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RATINGS: 1084   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Batch 7. Pours a hazy orange-brown color with a soapy off-white head. Aroma of fruit Belgian yeast, and spice. Flavor with banana, bread, and spice with touch of alcohol. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5057) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Aroma is white bread, slightly funky Belgian yeast, malts and spices. The flavor is malts, bubblegum/bananas, mild funk, spices and a sourish/warming finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
T_Pliskin_11 (2) - - MAR 4, 2015 does not count
One of the best BSDA's I have ever had. This collaboration from Avery and Russian River is extremely superb and proves they are two of the best breweries in the country. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kirk36 (202) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2015
A triple with double color. Forrest you didn't do anything wrong! He's one of the smartest in his class! Go talk to him. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2114) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Batch #8 (Vintage 2015): This pours a deep amber-walnut into the glass, with a 2-finger eggshell head that reduces to a thin cap, leaving window-wash lacing. The nose is of dark esters, alcohol, woody notes, light whiskey and citrus skins. Flavors of caramel and toffee, heavy wooden casks, extremely light diacetyl notes, dark fruits, yeasty esters, figs, raisins and dates finish with a dark fruit skin and balancing bitter, alongside a touch of warming ABV. The rich, full body tingles the palate with alcohol, while leaving an oily mouthfeel to sip, with light carbonation perfect for an aperitif or a nightcap. Really nice collaboration of 2 breweries here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rossta (16) - Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Poured out of a bomber. Nice rusty copper color, nice lasting head. Nicely complex. With beautiful smoothness. Nice heavy alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (1163) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bomber (2015 bottling, says Batch #8 on label... so.... somebody’s math must be wrong going by the list above). Pours a dark amber, frothy whitish head with very nice retention and lacing. Nose is Belgiany funk, bread dough, slight clove, biscuit, raisins, grass. Mouth is medium bodied, light sweetness, mild funky yeast, dried fruit (figs, dates, raisins), hints of vanilla, white pepper. Mellow finish. Very nice beer for a frigid Midwestern evening, watching the Hawks and Wild on the tube.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (991) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Batch 8. Deep amber with a small, frothy beige head. The aroma is strong. Lots of banana and stone fruit esters, with some nice caramelized Belgian sugars, and a bit of spice notes and in there too. The flavor is significantly more earthy, with some red grapes, and a bit more banana and clove, as well as some peppery alcohol. The finish is fairly dry. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1972) - 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 (3338) - 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.

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