RATINGS: 694   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Dark Brown Color with Red Hue..Creamy Big Head. Lightly Dry Malt/Bready Aroma. Creamy Dry Mouthfeel. Alot of Rye on This One...Dark Bread...Dry Yeasty Notes...Some Spices and Dried Fruits...Very Sweet and Bready Overall.. A Tad on the Dry Side, But That Simply Makes You Take Your Time with This Very Tasty Brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2007
(750ml bottle, Batch 002) Pours a mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of various vinous varieties, molasses, and fruit. Flavor of dark fruit, banana, funkiness, brown sugar, and layers of malt complexity. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1475) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Another I thought I had rated long ago ... Tasted this time w/ Avery Salvation and Collaboration (a thought I had, but Walt made real). Affirmation of what I hd thought prior - found RR to be drier, spicier (to a degree or perhaps more peppery) and with more complexity. Not really a slight on Avery, but more personal preference. As for its performance in regard to the Collaboration - would say that it comes out on top, but the additional body and hint of more sweetness from Avery makes an very nice beer indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Thanks to mac300 for bringing this to our Salvations & Collaboration side by side tasting... Batch # 003 Appears a deep mahogany with a bubbly, 2 finger, off-white head that slowly fades away. Sticky streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of brown sugar, maple, roasted chestnuts, vanilla cream, raisins, and very mild shake of cocoa. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a true Belgian yeast blast that is remeniscent of Westmalle with the vanilla esters...could be from the oak as well but Id think the former was the culprit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, creamy, and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 750ml, batch 3. pours reddish brown with nice off white head, some amazing lacing too. nose is pretty complex with plums, bananas, coconut, yeasty, bakers chocolate, and bread. flavor is really smooth and rich. lots of dark fruits, some banana, chocolate, rum raison, and pretty yeasty. alcohol is very well hidden. mouthfeel is full but light. finish is really smooth, dry, and long lasting. perhaps a little more sweetness in the finish would help. i really enjoyed this, and believe its as well crafted as the belgians do it.3.8.

5/4/08, 750ml bottle, batch 3, aged 3 years. pours mahogony with fine creamy white head. aroma has red and dark fruits, with hints of port, banana, and spice. flavors of red fruits, raisin, port wine, yeasty, and semi-sweet doughy finish with hints of prune. full mouth feel and lively carbonation. comparing to the notes of one year ago and this seems more aged with port wine and fruit notes. wonderful stuff and reminisent of Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer aged although this isnt as rum raisiny.4.1.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2007
The aroma was estery with a strong fruity presence. Raisins and prunes were coupled with a peppery spice component and an earthiness which was accentuated by alcohol. The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear medium brown with an low, persistent off-white head which lasted to lace the glass. The flavor was bready with a graham cracker and biscuity character. Dark caramel lead the way with a lightly citrus presence (orange) and dark fruits, more raisins and prunes as the beer warmed. The alcohol in the flavor added complexity without being overdone. The body was heading toward medium full and was creamy and smooth on the palate. Alcohol was not especially hidden in the beer, it roused its head in the aroma and flavor and warmed the bones on a chilly night with its presence post consumption. A nice Belgian Dark Strong, especially fond of the peppery spice. 750 ml corked and bailed bottle, Batch 003.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2007
After having Averys, the Avery/RR collaboration, and now the RR it would be an understatement to say I was a little excited. Pours dark red with a tall tan head. RR just does really well with giving more funky character to their beers. Nice earthy spice finish with a light tartness and sourness in the finish. Light banana and plum fruitiness with a long spicy aftertaste carried away by the high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aquilo (641) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Batch 003. Lovely chestnut brown with a frothy head. Smell and taste are rather subtle. There is definitely spice; perhaps cardamom. Im not sure that I taste the banana that the brewery describes, but there is a rather mild fruity flavor that is hard to describe. The best thing about this is how wonderfully smooth it is going down. It is like liquid velvet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle @ Hamiltons. Deceptively smooth. Almost goes down like a spicier dubbel. Looks, smells, tastes like a delicious Belgian ale. A great prelude to the Beatification and Supplication that followed. Solid ale. Id definitely have this again. And again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
22 oz bottle

Thanks to CharlesDarwin for bringing this to a tasting that he came to while in town a few weeks ago. I was suprised at how bad this beer was compared to my expectations. While it was above average, my expectations were pretty high based on the previous beers Ive been able to sample. Having said that, it is still well made and very enjoyable. I just would not turn it down but at the same time I am unlikely to place an order with the brewery for more.

Aroma / Appearance - A creamy clear lacing coats the sides of the glass from the pour until the time it is empty. The head is a disappointing thin offwhite mess that tapers away to almost nothing. Fortunately the body isnt bad - a tempting caramelly color that filters out much of the light. The nose is typical Russian River with a hint of brett alongside vanilla and a nutty backbone. Otherwise it was a little thinner than I was expecting.

Flavor / Palate - The oaky vanilla opening paves the way for a pleasureable experience which is a union of Sour patch kid residue and cocoa powder. Watermelon and cookie dough come towards the middle of the glass. The finish is dry, nutty and a little bretty. While still solid this does not have the wow factor of some of the other releases.

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