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:
3.61/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a snifter.
This is a true golden ale -- the appearance is a deep golden color, with a decent two fingers of off-white head. There is a pretty large amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, that populates the glass in a minor way. Unfortunately some big chunks found their way into the glass near the end of the pour. The smell is of baking spices, booze, vanilla extract, dried apricot, washed potato, pear, molasses and brown sugar. The taste follows with nutmeg, clove, vanilla, peach, booze, dried figs, sweet apple, and potato skin. The mouthfeel compliments the spice character with its vibrant carbonation.
Overall, a very solid belgian-style golden that is a bit too spicy and boozy for its own good. Some age could probably mellow this one out, and hopefully bring out some of the more subtle fruit notes lurking below the surface of the more assertive characters in this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 02:58:36 | More by JFear
4.48/5 rDev +17%
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
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
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