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 rfbenavi80
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle picked up at the brewery. Batch 077.
Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a hazy, brilliant golden color, with 3 fingers worth of fluffy, foamy, white head that lingers quite a while and has some decent lacing qualities.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast, mixed with light fruity aromas. Bananas, and spices round it out. Fresh baked biscuits. Smells akin to some wheat beers.

T- Taste follows nose well. Very complex flavor with all the great characteristics of a well made Belgian Beer. Opens up with just barely ripe bananas, mixed with complementing spices. Ends with a mild tartness of green apples, and a bready taste of biscuits.

M- Easy drinking medium body. Carbonation is spot on, and refreshing. Wonderful dry finish has you wanting to take another sip. 7.75% ABV seems well hidden. Would not know it if it wasn't printed on the bottle.

O- I've been Damned! This one is good. A must try American version of a very tasty Belgian beer style. Wish I had more than one bottle. It's sad that Russian River beers are so limited in their distribution. They make wonderful beer.

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Photo of mocktm
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to JSilva for the hook up on this one. Can NEVER have too much Russian River lying around. 375 ML bottle, Batch 063, into my Westmalle chalice.

The color on this is absolutely gorgeous: an unfiltered, deep yellow hue topped with a modest amount of head. This diminishes rather quickly to a flimsy and thin film. I tried my damnedest (pun intended) to keep the sediment in the bottle, as it suggests, but I can spot some loose pieces floating around.

Smells incredibly aromatic: modest citrus fruit, buttered biscuit, pepper, and some floral hops completely invade my kitchen the second after the cork is popped.

To put it lightly, this is pretty amazing. The noted aromas on the nose are in full effect here. Easily the best Belgian style, golden ale I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

Dry, yet crisp and slightly effervescent. Smooth and medium bodied, I could drink this all day in the summer heat. Booze creeps up on you a bit, completely masked all the way through.

My first Russian River Belgian and consider me impressed. Can't wait to open the RR sours I have stashed in the cellar from this same trade. If drinking this is what eternal damnation to hell holds, I'd be more than willing to go for the ride. Cheers!

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Photo of tilopud_rye
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy yellow color speckled with sentiment that stays floating in place in the glass. Two finger head topping he brew that got smaller only after sipping. Smells of apple juice with slight banana and raisin with slight yeast. Taste has more yeast than he smell and the taste of the fruit isnt as pronounced as the smell. I expected lots from the aroma of the beer. It is a good beer and I'd like to try aging this for a second chance

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
1/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of scratch69
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Hazy gold color with two fingers worth of foamy head. Patchy amounts of clinging lace.

Smell- Green apple, banana, and a touch of clove.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with hints of grain, honey and pepper. It all blends together nicely.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and smooth with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very good brew. This is my first Russian River beer and if they make all their beer this good then I can't wait to try more.

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Photo of M1A2
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of brokentee
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery

A. Clear pale gold with 2 finger fluffy white head with excellent retention and great lacing.

S. spice, pepper, green apple, bananas, clove

T. Wheat with all the notes of the nose, a complex, low bitter and low hops profile with interesting ebbs and flows of Belgium classic notes.

M. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth, a Touch of warming etoh but not much.

O. Classic us Belgian strong ale. A nice fall time brew.

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Photo of cld253
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MFauver35
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty much a classic by now. Pours light gold; slightly hazy; big fluffy white head that has strong retention.

Lots of complexity in both flavor and aroma; both slightly sweet and slightly spicy, but quite dry in the finish. Low in overall bitterness and hop presence as befitting the style. Fruity yeast esters; hints of banana and citrus. Black pepper, apple, pear, cloves.

Medium to slightly light bodied; good carbonation that's quite crisp and makes this a clean drinker when combined with the overall dryness. Booze is well hidden until you feel it upon finishing the glass.

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Photo of Slipmthgoose
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
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