Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
3,804
Reviews:
1,147
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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Photo of cambabeer
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of neenerzig
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back a bottle of this with me when I came back from a 2 week trip to California in July of 2015 and was fortunate enough to visit the brewery on said trip with one of my best friends. Bottled on 4/30/15. Poured out of a 12.88 oz. corked bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy, but mostly clear, light to medium, bright golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Had a nice white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 2/3 inch thick with very good retention. Has good lacing here too. Aromas of pale Belgian malts and yeast, including some Brett, along with some apricot, clove, nutmeg, pear, and a hint of pineapple. Also a bit of Belgian candy sugars. The taste is very similar, with fairly sweet, pale Belgian malt and somewhat grainy flavor upfront that gives way to the aforementioned yeast flavors. This is followed by a hint of banana and clove, nutmeg, and a touch of peppercorn that's followed by pear, and pineapple that give this just the slightest tart hint. All of this is then rounded out with a bit more sweetness courtesy of the aforementioned Belgian candy sugars. There is a slight bitterness too. Has a mainly crisp, slightly prickly and gritty, yet smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Another truly excellent beer from Russian River. I hope I have the opportunity to drink this again.

Eric

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Photo of madelf66
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snaotheus
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016-12-23
375ml corked/caged bottle split between a pair of snifters. I poured mine second, and I got a bunch of dregs. Bottled on 06/10/16.

The 1st pour was clear and golden; both have a nice, big, fluffy white head and a lot of active carbonation. Smell is yeasty/funky, maybe a hint of clove, grass, spice.

Taste is bready with a very funky bitter, lots of biscuit and grass flavor. I was expecting a little banana, but there's not much there unless I really look for it.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy. Overall, very good Belgian Strong Pale.

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Photo of CYee
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szmnnl99
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewding_n_deep
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tripledbrew
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jheimbigner
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopBomb515
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw color with a big head and great lacing. Aromas of funk, barnyard and Belgian ale yeast. Notes of lemon, grape skin, barnyard, straw and tannic qualities. Crisp, clean, light, and super dry. Nice example but not my style.

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Photo of Gregf51
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chvck1
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Has a clean golden color, 1/2" white head. Aroma drops the light skinned fruits and citrus is a mild way.

Taste is a well hopped belgian pale, more of that light skinned fruit stuff, mild bitterness, dry pale malt base. This is probably my favorite example of this style of beer. Funny it isn't appreciated more.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bottle with a bottled on date of 4.15.16

L - Blonde and cloudy, with 2 fingers of head, and lots of lace left on top of the brew. Gorgeous beer!

S - Brett and spices. Amazing aroma too

T - Banana, began candy sugar, hidden ABV. Delicious

F - Well carbonated, medium body, oily slick, perfect

O - What can I say....Russian River kills it every time

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Photo of Bammer21
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHolden
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phurley2
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw gold and relatively filtered, this brew has tons of carbonation. Its topped with 4 fingers of glassy white head.

Smells of pears, Belgian yeasts, phenols and pineapple candy.

Tastes of pears and phenols and pineapple candy. Light sweetness, and just a hint of lemon zest bitterness.

Medium, syrupy body, moderate, soft carbonation.

Got at Russian River a few days ago, drank Sept 19th, 2016 in Redding, CA. Really well done, soft, well rounded Belgian Strong Pale Ale. No rough or unpalatable qualities, making it very smooth to drink.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 3,804 ratings.
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