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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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 millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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%

Photo of msarver16
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of turdadactyl
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did an LIF a few months ago and cocoapuph won the thing. While I never expected anything in return, he sent me a fantastic West Coast box of goodies anyway, and this was one of its contents. Thanks so much, Jeremy!

Batch 010 poured into a snifter.

A: After a hard pour, I got a dark, tree bark brown color (almost black!), with a 1.5 finger that stayed frothy throughout the session.

S: Lots of dark fruit notes in this one: figs, raisons, dates, etc. Also though, I got a tinge of mid-range fruit such as cherries. All of this was rolled up in crushed Sweet Tarts, caramel, and licorice.

T: On the taste though, I got caramel chocolate flair, with a very bitter, dry, finish with a raw cacao linger. Not much fruit at all actually, and more than a hint of licorice... almost Twizzler-like.

M: Ridiculously carbonated.... Man, my wife is going to hate me tonight! The sweetness was remarkable disciplined and well done, adding to the drinkability ten-fold. Sure, this one had some bitterness, but it also had a soft, cushiony, mid-palate that felt great.

O: This is the first Belgian-style ale I've ever tried from Russian River. Impressive!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch 010. From notes. Reviewed 8 July 2011.

A: Tannish head is good and tight. The beer is just barely translucent, a wine red-brown. Great lacing. Good lookin'.

S: Licorice or sasafras? Muted fruits.

T/M: A bit of apple (red and green). Tart (lambic-ly so) and drying. The fruit is nice, and the beer is smooth, if flat. Light and dry, like Damnation. Hrm, I guess it's okay. I'd like some more carbonation.

O: A goodish beer, but not one of my favourites. I would maybe recommend it, but I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of chalkfullof
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of shuajw
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of VeggieNugget
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bwyu
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Khazadum
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid tight lacing, creamy head, two fingers develops. A coca cola, soy sauce, off-black, mohogony body with tons of carbonation. The bottom of my tulip looks like an ice pack left out on a summer day... we got so much 'condensation' in the sense of gas bubbles that I'm scared to touch it. Lacing is puffy, medium sticky retention, and the head itself has a nice retention timing on it. It holds its creamy nature for a greater than good time.

Smells of spices, clove, alcohol heat, bourbon carmel sweetness that has maple tones. Bit of sharp generic spice nature. Back end has some oxidized cardboard... wet cardboard malt nature.

First thing I notice on taste is that this beer is so much sweeter than I was expecting. Almost as malty sweet as a quad. Bit of dark fruit sweetness, cranberries more so than plums. Flimsy brown sugar sweetness and than its to sharp clove, spices, and ethanol. The bite of the ethanol is harsh, but the finish is dry, papery, and minor cereal grain.

Cloyingly carbonated exacerbates a misplaced alcohol heat, too much of both really bother me throughout. A light to thin body with some nature of creaminess. Sticky flavors, long lasting lingering

Its alright. Nothing I'd rave about, nothing I'd seek out again.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Salvation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,230 ratings.
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