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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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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 265
Gots: 155 | 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:
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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Photo of aforbes10
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy but still glimmering orange brown (more orange, really) with an extremely well retained white pillowy head. Masterful appearance. Smells of spiced malt, bananas, oak and ethanol. Tangy, sweet mix of Belgian flavors. Yeasty, and some coriander/green hops. Ethanol strong and a little hot on the finish. I get the higher alcohol but the oak contribution is less obvious. Extra body is the real story here, which makes the beer much easier to drink and helps the flavors come together a lot more. Very smooth. This is more of a sipper than its regular incarnation, but that's a-ok with me.

aforbes10, May 17, 2009
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -6.3%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

axeman9182, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-

375ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed slightly diluted Tang, towering off white head, nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet yeasty goodness, peach skins and tiny citrus, spicy.

Lip smacking notes of citrus. Very minor bitters. A dash of pepper appears at the beginning of the aftertaste. Ends mildly dry, wish it was more. Medium to full bodied slightly cloying yet lively mouthfeel. The oak chips are nearly imperceptible, little to find. No sense of alcohol. Doesn't strike me as a tripel. I indeed like this but inferior to Damnation. Best near room temp.
Batch 69
cheers
jd

impending, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap Toronado SF, had two 6oz $4 pours.

What a find and a gem. To start, I like Duvel better than Damnation hands down, no question...period. Enter batch 23 2009 drank today, 2/25/2011

No comparison. Batch 23 over Duvel anyday. Belgian yeast on steriods, bananas, cloves and oak. Smells creamy even. Taste and mouthfeel blew me away.

Creamy mouthfeel, unmatched. The Oak blended perfectly with the Belgian yeast, an almost perfect beer.

Don't hesitate if you see this on tap. It's a MUST HAVE. Home Run. Never experienced an American brewer nail a Belgian style like this before. Well Done.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +17.1%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Archemedies, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -18%

ChrisPro, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Bwagner1122
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Bwagner1122, May 10, 2014
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Stevie_Janowski, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of litheum94
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Batch 23/69.

Pours an opaque golden leaning towards amber body. Some off-white head, but not much at all. Leaves some bubbles on the side of the glass.

Aromas of oak, Belgian yeast and citric sourness. A vague fruit sweetness as well.

Very woody with tons of oak flavors right away. Raspberry like sweetness. Sourness is very subtle, presenting itself more like a lemon zest. Lots of earthiness as well, with that classic taste of Belgian yeast. Slow alcohol burn on the finish.

Not as bold as their other sours, but a great take on an already pretty good beer. Very tasty. I'm interested to see how it ages.

litheum94, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy apricot/orange color. Great thick & foamy white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Great fruity aroma with orange, cherries, and kiwi-fruit. Just a hint of yeast.

Taste: A rather bitter citrus flavor overall. Some tartness, and some underlying yeast flavors. The finish and aftertaste are mostly bitter orange, though the oak does come through, along with some cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and generally smooth, with very airy carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong alcohol-wise, but it isn't apparent in the flavor.

Perhaps a bit unbalanced towards the bitterness, but otherwise this is a very enjoyable beer.

How appropriate that Damnation 23 is my 666th review!

mithrascruor, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of bright white foamy head. Decent retention, no lacing.

Hit immediately with Belgian yeast, some vanilla, apples, pears and maybe a touch of peach. Nice spicy aromas are roused off with a semi tart finish.

Taste is very similar to the nose. The Belgian yeast is a little more in the back ground with the apples, pears and lemon taking the lead. Smooth vanilla notes in the middle (I'm assuming this was lifted from the oak). Great taste with a spice filled finish.

Medium body with a ton of carbonation.

Overall, I thought this was exactly how I anticipated a Russian River Tripel to taste like. Very nice and complex. I highly recommend.

dcloeren, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of patm1986
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes 10 Oct 2011
From the tap at RR Brewery

beautiful, bright gold shimmer underneath a thick, frothy, pillowy head. you can lay your dome down to rest on this head. awesome retention.

smells like boooze. strong oak scent: bourbon vanilla, spice, wood. strong aromas of honey and other stronger sugars, a little ginger bread man fell in the barrel, too. other spices noted: coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, a little clove, all very mild, but noticeable.

HELLO, FACE. that's big, man. sweet, sweet, funky, sweet, bourbon-y, a little bitter, sweet, and calming, mildly phenolic. that's a progression. it's bold, but it's also so balanced that i can't help but try to catch up to it and harness these flavors. really awesome tripel finish. the oak is not too much either.

thick, rich, creamy, smooth. very smooth. a soothing drink. great amount of sugar to coat your mouth.

this could've been crazy boozy and harsh, but why would you think so? this is a perfect finisher really. you can sit on this glass for a while, as it holds up to multiple, multiple swirls and a steady rise to nearly 70 degrees. it opens up brilliantly and isn't too much of anything in particular as many oak aged beers can exhibit. excellent.
cheers

patm1986, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of fox227
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't drink too many corked beers, but this the first one that blew its wad like a bottle of champagne, and left a bit of a mess on the floor.

A: Massive four fingered head (probably because of the above problem,) dark gold and unfiltered, tremendous head retention and impeccable lacing.

S: I get bananas, fruity esters from the yeast, sourish pear notes, and tart granny smith apples.

T: More bananas, and the taste follows the nose all the way. The high alcohol content is well concealed by the flavors of candied sugar and a touch of pumpkin pie spice. What is nice is that this beer never comes off as very sweet, but simply harmoniously complex. Outstanding!

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, not too thick; I get a numbing effect on the tongue, and the finish is moderately dry.

O: I've not much experience with Belgian style beers, tripels, but I feel that this review will stand: an amazing beer!

fox227, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of DangerDawg
3.5/5  rDev -18%

DangerDawg, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of drseamus
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Body is somewhere between amber and straw. Highly carbonated.

S: Tight nose. Some apples but not much.

T: Very intense. Good apple on pretty heavy oak. In spite of the thick oak though, it isn't too much.

M: Prickly on the tongue. Very active and carbonated.

D: Much better than regular Damnation. This is a great beer.

drseamus, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bottle from the Celebratorfest. And I forgot to try Consecration (grrr!!!)

A - Pours a straw yellow, with a little over 1 finger of white head, which dissipates slow and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Oak, vanilla, cardamom, and a slight bit of spicy hops.

T - More oakiness present in the taste, with vanilla, cardamom, and a hint of citrus. Bittering hops are slightly spicy with subtle notes of citrus.

M - Well-balanced with a touch of creaminess, but the aftertaste is slightly dry.

D - Overall good. Will drink again.

MisterClean, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of atpca
4/5  rDev -6.3%

atpca, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of e30todamax
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

e30todamax, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of moonknight31
3.5/5  rDev -18%

moonknight31, May 10, 2013
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

VncentLIFE, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 46 (oak chips) poured into a tulip. Cloudy yellow with a finger of frothy pure white head. Head dropped to half a finger, leaving a bit lacing on the glass. Some carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, but the beer is really cloudy.

Nose is very oaky, nectarines, coriander, and biscuit malts. The oak takes the spot light though.

Taste is dominated by the oak again. Beyond the oak, there is some fruitiness on the tip of the tongue, stone fruit like peaches and nectarines, but also the biscuit malts through the finish with a bit of pepper.

Medium bodied, silky, with medium levels of carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, but the oak is too overbearing for me.

nataku00, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of PappyVans
4/5  rDev -6.3%

PappyVans, May 17, 2014
Photo of kirok1999
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the pour Blake.
Very cloudy gold with a tight white head that fades fairly quickly.
Smells of funky belgian yeast, lots of spice and massive fruits. The taste follows the nose really well, lots of spice up front in allspice, nutmeg, then comes the fruit in pineapple, grape, cherries, you name it, it's in there.
Very smooth and just slightly bubbly. Very easy to sip for a long time as it gets better as it warms a bit.

kirok1999, Apr 11, 2008
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.