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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
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 Big78CJ
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is mighty orange. Either I just poured a Sunkist or this is one of the orangest beers I have ever seen (other than the first time I had a Widmer). Poured on a one inch head that vanished quickly. The liquid is murky but slightly lighter, almost yellow, at the top.

S: The bottle boasts of a “fruity aroma” and this is no exaggeration. I can smelly yummy sour fruits (green apples?) as well as some darker sweet fruits (plums?). The candy sugar is also noticeable. Surprisingly absent is a hop aroma of any kind.

T: Candy sugar and general fruitiness is all I taste at first but as it washes around my mouth I detect the hop presence alluded to on the bottle. I am not sure but I am beginning to think there might be grapes in this beer. The hops are definitely in here but they balance well with the initial fruit sweetness.

M: Leaves a slightly creamy feel after I swallow but is relatively light and a bit frothy on intake.

D: I really plan to make this a regular. I don’t know why it took me so long to try Avery beers. Each one I’ve tried lately has impressed me a lot.

Serving Type: 650ml bottle poured into St. Bernardus goblet.

Big78CJ, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of boblog
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Untill very recently Avery had not been sold in Oklahoma so I was excited to try their highly regarded brews. Apperance is typical of a strong pale ale in regards to color. Wonderfull clear golden color, with a nice amount of bubbles. The head was a bit off as it died very quickly. The smell was a bit better, nice floral smell, along with some bitterness to it. The taste was good, very clean very crisp, nice strong tart flavors, and a dry yeast finish. Medium bodied, and nice alcohol warming.

Overall not my favorite strong pale ale, the weak head did it for me the most. In the end it didnt really fit the style all that well. Still it is a good brew and worth a try.

boblog, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a goblet

A: Clear orange body. A thin white head reduced to a ring with a few splotches in the middle. The 2nd (harder) pour left a 1/2" white head that had better retention than the first.

S: Aroma of apricot and yeast. I'm not an apricot fan - so I may be in trouble.

T: Unfortunately, the taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but spicier. I still don't like it.

M: Highly carbonated up front, but that didn't last long. Medium body. Alcohol is present, but not in a bad way. Had a dry, sweet, but unpleasant finish.

D: Would be drinkable except that I don't enjoy the taste.

OKCNittany, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of ttu94
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer looks fantastic. A clear dark gold almost orange color. It also has a great big whit head and it leaves tons of lace. I don't know how a beer could look any better than this. Smells malty and fruity with very very slight hops. Taste is full of sweetness. lots of orange tones with an alcohol twinge. After the tornado of flavors it is not really that bad but the high alcohol will limit my drinkability rating.

ttu94, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color, with a small white head that went away fast. In the nose, sweet alcohol, somewhat light fruitiness. In the taste, a dry pear charicteristic and alcohol backing that up. It leaves a dryness in the mouth, with the alcohol still there. I feel this is a great interpretation of the style.

OWSLEY069, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet sugary Belgian fruity floral hoppy smell. Peppery phenols balance the high sweetness.

Pale gold with apricot hues. Good clarity – like a tawny wine. Beautiful head that dies a little too quickly.

Strong fruity attack ripe with peppery phenols. Tart hops flourish in for an instant, then the palate is overcome with a dry, yeast-driven bitterness. Medium malt flavor – very clean. Medium-high sweetness – sugary, grows lighter with warmth. Medium-high hop flavor – crisp and tart with some citric and fewer herbal/spicy notes. High yeast flavors – medium-high fruit is bright and juicy kind of like plum – high spicy, peppery phenols that are very nice. Medium-high to high bitterness – dry and clean. Finishes with a medium-high bitterness, more pepper/spice, and a fleeting fruity sweetness.

Medium body. Medium-high to high carbonation. Dry feel from phenol and alcohol.

The yeast really shouts the loudest in this one: the malt is an understatement – I keep forgetting it’s there, and the hops add only the tart, leafy bit of tripartisan voice necessary to be in balance. What fun; I do like Avery.

MrHungryMonkey, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finished off my trifecta with this beer. I started with the RR salvation, then collaboration not litigation and finally this beer. Not knowing what this was prior to purchase I wanted to see both beers and the blended version so I could see what I liked best.

With 221 reviews as of this writing I will add this to the collective: A great looking beer that is a bit hot and unapproachable taste wise until it comes up from cellar temp to room temp. once the brew was in the upper 60's it really smoothed out and became quite tasty. It may be the sequence I tried these in that is influencing my perspective as I write this. I would recommend trying this beer on it's own merits to see for yourself.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color was golden orange-yellow and very clear. The head is a thin sheet of white bubbles with very little retention. It smells sweet like sugar and the taste is also sweet. The alcohol was noticeable but didn't really detract from the beer. I really liked the Collaboration beer so I had high hopes for this one but it didn't quite measure up.

09/08/08 I'm updating this review to add that this is a really mediocre beer. In fact it sucks.

ArrogantB, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy yellow with a decent frothy white head. The aroma was a nice blend of sweet malts, spice and floral hops with just a hint of alcohol. The taste was a very good balance that I've come to expect from Belgians with the hops kicked up a bit as I've come to expect from most Avery beers.The yeast bite and sweet fruit flavored malts complement the hops nicely. The beer is somewhat crisp and refreshing and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. This is a yet another enjoyable beer from Avery.

atsprings, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Shaw
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful light gold in color with a frothy, white head.

It has a sweet and spicy aroma that also smells of dried fruits. Very nice.

The taste is very spicy and peppery at first. Pow! There is a big wallop of solvent alcohol flavor, too. Mixed in with all that is some malt sweetness and a bit of earthy flavors, but they are overpowered by the alcohol and spices.

The body is lighter than I expected, even a little watery.

For a beer that started out so promising, this let me down. Its alcohol flavors are just a little too powerful for me.

Shaw, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased in mid May. Poured a chill hazed deep golden, but then turns clear rich gold as it warms. The smell is fruit, and candy sweet. There is also the slightest belgain funky yeast smell. Taste is of sweet malt, sugar, and a bit of mild hops are detectable in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium-full, a bit slick because there is no carbonated burn... very fine carbonation, and slightly dry. The alcohol is very well hidden and the overall experience of drinking this beer are so good it can be very drinkable.. but beware, at 9%. Overall just a bit more full bodied and sweeter than Damnation.

MiScusi, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a golden amber with two fingers of white suds.Not much lacing here.
Smell is clove and banana and spices like pumpkin pie. Little bit of a lemony aroma in there with the caramel sugars. Can't smell any alcohol here.
'Taste is not like most Belgian ales. Kinda like lambic only with pure sweetness attacking the taste buds. Not a lot of flavor here, just sweet.
This beer starts out like it is going to kick ass but winds up being a sugary mess.

peabody, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, orangish amber color with a light white head (thin) that leaves a lot of Brussels lace. The aroma is minty with hops and also has some sweet, biscuity notes and solvent alcohol. There's a phenolic quality in the background. In spite of the different notes, it's a slight, not-too-evocative nose. On the palate, things get more interesting, with bitter hops first off, followed by some sweeter, slightly acidic fruit notes (strawberry, lemon) with a biscuity, buttery malt underpinning. The finish is dry, which is unusual for American versions of Belgian styles, and helps immensely in both authenticity and taste. The mouthfeel is extremely well carbonated and a touch acidic, which gives a citric impression. Overall, this is very good. One of the better Belgian style beers from an American brewer that I've had.

geexploitation, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of albern
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The head retention on this beer is about as good as it gets. It starts with an amazing white, frothy head that doesn't quit. The lacing is prodigious and the pour is a nice golden orange. The smell is sweet malts, alcohol, spices, coriander, sweet fruits, and very enticing. The taste is a bit too strong and unbalanced towards the alcohol notes for my tastes. You will find a medium bodied, sweet, alcoholy, malty, spicy, beer that is surprisingly more watery than your typical Belgian strong ale. The back of the palate and after taste is where the burnt yeastiness comes out, and the strong alcohol notes really pronounce themselves. When I start to feel some heartburn coming on, I know we have a problem. Not bad but it just "aint" as good as your Belgian strong ales from across the pond.

albern, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for a little over a year. I dont think time would have hurt this one at all. I dont normally drink Belgians so it consistantly got shifted to the back of the cabinet.

Clear golden yellow body, small white head on top that reduced to an even thinner layer that seems to hold on. Lacing left down the glass.

Spicy Belgian yeast, some lighter fruits of apple and pears. A little sugary. A light grassy, herbal hoppiness too. Pretty straightforward for the style.

Spicy and crisp on the tongue to start with, a little corriander and pepper with some notes of alcohol becoming evident after the swallow. The light fruits come through again mainly after the swallow. There is more of the hops that work well with the underlying musty character that comes through in the finish.

Medium bodied and quite smooth. A little prickly carbonation. A decent Belgian Pale in my book, but its just like most others of the style out there for me. Easy enough to drink though, no major issues with this one.

blitz134, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery's Salvation Belgian-style Golden Ale pours a fluffy
head over a slightly cloudy golden brew. The head collapses
into a disk of foam in short order, and carbonation is a bit slow
but steady. The nose is funky Belgian yeast and malt. The flavor
is slightly sweet light malt with an herbal hop finish. There's something
vinous going on in the flavor as well. The brew stays remarkably clear
even on the second pour after swishing the last of the ale around
the bottom of the bottle. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and there is
a bit more of a hop presence here than in a lot of Belgians I've tried.
It is this hop presence that does a lot to keep the 9% alcohol by
volume in check. It only makes itself felt as a warming effect, and the
slight confusion I'm feeling from drinking it a little too quickly. Altogether,
a very nice effort. I would particularly recommend this one for the hop
mavens out there who might think Belgians are a little too soft for their
palates.

shadow1961, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of kenito799
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass.

Dark yellowish orange, raises a nice creamy head that recedes after a minute or two, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma is sweet, with some floral hoppiness underneath, good Belgian yeasty fruity scents in there too.

The taste has a lot of pluses...the brew has candi-sugar sweetness that is nicely balanced by some hoppy bitterness. But the complexity hoped for from the Belgian yeast aroma profile fails to come through as sugary sweetness ultimately wins out..not so much in the flavor as in the stickiness on the lips and in the mouth through the finish. A nice attempt at a Belgian style that just misses the mark, but is not without redeeming qualities.

kenito799, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden body with a honey tinge, creamy two-finger head that recedes to lacing in no time, lots of carbonation ringing the bottom.

S - Caramel, melon, dominated by pears.

M - Very well balanced mouthfeel! Overall medium / thin; creamy in the middle, silky on the outside as it rolls around in your mouth. Just enough of a bite of carbonation at the end. Brilliant.

T - Tangy hops, pears, honey, citrus notes, spicy / alcohol to finish. Delicious.

D - Overall, this is a really solid beer. Delicious. Not too sweet, not too bitter, not too spicy. The pouridge is just right. After-dinner treat.

yourunclewalt, May 21, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color, quite cloudy with a nice frothy head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are dominated yeasty esters of banana, a little clove and a bit of bubblegum. Quite a bit of hops are detected in the nose, uncharacteristic of Belgians, but they seem to be of the Styrian Golding variety or other European types. On the palate, the hops dominate creating a very bitter front to the continuing fruitiness, quite dry with a long finish. On second thought, there may actually be a bit of American hops in here given the strong citrus notes and high bitterness. This is a bit syrupy in the mouth, not as vibrant in carbonation as most Belgians, still a good attempt by an American brewery.

dreadnatty08, May 21, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light amber with a copper hue…very clean with lazy bubbles working their way to the top. Head is good, off white and fluffy.

S: Fresh like a spring day. Spicy cloves, green banana peels, lemon rind, nutmeg, coriander and crackers.

T: First impressions is very sweet and tropical; passion fruit, pineapple, honeydew melon, mango and papaya. Basic farmhouse flavors come next with yeasty moments, floral characteristics and banana peels. Finishes really earthy and somewhat dirty…frankly an unattractive bitterness that I’m not too fond of.

M: Medium body, syrupy with just a touch of fuzz.

D: I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of this beer. Really straight forward, not overly complex and the end bitterness sucks.

Westsidethreat, May 12, 2007
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. Bomber $4.99

A- Nice, clear (filtered), glowing burnt orange body with lively carbonation and thin, but semi-sticking head.

S-Soft, but strong yeast character. Not as peppery and spicy as other belgian strains, but a little more hefe-like. Juicy fruit chamomile characteristics come through.

T-Raw malt and yeast taste with a sugary backbone followed by some bittering hops that come across a little strong for this style. The finish is a bit herbal and dry.

M-Nice flavors coming through, but a bit rough and dry. Seems like an earthy tripel, but not fully rounded.

D-High abv is dangerously hidden but this is not a mind-blowing, "must have" in my eyes. Definatly a good beer but I wanted a bit more balance in this.

ALESwhatCURESya, May 07, 2007
Photo of walshclimb
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, golden with thick bubbly head that leaves a foamy lace behind.

Smell - fruity - pineapple, mustly, slightly floral

Taste - yeasty, slightly perfumey/ soapy, malt with minor bitterness

Mouthfeel - full bodied, slightly foamy, tongue coating

Drinkability - nice to try, probably would not buy again, but I wouldn't turn one down either.

walshclimb, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pristine peachy amber with lemon peel trim. There's a fair amount of fine carbonation, but it doesn't approach the bubbliciousness of most BSPAs. As a result, the ivory colored crown will never be mistaken for the upper half of a Belgian ale. Still though, it's attactive in an IPA kind of way. Most high-ABV beer doesn't deliver this much sticky lace.

The highest compliment that I can pay the nose is that it's authentic. Authentically Belgian and authentically good. A warm, inviting, clove spiciness is easily identified swirling among the sweetened orchard fruit (most reminiscent of ripe pears and peaches). I'm amazed at how well-hidden the alcohol is. It doesn't hurt that this bottle has been carefully aged for close to two years.

Salvation is almost exceptional beer. On first blush, its only (admittedly minor) faults are a wee lack of complexity and an alcohol presence that is still somewhat aggressive. Even though I could probably have identified it as an American 'B'SPA if blinded, it tastes much more like the originals than most versions from this side of the Atlantic. A kick ass yeast strain probably has a lot to do with that.

A fairly hefty amount of pale (and light crystal) malt glides along beneath the boozy fruit. It tastes like a generous amount of candi sugar was used, but the beer isn't overly sticky sweet. That's because the alcohol cuts through each mouthful like a knife through warm butter. In addition, an impressive amount of Styrian Goldings hoppiness has survived intact and easily counters all the sugars.

The mouthfeel favors medium over full. As it warms toward room temperature, words like supple and lightly chewy come to mind. I'm fine with the less than abundant number of bubbles since they're more brittle than they are soft. All in all, the mouthfeel matches the flavor profile pretty well.

Avery typically brews solid beer that falls short of what I would consider great (New World Porter, IPA and The Czar are delicious exceptions to that rule). Salvation is an enjoyable big beer that comes close enough to the Belgian masters to be well worth the $5.99 that I spent on the bomber. The next time I buy it, though, I'm going to lay it down for at least three years.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Stubbie in Gainesville...

Appearance: Golden in color, very clear. Good retention. Lots of lace.

Smell: Belgian aroma, with a good bit of spice, and some citric hop aroma.

Taste: Much more bitter than I expected, my dad described it as being more hoppy than the pale ale he was drinking. Good bit of spiciness. Reminds me of a Belgian IPA I brewed in December.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good! I liked this one a lot.

hunteraw, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Bobikel
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 liter goblet

Appearance - A filtered deep golden colored ale with a mighty two inch head that refuses to die down. In its wake it leaves some lace, but not to much.

Smell - Alchohol and yeast hit the nose first, with apricot and some other furity esters coming in a close second. A little buttery.

Taste - Slightly more hoppy than a traditional belgian, with a lot of balancing malt, and fruit tones. Alchohol is imperceptable as a torrent of flavors disolve over each other in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy, a little slick down the throat, and nicely drying in the mouth.

Drinkability - An easy drinker for sure, with enough complexity to inspire a long slow drinking session. And as it gets better with warmth, the high alchohol matters less. I could sip on this one beer for hours.

Bobikel, Apr 11, 2007
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.