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Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 19 4 8 0
Great melding of a Belgian style wheat beer overloaded with hops. Pours a golden amber color and has a sweet, flowery, heady smell from a 750ml bottle (I think). That all follows through with tastes of spices and hops to create another winner from Russian River Brewing. This is possibly the best “Belgian” beer I’ve ever tasted. It’s a combination of hops, malts, spices and just out does the “Schneider Hopfen Weiss” by a tad.

Price: $7.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 7 15 5 8 2010
750ml

Batch 027
Bottled 8/13/07

I was going through my cellar yesterday and found two bottles of Damnation I didn't know I had. One bottle is from russpowell and the other remains unknown, thanks Russ!

The carbonation crackles to life as soon as this beer hits the bottom of the tulip. The first pour is surprisingly clear and straw golden that darkens up an up a bit when not backlit. Stream after stream of tiny carbonation bubbles sprint to the surface. The audible head grew to two fingers on the initial pour before fizzling out to a skim coat with a thick collar that leaves patchy lacing here and there as the body drops. A quick swirl brings the head back to life and it has much better staying power the second time around and leaves intricate Belgian-esque lace behind.

The nose is full of orchard fruits, green apples and bright ripe peaches in that order. There's a dusty yeastiness that unfortunately seems to muddy up the fruitiness. White pepper and a grassy hoppiness add some complex spiciness to the overall aroma. There's a candi sugar like sweetness in the back that makes the fruitiness pop. I really like the aroma of this beer, the yeast just seems a little too messy although still borders on a 4.

The spice comes to the front quickly on the tongue in the form of grassy, somewhat soapy hops and white pepper. The spices balance out the orchard fruitiness that the nose suggested and leave a little tickle on the tongue. Sugar cookie sweetness stays in the back where it should but lays down a solid enough base to be both noticeable and enjoyable. The pepper leaves behind a lingering spiciness and the alcohol is undetectable.

The mouthfeel on this beer is up there with the Belgians. Lively carbonation combined with a moderately light body make for an airy mouthfeel bordering on creamy but not making it there. The spiciness lingers on the swallow and the hopping leaves a little bite.

The drinkability is out of this world for an abv of 7.75%. The fruitiness keeps this beer flowing while the mild dryness and spiciness keep me thirsty for more. This really is a hard beer to set down.

Russian River hit the nail on the head with yet another Belgian style ale. In all honesty this beer is better then my score would indicate but the nose brought it down slightly, that could be me being picky again though. Thanks for the beer unanimous trader.

Reviewed: 11/1/08

Served In: Tulip

Review by k3n on 01/05/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
750ml bottle, Batch 17. Poured into a Delirium tulip.

A: Clear, deep orange-gold color. Fabulously tiny carbonation bubbles and a two-finger head that fades down to rocky islands, leaving sticky lacing everywhere. Every beer should look this good.

S: Funky Belgian aromas. Citrus. Cloves.

T: I can't do it. It tastes great, but I can't pick out the individual flavors. There's an underlying hop bitterness from beginning to end that keeps it from getting away with itself.

M: Perfect. Rich, full, creamy, and enough carbonation to hold everything in check.

O: Great.

Served In: Tulip

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