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RATINGS: 1070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.91%
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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1979) - - 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 (6925) - 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 (4000) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2517) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
22oz bomber. Poured a dark amber color with a huge frothy off white head. Lots of sediment. Aroma and flavor mimicked each other. Syrupy caramel malt, lots of booziness, sweet apricot, and earthy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (1062) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Dark amber color , medium off -white head. Aroma of caramel and spices . Sweet , caramel taste with notes of fruits and spices. Full body , moderate carbonation. . Light bitterness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1436) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of spice, dark fruit, and booze. Sweet and spicy flavour with raisins and dark fruit. Wouldn’t guess it was a blend. Very nice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Sweet caramel and a delicious contrast of peach, nectarine and caramel notes versus pepper and clove. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hype (31) - - AUG 10, 2014
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1013) - - AUG 4, 2014
Pours a clear deep amber color. Aroma and taste are caramel, spicy yeast, and some fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3206) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle shared at DSG’s 5555th rating tasting at Sar HaMashkaot Ramat Gan. Bronze with floaties and white film. Ripe fruit, then diluted date honey aroma, sweet and fruity taste. Full body, soft carbonation, long, sweet finish. Tasty.

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