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Salvation

What we have here is a sippin' beer, best enjoyed with the cheese, walnuts, port, and cognac after a fine meal. The artisans at Russian River craft this chestnut-brown ale with their own strain of Belgian yeast and a preference for malted grain over bitter hops, resulting in a sweet, full-bodied, slightly fruity brew. The beer is then refermented in the bottle, giving it a wonderfully fizzy texture that lightens and enhances its hearty, creamy flavors. (The effervescence is contained by a wire-caged champagne cork, underlining the ale's elegant nature.) Pop open a bottle, decant into tulip glasses to filter out the sediment, take in the sweet, spicy, nose-tickling aroma, and indulge. This beautifully rounded, slightly peppery, spiritually robust (9 percent alcohol) digestif is ideally enjoyed at cellar temperature, or 15 to 20 minutes after you take it out of the refrigerator. It's available in 750ml bottles at discerning grocery and liquor stores.

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