Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 071. Got this bottle in a trade (I really envy those who can buy beers from this outfit year around). Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. Beautiful crystal-clear gold color with nice effervescence and a massive white creamy head that leaves lacing like snowdrifts. The nose is flowery, dry, and champagne-like with slight grape and apple-skin notes.

The taste is not quite as dry as I expected it to be. The high carbonation really stimulates the palate. There's a nice malty sweetness in the front of the palate with some slight fruit notes that taste like marmalade. A gentle hop presence comes in at mid-palate and carries you to a semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but slick and smooth.

I have to compare this beer to Duvel (as any reasonable person would). Rather than attempt to emulate the famous Belgian beer, RR seems to have gone their own way with this style (successfully). It lacks the crisp, stony dryness of Duvel, but makes up for it with a delightful hint of fruity sweetness. It's an excellent beer and fans of Duvel should give it a try. Just don't expect a clone.

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

Bottle popped like champagne upon opening. BOOM!

Pours a clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head. There is a good amount of sticky lace surrounding the inside of the glass.

The nose has fruity esters, light barnyard funk, banana, and light clove.

The taste is lightly sweet with the yeasts dominating and has plenty of fruity esters following. The bready malts linger and create a decent balance between sweetness and a light hop presence.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and has a crisp, effervescent feel to it that finishing tight and dry. Pretty comfortable.]

Overall, one of the better examples of the style. Pretty nice.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,833 ratings