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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Photo of MrDanno96
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with 4 fingers of fluffy white head. So much head, in fact, that I couldn't get the whole bottle into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Lots of sticky lacing. A nice golden color, but cloudy from the yeast.

S: Lots of fruit on the nose. Oranges, lemons, applies, pears. Slight Belgian spiciness. A little more subdued than I would like.

T/M: Lots of sweet maltiness with notes of lemon and spice in the finish. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with very subtle carbonation.

O: Just kind of "meh" for me, to be honest. I expect more from Russian River. Just a fair BSPA for me. Lots of better options from RR. Underwhelming nose and flavor profile.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, bright, hazy golden color with a creamy white head. According to the wife, the aroma reminds her of champagne - I have to assume that means yeast and candy sugar, and I'll toss in a bit of spice. One sip and...wow. This is awesome, awesome stuff. The best beer I've had in a long time. A perfect balance of biscuity malts and a crisp bite of hops, with a lingering slick mouthfeel. Notes of citrus and spice, too.

This is just...awesome. Perfectly balanced and excellent. It's been a while since I added a beer to my top five, but this one did it.

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Photo of davey101
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 077, 375ml into a tulip glass.

A - Murky dark amber body. Massive fluffy off whit head. Great lacing and retention.

S - Massive vegetal notes. Coriander, lemons, hay, grass, spices, Belgian yeast then...BAM...celery or something. Just has a very soup like aroma.

T - Lemons, hay, and coriander spice with a large Belgian yeast spiciness. I'm still getting a large vegetal quality to it. Alcohol is noticeable. Mouth feel is spritzy and dry with a medium slightly coating mouth feel.

O - I think its just the freshness of this beer. I was getting more vegetal and hard spice notes than anything. Hopefully I can try an aged one at some point.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Braseltonage
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jaasen64
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, corked and caged. Thanks to stmgl01 for this one. Batch #77. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a hazy brownish golden with about a 2-3 finger white fluffy head that has great retention. Nice carbonation around the sides of the glass and lightly billowing groups carbonation coming up the middle of the glass. Leaves thick lacing coating the sides of the glass.

S- Lemony citrus hops mixed with honey and earthy grains/wheat, followed by light spices and some light malt.

T- Lemony citrusy hops mixed with some light sweet honey, light earthy grains and spices, with a very light malt background. Light citrusy malty aftertaste that lingers faintly for a little while.

M- Light, nice carbonation, slightly juicy, very drinkable, no abv burn.

O- I'd definitely have to say this is the best Belgian Pale Ale I think I've had. Everything in it was very well done from the appearance down to the mouthfeel. There were very nice well balanced flavors that provided for a very easy to drink and enjoyable beer. Not only that but beer felt very good on the palate and looked very good in the glass. I definitely enjoyed this beer, another great offering that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of DioS
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of msgraceffa
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tuka
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of NorCalBeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of loupap
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Shawkabukoo
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Drunkonmusic
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of dragnalus
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of EnemyWithin
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of GregoryMo
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip at falling rock, denver.
Pours a crisp golden with a small bit of head. Great belgian meets german hefe aroma of banana and clove. Taste is superb belgian pale, slight hop and spice with a smooooth and refreshing finish. Such a great brew and shouldn't be passed up.

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Photo of ThomasG19
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden colored brew with some foam and a wonderfully big aroma. Light, floral, and estery notes on the nose. Floral and estery flavor, with some sweetness as it warms. Deceptively strong, although it masks the alcohol well. Dry finish wins out. This is a classic.

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Photo of Gehrig13
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
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