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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) - Russian River Brewing Company

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 275
Gots: 157 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bosco7 on 07-07-2007

We turned our regular Damnation recipe into a Tripel. It is bittered with Tomahawk and has Sterling and Cascade in the mid-boil and finish. The beer was then aged on new American oak chips for two to three weeks.
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Photo of Urbancaver
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice crisp yellowish orange with a nice amount of head. Smells oaky and yeasty. Lots of floral aromas and yeast but the oak is most present. Tastes oaky. Oak oak and more oak. Very nice yeasty profile. Nice light fruity flavours. Incredibly drinkable and very smooth. So so much better than damnation.

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado 20th Anniversary.

The beer poured a deep golden with a dense merengue-like white head.

The aroma of the beer was of sweet malt, fruity yeast esters, some faint spice, but with a huge oaken vanilla note.

The flavor of the beer was of sweet biscuity malt with a big vanilla note from the oak. The hops were there with a mild floral character in the flavor. Plenty of light fruit flavors, such as white grapes to go around.

The mouthfeel was medium and the body was full. This beer was a touch heavy, but the spritzy carbonation and high alcohol helped break things up a little.

Overall this was a wonderful beer a huge vanilla oak bomb that I loved. The flavors are incredibly rich, which, sadly, hampers its drinkability slightly. But it's not as if I'll be pounding pints of any 11% beer.

Photo of phichifiji00
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy, golden color, pours 2+ inches of thick white head that fades very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, earty, barnyard funk, cherries, tart fruit, kumquat, spicy, acidic, oak.

Taste: Citrus, barnyard funk, cherries, tart fruit, acidic, spicy, oak, malty in the middle.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, lots of carbonation, crisp, semi dry finish, the alcohol is completely hidden.

Overall: A very drinkable transitional sour. Very complex flavors/aromas, well carbonated. I'm excited to see how this one ages.

Photo of toppoop
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDanno96
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 69.

A big thank you to my best friend Dave for bringing this (and 12 other bottles of RR!) back for me from his recent trip to California.

A: Hello carbonation! A gentle pour of just half the bottle yielded more fluffy white head than my big Duvel tulip could handle. As the head slowly receded, it left lots of fluffy lace sticking to the sides of the glass. Pours a coppery-orange color.

S: The spiciness of the Belgian yeast predominates the nose. Subtle notes of citrus and brett. Apples.

T: The flavor features several layers, with the oak adding an intriguing layer of earth complexity. Spicy Belgian yeast up front transitions to flavors of sweet fruit in the mid palate. Towards the finish this sweetness is balanced by subtle earthy oak flavors and slight grassy hints. The finish is just the slightest bit bitter with notes of earthy yeast as well. Despite detectable notes of brett on the nose, there is little, if any, sourness.

M: Body is somewhere in the neighborhood between medium and full. Despite the huge head, carbonation is only moderate and alcohol is almost non-existent.

O: Another winner from RR. The nose was a little subdued for me, but that is my only substantial critique. Delicious. RR's mastery of both American and Belgian styles of beer is truly amazing. The addition of oak added a subtle, yet significant, layer of complexity to this brew that elevated it to the next level for me. And to boot, it is dangerously drinkable for 11%.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a super huge foamy had with excellent retention and some very good lacing. Aroma which consists of citrus and floral hops are well balanced against the sweet notes of the malt bill. Taste is a great mix between some citrus and floral hoppy notes and some semi—sweet malt notes. Oak is very subtle but seems to bring a rounder taste at the end. Yeast strain a somewhat fruity and can be detected. Body is full with great conditioning and some excellent carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This is a great improvement IMO over the regular version which is just too fruity.

Photo of Murchmac
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer during the first go around and thought it was excellent then, the 2nd time around, just as good.

Pours a big white frothy head, a cloudy honey yellow. Honeycomb's big, yeah yeah yeah, it's not small, no no no.

Smells of citrus fruits, apples? earthy, woody, floral. A is for Apple, J is for Jacks, cinamony toasty apple jacks.

Citrus fruity esters, light and crisp, oak gives it a a very smooth woody finish. Perfection. Two scoops of Damnation in Kellog's Damnation 23.

Like Tony the Tiger, this beer's Grrreat!

Photo of DividedAvery
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.68oz bottle into a New Belgium Goblet
Props to dsgolovin for the extra!

A: Hazy body, orange-amber color with a giant head. Took me 4 pours to get a full glass. Great head though, pure white, lingers for quite a while

S: Citrus (lots of lemon, some orange), funk, yeast, green apple

T: There is a lot of citrus floating in this one. Some green apple pops up just a bit later with some funk and yeast lingering through the taste. Just a touch of wood, really nice complexity and a very well hidden 11% ABV

M: Well carbonated, expected that when the pour took so long

O: A really great beer although one would probably be my limit. Too bad it doesn't make it out here

Photo of Cavery
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to my brother for providing the beer, compliments of the FFAC release. I gifted a bottle to a local homebrewer on his birthday, so I figured it only proper that I tried it so I can talk about it if he mentions it. Happy-Bday Jose, hope you cracked it already!

A: Light semi-transparent body with some nano-fiber egg shell foams that refuse to go away. swirls of silty thin formations in the middle of the beer are a bit confusing. Could be a yeast thing, but otherwise the beer has a very nice light honey color. Looking at the glass for prolonged periods of time make me think this would pair well with lobster, as it nearly looks like that translucent melted butter -- minus the foams.

S: Big french bread out of the oven, some sweet breads that make me think brioche. Alcohol that seems to be on the sweeter side of triple sec and natural orange-esque peels. The orange note is slighter, think kumquat and clementines. Really like the subtlety, frutti-tutti yeast that doesn't bludgeon you on the head with esters, it's more or less a phantom or suggestion. Complex in the nose, I could sit with it for a while and give a lecture on it. Subtle and not simple.

T: Somewhere between deliciously fresh pretzel breads, brioche, and oven fresh french bread crusts is this flavor. The lightly musky orange spritz on the overall flavor of the yeast breadiness is a whole grain malt note that pops with authenticity. The alcohol gives a smoothness to all the flavors and creates an overlap between kumquat rinds and breadiness that I'm a fan of. There's an illusion of drinkability that makes this beer scary. Overly ripe fruit in the end is a nice finisher.

M: Medium full bodied with a soothing silky feel of alcohol throughout. The beer quickly disappears down the throat, It's hard to gauge the feel as you really are compelled to swallow. Has a bit wetter alcohol finish, but it allows the mild clementine, mandarin, and kumquat flavors to do their thing.

O: This beer is really good, but I have to admit I know very little next to nothing about tripels stylistically. The yeast wasn't exactly estery, but the breadiness of malt married suggestions of light citrus to perfection. The mouth had this spritzy effervescence that makes me think this is something to consume fresh. There's a great deal to appreciate in this beer, and I can see a lot of non-beer drinkers picking this out as a favorite in a tasting. Definitely give batch 23 a swirl sometime, I think it's Russian River doing what they do best. Scary drinkable for the alcohol.

Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a batch 2 (Batch 46) of Batch 23!

A-Copper kissed golden yellow with a medium white head that that reduced slowly to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Sharp oak and spice with a nice touch of mellowing fruit of apple and banana.

T-Biting oak dryness and a spicy zing with an underlying fruitiness. Apple, pear and mild banana. Bit of alcohol burn in the background.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp, crisp and dry. Long lingering spiciness.

D-Heck yeah....a more aggressive, spicier and drier version of "regular" Damnation. This is a mighty fine brew.

Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a standard pint glass. Batch 046.

A - Golden and clear with a moderate beige head. Some lacing as the glass empties. Some serious yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Slightly sweet with moderate spices.

T - Starts dry with a spiciness that increases as you swallow. Finishes spicy and moderately bitter. Not a huge oak flavor but it certainly contributes to the experience. When the yeast joins in at the end of the bottle, it mellows out the flavors and little bit and provides a whole new, yet pleasant, experience.

M - A moderate consistency but with a very light and airy feel due to the high carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - A very nice beer with lots of flavor and a great balance. It's been a while since I've had the regular Damnation so I can't really say how this differs but it's a very good beer.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 69.
Pours a golden orange with a big soapy head that dissipates quickly
Big fruity nose. Not much else.
Fruity, a touch of wood, funk, and yeast. A very light bitter finish. The booze is well hidden.
Soft yet abundant carbonation lightens the mouth.
This, in my opinion is an improvement on normal Damnation. Not amazing, but tasty.

Photo of axeman9182
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL cork and cage bottle of batch 69, thanks to nataku00 for the hookup. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Damnation Batch 23 (69) pours what vacillates between a hazy goldenrod and lemon yellow, depending on the degree of backlighting. The creamy white froth that forms at the top of the glass reaches just short of three fingers in height. Head retention is very good, but lacing is nonexistent (as surprising as it is disappointing). The first whiff is all juicy pale fruits, gobs of granny smith apples and pears. In time a rounded oak-y aroma melds nicely with some light phenolic notes to play against the fruitiness. It would be nice if they were a bit more apparent though. The flavor is a little less one dimensional, as while the fruits still take center stage, everything else jumps out a bit more. Specifically, there's a bit of hoppy bitterness, as well as a slightly more pronounced clove and pepper yeast presence. Woody influence from the oak is a bit more subdued here than in the nose, and there's a light warming sensation from the alcohol. For some reason, my immediate reaction on the first sip was that the beer is overcarbonated, but that's definitely not the case. What is the case is that the body is absurdly light and dry for an 11% beer. The carbonation is creamy and lively, just about spot on. Batch 23 is a bigger, badder version of regular Damnation (a fantastic brew in its own right), and one I'll have to look into getting some more of. Another fantastic beer from Russian River.

Photo of berkey
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a massive foamy white head in my large Triple Karmeleit glass. Retention is a little above average but lacing is amazing. Body is a slighly hazy pale blonde with orange notes.

Aromas are of sweet citrus fruits, yeast, and alcohol at first sniff while deeper persual brings out sugar and the earthy oak aromas.

Time to check out the flavors...whoah! While the aroma was fairly conventional for the style the oak really comes through more than I expected here, especially in the aftertaste. The woody tannins and the high alcohol team up to create this perfumy character that kind of stomps on the other flavors at first . Once the palate adapts the yeast and other flavors are identifiable once again though. Really impressive and unique!

Mouthfeel has the same great balanced carbonation of other RR Belgian style ales along with the pleasant oak tannins adding some subtle dry bitterness. Drinkable for the ABV but the 750ml is probaly best shared with a friend.

Another amazing Russian River beer. I didn't expect this to be such a big departure from the regular Damnation but this knocked me on me heels. I'll keep my eyes open for this one in the future.

Photo of GbVDave
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus chalices. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere and brokenleadedcask for both trading me bottles of this. Not sure who's bottle this was so props to you both!

Batch 046

A: Pours a perfectly hazy and unfiltered, bright glowing peach color with an impossibly creamy, just off-white head that left a huge surplus of sticky lace in the glass!

S: Aromas of apples and peach coupled with toasted malt, caramel, banana, spices, and earthy oaken goodness. Heather picked out cardamom and orange peel.

T: See above. Extremely well balanced with notes of citrus, banana, and maybe a touch of candi sugar. The spices and oak help to keep everything from being too sweet and add a hint of white pepper.

M: A near perfect balance of dry, spicy, and sticky. Tantilizingly spicy oak notes that do a great job of keeping the fruity sweetness reigned in.

D: The alcohol only began to rear its' head at the end of the glass. Up until then, however, this was a completely charming beer.

Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one quite some time ago.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a fluffy and somewhat soapy white head. A bit of white head.

S: Some slightly tart fruits like apples and lemons, maybe a bit of grapes as well. Some nice oak aromas, sweet bready malts, honey, and some undertones of alcohol.

T: Lots of great fruit flavors along with a bit of warming alcohol. Sweet apples, pears, and some citrus zest. Honey, and some floral notes to it, and maybe a slight spice ester character. Nowhere near as much as the usual Damnation.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation and a slightly drying.

D: Very different from regular Damnation, and probably for the best. I really enjoyed this beer. Would love to have it again.

Photo of roodie
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow random pickup at Whole Foods in Huntington Beach. Serendipity I guess. Batch 69

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip

A: pours a golden honey hue with nice head that retains and moderate lacing left behind

S: hints of apple and lemon with the oaky vanilla shining through at the end

T: cider and lemon precede the yeasty vanilla body at the end of the sip

M: crisp and subtle citrusy tart linger

O: great great beer. On par with Bruery Premiere for me

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Nanoslug for sending me this one. This was the second release - Batch 46. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of off-white foam that settles to a thick ring and a near-complete cap. Splotchy fingers of lace slowly slide down the sides of the glass. Body is a murky peach-apricot color. As I got near the end of the bottle, big chunks of yeasty sediment slopped into my glass - yummy.

S - This is a sweeter tripel, with less grains of paradise and coriander than many I've tried. Instead, it's very fruity, with plenty of pear, banana, and starfruit mixed with a mild estery yeast character. The oak comes out a bit as it warms up and lends a spicy wood flavor, along with some vanilla.

T - Taste is more caramel malt, fruits, and vanilla. Alcohol is relatively well-hidden, considering the beer's high ABV. Closer to 4.25 for me.

M - Very soft and smooth body, a touch a of heat, lower but preset carbonation that keeps it from getting cloying.

D - Shared a 750ml bottle and that was a good serving size, although I could have gone for a little more.

Photo of ikantspel
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sometimes you get lucky and find one of these at your local liquor store (8

375ml served into a russian river chalice

numbered batch of 69

pours a golden hue with a monster 3 finger head.

bready yeast followed by herbal spices in the nose. then some funky wooden smell

oak, pineapple citrus, butter, then some hoppy bitterness for good measure.

hits kinda crisp then thickens into sweet nectar.

paid 10.99 for the bottle. wish it wasnt the last one

Photo of Altenor
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zeeksterusa
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from City Beer in SF. Opened it this week and wow! I tried the standard Damnation but the wood chips of the 23 really make this a unique and great tasting beer. On first sip there a strong and full hop flavor and after a few seconds that hop flavor gets overshadowed by a pleasing oaky flavor. The drinking experience of this beer is very unique and tasted refined. I would buy this beer again and would recommend it to anyone that likes pale ales as well as belgian ales. It strikes a inventive balance between brute force hop taste with the complex depth of some belgians.

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.