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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 59 | 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 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
Photo of Suds
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an interesting, non-traditional belgian-style ale. It's, of course, a clear, golden color. Modest head for the style. The smell is unique...earthy, musty, hoppy, alcoholic, and very fruity. Apple, pear, peach, and spice. The spice note comes out more through the beer...along with the earthiness. The taste is very sweet, more sweet than expected. Hoppy...warm, and peppery. The finish is quite sweet. Good, solid body. Nice beer.

Suds, May 07, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 22 ounce bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Hazy, cloudy orange with a light head that leaves very small lacing.

S: Apricot and peach, a hint of spice, and some mild citrus combine with some fruity esters.

T: The beer begins with heavy fruity malt. Honey and peach dominate. The beer then shifts to spice and alcohol.

M: Heavy and creamy.

O: I have enjoyed most of the things Avery has brewed, and I was very tempted to try this as well. It is maltier than I thought it would be, and it is heavier than I thought it would be as well. I understand that Belgian-Style Golden Ales tend to be on the heavier side, but I was expecting a bit more balance from hops. The beer is fruity (mostly pear with honey) and on the sweeter side. The alcohol is fairly strong on the finish and evident in the warmth that sits in the throat. Salvation is not a bad beer, but it could have been better balanced.

ianjsullivan, May 05, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(22oz bottle). Pours clear dark golden-almost orange color with white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma has lots of ripe pit fruit and maybe a little citrusy guava. The fruit really dominates the nose, but its very pleasant. Taste is sweet malt backbone that is nicely balanced by some hop bitterness. The ripe fruits peek out from the bitterness to balance this out. Thin to medium bodied with a somewhat sticky texture, but not as much as many other Avery beers. Finish is slightly bitter, but pleasant. This might be my favorite Avery beer in their regular line-up. Figures, they are leaving AZ now. Oh well, I can wait a year or so til they come back.

trappistlover, May 01, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought that I had reviewed all of Avery's beers and knew that one was alluding me. I couldn't remember if it was Salvation or the Reverend, so I held off. Recently I got it through my thick skull which one I needed, so I picked a bottle of Salvation up. It is interesting that I just tried the most recent offering of "Collaboration..." and it uses this beer as the base. Anyway, here we go with the missing review finally:

Appearance: Pours a yellow gold color right now with a 1/3" head of light orange colored foam on top The head was made up of mixed size bubbles and was quite active so I am not sure how long it will be around. After a few minutes the head settled into a creamy looking 1/4" cap of foam on top of the beer, and the beer itself is getting clearer. There is some decent lacing left after drinking the beer.

Aroma: Initially I got a decent amount of European hops along with lots of bread dough. There is some malt in there which is giving a subtle toasty impression and the alcohol is also apparent right now adding spice and a little bit of prickle to the nose.

Taste: The flavor still has a healthy dose of hops, but the malt is more of a player in the flavor than I ever thought it would be from the aroma. There are some sweet and toasty caramel notes to go with the sheer malt and alcoholic presence. The hops are starting to get a bit more earthy as the beer sits a bit. The body is medium with ample to high carbonation which compliment the beer nicely. After all that is going in in the flavor, the finish is a bit uneventful. It is an even balance between the hops and malt with the alcohol contributing as much to the finish as the usual suspects. The balance is slightly toward the malt.

Opinion: This is a pretty good Belgian Pale. It has a nice blend of hops and malt, and ultimately goes down pretty smoothly for being as strong as it is. To be honest, I don't really know what it is about the finish that doesn't really "do it for me". If it were more hoppy, or more sweet, I probably wouldn't care for either...so I guess that makes it just right. I guess if it were a bit drier on the palate in the finish it may come across more convincingly. Perhaps he isn't using adjuncts (which is admirable), but maybe a little would help dry this beer out a bit and make it a little cleaner in the finish.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold color, think light iced tea. I've give it a higher score, but there is no head to speak of.

Citrus fruits overwhelm the nose, but in a good way. My first thought was pineapple, but after reading about it, it's apricot and peach. Some spices are present as well, but this smell is mostly about the fruit.

It doesn't taste quite as appetizing as it smells. It's a big beer and there's nothing to tame the high alcohol. You can almost taste citrus fruits, but before your palate can tell you what it is it's bombarded with pepper spice and alcohol.

It's such a strong beer it's not very easy on the mouth. I've got nothing against high ABV beers, but after two sips my lips were on fire. Same goes for the throat a few minutes later. It's a bit too strong for my liking.

I'm not sure how old this bottle was, but I think some aging might be best for it. Definitely an above average beer, just not one of Avery's best.

RickS95, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of seand
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber with a small amount of bubbly white head. Just a thin layer around the edges with some clumps on top retains, which is enough to leave reasonably nice spots of lacing.

S: Sweet with heavy yeast notes, about what I'd expect for the style. Some belgian-style spices are also present.

T: Sweet, with a more noticeable hop presence than I expected. There's also a yeast note, and a small amount of spices, though they are pretty subdued. Well balanced, but not really outstanding in any way. It's also a bit grainy, leading it to seem slightly bland overall. There is a small note of something like cherry for a brief instant mid-palate.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall it's decent, but not fantastic.

seand, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of impending
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, minor head needed encouragement and subsided rather quickly, minor lacing, minor carbonation.

Very sweet aroma, smells cloying. Honey and apricots lightly spiced.

Taste begins wholly undefined other than sweet. With a phenolic kick, solvent alcohol comes on strong towards the end and rides the aftertaste to oblivion. Full bodied slightly cloying mouthfeel.


impending, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Stateline 2 days ago. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a very clear orange-golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. Head goes away almost instantly , leaving a few bubbles on top.

s - Smells of spices, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, peaches, light, ripe fruits, apricots, and a tiny bit musty. Pretty enjoyable; not the biggest fan of the mustiness, but it isn’t too prevelant.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, colves, bananas, nutmeg, peaches, light ripe fruity malts, bready malts. Spice is pretty strong; if you like spices it's pretty good.

m - Light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Both more on the light side.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style ale from Avery that seems a bit heavy on the spices. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though I would have liked more fruit. Would have again.

mdfb79, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

jsh420, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Dubbledown
1.7/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Dubbledown, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of jerryjeff
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

jerryjeff, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

IronLover, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Pecafaced
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Pecafaced, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NODAK, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Paulster88
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Paulster88, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

FanofHefe, Mar 29, 2011
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.