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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for Kevin to bringing me a few of these on his recent West Coast trip. Dated September 2012, a few months away from it's first birthday. It pours a golden honeycomb color and is almost 100% opaque. It's got a big head, the whitest of the white with thin, fine bubbles; it's super creamy and conjures up even larger when the glass is agitated. Super solid looking for a Belgian pale.

Belgian yeast abound, wall to wall, erring towards the slightly sweet banana side of things, with lighter hints of clove and a soft underbelly full of bubblegum. It's pretty "spicy" on the nostrils, though, with some white pepper in the background and a bit of alcoholic phenol notes that show up every now and then. Some slightly tart pear enters during the outro as well - quite a nice display of Belgian yeast, especially for an American-crafted brew.

As the aroma would indicate, some slightly-rotten banana cream is abundant in the flavor from the very first sip. Each pile of banana is follow up quickly with a sharp hint of spices; coriander, clove, orange zest, white pepper; spicy overall, yet pretty mild and refined in the big picture. I'm now struggling to decide whether it's more sweet or more spicy, and perhaps that's because it's such a perfectly even split.

It's certainly a very yeasty brew, as most Belgian pales should be. The backdrop contains thick mounds of buttery bread covered in a layer of super-duper, cheesy and musty funk. The finish is very bready and cellar-y with a dry finishing funk that obliterates any sweetness that's made it this far on your palate. It's medium bodied, though it feels a bit thicker, possibly from the heavy yeast. Crispy, nearly bubbly carbonation.

The first of the "non-sour" ales that I've tried from Russian River's line of Belgian style beers, and I'm mildly impressed. There are certainly some better, authentic Belgian pales out there... Then again, I'd also choose Damnation over many other authentic Belgian pales, too. One of the best things about the brew is the somewhat low price point... 4-5$ a bottle isn't bad for this tasty brew.

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

Enjoyed out of a 375mL brown c&c bottle with a bottling date of 12/05/12. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a lemony straw yellow with a pillowy, marshmallow head of about two fingers. Body is murky from some of the sediment getting into the glass. Foam takes two minutes or more to dissipate and to leave clinging but light lacing to the glass and a foamy layer of film on top that thickens around the edges of the glass. So far, so good.

Smell - Initial notes of lemongrass, mild phenolic fruit characteristics and some sharp citrus. Yeasty elements are also present to round out the nose. A little mild for my taste, but complex and well-done.

Taste - Less mild than the smell but there is still a faintness, an ethereal nature to the overall character. Lemon and citrus, with faint spice and yeasty, bready notes, like graham cracker. As it warms, some elements of Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-high carbonation with light body. Drying finish.

Overall, an excellent BSPA, one that approaches the majesty of Duvel, but the smell/taste aren't quite as intoxicating to my senses. Given Duvel's relative ease of access, and Damnation's relative difficulty (for me), I can't say I will likely try this one again soon, unfortunately.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 3,815 ratings.
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