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RATINGS: 1087   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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, Vinnieís 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 Averyís 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2007
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 Iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7935) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2007
22oz bomber that poured a striking clear copper with initially tall off white head. First impression of the aroma is itís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3304) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5626) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
This is the first avery release that Iíve 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 itís just too "avery."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Since i never had Rusian Rivers Salvation and have only had Averyís 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. Iím very impressed with how well this ale comes across. Thanx to both brewers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5283) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Pours a deep mahoganyr into a Trappist glass. Medium head quickly subsides to skim surface. Caramel and bubblegum aromas. Spiky to sticky with a lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2007
I got 2 bottles of this this week. One from BeerandBlues2 and one frombgburdman9. I poured it into my Duvel glass. Clear cherry with a huge sticky light tan head. Tart and spicey aroma. Sweetish. Light tartness in the flavor. Finished dry. Overall, just give me Vinnieís version and all will be good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
tap served in a tulip glass at Radio Maria. pours a mahogany brown with a rich creamy head. aroma is yeasty with a hint of bubblegum. flavor was a nice mix of sweet malt, molasses, yeast and some spice. rather sweet, was glad to try it in a 8 - 10 oz. glass as opposed to opening and drinking the whole bottle myself.

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