Salvation | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by xlperro on 05-09-2004

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Ranking:
#2,242
Reviews:
475
Ratings:
1,250
pDev:
9.54%
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Photo of WormGod
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timnkate
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date 11-28-16. A few weeks from being a year old.

Huhe pop of the cork. Huge carbonation.

Smells like dark fruit and spices of coriander and anise.

Tastes very, very sweet. Dry dark fruit.

Feel is awesome. So frothy and creamy. Again dry.

Solid belgian dark ale.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nrod
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMike
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of csmrx7
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnine
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daem3384
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wattoclone
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at via Marconi during Philly Beer Week. Extremely roasty, very rich and perfectly balanced. This is a well crafted ale.

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Photo of durlta
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked bottle batch 10 into a lost abbey teku appears dark brown with no head formation.

The aroma is fruity and a bit oxidized with almost an earthy brett component. Some raisons and sherry with currents.

It tastes fruity like raison, current and sherry with a bit of oak/oxidation interplay. Some molasses and warming alcohol overtake the finish.

This is medium in body with little to no carb. Quite tasty but showing its age which id guess is more than 5 years old at this point?

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Photo of unclekeith
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dadthew
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aaah! Russian River! What a way to end a minor BA review hiatus. (Was drinking a lot of stuff I'd already reviewed)
Pouring forth from the bottle, a brown and almost translucent liquid becomes darker and nearly opaque in the glass. A lovely creamy tan head retains beautifully, almost like a still life withstanding time. When it finally begins to recede midway through, it leaves a thick film with a cascading lace.
In the nose there is a lot of fruity goodness, mostly on the dark side. There is a refreshing tartness from cherries, red grape and plum. Raisins and figs round things out on the fruity side. There is also a toasted amber malt backbone that is punctuated by a lovely herbal spice.
I really like how the flavor and feel of this one evolve. At first there is a vinous flavor that combines the dark fruit flavors, evident in the aroma, and goes down with a chalky, dry and almost acidic finish. It reminds me of a European wine. Soon, however, the amber malt flavors also make themselves known, providing an elegant and creamy sweetness.The feel and finish become increasingly silky and smooth. The middle phase of this drink is interesting in that there is a moderate hops bitterness and peppery phenolic bite that provides an interesting complexity. In the final phase, a brown sugar sweetness, in both the aroma and flavor, take over, albeit balanced by the hops presence that takes on a citrusy zest.
As I reach towards the end of this brew, I'm reflecting on how despite not detecting any alcohol in the aroma and taste, it's there alright. The medium body, alongside the well masked alcohol content, make this beer dangerously drinkable. Overall, it is elegant, classy and delicious. A finely crafted Belgian style brew from Russian River.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 375 ml bottle (bottled April 18, 2012) to a tulip.

A-The beer is more than five years old, so I am not surprised that the pour looks sorta flat. There is no head, just a collar of tan-grey foam. The liquid is dark and tea-like in color. There is no carbonation and it is nearly opaque. Not a real looker, but appropriate for the style.

S-The aroma is a mix of earthy fruits and some cocoa powder with a little spice. I pick up prune mostly, but also some fig, and plum. Also, hints of Belgian yeast. Smell is subdued, so I'm wondering if the bottle is past its prime?

T-The taste is similar to the smell, lots of prune, some plum, vague spice notes of clove and cardamom, some nutty flavor, and a little kick of cola on the finish. There is a moderate alcohol flavor that is medicinal and slightly bitter, as well as some grain husk flavor. The beer is pretty sweet, but a little oak flavor dries things out on the finish.

M-The body has some weight and there is nice creamy carbonation. The beer is quite slick on the palate.

O-This is a pretty good BSDA. The flavors are a little muted, which could be because of the age, but I did not taste significant oxidation, so who knows? I had been sitting on this beer for a while and I would like to try a younger example to see if there is more pop in the fruit.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of txx675rx
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swanfungus
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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