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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 16/20
adrian910ss (2361) - 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 (7871) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5002) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2007
[22oz bottle] A deep brown color with a nice head. This was a easy drinking Strong Belgian. I was expecting this to kick me hard. A great bland of malts and flavors. Dry in the taste and the finish this was a good easy belgian misses the strong for some reason in my book. Good try for this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Bottle. Light brown amber cinnamon color. Thick head that settles splotchy. Nice lacing. Complex nose, but fun to break down. Orange, cardamon, ginger, nutmeg and oak. Flavors of brandy and caramel. Creamy and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2007
22oz bottle. Pours a murky brownish/orange. Interesting notes of orange, clove, coriander and bread dough on the nose. Dry and spicy on the palate. Not as sweet as I expected. I’ve never had the RR version but I can tell that it bring a lot of complexity to this beer. Cool concept and executed quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rballs01 (279) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Delicious and rare. Poured a muddy brown haze. Smelled of extreme belgian yeast and tasted like a banana rolled in pepper. Very unique and adventurous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2953) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2007
A great beer, with two different beer forming one great beer. Its got a spicy flavor. with pepper notes and mild sugar sweetness. At the end of the sip, it gives off a strong punch of boldness. Enjoy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4223) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2007
The aroma has spices like coriander and anise with yeast, herbs, and bread dough. The appearance is hazy amber with a two finger head. The flavor is like the aroma but with more bitterness and alcohol than was detected at first. The palate is smooth with a spicy, peppery aftertaste. Overall it’s a nice collaboration.

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