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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) by Russian River Brewing Company
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
11.00 % ABV

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Thanks much to Fro for this bottle.

A - Pours a hazy golden apricot colored body with tight bubbles rising to the surface. Head starts as a nice pillowy bright white mass about one and a half inches tall. After a minute, there is a clump in the middle, some whisps on the surface, and a ring around the glass.

S - Smells lovely. Crazy combination here. There is definitely some citrus here, maybe lemon? Dry white wine. Some of your typical belgian pale odors with a light yeastiness and a bit of spice. Oak aging becomes more and more apparent the longer you hold your nose over it, bringing forth odors of ligth oak, deep vanilla, and light bourbon. Really inviting.

T - Much like the smell, but with a bit more. Light citrus hits the tongue with a lymon flavor to it. Lots of sweetness comes in with some white belgian candi sugar and light fruit. There is almost some flavor of donut glazing here. This is quickly put in check and married together with the effects of the oak chips. Deep vanilla and light oak balance out the sweetness. Now is where I am wondering if I am crazy, cause I taste just the slightest flavors of brett, with a touch of peach yogurt. Could it just be my previous experiences with the Russian River wild ales? I don't care, I like it. There is some white wine character here, bringing forth dryness that really shows at the finish, leaving a dry feeling at the end.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Feel is soft and dry at the finish.

D - I am really enjoying this beer. Russian River does another great brew. I am going to have to get some more of this.

Served In: Pint Glass

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