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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
Ranking:
#1,749
Reviews:
1,150
Ratings:
3,822
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
423
Gots:
1,022
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,822 |  Reviews: 1,150
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

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

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

Bottle poured into snifter; hazy (unfiltered) honey color. Nice carbonation leading to nice head. Herbal essence, lemon, straw notes to nose---leans to a saison. Honey, lemon, herds follow on palate with light carb bubbles dancing on the palate. A very refreshing beer!

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Photo of jmg480
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden blonde with film. 4
Hay, flowers, wax, and lemon. 4.25
Thread of wheat, lemon verbena, grass, spice, some fruity waxberry, and pear with a rindy finish. 4.25
Creamy, round, medium. 4

Wild flower honey! Verging on saison with some of these bright botanicals. Brings craft to a simple style. 4.25

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

Bottled 1/5/15; drank 5/7/15 @ California Split.

Murky dandelion appearance.

Small white head; almost no lace.

Banana, black pepper & mild lemon notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Black pepper & mild citrus flavors; faint & boring. Not worth tracking down.

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Photo of blackmagik2272
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was the only Russian River I'm able to find in my area. Of course, you pay through the nose for it, but I didn't factor the price paid into my rating. It was every bit as delicious as my high expectations demanded. I'm not going to pay $130 for a case, but it was an excellent treat.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of q33jeff
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

**
12/06/2015

Bottle to goblet.

Look: thick golden color, lasting white head. Bubbles are small and numerous. Nose is fruity, yeast, orange, pineapple. Taste has some Belgian Wang, as expected, but not too much. Taste is refreshing, bread, orange, pineapple. Smooth finish. Beer is very bubbly all the way through. This is not my style of beer, but this is a very well crafted brew.
**
01/18/2017
Bottle fermentation really keeps this fresh. Just as sparkly as I remember from tasting a younger bottle.

**

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Photo of Jodio
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of al2913
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375 ml cork and cage bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sold as single bottle. Brewed by the famous Russian River Brewing Company from Santa Rosa, CA known very well for Pliny the Elder. They make a line of Belgian style beers year round that are still quite rare. This Belgian style resembles Leffe Blonde.

L - bright amber color, super cloudy body, carbonation is very strong with a thick bubbly foam dome. Some bottle yeast floating around. Thick lacing on the glass

S - Belgian yeast mostly. Dried fruit and spices. Consistent similar beers but not too aromatic

T - potent Belgian malt with the yeast coming in on the finish. Notes of banana and spices

F - soft mouth feel like a wheat beer. Alcohol is prevalent but not strong. Quite stiff like an IPA.

O - Sometimes you might not even be looking for Russian River and you'll stumble on it at a bottle shop. Very nice beer that looks and smells pleasant but is quite stiff in taste. Not quite for the average beer drinker and certainly for the adventurous type. Cheers!

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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

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,822 ratings
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