Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 538 | Reviews: 236 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
This beer looks awesome, and the one thing I noticed is that the head sticks around so long. In most beers it will disappear, but mine still looks beautiful.
Smell wise, you get exactly what you'd expect. You get that big yeasty, spicy note that you get in belgian style beers like this.
Taste wise though, is where this beer starts to excel, It asserts itself on the pallet nicely. Very fruity, apply/ tart like notes.
04-15-2012 07:06:57 | More by raynmoon
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured into a snifter. Batch 69. Big thanks to Bilbosnuts for this.
4.5 A: Hazed dark orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is very good and lots of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Nice sugary, spicy tripel. Lots of pepper. Hay and bready malts with peach and apple fruitiness. Oaky underneath with a mild vanilla.
4.0 T: Loads of pepper and maybe a touch of clove underneath. Big fruitiness with peach and apple showcased and a hint of banana. Oaky with a mild vanilla and note of supple tannins. Quite tasty.
4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Plenty of spritzy carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Nice creaminess and super smooth.
4.5 D: Definitely a solid tripel. Not the most complex, but great flavors that come together well.
04-11-2012 21:50:17 | More by DavoleBomb
3.4/5 rDev -20.4%
Expecting an oak aged tripel, it's certainly a west coast sour take on an tripel. What this isn't: yeasty and belgian. What this is: Light, heavily carbonated and slightly sour. The appearance is perfect, slightly hazy and a great head and lacing when poured carefully. The smell is light, slightly sweet and sour. Taste starts yeasty and quickly breezes by some malt and it's on to a sour aftertaste. The beer is in your mouth and down your throat faster than you would believe. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated, not what I usually expect from the style.
Overall, very different. If you like this type of different, you'll enjoy it.
03-24-2012 03:08:18 | More by mwa423
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
Per usual, much thanks to leschkie! Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Batch 69.
A - Heavily carbonated, but light straw color with an orange tint. Bubbly white head that was big to begin with from the carbonation but fizzles down fairly quickly.
S - Belgian farmhouse funk with some vanilla oak notes giving it a slighter darker feel. Quite a tart nose with a citrus feel.
T - Crisp belgian flavors, little banana and clove, with that oak laying low in the back. The oak is most predominant in the the aftertaste lingering on the tongue. Quite complex as it goes from a bright, vibrant belgian tripel and transitions to a hint at some barrelroom in the backend with a little alcohol burn. That oak become more apparent as it warms.
M - Upfront, the mouthfeel is very carbonated, little too much I think. But the mouthfeel after a drink is quite silky and coating. Quite drinkable if you can get past the carbonation.
O - Good beer, has a sharp flavor with some added oak accents that bump it up. Well done, and refreshing for a slightly warm night. Will be interested to see how this ages, thanks for the extra bottle Kurtis!
03-22-2012 04:24:04 | More by Scrumtralecent
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Brought back from SF, reviewed from notes. Batch 69.
A- Slightly hazy light orange body with golden hues around the edges. Small foamy white head forms with a bubbly texture. Small patches of thick lace.
S- Belgian yeast forward with a citrus zest hint there too. Coriander, straw, apple, white grape, orange peel and general euro hops.
T- Belgian yeast has a spiced feel providing a backdrop for a good Tripel. Balanced mix of raisin, orange zest, cantaloupe, banana, coriander, peppercorn and hops. Hops give an herbal, spicy, grassy and citrus zest profile.
MF- Foamy lower gravity body that just fizzes up and fills the mouth. Fairly bitter and warm feel.
Complex and flavorful Tripel, brings a ton of different angles. The only thing I don't really notice is the oak, but the beer itself seems better than the damnation I had somehow.
03-21-2012 02:55:41 | More by cbutova
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
Much thanks to cbutova for sharing this one, glad to have the opportunity to try it. I've always been intrigued by it. Batch 69.
Pours hazy pale orange, lots of carbonation bubbles, big ol white head retains as a thick ring.
Nice smell, classic tripel Americanized...big apple, Belgian yeast, bread, vanilla, peach, good balance of fruity and spicy. Great stuff.
Doesn't quite match the scent but good stuff. The American hoppage comes out more with citrus, lemon and peach. Pear/apple, yeast, spice. Not getting much of the oak though.
Good mouthfeel...drinks too easy for 11%.
Pretty awesome, a whole different beast from the regular Damnation.
03-19-2012 13:21:53 | More by Chico1985
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
Hazy golden colour with a smooth, white head. Fair head retention.
Rich, citrussy aroma with notes of lemon balm and some fantastic herbal notes. Really interesting.
Smooth malt with a bright spiciness and lots of citrus. Some nice hard fruit notes.
Medium light body with moderately-high carbonation. Very mild, creamy tannins to round out the body. Very good.
A delightful beer with lots of flavour, a nice rounded body and lots of citrus. The oak seems to be missing but I still like it.
03-19-2012 09:34:49 | More by dgilks
3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
Had this one on-tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank.
Bartender poured into this into a tall tulip glass, revealing a slightly hazy golden hue. A finger-width's worth of creamy foam capped it off. The nose is sharp with Belgian yeast, lemon zest, faint tangerine. The mouthfeel was much smoother than anticipated, aided by the oak chips, no doubt. Light bubbly finish. Light hoppy flavors meld well with the yeast character, and then finishes with a mildly-tart citrus snap. Spicy lemons come to mind with this beer. I liked it quite a bit. RR has made another standout brew here. Glad I had the opportunity.
03-12-2012 16:25:23 | More by Onenote81
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
Thanks Mihir. Poured into a Founders snifter.
A - Very carbonated. Froth doesn't fade for some time. Nice, light orange color. Too much foam. Way too much foam.
S - Belgian yeast, corriander, light lemon, yet somewhat muted.
T - Similar to smell. A slightly, almost tart lemon in the middle. The oak is very mild. It comes out towards the end. Slight citric tartness within the flavor. Dryness is subdued by carbonation and some sweetness. Oak does stick to the tongue after a few sips. 10.75%? No way.
M - Very prickly and carbonated, but easy to drink. So easy to drink.
O - Good beer. Oak is right on target, finish is smooth. It is overcarbonated as hell, but the flavor is just great. Without a massive head, the beer looks great. Great overall and I would happily drink this again.
03-12-2012 01:40:01 | More by claaark13
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
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