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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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890 Ratings
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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 21
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002)
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Photo of Chincino


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at the Yard House in Dedham, MA today. It was poured into a tulip glass and it poured to be a dark amber color with very little off white head that dissipated fast.

I tend to like this style of beer as I am a big fan of beers such as Delerium Tremens. I found this beer to be decent although not one of my favorites of the Belgian Strong Pale Ales.

The aroma was strong of both fruit, malt, and almost had the smell of a sweet bread. It was medium-bodied. Good beer, but definitely not a session beer.


Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 03:25:40 | More by Chincino
Photo of StaveHooks


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden amber with red hues. 2 finger bone white head slowly sink into a thin collar. Speckled lacing.

S - Lemon citrus hops, bubblegum yeast, spices, wheat. Grassy hops.

T - Lemony tartness, spicy Belgian yeast, green pears, grassy wheat all on top of a solid candied pale malt. Moderate hops wraps around, takes hold, and compliments the flavors well.

M - Full bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

The citrus tartness cuts out the sweetness. Good creamy characters. Alcohol is hidden well. A solid drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 01:29:12 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of paulozanello


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a translucid dark golden color with some red hues. The white head is creamy and has good retention and lacing.

Smell is of biscuity malts and apricots/peaches/apples.

Taste starts with sweet malts and little caramel. Then it shifts to fruity notes: mainly apricots, peaches and mangos. Finish is dry and yeasty / spicy with little bitterness.

Body is medium and carbonation is high.

Nice pleasant beer from Avery. Good yeast contribution to the flavor and aroma. It is a little too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 04:04:51 | More by paulozanello
Photo of baggio


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle

A: Goldenish with a wee, white, head.

S: Fruitjuice, Belgian yeast, Caramel.

T: Caramel, Fruitjuice, Butterscotch, Belgian yeast, Spices.

M: Fruity, smooth and pleasant. Carbonation is low.

This beer has aged with grace and went down way too fast. Still, not as complex as i would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 21:15:07 | More by baggio
Photo of SirRuss


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Radiant amber-gold - reminiscent of the original tree resin from which the gem's derived. Holds a light haze that detracts from the clarity, but in a reassuring way. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but not so fast to cause concern. A healthy lacing is left clinging to the glass and scattered across the beer's surface.

S - light, funky, earthy notes come hand-in-hand with soft yellow fruits and delicate spice.

T - Incredibly well balanced, full, and complex. Everything in the nose is expounded on the palate. The fruit, spice, and yeasty flavours work independently, yet also in harmony producing a synergy usually confined to great Belgian brews. The light hops gently roll-in towards the end to provide a cleansing bitter finish. There also seems to be a fennel seed quality that plays between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops, and is quite unexpected for this style of beer - works superbly though,

M - So so smooth. An example of perfect carbonation, with concise, tight, prevalent bubbles creating a velvety, yet titillating, skin that covers the chewy maltiness lying beneath. This much chewy goodness couldn't be justified without a strong abv, and Salvation's got that in the bag too - at an indulgent 9%.

D - I could literally do this all day - and in fact, I've done it before with belgian counterparts of the same ilk. Smooth, strong, complex and refreshing - other than some moules frites to line the stomach, what more could anyone need?

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:46:12 | More by SirRuss
Photo of Thorpe429


2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:58:23 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of morebeergood


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Dedham. Served in a 10 oz stemmed tulip glass. Hazy pumpkin orange color with not much head. Smell had a really nice spicy aroma to it, like coriander and cardamon. Taste was very pleasant. Strong Belgian flavors, such as candied sugar and and tart fruit like apples and pears. Mouthfeel was not bad, but the high abv seemed a bit hot on the palate. Drinkability was fine for a high alcohol beer, but the 10 oz glass seemed appropriate for a beer of this strength. A nice beer to savor for a while as it warms up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 14:42:30 | More by morebeergood
Photo of claybeer


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fairly clean pour. It has a little hazy cloudiness but not much. The color is a very rich yellow gold. The head is thin but laces well. A huge malty, banana nose jumps out of the glass. The banana carries over to the tongue but not getting any other spices. Without more fruits or spice it doesn't seem like a belgian style but still a good beer. Some alcohol heat is present but thin it smoothes out to a creamy malt. Great mouthfeel. It covers every crevice of your mouth causing a long lingering finish. It's not so rich you can't drink this one easily but with the alcohol feeling it makes me wonder how much you would want to.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 17:05:16 | More by claybeer
Photo of womencantsail


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 01:01:12 | More by womencantsail
Photo of keith712


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a stemmed large wine glass. Deep golden yellow and cloudy, although fairly translucent. Medium carbonation and somewhat fizzy with a solid 1/2" head that falls quickly but maintains a thin layer all the way through.

Nose: Bright fruitiness, apricots, cinnamon and spices. Fizzy sweetness, it seems I smell more carbonation that what I see.
Not overly complex but still interesting.

Taste: Tartness on the tongue and cheeks, somewhat sweet from the candy sugars. Bright citrus/floral tones that tie in with more hops taste than I expected. Not bitter though. Flavor is somewhat subdued and not as interesting as I had hoped for. As it warms it does smooth out which is a good thing, knocking down some of the brightness and letting the malts and hops show up more.

Mouthfeel: Medium, leaves a coating on the cheeks that stays slightly bitter/tart considering the sugars present. Feels warmer than what the 9% abv would suggest. Not much more to say here...

Drinkability: Being medium sweetness and not overly complex, combined with the medium body makes it goes down pretty easy. Definitely drinks like something semi fancy but "cheap" enough to get fired up on. No problem going through the full bottle and catching a nice buzz from it :-)

Overall I give this a 6 out of 10. I won't pursue this much since it's cousin "Collaboration not Litigation" is far more interesting to me and more substantial. This feels like it's weaker, dumber brother. Still good but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 20:26:12 | More by keith712
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a honey color with white head, probably half inch. Fades quickly and leaves some lacing down the glass. First impression is very under carbonated.

Smells like fruits and spice. Apples and cloves come to mind, but citrus are present too. There is a gentle earthiness in there.

Taste follows smell with a sweetness that is slightly over powering.

Mouthfeel is poor, mostly because of the under carbonation and the intense sweetness. Not as crisp as I would like.

Drinkability is not great either...not overly inviting. The lack of carbonation makes the sweetness overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:07:47 | More by bs870621345
Photo of Soonami


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had Avery Salvation before but it was in "Collaboration" with Russian Rivers version so I have not had it by itself yet. Salvation is a orange hued, golden pale ale with a tuft of foam that releases orange and lemon oil aromas, a hint of pepper and clove and a yeasty earthiness. The beer had a lingering sweetness that was perhaps due to the low carbonation for the style and the mouthfeel suffered for it. Overall, not the best, but drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 15:25:20 | More by Soonami
Photo of stonelis


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a nice white head. Fruity aroma. Flavor is apricot, yeast, citrus, slight clove, pears. Alcohol is hidden pretty well until you finish the 22oz bomber than you feel it. A decent Belgian golden ale but nothing special, I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 21:50:35 | More by stonelis
Photo of IPAescotch


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

A: drank from a bottle, left moderate lacing.

S: Smells like a wheat ale at first whiff. Light, not at all hoppy. I'm gonna have to stop here and mention this is not at all my style, and i've had problems with golden belgiums before. That said i'll try to review to style.

T: sweet with a light malt finish. Barley flavor is solid, though it keeps reminding me of wheat. undercarbonation makes it taste flat and undesirable. I think the yeast is contributing to the wheatiness.

M: undercarbonated, thin. Where's the love?

D: at 9% it doesn't really show it. probably great if you love the style, but i didn't dig it at all. Not bland, but flat and boring in my opinion. sorry if i'm missing something.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 03:14:04 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of rebelthrower


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden and a bit orange. Big foamy white head that disappears quickly. A little bit of lacing.

S: Sweet and floral.

T: A bit of sweet fruit. Very little hops. Maybe a little of honey.

M: Very smooth with medium carbonation (great for this beer). A bit creamy.

D: Good overall average beer. Nice to drink on a hot night.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:51:21 | More by rebelthrower
Photo of SassyBootblack


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

This is probably my favorite local Duvel sort of beer. It's a nice gold color with a sturdy white head held up by plenty of carbonation. The flavor and scent have a big Belgian fruitiness with a touch of vanilla. The body is nice and light. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 17:23:09 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of mithrascruor


2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color (with just a hint of haze) and a foamy white head that quickly turns to a bubbly film.

Smell: Fairly heavy aroma of spice and other organic matter. Hints of alcohol and sweeter malts are there too.

Taste: Initially there's quite a bit of sweetness together with a bit of yeast. That eventually yields to a heavier (& more subdued) malt flavor, but the initial flavor picks up again towards the finish. The aftertaste has a fair dose of alcohol in the taste, along with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. Generally smooth, though a bit of alcohol bite in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Honestly this one is a bit difficult - the alcohol taste isn't too strong, but it is a bit too sweet and biting.

While Avery does some excellent beers, I fail to be impressed by their Belgian-style ales. With this one, I feel an eventual drain-pour coming on. Something just rubs me the wrong way here.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:02:02 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of txbrewer


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Your standard golden ale - nothing too cloudy (or too clear) topped with a white head.

S - Lightly sweet/floral, some savory spices with the expected ale brew aroma. The sweet/floral and savory spice did not overpower each other at all.

T - Lightly creamy ale with some hop profile but not so much the the spice and floral were overpowered.

M - Light creaminess, so nothing overly thick at all. Quite nice on the hot afternoon that I tried it

D - slower than other golden ales but still quite enjoyable. I would definitely buy this one again.

I noticed the the style says Belgian Strong Pale Ale but my bottle says Golden Ale (and this is not what I expect for a strong pale ale) but the label shown matches my bottle. I hope I put this review in the proper spot here.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 22:38:40 | More by txbrewer
Photo of secondtooth


4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ornate, busy, and artful label design is fitting for this opaque golden ale with a brisk 9% ABV content. The taste is rich, malty, and sweet with floral, fruity overtones and a hop-edged finish. A complex flavor that's pleasing and surprisingly palatable. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 22:42:51 | More by secondtooth
Photo of emmasdad


4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a pleasant rocky white head on top. Aromas of orange blossom honey, light citrus and Belgian spice. This one is a pleasure to drink, and goes down way to easily for its abv. I get flavors of pears, dark candi sugar and maybe white pepper. Very good and always welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 19:27:14 | More by emmasdad
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a fairly slow mover at the store so I picked up the last one to clear the shelf spot. I would guess this has at least a year on it.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Great lacing as the beer disappears.

Smells of herbs, bananas, light fruit, and some floral notes.

Taste follows the nose. Fruit and spices up front with some gentle honey in the middle. Finishes with spice and light hops with lingering honey. Very well put together profile.

The feel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation.

Great overall beer. I'm glad I finally decided to pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:44:13 | More by RomaniIteDomum
Photo of tigg924


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: orange/brown in color, cloudy, minimal head

Smell: Belgian spices--coriader, cardamom

Taste: apple, funk, lemon, caramel, and Belgian spices--very complex.

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn and bitter backbone, light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: A very enjoyable BSPA that I would be happy to have again. Very complex for the style. A very good offering from Avery.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 13:37:08 | More by tigg924
Photo of eltoppdog


4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep and complex flavor.

At first smell I was confused because I could only smell intense maltiness. Further probing turns up smells of butter and a very slight hoppiness.

Golden yellow in color, a very beautiful color that shows off it's easy drinking, yet deep flavor.

At first it hits you with a pretty intense sweet maltiness (for a belgian golden ale), then slowly gives way to a hoppy, slightly bitter taste which almost at the same time hits you with a buttery taste. I enjoy that the intense sweetness is then knocked down quite a bit with the hop taste and smooth butter.

Very easy to drink, however it is pretty rich and far too deep of a flavor to enjoy as a refreshing beer on a hot day as I usually do with belgian style golden ales.

I'll be buying this again for sure. The $6+ price tag isn't too bad for 9% and great taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 07:38:23 | More by eltoppdog
Photo of confer


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a .33L goblet, from the 22oz bottle withe the very classy
biblical label.Yellow/gold with a head of various size bubbles.
S- Candy sweetness of a triple and it gets sweeter smelling as it warms.
T- Several different tastes.The finish is a subtle but lingering hoppiness. There is a small alcohol burn. I get dark sweet fruits and almonds. There is a real bitter vs. sweet battle going on here.
MD- Drinkable at a slow pace. The big bottle a t 9% has a kick.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 23:13:41 | More by confer
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A BSPA close to home. Golden pour with a touch of cloudiness, big head, rocky. Almost perfect.
Malty aroma is mocked by the spice. It's a biscuit laced with clove, flowers, pepper and honeysuckle.
Nice flavor to it. A malt backbone holds up the hops and soft fruit while a modest amount of pepper, coriander, clove and alcohol give it cutting power.
Feels nice and crisp, but still doesn't have that snap of some others`in the style.
Drinks nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 18:51:32 | More by Mebuzzard
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.