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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, some breadiness, lemon/citrus, some peppery spices and cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some yeast, bready malts, some lemon/citrus, cloves, banana, faint pepper and some grassy notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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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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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

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,824 ratings
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