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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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler gotten at Russian River.

A - Medium bright copper, carmel. Somewhat murky. Nice near white head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Sweet malt, light Belgian yeast notes.

T - Candy, caramel, nice Belgian yeast and bittering.

M - Somewhat creamy, well carbed, balanced well.

D - Easy to drink and very tasty.

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Photo of patm1986
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Biere de Sonoma at RR Brewpub
from notes 10 October 2011

hazy, light brown with a small but full off-white head: pleasant earth tones.

very mild aromas of belgian sugars, some pine syrup, and a little grass and fruit like a mild pear.
nonabrasive aromas. not very much else.

so subtle! some pine, some florals, belgian yeast, a bit bread-y, a really smooth maltiness that reminds me of a very mellow english ale or a super-mild brown ale.
lightly, very lightly bitter with a semi dry finish. superbly restrained.

it's a pleasant drinker: not too bitter or biting, not too sweet, and not too dry. it's very refreshing.

lovely beer. the aromas and flavors are very subtle yet it remains refreshing and interesting to the last sip.
it is nearly the perfect all-around brew for any food; i could see pairing this with nearly any cuisine successfully.
they put this beer in the dough used for their pizzas. brilliant. incredible restraint behind this one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Russian River brewery. Reviewed from notes during trip to SF.

A- Dark orange-copper-red with a small white head. Nice silky ring and cloud atop the beer. Fine coats of lace on the glass.

S- Not the strongest of aromas, hard to pick up. I get some pine/citrus hops and Belgian yeast spice.

T- Has a dark fruit, almost grape pit type flavor with raisin, orange zest, banana, esters and Belgian yeast spice (coriander, cardamom). Pine and floral hops as well.

MF- Silky carbonation in creamy light body. Finishes just a little bitter.

Interesting Belgian yeast profile, it is sufficient and does not take over the beer. Good balance of flavors.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish orange color, a deep amber color with a thich white foam head that at some mdoerate retention. There was some spotty lacing down the sides.

S: A decent amount of wet hay/straw along with some light fruits like peachs and nectarines. There is also some forest floor scents as well.

T: Starts off with some sour peach/nectarine flavors up front. In the middle there is some light amounts of wet straw. On the back end the flower flavors come through.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Leaves a tart taste on the palate.

O: An interesting beer for sure, not a style I actively seek but was happy to try. Would recommend this and try it again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Chincino
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap as part of a sampler at the Russian River Brewery this past summer.

The beer poured a dark golden color. The aroma was of earthiness-floral essences and some fruitiness as well.

Taste was sweet, fruity, and earthy. Medium-body.


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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a goblet. Beer was a clear, light yellow bordering on golden when given a little light to shine through it. A thin head on the pour as it was filled to the brim, but I was able to swirl up half a finger of pure white head consisting of a variety of bubble sizes. Some light lacing is left on the glass as you drink from it. Highly carbonated beer, with plenty of bubbles floating quickly up from the bottom of the glass.

Fairly standard nose for a farmhouse ale, somewhat soapy, grassy, and floral hops, peppery, with a light biscuit malt sweetness.

Taste follows the nose, some light bitter grassy and floral hops hits first, then soapy, spices, and a good malt presence. More fruity esters also when it warms in your mouth, contributing a bit of over ripe fruit funk.

Light body and very carbonated, sweeping the tongue clean with lightly prickly bubbles. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden/copper color

Aroma: Belgian yeast notes with malty sweetness, earthiness

Taste: malty sweetness with the yeast coming strong, slight hint of barnyard funk

Mouthfeel: medium body nice carbonation

Overall nice beer from the good folks at Russian River, not familiar with this style so I cannot appropriately rank this one.

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Photo of Hex92
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malty with just the right amount of hops. Nice clean finish, great mouth feel. Just right, not too much of the malt or hops. Wish I had more.

Not much head, slight caramel smell and taste. Nice dark orange color. Need to try more from this brewery...

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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

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on the eve of the August 27th JO's bottle release. Big thanks to Bill for bringing this. ~4 oz from a tasting snifter.

4.0 A: Orange amber color. One finger of white, frothy head. Decent retention and som lacing.

5.0 S: This is outstanding. Super herbalness with some flowers. Wild orchard funk and some hay and barn. Light peach fruitiness.

4.5 T: Great, though somewhat strange, mix of sourish tanginess and flowery herbalness. Light neutral sweetness with hints of light fruits.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good creaminess given the body. Moderate carbonation, very nice for a growler.

4.0 D: Very tasty beer. Among the best I've had from RR. Solid all around. I wish they'd bottle this again.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours hazy orange with creamy white head with lots of clinging lacing.

S. Light fruitiness with some peach and floral character - maybe a touch of iris with some sweet belgian sugar.

T. A touch of tartness with some earthiness. A bit of that belgian sweetness comes through, but the flavor is a bit thin.

M. Medium body with full carbonation.

D. Good, but not incredible.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden yellow. Some clean white head. Smells malty and clean. A bit of dirty grassiness. Tastes sweet and fruity very crisp and clean. The beer leaves a clean tartness on the tongue. I like this quite a bit. Wonderful mouthfeel. Overall a great beer

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Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to bill for this one!

A-ruby red with a white head that stays around for a while

S-cherries and a lot of tartness

T-alot like it smells. Finishes smooth with a little bit of s tart aftertaste

M-medium body and smooth

O-good beer. Would like to see what some age does with it

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Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a stunning, long lasted white head. Nice.

Mild citrus aroma with plenty of dried fruit. Very sweet.

Big, overripe stone fruit flavour with mild astringent bitterness. Some sweet dried apricot notes come out as well. Good.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat astringent.

A full flavoured and very interesting pale Biere de Garde. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber/clear body, finger white head, good lacing

S: toasted bread, malt, figs/dates

T: sweet figs/dates, big bready malt, slight dry finish

M: med body, semi-dry mouth

O: Still don't know if I like this style or not,
but this was very enjoyable beer and worth
suggesting to a Fat Tire-loving friend.
Goes down with ease.


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Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Russian River, in Santa Rosa.

This mahogany beer offers clarity to the light and has a skim white head that can interfere with sipping. All its chestnut highlights make it look a little too cheery for something supposedly representing a state of eternal punishment and damnation (especially when being drank at the brewpub during happy hour, which is essentially to say in heaven).

Looking beyond the obvious mustiness, the beer smells cola-sweet with a lot of roasted nuttiness and some seriously over-ripened fruit, including hints of apple and plum. A lot of rich malty character perspires especially with warmth, as do the spices and esters of the yeast, but alcohol is notably absent at all times. This should be delicious.

Perdition has the rich, flavourful, 'not so much sweet but nutty' toast of a Vienna lager but with all the characteristic esters of a Belgian yeast strain. Those crystal malts carry a hint of oak and cherry as well as a plum fruitiness and roasted nuttiness. It tastes reminiscent of toasted hazelnuts, with bits of chocolate but dominated mostly by an attic mustiness.

You might ask yourself what makes this a "Biere de Sonoma"? Quite simple - it's brewed there. But it could just as well be the abundance of dank, earthy hop character that is more pronounced than in most European offerings. That said, the bitterness is not itself all that distracting, certainly not with so much basement mustiness and rich, nutty malts.

Vinnie Cilurzo - one of very few brewers whose name not only warrants being dropped in these reviews but is also one of the few that can be readily recognized by the average craft beer drinker - brews Belgian ales like he was born a Belgian himself (or, in this case, French). Perdition is not a bad beer to be stuck with forever - hell, I wish I had it on hand at all times.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Fathers Office in Santa Monica, CA on 7/10/11

A - Poured a medium amber colour with two fingers of off white head.

S - Bready malts, slight hop presence, some floral notes, belgian yeast and spice.

T - Floral hops with a decent but not dominant bitterness. Cloves, bready malts, some grassy/herbal notes and a slight spice taste.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a hazy copper-red color with a finger of off-white head. The head faded slowly leaving behind a nice amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet toasted caramel malts and fresh light fruits (grape and apricot). There is also just a bit of brown sugar and earthy hops in there.

T - Starts off with some rich slightly toasted caramel malts and light fruit flavors (again grape and apricot mostly). Through the middle, some yeast and bread flavors come through. The finish is a mix of yeast and sweet malts with a bit of the fresh fruit flavor lingering.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and a bit dry. The finish is a really nice mix of sweet and dry as well.

D - Very drinkable. The sweetness provided from the fruit flavors blend really nicely with the rest of the flavors. There is also a really nice dryness throughout the beer.

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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.

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Photo of Verecund
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub June 9, 2011. Moving on up in the -tion quest.

Pours dark copper with a one-finger egg-white head.

Fairly soft nose: green apple skin, pear, some yeasty esters (esp. banana). Bready malts and just a touch of grassy, spicy hops.

Opens sweetly, with banana bread, raisins, and caramel. The mid-to-late palate integrates some spicy and earthy hop character, fairly typical for the style, though a bit on the overt end of the spectrum.

Hugely quaffable and a nice beer to pair with food. Light on the palate, nice and fruity, with just enough yeast notes to provide some contrast. A nice offering.

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Photo of bs870621345
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Stone Bistro

Pours a beautiful amber color with a little bit of white head. Leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells like plum, caramel, herbs, spice, and wood like tannins. Not sure if its barrel aged, but it has a tannin flavor that I love.

Taste follows smell. Plum, caramel, black pepper, herbs and a light sweetness.

A moderate mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation. Would pair nicely with a steak.

Overall, it stood well on its own, but would be fantastic with a meal.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to schmittymack for pulling this one out of the cellar Friday night. Poured a nice light brown color with a small ecru head. Aromas of yeast, spices, apple skins and caramel malt. Medium bodied, drinkable, slightly musty, with flavors of Belgian yeast, spices and sweet fruit.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tustin Brewing Company in a 12 ounce chalice. On to the beer:

Pretty....this is an orange amber colored beer with good cream and lacing in the foam. Its aroma doesn't live up to the look. In fact, there's almost nothing to smell at first. Warming it up allows for some earth and dark fruit aromas to crawl out. The taste, like the aroma, is difficult to get at first. Taste is very dry throughout with very subtle fruit. This gets stronger as it warms. Some earth and red grape round it out, giving it a whisper of red wine character, especially in the aftertaste. Medium bodied wth gentle carbonation, this beer is very easy to drink.

While Perdition isn't a headline grabber like other beers in the -tion series, it is a relaxed beer good for any occasion.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at TBC,

A: Pours a deep amber with a medium white head. Good retention leaving lots of lace.

S: Toasted grain, biscuity malt, dark fruit.

T: Dominated by dark fruit (prune and raisin) and crystal malt character. Some pleasing upfront hoppiness is nice along with a very mild acidity.

M: Medium-bodied, brisk carbonation, light acidity, crisp, biting.

D: Solid biere de garde, not knowing the style, I thought it was some hybrid of a Belgian dark ale, but I get it now knowing the style. Well done.

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Perdition from Russian River Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 620 ratings.
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