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:
#1,840
Reviews:
1,155
Ratings:
3,834
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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422
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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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Photo of Glibber
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a friend traveling near the brewery and she picked me up a few bottles. The beer was relatively new- even though the bottle is corked and made to age. I was a little suprised by the level of carbination. I thought the beer had a nice aroma with floral and lighter fruit undertones. I could even pick out the banana flavors. It was an easy beer to drink and despite the 7.75ABV I could have drank the beer all day-a strong offering 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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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Rschis16
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow in color with hints of orange. The white head is pretty big and fluffy even on a very light pour, dissapating at a medium pace and leaving some lacing. The aroma is pleasant, with lemon citrus dominating. Also a bit of rindy zest to it, but not a whole lot. Good bit of clove and Belgian yeast in the nose as well. Not quite as aromatic or spicy as I was expecting, but its definitely pleasant.

The taste is nice and complex, with a lively carbonation that is both cleansing and exciting. The flavors are an interesting mixture of classic pale ale malts and decent hop profile with the Belgian flair of fruity, spicy and yeasty notes. The lemony quality is subtle, but adds a tartness to the more earthy flavors of the hops. A note of banana mellows this tartness out shortly after, but the puckering mouthfeel brings it back. The malt is of lightly toasted biscuit, but short lived as the spicy clove and hop flavors take over. Just the slightest touch of alcohol in the finish, just a reminder that its their in a classy way. The mouthfeel makes this beer with that lively carbonation and bone-dry finish. It lingers into the aftertaste and begs for another sip.

Good balance in this beer, showing off really nice fruity and spicy Belgian flavors in a style that isn't overly hoppy. Definitely a nice earthiness to it that I don't find in a lot of Belgian style beers. Very enjoyable, definitely worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of crossovert
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml corked and caged bottle.

It pours a pretty clear deep gold with a big foamy white head that slowly recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell is pleasant. It is mostly yeast dominated. It has an almost sulfuric glassiness to it. There is a ton of ripened almost rotting light fruits. Some spiciness. The malt comes through with a bit of breadiness.

The flavor is also super yeasty. It has a sharp phenolic character and some vegetal flavors at first sip. But then it mellows out. It is spicy with a decent malt baking that adds some basic honey/sugar flavors. It is fruity like the smell, mostly banana and citrus.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,834 ratings