Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) | Russian River Brewing Company

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We turned our regular Damnation recipe into a Tripel. It is bittered with Tomahawk and has Sterling and Cascade in the mid-boil and finish. The beer was then aged on new American oak chips for two to three weeks.

Added by bosco7 on 07-07-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
571
Reviews:
242
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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285
Gots:
154
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 571 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a super huge foamy had with excellent retention and some very good lacing. Aroma which consists of citrus and floral hops are well balanced against the sweet notes of the malt bill. Taste is a great mix between some citrus and floral hoppy notes and some semi—sweet malt notes. Oak is very subtle but seems to bring a rounder taste at the end. Yeast strain a somewhat fruity and can be detected. Body is full with great conditioning and some excellent carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This is a great improvement IMO over the regular version which is just too fruity.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml, Batch 069
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a deep golden color. Half finger of bright white head. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

S: I get a good amount of funk. Get that Belgian yeast funk. Lots of that coriander and clove that you'd expect from a Tripel.

T: Spicy yeast. Farmhouse funk. Maybe a touch of oak tanin character. Coriander and clove.

M: Medium

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle, corked and caged, batch number 069, poured into Bruery snifter (don't have a RR snifter. Purists may feel that this may throw off the taste).

Hazy, golden elixir, huge head settles to one finger head with Belgian lacing clouding up the glass.

Aroma of oak, pear, minimal spice, Belgian yeast, honey. The oak predominates.

Fruit: pear, banana, nice Belgian sweetness but not too tart. Nicely balanced. Not a trace of the 10.75% ABV. The oak is in the background and comes out at the end, but subtle, like a reminder and a nice ending.

Light to medium body, the alcohol boosts it a bit at the end, but really does not have a presence for this style.

This brew blends the components well and is one of the more complex triples I have had the pleasure to enjoy.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap, so of course I need to try it on the bottle version. Ya know?

This is an excellent tripel, though this particular batch is really striking me as a bit too hot. Maybe it needs some time to mellow out. That issue aside, this is still pretty good. Through the burn I am getting nice character and a good profile. Even though this might need to mellow a bit, it's still nice.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle of batch 69 that I shared with a friend. Golden yellow color, decent head. Smells estery and a whole lot like Damnation to me. The flavor was a bit of pear, belgian yeast, maybe I haven't had Damnation in a while but this tastes a whole lot like what I remember. I did not taste any oak whatsoever. I will say that the alcohol was imperceptible which is pretty amazing given it was listed at like 10.8% or something. Nice beer but nothing to go crazy for.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of gordavidson
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy yellow-orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head that is a bit dimpled but has nice retention.

S- Light fruits, some pepper, bubble gum, white bread, a bit of a Belgian kick, and some oak. Very complex and inviting.

T- Absolutely delicious and complex. The same aspects I picked up in the aroma are noticed with an emphasis on the bubble gum. It is clear a lot of care was taken in the construction of this beer.

M- Abundant carbonation, but the bubbles are small. Creamy and smooth otherwise with just the slightest bit of alcohol warmth.

O- Very tasty and eerily drinkable for the style and alcohol content. The quality is tip notch. Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is mix of strong Belgian yeast character with some coriander and pepper, with some light fruit, citrus zest, oak, bread, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with some pear and other light fruits with some citrus zest, coriander, and other Belgian yeast flavors. Through the middle, the oak comes through alongside some stronger yeast character with some pepper and some farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of citrus and light fruit flavors with some bready yeast, oak, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Excellent Tripel with great balance. The oak is a really nice touch that adds some great complexity as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this bottle late (after 10pm) on 5/20 (my 41st birthday), only after my wife said: 'do you realize you haven't had a beer yet today?' And so I hadn't...

375ml bottle (Batch 069 - hello!), with a slightly lower 10.75% ABV shown on the label. Thanks to our friend, Bryce, who brought this gift back from his visit to Santa Rosa last December. Shared in two tulip glasses.

A: Thick pile of white foam (2+ fingers) sits atop a hazy golden/honey ambrosia. Carbonation is modest (a slight surprise) and the head fizzles away too quickly. Lace is spotty/fractured. Skim holds steadfastly and forms a clinging ring.

S: After 15-20 minutes of warming post-pour, there's a very starchy 'applesauce' aroma here. It's moderate spicy (dash of nutmeg? allspice?). Woody notes develop, mild vanilla.

T: Phenomenal flavor: big spice, a tangy and zesty pepper-sprinkled fruitiness. It's pears, apples and flowers, honey and wood, all rolling around in the mouth. Hints of green grape and even some green herbs. A subtle vinous/woody char barely reveals the oak barrel. A little chalkier and drier in the finish. After some warming, a little 'cedar' creeps in. Came close to a '5' for me.

M: Maybe Sliiightly too 'warm'... I suppose aging even longer could have helped, but there's not much you can do with 11-ish%, I suppose. Ample fizz upfront, although surprisingly mellow/smooth in the finish - velvety, actually.

O: 'Regular' Damnation is quite possibly my wife's favorite beer and is quite delicious in my book, too - so an oak-aged/stronger version of it? Hell, yes! This did not disappoint at all - so flavorful and mellow, with barrel-aging complementing wonderfully. At 12.7 oz split two ways, it disappeared far too quickly. Would love to have this again - it was a great night cap to an excellent birthday.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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