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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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86
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524 Reviews
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Reviews: 524
Hads: 1,012
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002

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Photo of brurevu
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold with a full and fluffy white head that left great lacing. The aroma was rich and full of Belgian spices and hints of pear. The taste followed with additions of Belgian yeast and slight bitter hoppy undertones. An easy drinker for the ABV and very tasty. I was really surprised by this one and will definitely look for it again in the future. A great American interpretation of a classic Belgian style. (420 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Two fingers of fluffy off white head with great retention. Slightly hazy pale gold in color. Mild to active carbonation.

Smell: Fruity banana and peach esters. A little baking spice.

Taste: Big fairly bright bready malt followed by banana and a bunch of booze. Kinda vinous.

Feel: Medium bodied. Booziness numbs the gums up pretty quick.

Overall: Pretty dang boozy. It takes away from any subtleties I picked up on the nose. The things that this beer gets right, it really get it great. The things that it gets wrong it doesn't get very wrong. Pretty enjoyable. (571 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 9%.

Appearance: The body has a light haze and a light amber color. It is topped off with a small white head which settles out leaving just a ring of foam at the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma offers notes of sweet tropical fruit, herbal and citrusy hops with a light boozy character backing it all up.

Taste / Palate: It’s sweet up front and notes of sweet pineapple pop out of a light bready and raw grain like maltiness. If finish adds some citrus notes and mild bitterness. The palate feels smooth and full with soft carbonation. (652 characters)

Photo of CaptainHate
1.9/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As far as the look goes it had more of a dirty copper color than I expected with very little carbonation although it wasn't flat at all; it just didn't have nearly as much of a head as I expect to see on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

The taste was just absolutely horrible. This is the worst beer I've had in a long time. Somebody before me called it "mediciny" which isn't inaccurate but I don't think captures just how repulsive it is. I kept waiting for it to get better as it warmed up but it didn't. I honestly should have poured this down the drain. (557 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a chalice
no bottling dates


A: Pours a hazy apricot orange with less than a sliver of white head. Leaves no lacing. Looks undercarbed. 3.25

S: Citrus, yeast, spicy booze, fruity esters. I really like. 4

T: Citrus rind, boozy ethanol, some spice, subtle fruity esters. I wouldn’t say its a particularly good representation of the style; more like an American Strong Ale or lightly hopped American Barleywine, and its probably too boozy for most people, but I actually very much enjoy it. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, ABV is definitely noticeable but its not hot, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Not what I was expecting from the listed style, but I really enjoyed this beer. 3.75 (746 characters)

Photo of jancona
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful looking beer. When served cold it really did taste like a boozy mess - so I let it sit a while . Now - Smells of peaches in syrup with some spices and booze. Tastes like peach and quickly to cinnamon, hops and a touch of booze. Nice creamy mouthful. (261 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber into a snifter.

Pours a light amber in color with hues of gold. Head is creamy and marshmallow-like, a couple of fingers thick. Head persists well and leaves a ring of lace around the sides of the glass. 4.25

Smells of floral hops with a slight dank quality, honey and caramel add sweetness. Malty sweetness is abundant. 4

This brew has a delicious sweet oatmeal flavor to it. The malt is a major presence. The hops are equally prominent, giving both floral and citrusy sweetness. The sweetness is honey-like and seems appropriate giving the floral hops and it leads to a finish that reminds me of biting into a ripened orange. 4

Malt-heavy both in taste and feel, this has a burly medium body. The sweetness is enjoyable and balanced by just enough hop bitterness to still keep it on the dessert-like side. 4

I find this beer very enjoyable, but I'm also aware that it's not heavily hop-forward, bitter or anything else some like in their pale ales, even stronger ones. (992 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Aroma is yeast malt, hop and a little spice. Appearance has a small but long-lasting off-white head, some lacing and a slightly hazy orange amber color. Flavor is like aroma plus has some malt and fruit sweetness with plenty of hop bitterness but there are some medicinal qualities to the aftertaste. Body is good with just a touch softness. Overall it's pretty good beer except for that medicinal thing (404 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Nice yeasty floral aroma, rich golden color with small soapy head. Taste come sin with malt, yeast, and a touch of vinegar acidity. Some wine like aroma and taste to this. (171 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a creamy, thin white head.

S: Gentle aromas of caramel, grass, tobacco, herbs, lemon, apricot, white peach, spices, and oranges in syrup flit across the nose.

T: Delicate, layered notes of apricot, oranges in syrup, lemon, white peach, pear, herbs, spices, grass, minerals, biscuits, candy sugar, tobacco, and caramel fill the mouth. The finish is earthy and surprisingly pungent, showcasing pronounced notes of tobacco, lemon, herbs, spices, and grass.

M: Full-bodied and slick. Carbonation is active, yet delicate. Alcohol is very restrained.

O: A very flavorful, balanced, and authentic Belgian-style strong pale ale. I have no clue why I waited so long to try this one. (714 characters)

Photo of JFear
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

This is a true golden ale -- the appearance is a deep golden color, with a decent two fingers of off-white head. There is a pretty large amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, that populates the glass in a minor way. Unfortunately some big chunks found their way into the glass near the end of the pour. The smell is of baking spices, booze, vanilla extract, dried apricot, washed potato, pear, molasses and brown sugar. The taste follows with nutmeg, clove, vanilla, peach, booze, dried figs, sweet apple, and potato skin. The mouthfeel compliments the spice character with its vibrant carbonation.

Overall, a very solid belgian-style golden that is a bit too spicy and boozy for its own good. Some age could probably mellow this one out, and hopefully bring out some of the more subtle fruit notes lurking below the surface of the more assertive characters in this beer. (906 characters)

Photo of kltidik
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours dark gold in color. Streams of carbonation rush to the top of the glass. Inch of frothy white head that dissipates quickly but thin layer of head is retained for the length of the drink. Clear, no sediment. Looks delectable!
Smell: Sweet malts, caramelly. Hard to distinguish hop aroma. Distinctly belgian yeast; slightly funky, sweet and strong.
Taste: Sweet, slightly fruity (green apples?). Funky/musty taste characteristic of belgian yeast shines through but balanced well by the sweetness. Dangerously smooth for it’s strength.
Mouthfeel: Complex flavors lend to a full body, but the malts maintain lightness. Smooth start to finish. Medium carbonation. Alcohol taste lingers on the top of the mouth.
Overall: I’ve enjoyed this beer more times than I can count, on tap or bottled. It’s always a favorite, never disappointed. Accurate as a Belgian golden, but never boring for the palate! (916 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temperature in a tulip.

Topped with a one-finger white head that quickly fizzles away it's a perfectly golden color of wonderful clarity, in which can watch sediments floating around lazily in stark contrast to the streams of carbonation rushing to the surface. Much larger bodies of sediment await at the bottom of the bottle.

It has an awesome aroma of bread, apples, pears, lemon, ginger, and cloves. Maybe a little nutmeg and cardamom, even. Gloriously bready, fruity, and spicy.

Flavors of tart green apples, pears, and lemon reappear on the front. The fruit subsides beautifully into a subtly spiced, bready finish that is balanced perfectly with hoppiness to counter the sweetness. There's also something slightly and delightfully musty about the finish. It sounds weird, but tastes so good.

The feel is effervescent without being too prickly. Dangerously smooth for its strength.

I now equate Salvation with salivation. Thank you, Avery. (957 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is apricots, banana, grains and butterscotch. Pleasant.
The taste starts sweet and gets sweeter. It has a long sweet finish.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
It's too sweet without depth. (255 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a clear light clear copper colour with a white head that laces.

S - Sticky malts and sugar

T - Up front some nice malts followed by some sticky spice the finish. The finish is sticky and sugary

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

O - No where near Belgian enough. I have had had homebrew better than this. Avoid (357 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow color with a slight off-white head containing floaties. The aroma is inviting with a mixture of banana and yeast. The taste is smooth with citrus and bready tones. The characteristics are very true to the Belgian style. This is interesting, well made, and easy to drink. (309 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a bright golden orange that is pleasingly cloudy with a good one-inch beige head that is super creamy but eventually settles to a film. Okay retention; good sloppy lacing.

S:
Orange creamsicle with a big yeast smell and spicy phenols.

T:
Crisp and dry. Lots of bitter orange and a yeasty backbone. Some rich hop flavors rise at the end and take a while to leave you. All-in-all, very tasty.

M:
Crisp and almost-chewy. Medium body and creamy carbonation.

O:
Tasty beer.
I was not expecting much from a Belgian Style, but this is quite good. First, it is not filtered (like other "Belgian" beers I have had from Avery) and is quite nice to look at. Second the smell and taste are pretty in sync, giving a good profile of the yeast with a lot of good hops at the finish. The yeast gets a little chalky as you work your way through it, but other than that, it is quite good.
Would have again; worth trying if you're around it. (935 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ox bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Sweet pale and bready malts, vanilla, spices, a little booze, and Belgian candy.

Taste: Pear, apples, vanilla, booze, spices, yeasty esters, a little apple and pear, sweet candy, and pale and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: A little dry, a little chewy, mild tingly hops, medium bodied, sweet, warming alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A good take on the style, but seemed to be a tad sweeter than most. I still enjoyed the beer and would grab another anytime. (744 characters)

Photo of JGlitz87
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick white head that quickly dissolves, leaves good amount of lacing behind. Golden wheat in color

S: Honey, hops, hints of hops and citrus.

T: Lots of flavor for a pale ale. Sweet and slightly hoppy. Lingers on the tongue very well. Sweet and smooth on the front end, hoppy at the back end.

F: High level of carbonation, very light body.

O: Not the biggest fan of gold ales, but this is very good for the style. Highly suggested. (441 characters)

Photo of Labeorphile
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a large wine glass. Thick head quickly settles leaving lacing behind. Color is pear with haziness.

Smell is amazing. Candy sugar, banana, clove, an amazing mix.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't live up. Somewhat bland, peppery, and too much alcohol. Disappointed based on what I smelled.

Mouth feel is a little thin and carbonated.

A good beer, I just wish it tasted as good as it smelled. (419 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a beer clean tulip from the 22oz bomber, a thick rocky white head develops. The head has nice retention and after about 5 minutes, settled into a thin cap, leaving behind ample lacing. The body is light orange and slightly hazy.

S- Oh man... fresh apricot, peach and peach pit, nutmeg, all spice, a touch of must.

T- Starts out with peach, pear, apricot and some dark fruit and woody undertones. The finish reminds me of brandy and is driven by characteristic styrian golden hops.

M- Thick on the palette for sure but silky.

O- Great beer. I'm glad I popped this at 10am; a great start to the day. (620 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It looks like ginger ale when poured. It is light amber with golden highlights. It is topped with a fleeting off-white head.

It has a sweet, sugary aroma. There is a little spice.

The taste has a candy-like sweetness. It is followed with a little malt and spice. Then there is some alcohol.

Moderate mouthfeel with low carbonation.

This beer is super sweet. I am just not sure what else to say besides that. It is not pleasant. (481 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark copperish orange with a short, soft, white head that leaves nice lacing

S - pear, candy sugar, alcohol

T - bread, sugary caramel, pear, apple, alcohol

M - warm, full bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty nice beer, but the alcohol is a bit intense. There are nice fruity notes from the yeast which I really like, the malt is semisweet with hints of caramel and sugar which I also like, but unfortunately the alcohol is heavy enough to mask some of the finer nuances. An overall solid beer, but one that may need cellared before it reaches its prime. (565 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a mini snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Not much of a head. A few white wisps, but nothing else.

Smell - Booze is quite apparent. Citrus and pineapple. Belgian sugars. Pale malts.

Taste - Bright esters up front and a touch of spice. Very fruity. Pineapple, apples, some spice behind it. Boozy and a lot of pale malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and a lot more alcohol than I expected. Harsh. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I finished it, but it didn't seem worth finishing. Too alcoholic, even at 9%. (536 characters)

Photo of gobrewsome
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brought in pint glass by server at pizza joint good sign they had avery in al A- golden honey hue slightly cloudy with thin white head extensive lace. S- some banana fruity slight spiciness slight pear and etoh T- peppery on front and finish follows with some sweet pear/banana slight bitterness MF-moderate carbonation med feel lasting bitter mild overall impressed with peppery spicy med body goes well with pizza wife loves it (432 characters)

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.