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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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Added by beerguy101 on 09-19-2003

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL (batch 059) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a clean white head. Poured a little too much, got a few chunkies in there. Nice fine carbonation rises from the bottom.

Aroma is slightly funky Belgian yeast, pale malt.

Taste is clean fruity spicy pale malt and yeast.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry - refreshing and velvety smooth.

Overall this might not quite be a Duvel but it's a pretty solid BSPA.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a bottle of batch 072 poured into a tulip. hazy honey yellow pour with a slight amount of head. a very spicy fruity smell - honey, cloves, grapes, caramel. a very surprisingly mellow taste! pairing it with some swiss cheese and it is going perfect together. very citrusy orange/lemon flavor, faint bready taste of the yeast. this is ridiculously good. between the mellow taste and the nice champagne like carbonation, such a heavy beer is so easily going down. light/medium body, nice and fizzy, slightly tart.

this is a perfect relaxing beer and i can honestly see drinking this regularly if it were available here. a nice abv for a very light tasting and feeling beer.

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3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold with some yeasties in it. Minimal head retention and low carbonation from the looks of it. Aroma is slightly sour, earthy, sweet, estery, a bit of cloves and vanilla. Taste is full and sweet, but cut by a slightly tart edge with lots of yeast esters. Fairly full body with a creamy finish. I almost wonder whether this batch didn't carbonate fully/properly. It's a tasty beer but seems like higher carbonation would do good things for it. Overall, still very good and worth trying.

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Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,823 ratings
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