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RATINGS: 1076   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.91%
Salvation. The name of two intricate Belgian-style ales created by us, Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing and Adam Avery of Avery Brewing. After becoming friends a few years ago, we realized that we both had a Salvation in our line-ups. Was it going to be a problem? Should one of us relinquish the rights? "Hell no!" we said. In fact, it was quickly decided that we should blend the brews to catch the best qualities of each and create an even more complex libation. In April 2004, in top-secret meeting at Russian River Brewing (well actually it was packed in the pub, and many were looking over our shoulders wondering what the hell was going on), we came up with the perfect blend of the two Salvations. Natalie, Vinnie’s much more significant other, exclaimed, "We should call this Collaboration, not Litigation Ale!" "Perfect!" we shouted. We celebrated deep into the night, (or is it morning?). Fast forward to November 14, 2006. After talking about it for over 2 years we finally decided to pull the trigger and Vinnie flew out to Avery to brew his Salvation exactly as he does in his brewery. This was blended with Avery’s Salvation December 11th, 2006. We hope you enjoy it as much we enjoyed brewing and blending it.

Batch 1 (January 2007) - 8.99% ABV
Batch 2 (February 2008) - 8.72% ABV
Batch 3 (February 2009) - 8.97% ABV
Batch 4 (February 2010) - 8.91% ABV
Batch 5 (January 2011) - 8.91% ABV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1777) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bomber of batch 7, pours a dark Amber with a large khaki head. Fruity caramel aroma, canned mandarin oranges. Taste of not sweet caramel, dates, light yeast. Really it tastes like watered down Russian River Salvation. Love the story behind the brew, and not undrinkable, but give me the RR version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (2891) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2015
bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Clear amber brown color, beige head cover, stripes of lace. Taste is malt and toffee that adds dark fruit and damp earth in the palate. It turns mildly bitter in the finish, quickly putting alcohol warmth on top of the hops. Alcohol rules the finish. A big brew, well-balanced, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Batch 7. Belgian-style golden ale. Collab from Avery and Russian River. Alcohol by volume near 9 percent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (1060) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Batch 8. Bomber poured a clear deep caramel hue w/ a medium creamy beige head diminishing to a ring w/ lacing. Sweet Belgian yeast and caramel aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are Belgian yeast, caramelized sugar, malt, banana and clove. Full bodied and soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1429) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Batch #6. Collaboration not Litigation is a somewhat hazy red brown beer with a decent head of white bubbles that disappears rather quickly. Nose is similar to red wine with some dark stone fruit aspects. Taste is vaguely raisin like with some definite natural fruit aspects that overlay a nice malt body. the texture is somewhat lively but not overly so. Medium thin. finishes just a bit warm but without any bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pras (532) - Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Aroma of malt. Flavor much the same. Not overly sweet, very balanced, enjoyable belgian strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2542) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2014
From the 650 ml bottle dated Feb 2014. Medium amber apple cider-looking pour with a slight cloudiness and a modest head. The aroma has some nice toasted biscuit, toffee, yeast, coriander, apple, and dark fruit esters. Medium to full body that is delightful on the tongue. The taste has a vibrant toffee sweetness with the same apple and dark fruit underneath. A subtle bitterness breaks out at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2006) - - OCT 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-12-14- Poured from bottle into a tulip glass Appearance – The beer pours a deeper copper color with a one finger head of just off white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite sweet with lots of candied sugar and a good dose of caramel and toffee. Along with these smells are a lighter grassy aroma and a bit of hay. Along with these aromas is a light bit of a bready and biscuit smell mixed with some spice and banana rounding out the aroma. Taste – The taste begins with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness with a light bit of a bready and biscuit flavor. Soon some light yeasty and bubblegum flavors along with a bit of banana come to the tongue. These flavors grow stronger in intensity as the taste moves on with the caramel and the toffee fading a bit. While the caramel and toffee fade, the beer remains rather sweeter and malty overall due to flavors of some raisin, plum, and apple coming to the tongue along with a bit of a candied sugar taste. With a bit of a grassy and funky taste and some spice of coriander and clove that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a rather sweet, but yet somehow crisp and smooth Belgian strong ale flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are rather nice for the mix of sweet, malt, and Belgian flavors of the brew, creating a very nice easy drinking Belgian strong ale. Overall a rather sweet, but still easy drinking Belgian strong ale. A rather easy drinking brew overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"bottled 2/08. this was good enough to make me want to search out both Avery & Russian River Salvation and have all 3 side by side. What a great beer. It’s becoming evident that I like hoppy belgian beers and this one plays right along. dark amber to brown in color. wonderful aroma of perfectly balanced spicy yeast, fruit, and hops. this beer also has wheat in it, which lends a whole new level of complexity. the bubble-gum sweet characteristics of the fruity yeast, the sweet malt, and generous hops are blended expertly, and the finish lingers. I already want more. later 2009-didn’t age that well, but still a "good" beer"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (4014) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle sample at DSG’s 5555 tasting at Sar Hamashkaot Ramat Gan. Thanks kerenmk. Pours orange to brown with a medium head, aroma of marmalade, molasses, honey and caramel, flavor is bitter and sweet with marmalade, orange and caramel, medium bodied.

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