Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002)
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Photo of morimech
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear honey color with a smallish white head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Unimpressive appearance for the style.

Fruity aroma but the alcohol is not hidden at all. Solvent like in the nose.

Surprisingly the alcohol is not as hot as I expected by the aroma. Has a sweet fruity flavor at first and then has a definate bitter component on the finish. The alcohol has a warming affect without being hot.

The body is on the lighter side for the style but the carbonation is well matched leaving a semi-creamy texture.

Average for the style and with the ABV way up there I would not drink much of this. So many better examples of the sytle readily available leaves this one on the store shelf from now on.

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

It has a bright gold colored body with about three fingers of frothy head. This beer pored like it should have been in an advertisement. It has a spicy sweet and mildly sweet aroma. It has true Belgian style taste. It is very sweet to start but gets gradually bitter as you go. It almost has a pumpkin spice melon like aftertaste. The mouthfeel has both minor alcohol and carbonation bites.

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a medium orange color with an avearaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, apples, and some spices. Spicy apple tastes. Sweet start with a light bitter finish. Very light alcohol in the taste. Not bad, I liked this beer and it grew on me as I drank.

Notes from 9/3/04

Photo of positiverpr
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a:almost crystal-clear, honey threatening orange golden. large bubbled 1/2" white head that is short-lived. good lacing. medium carbonation. unimpressive head for style.

a:yeast derived light fruit. pilsner and i think i get some crystal malt. almost cascade nose initially that is a yeast derived deception. shortly thereafter the unmistakable styrian goldings' floral quality peaks.

t:alcohol noted first and is present throughout. firm bitterness that lingers. malt is only there if you search. the yeast dominates with pear/honeysuckle/?melon esters and milder phenolic spices.

m:full with frothy carbonation initially that is non-biting. alcohol is inially biting. less dry finish than expected for style.

o:fairly drinkable. alcohol is always there but non-inhibiting. the yeast ester profle is a marvel and just keeps going. less dry than a duvel and head is a letdown but otherwise i'd choose this over duvel.

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass, because that is my only glass with some what of a lip (I need to get some large wine glasses or goblets).

Wow, the head is nice and fluffy. Leaves amazing lacing. So far so good. Color is a light orange/hint of gold.

Well first off, the smell. I did not expect the amount of hop aroma is this beer had (however I didn't know it was a SPA). Awesome. Big pine/floral smell. The taste, now is fruity, but hoppy at the same time. A tarty fruit that is.

Mouthfeel is very bitter and the taste of alcohol is only present after in lingers around long enough (pretty good for a 9% abv) Carbonation level is low but leaves a crisp taste in mouth.

Overall, nothing wrong with this beer at all. I underestimated it a lot, because I am not the biggest fan of Belgium beers, but this beer has just changed my mind. A beer I would highly recommend!

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6/9/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a golden brown color body, very clear, and fizzy. Nearly no head, but it's white. Strong dry aroma, grapes, dark fruit, complex, alcohol. Smooth taste, flowery, leafy, slightly fizzy, dark fruit, taste of alcohol. Grapes, spices. Warming up helps, aging might make it better.

Photo of Jyubei
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Golden ale with a 1/2 in white head and minimal lacing.

S. A combo of fruit flowers and hops with a hint of butterscotch and malt.

T. Strong bitter hops with a fruitiness and honey as well. The aftertaste is toffee and malt.

M. A honey textured stickiness.

D. Very strong but a good grouping of flavors and aromas.

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a nice quarter inch of long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, hops, different types of fruit and yeast.

T: Flavored with malt, yeast, dark fruits and hops. Not as flavorful or complex as I would've liked, but still tasty.

M: A lively amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a well made beer. While I wouldn't rank it up with some of its Belgian cousins, it's still a solid beer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 the 9% abv sign on the bottle.

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.

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.

Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.