Salvation - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by donaldchapman:
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Avery 15th Anniversary vertical tasting
A - brilliant clear golden color, with a long lasting white head.
S - A complex blend of phenolics, esters, and malt aromas. Favoring the phenols and esters.
T - Spicy coriander, peppery, flavors accompanied by some berry like flavors. Good hop bitterness with a good malt backing.
M - Full bodied with a pleasant alcohol warmth.
A - Appearance remains about the same perhaps a bit of haze forming.
S - The phenols begin to subside bringing out less spice and more esters and malt.
T - Flavors of Liquorice root and strawberries seem to be amplified along with a more complex malt profile.
M - Full bodied and alcohol seems to be even smoother.
A - once again the color and head are about the same with a slight bit more haze.
S - Super malty aromas dominate the nose as well as a subtle smoke aroma.
T - Amazing balance of fruit, strawberries, smoke and malt. Caramel, toffee, bready... Bitterness is subdued but appropriate.
M - Full bodied with a very smooth alcohol warmth.
This is a great beer for aging, while the 2008 bottle is good, the 2005 and 2002 vintages are much more complex and dynamic. As expected the malt increases with age, but the phenolics and esters also dramatically change. I would place the 2002 as the best of the three with 2005 coming in second.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2008 15:29:52 | More by donaldchapman
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Orange creamsicle with a big yeast smell and spicy phenols.
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.
Crisp and almost-chewy. Medium body and creamy carbonation.
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2013 01:53:40 | More by TheDoctor
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
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