Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerguy101 on 09-19-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a little head. Lace. Yeasty aroma, not substantive. Aggressive carbonation. Taste is delicate zesty yeasty, tad of grain, crisp, and satisfying.Moderate bitter aftertaste. No sign of alcohol. 6 ounces at Mondial 2006. Had a bottle brought by Dr.Jay six months later.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger white head with some retention on a hazy golden with crimson hues body. Excellent lacing

S: pineapple and orange peel citrus, honey, light musty Belgian yeast and clove.

T: very nice yeasty character throughout with lemon, banana and orange citrus up front moving to clove, black pepper, additional apices and nice bittering hops in the mid and finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonmation. moister finish than a typical Belgian which I actually like.

Overall: The smell is really about a 4.25 so I rounded up. I love just how "Belgian" this one is. I always have high expectations from Russian River and they are always met. This is usually a bad thing to have but I am not disappointed with this one.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

first russian river brew, batch number 65 poured a uniformly hazy golden wheat color with a large but delicate white head into a wine glass. classy packaging and mercurial carbonation makes this beer look exquisite. the nose is telling me its a nice belgian, but not much more than that. the taste is sharp and white wine like, with a gentle display of hops. a slightly floral and patient finish tops it off and a little sweetness, probably from the bottling sugars left over. the mouthfeel here is divine, bubbly and yeasty and fuller bodied than the style usually delivers. this is a damn fine glass of ale, and i look forward to my next russian river brew!

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, spices, yeast, and citrus aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, citrus zest, and some spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and super easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking orange color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of wheat and some citrus flood the nose on the beer. The taste of the brew has some interesting floral and fruity flavors going on in it. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, silky and easy to drink. Overall I feel this brew it quite impressive, much like everything from Russian River. I like that this one isn't a sour because everyone just raves about their sours so much. This one is really good and it's something a little different from them.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium dark honey color with a thick white head. Lovely citrus and peach nose. Flavors are well integrated fruits and hop. This is a very well balanced beer with fully layered but integrated flavors. A very pleasant drink with a medium hop and medium long finish. This is one of those "all around good beers." It becomes a bit soft and almost elegant as you drink it. This beer goes with almost all food and is pretty universally good.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color. It poured with an eighth of a finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There ar aromas of yeast in the nose along with some notes of orange citrus.
T: Like the smell, the yeast flavors really take center stage in the taste of this beer. There’s also a slight amount of sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It definitely coats your mouth.
O: This is a very interesting beer that has a complex taste. It’s a lot easier to drink compared to some of the other beers in the style, especially since there are no traces of alcohol in the taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, which was the Devil's chore to uncork...hmmm...

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves some spouting streaks of lace around the glass as it seeps away. It smells of pale malt, citrus, spicy clove, a bit of yeast, and simmering booze. The taste is more pale malt, a bit of breadiness, yeast, mild muddled cloves, aged citrus, and softly zingy alcohol. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, and smooth, with a slight clingy edge. It finishes warm, fruity, and yeasty, but in a much more blended manner than I may be implying.

A decent enough ode to the Belgian style. It's just with all the hype, I'd rather have a 6 dollar bomber of Unibroue, vs. a 6 dollar bottle of this (which entails a long trip across the border at that). Situational, ya know?

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a finger and a half of white head that leaves a layer and some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet and crisp malt with lots of Belgian spice.

Taste: As in the smell, there is a strong spice from the yeast. Mildly peppery with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit on the thin side. Fluffy carbonation with a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice Belgian and quite mild given the abv. Quite well balanced and I'll have another when given the chance.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Guinness pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO. No goblets were available, regrettably.

A: Pours a brilliant clear yellow-gold with a five finger head of excellent thickness and cream. Amazing retention.

Sm: Clean pleasant scent of barley, ester, spice, hops, citrus, malt, cedar, and pine, all of which are very subtle.

T: Just like the smell - delicious (<insert Chappelle's show joke here>). Excellent finish. The strength of this beer is its subtlety. It's complex but not overdone. Perfect for a golden ale.

Mf: Crisp and smooth, but golden ales require this smoothness. Beer Advocate's classification of this beer as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale is very wrong.

Dr: I'd definitely have it again, especially at its price and ABV. I find myself hitting the bottom of the bottle while it's upside down to make sure I get every drop. You'd never know it was 7.75%. It's pricey but worht it for celebration.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damnation. The name basically sums it all up. This beer has all of the Duvel and Leffe components, but in a much more aggresively malted, hopped, and fermented way. It's basically amped up Pale Belgian. The difference here is that the balance remains firm and unwaivering. A very tart Belgian berry-like vineous (chardonay) flavor is balanced with big perfumy hop additions and a soft nectar-like quality-- kinda like you'd expect to find in a Mead. Then throw in some peppery spices, basic pilsner maltiness, and fresh tropical fruits (pineapples, apricots, mangos) and folks, we have a super complex beer. Quite dry and warm in the finish with a lingering numbing effect. Not that it's better than those beers metioned before, but it's a good choice if you want more strength with a similar profile, but don't want to sacrifice unnecessay fusals or phenols.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 020

Pours a high-clarity orange tone, with streams of rapid carbonation, into an Oerbier tulip glass. Foam settles to a skim, leaving minute spots of lacing. Lively and effervescent.

Earthy hop impression leads off the nose. Aroma of malt, cookies, fruity pear and banana. Mineral water too.

Prickly carbonation hits first, with a bouquet of sweetish malt, fruit, and a light alcohol presence. Bone dry aftertaste, various fruit essences remain, with the
lingering earthiness of aged hops.

Very lively carbonation, champagne-like at times, super dry finish. Mild astringency. Rivals it's Belgian doppelganger, Duvel.

Very drinkable, in sips or gulps. A 750 was no problem in one sitting, it allowed more time to contemplate it's nuances.

Thanks to drseamus for the trade!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, batch 076. Pours hazy pale golden color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to an nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, grape, apple, lemon, herbal, grass, honey, pepper, wheat, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, pepper, herbal, grass, honey, wheat, bread, light earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, pepper, wheat, grass, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Excellent flavor balance of spiciness/fruitiness, with nice complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grains, dried fruits and yeasty/estery notes.

T - Good spicy presence upfront. It had nice grainy flavor with caramel and dried fruits. Some sour notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very tasty ale. No surprise that Russian River made another great beer.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
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