Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, corked and caged. Batch 072.

Pours a hazy golden orange. Small, eggshell white head. Yeasty, honeyish, wheaty malt on the nose. Powdered sugar. Some peppery hop notes. Nice and Duvelish.

Soft wheat malt and grainy notes up front. Becomes sweeter, with honey and tropical fruit fighting it out mid-palate. Herbal, peppery, light hop bitterness into the yeasty, dry finish. Medium-full body with a nice, bottle-conditioned feel. Very nice.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white, fluffy 2 finger head. Retention for days, resulting in a damn thick lace that clings to the sides with grace. A fair amount of sediment can be found at the bottom of the glass after settling.

Smell - Aroma of tart green apples, mellow banana, floral hops, and some faint clove sitting beneath.

Taste - Starts floral and grainy, with notes of green to ripened banana and tobacco popping up by mid-taste. Finishes with some tart apple notes riding along a subtle citrus bitterness and a clove spice undertone. Clean, complex and utterly delicious!

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but the incredible carbonation gives this thing a light, crisp, lively bite. Goes down impossibly smooth.

Overall - Well, damn! If they served beer like this in hell, it'd be a piece of heaven. Great balance, especially for a Belgian. One of these days, I have to make it out to the Russian River brewery.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,834 ratings