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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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86
very good

991 Ratings
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Ratings: 991
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 76 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002

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Ratings: 991 | Reviews: 520
Photo of smith_s4765
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finishes with a dash of cinnamon. Love it.

Photo of ididikwephestri
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Please, please save yourself...don't drink Miller Lite after you drink this beer.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of JFear
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of kltidik
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

Photo of Kuaff
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
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

Photo of Lemke10
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of JGlitz87
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Labeorphile
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Greggy
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
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%.

Photo of gobrewsome
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of Sludgeman
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased for $7.99. Bottled on January 10, 2013. Poured into a small wine glass.

An excellent beer. Comparable to Duvel. Do the blind taste and report back.

A – Pours a slightly cloudy (-) golden color, dense white one-finger head, nice white lacing.

S – Spicy, lightly peppery, some pear.

T – Crisp, yeasty, dry, some bitterness.

MF – Light body, sharp mouth feel from good carbonation, with a slight smoothness/creaminess.

Photo of Ranz
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: In my Firewheel tulip, it pours a rich, two-finger head above a clear golden hue. The color is really quite nice, and the lacing is thick and aggressive.

S: As the bottle suggests, I hint some cinnamon and apricot alongside some banana-yeast notes. There's some light citrus here, too--lemon, perhaps?

T: Up front, the flavor's a bit bland, especially in relation to the nose. However, it follows through with candied bananas and some spice--it's subtle, but there may be some all-spice there.

M: It's slightly heavy-bodied, but really this is deceptively light in mouthfeel.

O: This is pretty solid, and for $8, this is a decent buy. I'll get it again for buddies who are entering the Belgian realm.

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the foil-capped 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 22, 2013.

The pour is orange amber with some cloudiness and a long lasting foamy white head.

The aromas have a bevy of blended characters including toasted pale malts, Belgian sugars, pear, banana, and a little clove and Allspice.

The body is medium, slightly acidic, and smooth.

The taste has more depth than the aroma with many of the same characters and a kind of licorice flavor in the background to boot. Low to moderate bitterness at the end. I enjoyed this.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the blue dog Chalfont Part of an Avery take over.
Salvation is amber dark somewhat cloudy with a pretty head sitting atop the brew.
Aroma is spicy malty and fruity hint of alcohol too. Candied sugar compliment the light bouquet but also suggest a high ABV.
Taste has some fruitiness such as apples and pears and is also spicy with corrinder or yeast.
Finish is dry and with some warming alcohol.
Salvation to my knowledge is only seen rarely here in sepa so a chance to bag it was a big goal and to my satasfaction was worthy.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.