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

Appearance – Pours a mostly clear golden yellow color. Has a nice head that recedes to a thin layer that stays with the beer. Visible carbonation. A bit of wet lacing.

Smell – A nice floral scent, spice, and a hint of lemon. A touch of honey and pine too.

Taste – The taste has a wonderful spice to it. It’s not the bitter pepper spice that I taste in Duvel, but a much nicer spice. A hint of lemon too.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, good carbonation, and very smooth.

Drinkability – This is a great beer. The 7.75 abv is very well hidden. I prefer this to Duvel.

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

Poured from a 375 ml caged and corked bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- bright yellow in color with a 2 finger frothy white head. Tons of effervescence and blotches of lacing.

S- bready, lemon, spices and some pine

T- nice citrus flavors accompanied by spices, bread, and pine bitterness.

M- medium body, higher carbonation. Drinks smoother than you would think and not too acidic.

O- very good Belgian pale. Nice balance if citrus, spice and bitterness.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average, at best. Drinking a bottle of RR Damnation batch 74 as I write this review. This beer is ok, having a nice yellow, straw/hay appearance--thin one finger head quickly fades. Flavors of grass and hops are muted behind a smooth almost watery taste. A very, very average beer for something that comes from Russian River. Not a complete let-down, but nowhere near outstanding. Mouthfeel is ok, sudzy, not bad. Overall, a little bit disappointed...

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

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, spices, yeast, and citrus aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, citrus zest, and some spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and super easy to drink.

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

12.68oz bottle served in a snifter glass.
batch #064.

pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a big, billowing 3" white head that quickly recedes to a lasting 1" or so; lacing evident in patches. nose offers a nice range of belgian yeast, spice, and a fruitness which is a cross between lemon and a little peach. very nice aroma; doesn't distinguish itself with enough flare to rival an upper eschelon BSPA, but very nice.

taste follows the nose well. nice balance between the yeast, spice, and fruit (lemon, peach and a bit of banana); really flavorful and tasty. great take on the style. mouthfeel is the on the heavier side of medium-light; crisp with lively carbonation.

overall this is a really great american rendition of a belgian style, one of the better ones i've come across. not quite world class, but flavorful and exceedingly drinkable.

(originally reviewed: 05-27-2011)

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 3,804 ratings.
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