Salvation - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 22oz brown pop top w/nice label; sadly, the bottled-on date has been hopelessly smudged. Poured this one into my grandfather's Belgian chalice. Today we laid that dear man to rest, after a lifetime of hard work and struggle, so I thought that this beer, in that glass, was fitting. Here's to you Gramps, we'll see you in a little while...
Appearance: Pours a lightly-hazy deep golden hue with a beautiful, creamy ivory cap of Belgian lace.
Smell: The ditty online suggested that this beer was hoppy, but I still wasn't quite expecting this. Styrian Goldings and Sterling here bring earthy, fruity, somewhat 'Noble-ish' hop character, and plenty of it. A few swirls bring out light Belgian yeast character and hints of sweet candy sugar, but the hops still predominate. Not at all off-putting, just not what I expected either.
Taste: The taste is a little bit more in keeping with my expectations. There is still a firm, if rather clean, hop bitterness here. This actually feels like a bit more than the listed 33 IBUs. However, under the earthy, herbal hop flavors are more pronounced fruity Belgian yeast flavors, as well as a peppery spice (perhaps from the alcohol?). A solid, clean bitterness smacks you on the finish and lingers surprisingly. This is a hoppy beer, and a bitter beer as well. It's definitely an American take on the style, but it's not quite so far out as to be considered 'out of style'. Intriguing, and somewhat refreshing ,despite the gravity.
Mouthfeel: Light (but pleasant) for 9% abv
Overall: An intriguing take on the style, unique, and a little bit odd. But cool. Kinda like Gramps. The biggest thing this beer has going for it, in my opinion, is that the clean hop bitterness and somewhat lighter Belgian yeast character keeps this dead drinkable (and even fairly refreshing) even at 9% abv. At $7.49 a bomber, I wouldn't pick this up regularly, but might well now and again when I'm looking for a hoppy interpretation of a Belgian style.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2012 04:57:49 | More by BedetheVenerable
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4.48/5 rDev +17%
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!
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 03:43:48 | More by kltidik
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.