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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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964 Ratings
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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
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 Vancer
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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
2.68/5  rDev -30%
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.

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

Avery's Salvation delivers a deep golden body beneath a creamy head of white froth that fades steadily away to a thin collar, leaving behind some nice splashes and spots of lace.

The nose is malty, sweetish like candy, and spicy with some lemon peel in the background.

It's medium/full bodied and lightly crisp, leaving it quite smooth across the palate.

The flavor delivers more than the nose promises, with a rich, bread and honey-like maltiness that's peppered with gentle spice, a spritz of lemon, and some lightly vanilla-ish candy. Some floral hops make their way through (especially in the finish); as does some alcohol (again, mainly in the finish). The bitterness is restrained to let the sugar, yeast, and spice shine, but it's balanced; and it finishes drying as the sweet malt fades and the yeasty character (bubblegum, clove) emerges.

I found it a little dull for the style - just not as crisp and delicately balanced as it could be. Instead, it seems a bit flabby and uninteresting. There are no flaws, but at the same time it doesn't really go anywhere. It's just a basic, well done, dextrinous, Belgian-style golden ale.

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet fruity pale malt and Belgian candy sugar scent along with a Belgian yeast aroma. It is rich and malty with fruity esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth and slightly warm flavor that boasts of pale malts and candy sugar. It goes down easy with quite a bit of hops in the finish; nice touch. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Belgian ale. It has excellent flavor and aroma. It is a bit hoppier than most, but that's what I like about it.

Photo of walleye
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazy golden amber, with a little white head. aroma fruity, peach, pears, and apricot, yeast, and a nice touch of hops. flavor, cinnamon, and a nice blend of fruits orange, peaches, and a hint of cherries, and sweet malts, and some hops and yeast, the alcohol comes out just a little.

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

A nice blond colored ale with a large head, served in a snifter. Nice lacing on the glass as I drink. Smell and taste are more hoppy than I'd expect from a Belgian style pale ale, but a nice change from the norm. Lemon citrus and spicey corriander balance out the hops a little, and there's some sweet maltyness to the beer as well. There's an odd soapy character to the beer that I find to be a little bit of a turn off, but otherwise it's a pretty solid brew. I think it might be even better if it was simplified a little.

Photo of MrSeth
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a medium size goblet with a copper color and a 2" head that breaks up and leaves groups of big bubbles swirling around the glass. Spots of suds stick to the glass.

Maple, molasses and green tea in the nose.

Hops are the first thing to hit the taste buds. Mossy, green tea notes, then fresh apricot and sweet pepper relish. Smooth, heavily carbonated beneath a medium-heavy body, but again dry like green tea.

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

Pours with a one-finger cream head, fades quickly and leaves no lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is peach/spices. Starts with a sweet, spicey flavor but the alcohol is there, hops are there at the finish. Different from Belgian strong pales but not bad. $6.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of beerceller99
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.
Clear orange-straw hue with very little head. Sweet smells of bananas, watermelon, black pepper. Nicely carbonated with a light, creamy mouthfeel. Decent taste of black pepper and spices with a hint of bubblegum.
A decent brew but not a great one ; has a raw, unfinished quality which I thought might go away after a year in the cellar.
No such luck here.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with decent head and lacing

Smell: Yeasty Belgian nose with vague hints of candi sugar, banana and coriander

Taste: Lots of interesting fruity and spicy flavors up front - peaches, black pepper and cardamom; after the swallow, an unusual dry bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style but this one stands out as a very refined example with the iconoclastic character you would expect from Avery

Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a moderate head that falls slowly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of alcohol and sweetness with some graininess and spices as well. Very strong aroma. The flavor has a bit of dark fruit and has a very warming characteristic. The hop/spice blend is interesting, but it's not completely up my alley. It's tasty and very well-crafted, but I like my Belgian slightly different from this. Lots of citrus going along with the spices. The alcohol definately makes this one a sipper. Body is pretty thick and the drinkability is ok.

Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach with a big beige head, low carbonation, and virtually no lace... weird combination. Sweet sugary malt aroma with a light smoky character and a bit of oxidation. Same in flavor with a strong smoked malt flavor ... a peach colored barleywine ? Full bodied and creamy with a warming alcohol sensation but falls a bit flat.

Wonder if age had an effect on smokiness ? Try fresh at some point.

Per Label: "Belgian malted barley, Belgian candy sugar, Styrian Goldings hops, and authentic Belgian yeast"

Per Avery website:
Beer Style: Belgian Strong Golden Ale
Hop Variety: Styrian Goldings

'01' embossed on bottom
Tasted: 04/11/05

($5.49 / 22 oz. bottle capped with gold foil wrap)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No freshness or best before dates observed on the label.
Appearance: clear amber tone with a thin skim of a head, off-white in color. No lace. Lack of even a modest head, given the glass and pour, was disappointing.
Smell: woof, talk about boozy! Big alcohol fumes steamroll the underlying notes of peaches and apricots. Bit of herbal hops aroma, too.
Taste: candied peaches and dried apricots initially along with a lesser flavor of bready malts. Candy sugar was very evident. Decent amount of bitterness that was roughly shoved aside by a blast of raw alcohol flavor. No kidding this is 9% ABV!
Feel: full, almost chewy.
Overall: given Avery's prediliction for beers with a big, boozy taste (think: Beast), this one is right at home. Still, Salvation comes on too strong in the alcohol department, outstripping the other tastes. to be cosidered a real good example of the style. Not one I'd come back to soon.

Photo of LPorter33
1.75/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Purchased bottle from liquor store on Devonshire/State intersection.

Appearance = Foggy golden orange hue small head, decent carbonation. I like the color

Smell = Fruity, flowery scent like jasmin with strong smell of alcohol coming through

Taste = Not a fan of this one. Extremely bitter without much else coming through. Very bland and acidic. Can taste the 9% all the way through.

Overall = I can't recommend this beer. Perhaps I just sampled a bad bottle but if not, this one hit me the wrong way on all notes of taste.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with me by clvand0. It pours a nice golden color with a 2 finger head that falls to one finger. The nose is big, with whiffs of alcohol, slight raisiney sweetness, and a big spiceyness. The flavor is more subdued than the nose/ The raisiney sweetness is backed with a slightly bready ness and a bit of citrusy lemoney moving into the spiceyness. The feel is bigh and thick and full wtih only a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, the flavor is just okay on this one. The alcohol is very well hidden. A nice brew.

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

Puchased a 22oz for ~$5 bucks at Groton Market.

Poured a very clear gold color with some amber highlights. A one inch head of white froth topped it off. It smells of fruit, sweet malts and some spice.

Taste to my tongue is malt combined with the sweetness from the candy sugar, a dash o' spice, and some bitter hops (low on the alphas though) . Definitely a warm alchohol taste on the finish You can tell it's a high AB beer (9%).

A little too much cloying, stickiness for me to enjoy again and again, but a pretty good brew nonetheless.

Overall, reminiscient of that VP candidate goof from a few elections ago who said something similar , I knew Duvel Moortgat, and you sir, are no Duvel!

The wise Brewru's at Avery tell me "Salvation is discovering your passion, purpose, meaning in life. We Brew, What about You?"

A: I drink and critique.

Other bottle notes:
"Seek and ye shall find! Salvation is a divinely drinkable golden treasure, full of fruity aroma and hoppy complexity with a soft, light palate."

"Brewed with pure Rocky Mounatin water, imported Belgian malted barley, Belgium candy sugar, Styrian Goldings hops, and authentic Belgian yeast.

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