Salvation - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by ojiikun:
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
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:
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
86 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.