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Perdition - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 268
Gots: 14 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mark on 05-09-2004)
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Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 02:52:21 | More by elricorico
Photo of JoeMayo


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

A- Pours an amber-brown with a really sticky tan head. The head dissipates to a thick ring around the glass, but leaves some hefty lacing down the glass.

S- Very sweet and malty on the nose. Hints of spice and spicy hops in the background.

T- Surprisingly sweet with malt for the style. The hop profile is very "Belgian". A mild bitterness with lots of spicy hops. Slightly bready and yeasty.

M- Dry, yet somehow sticky (?)

D- Overall its pretty smooth and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 03:20:28 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber body with a nice white head.

S: Barley malt in the nose with a bit of spice. Pretty dry aroma overall.

T: Pretty light and middle of the road. Not too much bitterness or malt sweetness. Some spiciness but pretty in check.

M: Medium bodied. Some thickiness midpalate.

D: Not bad but definitely not even close to the best of Russian River's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 01:03:34 | More by drseamus
Photo of lhaqq


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

A: Dark gold, hint of red. Medium-sized white head.
S: Barley and white wine, maybe some malty sweetness.
T: Rooibus, green tea, and a hoppy bitterness, with a somewhat sweet finish.
M: Smooth with a sweet kick in the finish.
D: Good, will probably get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 05:49:35 | More by lhaqq
Photo of SaucyA


4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 002. Review 150.

A - Into a St. Feuillien globe. Pours a dark apple cider brown with an off white, creamy head. Nice lacing.

S - Smells a bit of a Belgian Brown, lots of Belgian yeast, light fruits, light Belgian sweetness. Malt profile fades in and out. Spicy and floral, earthy notes on the back end. Touches of alcohol throughout, but not detracting.

T - Extremely light and wonderful. Sweet without being sugary, and malty without being roasted. Interesting hop notes help the finish tread the line of sweet and dry. White raisins.

M - Creamy carbonation, medium body. Small bubbles help this blur the Belgian sipper and the Belgian quaffer.

D - A very easy drinker.

Notes: For review 150, I reached in the fridge and this is what I found. I had high expectations and this one pulled through.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 00:32:58 | More by SaucyA
Photo of Overlord


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting, but not my cup of tea.

Pours a golden brown with an off-white head. Smells bready/yeasty with a bit of fruit plugged in. Definitely sweet smelling.

It's also a sweet-tasting brew. Some grass and yeast in the background, but mainly sweet malt, various fruits (plums?), and a bready charactertistic.

A bit thin. Not my fave from Russian River.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2008 10:27:11 | More by Overlord
Photo of rxdrewthejew


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this once way back at Father's Office...but got this bottle at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa back in June. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Interesting color on this one...not a typical Biere de Garde. A bit amber and a bit brown, I guess it would be best described as burgundy...clear with some floaties. Had is white and fluffy, I got 2-3 fingers initially, but it fades down to about one. Retention is pretty good.

S: Smell is cloves and a bit of malty sweetness, perhaps mildly estery-a bit of apple or plum scent.

T: A lot of interesting flavors going on here. There is a strong brown ale note, with the slightly toasted malt, but there's a bit of amber ale in there to with a bit of sugary malt. I don't note a lot of spice in the flavor. There is a bit of hops in the finish but it's pretty subdued.

MF: Medium bodied beer with fairly high and biting carbonation. Finish is actually pretty wet. A lot of warming, especially considering the fairly low ABV.

D: This is ok...although maybe a bit boring (especially for RR). In the end it just tasted like an amber ale with toasted malt. I don't really get any spices or Belgian character at all. Drinkability is high because it's pretty mellow and low in alcohol. Maybe it lost some flavor in the 4 months since I got it (did not mean to let it sit for this long). I remember it being pretty good when I got it at FO, but in the bottle I'm not really that impressed. I would certainly drink this beer if I were in the mood for something mellow...but considering how hard it is to find in SoCal, there are plenty of other options.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 04:23:38 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of popery


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

Another great beer from Russian River. I tried this beer after trying RR's Defenestration, which I loved, and was a bit disappointed because of the similarities (I mean that it is also a Belgian with a lot of American character). I preferred Defenestration but clearly I liked this beer, too. Perdition tends more to the Belgian side of things than Defenestration but is certainly its own unique style. It was listed as a "Biere de Sonoma," which I can only hope will one day make its way on to BA with worthy competition.

Perdition is a good looking dark golden Belgian with a foamy head. The beer smells earthy and a bit yeasty. It's a pleasant Belgian aroma. The taste is complex and unique in my experience. It's a bit like a sweet farmhouse ale. It's fruity with a lot of earthiness. There are hops but RR has toned down their normal flavors well to allow for a more complex, more Belgian character. It's a very drinkable beer with a smooth feel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 00:03:46 | More by popery
Photo of Offa


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Farily dark ruby red with brown hints, this has a medium off-white head that shrinks slowly to a lasting thin top. It has fairly good lace, but not as good as Redemption or some other Russian River beers.

The aroma is very nice and somewhat interesting, with fruit, grain, and a hint of stewed prunes.

The taste has lightly stewed fruit with light toasted grain, caramelized fruit, and hints of bread, wine and black pepper. The latter is especially noticeable in the dryish finish. Overall, it's slightly on the dry side, but not too much and it has mild sweetness and stops just short of being bitter. It's smooth but has more bite than Redemption.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 23:39:02 | More by Offa
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

Batch 3 received a while back from Asymon13... Andrew is a righteous trader and give him massive props for taking pity on an Idaho boy... thanks.

Poured into my New Belgium snifter.. 3 finger lite tan foamy head... very pretty.. took forever to die back.. left nice lace atop a crystal clear deep amber orange brew.

Aroma is toasty malts.. with waffs of caramel.. sorta musty and I guess you could call it funky.. a little biscuity.. and toasted bread.

Flavor begins with a nice unexpected bitter punch to the back of the palate... melts forward into the above mentioned toasty malts.. not as much caramel as I would have expected there either.. more of a nod toward caramel... a sorta nutty essence with a little bit of dried fruit.. some spiciness that is tough to put a finger on... reminds me of a saison with quite a bit of victory malt thrown in... finish though is fairly dry.. lingering hints of the previous sip hang out for quite a while.. body is lite/medium with smooth creamy carbonation.. drinkability is dangerous.

Andrew ... thanks again .... we must do another trade.. soon.


Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 06:04:12 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of TexIndy


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

Batch 003. Good story on back label like all RR's. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my NBB snifter. It was a deep reddish amber color with some bits of yeast floating around. Some carb but no lacing. I poured somewhat slowly to avoid disturbing the yeast so the tan head was small. Settled into partial film.

The aroma was spicy along with toasted malts and citrus. It was a little subdued. The taste was really good and reminiscent of a good saison but not as dry. You get a good taste of the spices and it ends with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Only had a couple BDG's and this is best one so far but I'd still prefer a good saison if I'm looking for something in this vein.

Overall, a solid beer, again, from RR. Glad I got to try it finally but if I had a range of RR's in front of me there are several that I'd reach for first. Would like to try on tap though.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 01:27:49 | More by TexIndy
Photo of ibbjamin


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $7.49 for a 750ml bottle from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a wine glass.

Very carbonated and fizzy. Pours with a gigantic frothy white head. Deep copper color with ruby when held into light. Good lacing.

Smells yeasty and bready. Sweet malts balanced with mild floral hops.

Completely different taste than the smell. Carmel, sweet malts. Almost reminds me a bit of a Brown Ale. After warming more, the hoppy character comes through much more.

Light to medium body. Easy to drink.

A good beer, but somewhat forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 01:51:01 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of mentor


3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light caramel tan head over a clear light-brown liquid. Smells brown sugar, light fruity (like tammarind), light chocolate, and biscuit malt.

Tastes phenolic. Smokey mild. Phenols on the top of the mouth are dry in a decent struggle with malt sweet. Light chocolate comes in late. Finish wins out dry, partly due to the fine carbonation cleaning the papillae on the tongue. Md-light and silky, yet leaves the mouth clean of liquid. Flavors hang around in the aftertaste. Decent, but too dry for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 04:57:54 | More by mentor
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown in color. There are some ruby highlights and a very good amount of head on the pour. Smell is some dark fruit, lots of belgian yeast and then some citrusy hop finish on the end. You get even more of the light citrusy fruit flavor in the taste. I wasn't expecting that at all from the color of the beer. Decent beer, but many more I would take over this.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:29:19 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of Crosling


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

Deep amber colored beer with an authentic Belgian foam. Large, fluffy head lasts really well. Dry & Fruity nose, peppery, yeasty, dank and authentic aroma. Spicy hop flavors, with pepper and spice. Herb-like hops, with tea-like flavors. Really nice authentic beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 14:23:45 | More by Crosling
Photo of stumac


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

this magnificent brew will be my first Biere de Garde style and hopefully not my last!

it pours up a darker amber color. the nose is a nice blend of yeasty, herbal, and floral aromas. the taste is malty, dry, chocolatey even. This beer just makes sense. May I have another?

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 06:17:42 | More by stumac
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 23:08:47 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of RodBurg


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa. I was pretty psyched to try this, especially right at the brewery. In the glass it's a dark ruby color with a nice off white head leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

Beautiful sweet smell of malt, dark fruits like plum and figs, and a little molasses.

On the palate its sweet plums and malt. A little oakey and some hops as well. Very nice. Good amount of carbonation and a slightly chewy feel to it.

This was phenomenal. Very complex and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2008 18:20:46 | More by RodBurg
Photo of BeerTruth


4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to todd1 for this bottle.

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 003.

Pours a stunning deep ruby with a rocky two finger off-white head that falls to a soft layer of bubbles. Sporadic lacing sticks to the sides of the glass with no intentions of letting go. Smell is much more than I was hoping for. Apples, grapes, and pears tickle the nose with an earthy undertone. Some caramel, freshly brewed lemon tea, and sweet honey. Very pleasant aroma, an absolute joy to sniff. Taste begins with more of the previous mentioned earthiness followed by sweet toffee and white grapes. Midway, more sweetness emerges with green apples and apricot followed by caramel and butterscotch. Aftertaste is slightly floral and fairly dry with a hint of cinnamon. The best part of the flavor (to me anyway) is the lack of Belgian yeast on the tongue. Medium body with a chewy and prickly feel from the high carbonation. Could be smoother, but still flows well between the cheeks. Scary thing, this is a borderline session beer to me. If I could get my hands on this on a regular basis it would be a constant in my fridge, perfect year round beer. Why this beer doesn't get more recognition is beyond me. I understand Russian River makes some of the best beers in the country, but this may be one of my favorites by Vinnie (next to Supplication). A permanent 'want' list brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 23:50:44 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of Onslow


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

1st.... quite excited to try this with a big turnout ... is quite dry yet a bit spunky ... is a delicious brew indeed ... pours a golden somewhat brown colour, with a good head/foam .... has some fun yeast floaties, ..an enjoyable brew that shows great promise on future RR brews...

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 15:43:22 | More by Onslow
Photo of msubulldog25


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged/corked 750 ml bottle to a 250 ml La Chouffe tulip. Thanks to jgaston for sending this 'Biere de Sonoma' in Spring 2008.

Batch 003 - ABV 6.60%

A: Lovely color: a reddish caramel, or rather a nutmeg orange. Pours mostly clear with a healthy, consistent carbonation and a faint haze from tiny suspended sediment. Creamy ivory head, rises about a finger-high before settling to a broad ring and gauzy film. Amorphous patches of lace.

S: A musty earthiness, smelling a little of moss and decaying autumn leaves. Hints of brown sugar and an underlying herbal hoppiness.

T: Label describes a beer with 'humble beginnings' as both a Pale Ale and, later, something akin to a Brown Ale. Interesting... This really does capture both: a bread-dough dry maltiness with a soft grassy/floral hopping (Pale Ale) and a deeper husky toasting that tastes of roasted nuts and cocoa powder (Brown). It's all very earthy and has a vaguely spicy finish. Light honey sweetness on a wheaty bread crust, one that builds with warmth and familiarity.

M: Kinda crisp/kinda not, a fluffy carbonation that keeps this fairly light. There is a coating grainy/yeasty quality.

D: Has some tasty qualities: toasted grainy, sweet nuttiness, enough hoppy floralness. I think this one is still fresh enough, but I'd love to have one at its newest. Thanks to Andy for this good Russian River treat!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 02:15:52 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of jakon


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased for $7.99 on 3-16-8 at City Beer.

This beer pours a copperish garnet color with an average sized light tan colored head. Much darker than expected.

The aroma brings snickerdoodle cookies, caramel, vanilla, honey, and spicy hops.

The taste is surprisingly dry, considering what my nose was telling me. There's a pronounced hop/toasted malt bitterness. A coffee-like bitterness is in there.

Overall, this was an enjoyable beer that I wish I had more of.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 05:42:41 | More by jakon
Photo of bennetj17


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear copper colour. Active bubbling arises from the center of the glass. Medium tan foam atop settles to a decent film. Faint toasty aroma, with hint of earthy corn husk. Slight note of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a touch of candied sweetness but is more or less dominated by an earthy dryness which is nice. Finishes with a toasted bitter grain character that lingers awhile at the back of the tongue. Very pleasing. The mouthfeel is almost perfect, medium thick, not syrupy or heavy, doesn't cling to the palate. The carbonation is potent without becoming too foamy.

This beer reminds me of a breezy fall day back in the midwest, where the leaves have all but changed colours. The more of this bottle I sip on, the more I find myself enjoying it. This is exactly what I hope for from a Belgian (style) beer. Decent complexity, not too intense, easy to drink. I just wish I had more...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 02:32:00 | More by bennetj17
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Sampled at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks Jan!

Pours a lightly hazed orange/light brown, some chunkies in there, thin off white head forms, drops some lace spots on the way down, thing collar around the glass. Smell is very fresh and lemony, citrus fruits, tangerine, wheat/bread, bit of spice with some tartness. Taste is honey, some grass, oranges, light tartness, fruit, some toast and wood, spices and sour fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low silky carbonation, I found this one easy drinking in the hot weather. Thanks Jan!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 02:05:54 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 22:41:27 | More by Sammy
Perdition from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.