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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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very good

908 Ratings
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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 21
Gots: 56 | 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 jsh420


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

pours bright clear gold with a 1+ finger white head that left some spotted lacing

smells of sweet mallt light fruit and pepper

taste - earthy yeast tons of spices peppery floral hops sweet malt honey fruity

mouthfeel is a heavy full body that has good carbonation and is very smooth and creamy

overall i enjoyed this beer quite a bit - very drinkable even with the high abv - glad i bought 2 i can see how this ages

04-18-2011 02:51:13 | More by jsh420
Photo of Dubbledown


1.7/5  rDev -55.6%

The first thing one notices upon pouring the ale into a 14.9 oz. nonic is the cloudy appearance. This is prbably unfiltered. Good! Most of my favorite beers are unfilitered. Color is golden wheat. The head is very large but recedes to about 1/4 inch. The foam is so dense, I can't get a smell. Looks like I'll have to taste it first. First taste reveals caramel, then sour apple followed by a metallic iron or copper taste. Not pleasant at first but the tongue becomes inured to the effect. Next, one tastes sour bread and copper. The mouthfeel is medium weight but with good heft. Finally, the tip of the tongue feels as though it ws dipped in aspic, so stringent is the aftertaste.
It's really a bit harsh for me but I suppose an accurate exmple of the style. Serving temperature 45 degrees. Too cold? My fault. I must mention that the label is one of the most beautiful anywhere.

Grade Purchased at Stoney's-$ 7.99 ea.

04-17-2011 17:02:06 | More by Dubbledown
Photo of jerryjeff


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Fruity rummish scent with hints of plums, figs, raisins maybe. Nice and inviting.

Slight creaminess on the palette, to the lighter/medium side of carbonation. Warming sensation at the end due to alcohol content.

Light yellowish amber in tulip glass, stark white head which dissipated fairly quickly and is mildly lacing the glass.

Plum notes possibly, getting some light malt hints there but mainly fruity overtones and warming remnants of alcohol afterward.

I'd say a bit too drinkable for abv at 9%, goes down excellent even though get the warming hints from alcohol in the aftertaste.

There are some really great examples of this and this is really good although I don't know if it measures up to say a Duvel

04-15-2011 00:52:25 | More by jerryjeff
Photo of IronLover


4.25/5  rDev +11%

Bright orange-yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a brief, short, white, head that didn't hold up. However, ample wet lazy lacings on the glass throughout. Tropical fruit and apricot aromas, along with belgian yeast, peppery spice and a hint of biscuit. On the thinner side of medium bodied with pleasant, tangy carbonation. Tangy apricot and citrus flavors in the front followed by a floral hoppy and spicy middle. Finished with a hoppy citrus and light pine character. A long lingering yeasty, biscuity, belgian aftertaste. The alcoholic heat peaks through every once in a while, but isn't prominent. Definitey a sipper and very enjoyabe.

04-12-2011 18:27:55 | More by IronLover
Photo of Pecafaced


3.83/5  rDev 0%

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass

A- A beautiful golden color and slightly cloudy with the bottle condition. The pour created a 2 finger width white foamy head. The head was fairly consistent while drinking.

S- The smell was very subtle. There was some sweet maltiness and some mild floral characteristics noted.

T- Some fruit flavors could be tasted, some mild sweetness and a bit of floral hop flavoring. Nothing dominated this beer, it seemed to be balanced. The finish was dry, standard for the style and finished with a pleasant alcohol warmth.

M- Full body mouth feel, kind of creamy texture. Excellent carbonation for a Belgian style.

O- A good quality beer that fits to the style. Very balanced and a great sipper.

04-10-2011 15:36:46 | More by Pecafaced
Photo of NODAK


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

Right away, some aromas of bright lemon came through, eventually giving way to some white grape and spice smells. It actually smelled pretty reminicent of a reisling wine.

No surprise that it pours bright golden. Small head, could have been my pour responsible for that.

It definitely has a white wine type fruitiness to the taste..perhaps a bit tropical as well. Sweet, but not to the point of being cloying. Pleasant. There's a showing by the Belgian yeast as well as some peppery spice as well. Through the finish, the alcohol is present and not totally covered up. There's a little bit of bitterness that hits the side of the tongue on the swallow but it's quite small.

I approve of this beer, as a lover of Belgians. The fruitiness is a little different, and it drinks extremely easily. The ABV is somewhat high, so the alcohol peeking through is understandable. A winner from Avery.

04-01-2011 00:58:10 | More by NODAK
Photo of Paulster88


4.25/5  rDev +11%

22 oz poured into tulip. Pours a hazy golden color with a very small head. Decent lacing left behind.

Smell was mostly spice, some belgian yeast also arising.

Taste was both sweet and spicy. nice carbonation and smooth. 9.0% leaves a slight burn in the finish though, which I didn't mind.

My curiosity for both Salvation beers arose after I tried Collaboration not Litigation. I have to say I enjoyed both Salvation's much more then Col. not Lit. I look forward to having another one of these.

03-30-2011 04:02:51 | More by Paulster88
Photo of FanofHefe


3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Served on-tap in stubby pilsner glass. Mostly clear, light amber body, with a small light, tan head and some moderate retention. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is a combination of sweet fruity notes and spicy yeast notes. A little floral hop and sweet malt in the background.

The flavors follow the aroma, but with a bit of the alchohol heat; just a little boozy. Sweet caramel malt and candied sugar as well.

Overall, seems like a bastardized weissbier that is a little too sweet. Interesting enough but doesn't seem at home in the BSPA category.

03-29-2011 01:18:26 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of jsprain1


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

A- Hazy sunshine, with a very thin white head. The head on this nowhere close to resembles those of top notch Belgian pales.
S- Smell is inviting. A sweet peachy aroma, a touch of spice, and just ever so slightly noticable hop presence.
T- Taste is intially fruity and pleasant. Peach and apricot. The hops are noticable, more so near the finish. A bit more boozy than I would like.
M- Medium bodied. Carbonation is more abrasive than this style should be though.
O- A decent BSPA worth having, but I wouldn't call it an elite example of the style.

03-28-2011 05:25:23 | More by jsprain1
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

03-13-2011 14:40:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

22 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: This pours a cloudy orange color with two fingers of thick, frothy head that holds and laces well.

S: Banana, wet cereal grains, caramel, sweet berries, and some light citrus. The yeastiness goes virtually undetected which is a bad sign for the style.

T: Berries, more cereal grains, strong caramel malts, light peppery yeast, and a decent hop presence.

M: The body is medium-thick with a little heat and a semi-sticky finish.

D: This is a bastardized version of its style. The malty sweetness is overdone while, again, the yeastiness is hardly noticeable. Is it terrible? No. Will I be drinking it again? No.

03-08-2011 13:25:39 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: pours a golden wheat field color, with a 2 finger head of tight white bubbles.has okay retention with some meringue-like lacing.

S: definitely picking up the candy sugar. a huge dose of delicate tropical fruit aromas: bananas, orange, pineapple, and mangoes. also has a cool whip aroma. very balanced, laid back aroma.

T: the first taste is amazing! flavors are very...unique, almost odd, upfront. what at first seems as a flat, one dimensional flavor of the belgian malted barley explodes to a palate full of flavors! becomes candy sugar sweet, then the yeasts impart more of the tropical fruits first noted in the aroma. has a subtle spiciness that is very nice. finish is similar to a pineapple upside down cake. absolutely delicious!

M: medium body with a lush, almost creamy mouthfeel. the light carbonation blending with the spice and alcohol warmth are divine and carry on through a long finish

Overall, sometimes things are better the second time around. first time I had this one was at a bar after a few other beers. I didn't think Salvation was anything special, probably since the flavors are so delicate that any beers before mask them. Definitely a heavenly experience

02-27-2011 23:11:42 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of ktrillionaire


2.6/5  rDev -32.1%

A - It looks innocuous enough, but it isn't. Golden amber in hue (a bit dark for a BSPA), it is capped with spare wisps of white froth, but leaves generous sheets of lace as the glass empties.

S - Uggghhh. I smell cremini mushrooms, which is cool and all if you are eating or ordering cremini mushrooms. If you ordered a beer, however, you generally aren't looking for anything mushroom-y, are you?

T - The taste is worse than the smell. I get mushy peas, hay/grain silo, and some alcohol to top it off. Not very pleasant. I can't drink this beer at all. (Probably) Worst BSPA ever.

M - It really isn't the feel's fault.

D - This is an embarassment. I've had some really good Avery beers in my day; New World Porter stands out as one... it was perhaps the first prominent black IPA (at least on my radar); The Beast, Brabant, Fifteen, Sixteen etc. were good, too. This is notsogood.


Better, not good though.

Vegetal overall, with a lemon pledge nose and edamame taste. Cheap alcohol burn.

02-26-2011 05:29:12 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a very bright golden shield of liquid, with a light frothy white head...

Tastes sweet with belgian candy, tomato juice, orange, mild pepper and sour dough... love it.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with small carbonation, and a lighter body

I would highly recommend this, perhaps as my third favorite Avery beer, and thats hard to say

02-25-2011 02:07:11 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of xnicknj


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

on tap at devlis den in philly. served in a tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow with some darker tones. Frothy white head fades out with some patches of film and lacing.

Scents of biscuity malt and pepper with banana, somewhat odd grassyness, sweetness and a flair of heat.

Some spice and floral hops upfront followed by an assortment of fruit. Banana and lemon peel with some citrus juice and light spice. Decent malt backbone, some swirls of sweetness. Some bitter dry hoppiness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Decent medium body, high carbonation, but a bit creamy and dry. Drinks nice, although it was a little hot, and not particularly memorable compared to other Belgian styled ales.

02-22-2011 17:02:39 | More by xnicknj
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Does Avery's Salvation answer our prayers, or do we end up in American/Belgian purgatory?

Handsome and smooth pour of caramel gold which breaks into a rather lackluster head. Not as rocky and bulbous as I was hoping. Kinda weak retention, but some solid sticky lacing.

Floral, dry and a sweet smell. Can't pin-point at the moment due to the polyps.

Ya know, I've been kinda down today, and I'm kinda striking out on the subtleties here. Do you think depression can affect taste? Eh. Anyways, this is a tasty brew. Creamy and surprisingly smooth with only a small bite. I do have to say, this is a pretty complex beer that delivers a buffet of thoughts - fruity, some spice and again, very floral. It also delivers a great aftertaste.

I was worried about this beer being a sinful bastard, but it was most assuredly a fine beer that hides it's abv well, and is delivers a tasty and heavenly drinking experience. I just don't know if I'll ever buy this over Duvel.

02-19-2011 02:07:21 | More by ElijahCSkuggs
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

A - A hazy Amber, golden color. Very impressive head and lace retention on the glass.

S - Fruit! Apricot, peaches, and honey. Maybe even hints of apples.

T - Honey, honey, honey. Peaches, apricots. Lots of fruit. However, I am surprised. I don't detect the belgian style yeast. It is very mild. This is a belgian style pale ale?

M - Low carbonation. Smooth.

D - Not bad, but not very good considering the price.

01-30-2011 02:38:26 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of argock


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Indecipherable freshness code on the bottle neck. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Attractive golden peach hue with thin layer of ivory tightly bubbled head with nice lacing down the glass.

S: Plenty of alcohol, fruity ale malt, spicy yeast, and herbal, flroal hoppiness

T: Very spicy at first taste that melts into fruity sweetness. Hoppiness is spicy herbal with some grapefruit and orange tones and a bit of grassiness. The sweetness is apple and pear with a honeyish aspect as well. Alcohol really touches all aspects of the flavor.

M: Medium to full body with slick feel on the palate. Carbonation is much lower than most Belgian pale ales.

D: Not bad, but I would still take Duvel for the money for its crispness. This one is a sipper with a thick, slick feel and a nice spicy, fruity flavor. Good, but I like Collaboration not Litigation Ale a lot more.

01-29-2011 04:56:28 | More by argock
Photo of Chincino


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.


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


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

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?

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


2.7/5  rDev -29.5%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-12-2010 14:42:30 | More by morebeergood
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.