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Salvation - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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963 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 330
Gots: 208 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004)
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pjwilson

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought at the sonoma wine exchange for $6.89
appearance: dark, dark amber, but not quite dark brown. nice head that chills for a bit, then fades. no lacing going on here.

smell: mostly booze frankly, not really that good of a smeller. what little is there is slighty nice, but not super complex

taste: a different take on the Belgium Strong Dark, but nice nonetheless. a strong booze precence, light malts. the second pour produces a better taste with more of the yeast involved. a suprising uncomplex and almost "bland" beer, but enjoyable in that manner for some reason. the yeast pour is much more tangy, sort of complets the beer a bit more. don't follow the label telling you the leave the yeast in the bottle...pour that ish in.

mouthfeel: really, really lite, you know lots of suger was used in this. This beer is almost like, BSDA lite, although the 9 percent warms the belly nicely. this drinks like a session beer half the strengh

drinkablility: i like it, despite the apparent blandness, it still beckons for aditionial sips. It's a fast sipper,

a nice beer, that drinks on the light side. a good afternoon sipper, but not on the knock your socks off leval, of say Gulden Draak or Trios Pistoles imo, but this beer is different ground so that is ok. well worth a try, (order it from the website if you can't find it), but don't lose any sleep over this one if you can't find it...love you russian river.!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 00:26:18 | More by pjwilson
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes on recent trip, poured into a sampling glass, arrived a dark amber bordering on brown, with a fair head and lacing down the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and ripened fruits, like raisins. Quite nice. Taste is likewise with dark fruits of figs and raisins and such, with slight chocolate and coffee notes, i love these malts. Mouth is good, medium with ok carbonation. A very drinkable beer in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2006 00:20:03 | More by objectivemonkey
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Batch 001. Deep dark amber brown colored body with a nice foamy light tan head. Some light lacing was left on the glass. Aroma of ripe fruits with caramel is strong. Some light spices and yeast notes round it out. Taste starts off a bit sugary with some more sweetness from some figs and raisons. Light spiciness cuts through the sweetness. Mild roasted notes towards the end where it finishes up with more fruits. Solid body that’s well carbonated and carries the flavor well. An easy drinker for the strength. Another solid offering from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 15:43:17 | More by meathookjones
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sloejams

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Salvation, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, was refermented - a second yeast added, when bottled. When poured into the tulip glasses, the dark, almost mahogany color. A slight head topped the well laced medium bodied ale. The aroma was big – the yeast shined through with flavors of raisin, banana and clove with the malt background.

The taste has an earthiness to it: it starts fruit than the roasted malt coffee then the subtle oak flavors. It’s very well balanced. This could class with any of the better Belgian Strong Darks: Gulden Draak, Chimay Grand Reserve, etc – something few American made Belgian beers could do.

Russian River suggests, “All in all, this beer could use some bottle age to mellow out.“ I think this is quite delicious right now, but I do have one saved cellaring. Russian River never lead me wrong before.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 20:56:15 | More by sloejams
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 001, Sampled April 2006
Interesting notes of chocolate and coffee waft to my nose as I pour this beer into my glass. The beer pours with a frothy, light tan colored head that is initially three-fingers thick. The beer itself is a dark amber-brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting thing I was expecting more chocolate notes, but the first thing I get is a spicy, tart aromatic note. The tartness is a mix of tamarind and grapes, but moves into a fruity raisin-like notes. There is an earthy spiciness here that mixes with a woody, spicy oak-like note (I wasn't expecting the oak notes in this beer, nothing I have seen says it was aged in wood, but the notes are definitely there). Towards the end it picks up the dark malt notes; notably a nice toasted malt note.

This beer is quite fruity up front, an interesting mix of prunes, fresh figs, and raisins. The finish is quite contrasting to the fruit flavors up front; dry malt notes of toasted grain, sharp chocolate notes and lightly roasted coffee, again there seems to be some woody tannic notes and a bit of spicy oak. This woody note is interesting as I don't think this was actually ever in contact with wood. I think that the spicy oak and wood notes are perhaps attributed to some hot, spicy notes derived from fermentation. This beer has a medium full mouthfeel to it; just enough to be a bit chewy, but note so much to keep this from beeing drinkable. Definitely hits the dance between palate fullness and drinkability that strong beers from Belgian so often hit, but so often is missed by American brewers.

This is quite a good beer, but I think that it will improve quite a bit with some age, it should soften up and mellow a bit with at least 6 months or perhaps even a couple of years of age. As the beer warms up it becomes a bit drier and the chocolate and toasted malt notes become a bit more prominent. It also becomes a bit softer and rounder, and just a bit more easy to drink. All in all a very interesting, characterful, complex brew. I certainly think this will age quite well for many years.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 04:54:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001.
(Brewed on 10-Jan-06 and Bottled on 16-Feb-06)
Primary: R.R. Belgian Ale Yeast 1
Conditioning: R.R. Wine1

Described (Website) as;
9.0%ABV / 1.081 O.G / 22 BUs
Salvation: This Belgian-style strong dark ale has a tawny brown color and strong notes of banana and spice that dominate the initial aroma of the beer. Subtle malt flavors blend perfectly with fruit-driven characteristics created by the classic Belgian yeast used to ferment this ale. The alcohol content is deceptively high, similar to its sister beer Damnation. Silver Medal, 1999 World Beer Cup (Belgian Ale Category). Rotational release. Available on draft in the Brewpub, in Northern California, and Southern California.

Presentation: Invested in several 750 bottles of the newly bottled Salvation this past week. Gray label has the word “Salvation” in green extended-height text across a picture of some Shears. Has most of the above blurb on it and Four Egg-Timers, indicating that it will keep for up to 4 years.

Appearance: Polished horse-chestnut brown body with a tangible dark ruddy-orange hue. Nice tan head accentuates the mahogany in the base beer and forms a firm looking 1” thick crown cap straight off the bat. The expanded foam head soon compacts down to a creamy looking Vicar’s dog-collar with some plastered lacing clinging to the sides. Firm conditioning.

Nose: It needs some warmth to reveal the darker fruits, but the sweet raisins and malts blend with a mulled yeast and baked wholemeal bread. Aromas had that heavy hanging ‘fermenting yeast’ odor so often witnessed above Yorkshire Squares.

Taste: Entrance is malt dominated with a crisp feel. Middle has lots of dark fruits with a gentle hint of dark chocolate syrup coated Banana slices. Finishes with some warmth but it has that “Kasteel” quality whereby the alcohol seems to vaporize in the throat and rises up your nose from inside the mouth, bringing with it some hot flavors that tingle. Bitterness is low in BU terms but it still adds a clean crispness to the dark fruity ending. Rather dry, at times.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a mild complexity in the texture, but the alcohol “in the nasal burps” tends to add a sharp aspect to the finish.

Drinkability: I found this rather appealing after I adjusted to the warm nasal alcohol. In fact I contemplated maybe even cracking a second one, but straight from my room temperature beer closet rather than the fridge.

Overall: Reminded me of Alesmith Decadence in some respects, not so much flavorwise, but in the fact that it needs some warmth and probably a little aging, but not much, maybe just 6 months, to really improve this one. It may be suitable for 4 years, but I will be back in the Summer to revisit this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 06:10:33 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the source

early vinous flavors with some special B coming through (i think i taste this in every beer i drink. maybe i need to recalibrate). mahogany color with signs of a head that might have been

though i've never demanded excitement from my beers, this one was not overly complex. my least favorite of RR's offerings so far

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2006 08:07:52 | More by bruachan
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruddy orange/brown with a nice head of light brown/tan foam that leaves some nice lacing patterns. Aromas are all malty sweetness, dark candi sugar, toffee, and more. The taste is malty sweet, bready, and full of caramel notions, but the hops that are in this brew are really muted and subtle. The mouthfeel is thick and almost cloying, and the drinkability is pretty damn good as well. Not my favorite RR beer at all, but still very nice, and very good for this often dissapointingly made in the US style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2005 19:29:28 | More by francisweizen
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out of the tap a dark, orangish-brown in color with a huge, retentive head.

Smell – The big dark Belgian yeast smelled delicious. I picked up what I thought were some light woody notes in here as well. The complexity of the malts was amazing. I found myself wishing I had a thesaurus to help describe these smells. Let’s just say it was a big, complex, malty BSDA.

Taste – The sharp toasty yeast was very doughy on the tongue. The malts themselves were, again, very thick and complex. I could pick up a hint of banana along with some alcohol notes that seemed just right for the size of the flavors.

Mouthfeel – This wasn’t full-bodied but was bigger than medium. There’s a light alcohol sting to this 9.4% batch and the ale was very creamy in the mouth. The carbonation was big and fluffy and seemed perfect for the style.

Drinkability – This one is closing on 10% ABV and it is smooth as smooth can be. What a great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2005 02:22:12 | More by RoyalT
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap@Russian River Brewpub. Heavy sweetness, lots of figgy caramel flavours, with some late acidity to balance it out, bit too sweet though. Some sweet vanilla and pear also noticed, but not quite my cup of tea in the end, will definitely try again one day though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2005 21:12:17 | More by rastaman
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garthwaite

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica. This brew poured a deep amber with a massive rocky tannish head which was mostly gone within a few short minutes. Certainly banana & spice in the aroma as advertised. Also some background hints of caramel malty sweetness & really ripe peach. Moderate quantity of caramel malt provides a foundation for the yeastiness to shine. Deep & dark fruit flavors seem to come & go as a subtle bitterness & almost clove-like spiciness make brief appearances. Ripe banana and sweetened raisins in the finish. Full bodied & wickedly dry, this is a very nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2004 21:34:44 | More by garthwaite
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watermelonman

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived as a great deep and dark color with very dark purple tones. There isn't much head but I'm actually getting a nice little lace down the glass here.

The taste is primarily of a fruit and berry mixture. Not like a fruit or berry beer, mind you, but like a well-done belgian ale with good layers of flavor. The grains are somewhat apparent in the finish. The alcohol content is evident in the smell but not the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2004 05:40:00 | More by watermelonman
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Mark

California

3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Compared to other Belgians my ranking of this one must appear pretty high. This 9% monster poured a nice copper color, off white head lasted long and left decent lace patterns. Aroma was of some banana and of course yeast. While taste profile was on the smooth side, there was noticible alcohol. Banana was on the mellow side and some bready yeast was detectable. A well made brew that once again just does not do it for me. I wish it did.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2004 04:00:13 | More by Mark
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Salvation from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.