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Perdition | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mark on 05-09-2004

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4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.86/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

**I have given this some leeway in the appearance category as it was transported by plane from SF to LA and lost most of its carbonation in transport. Still looks excellent besides the lack of life in the carbonation.**

Poured into a small tulip it is a ruby color with deeper copper towards the core. The aroma that is hitting my nose has me jacked up for this offering before I've even given it a whirl.

First drink was nothing short of superb and had me wondering if there was a beer that these guys make that I won't like?? A sturdy toasty malt backbone lives long after the side elements mix in. Fruity character is on the subdued side of the house but it makes an appearance. The best way to describe this in one word would be "Depth". It pulls you in alot of different directions but never gets jumbled and always has a theme. It gets sharp and tart towards the finish only to let go for the hops to dry it up a bit and complete this gem.

Notes: Probably the best Biere de Garde I've yet to get my hands on. My wife brought this back from the brewery and it lost its seal. Straight to the freezer and a half hour later this was near perfection and a great start to a Friday night. Thanks Vinnie.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I was fortunate enough to try recently at the source in Santa Rosa. It was called a Biere de Gard on their board, a Belgian Pale on this site. To me, it seemed a Saison. Who cares??? It’s a damn fine beer. It poured a deep cloudy amber, not much head, champagne carbonation. Fruity nose, pears, green apple. A bit of spice. Deep rich flavor, more pears, spice toffee sweetness. Thick mouth feel. Very drinkable.

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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.

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4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the brewpub 2 days before sampling. Usually I fill all my growlers with Pliny the Elder, but this has become one of my favorite RR brews and needed to bring some home to enjoy.

Heavenly appearance. Brilliant copper color topped with massive cream-like head that leaves a sea-foam-like lacing.

Freshly baked baguette, damp earth, pear, floral rose aromas, banana, soap, and cloves in the nose. Nice.

Delicate malt flavors to begin with; think biscuit, toast, and some light caramel. This leads into a subtle vinous character and some other estery flavors that include pear and black cherry. The beer finishes with clean spicy/floral and light pine hop flavors (Crystal hops?). Medium bitterness and dry finish.

Soft and smooth mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation that leaves the clean and refreshed. Balanced and delicious make this highly drinkable. Well worth sacrificing one growler fill of Pliny.

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4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a 12 ounce goblet at the Father's Office in Santa Monica this afternoon right when they opened

Color was an amber-like brown with a very soapy head, about 1/2 inch, left lacing most of the way through

Smell was very bready and full of different grains with a small hint of roasted malt, but not sweet in any sense, some hints of honey

Taste was almost perfect, just wished it did not fade so quickly, dry but smooth at the same time, taste has various nutty features with a perfect amount of mellow sweetness, cracked wheat hits the lips and the finish is filled with a grainy taste overpowered by a large amount o0f barely, tangy throughout the entire experience, one of the best tasting beers I have ever had, definitely one of RR's best

Feel honored to find this on tap somewhere because it is almost impossible to even find in bottles

Could drink this all day if it was not a ridiculous eight dollars per small pour

Russian River makes another fantastic brew and hopefully this is more widely distributed once the brewery expands

Highly recommended , A+ beer

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