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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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543 Ratings
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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 262
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 Chico1985
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

AlexChillton, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Onenote81
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Onenote81, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of claaark13
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

claaark13, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of abrethanson
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Pizza Port in Solana Beach. Fantastic complement to their tasty pizza.

Look - pours a clear copper with a 1 finger head.

Smell - belgium breadiness, with a hint of pine sneaking through.

Taste - The nose is a light apple sour balanced with bread and vanilla. The body is very complex with maltiness, strong floral notes, and cherry cough syrup. The citrus hops provide the beer's backbone and pull through at the end and do a nice job of masking the booziness. Also a little funkiness hiding around.

Mouth feel - tart and lightly carbonated.

Overall - loved it. The complexity and balanced between Belgium yeast, hops, tartness, and richness was splendid.

abrethanson, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dcloeren, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of ek_ek
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ek_ek, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of RSchaeffer
4/5  rDev -6.3%

RSchaeffer, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Bobheed
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden color starting out quite clear, then getting pretty hazy. Huge, huge foamy white head. What a tripel should look like

S: A little bit of spiciness, a lot of bready characteristics. Alcohol slightly detectable

T: Tangy, citrusy, spicy. Lots of clove right up front, then sort of goes into a nice fruity flavor with a bit of hop presence. At the very end you get a bit of alcohol

M: Highly carbonated, but super smooth somehow. Almost seems like it was straight off a nitro-tap even out of the bottle. A bit of alcohol warmth behind it all.

Overall, I loved this one. Gonna grab a few more bottles too, see how it holds up with a little age. This, to me, is the ideal tripel.

Bobheed, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Cinderbike
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Cinderbike, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of eorwar
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

eorwar, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of MrBillyMac
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

MrBillyMac, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

VncentLIFE, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 069 of Batch 23

Pours golden yellow and slightly cloudy. A huge cream colored head forms and forces me to pour from the bottle three times before I could fit it in the tulip, even when I poured extremely slow. The head left some huge chunky lacing.

Smell is yeast tangy, hint of pepper and citrus.

Taste is quite different. Oak seems and undertone to the whole drink, with yeast being forward, a sourdough break like malt and a very woody nice aftertaste.

Feels incredible, smooth and luxurious. A light bubbly bite reminds you of the carbonation, but makes this feel much lighter than the 10.75%.

A great drinking beer for it's huge ABV. The oak adds something to all the aspects of flavor and texture. Too bad this is quite pricey, still, a very nice beer.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, batch number 069, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy apricot color with a big fluffy 2" head, good lacing.

S- Lots of tart and yeasty aromas, some spice, crisp apple/pear fruitiness and oak.

T- Big phenolic spices are prominent here, lots of clove and coriander, some orange and pear as well as a lot of earthy yeast. Some sweetness from candy flavors and alcohol.

M- Medium-bodied, heavily carbonated, has a very crisp feel with lots of prickly carbonation, finish is a bit dry.

O- A pretty good tripel, lots of complex flavors, drinkability is very high (I'm actually surprised at the alcohol content), Russian River never disappoints.

WillCarrera, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of TMasterFlash
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TMasterFlash, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the corked-and-caged bottle into a Southampton snifter at low altitude. I really enjoyed the standard version of this, so I'm looking forward to this.

A: Pours a nice hazy honey color with some noticeable yeast sediment and a nice creamy white head of nice retention. Very nice.

S: Fruity yeast esters, cherry, sugar, oak, a bit of alcohol. My nose is stuffy at the moment, so that's about all I get.

T: Fruity cherry yeast notes up front give way to a spicy body and an oaky and drying finish. There's a bit of sourness here that plays well with the other flavors.

M: Light- to medium-bodied and quite dry. Good for the style and suits the flavors well.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, especially considering the ABV. If you've tried the regular Damnation or you're looking for a good American-made tripel, this is a good option.

schlimenhaumer, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

seeswo, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

John11486, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -6.3%

DSlim71, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sugit for this one.

A: 1" white head that left a nice lacing and remained for a lengthy period of time over cloudy honey/amber liquid. Very appetizing looking.

S: Oak, sour funk and yeast.

T: Oak, sour funk, lemon citrus and clove floral hops and a honey/biscuit malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: One of the best tripels I have ever had, although it could use more funk. If you like this one; seek out a similar one by A La Fut out of Quebec called Tripe à 3 Brett.

DaftCaskBC, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -6.3%

eawolff99, Feb 07, 2012
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.