Salvation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 010

Bright mahogany color with a creamy long-lasting off-white head that leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

Enticing aroma of dark fruit and savory meat. The flavor is very smooth and well integrated with a nutty malt base that leads to a spicy, citrusy middle. It is hard to pick out individual components. Rather, it is a very round profile that begs for slowing sipping and contemplation.

Creamy full body with a slightly astringent but pleasant and dry finish. Chewy!

The finesse and dry finish of this brew are amazing for 9% abv!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Batch 010.

Appearance - Dark brown with a ruby tint in the light. Chunky sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but I catch it in time. Foams up as I pour it into the glass. Huge khaki head. Great retention and even some lacing.

Smell - Bananas and dark fruits. All of it backed up by a good molasses richness. A little bit of must from the yeast.

Taste - Bananas and dark fruits again with the molasses flavor rounding it out. Belgian esters throughout that lighten the flavors slightly. There is a slight acidity to it that deadens some of the richness. The finish is ever so slightly bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel - Pretty high carbonation, especially for the style. Makes it a bit too light and tingly. I'm looking for something richer and heavier. That acidity really pegs it back. Good flavors, but going down it feels off.

Overall - Really good flavors with a bit too much yeastiness and off flavors killing what could be really tremendous. Otherwise, it's pretty damn good, though.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch white head on a mahogany body. Leaves a collar and great lacing.

Digging the smell. Juicy dark fruits similar to grape, raisins.

More dark fruit taste. Strange but I get some tobacco in this, liking it though. Again, Russian River does a great job hiding the alcohol.

Adequate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Another winner from Russian River. Perhaps my favorite of their Belgian styles, would love to have again down the road. Thanks stupac2.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Found Salvation at Coaltrain Wine and Spirits in Colorado Springs, CO while visiting last Summer (2011). Just now decided to open it since it has a couple of years on it now.

Poured from the corked & caged brown bottle labeled Batch 3 '10 into a Chimay chalice.

Right away hopes are high as is the lofty kahki head of 3 fingers when poured gingerly. The color is not as pretty as the head - slightly hazed root beer describes it best. This froth takes plenty of time to subside down to an eighth inch cap.

A ripe bouquet of fig arrives first which is then enveloped by really sweet (almost too much) candy syrup. A caramel/grape/tobacco aura is about the glass.

Warmer is better. If consumed very cold, then you will likely find yourself overwhelmed with an alcohol onslaught. Once warmed, it tones down revealing raison/fig overtones with very mild chocolate, caramel, and a spicey bite.

This is full bodied and full bubbled. A sipper for sure. The alcohol presence makes it a one glass session for me.

Overall I would say this is good for a try. You'll find better Belgian darks out there. Could be more impressive when fresh, but I don't have that luxury.

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

Poured from a Russian River growler into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Thanks to Jon for the hookup!

A: Mahogany brown in color...mostly clear from what I can tell. Aggressive pour leads to a light coffee colored 2 finger head that slowly dissipates.

S: Strong sugary malts with molasses and pure cane sugar notes. Dates, raisins, plums and other darker fruits set the tone. Beautiful malt presence. Alcohol makes its presence known here as well in a nice subtle way.

T: Man, so good, so complex. Lots of flavors mixing around on the palate. Dark fruits hit first and follow with the molasses flavors of the malts. Caramel, honey and slight grassy and leafy spice tones make up a strong, solid, complex Belgian strong dark.

M: Creamy up front, crisp finish. Wonderfully carbonated and the coating leaves an aftertaste for a long while. The alcohol warms the entire body.

O: Wonderful beer. This is definitely the penultimate winter beer. I am wonderfully impressed.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle (batch 010) into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear mahogany w/ a 1-finger off-white head sustained by vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, sweet pipe tobacco, and an enticing nuttiness.

Taste follows nose. So much going on here. Sweet, bitter, fruity, tasty.

Creamy, luxurious mouthfeel.

Overall, this was even better than I expected - and I've come to expect a lot from Russian River. A very solid BSDA, among the best I've had.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a generous tan head and good lacing

S-caramel, chocolate, dried fruit, spices

T-raisins, caramel, chocolate, malt and some alcohol coming through as well as sweetness

F-medium body with heavy carbonation, smooth and rich mouth feel

O-a tasty Belgian dark ale, but a little too sweet and carbonated to be among my favorites

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Bottle purchased at the Belgian Café in Philadelphia.

This is arguably among the best American Belgian-style ales I've ever had. Tremendously complex, but perfectly balanced, this was an amazing brew from start to finish.

Salvation pours a dark red, bordering on black (the dim lighting made it difficult to discern an exact hue) with a wonderful foamy head. The head lingered for the perfect amount of time and left behind a beautiful lace.

A true menagerie of flavors and with little trace of the alcohol, there is a choir of flavors including dark currents, plums, brown sugar, and chocolate cherries. The fairly high carbonation really helps to keep it easily drinkable and light on the tongue.

This is a top notch beer and can compete with the best. If you can find it, drink it.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best dark beers I've had.
THIS kind of beer is the reason that I can stray from great beers of yor, (of course, only thought to be Belg & Germ), to some very special American beers.
I would put this up against almost any Belg, dark beer out there. Do not think it is up to the Rochfort's & some of their likes but, WOW----beers like this are close. American beer that is close to tasting like some of the greatest dark Belg beers in the world. Who'd have thunk this could EVEN BE?
I wish it were around more.

This beer is my fav American dark beer out there that I have tried. I know there are more to try but, THIS beer, being brerwed in this country... is right now, for me, 1st in my American dark beer standard.

The Russian River Brewery----does it again.


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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Salvation from Russian River Brewing Company
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