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Perdition - Russian River Brewing Company


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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 05-09-2004)
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Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: served on tap into a tasting glass, amber colored with a white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy

S: light caramel and biscuits, grassy, slightly sweet with citrus fruits

T: sweet and sour flavor, slight spice, lemon, biscuit malt

M: thin to medium and quite bubbly

O: haven't had many of this style, this beer was a cool combination of old world malt mixed with new world hops with sour character thrown in, reviewed from notes taken on 3/7/14

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 01:42:01 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of BierJager89


4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper color with a white head.

S: Citrus, pine, and tropical fruit in the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, orange, pine, and general citrus.

M: Medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation.

O: This is another great beer. General rule of thumb: Russian River beers ending in "tion" are good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 17:26:30 | More by BierJager89
Photo of elNopalero


4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another delicious Russian River beer.

This pours a light golden color with thin lacing, somewhat the color of apple juice.

There’s a slightly tart aroma on it, with some sweet notes.

Flavor is sweeter than I expected, with some malty roundness and a phenolic finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 08:35:57 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Fatehunter


3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet. One finger of head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is grain with ripe grapefruit.
The taste is nice: moderate bitterness with grapefruit and a sweet lemon finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A tasty drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 04:33:20 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Dr. Humbard. Thanks Matt!

the beer is amber hued with a half inch + of off white head. The aroma brings bread, hops, funk, floral notes, yeast, hops, grass, lemon zest. Nice flavor, following the aroma. Nice blend of earth, hop, floral aspects. A solid beer. Russian River remains one of the best breweries in America.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2013 20:12:12 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 20:46:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ElSid


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


On-tap at Father's Office in Culver City

A: Amber with golden highlights topped with a finger of off white foam sporting solid retention and fine lace on the glass.

S: Grainy with some funk and acid along with earth, apple, pear and pineapple. There is also some caramel and breadiness in the back.

T: There again is grain and some yeast and ester qualities of green apple, banana, pear and pineapple. The bready and caramel sweetness is there and the finish is warm with a hint of clove. There are also subtleties of funk, balsamic acid, and leather which adds complexity and interest to the palate. The alcohol is faint adding a dry warmth to the finish.

M: Crisp and substantial feel with nice linger and carbonation. The beer sticks to the glass and leaves a phenomenal amount of lace.

O: Belgiany, bright and crisp with subtle layers which add complexity. A very refreshing brew and another well crafted and interesting -tion edition ale from RR.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 04:10:11 | More by ElSid
Photo of spdyfire83


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

288th Review
750ml bottle poured into New Belgium snifter
Vintage: Batch 001

From notes. Enjoyed a couple summers back at a backyard BBQ with the usual suspects in the Mile High Knight's tasting crew. If memory serves correct, I can thank Brian for this one, and I'm pretty sure this bad boy was first bottled exclusively for Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club way back when. Cheers for the .rar beer B²!

A: Amber-ish orange in color. 1.5 (fluffy white) fingernail head on passionate pour.

S: Yeasty spice, white pepper, soft herbs, hint of caramel and touch of lemon. Good earthy overtones as well. Mmmm...

T: Strong mix of Belgian yeast and spice from the start, but very crisp. Notes of mellow fruit (pear, unripe apple, and plum) offset by balanced malt sweetness. Interesting mix here, but quite enjoyable all the same. Not a huge fan of the style, but kudos to Vinnie for working his magic here!

M: The lighter side of medium bodied and full carbonation.

O: A really fun beer to try! This hit the spot on the 100+ degree afternoon this brew was enjoyed on. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Too bad it doesn't make it to the bottle much anymore. I'm guessing it's just too expensive and/or maybe wouldn't sell as well as the other RR regulars.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 13:50:36 | More by spdyfire83
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big tick on the Russian River –tion Quest that I started once I started drinking craft beer! I’ve run out of –tion beers to tick here so if you have one I have not ticked, HIT ME UP! Big thanks goes out to BilbosNuts for procuring this growler for me! Shared by myself during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from growler into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grain, wheat, earth, spice, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, spice, grain, wheat, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I have really enjoyed most of the brews I have had on my –tion Quest and this one was no exception to this trend. It was really well balanced and quite complex for the style which made the growler quite enjoyable for all people in attendance of the tasting. Hope I get to experience the others in the near future. Definitely worth the try if you get the chance!

Serving type: growler

09-04-2012 11:31:15 | More by thagr81us
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bit of a field day at the brewery. This one, dubbed a "Biere de Sonoma,"was quite different than I expected. The Belgian phenols and fruity/spicy interplay resembled, to me, a stronger abbey style ale and not a BdG. Though the number of such beers I've had so far in my life is under 10, and I can't say with any certainty I've pinned down the key characteristics (they've all been fairly different), this one actually triggered my brain to recall beers like The Stoic. So, I don't know what to make of it.

In any case, this was a solid brew. As I said, it's got a spicy and fruity (apple most prominently) interplay. Taste comparisons aside, this one only has a mild alcohol component. I will also say that this one has phenominal lacing. The glass was practically coated in foam the whole way down - even on the side where I was drinking from.

I would maybe knock the overall score up to 4 from another brewer, but Russian River has a few beers that handily destory this one. Still worth a try!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 06:23:05 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of AgentMunky


2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in sample glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 14 April 2012.

A: Hazy gold with some bubbles. Great lacing.

S: Cloves and not a lot else. Several of these Russian River beers remind me of hefeweizens.

T: I'm not crazy about this "Bière de Sonoma." It's sort of sour-fruity-amber-malty. Beery and vaguely unpleasant on the aftertaste.

M: Lightly carbonated, sorta plain, very meh.

O: I don't like it, but it's not BAD. Not recommended, wouldn't have again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 22:28:25 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa.

Pours a golden hue, with a touch of amber to it. Some haze forms in the glass, but it's a mildly lustrous effect. Head is firm and white in colour, forming a very solid ring. Some patchy lace, and not much carbonation.

Nose pronounced a hint of acid as a first impression, along with softer, rounder Belgian phenols and some grainy, rustic savoury tones. It's nice, and firmly in that rustic, semi-sour bière de garde style.

Light grain on the front of the tongue before the phenols ramp up a lot, giving almost a roasted, spicy astringency mid-palate. Finish is clean and crisp, with the phenols trailing off to almost drift into the realm of true bitterness. Aftertaste is slightly appley, but with a big bite, like strong scrumpy.

Solidly in style. It reminds me of some of the classics like 3 Monts. It does end up being a little harsh on the finish, but even that is acceptable for a BdG. That criticism is probably just prejudice on my part.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 04:23:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of brotherloco


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River. Served in a 13oz goblet.

Pours a gorgeous translucent mahogany with a couple of fingers of tan foam. Settles to a thinner covering and a frothy ring. Lots of delicate lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits and spices. Peppery Belgian yeast. Cinnamon and clove. Floral notes. Bready malt.

Flavor follows the nose but is less sweet than I was expecting. Fruity and slightly sour. Nice maltiness through the middle sweetens things up a little, and a mild bitterness emerges in the finish. Alcohol is very well buried.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Velvety. Overall dry and very drinkable.

This is just a great beer. Not as crazy as the sours, but perhaps my favorite Russian River Belgian-style next to Damnation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 01:38:06 | More by brotherloco
Photo of notchucknorris


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Gold color with a healthy white head.

S: A little musty with light stonefruit aromas and some faint hops.

T: This wasn't a bad drink at all. Faint lemon seed and biscuity malt flavors with a faint but lingering earthy hop bitterness in the background. Very mild but pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 04:54:12 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of HopHead84


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap for O'Brien's TION weekend.

A: Transparent gold with a big white cap.

S: Light caramel notes with a dash of toastiness. There's a light mustiness and some earth. Apple blends with pear.

T: Again, light caramel with a little biscuit and toasty character. Pronounced fruity esters, reminiscent of apple and pear, with herbal notes.

M: Lower medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable and pretty enjoyable. If I'm eternally damned I hope it's for drinking something a little more interesting than this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 17:38:15 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Spider889


3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a growler being shared at a Jackie O's release.

Light copper in color. Large bubbles of foam linger.

Grassy aroma with lots of farmhouse funk going on.

The flavor was also quite grassy with a bit of dried hay and stone fruit. Bitter/hoppy finish.

Not bad at all - but what from RR isn't?

Serving type: growler

01-15-2012 07:18:20 | More by Spider889
Photo of kojevergas


3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a goblet at Russian River in Santa Rosa. I was the designated driver, but I did get to sample this. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a dark auburn.

Sm: Amber hops is all me broken nose picks up. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant malts, very light hops, and some fruit esters. Light caramelized malt. Very refreshing, but a bit simple. Pleasant and tasty. Very well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also crisp and refreshing. Very complementary of the flavours and style.

Dr: Quite drinkable, with no alcohol coming through. A quality brew held back by the simplicity of its flavour profile.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 21:09:21 | More by kojevergas
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River.

A - Served a nice amber with a near white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Very nutty and sweet Carmel.

T - Similar to the taste. Nuts and Carmel.

D - Very light body, but refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this more as it warmed.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 02:54:04 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get my Russian river stuff from my college buddy Pipmeister. Thanks man.

Pours a nice brown color with a nice light tan head with very good color.

Smells of yeast and has a nice bite to the smell. Very nice.

Tastes great with a little yeast. Lots of spices. Very nice caramel body. Nice slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good and refreshing and goes down smooth.

Drinkability is high and it is one of my favorite if not the most favorite of all Russian river beers. Will have this one many times in the future.

11/24/11 Cellar Review
750ml bottle. Aged about 2 1/2-3 years. Poured into a goblet style wine glass. Pours a nice semi clear walnut brown with red hues. Nice 1/4" head and nice lacing.

Aroma is the best part. Dark fruits of raisins and figs. Dark Belgian candy sugar and malt. Nice Belgian aroma too.

Taste is great. Similar to smell just not at potent. Nice dark fruits and belgin yeast. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and good carb.

Overall vey tasty aged a bit. If I remember correctly I like it with a bit of age on it like this compared to fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 08:10:58 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of srandycarter


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler gotten at Russian River.

A - Medium bright copper, carmel. Somewhat murky. Nice near white head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Sweet malt, light Belgian yeast notes.

T - Candy, caramel, nice Belgian yeast and bittering.

M - Somewhat creamy, well carbed, balanced well.

D - Easy to drink and very tasty.

Serving type: growler

11-24-2011 23:16:32 | More by srandycarter
Photo of patm1986

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Biere de Sonoma at RR Brewpub
from notes 10 October 2011

hazy, light brown with a small but full off-white head: pleasant earth tones.

very mild aromas of belgian sugars, some pine syrup, and a little grass and fruit like a mild pear.
nonabrasive aromas. not very much else.

so subtle! some pine, some florals, belgian yeast, a bit bread-y, a really smooth maltiness that reminds me of a very mellow english ale or a super-mild brown ale.
lightly, very lightly bitter with a semi dry finish. superbly restrained.

it's a pleasant drinker: not too bitter or biting, not too sweet, and not too dry. it's very refreshing.

lovely beer. the aromas and flavors are very subtle yet it remains refreshing and interesting to the last sip.
it is nearly the perfect all-around brew for any food; i could see pairing this with nearly any cuisine successfully.
they put this beer in the dough used for their pizzas. brilliant. incredible restraint behind this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 00:31:52 | More by patm1986
Photo of cbutova


3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Russian River brewery. Reviewed from notes during trip to SF.

A- Dark orange-copper-red with a small white head. Nice silky ring and cloud atop the beer. Fine coats of lace on the glass.

S- Not the strongest of aromas, hard to pick up. I get some pine/citrus hops and Belgian yeast spice.

T- Has a dark fruit, almost grape pit type flavor with raisin, orange zest, banana, esters and Belgian yeast spice (coriander, cardamom). Pine and floral hops as well.

MF- Silky carbonation in creamy light body. Finishes just a little bitter.

Interesting Belgian yeast profile, it is sufficient and does not take over the beer. Good balance of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 04:06:44 | More by cbutova
Photo of IronCitySteve


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish orange color, a deep amber color with a thich white foam head that at some mdoerate retention. There was some spotty lacing down the sides.

S: A decent amount of wet hay/straw along with some light fruits like peachs and nectarines. There is also some forest floor scents as well.

T: Starts off with some sour peach/nectarine flavors up front. In the middle there is some light amounts of wet straw. On the back end the flower flavors come through.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Leaves a tart taste on the palate.

O: An interesting beer for sure, not a style I actively seek but was happy to try. Would recommend this and try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 22:18:04 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of emerge077


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, review from written notes.

Bright copper, sharp clarity, frothy skim and sheets of lace stuck to the sides around the glass. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Softly earthy, nutty complex grains in the aroma, malt and yeast driven.

Nutty malty complexity, some specific walnut flavor, with a light bitterness stemming from a mild hop presence. Malt driven flavors, though hops do play a minor role. Creamy and mild feel, an easygoing session beer that's well put together, and not overdriven by hops. Didn't pick up on any "wild" characteristics from the yeast that some others did.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 05:47:41 | More by emerge077
Photo of Chincino


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap as part of a sampler at the Russian River Brewery this past summer.

The beer poured a dark golden color. The aroma was of earthiness-floral essences and some fruitiness as well.

Taste was sweet, fruity, and earthy. Medium-body.


Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 00:21:43 | More by Chincino
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