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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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941 Ratings
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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 23
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
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 soulfly1492
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of fruity notes. Apricot, orange, banana, clove, lots of malt sweetness.

Appearance: Gold color. Pours a tall white head. Leave a ton of lacing and the head never dissipates.

Taste: Apricot, clove, alcohol, lighter malts. Very little bitterness, very sweet overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Mild carbonation, never drying, even wit the obvious presence of alcohol!

Overall: Nice bold flavors. The 22 oz bottle went pretty quickly (considering that I'm not feeling quite 100% on a morning following GABF '11).

soulfly1492, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light orange and clear, head and lace were ok.

Smelled and tasted like a tripel to me, with lots of yeast and spices, floral notes, fruit flavors, quite sweet, and a slightly off-putting odd taste I couldn't quite identify.

Body was pretty full and notably alcoholic, leaving a bitter yeasty aftertaste.

Overall I wasn't that impressed by this one.

AlCaponeJunior, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of gojo1970
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this one, but unfortunately for the Avery Brewing Co. I personally found this beer to be very fruity with tastes of dried apricots with nutmeg and, or cinnamon. Which brings me to the question wheres the hops? The pour was a disappointment do to the inability to produce or even maintain a head. I'm not wanting to bash this beer because you can tell from the bottling, color, artwork on the label (which is amazing by the way) speaking of the color I think I had made up my mind that I was going to love this beer due to the color, maybe why I was disappointed. All that being said if you like a fruity tasting beer, this ones for you. get out and try it.

gojo1970, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of abrand
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into tulip

Pours a deep yellow/golden color with a fizzing quick fading 1 finger head that leaves nothing behind. Pretty good pour. Smells of bananas, fig, orange, and plenty of euro yeast. Not overpowering but smells nice. Taste is really smooth and enjoyable. Lots of fruits hit the palate with a somewhat hoppy finish that lingers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall this is a pretty solid beer.

abrand, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a thin, cream colored head.

S: Pale malts, subtle spice notes and some Belgian yeast as well. Pretty nice aroma.

T: Candi sugar, slightly bready malts, brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. While the alcohol flavor is present, it's nicely subdued. Overall, a pretty nice take on the style.

notchucknorris, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of bigaltemple
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew pours a golden orange. Two finger head settles to half finger cap that leaves really nice lacing. Baking dough, light pear, peach, sour apple and some yeast funkiness come through the nose.

First taste is immediately a mild alcohol burn. This calms down to reveal the sweet, bready, fruit found in the scent. Some peppery notes tingle in the finish. Comes across as medium to full bodied. Wouldn't mind a slight increase in carbonation.

Solid, easy to find, year round brew with a good price point.

bigaltemple, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Can't find a date on this one. Served in a tulip.

Pours a quite clear gold with a two finger beige head. Settles quickly and leaves lots of thick lacing.

Smells of spicy Belgian yeast and candi sugar. The apricot and peach mentioned on the label seem to be there, along with some banana and apple. A touch astringent.

Wow, alcohol is the first flavor to hit me. Fruits and sugar are there too, but fruit is muted. Spicy. Finish is kind of bitter, and alcohol stays strong.

Fairly full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Soft on the palate, but gets a little thick.

Hmm, not awful, but kind of a miss for me.

brotherloco, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Old Eagle Tavern.

Salvation pours out a golden graham glaze with some hazy orange in between. Not much of a head, barely even a off white cap, no stick.

Smell is very heavy on the spice and especially black pepper. Adam really likes his black pepper. Some grassy vegetal smell with some bready old biscuit scent as well.

This is an odd one. Comes in heavier than a BSPA, but Salvation does not even meet those standards. I get farmhouse along with fruity triple tastes and grass. Black pepper is apparent with grains of paradise. Other spices. Belgian yeast with bread but it also gives vegetal taste in the middle and it lingers off longtime, yuck. This is real nasty.

Feel is heavier than the standard BSPA. A slimy medium with kinda lacking carb. More bubbles would of been nice, but it would not have helped the taste. Aftertaste of vegies forever.

A hybrid of styles Saison/BSPA/triple in that order, and it seems unfocused. I could not wait to get through my glass.

BARFLYB, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a Goblet at The Linkery in San Diego, Calif. About an inch of head. Lots of lacing on top of the beer and some uneven film on the sides of the glass. Color was orange amber. Really liked the look of this beer.

Smelled orange, fruits, hints of lemon/citrus and cloves. Smelled a lot like a Saison.

Good mix of flavors, but clove heavy. Not that hoppy, still like a Saison to me. Plum comes to mind for the fruit.

Moderately carbonated. Not that good of a mouthfeel. Got sick of it pretty quick.

The Salvation started out so well for me but then got worse as the beer went down. I’d still probably give it another try.

BucannonXC5, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden with a light orange medium head. Dissipation is rather quick and leaves decent lacings.

S: Fruity; oranges, red apples, faint bananas. Sweet malt. Some bitter hops. Spicy and yeasty.

T: Lovely sweet malt with some caramell. Lots of fruit: red apples, oranges, faint bananas, pears and peaches. Some bitter hops balances it nicely. Spicy and yeasty.

M: Aftertaste is short but lovely sweet bitter. Body is syrupy full while carbonation is mild to medium. Very smooth! The ABV gives it a warming feel.

O: Nice and balanced, but a little more bitterness compared to the Belgians I've had earlier in this style.

Evil_Pidde, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

kylehay2004, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  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.

nickfl, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear amber, has an off-white small head with a little lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of sweet tropical fruits and bitter herbs.

Starts with sweet toffee and caramel, then sweet and sour fruits like in a mango chutney, bitter orange peel and pine resin.

Medium high carbonation, soft and thick texture, a slightly coarse dry finish.

Well, I would say Belgian IPA here, the hops are dominant over the yeast and malt.

rarbring, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured (somewhat aggressively) into a tulip for a foamy three-finger head atop a hazy golden body. Enough lacing that you could almost scrape it off into a spoon.

Nose has some Belgian yeast funk and a bit of apricot.

Taste is apricotty with more hops than I would expect or like from a Belgian 'golden ale'; the net effect is some kind of blond barleywine, if that makes any sense. Really more bitter than balanced. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

Mouthfeel is understated but pleasant. Substantial and not watery, but carbonation is low on this one.

Overall, there are so many other, comparably priced Belgian style ales that I prefer (Unibroue, I'm looking at you), so I probably won't buy this again. I guess part of it is that from the color, description, and ABV, I keep wanting it to be a tripel, which it isn't nor does it claim to be. Ultimately hoppier than I'd have liked.

zaphodchak, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a wide-mouth glass.

A: Pours a clear golden brown with gold highlights. Head is smaller than I would have expected. Though I would have liked a stronger head with some lattice work lacing.

S: Doughy biscuit and pineapple. No need to get overly descriptive here.

T/MF: Pretty hot even after some time on the shelf. Loads of melon, pineapple, and various other rich, sweet fruits, balanced by some peppery spice and loads of malt sweetness.

D: Not bad for pulling it off the bottom shelf at the liquor store.

bluemoonswoon, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cellared for 7 1/2 months
Bomber -> Hennepin goblet

A ~ Very deep tangerine with a wheat-color to it and alot of clarity to it. (Very fine haze on the second pour, which was more what I was expecting)
2" inch cloudy head.

S ~ Nice bit of yeast. Rocky candy, prairie grass & cantaloupe

T ~ Preserved peaches (cloves/cinnamon/sugar in a mason jar), bit of citrus zest but not enough at all. Dominating juicyfruit. Some pomander & wheat, especially when warm. On the second, cloudy pour, Melon and overripe pear notes.

M ~ Sweet & Spicy, but almost too sweet. Not very dry at all, and I long for a nice tart citric/lactic flavor. Lots of booze-heat.

D ~ Expecting alot, and I did not enjoy it after
cellaring for so long.
Probably will not be purchasing again.
Not a horrendous brew, but nothing special.
Would rather have a Duvel or any number of Belgian-Belgian Style.

Peace Out, Avery.

chocosushi, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a regular pint glass...

The beer is an opaque golden/ orange with pillowy white head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of banana, candisugar, lemon and yeast. the taste is kind of funky, I could taste banana yeast clove and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is thick with soft carbonation. I thought this was a good beer, nothing too special though.

JMad, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden orange color with a finger of foamy white head that dissipates rapidly and leaves little lacing or retention. The aroma is strong with floral notes and sweet malty notes. The taste starts with some floral and earthy hops and then becomes sweet with bready notes. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and finishes smooth. Overall a good Belgian ale.

csiewert, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Stunner97
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden yellow to amber, small bubbles slowly stream, slight white head quickly fades away,

Smell- very distinct malty belgian smell, citrus, nice nose

taste- theres nice spice tone on the finish that keeps the beer in check and stops it from being to sweet, nice balance to this beer for sure, not super complex but enjoyable and good balance

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel,

Drinkability/overall- its drinkable and the balance is very nice in making this beer not becoming to sweet or to dry, its alot lighter then I expected both by smell style, its a good beer falls just short of being great but for 5.49 def good value and a buy,

Stunner97, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  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.

jlindros, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - orange amber, decent head

Smell - banana bread, floral, brown sugar

Taste - sour cherry, minor bitter hops, bready

Mouthfeel - smooth, minor hotness, was easy to throw down.

not as nice as the reverend, im not as into the belgian pales so maybe thats the reason, but worth a try.

claytong, May 31, 2011
Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear copper with a slight appearance of white head that recedes quickly into a halo.

S: Brown sugar, candied fruit, honey sweetness, pear, apple

T: Sweet, fruity malt to start, then some apple, peach, citrus notes in the middle, finished with booze and a touch of hop bitterness. Nice.

M: Thick, creamy, great carbonation

O: Nice one. Still not as good as my favorite belgian strong pales, but still one to add to the roster. Would buy again easily.

Krakistophales, May 30, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color with a foamy one finger head which quickly fizzles to nothing. Very little lacing.

S: Very doughy/biscuity with some graham cracker and an extremely faint spice/floral aroma.

T: The flavor profile just seemed off, there was a slightly sourish taste and some fruit but it didn't taste right. Hard to describe the flavor, but I know I was not a fan.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and despite the issues I had with the flavors, it drank rather smoothly with a touch of alcohol.

O: Wasn't a fan. If it had tasted like the aroma, that would have been fine, even though it seemed to be lacking in hops slightly, but drank a little of it and then poured it, something I rarely do.

mdaschaf, May 25, 2011
Photo of cdrogers
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to snifter.

Appearance: Light-red in color, copper. Very little head.

Smell: Definite brown sugar and some little citrus notes. Very clean.

Taste: Sweet and slight maltiness. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-light in body, nice brown sugar sweetness.

Overall, this is a great beer for the style and really love it.

cdrogers, May 21, 2011
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.