Damnation | Russian River Brewing Company

3,818 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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Ratings: 3,818 |  Reviews: 1,148
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of output01x
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL. corked and caged bottle (Batch 063) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger off-white head that slowly settles after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a orange gold with large, dark floaties suspended throughout. Thick lacing clings to the glass each time the glass is tipped but seems to have trouble tearing itself from the head.

Warm malts aromas lay the groundwork with notes of buttery popcorn, toffee, and fresh-baked bread. Citrusy hops aromas add on with notes of lemon oil and orange cream. A clove and peppery spiciness in the background adds yet another level to the complexity.

Flavors of bready and buttery malts impact the taste buds at the beginning of each sip and are quickly joined by flavors of ripe bananas, lemongrass, and clove. Swallowing allows even more of the Belgian yeast flavors to come out along with some peppery spiciness. This spiciness persists on the palate after each sip as an aftertaste.

The medium body really allows the flavors to strike the palate but never becomes coating or sticky. The carbonation fizzes only slightly and makes a nice, crisp swallow.

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Photo of ewhitford
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of bigaltemple
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 066

A - Cloudy, pale orange in color. Three-finger, soapy, white head settles rather quickly to half-finger thickness. Some light, patchy lacing.

S - Lots of citrus zest. Very faint yeasty funk and spicing. Not really jumping around the nose.

T/M - Lemon peel and orange zest. Mild peppery notes with a small bitterness. Medium-bodied with lots of good prickly carbonation.

O - Solid offering and easily drinkable. I don't think it stands head and shoulders above other brews, but I gladly pick it up on a semi-regular basis.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #072.Poured into a tulip glass a hazy lemon yellow with a large blooming white head that settled slowly into a frothy mass,aromas of pithy lemon hops,alcohol,and light yeasty spice.Flavors are citric and somewhat medicinal hop flavors up front on the palate,light yeasty phenols actuall mix well with the hop profile wich makes for a well rounded palate.A great beer for the style wich I expected from RR,somewhat refreshing even with a higher ABV.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Murrhey
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live. Batch 74.

A- Man is this beer foamy. I poured half the glass full and a half of that (two fingers) is a dense white head. Sticky, soapy lacing. Semi-cloudy golden hue. It looks quite nice.

S- Citrusy and boozy esters. Sort of a white wine smell with some light fruits. Light, sweet and yet boozy.

T- Golden malts, some sweetness and a smidgen of booze. Rather light flavor but well developed with what I can taste.

M- Smooth and wet, leaves no linger. Maybe a tad thin though.

O- The appearance is so nice, but everything else is lacking from true greatness.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A member of my wife's family brought this beer to me from California. She took the risk of putting it into her checked baggage. I appreciate her supporting my hobby so much and taking that risk. We don't get Russian River, and the limited distibution in Pennsylvania makes it harder to get ahold of.

I poured this beer into a goblet. And the beautiful golden color really looks good. The foam was very thin on this beer.

Off the top I got a very fresh smell, with a tiny bit of sour at the edges. This is a very tasty golden. I can tell the belgian presence at the edges. Damnation gets really good at the back end.

This beer was so light and tasty that I could drink it all day.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of evilkalla
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass. Batch 072.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color. About a quarter inch of head remains on top. A fair level of carbonation is visible.

S: Spicy belgian smell, very bready and yeasty. A little lemon and pepper. Nice.

T: Definite belgian yeast notes. A little sweetness, some orange with lemon zest and just a touch of pepper. Very soft on the mouth.

M: Has a solid, thick mouth feel. Nice.

O: Not a bad brew at all. Picked this up during a recent trip to CA and I'm glad I did.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of WMEugene
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 071, poured into a tulip.

A - Pours an attractive hazy golden color with a thick head (excellent retention) and good lacing.

S - Cloves, honey, citrus, orange zest, banana, yeast, and a bit of peppery spiciness. As you can tell, there's quite a bit going on.

T - Clove and bananas hit first, followed by the Belgian yeast and some peppery notes. Some apple notes as well. Overall, it has a nice bready taste throughout - well balanced and no one flavor overwhelms.

M - Slightly lighter than medium bodied, smooth but a bit chewy as well. Good carbonation levels. Just a bit of a peppery aftertaste.

O - Damnation is one of the best "Strong Pale Ales" I've had. It's extremely well done and complex without being overwhelming. It may not blow you away at first, but as you drink it, you realize that this is beer made at the pinnacle of one's craft. Highly, highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of RickS95
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks the part, hard to tell the difference between this and an actual Belgian. Resembles Duvel. Pours a lemony gold. Not hazy, but cloudy enough you can't see through. A bright white head on top, thin, but sticks around a while.

The nose picks up nice flavors. Honey, lemon, grass, pear, pepper.

Tastes follow the lead of the smell. Honey and lemon dance on the tongue, pepper plays a minor role.

Feel is complex. Sweetness hits first, but it's just the right amount. The back of the tongue is where the party starts. Spicy, tart, slightly bitter, tangy, all at once. The finish is dry and cleansing.

This is a helluva good beer. About as close to a real Belgian as I've head. Wish I had more than one.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of NWFLyer
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia.
A - Dark straw yellow, modest head, decent lacing.
N - Clean, with minimal fragrance.
T - Excellent representation of style, could easily have been brewed in Belgium.
M- Very nice, though nothing outstanding, just good for this style.
Overall - if you enjoy the Begian Golden Ale style, you should enjoy this offering from Russian River. I don't think I have ever tasted anything below average from this brewery!

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 3,818 ratings
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