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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: 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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3.5/5  rDev -18%

sd123, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SanDiegoBeerLove, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

tbeq00, Jan 28, 2012
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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.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

claytong, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

splendidsplinter, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

willbrown, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Giovacchini
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.

Giovacchini, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

macg310, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

fultonj, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

bwyu, Jan 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

imperialking, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

roblund, Jan 20, 2012
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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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

johnhenryconway, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ithinkimasofa, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of BilbosNuts
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 12.68oz bottle into a chalice. (batch 69)

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color. It has a two finger, creamy, pearl white head that leaves sheets of lacing and keeps a good sized film across the top. A tornado of carbonation swarms from the bottom of the glass and rises vigorously to the top.

S: It starts off with big spicy phenolic notes. A touch of belgian yeast follows. It finishes with sweet light fruits. There is a touch of alcohol in the aroma as well. I can't sense anything resembling this being aged in oak chips.

T: Here is where the oak chips make their presence. They give off a nice earthy and woody sort of taste that works well with the other flavors that follow. Belgian yeast and spicy phenols are again present. Belgian candy sugar makes a significant impact giving off an appealing light alcohol taste. A big sweet fruit taste finishes it off.

M: The belgian candy sugar gives it a lighter body. The high amount of carbonation effectively moves the flavors around the palate. It finishes with a mild amount of alcohol.

O: This was really a great beer. Definitely one of the best tripels I have enjoyed to date. It hides the high alcohol dangerously well, it has a great complex taste, and is well put together overall.

BilbosNuts, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

largefarva, Jan 13, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Batch 69 poured into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a murky orange amber color with a huge, frothy, off-white colored head to it. Great head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of the earthy Belgian yeast spice to it. A good amount of the oak comes through in a woody, slightly vanilla like flavor. An herbal, somewhat grassy hoppiness is there as well. Nice aroma for the style.

The taste also has a good dose of the earthy, spicy, yeast flavors to it throughout. Some sweeter, pale malts start to come out in the finish and mix with some of the woody, oak flavors. A little bit of an herbal hoppiness is there as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being high. Overall it was a very good beer of the style. The oak seemed a little more subtle, but did provide a little more depth to it. It had a nice range of flavors to it and was a very good tasting beer overall.

billab914, Jan 13, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

Kind of a tan color with orange hues, cloudy, with a nice white head and good lacing.

Smells is really nice, Belgian yeast and spices, citrus, light to mid fruits, banana, clove, a tinge of woodiness, and a healthy dose of funk.

Taste follows the smell, less funky than I imagined it would be from the smell, subtle woody notes, great Belgian yeast flavors, enough hoppiness to balance it all out, just a tinge of alcohol.

Body is pretty rich and full, plenty of carbonation, alcohol is present but not very noticeable.

Another damn fine beer from RR. What else needs to be said?

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bstyle, Jan 12, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Had this one last night. A big thanks to ultraman9000(Martin) for sending this one as an extra.

This beer pours a hazy star color with a huge fluffy white head. It's like there is a cloud on top of my beer. The smell is lightly spicey with hints of bready malts, I also get hints of the oak. The taste is pretty similar to the smell with a little bit of a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium body and fairly dry with high carbonation. Overall this is a really good beer and I am glad I got to try it.

rowingbrewer, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

czarnowski, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

uvm2003, Jan 11, 2012
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.