Salvation | Russian River Brewing Company

1,247 Ratings

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 jadoinvaoidfnva
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of rinhaak
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Dennycurr
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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Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ZinFanDave
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a finger of off white head and great retention.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and raisins with some brown sugar. I'm getting some caramel with yeast spice and mild alcohol.

Taste: Not quite as good as the smell, malty but not too sweet. Some yeast spice with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is a bit more aggressive than I would have wanted for this beer. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a fantastic smelling beer. I felt like the flavor lost some of the complexity that was showing up in the smell. Good and I would have another but not spend a ton of time searching it out.

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Photo of JimmyTango
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark mahogany brown. Thick two finger light brown head with foamy lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, malt and a bit of spice. Flavor of malt, dark fruit, somewhat subdued. Finish is a bit dry and spicy with no distinct spices. Thick and creamy. An interesting, if understated ale. Flavor progression somewhat abrupt from dark fruit, malt to dry spice. Well made and may be worth cellaring one to see if it balances out.

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Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of dankness3
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jculler82
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured to a Duvel tuplip. Massive cream colored head of tight foam. The head lasts forever as the carbonation in the beer dissapates a bit. Strong lacing. Beautiful clear red/brown color.

Cherris, plums, and figs in the nose. Some smoke and meat too. Your standard strong dark nose really.

Taste is of some dark caramel, more of the dark fruits and cherry from the nose, light smoke. This beer is beautifully dry, not cloyingly sweet as some strong dark ales can be.

Overall, not one of my favorite styles, but Salvation is the best strong dark I've had so far and I'll pick up another bottle again if I can.

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Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of litheum94
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, mahogany in color. Presented with a scant, tan head.

Belgian yeast and a touch of Belgian candi. Plums and a touch of smoke. There's some slight sourness as well. Some chocolate.

Sweet, dark fruit flavors. Earthy Belgian yeast, with a smoked wood essence. Dry towards the finish, with a bitter, rooty flavor.

I liked the smoky flavor i'm getting from this, and I don't remember that in having this beer before. A very nice dark ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10 from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO for $6.50. Into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Deep red in color, nice maroon color when held to the light. A very gentle pour yields a massive four fingers worth of head on top of about an inch of beer. Head slowly recedes leaving a dense head with a very topographically diverse cap. Awesome looking beer.

S: Pretty interesting, lots of vinous notes and a some definite fruity and estery Belgian yeast. Plums and over ripe dark cherries add a nice profile to the nose as well. Smells a bit boozy.

T: A lot like the nose, a fair amount of sweetness and a surprising roasted malt/coffee liqueur flavor in here. Sweet and fruity. Slightly tart and vinous as well. Really complex here, lots of different stuff going on. Yeast profile is definitely there, but not as potent as it is in the nose. Pretty decent.

M: Carbonation is high, just a touch higher than I would prefer. Finish is surprisingly dry for the sweet beer. Again none of the booze from the nose shows up in the feel, just slightly warm in the throat.

O: This is pretty good stuff for what it is. I wish the carbonation was knocked back about 2 volumes. Still a nice beer from RR, and one that would be interesting to age for a while as I really like the coffee/roasted flavor that lingers on the finish.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Russian River Salvation, Batch 10, bottled February 15 2011 and consumed on February 22 2012.

Bottle bought at Beer Heaven in Philadelphia for nine dollars.

Appearance: After fighting with the cork and pouring it on my Lost Abbey chalice, Salvation comes with a massive head of biblical proportions. Carbonation is off the charts! A second pour yields three fingers of head that remain throughout. Hazy-brown color, like chestnut puree. Bubbles going up and up, weeee... This is a live ale or what!

Smell: Sugar, raisin, bubblegum. Rum cake, spice. Pork-belly brine and some coconut shavings on top a not-to-sweet cupcake.

Taste: The Achilles' heel of this beer. Little of the enticing sweetness of the nose comes through in the mouth. Instead, some wine-like sourness, chestnut and other hard-shell fruits and an odd metallic/oxidation finish, like licking a rusty Richard Serra sculpture.

Mouthfeel: Full body and extreme carbonation, medium flavor. A little thin around the edges and a nice sour touch at the end.

Overall: I liked it better than I expected, but this is still not an outstanding Belgian ale. The flavor is a little lacking and the carbonation is a tad too heavy, but it does drink rather well.

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Photo of alefish
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Seems grossly over carbonated. At least a 3.5 finger head and gobs of lacing. It almost turns the entire beer to foam for a while. Muddled coffee brown in color.

S: Almost smells old with hints of figs, nuts and raisins.

T: I taste brown sugar and vine fruits. Kind of average in the taste department.

M: Again....overly carbonated. The carbonation could be toned down quite a bit.

O: I would recommend trying Russian River's Salavation. However, it is hardly worth the hype and the money that I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of wdarcy77
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 009
A - pours a murky dark brown with 3 inches of tan foam that fades and leaves alot of lacing down the glass.
S - Aroma is raisins, plums, some brown sugar, maybe some cherries and belgian yeast. The aroma isn't over done and very enjoyable.
T - very nice flavor, the belgian yeast really gives it a nice flavor and supports the plums, raisins and even cherries that i'm picking up. There is a bit of tobaco that gives it a rough edge. There is a sweetness that i'm picking up that seems to be building as this warms.
M/D - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Its slightly syrupy but not in a detracting way. Very enjoyable to drink though I think the sweetness might end up being a hinderance towards the end of the bottle.

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Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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