Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 24
Gots: 84 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Great looking beer. Crystal clear, brilliant and golden in color. A nice white head rests on top, but only for a moment. The retention could be better.

SMELL: Lemon zest, spice (clove and cinnamon), other citrus (grapefruit) and just a touch of funk define the aroma here. There is nothing out of this world about the aroma here, but it is simply a good, pleasant smelling beer.

TASTE: Citrus and tropical fruits lead the way here. They are complimented nicely by some spice. Cinnamon and clove again along with a touch of brown sugar. This kind of tastes like a Barleywine with the color lightened, the high alpha acid hops removed and the body lightened a lot.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied and fairly dry, but with a slightly sweet and sugary finish. The carbonation is light and tickling which makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel.

OVERALL: While this is not as complex as some other Belgian-Style Pale Ales it is nicely balanced and would make the perfect gateway for a Coors Light drinkin' buddy. While it will not offend anyone, it is full of flavor and very easy drinking.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my bowl glass deep golden with a slight chill haze with a nice blooming white head that left a nice sheet of lace behind.Alcohol dipped fruit mainly citru orange and pineapple with a touch of phenolic spicey/yeastiness.Flavors are quite yeasty and spicey with the alcohol really coming in as it warms more,not as fruity maybe as I would have liked.A solid Avery offering not completely in ur face like some of their "big" offerings but quite good,I would drink again.

Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Bright orange in color with a modest head, probably due to the high alcohol content.

Smell – The medicinal alcohol jumps out first followed by the sweet malty base and a lively hop compliment.

Taste – The malt and hop combo work wonderfully together at the taste. They are perfectly in synch and provide a wonderful BSPA flavor. The coriander and white pepper spices compliment this nicely, and the sharp alcohol keeps the drinker focused.

Mouthfeel – This is a little larger than medium in the mouth and very refreshing. It leaves a somewhat sticky residue on the teeth. Interesting all around.

Drinkability – This was an exciting ale and definitely closed the night for me. It’s a wallop and a half, full of BSPA flavors and spices and very satisfying.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale orange with minimal head. Nose heavy on sweet orange, rich with vanilla undertones, the way flavored Belgians should be done. Very candy-like, surprisingly low on phenols for a Belgian. Second pour produces 1/2 inch of head that settles very quickly with minimal lacing. Just not a strong point of this one.

The flavor exhibits a similar honey-candy-marmalade from the aroma, while the yeast pokes its head out a bit to add trace clove to the mix. The hops add a subtle earthy spice and are well-placed for the idea. However, while the aroma is warm and relentless, the flavor seems to peter out towards the end of the bottle. I feel that this is because the beer is under-carbonated, which consequently produces a more oily rather than dry mouthfeel.

Nevertheless, the alcohol is far less noticeable on the tongue than in the brain. It's not hard to drink, so heed the warning the 9% abv sign on the bottle.

Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ twilight grille

A- Burnt golden with a compact white head.

S- Rich in the nose. Toffee, candi sugar, banana, butterscotch/peanut brittle, vanilla ice cream.

T- Quite sweet, almost to much so. Banana split, worther's original with a hop bite and signifigant carbonation.

M&D- Better than most belgian goldens i've had but too sweet in the long run.

Photo of APetitfils
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium dense murkiness that shows golden-yellow hues that when placed directly in light also show orange. Very white head that retains for around one-two minutes.

Sl: Very fruity signatures, the strongest of which I found was apricot, but is followed by orange and even lemon.

T: There is a nice interplay between the hops and the sweetness. The hops are defined by a pine taste. There are sweet citrus flavors that are reminiscent to, and play off the apricot, lemon aromas. The sweetness is also added by the added candy sugar. There are small traces of cloves as well.

M: There is initial astringency and hoppy signatures that work well with the carbonation, yet there is in fact a noticeable oily aspect to the feel. As the beer settles in the mouth, richness becomes apparent that can be contributed to the alcohol. Medium-full body

D: I found this to be a real pleasant beer that despite it being slightly different than the traditional style it is given is a real fun drink. As I try more of what Avery has to offer it has yet to let me down. I would recommend giving this one a try.

Photo of StoutHearted
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has attractive golden amber tones with little head, just some lacing that clings to the glass. It has a dried fruit smell that competes with a strong aura of booziness. A slight bitterness lingers on the tongue after every sip, but my strongest impression from the taste was the flavor of raisins. The consistency is between light and medium, but the booziness makes it more suitable for sipping.

Photo of txbrewer
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Your standard golden ale - nothing too cloudy (or too clear) topped with a white head.

S - Lightly sweet/floral, some savory spices with the expected ale brew aroma. The sweet/floral and savory spice did not overpower each other at all.

T - Lightly creamy ale with some hop profile but not so much the the spice and floral were overpowered.

M - Light creaminess, so nothing overly thick at all. Quite nice on the hot afternoon that I tried it

D - slower than other golden ales but still quite enjoyable. I would definitely buy this one again.

I noticed the the style says Belgian Strong Pale Ale but my bottle says Golden Ale (and this is not what I expect for a strong pale ale) but the label shown matches my bottle. I hope I put this review in the proper spot here.

Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for a little over a year. I dont think time would have hurt this one at all. I dont normally drink Belgians so it consistantly got shifted to the back of the cabinet.

Clear golden yellow body, small white head on top that reduced to an even thinner layer that seems to hold on. Lacing left down the glass.

Spicy Belgian yeast, some lighter fruits of apple and pears. A little sugary. A light grassy, herbal hoppiness too. Pretty straightforward for the style.

Spicy and crisp on the tongue to start with, a little corriander and pepper with some notes of alcohol becoming evident after the swallow. The light fruits come through again mainly after the swallow. There is more of the hops that work well with the underlying musty character that comes through in the finish.

Medium bodied and quite smooth. A little prickly carbonation. A decent Belgian Pale in my book, but its just like most others of the style out there for me. Easy enough to drink though, no major issues with this one.

Photo of generallee
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle with beautiful label. Pours a hazy gold colour with a small but tightly knit head of very small bubbles. Head quickly melts into moderate ring lacing. Complex aroma consists of fruity sweetness up front. Bananas and peaches to my nose, along with plenty of bready yeastiness, a hint of spice, and bubblegum from the candy sugar. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Fuzzy carbonation, breadiness, and a whallop of alcohol. Taste is complex, and changes as the goblet warms from cellar to room temperature. Initial taste is of pale and crystal malts, peach, baked bread, bubblegum, earthiness, orangepeel, and alcohol. The Styrian Goldings hops lend a bittering balance to the assault of candy sweetness. At room temperature, this ale becomes very nicely balanced, both in taste and aroma. Overall, an excellent Belgian style ale from the folks at Avery.

Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger man in NYC, this one pours light golden, clear, with a medium white head, tiny bubbles evident. It leaves fine , wispy and plentiful lacing and sheets of lace. Good looking stuff!
Nose is slighty sweet and spicy. Light maltyness up front,snappy,spicy hops also show up on the tongue. Notes of vanilla,anise, ,juniper, alcohol. Belgian yeast phenolics. tasty and dangerously drinkable stuff. Fine, complex brew. Nice bold, Americanized take on the style

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: orange/brown in color, cloudy, minimal head

Smell: Belgian spices--coriader, cardamom

Taste: apple, funk, lemon, caramel, and Belgian spices--very complex.

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn and bitter backbone, light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: A very enjoyable BSPA that I would be happy to have again. Very complex for the style. A very good offering from Avery.

Photo of magictrokini
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice. Pours brown with a big tan head. Aroma is spicy and grainy. Heavy flavor. Lots of malt, yeast, and spice, with some candied fruit. You can definitely taste the cinnamon, especially as the beer warms. Borders on a winter ale with the spice. Avery always seems to come through.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About a 3oz sample at the Spagio Cellars' October Beer Social featuring Avery beers. This poured a golden color bordering on copper, with a creamy white head, showing good retention.

The aroma offers clove, lemon peel, and plenty of Belgian yeast. The taste delivers honey, clove, corriander, orange and lemon peel, a little candy and sugar, and a touch of alcohol.

The mouth is complex, bright on the front, gets a dry for awhile as some spices kick in, then finishes sticky on the lips. Another good one from Avery.

Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About three fingers of white head that fade into a thin layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of spicy yeast with big esters of citrus. Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper spices. Hints of banana and pear fruit along with Belgian candied sugars. Soft pale malts with hints of wheat, grains, biscuit, and cracker. Big aroma of citrus with hints of orange, lemon zest, apricot, mango, pineapple, and peach. Perfume like scents with a decent presence of herbal hops in the background. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Spicy, yeasty, and fruity like the aroma. Belgian yeast with some clove and peppers. Also a light hint of cinnamon and nutmeg spice. A fair amount of candied sugar. Notes of fruit including banana and pear. Soft malts and grains with a taste of wheat, biscuit, and cracker. Solid taste of citrus fruits with notes of orange, lemon, apricot, peach, mango, and pineapple. Fairly herbal and earthy. A fairly unique and tasty take on the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and fairly drying. Thinner than expected for the style, but the high alcohol is still hidden well.

Overall: A solid version of a Belgian Pale Ale. Has a good mix of fruit esters.

Photo of BadBadger
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This relatively nice ale pours a nice pale amber color. The white head is a good size but does not last long at all. The head does return with a gentle swirl (and swirling can be addictive fun). The smell is slightly fruity, with apples coming to mind. This fruity smell seems to be a bit distinct from the hint of alcohol also coming through. The taste affects the taste bud located on both the palate and the tongue a bit differently. The taste on soft-palate is very nice: a light at fruity flavor being carried with the carbonation. The tongue is another matter: a rather stickyand unpleasant feel and strongly alcohol taste. Average out this is a nice beverage but not one that I can recommend searching out. There are significantly better offerings out there for this variety.

Photo of mj001jk
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden opaque color with a relatively light head with medium fine foam. The nose is bright and crisp, clean smell and fruity esters that remind me of pineapple, peach and a little bit of banana. It has a very light citrus hop aroma that smells refreshing.

The taste is very clean and light with slight almond-like nutty flavor, it is simple yet a mouthful. Nice malts buffer the subtle flavoring and it leaves a long impression on the palate.

I find this an excellent Belgian with lots of American Rocky Mountain attitude. Highly recommended and I will drink many more of these if I can get my hands on them.

Photo of Soonami
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had Avery Salvation before but it was in "Collaboration" with Russian Rivers version so I have not had it by itself yet. Salvation is a orange hued, golden pale ale with a tuft of foam that releases orange and lemon oil aromas, a hint of pepper and clove and a yeasty earthiness. The beer had a lingering sweetness that was perhaps due to the low carbonation for the style and the mouthfeel suffered for it. Overall, not the best, but drinkable

Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed bright orangey amber color, head is white but doesn't build much in a Trois Pistoles chalice. Just a few scant dots for lace. Aroma of pear, some spicey syrup elements. Thickish mouthfeel, low carbonation (ah, if only some of these could be as lively as Duvel). Flavor is scarcely dusted with dry cocoa, features flesh fruits prominantly, slight banana, and powdered confectioner's sugar. Thickens in impression closer to the finish, shows off a bit of grassy hops and more of a fruit cocktail impression. A little cloying, slight pizza dough and oiliness, well-hidden alcohol on this one.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber golden with an off white honey tinted head creamy texture slightly rocky, leaves behind nice webbed pattern of lacing. Aroma: Rich honey like malt character with a bready yeasty notes, not as complex and fruity as most Belgian style ales. Taste: Flavor rich compex honey, bready, very sweet alcohol with some phenolic tones. Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied chewy mouthfeel syrupy as all hell, a bit cloying not to keen on the sensation it inflicts on my palate. Drinkability: Is somewhere in the middle this is not a Piraat, La Fin du Monde, or Duvel but it's decently tasty anyway you slice it just lacking some crucial elements present iin most belgian style strong ales.

Photo of OStrungT
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell grains of paridise, and coriander. Lemon peel is also present. It has a citrus aroma. A slight grainy aroma is also present.

This beer tastes grainy. I taste some citrus flavors. Lemon, and orange flavors. It tastes quite sweet also. Some spice flavor is also present.

This full bodied beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy, citrus like aftertaste. It is crisp and refreshing.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. It is a little strong, but it tastes good. The flavor might become a little overbearing after a while though.

Overall: This beer is good, but not anything exceptional. Just ordinary. I would drink it again.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a golden-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of ripe pears backed by mildly sweet malts and good amounts of clove.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet malts with Belgian candi sugar influences up front are joined almost immediately by large amounts of fresh pear flavors. Midway through the sip a mild spiciness comes out and carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could go for another.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and thought it was a very good though not great beer for the style. Well worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 22 ounce bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Hazy, cloudy orange with a light head that leaves very small lacing.

S: Apricot and peach, a hint of spice, and some mild citrus combine with some fruity esters.

T: The beer begins with heavy fruity malt. Honey and peach dominate. The beer then shifts to spice and alcohol.

M: Heavy and creamy.

O: I have enjoyed most of the things Avery has brewed, and I was very tempted to try this as well. It is maltier than I thought it would be, and it is heavier than I thought it would be as well. I understand that Belgian-Style Golden Ales tend to be on the heavier side, but I was expecting a bit more balance from hops. The beer is fruity (mostly pear with honey) and on the sweeter side. The alcohol is fairly strong on the finish and evident in the warmth that sits in the throat. Salvation is not a bad beer, but it could have been better balanced.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a hazy apricot color with a creamy butter cream head that is soon gone regardless of the strong carbonation.
S- This beer has a pear fruity aromas with some apricot notes followed by a honey cinnamon hint that lingers. As the beer warms this becomes more of a raw wet lentil note.
T- The soft fruity flavor has notes of peach and dry malt with a big dandelion bitterness in the finish. The big bitterness soon covers the more subtle fruit flavors.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft warm alcohol heat in the finish.
D- The great dry fruity beer is stomped on by hop bitterness with some notes of old spices in their. There wasn't even much hop flavor or aroma just the bitter bite.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.