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 | 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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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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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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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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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,848 ratings