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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,243
Reviews:
474
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.54%
 
 
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356
Gots:
299
For Trade:
13
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Photo of Brolo75
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a tulip, big pop on the opening, lots of carbonation

A: Pours a dark brown cola color with a big frothy head that lasted a few minutes, lots of carbonation streaming up the glass's side, light does come through when held up, very nice.

A: Lots of dark fruits like figs, plums, raisins, sweet burnt caramel and toffee, Belgian yeast notes, nice aromas.

T: Not as sweet on the taste, more toasted caramel and toffee, slight bitterness in the middle, finish has some sweet and slight dark fruits, Belgian yeast notes as well, complex and balance.

M: Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish and lots of carbonation.

O: Another solid Belgian inspired beer from Russian River, good amount of flavor, very drinkable, complex, and balanced. There is more bitterness than I expected but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of locoformavs
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHolden
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of KBlodorn
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rothobinide
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Russian River Brewing Co. - Santa Rosa - draft

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Photo of Danielr26
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of northbay47
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of n2185
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 10.

This one pours a dark, slightly murky brown, with a creamy looking white head, and not much in the way of lacing.

Smells like dark fruit, raisins, prunes, etc, with some port-soaked black bread, chocolate, and lots of caramel.

This is one of the better American-made BSDA's that I've had, it was really quite wonderful. It has a really rich and deep malt complexity, reminiscent of port wine. It's pretty bready, so it's reminiscent of pumpernickel soaked in port. There's chocolate, and lots of bittersweet caramel, and a whole slew of semi-sweet dried dark fruit. I love it.

This is medium bodied, pretty rich and creamy, with the typical level of carbonation for this style.

This is was a real treat to drink. It's aged very well, so there's no alcohol presence at all. Get some!

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

Photo of PSU_Mike
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with some carbonation

Smell - There was a slight sour nose to the beer.

Taste - The beer started slightly sour. Notes of dark fruit, raisins, currants, and a slight coffee presence. The chocolate notes become more evident as the beer warms. There is a slight metallic presence. Slightly sour chocolate notes finish the beer.

Mouthfeel - The presence of lactose quality presents a stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall - Not one of my favorite Russian River offerings.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pours a silky creamy caramel color. Very fine-bubbled head gives it an uplifting aura. Salvation, indeed.

S - smells of dark fruits and raisins. Molasses and chocolate. Sweet caramel. They guy who said apple skin is dead on. Great nose.

T - extremely full-flavored with plums, raisins, and a mild hop bite toward the end. Has an oh-so-subtle Flanders red feel to it. Slight brown ale characteristics with a metallic tartness. Sweet syrupy maple... or that's what it feels like it should be. Interesting.

F - incredibly smooth, but will foam vigorously if jostled. Makes it feel like the volume of beer is expanding in my mouth. Bonus!

O - finely crafted dark ale. Not the best of the -tion series, but strong nonetheless. Decadent and smooth for 9.5% ABV. You could get into trouble with this one.

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Photo of dheldman
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Nice amount of bourbon soaked raisins, a maple syrup-like sweetness, and some overly sweet red grape.

It gets a 87/100.

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Photo of xtonytx
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Salvation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,243 ratings.
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