Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.12 w/ 3,818 ratings

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerguy101 on 09-19-2003

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

From a 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-This is a fine looking liquid. It is golden in color and foggy, but not cloudy (i.e., it was a consistently opaque color, not mixed dark and light, if that makes any sense). There wasn't much head to begin with, and what head there was quickly dissipated into a thin ring. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

S-It has a bright Belgian yeast note with hints of lemon, some hay, and grass. A touch of alcohol spice as the beer warms up.

T-I was a little disappointed by this one. There are some biscuit/cracker flavors, some oak, and a nice spicy alcohol kick on the finish, but I thought it was a little too refined for me. The smell had me hoping for a little bit more floral and citrus, but I didn't get it.

M-It was crisp and quite dry. There was a little prick of fine carbonation with each sip, which was well-matched for the mild flavor. This brew falls on the lighter side.

O-It is a pretty beer with a pleasing smell, but I felt a little let down by the taste. It came off a little too tepid for me.

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

As per the instructions, I poured slowly to leave sediments in the bottle. The slow pour did not yield a thick head, but it did yield a really long-lasting one. Through the hazy yellow/orange body you could see tons of bubbles rushing up to support it. The appearance really was the best part of this beer. Not to say the rest was bad. In fact, it was rather great. Not too strong on the nose, but the beer was tasty, crisp, smooth, etc. I got some apple and pear in there which I enjoyed. The finish is dry but the beer leaves its mark in your mouth. Your mouth with beckon for another sip.

I mean, its not a true Belgian beer, obviously, but it hangs with the North American elites of Belgian styles such as Ommegang and Unibroue. From Russian River, I expect no less, though frankly it still surprises me how good all of their beers are.

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

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color. It poured with an eighth of a finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There ar aromas of yeast in the nose along with some notes of orange citrus.
T: Like the smell, the yeast flavors really take center stage in the taste of this beer. There’s also a slight amount of sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It definitely coats your mouth.
O: This is a very interesting beer that has a complex taste. It’s a lot easier to drink compared to some of the other beers in the style, especially since there are no traces of alcohol in the taste.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.9% out of 100 with 3,818 ratings
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