Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 523
Hads: 1,006
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 24
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma, cloudy orange, a nice head with lace. Hoppy yet creamy, grapefruit bitterness on palate. Another purposely over-the-top hopped-up Avery. Full mouthfeel, some spicyness and drying finish. Would have been fine with hope restraint. Maybe some cellaring. Thanks Tupalev. (280 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and some very peach and apricot like fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a distinct peach flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I especially like the peach flavor I am getting out of this one. (603 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Turbid, amber/gold. 2 finger head, completely dissipates and leaves decent lace.

S: Sweet, like artificial banana smell and some orange and limeade. A little malt.

T: A little sharp citrus up front with a musty sweet finish. Spicey.

M: Thick body, mild to moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: Very nice aroma. The taste at first was more sour than I like but after a few sips it became more drinkable. (419 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down but consistently left a pillow of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast in the nose—apricots and peaches seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has complex flavors of fruity yeast, notes of candi sugar and hints of earth yeast and peppery spices, the latter of which are most noticeable in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness throughout the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the complex taste of this beer. Although this is a beer that you need to slowly sip, the alcohol isn't too noticeable in the taste. (883 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a thin tan head and almost no lacing. Nose brings candied sugar, caramel, dark fruits, hints of spice, and some booze. Taste is a bit of a mess with flavors in all directions and the malt and the yeast never really coming together, and then being overwhelmed by a big booziness. The feel brings a slight creaminess that is somewhat appetizing and is a boost over the nose. Drinkability is fairly poor. Definitely prefer the other end of the collaboration. (549 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with decent head and lacing

Smell: Yeasty Belgian nose with vague hints of candi sugar, banana and coriander

Taste: Lots of interesting fruity and spicy flavors up front - peaches, black pepper and cardamom; after the swallow, an unusual dry bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style but this one stands out as a very refined example with the iconoclastic character you would expect from Avery (507 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wow, buttery colored and fluffy headed salvation looks tempting! smells of butterscotch and over ripe peaches. also that classic belgian yeast. tastes a bit fruity, again the peaches, and there is a unique sweetness that works well here. it could be more carbonated, which would give it a lighter/brighter feeling in the mouth, but the lack of super carbonation makes the flavors stand out distinctly. this is a fantastic series of beers from avery, and along with the reverend are in my opion the two best brews they make. really different for a belgian pale (559 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see American breweries creating great Belgian Style beers. Avery doesn't quite get it right this time round. A strong straw, almost golden color with a light haze and good head retention. Smells very fruit (peaches and pears) and lightly peppery with a promise of heated alcohol. Flavors of peaches, pears, mangos, pineapples,.... along with spicy Belgian sugars attribute to high alcohols (too much for the style) and a bite-ey, almost husk-ey bitterness in the throat. Finishes sweet, dry, and a bit too hot and fusal. Still too good of flavors to allow the flaws to ruin the beer. I will drink again. (611 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a golden yellow color with some haze to it. The head on the beer was big white and thick looking. The smell was yeasty and had a touch of spices on the nose. The taste of the beer reflects those same aspects. The spicy notes come through in the aftertaste and leave a light warming sensation I the mouth. The mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side, not too bad. Overall it's not the best Belgian Strong ale but it's probably worth a try. (454 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a clean dark golden color ale with a small foamy head with little retention. Aroma of candi sugar is a bit overpowering and doesn’t allow for much else. Taste is very sweet with very little yeast or spices characteristics. Alcohol is pretty subdued but a bit too one-dimensional and boring in my own opinion. (345 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pristine peachy amber with lemon peel trim. There's a fair amount of fine carbonation, but it doesn't approach the bubbliciousness of most BSPAs. As a result, the ivory colored crown will never be mistaken for the upper half of a Belgian ale. Still though, it's attactive in an IPA kind of way. Most high-ABV beer doesn't deliver this much sticky lace.

The highest compliment that I can pay the nose is that it's authentic. Authentically Belgian and authentically good. A warm, inviting, clove spiciness is easily identified swirling among the sweetened orchard fruit (most reminiscent of ripe pears and peaches). I'm amazed at how well-hidden the alcohol is. It doesn't hurt that this bottle has been carefully aged for close to two years.

Salvation is almost exceptional beer. On first blush, its only (admittedly minor) faults are a wee lack of complexity and an alcohol presence that is still somewhat aggressive. Even though I could probably have identified it as an American 'B'SPA if blinded, it tastes much more like the originals than most versions from this side of the Atlantic. A kick ass yeast strain probably has a lot to do with that.

A fairly hefty amount of pale (and light crystal) malt glides along beneath the boozy fruit. It tastes like a generous amount of candi sugar was used, but the beer isn't overly sticky sweet. That's because the alcohol cuts through each mouthful like a knife through warm butter. In addition, an impressive amount of Styrian Goldings hoppiness has survived intact and easily counters all the sugars.

The mouthfeel favors medium over full. As it warms toward room temperature, words like supple and lightly chewy come to mind. I'm fine with the less than abundant number of bubbles since they're more brittle than they are soft. All in all, the mouthfeel matches the flavor profile pretty well.

Avery typically brews solid beer that falls short of what I would consider great (New World Porter, IPA and The Czar are delicious exceptions to that rule). Salvation is an enjoyable big beer that comes close enough to the Belgian masters to be well worth the $5.99 that I spent on the bomber. The next time I buy it, though, I'm going to lay it down for at least three years. (2,224 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Salvation pours a copper color, nearly crystal-clear, with quickly receeding foam. Smell is phenolic, also a hint of malt. Bubbles manage to ring the glass, but carbonation is not very apparent. Definitely not as lively as many Belgian pale ales.

Taste is sweet candy sugar and malt/barley. It's thick and syrupy in the mouth, almost whiskeyish. Alcohol is present, on the verge of overshadowing the downplayed malt & barley flavors. Bottle claims to have "authentic Belgian yeast" but none comes through in the flavor, or is visible in the bottle. Drinkabilty suffers due to the syrupy texture and alcohol presence.

Overall it's not a bad Belgian-style ale, but a bit too jacked up, like other "extreme" American craft brews. (734 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice hazy and murky amber color with a huge, two inch plus head of off white yeasty foam on top. Nice retention as it hung around for a good long while. Once it finally relented it left behind a ton of gooey lace on the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible from the start with this one. Looked good, like a belgian should.

S - Very spicey and yeasty. Alot of nutmeg, and fruit notes were very prominent from the start. Lively aroma, you could tell there was a nice amount of yeast in hear. A touch of alcohol was also present at first, but seemed to mix out as it warmed up.

T - Smooth, very very smooth. Not even a hint of the alcohol inside this one. It was just a very spicey belgian. Made your lips tingle a bit, this one tasted alive still, very nice. It had a good earthy grain quality and a touch of some light fruit. Very nice balance.

M - Silky and very well carbonated. It was effortless to sip. Gave a really good pop once it hit your palate and kept itself feeling vibrant throughout the session. I was quite impressed with the staying power of the carbonation on this one. Just had that nice light, but yet filling feeling to it.

D - Very nice actually. I don't tend to take ABV as a factor when I review drinkability, but rather look at how well I was able to drink this. It was a great sipper. I do admit belgians are not my favorite but this one was tight.

Overall a quality brew, as most from Avery seem to be. This was my first shot at one of their Belgian styles and it was just classic, a good all around brew. I would definatly like to come back to this one again at some point. Very impressed and I would recommend a try to anyone. (1,674 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out an amber/ornge color with a thick, two-finger head. Leaves great lacing down the entire glass.

S - Smelled of pine, grasses, cinnamon, alcohol and yeast.

T - Could really taste the malt and a clove flavor. Also, th eyeast and alcohol were very present.

M - It is soft and smooth. Medium-bodied.

D - Another great "big bottle" beer from Avery. And a good representation of the style. (408 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark and mildly hazed golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Quite a bit of spice esters such as all spice, clove, and nutmeg. Some mild pear and apple fruitiness along with a bit of citrus peel. Plenty of sweet sugar and caramel malts, too.

T: More of a citrus presence on the flavor than I had expected. Still some sweet fruits like pears and bananas along with the spice notes. Caramel, candi sugar, and a bit of alcohol to round it out.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation. As sweet as this beer is, luckily it's not syrupy.

D: A bit too sweet for me with a sort of half hearted spice character. A bit boozy, too. (684 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly copper body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling lightly of fruits (mainly peaches and pears) shrouded in a layer of nutmeg and allspice. Slight bready malt character, too.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront, with full tastes of simple syrup stirred up with light caramel. Fruit juices enter the picture, giving flavors of peaches and pears and even figs. Floral, spicy hops with a medium bitter; not nearly enough to scrub away all the sweetness unleashed. What has been wrought the hops cannot unwrought. Some solventy alcohol near the end. Floral, spicy-packed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice, pleasant Belgian Strong Golden, though a bit overtly sweet. (754 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves good lace.

S - Spicy yeast notes of clove and plum. Caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Thick, fruity malt up front with notes of orange and banana. Some clove and bready notes of toffee in the middle. Finishes with lots of banana bread and clove.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very complex with intense yeast character. Kind if thick for the style and perhaps a bit less drinkable because of that, but still a nice beer. (611 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's Salvation delivers a deep golden body beneath a creamy head of white froth that fades steadily away to a thin collar, leaving behind some nice splashes and spots of lace.

The nose is malty, sweetish like candy, and spicy with some lemon peel in the background.

It's medium/full bodied and lightly crisp, leaving it quite smooth across the palate.

The flavor delivers more than the nose promises, with a rich, bread and honey-like maltiness that's peppered with gentle spice, a spritz of lemon, and some lightly vanilla-ish candy. Some floral hops make their way through (especially in the finish); as does some alcohol (again, mainly in the finish). The bitterness is restrained to let the sugar, yeast, and spice shine, but it's balanced; and it finishes drying as the sweet malt fades and the yeasty character (bubblegum, clove) emerges.

I found it a little dull for the style - just not as crisp and delicately balanced as it could be. Instead, it seems a bit flabby and uninteresting. There are no flaws, but at the same time it doesn't really go anywhere. It's just a basic, well done, dextrinous, Belgian-style golden ale. (1,149 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/12/2011 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, bananas, spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong flavor of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice stronger Belgian beer to drink for a long time. (859 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one thanks to THECPJ.

Pours a light fizzy head with big bubbles of almost 1/2 a finger, over hazy amber reddish orange pale colored beer.

Nose brings nice Belgian golden malts, semi sweet malts, belgian yeast with typical bright fruits, some light candi sugar, fruits like apricot, white raisin, and hint of tangerine (without the citrus) come through.

Taste starts a bit on the sweet side, again pretty belgian, candi sugar, belgian golden malts, typical fruit again with dried apricots, white raisin, little tangerine, bit of Belgian yeast flavors, a little bit of booze as well with some warmth and even a bit tingly, all that mixed with the slightest hint of fruity hops. Finishes a bit warm with more booze, golden malts and Belgian yeasty fruits linger, and fairly sticky and still semi sweet.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, good carbonation, and some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall pretty good, typical but nice Belgian golden malts, fruits, candi sugar, just a hint of hops, a bit boozy, and the sweetness and little syrupy feel are a bit much. (1,080 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber in the Stella Artois glass. Champagne bubbles with more carbonation in the lacing than head.

Intense flavor of Belgian yeast with celery. The nose is equally intense, with spice cake and floral hops. Surprisingly hoppy with a distinct bitterness. Quite sharp. Lots of spice flavors for some reason, like clove and others less distinguishable. Some kind of fruity flavor, like melon and pineapple. Just surprisingly spicy, like an overdose of cinnamon in the bun.

Interesting to compare this with Unibroue Don de Dieu, which is in the same style. Much less heavily flavored, even though it's brewed with spices and the Avery is allegedly not. 22 oz bottle was $6.99 at Ibis Food Mart in San Diego. (717 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged orange gold with a thin white head. Nose is perfume, floral tones, and boozy. Flavor carries a fair amount of alcohol tones as well. Minor dough. Floral tones are here too. Typical Belgian ale sweet tones. Feel smooth on liquid and carbonation. East to drink. A bit too hot, but nice enough. (315 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey with a bubbly thin white head. Head retention and lacing are below average

Smell: Yeat, lemon, mown grass and fruit. A feast for the nose

Taste: Sourness/dryness hit you up front along a with a yeasty/stale hops taste. Finish is fruitty, dry and has a pronounced alcohol presence

MF: Slick, effervescent and and well carbonated

Drinkable enough, kind of reminds me of Duvel. But not really my style (422 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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. (677 characters)

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.