Salvation - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
375ml bottle poured into a Russian River "-tion" glass. Bottle provided by jodan, thanks Jordan!
A - Pour is very dark, deep brown nearly bordering on black and completely opaque. There's a huge, 2.5-fingered, active head on this beer that reminds me strongly of Allagash beers as it's formed of tight bubbles and is incredibly foamy and thick that disappears quicker around the edges than the middle, leaving a plateau-like structure. Retention is absurd, lasting pretty much for the entire bottle. Lacing follows this excellence, leaving a thin coating around the whole glass.
S - Honestly, after I poured it I took a quick sip and wasn't completely blown away, but sitting down with this beer and actually analyzing it after it warmed gave me strong hope. The nose is certainly bready, but is complemented by rich, dark fruits and generous Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Specifically, I'm getting lots of raisins and grapes, bananas, and apples. It also has a slightly dry mustiness to it as well, something resembling a crisp saison that imparts some spiciness to it. All of this and not a hint of alcohol to boot. An incredibly balanced and enticing aroma, I could smell this all day.
T - As in the aroma, the taste begins with malts and their breadiness, as well as some candied sugar. This imparts a sweet beginning that is modified with the impending yeast and fruit and it's a rollercoaster ride of flavors. The raisins definitely take the stage in the mid-taste, combining with the sugar to give a distinctively-Belgian flavor. The spice comes through afterward to clean everything and provide a springboard to the surprisingly dry finish. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable here than in the nose, but still not enough to be a problem. Overall the taste just seems a bit muddied compared to the clarity in notes in the nose, but it is still very respectable.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Adequately carbonated to style and helps everything keep moving smoothly. Pretty dry for a Belgian Dark, but I'm certainly not complaining. Residual sweetness and fruits linger on the palate.
D/O - Drinkability is high. For a brewery half a world away from Belgium, Russian River certainly doesn't disappoint with this beer. In terms of the buying again in the future, I'd like to stock up some for aging, but as I can't get this near me, I will have to seek out some alternatives that can compete with this.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2011 05:36:50 | More by nhindian
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