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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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, lightly hazy yellow with a many-fingered egg-shell white head - that typical belgian appearance. Aroma and flavors are of yeasty esters, hints of pears, golden delicious apple trees, some vegetal characteristics (sweet peppers, cucumber), bouquets of spring flowers, sweet breads, and a hint of chardonnay-like white wine mixed with just a tad bit of white pepper. Mouthfeel is soft and decadent. Overall an excellent belgian pale ale - it may not be Duvel but it stands on its own.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey color into my Chimay glass. It's perfectly clear- seems 100% free of any particles. Initially there is a small soapy looking head which disappears. There is virtually no carbonation in my glass. Aroma: Citrusy, astringent, grainy, spicy, with hints of banana as well. The taste is very nice - I'm picking up a fruity pear taste that's dominant, yet something I did not detect in the aroma. It's got yeasty/spicy elements to the taste as well with a clean, semi-dry finish. Medium bodied and decent coating of the palate going on. Although it warms on the way down the alcohol presence goes very much unnoticed. Overall, I am a bit disappointed, as this is Russian River we're talking about. Maybe I will try this again on the chance that the cork loosened and let some air in before purchase. This was very expensive though.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Jordanbryan10
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Brewsed
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of yergermeister
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 075. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a hay color, brilliant clarity, with three fingers of solid fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks gorgeous.

S: Banana, clove, and fruity yeast in very good balance.

T: Similar, plus pepper and a long finish.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, where I'd prefer much more crispness. This knocks it down a bit. Medium-full body and very light carbonation.

O: Very good example of the style, but it's just not one I get that excited about.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a solid cloudy orange with a two finger head and light lacing which lasts until the end. Low carbonation. Note: the bottle was cage corked and the label stated that the beer fermented in the bottle.

The smell is of many fruits. It was hard to pick out any one fruit but I would say orange and bananas were present. The brew almost smelled like flowers; this was likely the hop influence in the smell. There is also a strong yeast smell.

The taste was very fruity, the alchohol is well masked. There is also a yeasty, grassy taste. There is a bready taste on the back end followed by a light hop taste. Possibly some vanilla, when the brew warmed up.

The mouthfeel is simply smooth and creamy with just a little bit of bready feel.

Overall this is a well balanced brew. I am not a big fan of Belgian beers but I would have this one again. I believe the strong fruit and low hop presence makes this a good beer for a hot day. I would drink it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 72 from corked caged 375ml bottle

A-pours a slight hazed golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head and a little lacing

S- fruity,spicy,bready,with malt and yeast

T- was floral and herbal with fruit and spices like bannana and apples with clove and pepper, some yeasy and malt

M- medium carbonation crisp and fruity

0- was good but for the price not one for me to buy very often

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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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  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,848 ratings