Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Perdition | Russian River Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
184 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mark on 05-09-2004

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 184 | Ratings: 611
Photo of Mark
2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well I guess I just don't have the make up to like Belgian style beer. I really am trying, I want to join the club, get with the program. Russian River is Belgian heaven, out of Belgium. So you Belgian lovers, the worse I make it sound, the more you will love em. This beer poured an attractive copper, tan head lasted and left nice lacing. Nose was the typical of the style, yeasty and fruity. A hodgepodge of flavors assaulted you on this one. Spice, cinnamon, pear, and a hint of banana. It also had a lightly toasted hint to it. Probably a great beer to somebody other than me.

 581 characters

Photo of AgentMunky
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in sample glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 14 April 2012.

A: Hazy gold with some bubbles. Great lacing.

S: Cloves and not a lot else. Several of these Russian River beers remind me of hefeweizens.

T: I'm not crazy about this "Bière de Sonoma." It's sort of sour-fruity-amber-malty. Beery and vaguely unpleasant on the aftertaste.

M: Lightly carbonated, sorta plain, very meh.

O: I don't like it, but it's not BAD. Not recommended, wouldn't have again.

 474 characters

Photo of hellbilly
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

batch 003 graciously shared at mi casa by sparky27...

pours a rich coppery brown with a medium sized off white head. this is actually a beautiful looking beer...

intoxicatingly sweet, rich and robust smell... lots of bready yeast, brown sugar, grapes/raisins, overripe d'anjou pears, flowers and some earthy spices.

ouch!... this actually hurts me it's so sweet! the aroma carries over to the flavor with the addition of a punch in the teeth dose of sugar. it does have a spicy yeasty finish but, at that point it's too late. the medium body is syrupy and thick with sugar.

it's just not doing it for me.

 623 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark orange and light brown appearance, I guess that is called amber, but this was darker, like say, maybe auburn. 1/4" off white head. Aroma was specialty, thick, dark bread. Reminded me of those bad fruitcakes that your family would bring to the holidays and shit.

Carbonation was lower than I hoped, so much spice rack overload. Maybe it was the yeast contribution just being so damn loaded, overly complex. Biere de garde is just not my thing, make sure you put that into your understanding here. I can only rate to style so hard when I hate the beer itself. I don't hate this, but you get my gist.

 611 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

 742 characters

Photo of Arbitrator
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Rose & Crown in Palo Alto.

A: Poured into a snifter. Has a dark amber body with an inch of head that recedes quickly into a light film. Not much lacing.

S: It took a while to warm up to the point where anything was distinguishable. Had a little hoppiness, sour green apple, and a little earthy yeast.

T: Bready malt up front, giving way to an apple and earthy mid-taste. The finish is a light grassy hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied. Leans toward a dry finish.

D: Meh. This didn't stand out. It still may have been too cold, but I thought waiting 30 minutes was reasonable. Anyway, it didn't strike me as a very complicated or appealing flavor profile.

 676 characters

Photo of Spider889
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a growler being shared at a Jackie O's release.

Light copper in color. Large bubbles of foam linger.

Grassy aroma with lots of farmhouse funk going on.

The flavor was also quite grassy with a bit of dried hay and stone fruit. Bitter/hoppy finish.

Not bad at all - but what from RR isn't?

 297 characters

Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 001, served at just over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip. This is the July, 2006 selection from the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Tour... the Russian River brews are not available here in NJ (yet).

Appearance- Pours a toasted amber - just a bit hazy- supporting a resilient, three finger crown. The light tan head slowly recedes, leaving behind gobs of lacing.

Smell- Donuts and flower petals. Seriously, that is the first description that comes to mind! Subtle spices, a hint of pear, some mild phenolic notes too. Toasted malts linger within the glass, adding a nice depth to the beer's aroma.

Taste- Biere de Garde-type earthy Belgian hop profile... dry, mildly fruity, a little spicy, with a notably toasty finish. Interesting in that it doesn't seem to fit into a single style. A tangy bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Lightweight and foamy, a little too quick to settle and disperse in the mouth. Fortunately later in the tasting, the body improves and with the yeast addition it gets even better. Easy drinking, just not overly interesting.

 1,121 characters

Photo of drseamus
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

 363 characters

Photo of bulletrain76
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught at the brewpub. Amber with a fine white head. Malty caramel, and strong bubble-gum aroma. The flavor is spicy and hoppy with caramel sweetness, bubble-gum, earthy spice, and a bitter finish. Medium-light bodied and smoothly carbonated. The spice and bubble-gum are just a bit too much.

 293 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a goblet at Russian River in Santa Rosa. I was the designated driver, but I did get to sample this. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a dark auburn.

Sm: Amber hops is all me broken nose picks up. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant malts, very light hops, and some fruit esters. Light caramelized malt. Very refreshing, but a bit simple. Pleasant and tasty. Very well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also crisp and refreshing. Very complementary of the flavours and style.

Dr: Quite drinkable, with no alcohol coming through. A quality brew held back by the simplicity of its flavour profile.

 706 characters

Photo of mentor
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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.

 507 characters

Photo of JDV
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour with beige head. Smell is very light. Very light funk, maltiness, and some belgian yeast. Taste is very mild as well with similar lightly fruity maltiness and and some drying dusty and chalky funk in the finish, but lightly so. Not bad, and pretty drinkable.

 270 characters

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler very generously sent out by Scott! Thanks man! From notes on 5.24.

This growler held up great in transit, huge head poured in my weissbier glass, great lace and a decent clarity. Rubyish pour with some brownish hues. Superb appearance.

Malty, caramelish aromas, berryish fruity presence but also with some red apple and cherry. A tiny hint of a muted yeast character. The taste is much of the same, sweeter than I had expected, myriad of fruits, cherry and even some orange at times. A slight tangy herbal-ness in the finish.

It drank a little heavy for 6.1% at times, though the carbonation was active and well in tact after being shipped cross country. Medium bodied. I split this growler with four others and it was somewhat of a slow mover for a beer of this strength - the sweetness and malt profile kind of increased the 'heaviness' of this on the palate.

Overall, not really what I had expected. A little bit more yeast character or spiciness mightve been nice and alleviated some of the sweetness. I'm glad to have tried it, and though this was clearly well made, there is nothing too distinctive or assertive about it and might be one of my least favorite RR beers to date.

 1,199 characters

Photo of callmescraps
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like I can turn down a RR tap I haven't had yet?

Appearance - Light amber almost ruby. Minimal lacing. Seemed pretty clear on the tap.

Smell - Can't get much nose on this one. There's some almost nut, and a little honey, possibly. Some roasted malt? Fairly earthy.

Taste - Kind of sweet with some roastedness coming in. There is some honey, and also some warm booze. It does have something of a burnt after-taste that is off-putting.

Mouthfeel - Good body. Nice and solid. Good carb.

Drinkability - Goes down pretty easy. Fairly dry.

Those RR guys make very good beers, and really craft them. This was certainly not one of my favorites, but it's still very well-made.

 677 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

 482 characters

Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Gold color with a healthy white head.

S: A little musty with light stonefruit aromas and some faint hops.

T: This wasn't a bad drink at all. Faint lemon seed and biscuity malt flavors with a faint but lingering earthy hop bitterness in the background. Very mild but pretty tasty.

 307 characters

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap for O'Brien's TION weekend.

A: Transparent gold with a big white cap.

S: Light caramel notes with a dash of toastiness. There's a light mustiness and some earth. Apple blends with pear.

T: Again, light caramel with a little biscuit and toasty character. Pronounced fruity esters, reminiscent of apple and pear, with herbal notes.

M: Lower medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable and pretty enjoyable. If I'm eternally damned I hope it's for drinking something a little more interesting than this.

 542 characters

Photo of Callenak
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass from a fresh growler.

This is the second time I had this beer. First time it was after consuming a lot of other beers so I wanted to try on a fresh palate before I tried it again.

Pours a dark, cherry/amber color. Earthy smells but nothing that really stands out.

Hint of cinnamon in the taste. Very smooth with a little spiciness to it, but all and all, a very plain beer for Russian River.

I'm a huge fan or Russian River, probably my favorite brewery. Maybe my expectations are to high, I'm not sure. This beer just seemed plain to me. It's well balanced and drinkable, but just doesn't stand out. Very forgettable.

 654 characters

Photo of funkyaudio
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The pour was deep amber to copper in color, amber-ish to off-white colored head, big head, lots of carbonation. The aroma was grassy cherries w/ some caramel malts and yeasty character, spicing (coriander) showing up as well. The flavor followed the aroma, a touch of bret and white grapey notes too. Quite flavorful, a darker take on the Belgian ale category, interesting

 372 characters

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this with a ton of Russian River stuff in my trade with JHenry04. Thanks Jason, I've loved all of the stuff you sent me.

Batch 003, caged and corked. Careful, this one was a gusher when I opened it up and there was definitely no shaking or jostling of any kind involved.

A reddish brown body with a good sized tan head. Some sediment floats around the bottom. Pretty good retention, a thin ring stays on top of the brew for the entire time. No lacing left behind.

A slightly strange aroma, very spicy. Smells a little like nutmeg. Some fruitiness and sweetness linger in the background also.

The spiciness is right up front and pretty prominant. Next is a sweetness that reminds me of a mix of citrus fruits and grapes or raisins. The finish is the toasted mat notes. It tastes like browned biscuits. The toasted characteristics are really noticeable in the after-taste also.

Mouthfeel is very thin and light. Pretty highly carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish.

This beer is certainly really drinkable. It's extremely mild and fairly well balanced. Not as good as most of the other Russian River stuff I have tried though.

 1,144 characters

Photo of jhu1995
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from batch 003.

Pours a light orange-brown color with a rocky head and nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of toasted malts, pepper-like spiciness, and mild bready yeast. Taste follows suit. Medium-bodied and balanced flavors and fairly easy to drink. A decent beer.

 278 characters

Photo of Oxymoron
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Would you say Hwy 101 is the “Road to Perdition??” Poured a cloudy-esk amber to liquid orange color. The head was rather limited but a foam ring held for the entire tasting.

The smell is not quite to style but not bad either. A spicy smell with some bready and cinnamon nose. Some malt and light Belgium yeast aromas on the back end. Some hinting of fruit flavors like banana and figs.

The taste has more of a malt flavor with some lighter biscuit notes. I wouldn’t call it quite bread as there is a dryness as well that leaves a wispy taste. The spice flavors comes out more with cinnamon and cloves. The yeast also comes out with more phenolic and ester blends that are somewhat of a deterrent. At the back end is a simple hop flavor that brings a earthy finish to the beer.

The body is more of a light feeling then mid. For style I would have liked more fruitiness and less yeasty aftertaste, but still and enjoyable taste.

 938 characters

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

 1,591 characters

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber (12) draft pour with thick off white head; cap vanished quickly leaving good plus lace; excellent clarity. Sour fruit nose. Sour fruit with just a little bit of funk. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Overall very good.

 239 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Perdition from Russian River Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 611 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!