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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This Belgian style Strong Dark Ale has a tawny brown color and aromas of banana and spice that dominate the initial bouquet of the beer. Lean malt flavors blend perfectly with fruit driven characteristics created by the classic Belgian yeast which fermented this ale. The alcohol content is deceptively smooth just like its sister beer Damnation. Brewed just once a year for a release in January.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (261) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Clear but deep in color, Salvation pours with a nearly purple hue and a beautiful fluffy cream that laces in thick rings. Its aroma is very obviously vinous, with the depth of Cabernet and the light sourness of Champagne. Apple cider vinegar appears prominently alongside oak, vanilla and custard, while hints of cinnamon, anise, fig, caramel and Gouda provide ample complexity. The nose is quite light for such a dark looking beer, but decidedly unique. With such a graceful invitation, the flavor is rather shocking, melding dry coffee, smoke and Roquefort. Raisins and Champagne don a subtle sourness to which perfumy herbal connotations are added reminiscent of lavender and rosemary. Texturally, the fine carbonation and smooth mouthfeel fit the vinous character, while a finishing dryness promotes the coffee and oak flavors of the aftertaste. An intriguing effort that seems to close the gap between wine and beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
CT V shared by sliffy. Poured a dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma was dark fruity, yeasty, belgiany, and a little chocolate coming through. Flavor was pretty sweet and maybe a little berry flavor coming through. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle, dark brown colour. Off-white medium head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma. Flavour is malty with dark fruits, bit wheaty, caramel, bit alcoholic, bitter finish. Tasty Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Shared at Columbus tasting 5. Sour and wood aroma from a very murky brown body. Medium to thin palate. The taste is a little watery with some very light sour flavors mixed with nutty tastes. Not my favorite Russian River product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2007
Deep amber reddish brown beer with small creamy yellow-beige head. The beer has nice and interesting aroma’s of sweet bread crust, confit d’oranges, orangettes, smooth malts, Pedro Xemenez, some fresh herbs with a light citrussy caracter and some sweet asian spices. The taste is elegant and has a medium body, the alcohol is slight present and soft detectable allong with some almond touches and candy sugar accents. There is a fine bitterness of hops in the finale and it ends with a nice untherlaying touch of crispy lemongrass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle shared at Columbus Tasting V.Nice sour aroma.Pours a murky copper with little head.Yeast and a sourness in the flavor.Light to medium mouthfeel with some sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V: Light brown pour with a tan head. Aroma, caramel, some brown sugar, a little funky, and some yeasty notes. Flavor, sweet up front with some sourness, acidic. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
750ml bottle sampled at Columbus Tasting V - Pours dark amber with a short white head. Lots of yeast, cherry, oak, and some spice in the aroma. Flavor is all of those notes as well and a touch of caramel sweetness. Palate is somewhat acidic with a pleasant dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle. Light, orangish brown, small head. Sweet fruity falvor. Malty with a bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2007
Hazy orange colour with a small beige head. Malty, alcohol and fruity sweet aroma with a yeasty note. Malty, fruity and spicy flavor with an alcohol sweetness and a light dry finish.

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