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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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, 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Pretty excited about this brew. Body is a lightly foggy brown, with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is dried fruit, nutmeg, yeast, apples, cinnamon. Taste is has a lot of spice to it, plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, light alcohol, caramel. Pretty unique beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 Rating #1 Bottle (6 3 7 3 15). A hazed medium amber brown color with a foamy tan head. Light almost wispy raspberry and banana in the nose that accompanies an earth and light spice. As it warms the intense spices rise up from the otherwise light and muted flavors. Warming, bitter, and dry. Rating #2 Bottle (6 3 7 3 17). Smooth with a nice catching intense malt fruitiness with a delightful spiced finish. Thanks to Matt H. for this second bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2007
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 6, 2007
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.

   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 (3380) - 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 I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3455) - 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.

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