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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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Ratings: 634 |  Reviews: 184
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color (dark reddish brown when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of grainy and caramel malts.
T: The taste has flavors of earthy yeast from start to finish along with a moderately strong malt backbone of grain. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather malty for the style but has nice aromas and flavors of earthy yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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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.

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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

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Perdition from Russian River Brewing Company
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