Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

3,819 Ratings

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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Added by beerguy101 on 09-19-2003

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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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A: Pale, cloudy yellowish orange. Fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while but doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Banana, citrus, Belgian yeast, some mild spiciness and malt. Pleasant and low-key.

T/M: Lots of banana right up front. Mixed with spices, a strong undercurrent of bready yeast and malt, some mild bitterness on the followthrough. Very prickly and carbonated.

O: A real good Belgian strong pale ale, often not my favorite style but this one is pleasant and tasty if not amazing.

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APPEARANCE: Orange-ish-yellow and cloudy with a heterogeneous, off-white, inch-thick head and a collection of big bubbles hiding on the bottom of the glass waiting to release and float to the top.

SMELL: Lighter aroma than expected, very non-offensive. A little banana, some malt and a yeasty breadiness are all present.

TASTE: Bananas lead the way with Damnation. Some clove and other spices pop up as well, along with a subtle bready flavor. The taste matches the nose very closely.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied and sweet up front with a nice, strong, tart pucker towards the end. It dries as it goes down, but this is still a sweet, sugary beer and it is somehow not sticky. In fact, it has a very clean finish.

OVERALL: The website says that Damnation was inspired by Duvel. I have to say, it beats the crap out of Duvel and is much more rich, complex and full bodied. That said, it just isn’t my style, so I am sure I am not appreciating it as much as some others will. A well done example of the style, but I’ll take Pliny or Blind Pig any day.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,819 ratings
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