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Perdition - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 276
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Mark on 05-09-2004

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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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

A: Pours an amber/red with a white head.

ST: Caramel malt with some candied sugars and some spicy Belgian yeast; a little bit of earthiness going on as well. Some floral hops.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. A very interesting beer--big fan of this one, especially coming from a style I'm not always particularly fond of.

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a big head that settles to little more than a film but leaves a bunch of splashy lace

Smell: Toasty and spicy, with white pepper and cardamom, pears, green apples and grapefruit pith

Taste: Opens with a combination of pink grapefruit, pears, white pepper and toast and gets somewhat spicy and tart by mid-palate, without assaulting the palate; there is also a bit of toffee sweetness that appears later on and lingers after the swallow, providing a foil for the tart and spicy flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really unusual but very drinkable beer

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing. Everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises and is already on the road to perdition."

--Carl Jung

Batch 002. Rusted orange rind with tangerines dipped in honey borders. In spite of little visible carbonation, the cinnamon-flecked oatmeal colored head looks magnificent. It's a gorgeous mass of sticky bubbles rather than richly creamy foam, and is beginning to blanket the glass with gobs of Belgian lace.

Russian River calls Perdition a 'Biere de Sonoma' because it can't be shoehorned into any one style. Rather, it's a mutt of an ale that is some combination of a pale, a brown and a biere de garde. I think it's great when a brewery creates anything they damn well please and calls it anything they like. Biere de Sonoma it is.

The aroma is oddly underpowered. About all that can be appreciated is a faint toasted maltiness and a Belgian yeastiness. The beer also smells faintly funky; something that wasn't expected. Here's hoping it opens up as the ounces pass.

Perdition isn't one of those beers that bowls its drinker over with huge amounts of flavor. Having said that, each mouthful is better than the one that preceded it. This eclectic ale has a sneaky complexity and is incredibly delicious. Russian River comes through once again.

The most amazing thing is that the beer tastes exactly like an amalgam of the several styles listed above. If I had to pick one style that captured it best, it would be 'Belgian brown ale'. With all the beers that I've reviewed over the years, I've never tasted anything quite like it.

The flavor profile includes toasted brown bread crust, sugar-crusted pecans, a veritable cornucopia of ripe fruit (bruised pear, apple, golden raisin), buttery caramel, vanilla and assorted bitter herbs. It sounds like that combination would clash, but everything comes together beautifully. Russian River shouldn't change a single thing.

Hop bitterness is surprisingly aggressive as well. Not bad for greater than one year in the bottle. The mouthfeel is the biggest surprise. Not that Vinnie isn't an absolute master, but this one is pure poetry in the mouth. It's as silkily creamy and as expansive as the best that Belgium has to offer. Perfection without a doubt.

I love the irony in choosing a name that means eternal damnation for a beer that is probably on-tap in heaven at this very moment. If it isn't, it should be. Perdition is a masterpiece that deserves to be brewed on a regular basis. Outstanding.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle was trade for a good while back. Been sitting on this one in my kitchen for several months just waiting for the right moment to break it open. Got tired of looking at it last night and I decided the time was right. Served in a Chimay chalice at cellar temp. Consumed 09/01/2008.

Poured a very nice, delicate ruby brown color. Rich with a good bit of haze and floating sediments throughout. Very nice color here. There was ample carbonation evident from the very beginning, with streams of bubbles rippling up to the surface throughout the glass. A nice even level of foam, perhaps two inches in height. Nice settle down to a respectable layer across the top which lasted throughout the session and gave off copious side glass lace.

The aroma was very nice. Rich notes of fruit, pears, apples, some tart cherries, but lots of caramel malt smell too. Its was like a cross between a brown ale and a farmhouse ale, very interesting indeed. Nice touches of grain and bready tones as well. The flavor was very nice. Rich notes of caramel malts wrapping around and mingling with sour fruits and touches of grain. Some nice fresh grass like hops playing around in here as well as the little bits of fruit just danced around in the back. Interesting feel, well carbonated and a cross between medium and light bodied. I was seriously impressed by the drinkability as it did not come across with the deep funk, letting you noticeably take bigger sips of it even on a hot day.

Overall this was very interesting and a very solid offering. I thought it was a wonderful addition to their lineup and really just a solid beer all around. I will be looking for this one again for sure!

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Russian River

A: The pour is a heavily orange tinted amber color, perhaps we could call it copper, with a creamy off-white head.

S: The nose is full of yeasty esters. Lots of banana, apple, and pears. A slight spice component is there as well, which goes nicely with the sweet and bready malt.

T: Quite a sweet beer, but most Belgian styles are. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, bananas, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The bread flavor is a bit more in the background and allows the other flavors to shine.

M: The body is medium with a middle of the road carbonation.

D: I'm not always the biggest fan of Biere de Garde (some just seem to be very poorly done), but like most other Russian River beers, I liked this. Nice flavors and yeast notes, solid all around.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is one of the better beers we had at russian river that isnt already famous. its sort of like a saison in its yeast complexion, but has a lot of body and isnt quite as dry. there is a really neat fruit aspect to this, mango and green grape characteristics that dont come from hops. i suspect a high level of wheat in the grain bill, there is some weight on the palate, but it drinks pretty easy and finishes a little long with a nice grassy hop presence. i wish for more carbonation, it seemed a little flat from the tap. not flat, but not excited either. its a rustic beer with a lot of layers, more complex than perhaps some of the other non sours at russian river. i liked this one a lot, although it seems more suitable for spring than fall.

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark chestnut color, hazy but clear. A gentle pour left me with 3 fingers of off-white head that retains well.

Smell: Spicy and floral to the extreme, this one has a huge nose. A little bit of sweet dates and toasted malt are present as well.

Taste & mouthfeel: Less intense than the nose suggests (probably a good thing). Fruity, spicy and toasty with an earthy backbone. Medium-bodied. The finish is earthy and dry with mild bitterness. Easy to put down, but not one of RR's more outstanding beers.

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MasterSki
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of off-white foam with good retention that settles to a thick cap and leaves behind solid lacing. Medium-dark coppery color that is semi-transparent.

S - Spicy, earthy, bread, yeast, and grain. A little bit bland after Supplication but still pretty pleasant.

T - I like the taste a little bit more, but it's still quite high in the bready grain character. There's also some light toffee. Not getting much hop presence or mustiness, but it's still one of the better American takes on this style that doesn't involve barrel-aging or tons of wild yeast. Tastes exactly like the description on Russian River's website.

M - Smooth, bready, soft body, with soft carbonation, and a tiny bit of warmth in the finish. Pretty nice stuff.

D - This took me longer to work through than Supplication. It drank like a meal to some extent, and lacked sufficient depth to make me want more.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Perdition from Russian River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.