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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, dark red/brown in color, some sediment, low carbonation

Smell: cherry, fig, oak, and brown sugar

Taste: cherry, figs, light caramel at the end—sourness throughout.

Mouthfeel: sweet start—big sour/bitter spike in the middle, very dry—light bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: A very good and complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Not the best from Russian River I have had but one of the better in the style. Its dryness would only make me want one glass at a time though. This one has elements of a Flanders Oud Bruin which I enjoy. I will look for this the next time I am in the Philly area.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, brought to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a dusty, almost dirty brown colour, with a slight yellowish grey tone to as it enters the glass. Head persists with a little of that colour, turning out a slightly greyed-out beige colour. Not a bad look.

Nose is pleasantly Belgian, with a nice round funk and hints of sweet-savoury yeast. Under this is the very faint touch of roast, which gives it depth and interest. It's not as complex as some, but it's still quite pleasant.

Taste is also good, with the darker malts coming through to give some grainy biscuit characters, but no roasted bitterness or astringency. Finish is slightly tainted with a vague RR funk (in the best possible way, you understand), which cleans everything up, and also makes the feel much much lighter than its 9% would suggest.

Decent brew, with some interesting things going on. Not one of my absolute favourite from their range, but another solid beer, no doubt.

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