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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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BA SCORE
95
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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
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 NWer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

NWer, May 14, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber with no head or lacing. The nose is an incredible orange rind bitter-sweetness with pungent alcohol. The taste is light and sweet with a subtle touch of oak. The aftertaste is a honey sweetness followed by some wood, but it's hard to recognize. The aftertaste is just as light and refreshing. Honestly, this beer was way better than expected with big citrus notes from the tripel followed by an interesting wood infusion. Very drinkable beer, possibly the best BA tripel I've had... although I still have my bottle of Allagash to try next.

ThePorterSorter, May 07, 2012
Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375 ml bottle from the LaJolla Whole Foods in mid February for $10.99. Lets see how good the splurge is...

Beer poured golden orange with a nice whte head that is long lasting.

Nose is apples and pears initially, with a nice funk touch as the brew warms.

Taste pretty much follows the nose pattern; apples and pears with light funk, coriander, pepper, and lemon zest dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and smooth, fits the style very well.

Overall this is a well crafted brew. I am not much of a funk fan but this is done very well. I marked the taste and overall score down as the coriander and lemon zest is a bit too dominating in the finish.

arizcards, May 07, 2012
Photo of kyager2000
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

kyager2000, May 04, 2012
Photo of Dark33
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Dark33, May 01, 2012
Photo of hayesjw
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

popery, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Zaphog, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -6.3%

kjkinsey, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of ficklenicholas
5/5  rDev +17.1%

ficklenicholas, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

raynmoon, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Devi0us
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Devi0us, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of nickseevers
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

nickseevers, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of logicerror
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

logicerror, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of hansgruber
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

hansgruber, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

DavoleBomb, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of rumorsofsurf
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

rumorsofsurf, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of RespetoCerveza101
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

RespetoCerveza101, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +17.1%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of wbillw
3/5  rDev -29.7%

wbillw, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Archemedies, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of turmeric
4/5  rDev -6.3%

turmeric, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of mwa423
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mwa423, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Scrumtralecent, Mar 22, 2012
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.