloudy yeast and good carbonation. Yeast carries over in aroma, with some nutmeg and fruit. Taste is light for this kind of brew. Malt and banana, kind of like bread pudding, but with a crisp, a slightly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was the star, very smooth and light.

12-16-2008 16:55:14 | More by magictrokini
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Grabbin2nd

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

From notes 11/5/08: Russian River Brewing Co.
Damnation Ale
Poured from a 750 bottle caged and corked. 7.75% abv. into my goblet

Appearance=Nice golden color, obviously. Mild sediment is noticed, maybe I should have left it in the bottle? Good looking beer w/ a creamy white 2 finger head.

Smell=mild bananas, mild hops and malt. Yeasty...

Taste=Bananas

Mouth feel=great mouthfeel!! Creamy, yet slick.

Drinkability=Very drinkable, good tasting beer. Where's the hops??! J/K...haha

12-15-2008 00:22:28 | More by Grabbin2nd
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cbros

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%

Serving type- 750 mL bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Had this beer back in October in Eugene, OR so I am going off my notes.

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy golden yellow with no activity in the glass. Medium lace that was present throughout the beer.

S- Strong spice smell, with hints of clover and banana.

T- Awesome balance of strength and flavor. The alcohol hits you first then mellows out with a flavor combination of fruits.

I tried this while in the Pac NW(namely the Bier Stein in Eugene) and I am really pissed that I can't get this beer out here in NC. I loved this brew and being a disciple of Duvel I had a hard time deciding which was better. The only thing I figured was that I need more real world data. After Duvel this is the best Belgian Strong Pale Ale that I have had and I need to get omre of this in NC.

12-13-2008 22:36:58 | More by cbros
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Poured a light hazy golden-orange color with a 1 finger, white rocky head that was moderately lasting while leaving a fair streaky lacing.

S: fruity with some oranges and light bananas and apples.

T: The initial flavor was very yeasty with banana bread, oranges and pears for flavor. There palate was grainy with a light muskiness and spicy hoppiness brightening up. There was some dried honey, and citric tones as well detected. Finishes dry with a light peppery touch.

M: creamy and dry, with a bright carbonation.

D: Great drinkability and spicing, a great example, tasty sweet and spicy and a joy to consume.

12-12-2008 01:11:50 | More by beerthulhu
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Batch 040

Bottle states 7.75% ABV.

Pops quietly and pours into a globe glass. Nice amounts of fine head on top of a beautiful golden beer. Very nice clarity and good head retention with lacing as well.

Aroma is sweet and spicy with some fruity esters. Lots of character.

Flavor is equally enjoyable with more of the same fruits, especially citrus, light spiciness, and oak. Nice dry lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is good for the stlye in that it's not overly carbonated and it isn't too heavy.

Drinkability is fine as well but it helps to have something to eat along with it - maybe some cheese and crackers or an apple.

Overall very good American example of a Belgian style.

12-10-2008 05:59:12 | More by GilGarp
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trekbiker3000

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

the beer was poured into a Chimay glass. Yellow in color, it only produced a coating of a head, with some lacing down the sides of the glass. The aromo was overwhelmingly sweet and malty. The flavor was very floral, with sweet malt flavors. A hint of alcohol does come through. In fact, I can still feel the slight alcohol burn long after the sip. The mouthfeel is full-bodied coating the entire palate. the carbonation leaves a bite on the tip of tongue. This is a grwat sipping beer.

12-09-2008 21:43:31 | More by trekbiker3000
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

The only Russian River brew i've seen up here in oregon...and only in Portland.

Big ole 750ml bottle, caged and corked.

purs a hazy orange amber...not much haze, just a bit.

Great fruity aroma of pear, honey mead, spicy orange and clove and a slight alcohol bite. Nice sweet florals too.

In the taste you'll get sweet grain, spicy lemon, honeysuckle, and a slight vienous whitewine flavor. Mouthfeel is light to moderate, and is damn-near one of the most drinkable belgians i've had. The complexity makes this one enjoyable in large quanities...or atleast over a long time period. I stretched this 750ml out through a couple hours, and had left the bottle out after my second tulip glass. As it warmed it got tastier!

12-09-2008 17:32:04 | More by SurlyDuff
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Pale golden color with a slight copperish hue... Thin head... Solid lacing... Simple carbonation... Fairly still...

S - Spices and fruits... Pear... Apple... Also yeast and subtle hints of malts... Overall the aroma was subtle, but quite pleasant...

T - Pear... Raisin... Melon... Banana... Malt... Faint spiciness...

M - Incredibly smooth... Soft and delicate... Dry... Slight carbonation with each sip... Medium bodied...

D - A solid Belgian Pale Ale... I marvel at the way Russian River makes such complex beers simple and accessible, but still utterly enjoyable and able to stand up with the best in any style...

12-08-2008 01:16:47 | More by philbe311
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largadeer

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: 750ml caged and corked bottle purchased a while ago at the brewery for about 7 bucks. Bright gold in color with excellent clarity. A big fluffy white head forms from a gentle pour, good retention.

Smell: Fruity esters open this one up, pear/green apple come to mind. Pleasant floral hoppiness beneath that. Faintly yeasty, but clean for the style, not dissimilar to Duvel.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry and grainy, floral hops, green apple, hints of lemon rind, pear and banana. High carbonation, very crisp on the tongue. Pleasantly bitter in the finish, and quite dry. I can understand why this is Russian River's flagship Belgian style beer, it's complex but very accessible and well balanced.

12-06-2008 23:41:31 | More by largadeer
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johnd513

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

This beer pours a light golden color with a nice fluffy white head that quickly disappears and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells of yeast and fruit with alcohol at the end. Tastes of pears and other fruit flavors. This one finishes very dry. The mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is good, I had no problem finishing the bottle. Overall nothing spectacular but an enjoyable brew.

12-03-2008 02:40:13 | More by johnd513
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SShelly

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -7%

Pours a light gold with big fluffy white head, Tons of retention and lace, looks very effervescent.

Smells very lightly of yeast and fruit, very minimal aroma on this.

Flavor is light bitter fruit, very dry on the tongue, pretty lively in the mouth, light yeasty flavor as well, nice mix of flavors in the mouth, though a hint of astringency.

Probably not an everyday drinker for me but pretty tasty overall.

12-02-2008 04:49:28 | More by SShelly
Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
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