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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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534 Ratings
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 254
Gots: 156 | FT: 4
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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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maximum12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lothore, who sent me this bottle about 15 months ago...yes, it's time for the periodic cleansing of the colonic cellar. I wasn't terribly impressed with the standard Damnation, so I'm hoping a bit of age & oak will improve my disposition towards it. Batch 46 split with my wife.

Only about 2/3 poured initially to keep the brew sediment-free. The same orangish color as regular Damnation but hazier, deeper. Nose is nice, terrific wine-like quality to it, dry, woody, spritzish.

Well, either my old review of Damnation was off-base or this is a much better beer. This comes off like alcohol-infused white grape juice, with a rollicking sweetness spark-arcing over the palate. Perhaps adding "big, sweet, candy" notes is redundant, but the sweetness actually underlies the grapeness; they're distinct. More puckering sugariness in the basket of fruits including pear, apples, & others. The yeast lends a spice kick towards the end, which leaves off dry. 0% humidity, take another drink to wet your whistle dry. 11%? You kidding me?

Excellent beer. If this isn't the best beer I've had from Russian River, it's only Pliny's fault.
Quaffable, original, tasty, gorgeous. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:12:43 | More by maximum12
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harpus

Alabama

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I was out in Santa Rosa, I went out to Russian River. While I was their, I bought a bottle of the Damnation Batch 23. I took this to a Free the Hops meeting. I watched as everyone a round the room poured a sample and tasted with a happy face. When I tried the beet it was about straw in color, it had a thin head. The smell was fantastic sweet with hints of coriander. The taste was of carmel malt and vanilla. This was a great beer, wish I had bought more then just one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:40:04 | More by harpus
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 023. Sunny daffodil yellow with multiple stately bubble streams wandering up to a wonderful looking crown of alabaster colored cream. Once the foam starts to melt, fine sheets of lace can be seen gracing the glass. A Belgian brewer would be proud.

The nose takes time (and warming) to open up... and still isn't that powerful. There's a bit of golden fruit, almost no spice, and little to no oak. In the end, the next highest score wasn't even considered.

Damnation Batch 23 is now slightly more than 3 years of age (bottled 6/4/07). According to the brewery, it can be aged 4 years. While it doesn't taste over the hill at this point in time, neither does it have much flavor boldness and complexity is lacking. The alcohol has mellowed nicely, however.

Flavors include pears macerated in Poire Williams, a Chardonnay grape vinousness, and a wee sprinkling of white pepper. Oak is still difficult to appreciate. I'm not sure what sort of yeast strain 'R.R. Wine 1' is, but it's doubtful that it's a Trappist ale yeast given the lack of the usual tripel/BSPA esteriness.

Reading the previous few paragraphs, one could be forgiven for thinking that Damnation Batch 23 is not good beer. Nothing could be further from the truth, it's just that it isn't up to Russian River's usual standards. This is one my five favorites breweries in the world if you want some idea of what I consider their 'usual standards' to be.

The mouthfeel is more American big beer than Belgianesque. It's roughly medium-full and feels sugary slick rather than airy and fluffy and expansive. Carbonation that is too laid back is the most likely culprit. At least it isn't a bottle-conditioned, overbubbled mess.

Russian River brews the single best beer in the known universe (Pliny The Younger) and plenty of others that are special as well. Damnation Batch 23 is solid, and has aged well, but it isn't the outstanding effort that I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 21:33:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 04:47:57 | More by MasterSki
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Pencible

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Drunk following standard Damnation, and also nearly a year old. This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled totally different, like shark American oak and strong apricots, with some lemon zest and honey malt and alcohol.
T: It also tasted different, like dried apricots and fresh oak, with some candi sugar and honey and sour yeast, and a little alcohol.
M: It was oily with a little carbonation. Very smooth.
D: This was much better than the standard Damnation. It had lots of rich complexity, but was still very delicate and refined. Fantastic to sip, with the only negative being that it's still a bit hot. Perhaps another year of age to perfect it?

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 00:17:17 | More by Pencible
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled out of the cellar as part of a beer tasting at the house two weeks back. Took a bit to finally write the rating to this one.

Batch #23 compliments of ipa247, my main CA man. Thanks Jeff for this and everything else you send my way. A great trader this Jeff is.

A - Caged and corked bottle, popped open and poured into Westvleteren and Rochefort chalices. Pours a beautiful yellow orange with a pillow head sitting on top. Very appealing.

S/T - I really enjoyed this one. A sweeter version of the base Damnation for sure, with a delightful candy sugar taste balanced out by the richness of the oak. A really nice combination of a rich yeast taste in conjunction with oak, candy sugar, and slight citrus profile. Really a wonderful taste, much better than the base Damnation.

M - Very crisp and refreshing. Delightful experience.

D - Very nice. I wish I had some more of this as it was delightful.

This was a beer that really surprised me in how good it was. The Damnation is a pleasant drinking beer for its style, this version raises its profile a notch. Really excellent.

Thanks Jeff for the opportunity to try this one and many other RR beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 04:15:09 | More by Beerisheaven
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trade with Cloudskipper, thanks Chris!

Batch 46: Brewed 2 Dec 08/Bottled 7 Jan 09

A: incredible appearance, night light brown-amber color, great fluffy head, nice cascading bubbles
S: exactly what it states it is, earthy, yeasty
T: phenomenal for an American Belgian style beer, heady, raw, great carbonation, a bit acerbic, maybe a bit tinny but not anything to a detriment
M: surprisingly light and almost "fluffy" from carbonation, very unusual and great drinker
D: very, very drinkable, beware with the alcohol

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 20:01:46 | More by wisrarebeer
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sarah for sharing this one!

A-pours a bright golden orangish color with a creamy bubbly white head that lingers for a little leaving a nice thick lace

S-the nose is pretty big with lots of nice oak aromas and some sweet vanilla up front. sparkling white grapes with notes of sweet sugar and some soft golden fruits hold strong in the nose with a touch more oak and note of booze in the back.

T-this is delicious, hints of spicy phenols right up front. soft golden fruits take over, pear and some peach with some light sour apple underneath. the back adds a touch of ginger with some spiciness lingering throughout the finish.

M-this has a medium to light body and is very soft and smooth on the palate. the carbonation is lower and not biting at all giving it a still crisp clean finish.

D-this is tasty, lighter, and soft on the palate. fantastic beer and quite easy and pleasant to drink. the oak falls off a little in the taste but was still a great brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 19:20:08 | More by cpetrone84
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually got this from my buddy sideswipe, and brought it to a tasting at DVelcich's place-- Glad to be able to share it.

Poured into Duvel Tulip--

Slight sediment in this golden bright orangey colored beer with a huge voluminous billowy 2 finger tall head. Leaves gorgeous lace just in letting the head settle for a few seconds.

I smell dried apples and a spicy yeast bite. Very pleasant. A nice funk mixes well with a little acidic note.

I pickup a just the slightest hop bitterness with the yeasty spice and an almost tart finish presenting some golden delicious apples. As I drink more, I find the finish to be nice and dry, in a very refreshing way. It has some sweetness, but it is crisp and dry and would stand up to quenching a thirst on a warm day. A funky acidic finish is bordering on being sour, but isn't quite committing to it.

The body is very nice and easily drinkable. A tad thicker than "light bodied" but no where near "medium bodied." Huge amounts of copious carbonation make this feel lighter than it looks and helps it to keep that refreshing vibe going.

Russian River has not disappointed me yet! (Except their distribution habits!)

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 05:45:28 | More by AleWatcher
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade awhile Damnation 23 (46)!

A-Bottle makes a HUGE champagne popping sound when cork is removed. Body is a crystal clear pale amber hue. Pours with a 1 finger white fizzy head that fades to a thick collar pretty quickly and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is quite interesting. It contains dry, dusty oak, a hint of acidic tartness, vinegar, a slight sugary sweetness, some funky yeast, and a hint of apple.

T- Flavor contains a hint of smoke initially and dry woody oak. Background contains a good amount of spicy belgian yeast. The finish is actually very spicy with the spicy yeast increasing and what seems to be a ginger hotness. A moderate amount of spicy heat lingers on for awhile.

M- Light body with soft carbonation. Relatively smooth and yeasty.

D- Overall this beer is kinda quirky-but awesome. I love the complexity and the spicy heat that the flavor profile provides. Not really what I was expecting at all as this is completely different from regular damnation-but still great brew by RR.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:09:16 | More by PittBeerGirl
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Christ all mighty. Moving 24 cases of beer and more importantly, about 80 trips down (and up) 4 flights of stairs with an armful of garbage can be tiring - who'd think that? I need a crisp, clean, refreshing beer and a 10.75% tripel (courtesy of waltonc) is what I have in mind. Thank you, Chris. This is batch 46 Into my RR -tion tulip

Crystal clear light orange with a dense, frothy, eggshell-white head, this beer is absolutely redolent. Head retention is excellent too, and the lace this beer leaves is gorgeous.

The nose is excellent. Fruity with a blend of citrus, pears and apricots and some white grapes, this also has a mellow spiciness with white pepper, and a moderate tannin character. The oak integrates very very well with the fruit and the spice character, and just a little vanilla is present as well. Not surprisingly, the alcohol is present on the back end. Quite excellent in integration, this.

The palate opens with a noticeable alcohol bite and prominent, juicy, fruity character with citrus, pears and ripe apricots. Moderate vanilla comes through mid-palate, and coupled with the rather big alcohol character, it makes me think of what a good flavored vodka would taste like. Mild spice character mid-palate with a little clove, a little pepper. Not particularly yeasty. While a little sweet, this beer dries up quite well on the finish. Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation, the finish is particularly excellent, with a blend of fruit, spice and drying tannins. Vinnie does not disappoint. This is going to fuck me up, but it's going to be a pleasant trip.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:59:37 | More by DefenCorps
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 46. Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this California gem.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is citrus (both lemon and orange) with some oaked character. The flavor is orange, oak, lemon and a nice dose of vanilla. The alcohol is very well hidden and unless you look at the label, you would have no idea this beer was 11 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 00:03:18 | More by Mora2000
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gford217

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of MakeItaBanquet poured into a tulip.

Pours bright golden orange with the slightest haze and a huge creamy white head that recedes to a thick cap and some delicate lacing.

The aroma is really nice and very sweet with caramelized green apples and apricots alongside some more citrusy pineapples. Hints of spicy yeast with vanilla and oak as well.

The taste is also sweet with apples, pears and candi sugar. But, it does seem a little spicier than the aroma with the Belgian yeast coming out as well as a heavier dose of the oak character, wood and vanilla in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and pretty stick and less dry than many tripels.

I love this beer and it's ridiculous that an 11% ABV beer is this drinkable. Sweeter than most tripels but balanced by the oak - a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 03:13:20 | More by gford217
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a clear lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with solid amounts of sweet malts and milder amounts of earthiness, some from the oak and the rest from leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells although not quite as smooth. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of fruits and spices - pears and cloves mostly with light amounts of green apple flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness is tempered a bit by the oak and carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I didn't pick up on any huge differences between this and normal Damnation however the nose in this one was a bit more robust. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 03:22:39 | More by glid02
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femALEist

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a cloudy yellow and left a massive lace. It smelled like citrus, earthy, yeasty, some spicy hops mixed in with some banana and clove. It tasted a bit sweet at first with a little grainy with a spicy hop flavor, slightly bubblegum, banana, some light oak notes. The alcohol seemed to be pretty well hidden in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 21:04:58 | More by femALEist
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bomber into a Westvletern chalice.

The ber pours a dark honey gold with a hint of orange. The white rises about 3 fingers providing great retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty light but very sweet to start, maybe butterscotch, some clove? As you dig in more you get some nice floral of a tripel with a hint of oak at the end. Very nice, balanced and complex.

The taste is also very balanced and complex. It starts our a little sweet and light fades to some nice floral hoppiness then ends with some great oak and as you swallow a great hint of vanilla.

The feel is light, warm with a semi dry finish.

This beer is very drinkable.

Overall, this is a great beer. It retains all the qualities that make a great triple but then ads a great uniqueness with the oak.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:03:09 | More by jrallen34
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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
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange color with a short fizzy white head.

Scent of citrus, soap, light sugars, light sweet oak, and a hint of vanilla. Not very complex, but balanced well.

Taste of citrus, apples, oak, some caramel, light sugar, and a touch of vanilla. Light considering the alcohol content. One of the better American Tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slight with a good amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:32:29 | More by paco1029384756
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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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alleykatking

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this bottle got broken but luck me it was not. Got this in a early trade with Mike...aka mjl21. Thanks! Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice semi-hazed yellowish orange color. 1 1/2 finger off white head comes and goes rather quickly. Good sticky lacing left on the side of the glass.

S- Earthy (grassy) yeast smell right off the back. Some candy sugars in there to make a light sweet aroma. Almost no alcohol in the nose. Some clove and banana in there as well.

T- Nice tasting beer. The oak comes through more so at the end with a light bitter hopping and alcohol. The front of this is sweet with honey like qualities. Clove and banana stick out as well. Some light citrus tones as well although they seem a little faded.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good with the style. Very full bodied in the mouth and leaves nice clove and oaky tastes on the palate and in the aftertaste. Clean tasting for the most part. Light drying of the palate while drinking.

D- Drinkabillity is good with this beer. There is a sweetness that is a little annoying but you almost get used to it by the end of the beer. Very glad I got to try. Russian River makes amazing beers that I could drink over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 20:17:28 | More by alleykatking
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

750 mL corked and caged bottle courtesy of jleblanc - many thanks! Batch #23 (Batch 1?) poured in to an Aventinus weizenbock glass on New Years Eve!

Appearance: Pours an at-first surprisingly light, gold, crisp-looking bodied ale, nearly entirely transparent, though the way the shape of the glass treats this one causes it to appear crystalline at the bottom but a little cloudier and orange near the top. The head is creamy, dense, about one-finger high and has surprisingly good retention, leaving a persistently thick sheen and a foamy collar. The lacing is amazing for a Belgian ale of this alcohol level, thin but uniform, leaving sprawling fingers and splashes of lacing all over the sip-side of this one. The carbonation is plentiful, fast, dense, and of an average size, racing to the top of this beer about as fast as you can imagine. All in all, it's an attractive brew, very inviting, traditional yet near-perfect in all aspects.

Aroma: Huge tropical fruits - pineapple, oranges, sweetly sticky and robust - mingle with caramelized barrel malts and Candi sugar.

Taste: The most interesting aspect of the taste of this beer is its most noticeable, at least to me - the interplay between the light, crisp, moderately well-attenuated sugars of a Belgian pale golden/tripel and the heartier, heavier, moderately roasted, earthy sugars attributed by the oak chipping. The base beer here is solid, definitely different from the original Damnation - it's crisp, cleansing, rife with phenols, mint, cloves, Candi sugar, light tropical fruit, white pepper, faint cinnamon, banana, and a handful of spicy green, hay-like hop notes. The oaking adds a green, woody note, light and earthy, both complementing and diversifying the flavor portfolio here, as well as adding a few vanilla notes (and the aforementioned roasted sugars).

Mouthfeel: A beer that starts out a little creamier and more even than it ends up, though it is by and large a very smooth beer, surprising because of the amount of carbonation present in this one. It becomes less even as it warms, but then finally a little more still as the carbonation finally escapes.

Drinkability: A cornucopia of flavors and aromas, this one's truly inspiring. At 11.0%, it's not what anyone could really call "drinkable," though it was definitely a New Years Eve beer if there ever was one - light, crisp, varied, and terribly complex, a perfect harbinger for what is hopefully a light, crisp, varied, and terribly complex 2010. Wait. Something like that at least.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 06:44:08 | More by CrellMoset
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 13:05:37 | More by Deuane
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex woody, citrus, earhty and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation and thin particles. Medium to heavy citrus balanced flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 02:11:27 | More by tmoneyba
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OStrungT

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 23:00:21 | More by OStrungT
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold with a thick, downy head that lingers beautifully, slowly coating the side of the glass as it gradually recedes.

Smells of heavy clove, light banana and lemon peel. Also, some faint bubble gum and straw underneath.

The mouthfeel shows the difference between pure feel and carbonation. The beer is full-bodied, bordering on thick, but there is still lively carbonation that keeps this from being a beer-shake.

Surprisingly sweet at the start, with honey, banana and citrus taking the lead. The finish cuts some of the sweetness with some light hop bitterness, a bit of alcohol and some light oak notes. I wish that the oak were a bit more noticeable and the sweetness gets a bit unruly at the beginning but, overall, this is a very interesting triple. Seems like aging might cause the flavors to blend more seamlessly.

Serving type: bottle

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.