Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.72/5 rDev +14.6%
Batch 017. Pours a clear rich gold. The head is fairly thin in makeup but builds up into a frothy head that has a bit staying power. There is some lacing left which is quite good considering my glassware doesn't normally lend itself to much (if any) lace. A cap of small bubbles forms for the entire drink and is maintained at about 4-5 millimeters the entire time.
The aroma is of that distinct Belgian earthy yeast. It also smells a bit fruity and sweet. For something with such subtle makeup and appearance, the smell is quite fantastic and easy to detect. The taste has more of that fruitiness initially accompanied by a rush of smooth carbonation. You then get a light hop taste and a finish with a calm bitterness. The fruitiness is really what lingers for minutes after the sip.
With the mouthfeel being good and the taste being excellent, it really lends itself to very good drinkability, though only if your stomach wasn't empty to begin with like mine was.
The pour seemed lightly darker this time... a slightly more rich gold color. Rocky frothy head is still fantastic. Fruity and very earthy belgian yeast nose. This batch should be very close to the 017.
05-13-2007 00:21:38 | More by MiScusi
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
S - 750 courtesy of nerd. final trade at DLD '07
A - Pours a clear pale gold, head is sticky creamy then drops to a thin 1/8 inch head on top of the beer and stays. Nice.
S - banana, clove, belgian spices and yeast, floral perfume-y aroma, classic belgian PA smell.
T - good hop profile, orange, banana, spice, nutmeg, hoppy nibble, citrus, orange peel. nice.
M - Creamy then crisp and finishes clean with a slight lingering taste.
D - extremely drinkable, the 7.75 might catch up to you but not very quickly, or at least in my case. I love it.
05-12-2007 05:19:39 | More by rsyberg01
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured into my Damnation tulip glass that I ordered avec beer. Lovely straw colored golden hue. Head was nice and full. Aroma - sweet belgian candi sugar. Taste and mouthfeel- creamy mouthfeel, with the belgian candi rolling off the tongue. Light and fruity- some white grape and subdued wood. Finishes dry with a hint of hops. Upon futher reflection, the finish is very dry with some booze present. There is a touch of sourness, but quite minimal. A very solid beer from a great American brewer.
05-12-2007 01:28:11 | More by oakbluff
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a DT tulip. Batch 18. 7.5% abv.
A: Pours a crystal clear, light golden color. Some rather active carbonation makes for an incredibly creamy two-finger head. I swear, the head looked like a dallop of meringue sitting there on top of the beer!
S: Pleasing aromas of pears and apples. Belgian yeast makes an appearance as does some earthy hops.
T: Belgian candi sugar and spicy yeast at the forefront, followed closely by the aforementioned pears and apples. Poking out its' head towards the finish are the spicy and earthy hops. Also rolling around in there is a pleasantly dry maltiness.
M: Actively carbonated and at the same time full and creamy. An incredible balancing act between prickly and smooth.
D: It seems that the name of the game with this beer is nuance, subtlety, and balance. This is so good it commands you to keep sipping it from the glass. What a fantastic beer!
05-02-2007 23:58:20 | More by GbVDave
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Courtesy of Chris at Ebenezer's Pub. This was a 750ml bottle, Batch 020, poured into a tulip glass. Gold color with a medium sized head and a little lacing. A fruity aroma, mainly banana. Much more interesting taste. Banana, pear, and a citrus tang with some warming spice coming in later. Fairly substantial for a 7% ABV. This is a very good beer.
04-29-2007 15:20:05 | More by lordofthewiens
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
I lifted this from buddy's fridge, I think it was a gift to him last March.
I paired it with Easter Ham and a sweet saory apricot clove sauce for the ham. It was a perfect pairing, if I do say so myself. Also nice for those folks not necessarily into beer like me.
A-Golden, clear with some bottle conditioning floaties in the glass. Tight white head that fell to abbout a 1/4 inch ring in a few momnets. lacing was good unitl I swilred where it fell back done the side of the glass. from then lacing was in sheets that slid down the side of the glass.
S-yeast right away, clove, banana, pineapple and other fruity esters. Followed by that yeast again
T-Very simialr to the nose, except the whole thing is followed by a late hop bitterness taht lingers for while. This suprised me, pleasantly
M-fizzy and creamy at the same time, ligh to medium body
D-pretty good I wish I had another bottle to share with my Easter dinner guests
04-09-2007 16:14:20 | More by jackorain
4.45/5 rDev +8%
From a 750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from the Brewpub in Santa Rosa and consumed just two days later. So much for aging. Bottle conditioned so you have to decant it fairly carefully it poured a slightly hazy golden to orange color with a big foamy head that settled fairly fast and left moderate lacing. Nose is first banana, and then a swirl of the glass brings forth citrus, spices, and flowers. Mouthfeel is very smooth and the flavors mirror the nose, only a little more muted than you might expect. Finish shows a hint of the hops and brings a nice bitterness, and again the fruits come into play. A very good Belgian Ale and remarkably easy to drink.
04-09-2007 04:22:10 | More by rkuhnel
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Hazy, glowing orange. Foamy white head with plenty of lacing clung to the glass.
Lemon, orange peel, and yeast dominate the palate, with slightly tart fruit finish. Somewhat fizzy carbonation keeps this very active on your tongue. Surprisingly refreshing also.
as for the alcohol...this is nearly 8%..are you kidding me? I could drink this stuff all day..
Overall, a good slant on a Belgian golden ale.
04-09-2007 01:34:19 | More by hero27
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Another solid brew by RR! batch 15 purchased via the online store.
A - Like almost every one of their beers, pours a crystal clear golden color with a huge billowy white head.
S - A delicate comination of belgian candi sugars, light malts, pears and apples
T - similar to the aroma but with a suble spicy texture added by the belgian yeasts. I missed a touch at the end of my pour and got some sediment in the mix - not horrible, but it definitely marrs the taste. Be careful with your pour for sure!
M - medium bodied, crisp and amazingly smooth!
D - quite tasty and one I'd have again!
03-30-2007 14:00:32 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours out a really clear straw color. Three fingers of suds in the glass with just a hint of lacing. As the brew warms, the lacing becomes very prominent. Very clear with lots of bubbles.
Smell is a mix of clove and banana with citrus overtones and a piney hint at the very back. Some alcohol is present but well hidden by the sweet banana and black bitter hop taste.
The flavor is very well balanced here. Clove and banana and alcohol blend with citrus and a black bitterness way in the back.
This beer really leaves a clean aftertaste. The bottle says 7.75% but it seems like I could drink a few of these bad boys.
All in all, great beer from Russian River.
03-21-2007 23:13:23 | More by peabody
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle.
Beer is a bright gold color with a huge head.
Aromas are of bananas, coriander, and a bit of pepper.
Flavors are subtle, yet complex. There are some banana fruit flavors, some pepper, and there are also sweet and creamy malt flavors as well. Finish is quite dry, crisp and tart.
Mouthfeel is top notch, great carbonation, is also very thick and well rounded.
Drinkability is great, it's a very nice example of the style. And is fairly easy drinking for a 7% ABV beer. Yet another winner from Russian River.
03-19-2007 04:27:54 | More by flexabull
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance - A hazy apricot color with strong carbonation filled my glass. A nice soapy head.
Smell - There is a nice sweet pretty neutral malt note with hints of white sugar and grapefruit, raisins, hops and some yeasty bread.
Taste - A nice grapefruit bursts onto the palate with some yeast and spice. There are some apricots and maybe grapes present that are finished with some hops.
Mouthfeel - A nice medium mouthfeel that is balanced with some ample carbonation.
Drinkability - This is a very nice and drinkable beer. Nicely balanced sweet, but dry with a low enough ABV to make it session-able. If only I could find more.
03-18-2007 07:06:03 | More by stereosforgeeks
4/5 rDev -2.9%
750ml corked and cage bottle, Batch 011
According to the website, brewed 4-13-06, bottled 5-10-06
Making this brew 10 months old, properly cellared for 6 months
Poured into an always appropriate goblet
Smell is just what you would expect. Assertive malt and yeast aromas, slightly fruity with a sharp edge due to the alcohol.
Taste is tailgating the smell, big hit of fruits up front, apple, pear, a bland melon taste (which is good BTW). Slight twang from the alcohol, but the yeast really cuts through it.
Overall, A beer that will really flex its muscle with age. I have a couple more of this vintage, which I will cellar for at least another year.
My best advice, if sharing with a friend, throw a little of the yeast into each other's glass. It really helps balance the flavor, IMO.
03-16-2007 00:23:54 | More by leftmindedrighty
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
A- Pours a hazy, cloudy golden yellow with a large white creamy head that is mostly sustaining; lively particles; thick lacing throughout
S- Nose of malt and citrus, strong tones of banana and pear, subtle hops and sweet bread aroma
T- Very smooth and fruity taste; sweet and malty initially followed by citrus and hops in a short finish.
M- Watery texture, slightly dry and bitter with lively carbonation that is not quite overwhelming
D- This is my first Russian River beer and this brewery lives up to its impressive reputation. This is a very drinkable and smooth Belgium Strong Ale with a nice blend of citrus fruit, spices, and hops. Very pleasing aftertaste that is refreshing, but short. High carbonation is the only knock on this fine ale.
03-08-2007 05:47:39 | More by Stoneman78
3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
750ml bottle, batch 003
Pours a slightly cloudy, golden hued straw color with a one finger head. The head fades fairly quickly to a soapy cap, and thick ring, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace.
Smell; lots of tropical fruits, with mangoes, pineapple and some citrus that I can't quite nail down and pears. There's a bit of cloves and yeast, as well as some mid spices.
Taste; as with the nose, this is dominated by the fruits, with the mangoes, pineapples, pears and citrus. The spiciness is a bit more noticeable in the flavor, and the cloves are very present as well. There's a bit of a bitterness in the finish, as well as a bit of a drying effect. After a while the spices and fruity flavors become a bit of a burden for me, and make this a little hard to finish
Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied, but with a light carbonation it almost comes off a bit lighter. Very smooth and easy to drink, but for me it's almost a little too fruity, otherwise this is a really good beer.
02-17-2007 02:49:27 | More by RedHaze
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from bomber into goblet.
A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange. Head is 1/2 a finger, and it turns into a foam blanket and lacing pretty rapidly. No lacing in the glass.
S: Yeasty, estery goodness. Banana, clove, black pepper, lemon zest. This deviates from the Duvel or Delirium Tremens camp with a bit more grain, herbalness, and earthiness in the nose. Like a cross between Duvel and a clean saison (Hennepin, Southampton; nothing funky).
T/M: A cross between a wit and a hefe. Banana and spice (black pepper, clove). Dry, grassy herbs. Some crisp, sour apple. Finish is lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is a little tingly, but nothing like a fizzbomb. Finishes dry and crisp.
D: This is my first beer from Russian River, and I'm definitely looking forward to my second. In a blind taste test, I don't think I'd guess it was a Belgian pale ale, as it leans a bit more toward the bitter/earthy/grassy saison camp. Not fully, mind you--it's not a saison, but it definitely has some saison-like characteristics. Nice beer.
02-09-2007 02:06:16 | More by rarevos
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
750ml bottle, with the label marked "Batch 015". The abv is alos marked at 7.75%. An extra special thanks goes out to my girlfriend Kristi for bringing this back with her from San Diego. Thanks baby!
Poured into a tulip goblet. Brassy gold, perfectly clear, with an energetic plume of carbonation rising off the bottom of the glass. Eggwhite colored head. Very fine beading, leaving healthy amounts of lace clinging to the glass. Great head retention, no doubt fed by the boisterous and copious amounts of carbonation bubbling. The aroma is somewhat bland, not giving off much here or there to entice the senses. Sweetish pale malt with some estery fruit and candied sugariness. Most noticable is a distinct white grape aroma. The flavor opens with a surge of exceptionally fine bubbled carbonation, rocketing all over the palate. Initially, it feels like it's all over the place, but once I got used to the mouthfeel, it's actually quite an elegant brew. Lots of subtlety. Certainly flavorful, cheerful even, but not attempting any ham-fisted grab at your tastebuds. Candied pale malt, rich with sugary sweetness, moving delicately and gracefully into luscious fruit. A bouquet of white wine grapes, red apples and cherries. Almost full bodied, if not for the surging carbonation, the finish taken up with assertive belgian yeast spiciness. Peppery, with a vague, wooden funk. Not enough to be sour, per se, but I noticed it in my first sip or two. Midway through the bottle I'm noticing my stomach is feeling a little full, undoubtedly from the refugee-like exodus of CO2 this brew is giving off. A haze of anise and licorice, particularly in the spicy aftertaste. Minimal hop flavor, perhaps some underlying herbal, floral taste, but nothing jumps forth. My guess is styrian goldings or some other continental variety. Somewhat dry, with no apparent alcohol. Very easy drinking, as the style is designed to be. It's what I like in Duvel, with a little higher voltage.
Of the Russian River beers I've tried, this is perhaps the least intriguing, but the most approachable. Good, solid stuff, but their reputation has preceded them in the way that I expect oddball, avant garde beers every time. Still, it's capital! Good to know that these folks can make a super solid drinkin' beer for the beer geek. I'd happily drink this again.
02-04-2007 02:15:28 | More by UnionMade
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours a very slightly hazy golden yellow with a substantial white head that dissipates slowly, leaving heavy lace down the sides.
Aroma of malt, fruit, and hops.
Smooth tasting with malt and hops predominating. The hops being much more evident than in most other brews of this type that I've tried.
Feels great in the mouth with nice tingling carbonation.
Drinkability is quite good with a more modest ABV and smooth refreshment it offers.
02-02-2007 04:38:31 | More by techdiver
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
Received in a trade from ClockworkOrange. thanks for the opportunity. 750mL. Batch 011
A: Pours a clear orange golden color with a frothy two finger fizzy head. Big retention of the soft looking head. A current of bubbles stream to the top from the middle base of the glass. Soft sticky lacing.
S: Fruity with a sugary presence. Pears, apples, cotton candy, spices, orange peel. Lots of sweetness in the nose, but not overpowering.
T/M: Pears and apples with a spicy characteristic to them as if they've been drizzled with some godly spice. Slight peppery twang on the sides of the mouth and on the tastebuds. Bready yeastyness without any of that chalky mouthfeel. Soft and smooth on the palate. Slight leafy hop twang makes an appearance towards the finish. Slight wine like notes.
D: A pleasure to drink this. Excellent example of the style. Quite crisp and surprisingly easy drinking. Nice and complex with a decent body.
01-27-2007 19:28:10 | More by bjohnson
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
Received in trade with cooperrip thanks again. Batch 003 chilled and poured into tulip glass. Its worth noting my bottle had a bit of dirt or residue from the cork on the inner part of neck, which I did my best to wipe away. All the same pours a clean pure white head about two centimeters thick with lots of little bubbles supporting it, lacing is sparse, but present. The body is a golden straw color, with almost peachy tones. The nose is quite complex and fresh with subtle hints of spice (coriander, maybe a tinge of pepper), wonderful pale esters juicy pear, a tinge of banana and fresh strawberry. The hops are there, and provide subtle balance, yet its hard to detect their exact character. Just the same this beer has such great aromatic balance its not so important to me to parse them out. The taste is great crisp and fresh, as mentioned before a very tasteful balance of pear, strawberry and banana esters, with a slight spiced character. There is a delightful tartness that comes in the midsection, which is steadied by a mild sweetness, that pulls your taste buds right a long. That balance between the smallest hints of something like raw sugar and a tasty fruity tartness, coupled with that dry finish make this just too good. This is my first Russian River and I am so impressed and happy with it.
As I suspected this is a great food beer I can just image a midday snack with some peppered crackers and aged cheese huh so good. Im so depressed; I cant get this stuff in Chicago looks like I might have to trade for a case. Needless to say this is an excellent Belgian style strong pale, if you can get it you will not be disappointed.
01-25-2007 01:07:50 | More by mmcave
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
My first beer from the storied Russian River. Batch 016.
Pale straw in color, large frothy white head eventually dropped to a film. The aroma was full of yeasty bready fruit, bananas and pears just as it said on the bottle, there was also some spices and some candy like sugar. The first thing I noticed in the taste was a lot of spicy and citrusy zest, and fruits galore, mango, melon, tropical but not over the top. Much more than just banana and pear.Kind of dry mouthfeel, but enough almost sparkling carbonation from the bottle conditioning to keep it lively. Delicious and easy to drink, the aftertaste lingers forever in your mouth.
Verdict: lived up to and exceeded my expecations. I really loved the as I put it in my notes "tropical but not quite" flavors of many different fruits, that were kept in check by the yeasty flavors. Outstanding.
01-23-2007 03:28:20 | More by dfried
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Enjoyed this evening with akorsak, bookert and phnphilly.
This is a decent easy drinking Belgian Pale Ale but with some of the other impressive beers from RR, this one is somewhat typical. That said, it is still quite enjoyable.
Appearance: Pours a luminescent gold with a large majestic white head, partly cloudy body and spotty lacing.
Smell: Certainly honey with hints of lemon lime and melon. I can detect a little alcohol. I have a cold and I can smell this beer so it must smell pretty darn good.
Taste: Smooth approachable and fruity. The flavor starts off with a grain attribute that carries some sweet sugars and honey yeast flavors along with other spices. There is a suggestion of banana and grapefruit and hops in the back end.
Mouthfeel: Quite dry with a certain hop aftertaste that is a bit distracting, still, an adequate body.
Drinkability: I enjoyed sharing one. I do not need more at the moment.
Hope this is helpful.
01-22-2007 11:31:06 | More by Phatz
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
A 750 mL corked and caged bottle shared with Phatz. Labelled as batch 011, if I remember correctly.
A: The ale pours a brilliantly clear golden color. The only obstruction in the glass is a constant stream of bubbles from the center of the glass. The head is sufficiently thick and soon dissapates to a white ring at the top of the glass.
S: The aroma has a nice spicy edge, with honey and a subtle alcohol being the primary character.
T: The flavor is a nicely spiced body, showing off some tripel-like spices including coriander and honey. The malts provide a nice chewy grainy base that do not interfere with the golden spicy character. The taste is pleasant and forthright without being too dominant.
M: The mouthfeel is full of spices, delicious without overloading the palate.
D: I was very pleased with this ale, the spices are well-done, delivering a flavorful beer without overdoing the alcohol or sweetness.
EDIT: I originally labelled the batch as 002 when it really is 011. It has been updated accordingly.
01-22-2007 01:02:56 | More by akorsak
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
750 ml courtesy of DrJay!
Pours a clear golden, huge white head, nice lacing and excellent retention, what I like to see from a Belgian style. Smell is sweet, honey, yeast, citrus, very nice, lots of complexity. Taste is honey, toffee, bready yeast, spices, some vanilla, bit of funky goodness, nice clean finish. mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice shot at the style, enjoyed more than most Belgian Pales. Thanks for hooking us up Jay!
01-18-2007 05:49:45 | More by Viggo
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
The bottle states that this is from Batch 008.
Appearance - Pours with a huge, four-finger creamy white head taht lingers for quite a while, eventually (after about 10 minutes) settling at a thin cap of very creamy white head. It is a pale straw color with some orange tinge to it. The beer is quite clear, with little to no haze in it. There is lots of carbonation activity seen within. Sticky/full lacing is left all the way down the glass as you drink this beer.
Smell - This aroma reminds me a lot of a good wheat beer mainly due to the fact that there are obvious aroms of banana. Also some lighter fruit smells are present such as peach, pear, and white grape. Flowery and sweet herbal notes from the hops tie it together nicely. There is mild alcohol detectable off the nose.
Taste - Definitely bananas again, pear, peach, apricot, white grapes. Flowery and herbal notes as well all behind a somewhat bittering sourness balancing flavor. There is also some lemony citrus in the background of the flavors. A mild bready malt forms the foundation for this beer. A warming alcohol comes through in the finish and there is moderate earthiness with some lingering sourness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Lots of tingly carbonation, but it doesn't have that unpleasant bite to it that a lot of beers of the style tend to have. It complements the beer very nicely and doesn't interefere with the ability to fully taste and comprehend the flavor. This holds well and doesn't cause the beer to foam to much in your mouth as you taste it. This beer is medium-bodied.
Drinkability - The flavors are nice and present, but not what I would consider strong (at least not in the manner that an imperial stout is). It has an overall refreshing quality to it.
A very good Belgian golden here. I love the banana and peach flavors in it. Also, the carbonation isn't overkill, which was a pleasant surprise. Too often beers of this style have far too much carbonation which intereferes with tasting it properly. A recommended Belgian-style golden ale for sure!
01-11-2007 08:53:24 | More by dblinkhorn
Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,971 ratings.