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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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very good

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 crookedhalo
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. foil and capped bottle. Pours a clear golden to amber colored with a fluffy beige colored head that turns to sparse clinging foam. Very malty nose; mixed with a hint of pear, and a nutty, estery, and yeasty characteristicts. Mild citrus/hoppy aroma paired up with a faint alcohol whiffs in the finish of the aroma as well. A bit slick on the tongue. The flavor imparts a buttery, slick/sweet malt kick with some more vinous, spicy, fruity, and grassy astringency nearer the finish. A bit peppery in its alcohol presence. Reminds me a bit of a U.S. brewed interpretation of Delirium Tremens. Pretty decent, but a tad bit too sticky.

Photo of mgdeth
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Typical light amber pale ale color, with hints of orange. Large rocky head, with some beer lace.

Smell - This beer has a spicy aroma characteristic of many Belgian ales. I also detect a bubblegum aroma, which is pleasing.

Taste - This beer has a very spicy flavor, almost like pepper. Strong alcohol taste comes through toward the aftertaste. The alcohol aftertaste is distracting. Hops appear to be in the beer mostly to offset the malt.

Mouthfeel - Thick and warming. Seems appropriate to style.

Drinkability - Too much alcohol in the flavor detracts from the overall experience. Otherwise, the beer is pretty good.

Comments - While the beer has complex flavors and is generally pretty appealing, it is not as well balanced as I would like. Maybe this one would do well if it was cellared for a while.

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

Attended a tent revival with this one on 11/22/2004. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. poured twice in a shaker.

Crème de rock candy white of 1/8-inch head fluff that gargles down to a fungal coating with light lacing. Liquid gold with a slight edge towards coppering, crystal clear and almost mute. Light lemon, buttermilk, clover scents on nose, but all of it is nicely blended. Clover/mint/cloves mix at start, with some cooling candy chunk; finishes quickly. The iconographic label is cool, and I would grab this before I would The Reverend.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear medium golden. The head was white, frothy and moussy and lasted well to coat and lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity, malty and ever so slightly spicy. The maltiness had a strong caramel and hop presence.

The flavor was malty, slightly fruity and slightly spicy. The hop bittering was similar to an APA or an IPA. The hop flavor was American hops.

The finish was just dry with lasting hop presence well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and well done. The alcohol only made itself known in the slight presence after consumption.

22 ounce bottle. This was an IPA, perhaps a double IPA. The bottle says Belgian Golden, but there was very little about it that was Belgian. It was a tasty brew nonetheless.

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber with a very small head. It smells primarily of hops with a slight malt aroma as well.

Taste: first thing I noticed was a strong hop flavor that quickly faded, follwed by a hint of alcohol, which then faded into a malty-sweet finish that was smooth and dry.

I wouldn't say this is extremely drinkable, but it is very tasty. I have had Avery's Czar and felt that the alcohol overpowered everything else. I was expected that to happen with this brew, but was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Quaffer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a glowing orange beer with just the merest hint of haze. The slightly off-white head rose up to about two fingers with an aggressive pour. It settled down at an average pace, leaving quite a bit of itself behind on the side of the glass. As I drank the beer, tons of lace was left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Very true to the style in the aroma. Fruits (mostly apples and grapes, though there are hints of citrus) and spices (pepper and clove) were immediately detectable. Lightly roasted malts and just the right amount of spicy alcohol rounded things out. The alcohol gained strength as the beer sat, but never overpowered like it did in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. It had quite a bit of presence on the tongue for the amount of body present. Very smooth up in the front of the mouth with the carbonation kicking in as the beer hit the throat.

Taste: Like a few other Avery beers that I have had in the past, the alcohol in this one overpowered the other flavors at times. Luckily, this happened only occasionaly. The majority of the time, things balanced out fairly nicely. When I was able to detect the other flavors, there were sweet apples, tart cherries, and plums. Green grass was present along the sides of the tongue in the middle. The finish was a combonation of strong roasted malt, hops bitterness, and a continuation of the green grass. As I said, sometimes the alcohol overpowered everything. But most of the time, it just lended a pleasant spicy component to the brew. A light pepper flavor lingered into the aftertaste.

Photo of aquatonex
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty honey colored, rather translucent. 1.5 fingers head, nice and foamy, decent retention. Smells of malts, alcohol, and fruits. Taste is a little crass, not as elegant as it should be. The malts and fruits give way too quickly to a bitter acrid alcohol taste which lingers after you swallow. Could be better, but still pretty good. And, 9% alcohol packs a heavy wallop and I'd drink it again.

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

22oz. Bomber: This one pours a darker golden color. There was a limited amount of head on it, and it died off quickly. There is a very apealing aroma to this beer. No one scent is on top, but I get definite notes of apricots, nutmeg, and some yeastiness. The taste is quite slick. There aare the peaches and apricots in there, as well as some spiciness. I like this alot!

Photo of IceAce
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented with an orange / copper body and a dense light tan collar of foam. An earthy nose of dry malt, yeast, and cookie dough.

Taste is chewy dough and Belgian yeast focused on the rear of the palate. Yeasties continue their gripthrough the swallow and do a slow Belgian fade on the finish.

Truly excelleny mouthfeel and a highly drinkable Belgian Strong.

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

Nice, peachy, deep golden hue, ample, creamy white foam sitting on top.
Big sweetness in the nose, a little sour, too, but full of citric flavors, lemon, orange, apricot, very spicy and spritzy as well, almost too candy-ish in the sweet factor, though.
Taste...a bit sticky on the palate, big, bold peppery flavor, a bit too much so...rather brisk, with a sourness sticking near the sweet...an oddly cloying mouthfeel, laying thick on the tongue and lasting long in the mouth.
This dies off a bit, and it's a bit easier to take, later on...now, the sweetness is subdued, relaxed, less obnoxious...still, not a spot-on tripel like we'd like...hard to peg this attempt at a tripel, as it doesn't quite nail it, but you've got to like it for trying, at least.
Gorgeous bottle, though...

Photo of marburg
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I recall, the description of this I was given from someone said "it's like champagne." That's a load of shit, but this is pretty good nonetheless.

Syrupy-looking golden orange in color. Zero head. Big, fruity, malty aromas laced with candi sugar and a moderate dash of spicy hops -- apricot, sugar, and spice. Quite sweet and sugary, this begins with a load of sweet fruit and dried apricot and develops into a slightly more zesty mid palate before closing with sweet, biting alcohol and mild hops. Decent Belgian imitator.

Photo of alexAK
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a slight amber...reminds me a bit of a pale ale. The head is fairly healthy though it's a little thin. The aroma is enough to remind me of that "Belgian goodness". This continues with my first sip, but I feel there could be more agressiveness here. I find the maltiness pleasant, but towards the end of the drink it seems a little shallow.

That said, I find it very drinkable, maybe even dangerously so. I paired this with a simple ham sandwhich. Not bad at all.

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.08/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

appearance/pour: pours an unspectacular light orange with small head which quickly evaporates into a thick cluster of bubbles stuck to one side of the glass. lightly carbonated.

aroma: smells malty, like a tripel.. but much lighter and somewhat fruity. thought of don de dieu on my first sniff.

taste: surprisingly bitter- lemon rind is evident along with strong malts and a high alcohol taste. the scent would leave you to believe there is a nice caramel taste here, but nothing. surprisingly flat taste.

mouthfeel: syrupy and hard going down.

this beer isn't bad, but compared to others in a similar style it leaves much to be desired. good american tripels are few and far between (golden monkey!) and this is no exception. avery is usually quality but i cannot go on the books recommending this.

Photo of HardTarget
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Large brown bomber, gold foil top, 9& abv, ingredients (Rocky Mountain Water, imported Belgian malted barley, Belgian candy sugar, Syrian Goldings hops and authentic Belgian yeast) No date, but no matter.
Aroma: Nice Belgian fruity nose, banana, apple, white grape, spicy yeast smell, very inviting.
Appearance: Rich clear gold chalice with large carbonation bubbles rapidly forming and rising. Nice white head collapsed into a collar and thin cover, but lacing already.
Lace faded rather quickly and the second pour just left some soda bubbles and no head at all.
Flavor: Flavor is a bit thin for the style and for me. It has a bit of a “malt liquor” taste to me; the sugar seems to be contributing a lot to the alcohol content. Has a slight metallic edge to the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, subdued carbonation.
Overall Impression: Popped this for a Christmas day treat (the name seemed appropriate), and I’m tempted to drain pour the second glass. Belgian style, but not Belgian. Alcohol isn’t hidden at all, and doesn’t meld well with the beer. I get a raw alcohol aftertaste that is turning my stomach. It’s almost vodka like in its intensity. I refuse to “endure” a beer on Christmas, this one is going bye-bye. Nose is good, initial taste is good, then… ick. Not much to look at and the mouthfeel just doesn’t do much. A harsh review for Avery I’m afraid. I’ve enjoyed others, but this one is just wrong, and it is really just the aftertaste.

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

Awfully pale in color, but it pours with just enough of a head to be able to keep a stringy lace flowing around the glass. I'm a lace fan. The hops are very sweet, with bits of honey and very ripe tangerines. Hints of candy-like spices and dried fruit sneak through the rest of the beer. Overall, it was very a sweet beer that is light on the taste buds but full of flavors.

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

This belgium style goden ale is very good. It pjored a medium deep golden yellow, with no foam or lace. The smell and taste were both of spices, hop's and a mild fruitiness. Not over powering but pleasant to the palate. The only place I could find this Avery brew, was in Colorado.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger man in NYC, this one pours light golden, clear, with a medium white head, tiny bubbles evident. It leaves fine , wispy and plentiful lacing and sheets of lace. Good looking stuff!
Nose is slighty sweet and spicy. Light maltyness up front,snappy,spicy hops also show up on the tongue. Notes of vanilla,anise, ,juniper, alcohol. Belgian yeast phenolics. tasty and dangerously drinkable stuff. Fine, complex brew. Nice bold, Americanized take on the style

Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first bier today was Lucifer. Now Salvation. Is there any statement there? :-)

This bier has a clear, medium copper color, with a thin, finely beaded head, which leaves a trace o' lace inside the goblet. Carbonation bubbles within the liquid are few and far between. Nose seems to be an odd cross between toasty malt, tropical fruit and light hoppiness. Body is decent, a good medium, with a touch of chewiness, and the bier passes cleanly and smoothly across the tongue. Flavor has, what seems to me, a big hit of some caramel.... This nice sweetness combines with some hints of tropical-like fruit (as in the nose), with a tasty floral hop presence at the finish. Not your typical Belgian Strong Pale, but still a tasty offering.


overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear true amber body that catches the light wonderfully and seems to actively glow. The head is smaller and fades more quickly than I’d like considering the style, but I can’t take off too much for that. Very ripe stone fruit and clove in the aroma. The flavor is dry one sip and sweet the next with a bit of caramel and a bit of dry hay in the malt. The heat of the alcohol is felt, but it doesn’t overpower the rest of the beer. Every once in a while I get a wish of sour dishrag, but it’s not strong and not always there.

Photo of TexIndy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich golden/caramel color with about a finger of head from a 22oz bottle. Had some carbonation. It had an average smell with spice overtones. The mouthfeel was excellent - very creamy and went down very smooth. The drinkability was also excellent. You've want to drink several but the 9% ABV will slow you down some. Another great beer from Avery.

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

Pours a cloudy copper with a dazzling display of carbonation. A small white head leaves curtain like lace on the glass.

An extremely malty aroma is cut by a touch of alcohol in the nose. This is unlike any Belgian Ale I have ever smelled. The spice in the nose is complemented nicely by the malt.

There are an abundance of flavors in this beer--malt spice, light bitter hops and a kiss of alcohol. This is a liquid banquet--very nice.

A thick and chewy beer that has an almost barley-wine like quality. A Belgian barley-wine. As Eric Cartman would say, "Sweeeet."

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

Bright dark yellow in color. A very thin, yet capped off white head. Decent carbonation. Belgium spices, some malts and yeast grace the nose. Very sweet, thick and crisp malt up front. Spicy, great hop bite, some floral and citrus notes as well. The body is very sweet, cotton candy and sugary offerings, very smooth, well rounded and crisp. Yeast-like characteristics are formed in the middle of this beverage, but the hops seem a bit more up front. Hints of alcohol are followed by a decent belly-warming effect. This beer was pretty good, may rank low in it's class of Belgian SPA's, yet that class is already stacked pretty well. The Salvation should be enjoyed by most!

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

This is not my favorite brew from Avery, but it will help to pass the night in a storm. The beer pours a clear, golden color with a small head and little lacing. It has a pleasant aroma of maltiness with hints of clove, anise, and pineapple. The taste is sweeter than most Belgian's of this variety. It is remindful of sugar and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla. The sweetness is evocative of the malt but there isn't a big malt flavor. Little hops bitterness, perhaps a little more would have balanced this and made it more drinkable. After a bomber of it, I was looking for a big IPA to pucker the mouth a little. I like salvation but The Reverend and The Beast.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - not much head, just a few pockets of bubbles sitting on top. A very pretty tangerine, clear color. Final pour is just the opposite, creating a cloudy opaque wall with the addition of the bottom-dwelling sediment.

Aroma - pleasantly fruity, some token malts, but initially dominated by intense boozy vapors. After a few minutes they balance out fairly well, better than I was expecting at least.

Taste - mot much malt can be picked up. This is a fruit and alcohol beer. Some candi sugar flavors up front, but taste 'em fast because the alcohol train shows up right away. From there the taste never really recovers. Alcohol warmth abounds and thwarts this beer's chance of any complexity. Not bad, but on the brash side. Eventually will reveal some spiciness as it warms, allspice, cinnamon maybe, which saves it from being an altogether average beer.

Mouthfeel - some good carbonation and some fine smoothness do well to enhance the taste experience. The best part of this beer along with its appearance.

Drinkability - Nah, I'll pass. Some interesting and appealing moments, but unless I have another one of these in storage, I wouldn't pursue it again.

Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color with a 1" head that quickly disappated. Some very light lacing developed. The aroma was of malt, spice, and citrus. The flavor was of malt, citrus, spice, and a hint of honey.

This was medium bodied and was quite flat (very little carbonation at all). The mouthfeel was very smooth with a slightly dry grainy finish. The citrus lingered on the tongue after swallowing. This was a little to strong on the citrus tones which cuts back the drinkability.

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