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Russian River Damnation Batch 23/46/69 (Oak Aged)

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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle at home. Batch 69. Pour is hazy orange with a big white head and good lacing. Big sweet fruity aroma - banana bread, clove, cookies, doughy, sweet figs, orange peel, caramel, oak, and fruit peel. Taste is slightly oxidized, banana peel, sweet cookie, light spice, doughy, pepper, grapefruit, and caramel with a lightly bitter finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Pretty tasty, but seems to be a bit past it’s prime.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (666) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours hazy yellow with big soapy head and some lace. Aroma is beautiful soft full tangerine, light Brett, light coriander. Flavor is lovely sweet, super, juicy, vineous, astringent, herbal bitter, fresh light bread, and yeast. Feel is cooling and velvety while lively and deeply warming. So satisfying. A masterful beer. I like it so much more than the regular.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Batch 23. Pours a hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma of pale malt, yeast, citrus, mild wood. The taste is pale bready malts, citrus, pith, yeast, mild wood notes. Medium bodied, slight sweetness, mild lingering tartness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontape (156) - Valley Village, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Wow. Very different from the regular Damnation but you can definitely spot the connection. Looks like a RR brew in the glass, elegant. Taste is complex like fine white wine; lots of oak, but also fruit, Belgian yeast, slight tartness, more. Sweet but well-balanced. 11% ABV sounds right but it doesn’t call attention to itself as in many strong ales. Didn’t expect this to be a favorite but it kinda knocked me out.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2251) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle (375 ml). Batch #069. Thanks to Scott for this one! Clear golden with no head and no lacing. Aroma is of candi, fruity notes, spices/yeast, alcohol, oak, some sweetness and minty notes. Taste is moderately sweet with oak, malt, light spices, candi, mint and a light warming (alcohol) finish. Medium body. Almost completely flat. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Ok Tripel, but the absence of carbonation don’t help what could have been a good beer... it decrease drinkability and gives to much place to the alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (3811) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro. pours hazy pale golden without a head or lacing, bummer. loads of candi and honeyed lightly caramelish toasted malts, minty dusty yeastiness, spices, bit of pear and apple juice, gently oaky leaving some coconut and vanilla traces - adding a bit more depth to the brew. low carbonation, medium body - oily, slightly sticky, moderate sweetness, relatively balanced herbal-grassy-spicy finish. this was quite nice and maybe would have been a lot better if at all carbed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (999) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks a lot! Bottle opens up without a pop... Damn. Pours a light golden with no head and looking completely flat. Aroma is quite nice, though, with candi sugar in the front and yellow fruits and alcohol in the back. Taste is sweet and fruity, spicy. Body was medium, carbonation really low. Too bad there was no carb... this one would have scored high on my abbey tripel scale! It still drank really good in fact.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stephen_S (20) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
So... abbey style triple. Russian River has become a holy grail if you find their beers. If you find any of their beers you are in for a treat, floral, bread, hay

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2013
A rare treat for me... don’t see much RR lately, but really appreciate it when I do... truly a classic, Belgian-style "kick your butt" beer. Love it! :)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (2962) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Serving: 375 ml. bottle via trade with bytemesis. Thanks Mike! It pours a light gold color with a slight haze and a nice white head. Light floral and yeast notes in the nose. Beautiful balance flavor wise with a bit of sweetness, Belgian yeast notes, light oak, and a slight hop spiciness. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Absolutely delicious.


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