Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruddy orange brown. Steady bead, small sticky pale tan head. Sweet dark bread, banana, clove, cherry, damp earth, dusty, caramel, alcohol aromas. More caramel, chewy bready malts, dark fruit, damp earth again, medium bodied, great mouthfeel. Hints of spice, pepper, clove, citrus, with a peppery floral hop crusted finish. Lingering alcohol, spicy hops. Nice brew, thank you guys for the Collaboration. Isnt that what great beer is all about? bringing down to earth people together...
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a mostly receding, wispy light tan head. Aroma is phenolic and spicy with notes of black pepper, currant, toffee. After the initial way of phenols, the estery notes of bubble gum and fruit become apparent.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. Honestly, I think this is the closest any American brewers has come to approximating the Belgian styles. This beer reminds me alot of Rochefort.
bhensonb (13732) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet dark fruity, malty aroma. Sugary ripe apricot color with a white head that bubbled, and left only a little lacing. A slightly sour, burnt caramel flavor. Maybe some vanilla lurking. Finishes sweetly dry with strange hits of wood, yeast, candy, and ? The post finish is pleasant. Something fruity and floral along with a small amount of hop. Leaves the mouth feeling uplifted. Damn good.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle- pours cloudy, with a large light brown head. smells strong yeast, bread, light pepper, malts. tastes smoked wood, caramel malts and wheat and yeast. quite nice.
WeeHeavySD (3367) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/4/07 Draft @ Stone World Bistro. Pours cloudy orange, with zero light penetrating. There is a nice big puffy white head. The aroma is a mix of sweet notes, with a bit of raisan, maltiness and sugar. The taste is strong and sweet with a hint of a raisan taste. This is a very nice belgian strong, I would be curious to taste this side by side with both Salvations. It is certainly one of the best American Style Belgian Ales I’ve had in a while.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber that poured a striking clear copper with initially tall off white head. First impression of the aroma is it’s fairly complex. I smell candi sugar, beat sugar, spices like coriander, hints of lemon and faint maltiness. The taste is similar to the aroma with up front candi sugar and the beat sugar behind it. About midway some tasty spices and yeasty spice surface and take the flavor away from the sugars. I also sense a fruitiness like dates and figs.
jrob21 (3366) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown color. Wheat and caramel aromas. Dry, dry, dry taste. Long finish as the candy sugar lasts for a while. Big wheat and yeast flavors. Nice collaboration from these guys.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy aroma, with a strong herbal qualtiy - grassy and earthy. Clear (ie, filtered) dark mahogany with a small-bubbled white head. The flavor is extremely earthy - it tastes actually like sugar-sweetened, wet wood. Surprisingly, I kind of find it pleasant and enjoyable, although the alcoholic astringency takes a little bit away from my enjoyment. An interesting concept beer, that almost works pretty well.
notalush (5669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is the first avery release that I’ve been excited about in a long while - medium amber, copperish pour, with sticky white lace - very spicy aroma, with some black pepper, apples, moderate belgian yeast qualities - the avery beer seems to dominate the flavor, and that avery big beer burn is very prominent - some light over ripe fruits and delicate earthiness of the russian river try to some to the fore, but the brashness of the avery brew often overpowers them - some sweet cherry and candi sugar comes out in the finish - not a terrible blend, but it’s just too "avery."
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Since i never had Rusian Rivers Salvation and have only had Avery’s i feel this is unfair to taste the two combined. To bad rusian river couldnt step up there distribution. Anyway, I found little olfaction, but what i did find were Belgian yeast and minor dashes of spice. The drink itself is lively carbonated and is a lovely mouthfeel both heavy and sticky. Texture and body is just amazing, especially when i took sips when the foam formed a stubborn layer of head. Flavor is a sweet caramel malt with background of Belgian spicey yeast used. The ales apperance is a beauty light brown tint and extra foamy head that lays around for time. I’m very impressed with how well this ale comes across. Thanx to both brewers.