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

Poured from the bottle, the ale was a golden color with a generous white head. It left lacing around the sides of the glass in a manner appropriate for the style. In the aroma, one detects an almost grape-like wine aroma. In the mold of wine, it projected notes of a dry wine. In the initial taste, one detects notes of grape, grape skin, wheat, dry biscuit, yeast, and banana. The ale was smooth, yet pleasantly bubbly. When the fruits of the initial tastes evaporate, a dry aftertaste becomes apparent. In my overall impression, this is a complex beer with several tastes occurring at once. Though this is not the most respected Russian River, it holds up nicely against other beers.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Batch 076. Batch 75 was bottled on 12/27/11. Not sure when this one was bottled. A gift from Mark Rodda. Corked & caged & taped. Poured into a tulip.

Comparable to Duvel but a bit more fruity and not as clean and bright and definitely less carbonation. A sneaky beer that hides its higher ABV very well. Is this my lower rating reflective of the beer or possibly age? 3.25

A – Pours a pale yellow with a slight orange tint. Clear/slightly hazy. Minimal head. Average lacing. Cork popped nicely. A good bit of sediment on the bottom. 3

S – Citrus/lemon, some spiciness, yeasty, fruity, maybe some green apple. 3.75

T – Biscuits, lemon/lemon peel, faint pears, low bitterness but herbal in nature. 3.75

MF – Medium body with a slight sweetness to an otherwise dry finish. A bit of a metallic taste in the finish as well. Warming. Carbonation on the low side (-). 3.25


Bottled on 11/8/12. Purchased at a bar for $18 (my first Russian River beer - decided to splurg)

A - Golden yellow, clear, but plenty of sediment in the bottle due to bottle conditioning so be careful if you want to avoid the yeast and cloudiness. One-finger white head. Nice lacing. Well carbonated.

A - Minimal but hints of yeast and a little funk.

T - Dry, fruity, yeast, hides the ABV well.

MF - Bright from the carbonation. Resulted in quite a few burps (I never say this).

O - Quaffable strong belgian ale. Not to Duvel standards, especially when the price is considered. Disappointing for the price.

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