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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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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 255
Gots: 154 | FT: 4
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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fultonj

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-21-2012 23:05:44 | More by fultonj
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bwyu

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-21-2012 05:07:26 | More by bwyu
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-21-2012 01:27:43 | More by imperialking
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roblund

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-20-2012 16:05:59 | More by roblund
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 06:29:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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johnhenryconway


4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-17-2012 04:53:28 | More by johnhenryconway
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-15-2012 08:45:39 | More by ithinkimasofa
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BilbosNuts

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 00:46:46 | More by BilbosNuts
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largefarva

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-13-2012 16:54:29 | More by largefarva
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billab914

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 00:04:57 | More by billab914
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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?

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 22:35:44 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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bstyle

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-12-2012 17:20:16 | More by bstyle
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 15:12:02 | More by rowingbrewer
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czarnowski

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-12-2012 03:14:44 | More by czarnowski
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-11-2012 23:34:00 | More by uvm2003
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-11-2012 14:24:38 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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emaciated

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-11-2012 03:53:29 | More by emaciated
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MrDanno96

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 69.

A big thank you to my best friend Dave for bringing this (and 12 other bottles of RR!) back for me from his recent trip to California.

A: Hello carbonation! A gentle pour of just half the bottle yielded more fluffy white head than my big Duvel tulip could handle. As the head slowly receded, it left lots of fluffy lace sticking to the sides of the glass. Pours a coppery-orange color.

S: The spiciness of the Belgian yeast predominates the nose. Subtle notes of citrus and brett. Apples.

T: The flavor features several layers, with the oak adding an intriguing layer of earth complexity. Spicy Belgian yeast up front transitions to flavors of sweet fruit in the mid palate. Towards the finish this sweetness is balanced by subtle earthy oak flavors and slight grassy hints. The finish is just the slightest bit bitter with notes of earthy yeast as well. Despite detectable notes of brett on the nose, there is little, if any, sourness.

M: Body is somewhere in the neighborhood between medium and full. Despite the huge head, carbonation is only moderate and alcohol is almost non-existent.

O: Another winner from RR. The nose was a little subdued for me, but that is my only substantial critique. Delicious. RR's mastery of both American and Belgian styles of beer is truly amazing. The addition of oak added a subtle, yet significant, layer of complexity to this brew that elevated it to the next level for me. And to boot, it is dangerously drinkable for 11%.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:23:15 | More by MrDanno96
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-10-2012 21:36:22 | More by JRod1969
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nsheehan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-10-2012 20:16:13 | More by nsheehan
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kiki3drt292

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-10-2012 18:32:07 | More by kiki3drt292
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-10-2012 01:52:35 | More by monitorpop
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 69....Thanks to Cisco619 for this!

POP!! Its a gusher!

Once it settled down, it has a nice slightly cloudy, coppery hue. After the initial gush and explosion of foam, the head settles down to nice thin head. It is just enough to cover the top of the beer. Slight bit of lacing.

It smells a slight bit like Brett. The oak scent is faint, not overpowering...that is a good thing (for me anyway).

It hits with a bready, old banana, alcohol taste. Hmmmm..the taste is a little odd. I'm not a huge Tripel drinker, but this isn't like most Tripels I remember.

It's creamy and big. It feels like I need to chew before swallowing. There is a bit of alcohol as you swallow, but it is not like an 11%, that is hidden well.

Russian River is my favorite brewery, so I HAD to have this. I will say, its not something I need to seek out again, but I'm super happy to have tried it. Its certainly not bad by any means, just not smoething I need more of.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:03:42 | More by DaveHack
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-08-2012 20:39:11 | More by Ungertaker
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tripelhops

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-08-2012 18:59:05 | More by tripelhops
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.