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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4268) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2007
So many times Avery lets me down. Great names for their beers; ok taste. Not this time. Solid "brown" Belgian style. Dark and tasty. Bit of sweetness. I like it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Bomber,Pour was amber with off white head. Aroma was spices, caramel, dark fruit and yeast. Fruity, with bread(yeast) caramel and sweet candy. Complex and full mouth feel. Nice really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2007
1300. Sample at Strong Beer Festival Mesa,Az. RB Milestone was approching and when I had this one palate was toast so went and got a 22oz. Bottle. Multiple aromas vanilla, yeasty bread, spice, sweet candy. Dark amber body with big head that leaves plenty of lacing. Flavors tend to be spicey and bitter to begin with. As beer warms the belgium candy flavors appear. Has an alcohol warming effect on the body and bitterness subsides on finish. Spicey candy malt aftertaste on palate. Good job on creating this beer between to Brewers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5435) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Poured a dark amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, vanilla, light spices, candy sugar, banana, citrus fruits, and a bit of earthiness. Taste of dried fruits, smoke, caramel malts, yeast, light cocoa, banana, clove, and a light hoppiness with faint alcohol in the finish. An actual average between the two beers surprisingly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Lots of spice in the aroma.Pours a deep murky copper with a large white head.Burnt and roasted malt make up the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with some spice in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle hand delivered by Whaleman, thanks for looking out Dave! Poured a clear amber copper body with nice size head, rested well in the glass forming a nice ring. Aroma is of candied sugar, spices, yeast, and mango. Flavor was of sugar and spices. Very smooth with decent carbonation. Alcohol was barely detected and left me with some nice burps. Slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2377) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark orange amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is peppery with hints of caramel malts,figs,spiced candied sugar and faint banana. Taste is spicy and complex with peppery notes and hints of dark candied sugars as well as banana and caramel. Very interesting concoction and a good slow sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8093) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Turbid ruby copper pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of funky bretty malt, cabernet, figgy fruit, scotch, some spices, and some female taint wafts. Tastes fruity, richly caramel malty, with citrusy, spicy peppery, caramel malt, cognac, and cherry candi sugary flavor hints. Very complex, and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Arizona strong Beer Fest
Dark brown with a nice, thick head and heavy lacing. Aroma and flavor was sweet malts, almost candylike with a spicy, thick sweet finish. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2011 Pours a hazy, dark amber color with an average, off-white, fluffy, yet creamy, head; very persistant and leaves minimal lacing. Much darker than the Avery Salvation. Nose is pleasant and more vinous, but lacking some of the floral notes of the Avery. Notes of white grapes (slightly white wine-ish), doughy yeast, light banana, ginger, light candi sugar, and some pepper. Flavor is much spicier than the nose would have suggested and quite potent; notes of white grapes, pepper, ginger, light caramel, and some doughy yeast with a moderate bitterness. A little more bitterness and alcohol potency with darker malt notes than the Avery. Palate is almost lively, medium, and creamy in texture with some warmth from the alcohol. Finishes still with some surprising sweetness to match the bitteness with caramel and pepper. I have yet to try anything from RR, but this one makes me wonder what the RR Salvation is like; this was quite darker than the Avery, more potent, and carried some darker malt notes not associated with the Avery. Still, nicely done and a good experiment from RR and one of my favorite local breweries. Would love to try this in a year or so.

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