glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very foamy. My bottle was a bit out of control....Yeasty aroma with a little acidic fruit. A little dark fruit with banana mixed with light citrus. A bit thin. Good, but not great. Not sure what I was expecting...but this wasn’t exactly it. I love the idea and commend the effort, but I’m not sure that the sum is better than the parts in this one.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with a gold highlight good off white head that fades quickly. Nice complex aroma with some spice, fruity esters, Belgian candi sugar, sourness, sweet malt and yeastiness. Spicy flavor with hints of banana esters, Belgian candi sugar, dark fruit and a subtle sourness on the finish. Medium full body with lively carbonation.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was really looking forward to this beer because of its cool idea, and the fact that Russian River is pretty inaccessable to me. Pours a cloudy caramelly red/brown with a decent enough head. Reappears easily upon swirling. Aroma is eventful and ever changing and usually, it smells nice. Some peppery spice, spruce, light hops, dirt, light soy, sourdough bread. Flavor is equally intriguing and tough to decipher. Some brown sugar, toast, tobacco, sourdough/yeast. Finishes with the yeast presence kicking in, a dark vinager taste that blends easily with some pepper and light buttery hops. Gentle, but complex. Medium body, good effortless mouthfeel. I hoped for a really good beer, and this delivered.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a dark strong belgian ale with spicy and citrus.I am not a big fan of this style of beer but it was not bad and had a fruity lingering taste.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appears a semi-tansparent dark mahogany with a mild off-white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, biscuit, brown sugar, caramel, raisins, rum, vanilla, citrus, & light bananas.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some flashes of each beer from both Avery, & Russian River.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sugary, sweet, balanced, and creamy.& malty.
As a side note, egajdzis poured each of the Salvations into a glass as a comparison and it tasted exactly the same as the preblended Collaboration.
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, poured a deep browish with a thick head. Spice and yeast aromas with a bit of sweetness. Dry tart flavor with background of dried fruits, spice, bakers chocolate. Very complex flavors. Medium mouthfeel, on the bubblier side with a lingering finish. A nice...collaboration.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours with a brown color and a medium brownish head. Aromas are dominated by spices such as cloves and nutmeg with a hint of dark fruit.
Cloves and mulled spices are noticebale in the flavor department as well, in addition a bit of bubblegum and citrus. The alcohol becomes noticeable in the finish. Body is medium to full.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at O’Briens. Arrived in a Chimay goblet looking a hazy, dark mahogany color with ruddy highlights and little to no head. Aroma is initially reminiscent of mulled spiced cider, also some dark fruity and pungent floral notes with molasses and orange as well. Flavor of fresh, ripe figs, brown sugar, honey, lots of spice including clove, nutmeg and allspice, hints of alcohol are noticible though fairly well hidden, and a citrus tanginess in the finish. Medium body with carbonation that starts out gently, then bursts into a full on prickly-tingly sensation. Interesting and enjoyable.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
body looks brown until held to light.i am then shown a reddish orange tint.nice off white head.aroma is a very nice mix of brown sugar,dark fruit,cinamon,bananas,and caramel malts.flavor is a mix of the aroma,with a bit of a tart finish.i wonder what the blend percentage was on this collaboration,becuase it seems to lean more tward the avery salvation.well whatever the blend is,this is damn good stuff.
eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky orange brown appearance, my third of the night, this one more brown than the others perhaps, off-white head, great retention, good lacing. Aroma of caramel, oranges, other citrus notes, light spices (ginger?). The flavor was caramel, oranges, citrus, coriander, and yeast. The mouthfeel was only moderate for the style, ample carbonation. A decent brew, nothing special, but decent, clearly Avery’s best attempt at a Belgian (that I’ve had).