Perdition - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
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Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mark on 05-09-2004

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Reviews by Chincino:
Photo of Chincino
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.


More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This dark orange Belgian ale was cloudy and sported a big, retentive head.

Smell – The big Belgian yeast came up nicely to the nose. I could pick up some light banana and clove as well, similar to a Hefe Weizen. The light delicate hops balanced things out nicely.

Taste – I really like the yeast flavor here. It offers a depth of flavor to this BPA not found in most American efforts at the style. The light, traditional spicing and subtle weizeny notes make this one quite interesting and complex.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied ale is perfectly carbonated and is very creamy and smooth in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is the beer that all the locals were ordering by the pitcher. It’s a terrific Belgian session ale that I just couldn’t get enough of.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perdition’s appearance is stunning. Body is a browned cranberry with rich reddish hues. Deep and inviting. Lace is ample and lasting. Butter colored head. Mildly hazy. Aroma is not particularly exciting, fitting for a biere de garde. There is a light and rather generic fruitiness with hints of pepper. Flavor is kind of a biscuity English Brown meets Belgian fruity yeast with a little spice sort of concoction. Again, not terribly dramatic. Light berry and apple flavors, barely discernable from just a generic fruity yeast flavor along with a touch of biscuit and hint of spice is all I get out of it. Very much a biere de garde, a style I just don’t care for. Drinkable…yes. IS the body nice? Certainly – light to medium, smooth, balanced, and with great carbonation. Still this is not for me. I would pass it up for the many more interesting RRs in the future.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 003. Pours into my glass a hazy brown hue with notes of orange and red intermixed. A half inch of light eggshell bubbles creates the head. Steady active carbonation. Aromas of caramel, roast and some bread come through first. Fruity and spicy with a nice Belgian yeast underpinning. Mild toffee. Rather smooth and refined.

First sip brings a toasty, caramel tinged malt upfront that flows into a wealth of fruity spiciness. It flows down with a touch of toffee and mild hops as well. Finishes with tones of Belgian yeast. A solidly refined, earthy, spicy Biere De Sonoma.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter, more refreshing side with lots of fast moving carbonation that rushes across the palate with each sip. A pretty refreshing brew, the only complaint I have is the carbonation gets to be a bit much for me. Overall, another solid, tasty brew from Russian River. I hope to be able to sample this again someday!

Photo of ElSid
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of badbeer
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber red color with good retention. Clove, spice, cardamom, chamomille, and other spices. Taste is bready and has much of the same things noticed in the nose. Higher than medium carbonation with light body; dry finish. Very good beer, I could drink tons of this.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange and brown appearance, chunky, mild head. Aroma was bready, lacking hops or sourness (not really this style's MO though) had kind of a bad fruitcake type of vibe to the aroma.

Carbonation seemed lacking. Lots of flavor characteristics, like a big spice rack was dumped into the batch. Every kind of fruit and spice. Or maybe it is simply a function of the yeast that is used, or a combination of all of this. If something can be too complex, I guess this would be it. Not bad, but not a beer style I can say I am a fan of in any context, so take this review for what it is worth.

For a brewery well known for its hops and sours, this one seems like a malgamation of everything else besides those two things they are famous for.

Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a mohogany color with a small white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick lace.

This beer smells more like an Abbey ale than a Biere de Garde. It smells slightly datelike. I detect some spicy notes. Also, I smell some figs. It also smells earthy and yeasty.

This beer tastes like it smells. Fruit like. Some figs, raisins, and dates. More like an Abbey Ale. It tastes earthy as well.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a figlike aftertaste. It is not very carbonated.

This beer may make a decent session beer. It is not high in alcohol, but the flavor may get old after a while. The figs and raisins may become overbearing.

Overall: This beer was decent, but not my favorite. I would drink it again, but only if there was not Compunction on tap.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of georgiabeer - much obliged!

Pours a hazy amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of musty and earthy hops with good amounts of sweet malt and lighter amounts of pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined almost immediately by somewhat spicy and earthy flavors from the hops. Midway through the sip light fruit flavors join in before ending with a solid dryness and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall this is a complex beer and probably the best Biere de Garde I've had, even though technically it's a "Bier de Sonoma". Certainly worth a shot.

Photo of Shane_Gr
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer but nothing that stands out.

Photo of sloejams
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at Father's Office in Santa Monica.

It's pours a dark copper color, opaque - a small head. Touching the glass, the beer seems a little bit too cold. The aroma is of spice: cinnamon and clove and some mustiness. Toasted malts come through on the palate followed by a strong yeast. It goes well with Father's Office's incredibly delicious sweet potato fries.

Photo of watermelonman
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a very nice looking deep and dark color with shades of purple and red. There wasn't much head or lacing.

The grains are very apparent in the taste. That aspect of it didn't really hold to my expectations for this beer, but it was done in a good way.

Overall, this was a nice treat. It's a unique offering for the style.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable Belgian, wo knowswhat to expect from RR but it was easy drinking. Some sourness yes but I've had more sour from them. Spicy saison charcter. Medium brown with a big head and lacey. Great mouthfeel. Balanced malt and bitterness, the spice andthe sour element.

Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Served in a generic wide mouth tulip.

Two fingers of ivory soft peaks crown a very slightly hazy dark cerise body. Sandy lacing leaves thin waves along the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Pale malt, acacia honey, red banana (or maybe plantain), with a touch of hay in the nose.

The sweetness suggested by the aroma is present in the form of light caramel and malt, but this is offset somewhat by hops which contribute bitterness and meld with the yeast to suggest a mild floral/herbal taste. The finish is faintly spicy with coriander and maybe pepper. Judged as an Amber Bière de Gare, it is both a little too sweet and maybe a touch too hoppy, and paradoxically lacking in complexity - to me this tastes more like an American Amber hybridized with a Belgian Pale.

Medium-bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

An easy drinker, but a touch sweet and not terribly interesting, so I had no desire to order another glass right away.

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 003

Many, many thanks to Todd1 for sending me this one...many moons ago.

Perdition pours a dark copper color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting reveals very attractive crimson highlights. A tan head caps it. It rises to about a finger and a half in depth before falling to a surface covering. The Sam Adams motor in the bottom of this glass maintained it there for a while. Lacing was light.

The nose is interesting. It's initially spicy. I'm getting cinnamon and pepper, though there are surely other varieties present. There's a little malty sweetness noted. Perhaps some toasted malt, as well. It's definitely yeasty. Smells like Belgian yeast to me. Surprise, surprise. That smells delicious. I'm getting a little fruit, but not much. Apple and pear are noted. Alcohol is buried. Overall, good stuff.

The flavor is quite good, but doesn't blow me away. Perhaps this bottle aged a bit too long. Perhaps I'm just not that into Biere de Gardes. Biere de Sonoma. Whatever. It is somewhat spicy up front. It tastes like a mix of cinnamon, pepper, in addition to several other spices I can't identify. Belgian yeast has a strong presence and ups the flavor a notch. It is a little malty and slightly sweet. It tastes like a mix of caramel and toasted malts. There's some residual earthy notes. Alcohol isn't noticeable in the least. It finishes spicy and yeasty. Good, not quite great.

Perdition has a light-medium body that feels more medium with warming. Carbonation feels light and restrained. It's definitely smooth and easy drinking. Drinkability is good. It's rather tasty, and I'm enjoying it. But, I'm not quite loving it. I'm splitting this 750, but could've tackled it alone. One to myself would've been plenty.

Russian River Brewing has an interesting creation in Perdition. I'm not madly in love with Biere de Gardes, and I'm still not. This one's okay. Frankly, it's probably my least favorite Russian River beer (that I've tried). It's good, but it's not something I'm head over heels about. There's nothing about it that's very exciting. Maybe I sat on the bottle too long. Good beer nonetheless. Definitely recommended if you have the opportunity.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2

The bottom line here is that this beer taste wonderful, but lacks sorely in carbonation. It just didn't have a crisp feel like other biere de gardes or any other pale Belgians for that matter. The flavor actually reminds me of Piraat with a sweet bready malt and herbal and subtle citrus rind hops.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian river

Pours an amber brown with hints of ruby. Light creamy head with some nice lacing and retention.

Nice banana and clove with a very funky scent. Lots of horse blanket. Light floral hops.

Similar to scent, lots of banana, nutmeg, clove, and a lot of funk. These blended well and carried through out. A nice light floral hop flavor kept this fresh and fun.

Nice carbonation bite with a light body. Went down well.

This was a good saison. The flavor was fun and unique which keeps it very drinkable.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at Russian River Brewery back in February. This review is taken from my notes.

Beer was a clear copper or reddish orange color. Bar was pretty crowded and instead of pouring straight into the glass he angled it so there was no head. I am guessing he was in a hurry and didn't want to wait for the beer to settle.

Aroma is caramel, dried fruit and toasted grain. I really like the way this beer smells. Taste is similar and it has a nice creamy carbonation.

The thing that strikes me is that this beer has a really long finish. This is not the same as a really bitter beer where the bitterness sticks on your pallet. This beer has length and complexity in the same way a well made wine does. A really nice beer to sip and take your time with. The kicker is that this beer was $3.25 during happy hour. Can't beat that.

Photo of MiScusi
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Stone Bistro, poured a dark amber/brown with reddish tinge. Head was minimal as served to me, but left great lacing, and had a really nice clarity and reddish/brown hue to it. The smell was pretty subdued, light yeasty/earthiness, a slight bit of hops, and toasty malt.

The taste was excellent, lots of caramel especially towards the end of the glass. Belgian yeastiness was pretty low, almost hard to detect that it was a Belgian style beer. Mouthfeel was pretty good, though maybe tad too prickly with the carbonation, but this beer could be drank all day, absolutely glorious beer.

Photo of BeerZack
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clearish dark amber mahogany color with fine mousse-like head that leaves nice clumps of lace.

Sweet fruity esters, some woodiness and a bit sugary with an odd note of styrofoam.

Dry, tannic impression. Subtle herbal and woody flavor with a bit of sugar before the bittering finish.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of elricorico
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3, brought up from San Francisco to my cellar in May. Medium brown and quite clear with a thick foamy tan head. Great retention and good lacing. Looks really good.

Bouquet of flowers, caramel, citrus tartness and brett. Strong grapefruit rind impression. Smells really good too.

Flavour starts like a subtle amber or brown ale, malty but not powerful. Citrus follows, opening into a spiciness like a saison. Finish is faintly sour, and has just the slightest lingering solvent at the end. Aside from the solvent everything is nice and interesting, but the finish just takes a bit away from the overall effect.

Medium bodied with subtle carbonation, it has a smooth feel to it. Altogether this is a pretty pleasant beer, which is obviously well crafted and complex. If that slightest touch of solvent wasn't there it would be fantastic.

Photo of Goldorak
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labeled as "Bière de Sonoma" on the blackboard at the pub.

Appearance: Dark reddish amber, just a thin ring of lace circling my glass.

Smell: Candi sugar sweetness in the nose, herbal, but not just in a hoppy way, it has a bit of rosemary. Some pine needles as well.

Taste: Easy to drink, even though it had some vineous character it was rather light bodied in mouthfeel but still tasted malty. Sounds vague, I know, but bières de garde are a little off the wall like this sometimes, especially this one who totally had a "west coast" feel to it. It had a pleasing citrusy finish though. Another winner for RR in my book, taking a hard style to pin down and giving it their own personnal touch.

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Perdition from Russian River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.