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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow jello with a small cap of white dawning the top for a brief stay. A thinnly bubbled collar remains and lace is minimal with thin looping strings.

Stank, dark, old, past its prime citrus sitting in a basement aroma. Quite musty with a dryish yeast is prevalently upfront on this one and without much complexity. Gains an alcoholic plastic/elastic nudge as it warms.

Taste is tropical and deeply musted with candy coated yeasty dryness. Its quite a ride really. Some off areas in balance, the front and middle are the better areas. Kinda peachy, drafted with the fuzz from the skins right in there. Some old pineapple, red appley, and yellow raisin, or maybe, were once grapes but now are raisins because they've been sittin' a little too long. Ya know what I mean? The finish is drab and overstated with too much yeastyness, totally flattening out the once, interesting mixtures of over-ripe, not so ripe, tropical fruity tones and candyish malts.

Feel is smooth and quick with some very floating silkyness in a few areas where the malts do their thing. Carbonation is on the lighter side getting better as it warms; as it should.

A good brew with a few areas that made it less distinguished and impressionable then most of the Belgian Goldens out there. A good old fashion American try that works in most ways, but perhaps a bit understated and less complex then it could be.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice solid Avery offering. Pours a deep golden color into my tulip glass, with a 1-finger head that doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is enticing, with some peachy fruit and some spices and yeastyness. Taste is fruity. Melony .. some honeydew, cantelope. Perhaps a bit of peach. Some lightly nutty yeast is present, and the spicyness is more evident as it warms. Mouthfeel is a bit phenolic, and slightly undercarbonated. Very drinkable, though. All in all a good ale.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~Into a tulip glass, pours a medium dark golden amber, good head initially but didn't last long, but great lacing all the way down.
~A good whif of medium fruits and a hint of tea.
~I'm finding a nice group of fruity notes, a very Belgian feel to it. Some notes of light fruits like apricot, some coriander and clove, and some grassy hints. Light fruits turn to rind in aftertaste.
~Pretty light feel in the mouth, pretty smooth and a litttle lively due to alcohol.
~Pretty decent beer, not that outstanding but worth the price and another try sometime.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange, medium white head forms, some stringy lace. Smell is honey, caramel, citrus, yeast, floral hops. Taste is malty, with caramel and citrus, some floral hops and a little alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation. This one was sitting around for a while so it smoothed out a bit, nice beer and better than expected.

Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: Poured a very nice golden color with slight ruby tones. The head was a nice foamy biege honey color. The head was shortly lived. Left solid lines of lacing down the glass.

Smell: A very pleasing combination of fruity goodness and spicy grass notes.

Taste: Sweet fruityness greets my mouth (apricots and citrus). In mid taste I am assaulted by peppery goodness that mellows into sweetness again.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Medium bodied ale with a creamy mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer. There is not a trace of the alcohol in the smell or taste of the ale. There is a nice balance between hops and malty sweetness in this ale.

Photo of SacoDeToro
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery's a solid brewery and they sure love their Belgians (beer that is).

This beer pours a nice crystal clear orange with no head. The aroma is distinctively fruity and Belgian with alcohol on the nose. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, but style very drinkable. The bittering is very well rounded as a result of the use of Styrian Goldings and does a nice job of balancing out the sweet maltiness. I liked the fact that the bittering was on the high side for a Belgian golden ale as many of the imported Belgian goldens are a little too sweet for my taste.

This beer is only available in 22oz. bombers, so grab a friend and split a bottle. I'd recommend serving it up in a goblet or wide-mouthed tulip glass to enjoy the great aroma.

Photo of dren
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ahh I was expecting good things from this beer but it just didn't quite deliver. Avery makes some alright beers, but I think their high points are in the labels on the bottles.

Beer pours a slightly dark gold with a thin head. Citrus scent with some tea aroma too. Tastes about the same but with more hops than the beer needs. Do not get me wrong, I love my hopped up beers but this one just seems off. The flavors don't seem to mix well even though you would expect them too. After my initial taste I really was having a hard time distinguishing this beer from the Maharaja that I had a few days before. After a few more drinks I found that "Belgian" flavor that I was wanting. Not really a bad beer, just not what I was expecting. I enjoyed it as I do all beers, but I wouldn't purchase it again. The 9% alcohol content will make you feel quite nice too.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma, cloudy orange, a nice head with lace. Hoppy yet creamy, grapefruit bitterness on palate. Another purposely over-the-top hopped-up Avery. Full mouthfeel, some spicyness and drying finish. Would have been fine with hope restraint. Maybe some cellaring. Thanks Tupalev.

Photo of scooter231
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, muddled copper color with a white frothy head that leaves a bubbly rim around the edges with a tich of delicate looking lacing. Nose is very sweet- almost smells like an oaked beer. Malty, with a bit of an iced tea tang to it and the barest hints of citrus. It's interesting... not pleasing, not offending, different.

Taste is full of sweet malts. Very fruity and citrusy with a bready backbone and more hints of iced tea. Still not sure about this guy- it's not bad at all, just... odd. The flavors do not get along as they should- it's all a bit muddled.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a tiiiich watery. As far as drinkability goes... well, the 9% is certainly extremely sneaky and hidden, but I'm not sure I could drink a bunch of these. I can see myself in the mood for this from time to time, but ultimately, there are many other Belgian Strong Pale Ales I'd rather be enjoying. Give it a shot.

Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer shows a slightly hazed shade of golden. Carbonation surfaces at a moderate pace. Thin white head disappears quickly and the rimming that is left behind leaves sparse lace. Aroma is warm, toasty and bready. Sweet and fruity too. The flavor improves on the nose. Becomes more pronounced. With bready malt tones forming a nice base. And fruity esters and phenolics mixing it up on top. Nicely spicy as well. Peppery. Mouthfeel is lively and the body is about light-medium. Alcohol is almost ghostly, but accentuates everything nicely. Good enough Belgian Golden here.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down one of the best American Made Belgian Pale Ales. Pours out to a dense golden color with some haziness to it. Minor notes of lace around the glass (tulip). Medium high level of carbonation is lower than many Beligans, but works very well in this brew. Smell is wonderfully inviting; aromas of malt, candy, sugar and yeast beg to be tasted. The flavor backs up the hype created by the aroma. Sweet floral hops, mild malt, sour dough, yeast, grain and sweet fruit swirl around the palate. Exceptional. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light bodied, making this brew very easy to drink, and letting the 9% ABV remain hardly noticable. Very good drinkability. This brew is worth the effort. World Class. Highly Recommended.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Avery pours a cloudy opaque yellow to orangish hue. A marvelous rocky head with nice staying power rises from this Belgian clone. The first wafts into the nostrils bring with them hints of lavender, lemon peel, apricot and some unidentifyable floral notes that I can't seem to place. Just like the nose, the taste produces tart, citric flavors on the sides of my tongue. An average malt backing here that manages to balance out this beer but just barely. While the flavor of this brew is not bad at all the aroma just had me coming back sniff after sniff after sniff. A wonderful attempt at a Belgian pale. Keep'em commin Avery!

-Cheers2Beers

Photo of DogFood11
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color with minimal head and lacing.

Comes across as an attempt at greatness that falls short. smell is of belgian yeast, light fruits and a wheat/grain cover.

malted / fruity but lacking any identity. Tastes more like a triple than a strong ale in my opinion. fine carbonation. backbone is slightly malted and very light. Mostly a fruity, carbonated jungle.

I haven't had much luck with this brewery and this is not an exception.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my bowl glass deep golden with a slight chill haze with a nice blooming white head that left a nice sheet of lace behind.Alcohol dipped fruit mainly citru orange and pineapple with a touch of phenolic spicey/yeastiness.Flavors are quite yeasty and spicey with the alcohol really coming in as it warms more,not as fruity maybe as I would have liked.A solid Avery offering not completely in ur face like some of their "big" offerings but quite good,I would drink again.

Photo of Vancer
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent attempt at at *Belgium Golden Ale*.. Clear thin orange/yellow pour, but the fast disappearing head was a downer – did leave some thin laces. Clove, spice and fruit pop the nose, then the quaff does notice some Belgium yeast aspects – just not quite enough.

A fairly dry and somewhat harsh brew, it does start to sweeten by mid-bomber – also that may be the 9% kicking in. Not bad, but still semi-disappointed in this Avery brew. $6 for the bomber makes it a little $$ for the taste – but very drinkable.

Photo of AlexJ
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color of a golden coin, this beer pours with a loose white head that quickly settles to a thin ring. I like the color, but one of the highlights of a fine Belgian(or Belgian-influenced) beer is the epic billowing head that just clings forever. There is no "show" with this beer.

Aroma is subdued until the beer warms in my sweet La Trapp goblet. It reveals crisp pear, pinapple, melon, and sweet spice. There is no funky, musty, or cellar notes, which is also a highlight of this style. In it's place there is an American -sized hop finish, which is uncharacteristic, but tastey nontheless. Flavors nice, but not nuanced. The warmer it gets, the better it gets. Or is that just the noticible alcohol heat that is so synonomous w/ this lable getting to me? A year or two in the dungeon would tame the rough edges.

Body is medium, slick on the palate, and somewhat grainey textured. Drinkability is average, certainly wished I had someone to share this 22 oz with! A noble effort, but yee will find no salvation here!.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Salvation pours a truly golden color (not quite yellow not quite amber). Limited head and laciness put that is ok. There is very little carbonation as well. The smell is more bready in my opinion then say malty. A complex smell with some fruitiness but only if your looking. Definite Belgian qualites with a sweeter smell and some apricots to it.

Salvation has a well-rounded taste to it. Surprising by its 9% ABV, the breadiness is the first thing that I notice when taking a taste. A pleasing malt flavor that isn’t overpowering, the beer and mixes nice with the sweet and sour of the beers tangibles. The fruitiness in the beer is consistent more of an apricot that is too ripe. I think the yeast creates this unique flavor. There are hints of spices such as white pepper, maybe coriander, but only noticeable it you really look for it. The alcohol is blended well but there is a noticeable bite at the end of the taste coming from the hops. This might be what people don’t like about Salvation, but I think it brings a new and good flavor to the table.

Overall I think this is a good beer. I would say that this isn’t a good example of a Belgium Golden Ale style, but rather as an “American” style belgium golden ale. Very smooth and taste, a bit more hoppier and a high alcohol that is not noticeable. Salvation at last.

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at TJ's back in May for $5.99.

Poured a nice golden color with a good head which is retaining nicely. Nose is of sweet candy, fruits, and spices. Taste starts sweet and lemony, somewhat peppery, and ends with a surprising strong for the style hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice and lively, full for the style. Overall drinkability is good. They did a nice job masking the alcohol!

Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How does Avery always have the coolest bottles? From this ornately adorned bottle, to the Kaiser, and even Hog Heaven, they are always eye catching. Let's see if the beer stacks up to the window dressing...

Crystal clear gold color, looks almost like your standard "macro" lager. Head is white, fast fading. Belgian yeast funk and banana in the nose, and that's about it. Taste is very intense, way more than the nose would allude to. Big yeast and grapefruit flavors, very hoppy, with the alcohol adding intensity to the flavor. More banana flavors, also slightly floral. These all make for a very interesting beer. Not great, but good.

Photo of dgallina
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a clear deep honey color with essentially no head or lace, but dependable carbonation. Smells very fruity and wine-like, with bright citrus notes,restrained alcohol spice and wood tones. Tastes much like it smells. Quite fruity at first, but with a strong drying woody white-wine like finish. Perhaps a touch too astringent at the end. Nice and light in the mouth considering the strength, with refreshingly active carbonation. A pretty nice drink overall, if a bit uncomplicated.

Photo of ypsifly
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes.

Undated, gold foiled bomber poured into a chalice.

Hazed, sparkling apple juice with a white head of two fingers. Good retention, spotty lace.

Smells sweet overall with some of that classic belgian yeast chalk, candy sugar, a little lemon zest and some suggestions of melon.

The taste starts off with a malty sweetness that is paired with a little lemon and dry hops. The sugars come out midway before some pepper from the alcohol towards the finish. Yeast notes come out in the end. Full mouthfeel that doesn't get syrupy from the sugars. Very drinkable in spite of the abv.

Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed bright orangey amber color, head is white but doesn't build much in a Trois Pistoles chalice. Just a few scant dots for lace. Aroma of pear, some spicey syrup elements. Thickish mouthfeel, low carbonation (ah, if only some of these could be as lively as Duvel). Flavor is scarcely dusted with dry cocoa, features flesh fruits prominantly, slight banana, and powdered confectioner's sugar. Thickens in impression closer to the finish, shows off a bit of grassy hops and more of a fruit cocktail impression. A little cloying, slight pizza dough and oiliness, well-hidden alcohol on this one.

Photo of cubedbee
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Pours a bright clear gold with tons of carbonation and a finger of lasting white head. Aroma is a nice pale malt with a strong candy sugar and a slightly yeasty and spicey background. Taste has a good deal of grassy hops overlaying a lemon peel, ripe banana, apricot fruitiness. There is a spicy, peppery ending with a hint of the 9% alcohol. Medium bodied with a light crisp mouthfeel. This pales in comparison to some of the great complex Belgian strong ales, but it's solid and drinkable in it's own right.

Photo of rajendra82
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Salvation came tonight in the form of a 22 oz. brown bomber, with gold foil around the neck, and a label evocative of medieval Christian art. The beer poured out into a tulip glass, looked gorgeous golden yellow, with active carbonation. Compared to most other beers in this style, the head was rather small at half inch thick, and there was not much lacing left along the sides of the glass.

The smell was dead on, with sweet malt, spices, and the unique earthiness typical of Belgian yeast strains. The taste was big on malt, with pear, green apple, and apricot like fruitiness, and was closer to a Tripel than a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. There was also a noticeable level of hop flavor coming through. Not an overpowering hop flavor, but a little touch of citrus and hay complimenting the sweetness quite nicely.

Thick and sticky mouthfeel accentuated the feeling of consuming a big special beer. The alcohol was well hidden, and there was almost no burn. The aftertaste was peppery, citric, and sweet. A big beer that does not feel harsh and aggressive, but instead is like a gentle giant carrying you along on his back.

Photo of Opethsprite
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

"Divinely drinkable," says the bottle....I don't know about that...

A lovely cider-colored ale with a frothy, yellowish head which leaves nice lacing. Smells surprisingly thick: notes of chocolate on apricot and hops. The first taste raised the hairs on my arms. Quite hoppy. Quite. Too much so for me, but I can see where one who is a fan of Dogfish's 90-minute IPA would really enjoy this. I do *very* much appreciate the complex pang of sweetness at the finish. I couldn't drink this regularly, but it's worth a try if you're a hop head.

Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.