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RATINGS: 1070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.91%
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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, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle from Specís. Pours a medium-thin amber with vigourously formed and ample head and layered lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine, balanced out by rosy hops. A touch of coriander peeks its head from the bushes briefly to get a glimpse of the action. Raisin and peach dominate the flavor offerings; hints of dough and milling spices are evident as well. Thick and fast-flowing over the palate. A bit of bitterness in the finish reminds you this is the sum of one part Belgian Ale. However, this falls just short of great in my opinion; the finish, while ample in bitterness, is just a bit too watery in the end. I wonder what would happen to this if allowed to sit for awhile... Hmmm...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Cloudy brown pour with nice sized and lasting white head. Aroma is candied sweetness with some banana, yeast. Taste is more of the same yet more pronounced and aggressive than the aroma. Towards the middle there is some nice carbonation and more sweetness and some dark/dried fruits. Alcohol is well hidden but slightly warming on the very back-end. Sticky finish. Itís a weird one, for sure. Complex and interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Pours cloudy with a small disappating head.Sweet aromas flow from the bottle.Flavor is candy sweet and malt.Not too bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1898) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Big dark brow, with medium tan head. Aroma is malty and delicate with spices and candy. Taste is more mundane with a sweet initial taste, and a dry almost gingerbready finish. $8/22oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Pours out a nice deep amber color with a froathy white head. aroam was semi sweet with a nice dose of malts. flavor was simply full of goodness. i didnt want this bomber to end. this was an outstanding brew that i will certainly have again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2007
On tap at Mad-Mex in U of Penn area of Philadelphia. Pours a hazy brownish amber with a medium off white creamy head that left lacing and did a nice job of sustaining. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, various spiciness, some tropical fruits, caramel, Candi-sugars overall made for an interesting aroma. Flavors of candy sweat maltiness, various fruits, Belgian yeast, caramel, biscuit, spices, peppery, some cinnamon, dark fruits, toasted and almost roasty malts. I have not had the chance to try Russian Rivers Salvation but have had Averys a couple of times. Although from what I know about RRís version and having had Averys I would say the mix is somewhere around 60% RR and 40% Avery. I still have a bottle of this and plan to open with both the stand alone beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle from Bodega Blue... Hazy amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Terrific retention. The aroma is earthy, spicy, smoky phenols layered upon musty, fuzzy fruit, light banana and pear esters. Almost perfectly balanced flavor; light sweetness, light acidity, moderate bitterness... "makes Jack a dull boy." Enjoyable, but full of broken promises (made by the nose). This beer is all about almost. I guess that makes sense... itís almost Averyís Salvation and itís almost Russian Riverís Salvation! Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and subtle carbonation. Soapy, bitter finish. Fun idea but, ironically, the result is uninspired. Not bad... very good, technically, in fact. Unfortunately, the parts surpass the summation of the whole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2007
22oz bottle. Aroma: Brown sugar, bananas, dark fruit, cinnamon, yeast, and a light sourness. Appearance: Dark brown in color with orange highlights. Light khaki head was full and creamy with good retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Caramel, brown sugar, spice, dark fruits and bananas, yeast, and a light chocolate aroma. Light sourness into the finish. Alcohol comes through fairly strong. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A nice idea, but didnít come off as well as I would have liked. Not bad, but a little muddled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - FEB 28, 2007
22 oz. bottle dated Jan. 2007. poured cloudy brown/amber with rich off white head. aroma of friut, bananas and paper. Started with a sweet cherry, banana and prune like fruitiness, followed by a slight peppery bitterness finishing with more banana ans subtle caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (6761) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Pours with a beautiful head and possesses exceptional lacing...Aroma is delightfully fruity(berries)....a beautiful marriage of flavours...dangerously dangerously drinkable!!!..."drop dead delicious"

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