Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) - Russian River Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
02-07-2012 02:30:25 | More by stakem
4.1/5 rDev -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.
02-06-2012 17:19:04 | More by jeffjeff1
3.85/5 rDev -9.8%
Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Batch 69. Corked and caged 375ml bottle poured into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.
Gentle pour yields a gigantic 2 finger frothy, fluffy white head with great retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is patchy and thick with little cling. Pretty.
Nose is coriander, orange peel, soap, and cane sugar. Real deep and robust but lively at the same time. Nice.
Opens clove, orange peel, coriander, citrus fruit, and Belgian yeastiness. Very sweet and herbal. More yeast towards the middle with some cane sugar further enhancing the malt body. End is sweet and yeasty with touches of citrus throughout. Aftertaste is of sweet orange and spices. Moderate complexity. Very enjoyable.
Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and crisp and aggressive going down. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. Decent.
For an 11% offering, this one hides its boozy side very very well. Otherwise, a very solid tripel though the barrel-aging barely shows up in the flavor profile.
01-27-2012 23:55:50 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.78/5 rDev -11.5%
My bottle at Stone Brewing Bistro and Gardens. Yeasty aroma mostly. Starts sweet and then finishes bitter. Funkier as it warms. Hits the style and also funkier than the style. Would be much better with food. 375 ml is sufficient without it. Enormous head.
01-22-2012 21:52:35 | More by Sammy
4.4/5 rDev +3%
A- orange with thick head.
S- oak, yeast, banana.
T- oak, belgium yeast, fruit, for some reason this beer has a bubble gum flavor to me (double bubble).
M- nice carbonation, the alcohol is masked well for being an 11%.
O- I like this beer this beer a lot. I want to age a few bottles but they don't last. Long in my cellar.
01-22-2012 03:19:03 | More by Giovacchini
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
Batch # 069.
10.75% ABV per the label.
Pours a murky honey orange with a 3 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of Belgian yeast, spices, grain, and some light fruity aromas. Taste is pretty much exactly the same with a slight woody flavor on the finish. There is a slight astringent bitterness and a bit of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a very crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good tripel and another great beer from Russian River. I am very happy I was able to find one of these.
01-20-2012 06:29:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
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