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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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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
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 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
Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both MexicanSkittel and BdubleEdubleRUN for the chance to try this one. Batch 69, 375ml bottle poured into a snifter. The cork removes with a loud pop and produces 4 fingers worth of white fluffy froth. The cap fades back to a thin lacing that is supported by constantly rising bubbles. The brew itself appears a hazed golden orange color that is slightly hazed. A light swirl effortless revives more than a finger of slightly off-white froth back to the surface.

The smell of this brew has a lot going on. First it reminds me of coriander with a hint of lemon and orange zest that is sweet and almost candied. More sniffs reveal a deep fruit inclusion with a bit of earth and mild oaked quality. A hint of sulfur and some spicy clove round it out with the alcohol becoming increasingly noticeable as it warms up.

The taste includes everything hinted in the aroma. Some peppery spice mixes with clove, coriander, lemon and orange pulp-like bitterness. Some tannic oak flavoring resides mid-palate bringing out a bit more focus on an earthy/herbal bitterness. The alcohol which was initially quite tamed really comes out with a warming factor as the brew warms up. The aftertaste is a little cheesy and quite earthy with a bit more pronounced oak flavoring that is raw.

This is a medium bodied brew that is very carbonated. It has a solid warming factor about it and a nice arrangement of flavor initially that sort of falls apart as it warms up and more sips are taken. I think the oak and hoppy bitterness clashes with the yeasty spices and it overall distracts from the experience instead of complimenting it. It lingers inside the mouth with almost an oily feel that mixes with a bit of astringency. It isn't a horrible brew by any stretch, it just isn't quite for me and what I expect from a tripel.

stakem, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of theempire
5/5  rDev +17.1%

theempire, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at RR Brewery during the Pliny release.

Appearance- orange cloudy color, thick foamy head

Smell- citrus fruit, spices

Taste- citrus fruit, spices, slight bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I shared the bottle with my family and we enjoyed it.

jeffjeff1, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

denimdemon, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kspongeworthy, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of dudeabides76
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dudeabides76, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of chalkfullof
5/5  rDev +17.1%

chalkfullof, Feb 02, 2012
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.