February 3, 2012
Russian River Salvation
Russian River Brewing Company-Santa Rosa, CA
Belgian strong dark ale
Sal.va.tion, n 1. Deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption
2. The agent or means that brings about such deliverance
For most, beer may not be synonymous with “salvation”. But in our opinion, Russian River Brewing Company got it right. When you are about to get blitzed by a snowstorm of epic proportion (at least, that was the forecast) there is only one way to wait it out. Clothed in layers, armed with cameras, and wearing loads of eye makeup, we braved the snow. We were ready to celebrate the birthday of 1/2 of the Denver Darlings team and neither snow nor sleet nor blustereing winds would keep us from a glass of something delicious. Our reward was a strong dark ale, Salvation. It was strong, yes, but not heavy. It poured a cloudy dark amber with a very slight head. The aroma was all of the sweet nuances of honey and stone fruits, very “plummy”. The first sip was clean with the same notes of plums, apricots, and honey. There was a lingering bitterness, but not overwhelmingly so.
We paired it with a snack of salty cured meats and crisp chips, the sweetness of the beer balanced the saltiness of the food. It was a great snack but we could just as easily see this beer paired with a stone fruit salad or a fantastic cheese course.