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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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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 255
Gots: 154 | FT: 4
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: bosco7 on 07-07-2007)
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both MexicanSkittel and BdubleEdubleRUN for the chance to try this one. Batch 69, 375ml bottle poured into a snifter. The cork removes with a loud pop and produces 4 fingers worth of white fluffy froth. The cap fades back to a thin lacing that is supported by constantly rising bubbles. The brew itself appears a hazed golden orange color that is slightly hazed. A light swirl effortless revives more than a finger of slightly off-white froth back to the surface.

The smell of this brew has a lot going on. First it reminds me of coriander with a hint of lemon and orange zest that is sweet and almost candied. More sniffs reveal a deep fruit inclusion with a bit of earth and mild oaked quality. A hint of sulfur and some spicy clove round it out with the alcohol becoming increasingly noticeable as it warms up.

The taste includes everything hinted in the aroma. Some peppery spice mixes with clove, coriander, lemon and orange pulp-like bitterness. Some tannic oak flavoring resides mid-palate bringing out a bit more focus on an earthy/herbal bitterness. The alcohol which was initially quite tamed really comes out with a warming factor as the brew warms up. The aftertaste is a little cheesy and quite earthy with a bit more pronounced oak flavoring that is raw.

This is a medium bodied brew that is very carbonated. It has a solid warming factor about it and a nice arrangement of flavor initially that sort of falls apart as it warms up and more sips are taken. I think the oak and hoppy bitterness clashes with the yeasty spices and it overall distracts from the experience instead of complimenting it. It lingers inside the mouth with almost an oily feel that mixes with a bit of astringency. It isn't a horrible brew by any stretch, it just isn't quite for me and what I expect from a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:30:25 | More by stakem
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Arbitrator

California

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. This is batch 69, purchased at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear, golden body capped with 4-5 fingers of off-white head that completely fills the glass off of a small pour. The dense bubbles recede evenly, leaving streaks of lace down the glass as they go.

S: Stone fruit (pears, apricot), substantial yeasty mustiness, oak, vanilla, clove.

T: Fairly sweet on the initial taste, manifesting as stone fruit flavors and a touch of orange zest, but it's sloppily covered up by prickly, astringent oak and musty yeast that overwhelm the palate. Clove follows almost as an afterthought well into the finish.

M: This is a rough beer on the palate; the flavor doesn't flow smoothly, and the components aren't well-integrated. Age MAY do this some good, but the equivalent of an $18 (?) 750mL bottle should be ready to go right away.

O: The original Batch 23 aged into a beautiful, mellow, buttery-oak beer. Obviously, there will be recipe variation and other factors, but I don't see how batches 46 and 69 will get there. The oak presence in the latter two batches has been more prickly, spicy, and astringent. The overall execution of this beer is disappointing. At the current price point ($9?), I don't think I'll load up on the next one.

Incidentally, I've had a handful of different bottles, and there may be some settling / variation issues with this beer. I had one that was dominated by orange zest and others that were dominated by yeast. I'm reviewing the yeast-heavy one, but I'd give the better bottles of this a B+ or so.

~~~

Original review of batch 46, purchased in Feb '09 and consumed in Jun '10. 3.28 / 5

A: Pours a brilliant, clear amber with two fingers of long-lasting, fluffy off-white head. The dense bubbles give a creamy appearance, and they leave substantial lace down the sides of the glass. Exquisite.

S: Vanilla, pears, apricots, orange peel, oak, clove, and yeast.

T: Wow, much sweeter than expected. Vanilla and orange-peel create a candy-like flavor that is initially cloying, but gets to be more tolerable (though never great) as the beer warms. The finish brings out buttery (but bitter, astringent) oak, pear, clove, and yeast flavors.

M: It feels quite creamy, but maybe that's the visuals of the carbonation -- which is quite fine -- playing tricks on me. The sugars are tasted, which is a disappointment; I'd like a drier beer for the style. The alcohol is quite well suppressed, but then the beer is 1.5 years old at this point.

D: Eh.... I hate to say Vinnie makes a bad beer, but if he does, this is probably it. I won't pay $12 for this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 21:11:42 | More by Arbitrator
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Overlord

California

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow. Big white foam head.

Smells like some funky, oak-y grass/hay/wheat/flowers. I was expecting something sweeter. Interesting.

Taste is all over the place. Some sweet malt, some candi, some weird oak-y funk/grass elements. Hmm. Really kind of muddled if you ask me. Nice bubbly mouthfeel.

Thanks to Chris for giving me a chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 09:10:10 | More by Overlord
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18%

02-18-2013 17:21:36 | More by Danielr26
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -18%

06-28-2012 00:07:01 | More by hoppymcgee
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ejyoung

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-22-2013 19:03:04 | More by ejyoung
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-19-2013 19:14:52 | More by ChrisPro
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DangerDawg

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-25-2011 17:18:55 | More by DangerDawg
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-31-2012 17:04:58 | More by sd123
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -18%

06-09-2013 21:31:17 | More by ajzy
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -18%

10-16-2013 02:50:22 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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anteater

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -18%

10-04-2012 23:16:07 | More by anteater
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podunkparte

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-30-2011 08:37:56 | More by podunkparte
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moonknight31

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

05-10-2013 02:46:45 | More by moonknight31
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-19-2014 21:47:54 | More by Knapp85
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-26-2011 19:00:01 | More by Soneast
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -18%

06-20-2014 01:53:45 | More by thegerm87
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-24-2013 15:33:03 | More by tom10101
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Crosling

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yellow gold in color with a full head. Unimpressive nose. Flavor seems to have a fairly agressive hop character, with some herbaceous and lemon notes. Also, it's sweet with some fruit-like flavors. The oak provides a fairly nice component, though clearly the oak influence would be more enjoyable, had it been aged in an actual barrel. Lots of heat and definately not a lot of subtlety. The finish could be longer as well, it fades quick. Just seems rough and unrefined, it lacks depth.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 00:41:27 | More by Crosling
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GrandCruDrew for this one.

A - Hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of creamy white head.

S - Oak, slightly musty wood, tropical fruits, green apple, pear and spicy belgian yeast.

T - The oak is stronger than aroma. Wet musty oak, vanilla, sweet, tropical fruits, white grapes and a lingering spicy belgian yeast.

M - Medium mouthfeel, spritzy at first but settles to light carbonation making it a touch heavy/creamy.

D - Not sure if the age has added more oak aroma/flavor but I was a little disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 22:26:21 | More by brewcrew76
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 023.

Pour is a ruby-orange with a big off-white head that leaves serious lacing.

Smell: Not as forward as I would like. Some light spice, golden fruit, yeast and no oak.

Taste: A bit bland, lots of golden fruit (pears & apples) with some light spice and yeast and a some faint orange cream, not much else. No oak, not enough spice.

Mouthfeel: It does excel here, very creamy.

Drinkability: A bit lacking in flavor, although the high ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:32:54 | More by craytonic
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch 69 (giggity)

A: Pours a very hazy orange. Tall fizzy off-white head that slowly fades away. Decent fluffy bits of lacing. Good head retention to boot.

S: Whoa. Loaded with dark fruits. Raisins stand out like a beacon of light. Very strong. Sweet caramel and bread with a little clove and banana backing it up. A little toffee and oak. Does not smell like any tripel I've ever smelled. It's 90% sweet raisins.

T: Huh. Very bready with some caramel. Loads of raisin and clove. Gets spicier in the middle and finish with LOADS of cloves and some minor grassiness I'd say. A little drying oak in the finish with more raisins. There's an odd, all-encompassing flavor that I can't quite place. It's almost like the funkiness/tartness of a saison but not quite. If I had to guess I'd say it's rotten pears. Strange.

M: Heavy and sweet. Lower carbonation.

O: Interesting tripel. Very unusual. Not much oakiness to this one. It's quite sweet and has an odd funkiness to it that I don't usually get. Lots of sweetbread and yeast at least. Didn't quite hit me right but it's not horrible - just not as good as I was expecting. Not a big fan, and tripels are usually my favorite belgians.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 05:39:54 | More by Dope
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bs870621345

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 69

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a HUGE white head and tiny bubbles. I did a very gentle pour into my Duvel glass and it still was a long time before I could attempt to drink it.

Smells like alcohol, fruity esters, and slightly herbal.

Taste is dominated by alcohol and apple for me. Its sweet and finishes dry, but it seems to be a mess for my palate.

Mouthfeel is thick, wish it was dryer.

Overall, its not that great. I liked damnation better and I don't need to seek that one out again either.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 19:19:10 | More by bs870621345
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at the brewery on July 25, 2007 into a thin chalice. I am immediately taken aback by how mellow the oak is. This isn’t an overwhelming bourbony oak by any means, just a light dusting of wood and vanilla. Body pours a brilliant and well carbonated gilded copper with a 2 inch off white head that dissipates quickly to a steady but thin lace. Loads of butter in the aroma like a California Chardonnay. Taste is sweet and boozey. Orange and sweet apples, tannins, vanilla, and a touch of spiciness. Chewy and very warming mouthfeel. Barleywine like. Fairly drinkable. I managed to finish the bottle, mostly by my self so it must be. Should improve with time. Plan on revisiting in a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 15:50:43 | More by DaPeculierDane
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy golden yellow. Pours a fluffy white head that holds for some time and ultimately leaves a quarter inch layer of foam throughout my enjoyment of the beer. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Initial smell is of booziness, beyond that there is some oak notes, sweet vanilla, candied sugar and some pepper and belgian yeast notes. The booziness is the overpowering scent though an tough to get around

T: The booze is much more subtle when tasting it. Mostly sweet candied sugar and vanilla. Some earthy tones like wood in the end, and a few nice esters thrown in there. And then at the end more of the booze comes in. There is also a soapy taste very present as well

M: Nice and creamy and like many other belgian style beers it has a bit lighter feel. Again there is some present fusal alcohol. Too its credit, it is not overly sweet which helps

D: This one fits the bill for a tripel and is a very enjoyable drink. It is deceptive in that it is not too heavy. In the end though this one is best enjoyed when aged for an extended period of time

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 23:21:02 | More by mikey711
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.