Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

3,818 Ratings

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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kawilliams81
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.88/5  rDev -30.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of BostonHops
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of captaincoffee
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from the horse's mouth at Russian River Brewery during NoCal mircobrew vacation in Jul 2011.

Lighter-yellow coloring than expected.
Sweet, malty, yeasty nose.
Flavor matched nose well with excellent mouthfeel.

Great match to style...if you don't know what to expect from a strong Belgian and just order this because of the cool name and t-shirt, it may be too much (like my favorite at the brewery--Pliny the Elder). Not the type of beer I could have several glasses of in a sitting, but a treat nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass- pours a slightly hazy golden color with one finger of head, decent retention, and scattered spots of lacing.

Smells really nice- funky, a little sweet. Not much to say except it's pretty yeast heavy in a really nice way.

Taste is a little milder- more of the sweetness, some malt and candi sugar. Yeast comes through but not as strongly as in the nose. Finishes pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is great- light body, well carbonated. This is an exceptional golden ale. Get it if you can- I brought it back from California to Boston.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half-finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast character with some banana, coriander, clove, and other spices. There is some citrus zest, alongside a bit of funk, and a bit of bread.

T - Starts off with some orange zest with some coriander, clove, and some other spices. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some banana, pale malt, and some breadiness and a touch of bitterness. The finish is a mix of citrus zest, Belgian yeast, a touch of funk, and some light spices.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly fruity finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced BSPA. Good balance of yeast and other flavors with a really nice finish.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,818 ratings
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