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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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86
very good

885 Ratings
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 21
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002)
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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.

B 84-85

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 04:57:49 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.