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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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Despite being abused with poor storage in a non-climate controlled garage for 4 years, this fine beer survived shockingly well. We prepared for the worse, but were delighted when the nose and mouth confirmed that this beer withstood years of poor treatment and thrived. Given the mildness of the taste, Russian River made a fine brew and deserves acolades. The finish is remarkable, just right for a rainy afternoon, dry and hints of citrus waiting in the background. I would suggest this beer to anyone who is impressed with the finished product of the best ingredients.

I just returned from a day, April 2013, at the Russian River Pub where I was delighted to experience a fresh Damnation draft. Forger everything I said before, the fresh draft is nothing short of wonderful and a real flavor experience. So I bought a case of mixed bottles including Damnation (of course a few Pliny Elder to share with friends), but the fresh bottled Damnation is splendid. My regret, why didn't I buy 2 cases?

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

Batch 075 - Bottled on December 27th, 2011

A: Poured a light golden color with very little head. Nice steady amount of carbonation rising through the glass. Just a touch of cloudiness, but pretty damn clear.

S: Huge ripe fruit character at first. Banana, pear, a very light honey note. A little bit of funk, but very subtle. You can definitely smell that Abbey yeast.

T: At first this is pretty subdued, there is nothing that really hits the pallet as a flavor overwhelming another. Don't get me wrong there is quite a bit going on here, but everything is really mild across the board. You get the flavors that were in the nose like the banana, pear, and honey, but you also get a light citrus note as well.

M: Again with the well roundedness, borders on the line between thin and creamy, just enough carbonation to satisfy the palate, and finishes semi sweet/semi dry.

O: I tend to like big bold and complex flavors so at first I wasn't sure I was going to like this, but I really enjoyed it. Vinnie makes amazing beers, and ones that I enjoy quite a bit more than this one, but I think this beer was executed flawlessly. If anything at all it could have had a larger head.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, batch 63, bottled January 17, 2011. Almost 2 years old. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours semi-hazy gold with a two finger white head with good retention, leaves nice sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is banana, very yeasty, bready, little musty, some lemon, pear. Very good strength. Yeast & mustyiness subsides as it warms bringing the fruit more forward.

Flavor is banana, lemon, pear, some apple, more fruity and sweet than the aroma, good Belgian yeast character, bready, moderate to good sweetness, minimal bitterness, very mild alcohol. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi-creamy, good carbonation.

Really, really good Belgian Golden Ale. Not a style I normally gravitate towards, but this is yummy. Just the right amount of sweetness, very drinkable. Nice one!

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 3,811 ratings.
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