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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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540 Ratings
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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 259
Gots: 154 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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

popery, Apr 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Zaphog, Apr 22, 2012
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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%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

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

hansgruber, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

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

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

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

RespetoCerveza101, Apr 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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

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

Archemedies, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

turmeric, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of mwa423
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.

mwa423, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Scrumtralecent
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!

Scrumtralecent, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of cbutova
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.

cbutova, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Cstromberg57, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
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.

Chico1985, Mar 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

AlexChillton, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of dgilks
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.

dgilks, Mar 19, 2012
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.