Salvation - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by ojiikun:
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the usual Avery bottle with a modern, gold-leaf label and a foil crown on top of a typical plastic-backed bottlecap. Cryptic numeric markings on the bottom of the bottle offer no birthday. Served it up in my favourite tulip.
Absolutely crystal-clear golden body. Like mead, or ice wine. Milk-white head of very loose, wet head. Feisty enough at first, held on thru the middle of the glass. No lace. Not a speck of lees - I'm starting to suspect this has been filtered.
Smell is quite dry. A bit of piney hops. Vinous notes overwhelm a bit of light malt. Booze dominates at anything past cellar temps. Some strangely herbal notes like saffron or corriander leaf.
Taste is striking in it's brevity. A blast of tart belgian pale ale, then nothing. Leaves only the slightest hint of candi and late-harvest hop on the palate. Touches of lemon-orange citrus peel. Held in the mouth for quite a while, you can find a creamy taste that nearly brings out some more savour spices like fennel.
Mouthfeel is average. Bright carbonation and high alcohol keep it light at first, but by the 22nd ounce, your mouth is a bit coated.
Drinkability actually shines for this brew. Only because it hides it's gravity so well and is so unmemorable five seconds after a swallow, this actually qualifies as refreshing. I can think of quite a few spicy dishes that this would complement brilliantly.
I can't really say much about this brew. It's fairly inexpensive, and I think it could hold a place as a semi-authentic reproduction of middle-of-the-road pale belgians. Taste and aroma are accurate but wildly understated. Feels nice on the mouth at first, but stick with a first glass. If you find it for really, really, cheap, grill up some spicy kebabs, it'd make the dinner party into a drunken debauche!
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2007 05:36:03 | More by ojiikun
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev +16.7%
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
4.56/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 16:21:10 | More by Kuaff
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.