Salvation | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

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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Photo of bonez05404
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

A: Pours a ruddy dark brown cola color, with a fair amount of tan head. A thin layer retains well, leaving reasonable walls of lacing.

S: Burnt caramel, brown sugar, thick malty base, and a touch of booze.

T: Sweet balanced by a slightly burnt bitterness. Through the mid palate it opens up a bit into fruit, and then finishes with a dry hop note.

M: Fairly full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a nice strong dark ale.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep purplish brwn color with some crimson highlights with great carbonation leaving a big creamy tannish head. Looks awesome. Even five minutes after the pour the head retention and creaminess is amazing!

S: Pretty faint with remnants of candy sugar and dark fruits

T: Creamy with dark fruits, smooth chocolate with a light pepper, some apple, cherry and molasses, candy and light booze sting that lingers and lingers

M: Medium to big body, creamy, well carbonated

O: Mighty fine. My only issue with this beer is the nose but I especially loved the sheer creaminess of this beer and the smooth cocoa notes were amazingly good

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Photo of theempire
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brentusaurus
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of getinked
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kemoarps
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StarRaptor
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jcomp21
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of siege06nd
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint because why the hell not...

A. A real muddy, toilet water brown. Nice quarter finger of off-white head with good lacing and retention. But the color....uuugghh. Lots of sediment floating around, too.

S. Pretty good apple, pear, grape-skin, raisin, and plum. Loads of overripe fruit and brown sugar. Prominent cherry juice and some yeast as well. Nice.

T . Apple, pear, banana, raisin, plum, Belgian yeast, brown sugar. Pretty good kiss of booze on the finish.

M. Overly carbed, covers a lot of the flavors up. Really would have liked a thicker, more coating feel on this.

O. Solid, but nothing more. The appearance looks like dreck and the mouthfeel is overly carbed. The nose and flavor are pretty good, but it's a little boozy and unrefined. Needs some more bready malt to balance out the sweet fruit. Worth a visit, but probably not a repeat.

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Photo of nanobrew
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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

Bottled 041812. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an impenetrable brown, with three fingers of fluffy, beige head. Lots of lacing and excellent retention.

S: Dark fruit (blackcurrant and plum), a little bubblegum and spice. Nice complexity.

T: Similar, finishing slightly off dry.

M: Soft, medium bodied, and lightish carbonation.

O: Lots of nice malty fruit flavor. Bonus points for bring lighter in body than the typical Belgian, which improves the drinkability.

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Photo of TheBronze
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle, poured into a snifter; Batch 010

Pours a murky brown with red highlights and a tight off white cap that left some dots of lace inside the glass.

Nice and complex on the nose. Cherries, raisins, figs, toffee, brown bread, plums, with strong Belgian yeast. Nothing dominates more than another.

Raisins and figs rush to the front, with some fruity esters from the yeast. Mid-palate, some green apple skins, cherries, plums, and toasted brown bread. The finish has a little ethanol heat and a mix of sweet dark fruits, molasses, and toffee.

Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, but yet borderline syrupy. The finish is toffee, figs, and some faint booze.

A very good take on the style, showcasing depth and complexity. Delicious.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a bit of ruby around the edges and a big layer of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of figs and raisins and other sweet dark fruits and candi sugar with some pepper and other spices, Belgian yeast, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of strong raisin and other dark fruit sweetness with some pepper, caramel malts, and dark candi sugar. Through the middle, some more spices and Belgian yeast flavors come through with a bit of breadiness. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruits, Belgian yeast, toffee, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch thick with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice BSDA. The balance of flavors is really nice with the dark fruits and yeast flavors complementing each other nicely.

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Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle courtesy of Callmecoon. Batch 010 served in my DT tulip. Pours a dull mahogany hue with a hazy clarity and a dense, 2.5 inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually settles into a sold, half inch cap with textured clusters of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses dark fruit, tannins, spice, candi sugar and toffee notes. There's also a trace of ethanol towards the back. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a bready quality. Dark fruit character (plums, figs, prunes) is more consistent with the skin than the meat and is interlaced with a considerable malty presence. Ethanol present in the nose is also manifested in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-ight in body with an assertive, almost prickly carbonation. There's also a bit of acidity to this beer. Overall, a solid offering from this brewer, but not my favorite. I would, however, like to see how this beer develops with some cellaring.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

C&C bottle, batch 010, served at cellar temperature.

Pours reddish/brown with a large foamy light tan head that leaves some sticky spotty lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is belgian yeast, bread, fruit such as raisins and figs, very yeasty and bready overall. Very good strength but wish there was more going on.

Flavor is dark fruits, cherries, raisins, plums, figs, black currants, yeast, toasted dark bread, a hint of chocolate, lightly sweet with some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, creamy at times but mostly with strong prickly scrubbing carbonation.

Pretty good Belgian Dark Ale, but I've had better examples that are much easier to obtain for somebody out east. Was really hoping for more due to all the praise RR receives.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 316nuts
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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