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Perdition - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 269
Gots: 13 | 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 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
Photo of Viggo

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
Photo of Sammy

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
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Hazy amber-brown, light tan head, good retention, great lace.

S: Spicy, nutty & biscuity with a variety of fruity aromas and a slight barnyard funk.

T: Slight spicy & leathery funk, nut bread, subtle flavours of dark & tropical fruits. A plethora of subtle complexities makes the flavour really interesting.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated with a dry finish.

D: Very drinkable for its weight.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:17:04 | More by Derek
Photo of largadeer


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 20:19:03 | More by largadeer
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 22:23:25 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a deep, copper color with a ton of ruby highlights, nice thick off-white head, some sediment floating throughout the beer. great head retention and phenomenal lacing.

S: tons of fruits, from berries to plums. I am picking up some spices, some clove and white pepper. Some bread-like aromas.

T: Some nice roasted malts up front with some dark fruits accompanying them, as it warms i pick up the pepper and spice. Serious plum flavors. Finish is what I expected with a biere de garde, a little light but very nice.

M: Very carbonated but not in a bad way. medium bodied. rather crisp.

D: very drinkable like pretty much everything Russian River brews. I was very luck to get some of this and hope to get some more in the near future. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 21:56:56 | More by paulthebeerguru
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New York

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

Thanks to Fishdawg71 for this bottle. Batch 003.

a - pours a deep copper color with ruby highlights, huge ivory head with great retention and lacing, some larger sediment near the bottom of the bottle but fine suspended sediment throughout

s - really peppery and yeasty on the nose, some coriander, some banana, but the black pepper dominates, notes of pear and assorted spice as well

t - roasted malt and sweet dark fruit up front, midpalate is big on the black pepper and spice, some nice plum flavors, finish has a distinct yeastiness with light citrus, but the finish is a little hollow and falls off too fast, not much alcohol noticeable

m - medium-bodied, good deal of carbonation, very active in the mouth, well-balanced finish

d - pretty drinkable, relatively easy on the palate and complex enough to keep me interested, alcohol isn't too overwhelming either

Decent Biere de Garde overall. Certainly not my favorite RR offering, but a solid effort. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 01:25:50 | More by WeisGuy
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml batch 002 courtesy of KingG, thanks! My bottle was listed as 6.6% ABV on the label This is already a year or so old (according to the RR bottle log) so this should give me a good idea of whether or not to age my other bottle (batch 003). nice, ruby-red and brown mixture with a nice ring of bubbles and a thin white film. It looks good. the first whiff is a metallic, earthy smell that I also picked up from Redemption. Just like Redemption the mineral aroma fades as it warms and leaves behind a very fruity juiciness. It almost like cutting open a lemon or watermelon but not exactly. The funny thing is that while it is not a strong aroma it begs you to take one whiff after another, very cool. The flavor is bready, malty, spicy, some hops I think and maybe citrus. The thing I like about this beer is that the aroma and flavor are very good yet very subtle. It really begs you to think about what you are drinking. There is also an odd flavor that makes me think of authentic Belgians as opposed to craft Belgian-style beers. Maybe it is RR's yeast because Redemption gave me the same feeling. In any case, definitely let this warm up and you will be rewarded.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 02:20:50 | More by ArrogantB
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Ontario (Canada)

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

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan. i also got a bottle in a recent trade with fartingdog, so thanks to dave too.

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch 002.

pours deep reddish-copper colour with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. slightly toasty. burnt caramel. light alcohol. multi-grain bread. orange peel. hint of spice. fresh. hints of floral, almost perfumey, character.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. toasted multi-grain bread. light alcohol. bit of orange peel. hint of bittersweet chocolate.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. light body with a very dry finish.

drinkability is great. doesn't have the funk or depth of some russian river brews, but it's a solid and very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 19:25:16 | More by grub
Perdition from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.