Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Bottle from City Beer Store in SF, CA
Batch 76 (but no clear bottled on date)
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Damnation is an excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale from Russian River, combining a variety of pleasantly mild flavors into a distinctively flavored beer that highlights all components and brings out their best. At the price point of $5 per bottle, this is a delicious and affordable Belgian ale; to be sought out and enjoyed when possible.

Beer pours 2.5cm head of fairly dense, small bubbles. Good head retention, leading to a drying out of top of foam, becoming meringue-like. Modest lacing as the head slowly declines to a ring around the glass and some islands of lace floating atop the body. Body itself is a golden color, minimally hazy from sediment, with carbonation visible along sides of glass.

Aroma of yeast, mild pineapple, very mild Brettanomyces, mild mealy apples, and sweet malt characters. Lots of mild aromas that coalesce into a very desirable complexity.

Taste is of pineapple, Brettanomyces mustiness and plastic resin, yeast, wheat malt, and very mild acetone. Closes out with a mildly sweet finish, which makes taking the next sip very desirable.

Beer is medium-bodied with fairly high, prickly carbonation. Perhaps the only point where this beer actually stumbles a bit, but the resulting mouthfeel is still alright, particularly after a bit of time elapses an the carbonation decreases.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 3,815 ratings.
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