Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the local Total Wine, found in a random box in the cooler room. It should be stated that I am a Russian River fanboy and that's why I bought it, but I will try to be unbiased.

Appearance: Awesome bottle, corked and caged. Just wish RR would ditch the stupid Comic Sans font. Poured in to a tulip with the yeast left behind, straw yellow bordering on orange with a decent sized head that sticks around, nice lacing. Nice to see it doesn't overflow like Duvel did on me.

Smell: Great Belgian quality. Yeast, bread, small amount of tropical fruit, strong banana, clove. Smells like good beer.

Taste: Belgian pale with a kick. I've had Duvel in the past which I didn't like for it's overt sweetness, and I've had North Coast's Pranqster, which was fairly balanced. Follows the nose with the bready yeast, transforms in to sweetness with light fruit, and hops play the back end with a small amount of bite. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation perfectly fitting of the style. No alcohol felt, no warming, just as it should be. Taste aside, this is exactly what I'd want in a Belgian pale. Leaves a nice dryness in the mouth, I'd love to drink it fast but 375ml is quickly fleeting.

Overall, the best Belgian Pale I've had to date. Granted there aren't many in my arsenal, but it's a style I normally avoid. Drinking something like this on a daily basis could change my mind. Personally, it's another win from my favorite brewery.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super clear light gold with a dense finger off slightly off white/light tan head. Very good retention and lacing. Probably the best that I've seen on a beer this light in color.

S - Light Belgian yeast/spice, some sweet white wine type qualities, slightly citrusy with a mild hop undertone

T - Lots of spiced Belgian yeast up front followed by a sweet/grainy white wine flavor, citrus and a light hop bitterness. slightly alcoholic/belgiany burn - overtime it becomes more of a sweet tart flavor. Very very complex and tasty

M - Lighter bodied but thicker than it looks by a long shot (very very light color). Maybe even medium bodied.. decent carbonation.

O - Incredibly tasty, complex brew. Amazing light color, beautiful appearance, lots and lots of complex flavors make peace together and sing cumbaya on my palate.

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4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pored this beer into a glass. It has a very pale golden color with good steady streams of carbonation. Nice white head. The aroma is very spicy, and has an alcoholic fruity smell, like a cider, and a very slight but pleasant hop aroma that comes through right at the end. Really amazing aroma on this beer. I would say it's the high point of this brew but honestly it's great all around. Moving on to taste. The spice comes across on the palate quite strong at first but gives way to earthy malty notes almost reminiscent of straw. A very pleasant, fruity aftertaste ends the experience. This beer has a really nice, crisp, and dry mouthfeel. Overall this is a really tasty double pale ale. Lots of interesting stuff going on in this beer. By all means worth giving a try if you stumble upon it and this seems to be the easiest Russian River brew to track down.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 3,804 ratings.
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