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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 23
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
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 notafood
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark gold like a light copper color, with a fluffy white head.

Smells of yeasts, citrus, spice, and hops. Noticeable alcohol.

Sweet, slightly hoppy, boozy, somewhat dry finish.

Sticky, mouth coating, sorta malty aftertaste.

Not my favorite from Avery, nor is it my favorite example of this Belgian style. Glad I tried it, not really one I'd repeat.

notafood, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Beautiful golden/amber liquid. Nice creamy finger and a half of head with great retention. Decent lacing.

Big yeasty bread smell. Candy sugars and maltiness. Peaches and pears, maybe a hint of nectarines. Spicey notes of coriander and nutmeg.

Yeast, malt and candy sugars. Citrus flavors, light and sweet. Pecan nuttiness. Slight peppery spice. Light floral hop quality.

Very nice body. Creamy and smooth, yet not overly heavy.

Excellently drinkable.

coldmeat23, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is golden, light amber sunshine with a pretty quick head but rtentive lacing. Ok lacing and a filmy foam. Very little to no bubbling. Th aroma is a dried flower hops and kingly breads with some yeasty fruits. Pretty convincign scent of a genuine Belgian strong ale. The sweetness of this beer is a lovely bread grain that hints at tartness. Dried chrysanthamums and roses with fruity ester, candi sugar, and almost gourmet white bread grains. The palate is a soft syrupy flower nectar with lots of honey notes. The alcohol is well integrated with this Belgain inspired ale. Good conversation beer.

scruffwhor, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local shop had a few of these and they usually never carry much by Avery, figured it was worth a try.

Poured a golden orange with no head. No head you say? Yea I was rahter confused myself..what little froth there was was white and bubbly.

Smell is very yeasty, some spice, clove.

Taste is strong, again very yeasty. Some spiciness of clove and black pepper. Some fruit flavors, a bit of apple and peach, and a strong alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is ok. Medium bodied although the intial taste belies a lighter one. Carbonation is balanced.

Drinkability is ok. This isn't the best I've had of this style, and I had to really force myself to drink the last few sips because the alcohol comes out way to much once it warms a bit.

LumpyGuitar, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Bright copper with a slight chill haze. Pillowy white head that fades slowly from the rim inward leaving soft lacing at the sides. Spotted and somewhat patchy lacing around most of the goblet.

Moderately sweet Belgian candied sugar that is cut with a soft citrus aroma: lemon zest, orange peel. A fair amount of mustiness from the yeast with a rather spicy range: pepper and corriander. Strong aromas, all in line with the style.

Soft, but prolonged sweet candied sugar. The citrus quality is sharp; but short-lived, making the sweetness almost bitter and slightly astringent. By mid-sip the peppery spice is quite strong and cuts through the remaining sweetness. The aftertaste is green apple, pepper, and a musty candied sugar.

Medium bodied; the flavors practically disguise the body as light on the palate; however, the sugary sweetness gives a smooth quality.

Some strong, pleasant flavors that don't quite balance each other out. The 9.0% abv goes almost undetected. This one may benefit from a little aging for the flavors to round out and mellow.

NEhophead, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber acquired at the Whole Foods in Miami. Poured into a goblet. Lets do this.

A: Not a good start. Poured a bright, golden yellow that has some orange tints to it when the light hits it. Can't get head of this bitch to save my life. I pour vigoursly and I get maybe half a finger, but zero retention. This fades faster than a 24 hour whore who is out of coke. Lame, very lame. There is zero haze to this beer and jst a bit of carbonation bubbles flowing in the glass. Moving on.

S: Smells of some belgian yeast with a touch of clove and banana. There is a touch of spice kickin in there, but nothing too crazy. A step up from the appearance but I feel like I am being nice.

T: Taste is decent. Getting alot of spice as the Belgian yeast rolls in. Clove and banana are subtle but not overdone or crazy. They are very well balanced. A bit of peppery taste going on in here. I am getting just a touch of citrus on the finish. There is also a nice touch of some alcohol in that finish.

M: This is a very silky, medium bodied brew. The silkiness is quite nice. It just slips down your throat. The aftertaste is of some nice yeast, cool, clean water and a touch of clove. Alcohol provides a touch of heat on your throat and in your chest. So far, the best thing this beer has going.

D: This beer ok, I guess. The mouthfeel is amazing. The taste, look and aroma are a bit too basic or below the standards this beer should be at. The ABV isn't too bad with just a nice warming quality. The verdict is that this beer is alright, but it could be a hell of a lot better. This was a bit of a let down. Moving on.

everetends, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fourth pour at the Avery 15th Anniversary Party.
"Holy shit, they have a Vintage Tent!!!"

Just now typing up my notes.

'06 Vintage:

a: dark mahogany body, light tan head.

s: sweet toasted malt, floral notes.

t: Toasted malt, sweet cherries, and some other sweet fruits I can't put my finger on.

m: time has smoothed out the body of this one.

d: Surprise, surprise: it's better aged. It was good, but probably my least favorite of the vintage beers I tried that day.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of gmuller
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Liked the Avery stuff in the past, especially the Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale, so I bought this on a whim, 22oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

Appearance - Hazy (chill haze, or unfiltered?), orange. very little white head, but might have been my pour. Lingering islands and coasts of foam throughout the drink, bubbles from the deep.

Smell - Not much there. Mild fruit, maybe banana. Least impressive part of this beer

Taste - Fruit and malt that I expect from a golden, bitterness on the back end, and an aftertaste not altogether unpleasant. Slightly less "fresh" than I would expect

Mouthfeel - Dry! Foamy at first but then a dryness like breathing in desert air.

Drinkability - Altogether not bad at all, though I'd rather have a smaller serving of La Chouffe, for a foamier and much more fragrant Golden Ale. Little weaker on fruit flavors than I like as well.

gmuller, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange with a just off white head.

Smell is of apple, bread, and some citrus.

Taste is sharp. Apple, yeasty taste that ends with hops.

Great full mouthfeel, but the alcohol and the sharpness make it not quite as easy to drink as some golden belgians.

aubuc1, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington.

pours a clear amber-orange with a small white head, good lacing.

smell is caramel, spice, and roasted malt.

taste is thick and creamy, caramel, spice, melt, with a few hops in the back, end is on the thick side.

overall a well balanced beer.

froghop, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8 ounce glass at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach for $7.50 last night, reviewed from notes

A-Bright orange color, pretty cloudy, 1 1/4 inch slightly creamy white head, stuck around a while, decent retention, some sticky lacing
S-Belgian yeast, lots of citrus including orange peel, lemon juice, tangerines, and grapefruit, some sweet malt, and candy-like aromas
T-Begins with some oranges and the citrus I identified in the nose, then a sugary and malty middle with lots of Belgian qualities, finish is a little hot but dry with some light hops as well, got sweeter as it warmed and fruit really came to the surface, liked the balance even though there was a lot going on
M-Small amount of carbonation that becomes a little syrupy by the end, sweety, spciy dry, and boozy mouthfeel, medium bodied, taste lingers
D-Drank well for its ABV as far as heaviness but alcohol was not hidden very well, smooth though, probably could not finish a bomber and glad I did not try, this serving was just right

It is about time I tried the other component of Collaboration Not Litigation, pretty much what I expected and definitely know where the Avery and Russian River beer gets its fruity Belgian accents, will drink again, recommended

Floydster, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, bright, almost pastel orange with a 2 finger frothy eggshell white head that displayed very good retention lasting for several minutes and left a sticky clumpy lacing behind. Visible carbonation was light and sporadic.

S: soft tart oranges and tangerines. Nothing really fancy nor dominant.

T: The flavor started out with big tart oranges and tangerines and a nice spiciness. The flavor makes amends for an otherwise moderately tame aroma. There was a nice honey sweetness to the flavor before yielding to a black peppery spicy finish. Overall a nice and big interpretation per style with a big spicy nature and smooth flavor. Flavor wise starts big and ends spicy.

M: a light oily viscosity with an extremely soft carbonation. Dry tangerines and a soft flowery bitterness is found on the fade and swallow.

D: Very nice drinkability, spicy and really enjoyed this. Would definitely buy this again and comes with a definite recommend.

beerthulhu, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow and amber mix together to a pretty nice effect. White head is a little shallow for style; no resulting pocking or rockyness. Great lacing for the size.

Spicy fruits along with a heavy clove presence. A little peppery, but not in an alcoholic way, more like white pepper.

Strong yeast presence here leads with the phenolics and finishes with a kick of alcohol. Candy sugar sweet with the commensurate thick body, the pale malts definitely do their job, while the hops are pleasantly bitter slicing through. Good balance.

Less carbonation than the style warrants, but the mouthfeel is quite lush and full, so it's a bit of a wash. Solid BSPA.

BretSikkink, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of boston2bburg
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale orange with minimal head. Nose heavy on sweet orange, rich with vanilla undertones, the way flavored Belgians should be done. Very candy-like, surprisingly low on phenols for a Belgian. Second pour produces 1/2 inch of head that settles very quickly with minimal lacing. Just not a strong point of this one.

The flavor exhibits a similar honey-candy-marmalade from the aroma, while the yeast pokes its head out a bit to add trace clove to the mix. The hops add a subtle earthy spice and are well-placed for the idea. However, while the aroma is warm and relentless, the flavor seems to peter out towards the end of the bottle. I feel that this is because the beer is under-carbonated, which consequently produces a more oily rather than dry mouthfeel.

Nevertheless, the alcohol is far less noticeable on the tongue than in the brain. It's not hard to drink, so heed the warning signs...like the 9% abv sign on the bottle.

boston2bburg, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of donaldchapman
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery 15th Anniversary vertical tasting

A - brilliant clear golden color, with a long lasting white head.
S - A complex blend of phenolics, esters, and malt aromas. Favoring the phenols and esters.
T - Spicy coriander, peppery, flavors accompanied by some berry like flavors. Good hop bitterness with a good malt backing.
M - Full bodied with a pleasant alcohol warmth.

A - Appearance remains about the same perhaps a bit of haze forming.
S - The phenols begin to subside bringing out less spice and more esters and malt.
T - Flavors of Liquorice root and strawberries seem to be amplified along with a more complex malt profile.
M - Full bodied and alcohol seems to be even smoother.

A - once again the color and head are about the same with a slight bit more haze.
S - Super malty aromas dominate the nose as well as a subtle smoke aroma.
T - Amazing balance of fruit, strawberries, smoke and malt. Caramel, toffee, bready... Bitterness is subdued but appropriate.
M - Full bodied with a very smooth alcohol warmth.

This is a great beer for aging, while the 2008 bottle is good, the 2005 and 2002 vintages are much more complex and dynamic. As expected the malt increases with age, but the phenolics and esters also dramatically change. I would place the 2002 as the best of the three with 2005 coming in second.

donaldchapman, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful orangeish huge with a big white frothy head on it. it looks beautiful in my snifter. the smell is 100% mandarin oranges, it took me a second to point it out, but i think it smells like mandarin oranges. taste at first is of oranges, then a more complex fruity and alcohol flavor takes over, mouthfeel is kinda dry but not bad by any stretch of the imagination. good beer, avery is in my opinion one of the best american breweries out there.

1fastz28, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. The color is golden-brown, but there is not a whole lot of head. I was kinda expecting the big billowy head associated with the style.

The smell is spicy(peppery) and floral. The alcohol is well hidden in both the aroma and the taste. Citrus flavors are present and in addition to the spicy qualities, it has a bit of a hoppy, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium, and it is definitely drinkable. Not the best strong golden I've had, but still pretty good.

daythree16, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Salvation pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a cap of frothy-creamy off-white foam.

The nose is strongly Belgian candi sugar sweet with fruity apricots and pineapples, and a solid clove spiciness.

Body is full and the carb is big and softly fuzzing, though not quite up to Belgian standards. Flavors of candi sugar and pale malt sweetness, accompanied by the above mentioned fruits, as well as clove and earthy spicy hops.

Definitely a decent offering, just didn't match up to my tastes/expectations.

Slynger, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of mj001jk
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden opaque color with a relatively light head with medium fine foam. The nose is bright and crisp, clean smell and fruity esters that remind me of pineapple, peach and a little bit of banana. It has a very light citrus hop aroma that smells refreshing.

The taste is very clean and light with slight almond-like nutty flavor, it is simple yet a mouthful. Nice malts buffer the subtle flavoring and it leaves a long impression on the palate.

I find this an excellent Belgian with lots of American Rocky Mountain attitude. Highly recommended and I will drink many more of these if I can get my hands on them.

mj001jk, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with one inch off white head. Good retention and some lacing.

Pretty nice aroma. A little floral hoppiness and kind of spicy. Some tangy yeastiness and sweet pale malt with sugar.

Taste is unimpressive. Pale malt dominates. Kind of spicy and a little yeasty. Not terrible, but not quite right either.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Kind of syrupy and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Average flavor and high alcohol limit this brew.

Goliath, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich golden/yellow color. A two finger head forms and recedes almost immediately with light lace.
S: Mostly some old and nondescript fruity aroma. Nothing really stands out.
T: Sweet and fruity with plenty of alcohol. The fruit flavors are much more rounded than in the nose. Lots of banana's, peaches, and apples. Very pleasant.
M/D: Thin, watery, and over carbonated for my tastes. The alcohol is noticeable, but it does not overpower. An easy beer to drink.

Nothing outstanding, but a very solid example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. If you are a fan of the style this is a most try.

champ103, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased a bomber of this last week. poured nice with about two inches of head. steady carbonation. slightly cloudy yellow color. smells of fragrant hop and yeast. good taste with a bit more bite than i expected. this would seem a bit unbalanced but i kinda liked it. went down well on a hot humid day. decent lacing down the glass as i drank it.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter and got a thick two finger off white head that was very fluffy with plenty of lacing that covered a hazy medium brown/gold body with a little bit of carbonation. The head thins out a bit but continues to completely cover the body of the beer. It has a good floral aroma with some spices and malts coming through; it smells sweet, mildly citrusy and fresh. It has a smooth medium-to-heavy body and is balanced over all, nothing is too bitter or too sweet, I can pick up what tastes like butterscotch in its aftertaste, this is a pleasant beer to drink and is very smooth as well, there are almost no hints of alcohol and only a mild dry mouth feel in its aftertaste.

vickersspitfire, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of KBomb
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 22oz bottle with a nice label of beautiful eastern icons poured a brown/copper with a large frothy head. Smells strongly of malt and some fruit, but unfortunately there is a tiny bit of skunk in the background. Taste is full of toffee, malt, some touch of fruit, and yeasty sweetness on the back end. Through it all is a persistent buttery diacetyl. Its moderately carbonated and a bit heavy.

The rich toffee sweetness against the malt makes for some good sips, but after drinking all 22oz the sweetness and yeast flavors don't sit so right with me. There is a lot of nice balanced flavor in the actual drinking, but once I'm finished I'm not sure this is necessarily a great beer.

KBomb, Jun 29, 2008
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.