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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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dbossman
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold and clear; a thin head and nice, intricate lacing

S: Yeasty with subtle banana, apricot, and lemon; grassy and herbaly with just a touch of spice; this reminds me more of what a Saison smells like

T: Grassy and yeasty with just a touch of banana; so yeasty and grainy; this is a nice beer, refreshing, and fairly simple

F: Again that yeast is so prevalent which makes for a creamy beer; such an even mouth feel

O: This is a refreshing and drinkable beer--as sessionable as it gets from Russian River

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L - Pale gold color with a huge 4-finger white pillowy, bubbly head. Good retention and very nice lacing. Tons of carbonation bubbles.

S - Definite presence from spicy and banana Belgian yeast with fruity ester notes of pears and oranges. Some bready malt as well as earthy and floral hop aromas mixed in here. Very complex Belgian-like aroma.

T - Opens with sweet and slightly sour taste with apple and pear notes, continues with spicy and peppery yeast and hop flavors, and finishes with a slightly bitter floral hop taste. Tastes great.

F - Light-to-medium bodied with tons of tickling carbonation, a creamy and tingling mouthfeel, and a very dry and slightly bitter finish. Bitterness and effervescence lingers nicely. A pleasant throat-warming sensation from the alcohol is apparent.

O - This is my first introduction to the Russian River beers, and I was very impressed. Looks, smells, tastes, and feels great. Alcohol is hidden extremely well and only shows up in a pleasant warming sensation - the best way for alcohol to show up. A terrific example of a Belgian strong golden ale. If Russian River’s other brews are anything like this, I need to get more of these beers.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 3,807 ratings.
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