Salvation | Russian River Brewing Company

SalvationSalvation
BA SCORE
4.09/5
1,247 Ratings
SalvationSalvation
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 05-09-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,188
Reviews:
474
Ratings:
1,247
pDev:
9.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
297
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 1,247 |  Reviews: 474
Photo of q33jeff
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

**
04/22/2017

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark dark brown. Small eggshell head.
AROMA: raisin, cherry,yeast, touch of cola.
TASTE: cola, touch of banana, brown bread.
FEEL: medium body, great Bottle fermented carbonation.

Good beer.

**

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

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ssippisam
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drtth
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a snifter glass a slightly hazy dark brown color with some dark reddish highlights and a 1" light tan head that slowly recedes to thin layer on the surface while leaving a few patches and bits of some leggy lacing on the sides. Sipping creates lots of scattered patches of lacing on the sides but by midway through the beer the foam has become a ring around the glass and a thin irregular island of foam on the surface.

The aromas are from the dark malts and the Belgian yeast so there is dark fruit up front with chocolate from the malt and a hint spice in the background along with what may be a touch of alcohol.

The flavors, as expected from the nose, show the dark fruits (raisins, plums) along with a rich chocolaty sweetness. In the background there's a bit of spiciness and just a hint of earthy bitterness. The alcohol is well concealed.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly prickly from the moderate, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the dark fruit and the chocolate sweetness fade away leaving the light spiciness and some earthy, dry bitterness to close out the show with a very long ending in the back of the palate.

This is a very well made and enjoyable beer and I’d be happy to have another. This beer would be among my top five or six choices for a Russian River beer to be able to buy again. This is definitely a sipping beer and one to savor while just relaxing or while enjoying a good book. Is it as good as or better than the Belgian imports? Hard to say for sure without a blind side by side tasting.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was $15 for a 12.7-oz bottle at our local specialty market in LA. I therefore split it with someone and poured even shares into 8-oz drinking glasses.
Wow, what was this delicious rich dark smooth ale that had me savoring every sip and lamenting its ending? I can't give a full review because I tried other beers afterward, but this was the standout tonight. I remember a beautiful dark brown ale with a creamy head, rich mouth feel, smooth all the way down with lots of notes in the flavor to think about without being overly complex. However, it will be a while before I fork over another $15 for a single 12.7-oz bottle!

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Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of icemanls4
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curlybird
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Had this on 2017-03-04 in Norristown, PA at Capone's on tap

Dark brown with great lace. Mild smell. Full duble flavor with fruit. Light chocolate. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrojanRB
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkalix
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richdeneault
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle: dark brown ale in color with notes of fruit and spice in both the aroma and flavor. It is refermented in the bottle to create a fine carbonation.

I think it is a 95 score beer at the brewery, but I like it a bit less in the bottle (say 85).

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Photo of Beerbom
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brandonld23
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color, but highlighted by deep red when held to light, and a nice, big, fluffy, off white head that sticks and stays on the surface. Lots of suspended particles floating around. Smells a lot like Unibrou's Trader Joe's Vintage ales... Musty, woody, spicy and a hint of acidic vinegary goodness. Tastes similar, but a bit muddled. A touch of fig, especially as it warms. Unfortunately, the acidity is missing in the flavor. Mostly earthy, and woody. Seems a bit off. Feels highly carbonated, and extremely dry. Honestly, this is my least favorite of the corked RR beers I've had. I am concerned I may have gotten a bad bottle. Not a bad beer by any means, but not one I'd seek out again. All well....Cheers!

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Photo of cp45
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bum4ever
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Salvation from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,247 ratings
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