Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 556
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 279
Gots: 155 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bosco7 on 07-07-2007

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.
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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #69

A-Bottle opens with a loud pop. Even with a gentle pour, it's about 75% fluffy,rocky off white head. Clear medium amber body. Spotty, sticky lacing.

S-Vinous, white wine grape sweetness, with a hint of tart fruit acidity. Bready malts, oak.

T/M-An excellent tripel, on the dry side, with light fruity esters and a faint layer of barnyard funk draped on top. The subtle oak flavor comes in towards the end. It's buttery, and rounds out the finish well. Leaves you wanting more. Medium bodied with vibrant, prickly carbonation.

O-This is great stuff. (562 characters)

Photo of bifrostguard
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw yellow in color with quite a bit of effervescence and a minimal off white that leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Got some clove, oak and grain in the first whiff followed by some hops and yeast.

T - Flavor has a strong oak character that works well with the grain and spice flavors. Some citrus fruit is noticed, but only mildly.

M - Medium bodied and surprisingly drying.

D - I enjoyed this beer mainly because of the extra dimension the oak chips brought to the overall flavor. Not really my style, but still delicious. (529 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 69, a 375ml bottle shared by ejyoung, poured into a tulip. According to a little bit of internet research, Damnation 23 is regular Damnation become tripel. It’s bittered with Tomahawk, has Sterling and Cascade in the mid-boil and finish, then aged on oak chips for two to three weeks.

Pale, cloudy wheat color with a bit of haze. Half finger of airy, pure white head fizzles away quickly to a thin, lingering top layer.

Smells like a tripel. Very spicy, mildly hoppy. Led by sweet pear syrup and wheat blended with peppercorn, some citrus hops and touches of vanilla.

Damnation 23 tastes great, but it’s not super different from the regular Damnation. Nicely spicy and hoppy: white peppercorns, coriander, citrus hops. Mostly very sweet pear, touches of crisp wheat. Clean, sweet finish.

Soft, medium-light body breaks into a ton of airy fizz. Some heat in the nostrils. Fairly crisp, a bit drying.

23 is better than the usual Damnation, but not by much. I hardly get any oak. (991 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A: Pours a brownish/golden color with some amber hues. Provides a small white foam head that quickly dissipated to a film and then went away completely. There is some spotty lacing.

S: There is some citrus, mostly pineapple and lemon zest, cloves, alcohol, wood and some lightly buttered bread.

T: Starts off with a good amount of malt, mostly buttered bread, caramel and toffee. In the middle there is some citrus flavored hops that balance out the sweetness. On the backend the wood and oak really come through along with some alcohol.

M: A full bodied beer that is quite heavy on the tongue and mouth. Leaves a thick oak feel on the palate.

O: A really nice Tripel. The oak is not overdone and adds nice balance. I enjoyed this more on tap than in the bottle. Certainly would enjoy more of this if I could get my hands on it. (857 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite oak-like in the aroma, but it is not overpowering & in fact took me a second to recognize. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, gold color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. Aromatic notes of buttery oak, vanillin, orange zest, and a light, yet sharp, spicy oak character. The hints of vanilla and orange remind me a bit of an orange-cream candy, though the aroma is fairly dry smelling. Boozy notes of warm alcohol are present, especially if you linger too long over the nose. Slightly must, but overall the aroma is nice, but not all that striking. It actually might not be the alcohol alone that is noticeable, but really a lot of the spicy oak character that is accentuating a sharpness / hotness in the aromatic finish.

The taste is quite a bit sweeter than the aroma suggested, but it is well within line for a beer of this strength. The sweetness accentuates a note of orange / lemon zest. This beer is actually fairly dry over all & becomes lightly sweet as my palate adjusts to it. The beer finishes with a mix of hot, higher alcohols, bitter hops, some light phenolics & spicy oak character. The oak / barrel character is quite a bit more subtle than the aroma would have suggested, which in my opinion is a good thing. Oak notes of vanillin, spicy, woody oak and a touch of tannic astringency are all noticeable if you dig a bit, but really they contribute to the overall character of this beer. Really the oak, while not hugely apparent individually, does have a large effect on the flavor profile of this beer (from the vanilla notes, the spicy character, to the perception of bitterness, astringency & alcohol in the finish). Floral notes of honeysuckle, orange blossom and bird of paradise add an interesting component to the flavor profile. The residual sugars provide a nice, softly creamy, heft to this beer that makes this beer contemplative; it is nothing like a chewy, all malt beer (like a Barleywine), as it is fairly light for its strength. In fact, at times it is down right drinkable; I think a big part of this is that the carbonation helps to refresh and lighten up the overall perception of this beer.

This beer definitely is strong, while the 10.5% does not quite hit you over the head, it is still noticeable. I really am enjoying the soft, orange like flavors & aromas in this beer; these notes pair quite well with some of the oak components. I have a feeling this beer will age quite well for a long time. In fact, this beer really needs to age for quite some time as it is a bit too young right now; perhaps a year but maybe even three would do this beer wonders To tell you the truth, I wouldn't be surprised if this peaked at 5 or 10 years even. It is certainly not a bad tipple right now, it is just that I see this getting a lot better. (2,848 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually batch 69. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into my Lost Abbey glass since I don't own a Russian River glass yet.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright orange yellow color with two and a half fingers of fluffy off white head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian style yeast, spices, citrus hops, oranges, floral hops, fruity malts, bananas, and cloves. Not getting any oak, seems very much like the normal Damnation in the nose to me.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, citrus hops, floral hops, earthy notes, sweet fruit, a hint of wood or oak, and alcohol. Again, almost no oak. Tastes has more bananas and sweet fruit than the nose, and a tiny bit more alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Pretty smooth and just the right level of carbonation before it gets too much. Tiny bit of alcohol.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but I don't think it was an improvement on the base beer. It's very similar and there is not much oak at all. I think the normal Damnation looks a little better so this rated slightly below it (4 vs. 4.03), but both are good beers. Interested to see what happens to it with some time on it as the alcohol was there in the taste. (1,316 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle of batch 69 that I shared with a friend. Golden yellow color, decent head. Smells estery and a whole lot like Damnation to me. The flavor was a bit of pear, belgian yeast, maybe I haven't had Damnation in a while but this tastes a whole lot like what I remember. I did not taste any oak whatsoever. I will say that the alcohol was imperceptible which is pretty amazing given it was listed at like 10.8% or something. Nice beer but nothing to go crazy for. (468 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bentwookie for this one!

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a massive white head, about three fingers in height. Great retention, slow dissipation to a thin layer of white on top. Spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Some apple, a little lemon and some orange, spicy yeast, some bready, and a good bit of grass. A bit more pronounced than regular Damnation.

T: Very fruity, some lemon, apple, and a little bit of pineapple and orange. This transitions to some spicy yeast and a little bit of buttery oak.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slightly creamy texture. There is a little bit of alcohol in the middle.

O: A pretty good beer. Nice fruit flavors and the oak brings a nice component as well. Not something I would go to all the time, but would certainly drink it again. (801 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this bottle got broken but luck me it was not. Got this in a early trade with Mike...aka mjl21. Thanks! Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice semi-hazed yellowish orange color. 1 1/2 finger off white head comes and goes rather quickly. Good sticky lacing left on the side of the glass.

S- Earthy (grassy) yeast smell right off the back. Some candy sugars in there to make a light sweet aroma. Almost no alcohol in the nose. Some clove and banana in there as well.

T- Nice tasting beer. The oak comes through more so at the end with a light bitter hopping and alcohol. The front of this is sweet with honey like qualities. Clove and banana stick out as well. Some light citrus tones as well although they seem a little faded.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good with the style. Very full bodied in the mouth and leaves nice clove and oaky tastes on the palate and in the aftertaste. Clean tasting for the most part. Light drying of the palate while drinking.

D- Drinkabillity is good with this beer. There is a sweetness that is a little annoying but you almost get used to it by the end of the beer. Very glad I got to try. Russian River makes amazing beers that I could drink over and over again. (1,224 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to KevSal for this one!

A - pours an orange color with a 1/8" soft white head that retains well and leaves a really nice lacing down the side of the glass

S - sweet fruits - apples and pears are first to the nose; sitting above the fruity aromas is a fog of musty brett funk

T - citric flavors are upfront on the tongue. These move on to some of the fruity tripel flavors - the pears, apples. Next, a little bit of bubblegum yeast is in the mix...these flavors take the beer on the rest of its journey down my palate, with a bit of oak thrown in at the end, but it is pretty subtle.

M - creamy, watery, and full

D - this is a good take on the regular version. I didn't realize this was a triple and not a blonde ale, but given the change up in styles I still really enjoyed this one. Another winner from RR! (823 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light yellow. Forms a large white head that quickly reduces down to a thick surface coating. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the way down.

S: Smells of wood, light lemon, hay, grains, and the heavy carbonation.

T: Light lemon sweetness, hay, lightly toasted grains, grassy hops, and wood. Sort of a dirty barnyard flavor on the finish.

M: Light body with heavier carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: Good and easily drinkable, though I've got to admit this one was quite a bit more subdued than I was expecting it to be. (540 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 069

The beer is transparent and golden hued, plentiful bubbles rapidly ascending to the surface. Even after a slow and careful pour, the head is a few inches thick, receding to a half inch and holding.

The aroma offers yeast, malt, citrus, spice, alcohol. Not picking up the oak characteristic I expected.

The oak comes through quite a bit in the flavor. A bit tart, with a nice blend of spice and floral notes. Lingering notes of wood in the finish. Well balanced and flavorful.

Alcohol content hidden pretty well. Warming finish. Medium-full bodied.

Overall, a really solid beer. Very glad to have this, as I missed batches 23 and 46. (647 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Boyton Liquors San Jose CA - Thanks to zacs for this!

Appearance - Hazy yellow/amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, grapes, yeast, apples/pears

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads, grains, and grapes. There is also some pear/apple and something along the lines of almonds.

Overall – Didn't really pick up on the oak as much as I would have expected, but a fantastic beer. A really great drink to sip on during the colder weather. I liked this one much better than the regular Damnation. (735 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Not having had this beer in some time, I was really looking forward to trying this beer on tap.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive as well, showcasing honey, clove and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet beer, though I confess I was expecting a bit more flavor from the barrel aging. Frankly, this doesn't taste all that different from the regular damnation... I get a bit more vanilla, but that's really about it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the 11% alcohol is amazingly well disguised and integrated into the flavor profile.

Shrug. A very well crafted beer, no doubt, but I guess my expectations were a bit unreasonably raised, given my experience with the bottle version a few years back. (838 characters)

Photo of kasper
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #46

A: Pours a translucent orangish-yellow with a sizable yellow-tined white bubbly head with good retention, leaving thick sheets of lacing as it slowly recedes.

S: Aromas are subtle, grassy, and a tad spicy. More specifically, aromas of belgian yeast -- tad of banana and a little bit of the bubblegum going on. There's clove in there and very -- and i mean VERY -- subtle hints of vanilla and oak. If I didn't know this was aged on wood chips, I may have never picked that up.

T: Kind of like a super-malty, mildly-hopped belgian hefeweizen, if that makes any sense. Malts are thick and present, the clove spice is prominent and lingering, and there's a bit of numbing action going on from the alcohol which is masked extremely well. The oak aging is again barely detectable but the flavors all mingle nicely.

M: One of the best parts of this brew is the feel. This is a thick and heavy one, but incredibly smooth with mild carbonation. You get all those rich belgian flavors without the overcarbonation.

D: Belgian ales aren't one of my favorites but this is a well balance, smooth sipper. I would likely never drink more than half a bottle at one time, but that's just me. Good beer. Would drink again, but unsure if I would intentionally seek it out just do to my bias against spicy belgian ales. (1,314 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color, with a thick and fluffy white head, with a light yellow tint to it. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer has a very grainy aroma to it. Some funky, earthy yeast aroma as well. Spicy hops mix in, with a slight citrusy aroma. Also, I detect a very subtle banana aroma. Alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells. Grainy up front, with some spicyhop flavor. I can taste a slight bubblegum flavor. Some banana flavor as well. As with the aroma, alcohol is well hidden.

This beer is full bodied. It is highly carbonated, well for the style. It leaves a grainy aftertaste. The alcohol warms slightly on the way down.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol though. Flavor is mellow and good.

Overall: This is a good beer. I would expect nothing else from Vinnie. (884 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better than the regular Damnation. Pours clear and golden with white head, leaves plenty of lace. Fruity, spicy, malty in the nose.

Taste follows the nose, adding oak and yeasty complexity. Really shows its Belgian roots here. Finishes bone dry and slightly tart.

Truly enjoyed this brew; props to Vinnie & crew for creating another great beer. (351 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to abecall98

pours a slightly dark dirty blonde with tons of head, big, fuzzy, fizzy, and cloudy.

a bit of funk up front, with a soft oak and strong booze.

a bit of fruit within the funk. bright and flavorful. the brett is very apparent in this. oak is hidden for the most part. touch of sweetness.

lots of bite through out. assists in lingering flavors.

decent, lacks some complexity though. (409 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle from Tim. Batch 069.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange. The Head is pretty amazing -- incredibly tight, fine bubbles, its almost like a solid. Exceptional retention. Sips show sheets of lacing with decent stickiness.

Smell: Musty, slightly funky yeast and lots of sweet light fruit. Pear, apple, white grape, apricot, banana. There's a little clovey spice. Its a great smelling beer, showcases more bready and musty yeast character than fruity esters, but a good mix of both.

Taste: Hard to believe this is 10.75%. Big yeasty and fruity flavors. If the oak is detectable at all, its just in the finish. Very tasty yeastiness, without the overly sweet problem that many tripels get into.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, but still soft feeling. Slight stickiness. Nicely done.

Overall: A tripel takes a lot of finesse, and this one has a fair amount. In the end, its just a little too one sided with all the spicy, yeasty, mustiness. (951 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another amazing beer provided by lou91. Thank you sir!

750 mL cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a fluffy two finger bleach white head. Stickiness is all over and doesn't plan on letting go. Lots of tiny bubbles constantly racing to the top. Smell is of white grapes, fresh autumn apples, and sweet citrus. Spices and some pepper also emerge as well as a tingle of honey in the nose. A tiny hint of wood also mixes in throughout. After the first sip, the one thing that comes to mind is a sweet NY Riesling. Honey and pear up front with a spicey corriander tingle. Pleasant oak flavors with a honey and banana combination. The aftertaste is a bit boozey with some vanilla. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy with a medium body. Carbonation is very smooth, I really enjoy how this one feels in the mouth. I may be taking a different approach with Damnation by trying Batch 23 first, but hey, everyone is different. A non-oak aged version is in the fridge waiting as we speak, Batch 30 to be exact. Russian River continues to blow me away. Keep up the good work Vinnie! (1,105 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #200. Batch 69. 375ml served at 50 degrees into a tulip, a careful pour provided a nice three finger widths of bright white soapy head. Pillowy top that raised straight out the top of the glass, but it's not too dry and stiff. The body is a mid-orange hued hazy sunset color. The head settles down to about a finger width over 5 minutes and retains and laces very well.

Big aroma wafts out of the glass, huge apricot notes and other stone fruits. A nice hit of lemon and banana is here too, quite a complex fruity aroma indeed. On the tail end there's some earthy yeasty bits and some black peppery spicy notes. Some oaky notes in there too all the way through in the background. Brilliant.

First impression is that this beer's flavor is coming almost entirely from the yeast, it's nearly all I get so far. The yeast character is very nice though. Lots of barnyard funkyness up front and hay bail. The fruits are here too, though much more pronounced while inhaling through the nose. A decent hop bitterness at the back of the tongue and the oak lingers a little on the tongue. I'm not getting much malt here at all.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. It's a super dry beer, tickles the tongue while drinking and almost gives a little bit of dry mouth. Consistency is on the money and carbonation level feels right.

The way this beer hides it's alcohol content is pretty insane, I sense black magic here from Vinnie. I always enjoy the every 23rd batch of Damnation, certainly more than the original Damnation. Still, Russian River makes other beers similar to this one that I feel are more focused in their approach and are considerably better, despite this, it's still a very good beer. (1,690 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter glass. Pours a hazy effervescent golden with a dense white head that retains throughout. Dry, fruity aroma with a mild vanilla oak presence. Some chalky Belgian dry phenols, dry doughy yeast, orange, sweet oak, and prunes. Complex aroma. Fluffy light body with a softly sweet flavor. The Belgian malts dry out leading to chalky phenols. Some sweet ciruses are present as well with mild vanilla from the oak. All the sweet notes are very soft and subtle with some peppery vegetal notes on the back. Dries out nicely. A nice U.S. version of a Belgian Tripel. Glad to had the Batch 23 and traded my last one for a bunch of 3f beers. Good times. (673 characters)

Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.