Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-05-2011 02:00:13 | More by litheum94
3.93/5 rDev -8%
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!
10-30-2011 23:47:34 | More by mithrascruor
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
02-25-2011 22:59:47 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
03-07-2012 01:23:13 | More by dcloeren
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
03-29-2009 22:52:42 | More by drseamus
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
02-20-2009 19:27:02 | More by MisterClean
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-11-2008 00:16:56 | More by kirok1999
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
10-31-2011 19:29:24 | More by patm1986
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
This beer pours a cloudy orange color, with a thick and fluffy white head, with a light yellow tint to it. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lace.
This beer has a very grainy aroma to it. Some funky, earthy yeast aroma as well. Spicy hops mix in, with a slight citrusy aroma. Also, I detect a very subtle banana aroma. Alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.
This beer tastes like it smells. Grainy up front, with some spicyhop flavor. I can taste a slight bubblegum flavor. Some banana flavor as well. As with the aroma, alcohol is well hidden.
This beer is full bodied. It is highly carbonated, well for the style. It leaves a grainy aftertaste. The alcohol warms slightly on the way down.
This beer might be a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol though. Flavor is mellow and good.
Overall: This is a good beer. I would expect nothing else from Vinnie.
11-26-2009 23:00:21 | More by OStrungT
4/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
02-16-2011 04:55:36 | More by nataku00
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
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!
11-12-2011 18:53:21 | More by fox227
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.