Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.12/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,909
Reviews:
1,155
Ratings:
3,843
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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422
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1,018
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,843 |  Reviews: 1,155
Photo of edthehead
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robertm2152
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of icemanls4
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daem3384
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abagri
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Russian River Brewing Co. "Damnation"
375 ml. brown glass bottle, corked & caged, "BOTTLED ON: 041516"
$6.99 @ Weis Market #233, Norristown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've carefully poured this to leave the lees behind and what I ended up with was a hazy kind of brass-gold body beneath a massive head of pillowy white foam. Thousands of tiny bubbles can bee seen racing upwards. It would have surely come out clearer if I'd had a larger bottle; it's a little harder to decant the smaller bottles. The aroma expresses malt, yeasty spiciness, earthiness like a damp stone wall and dirt floor in a basement, and mild banana. It's also a touch floral. The flavor follows. If you thought that perhaps because of the name this was a Duvel clone you were wrong, this is much more complex. The malt is grainy and straw-like, and just lightly sweet, although there is a mild bit of "rock candy" character to the beer as well. The earthy and spicy components are firm, coming from both yeast and hops, and appear from start to finish. I might even call it "woody". As it lingers in the finish there's more leafy/earthy hop than it started with, and a little less "spiciness", but then that "spiciness" also becomes a little more like black pepper as well, which is curious. Even the leafy/earthy hops become a little bit more herbal. Perhaps the drying effect of the alcohol has something to do with it? It's firmly bitter but the bitterness never really stands out, it's just there within the malt until you get to the dry finish, and then it's really that peppery spice that's there. There's a fruitiness to it that goes beyond banana but I'm not sure what it is. There's a very slight bit of acidity to it and that makes me think of something like berries and apricot, maybe some peach. I'm also finding apple, and a touch of pear, maybe just a little bit. Looking back I find that it's left some impressive lacing, and that there's still a somewhat solid surface covering - there are whispy spots that are thin, and thicker areas that look like islands. It's medium leaning towards medium-light in body and gently effervescent. Apart from the dryness in the finish the alcohol never shows, and it's really quite drinkable. It's a sipper, but you're continually pulled back to take another sip, going from sweet to dry, sweet to dry, sweet to dry, until it's gone.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay chalice. Bottled 6/10/16, so it's a bit before a year old. The body is cloudy, and a slightly orange/yellow hue. Aromas consist of pear, apricot, apple, strawberry, banana, spices, woodiness, and bready malt. Flavors are the same, and the beer is mildly sweet. It actually tastes a bit like candy. The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of themegamancave
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidR_9
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Original score from April 2017. Update/written review for damnation on 2/14/18, bottled 11/14/17. Score stands the same.

This beer looks so damn sexy. With a light pour, this beer boasts an impressive healthy and pillowy three fingers of head that you have to sip on to make it go down. carbonation is extra lively and spritzy. Really just a joy to look at. Malt, cedar, yeasty esters, slighty fruity and citrusy with lemon as the dominant citric component.

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

Pours holed with a big two finger white head. Head fades quickly with nice lacing. Aroma lemons and herbal tones. Taste honey, pear, lemon and herbal finish. Very nice Belgian. Not my style but tasty. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clarion gold with a tinge of red. A 1/4 inch thick ring of head lingers on the beer. Tiny bubbles stick to the edge of the glass and make it look like there is something floating around in the liquid. Smell is fruity esters with a slight touch of funk. Taste is ridiculously bone dry. The esters are there but they kind of get lost from how dry the beer is. Pretty heavily carbonated with a medium light body. Overall this beer is a ridiculously dry slightly funky version of a Belgian tripel that is rather good.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,843 ratings