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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2007
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).

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