Perdition | Russian River Brewing Company

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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 BeerAmbassador
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at Russian River Brewery back in February. This review is taken from my notes.

Beer was a clear copper or reddish orange color. Bar was pretty crowded and instead of pouring straight into the glass he angled it so there was no head. I am guessing he was in a hurry and didn't want to wait for the beer to settle.

Aroma is caramel, dried fruit and toasted grain. I really like the way this beer smells. Taste is similar and it has a nice creamy carbonation.

The thing that strikes me is that this beer has a really long finish. This is not the same as a really bitter beer where the bitterness sticks on your pallet. This beer has length and complexity in the same way a well made wine does. A really nice beer to sip and take your time with. The kicker is that this beer was $3.25 during happy hour. Can't beat that.

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

Had this on tap at the Russian River brewpub in Santa Rosa. Pours a copper brown colour with thick white head and huge amounts of lacing on the glass. Smells quite spicy (almost like a saison) with lots of Belgian yeast. This is quite balanced with bitternes and the tart yeastiness. Big carbonation level. This was my first Bière de Garde, so 11 styles left to go for me now.

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Photo of johndoe8
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap @ Father's Office - Culver City. Sorry guys, I kicked the keg with the last 2 pours of it :)

This is a pretty good beer, but honestly, not even my favorite in the style. That award goes to Lightning Electrostatic, or Fuego del Otono.

Nice thick head. Beautiful nose. I won't lie and say that my palate is excruciatingly tuned enough to distinctly tell the difference between Biere de Gardes and Saisons, other than memorizing that they're from different sides of the french/belgium border, but it tasted pretty average for a saison/biere de garde.

The mouthfeel and drinkability were great, as are most things RR puts out... it was just lacked something distinct separating it from other saisons that I could say that would truly make this beer exceedingly above avg for the style. I didn't get any particular fruity notes at all, which I saw someone mention in a review, only the typical floral spicy nose of a typical saison from say dupont. Like say, Fuego del Otono had this wonderful chestnut flavor to it that really made it stick out from the others of the style.. was just wishing this had more identity to it.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft last week at Russian River Brewing Co. listed on their board as "Perdition - Biere De Sonoma" for $4 -poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a fairly clean copper hue with a fluffy tan head that sticks around for a while, coating my glass with lace from start to finish.

S: Sweet malt, toasted grains, fresh baked bread with a noticeable hop presence.

T: Nice and fruity up front - plums, apples and raisins, followed by toasted malt - sweet, chocolate, carmel finishing grainy with a bit of an herbal hop presence with flavors of black tea in the mix as well. Really an amazing ale and perfect for late fall/early winter afternoons.

M: Medium-bodied, sticky, creamy and perfect carbonation for the style.

D: This was the last of four others I had in one sitting, but could easily drink a few in one sitting no problem.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not well versed in this style. The offering from The Lost Abbey is the only other one I have had.

Beautiful pull from the tap on this one. Fluffy, gorgeous head with lots of lacing, leaves a 1/2 finger cap until the beer is gone. Beer itself is a clear amber with gold tinges.

Smells a little sweet, and completely dominated by malts. But it's a good, strong aroma that promises a pleasing brew.

The taste initially is something I cannot identify. Some sort of brewing spice, perhaps? Cardamom? I really am not sure. This flavor is not common in beer but it worked wonderfully here. As that fades, strong malt and sugar comes up, backed by some hoppiness at the end. Seems to have three distinct phases.

Good carbonation but got a bit thick for my liking.

Tough to have a lot of this guy, but still enjoyable.

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

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of off-white foam with good retention that settles to a thick cap and leaves behind solid lacing. Medium-dark coppery color that is semi-transparent.

S - Spicy, earthy, bread, yeast, and grain. A little bit bland after Supplication but still pretty pleasant.

T - I like the taste a little bit more, but it's still quite high in the bready grain character. There's also some light toffee. Not getting much hop presence or mustiness, but it's still one of the better American takes on this style that doesn't involve barrel-aging or tons of wild yeast. Tastes exactly like the description on Russian River's website.

M - Smooth, bready, soft body, with soft carbonation, and a tiny bit of warmth in the finish. Pretty nice stuff.

D - This took me longer to work through than Supplication. It drank like a meal to some extent, and lacked sufficient depth to make me want more.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian river

Pours an amber brown with hints of ruby. Light creamy head with some nice lacing and retention.

Nice banana and clove with a very funky scent. Lots of horse blanket. Light floral hops.

Similar to scent, lots of banana, nutmeg, clove, and a lot of funk. These blended well and carried through out. A nice light floral hop flavor kept this fresh and fun.

Nice carbonation bite with a light body. Went down well.

This was a good saison. The flavor was fun and unique which keeps it very drinkable.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served a hazy dark cranberry hued amber with a thin collar of bubbles around the glass. Served ice cold.
S: Notes of light candied sugar, faint hops, Belgian spices and a touch of dark fruits and slight alcohol.
T: Notes of dark fruits, light hops, cherries, Belgian spices and slight sour apple. Very earthy and almost hay like. Light malt notes aren't slick or caramely. Finish is reminiscent of dried fruit. Lightly funky aftertaste has a slight cheese-like quality.
M: Finish is dry and lightly bitter. Frothy carbonation bubbles up into large bubbles in your mouth. Alcohol is not noticeable.
D: Highly drinkable and delicious. A very unique and unusual beer in a style of its own.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Russian River

A: The pour is a heavily orange tinted amber color, perhaps we could call it copper, with a creamy off-white head.

S: The nose is full of yeasty esters. Lots of banana, apple, and pears. A slight spice component is there as well, which goes nicely with the sweet and bready malt.

T: Quite a sweet beer, but most Belgian styles are. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, bananas, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The bread flavor is a bit more in the background and allows the other flavors to shine.

M: The body is medium with a middle of the road carbonation.

D: I'm not always the biggest fan of Biere de Garde (some just seem to be very poorly done), but like most other Russian River beers, I liked this. Nice flavors and yeast notes, solid all around.

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Photo of csmiley
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many many thanks Josh

A - Pours medium brown with a light tan head that looks nice. Retention is better than average as well as the resulting lace. Perdition is a very nice looking beer overall. Very tempting to go up another notch on this score.

S - Starts with a combination of caramel malt and lemon. It gets pretty earthy in the middle with notes of fresh cut hay. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the aroma. It's sweet on the end with a dash of cooked caramel and nuts.

T - Fruit gets it all started. I'm getting mostly lemon and pear but peach undertones are present too. Fruit fades quickly to reveal a smooth brown ale type profile. A good bit of toasted nuts with caramel and toffee. Tea also shows up about midway. Earthiness takes a backseat in the flavor but it's still tasty.

M - Lighter bodied with high carbonation. Finish is sweet and dry toward the end.

D - Drinkability is very high. Something about Perdition just makes it disappear too quick. I shared a 750 ml bottle but could and would easily tackle one by myself. The nutty flavor really stands out with this particular offering from Russian River. It's not the best I've had from them but still very solid nonetheless.

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Photo of impending
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the source. Golden deep amber, copper color, minimal head, opaque. Mild lacing and carbonation.

Aroma is subdued roasted malts, yeast, spices and some mustiness. For a restrained aroma this is excellent.

Little sweetness, lightly bitter in the finish, a balanced earthy taste overall. Significant pine hop presence relative to the style. Light smooth bodied mouthfeel. Excellent with many types of food. Excellent solid brew.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a amber brown with yellow highlights and a thin head that left good sticky lacing.

S: belgian yeast brown sugar and caramel aromas with a slight smokey character and a faint leather note.

T: pear fruit belgian yeast up front with caramel and brown sugar notes.

M: medium body with good amount of carbonation and a sweet and slight dry finish.

D: very drinkable bier de garde and made me want more after 5oz's of it. Good offering from RR.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - It pours a very nice amber hue, with good head, lacing and retention. This growler held up well.

S - I am getting some aspects of Belgian Pale in the malt base, seemingly fused with some tea-like Contintental hop as well as some grassy-floral-herbal American hop. Interesting, and very clean.

T - The nose equals the taste, basically, except that the taste is more subdued. There is a basic pale malt flavor that is perhaps a bit sweet in this instance, coupled with a grassy, floral and tea-like spiciness. Very plain, solid, but relatively unspectacular beer. I might even say unremarkable. Inoffensive and unassuming, it is nonetheless exceptionally quaffable

M - Well-carbonated, near perfect medium-body... great.

D - About as easy drinking as it gets. Not exceptionally complex or dynamic, but not every beer need be.

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

Batch 003

Many, many thanks to Todd1 for sending me this one...many moons ago.

Perdition pours a dark copper color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting reveals very attractive crimson highlights. A tan head caps it. It rises to about a finger and a half in depth before falling to a surface covering. The Sam Adams motor in the bottom of this glass maintained it there for a while. Lacing was light.

The nose is interesting. It's initially spicy. I'm getting cinnamon and pepper, though there are surely other varieties present. There's a little malty sweetness noted. Perhaps some toasted malt, as well. It's definitely yeasty. Smells like Belgian yeast to me. Surprise, surprise. That smells delicious. I'm getting a little fruit, but not much. Apple and pear are noted. Alcohol is buried. Overall, good stuff.

The flavor is quite good, but doesn't blow me away. Perhaps this bottle aged a bit too long. Perhaps I'm just not that into Biere de Gardes. Biere de Sonoma. Whatever. It is somewhat spicy up front. It tastes like a mix of cinnamon, pepper, in addition to several other spices I can't identify. Belgian yeast has a strong presence and ups the flavor a notch. It is a little malty and slightly sweet. It tastes like a mix of caramel and toasted malts. There's some residual earthy notes. Alcohol isn't noticeable in the least. It finishes spicy and yeasty. Good, not quite great.

Perdition has a light-medium body that feels more medium with warming. Carbonation feels light and restrained. It's definitely smooth and easy drinking. Drinkability is good. It's rather tasty, and I'm enjoying it. But, I'm not quite loving it. I'm splitting this 750, but could've tackled it alone. One to myself would've been plenty.

Russian River Brewing has an interesting creation in Perdition. I'm not madly in love with Biere de Gardes, and I'm still not. This one's okay. Frankly, it's probably my least favorite Russian River beer (that I've tried). It's good, but it's not something I'm head over heels about. There's nothing about it that's very exciting. Maybe I sat on the bottle too long. Good beer nonetheless. Definitely recommended if you have the opportunity.

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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.

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

Tried this tonight at the PTY event.

A - Very slight 3/4 finger head that dissipated quickly. Dark brown in color like a good pale ale.

S - Slightly burnt caramel and Belgian yeast character. Pleasant and earthy.

T - Smooth musty caramel malt and Belgian yeast comes to mind. Not over done at all, very pleasant but not exceptional.

M - Just the right amount of carbonation and smooth on the tongue.

D - This is classified as a Biere de Garde, but seems to fall into the Belgian pale ale category a bit better. Overall, a very good sessionable ale that I would drink regularly if I had access.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL Batch #3 bottle shared with some friends.

Dark copper/amber color with a creamy off white head that has low retention and spotty lacing. Spicy, earthy, musty caramel malt aroma with some Belgian yeast. Body is very smooth, medium body, carbonation is on lighter side. Flavor is similar to aroma, and overall is a little sweeter than expected for a Biere de Garde (I guess that's why it's a "Biere de Sonoma"). Not bad, not exceptional, easy drinking and unique for the style.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Tart, citrusy fruits with some spicy nutmeg.

Taste: Caramel and juicy apples dominate with a little plum/grape flavor. Definitely a high level of sweetness. High carbonation. Middle is oddly ice tea like with a spicy/nutmeg bitterness and a hint of fruit syrup. Finish is fruit syrup, slight citrus hops, slightly dry with ripe fruits a little spiciness.

Notes: Decent beer, but not super captivating. When at the brewery, I'd recommend trying one of their much more exceptional beers personally.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. Served in a generic wide mouth tulip.

Two fingers of ivory soft peaks crown a very slightly hazy dark cerise body. Sandy lacing leaves thin waves along the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Pale malt, acacia honey, red banana (or maybe plantain), with a touch of hay in the nose.

The sweetness suggested by the aroma is present in the form of light caramel and malt, but this is offset somewhat by hops which contribute bitterness and meld with the yeast to suggest a mild floral/herbal taste. The finish is faintly spicy with coriander and maybe pepper. Judged as an Amber Bière de Gare, it is both a little too sweet and maybe a touch too hoppy, and paradoxically lacking in complexity - to me this tastes more like an American Amber hybridized with a Belgian Pale.

Medium-bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation.

An easy drinker, but a touch sweet and not terribly interesting, so I had no desire to order another glass right away.

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Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with golden amber hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head with excelent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that streaks the glass with lacing.

Slightly spicy yeasty aroma with hints of peper and a subtle light fruit notes, mostly apple and pear.

Slightly earthy yet sweet medium body with a buteer silk mouthfeel, very subtle hops and some nice light crisp fruit. Lotsof apple and pear and possibly some grape with a nice maltiness underneath and a spicy slightly dry finish.

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Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River. Poured into a 13 ounce Belgian goblet. Comes in at 6.10% and 23 IBUs.

A-Pours a clear, dark caramel colored amber with a 3/4 finger off white head. Lots of active bubbles can be seen throughout the session. Nice head retention results in some good lace.

S-Candy sugar, Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, and dark stone fruit are all very prevalent.

T-The taste mirrors the nose. I gets lots of sweet stone fruit and apples upfront. It has a little hop bite midsip. It finishes with a slight grainy feel and a tad bit of earthy funk is detected.

M-Medium bodided, lightly carbonated, and sticky.

D-Very good beer that is somewhat limited by its sweetness.

I have this maybe once or twice a year at RR. It is an easy drinking beer that is good for someone trying to delve into various Belgian/French styles. I find the sweetness limits it to one glass, but it is a nice change of pace from IPAs and sours.

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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.

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Photo of shaebs99
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

growler received from ipa247. Thanks for the fantastic beer

Appearance: poured a nice copperish amber with a good amount of head (it varied depending on how poor i poured) that leaves some mild lacing (the trip cross country didn't hurt its carbonation, not flat in the least)

Smell: Light smell of spice, caramel malt, yeast

Taste: Sweet taste upfront. ends with some spicy and yeastyness (in a good way), pretty good balance

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a medium to light body

Drinkability: the best things about this beer is the taste and how drinkable it is. i could drink this all day. I almost wish I didn't share it with my 3 friends

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

Appearance: Rust-Ruby-Amber with a nice, creamy head

Smell: Heavy yeast, malt, bananas, cloves, raisins, bit of funk

Taste: Yeast, malt, bananas, cloves, pears, raisins, some plums, light hops.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bit to similar to a pale ale for me, a decent beer but not my favorite RR

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Perdition from Russian River Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 618 ratings.
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