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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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very good

941 Ratings
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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 23
Gots: 60 | 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 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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 12, 2004
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.

Gavage, May 31, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear tawny gold in hue, there was no animation; it looked dull aside from a few random floating/suspended yeasties. The head almost reached a finger in height before subsiding to a foamy, loose cap. The retention of the cap was fantastic as it lasted throughout the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was patchy but prevalent. The nose has decent potency; it is strong enough to get its point across. I really like the fruitiness; it is peachy and a little lemony, juicy like a Starburst. The malt shines, it bready and definitely Belgian but I swear it had an English suggestion. Without question the loudest feature of the nose is the candied sugar sweetness, which intermingles ideally with a hint of alcohol. The nose is subdued and quite pleasant. Inviting. At room temperature the complexities are fully bloomed, fantastic! The alcohol, on the palate, stands stark naked thumbing its nose at any sense of mellow, well-crafted flavors. The candied sugar also runs buck wild, which fueled the alcohol I’m sure. The sweetness is stiff and raw; it is reminiscent of alcoholic sugar water. The peachy and banana fruitiness can’t find a home, I can taste it but I can’t place it. It works in harmony with the sweetness and it tries to stand up to the alcohol. ‘Tries’ is the key word. The malt does find a home towards the finish; it is lovely, very bready with a kiss of biscuit, like an EPA. But don’t get me wrong with is a powerful Belgian Golden Ale. I’d like a more noticeable hoppiness and less sweetness. This beer is damn good ‘as is’ but examples like Unibroue 11 or even Duvel blow Salvation out of the water. They are just better crafted. Avery’s example is complex but forceful, in other words it has been Americanized. The more I quaffed the more the hops were seen, still I need more, also the yeast characteristics grew too, green apples and distant hints of vanilla as well. No matter how soft the flavors got this was still a little too brutish. But it grew on me. Sometimes I like it rough! Full bodied. Low but natural carbonation helps create a pleasant mouthfeel. Even at 9% abv and even thought it is poorly hidden I found this to be very drinkable, sip, savor, repeat until there is no more liquid. I purchased a 22-ounce bottle in Loveland, CO. I should have bought more.

bditty187, May 24, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a goblet. The color is hazy golden, with a wispy head. The smell is sweet, coriander-ish, and full of alcohol. The taste is malty and slight candi sugar sweet, with a spiciness, and a fairly strong alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a couple, but the alcohol is too noticable for sustainability.

A good if not great tripel. Some nice sweetness and coriander spicing, but a bit too much alcohol present in the beer. I'd have it again if I saw it around, but wouldn't really actively seek it out.

beergeek279, May 14, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color.

Smell is malty and a little spicy.

Taste is malty with a bit of wheat bran flavor. There is also a raw honey flavor to this and a bit of sage taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

It is a drinkable brew, but it is just a bit too dominating a brew to really be drinkable, more like sipable for dessert.

Zorro, May 13, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a crystal clear bronzish orange color. The head was white in color but quite weak. Moderate lacing along the glass. The smell was very nice, fruity sweet and bready. The taste was very sweet upfront. I noticed a strong honey flavor initially then a peach fruit sweetness. Yeasty base was light and airy. Hops are quite prevalent towards the end which is odd for a Belgian but the hop bitterness was quite good. The sweetness was a bit cloying but the hop bite threw that off. Finish is dry and smooth. This beer is lighter in body and easy drinking but I probably couldn't have too many because of the sweetness. Definitely a beer worth trying.

granger10, May 04, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very decent brew, this Ale poured out of the tap a respectable light amber colour. The aroma was rich with cloves and vanilla, and truth be told, the flavour did not follow far behind. A solid offering by Avery. It went very well with a spicy quesedilla at one of my local haunts.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, May 01, 2004
Photo of ark57
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a glowing clear orange-gold with a white head that dissipates fast. The head is lacking, but the lovely color makes up for it. There is candy sugar, malty grains, a spiciness, and citrus in the aroma. Fruity esters jump out at first in the taste. The body is coating, though not quite syruppy, but almost oily slick. There is also some yeastiness and a light spritzy carbonation. The finish is lightly spicy (styrian goldings are evident) and the alcohol rears its head. A dangerously delicious beer.

ark57, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of sublimesipping
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at my neighborhood pub. Overall a good american representation of a belgian trippel. color a light honey amber with a creamy whiteish-beige foam head. Nice clarity and lacing in the glass. Aroma notes of almond, amaretto ,and cloves. Taste of spicy anise and bannas with a subtle hint of alchohol lingering at the finish. body felt a bit thin, and this seemed to affect the clarity of the flavor throughout. I did enjoy this beer and felt that it offered good qualtiy drinkablity for the style.

sublimesipping, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of Pooba001
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 22oz. bottle, cellared for about 2 months. Very nice appearance, dark goldish orange color, small amount of puffy, lacey head. Smell is excellent, malty, with hints of nutmeg spice and a touch of hops. Taste is a good balance of malt and the spices, with a little fruitiness, and that noticable high ABV kick. Mouthfeel is distinctly better than average, and drinkability is acceptable. On the whole this is a fairly unique beer, definitely worth trying, and one I'd like to keep around for when I'm in the mood for it.

Pooba001, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Bright orange in color with a modest head, probably due to the high alcohol content.

Smell – The medicinal alcohol jumps out first followed by the sweet malty base and a lively hop compliment.

Taste – The malt and hop combo work wonderfully together at the taste. They are perfectly in synch and provide a wonderful BSPA flavor. The coriander and white pepper spices compliment this nicely, and the sharp alcohol keeps the drinker focused.

Mouthfeel – This is a little larger than medium in the mouth and very refreshing. It leaves a somewhat sticky residue on the teeth. Interesting all around.

Drinkability – This was an exciting ale and definitely closed the night for me. It’s a wallop and a half, full of BSPA flavors and spices and very satisfying.

RoyalT, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle with beautiful label. Pours a hazy gold colour with a small but tightly knit head of very small bubbles. Head quickly melts into moderate ring lacing. Complex aroma consists of fruity sweetness up front. Bananas and peaches to my nose, along with plenty of bready yeastiness, a hint of spice, and bubblegum from the candy sugar. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Fuzzy carbonation, breadiness, and a whallop of alcohol. Taste is complex, and changes as the goblet warms from cellar to room temperature. Initial taste is of pale and crystal malts, peach, baked bread, bubblegum, earthiness, orangepeel, and alcohol. The Styrian Goldings hops lend a bittering balance to the assault of candy sweetness. At room temperature, this ale becomes very nicely balanced, both in taste and aroma. Overall, an excellent Belgian style ale from the folks at Avery.

merlin48, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of marcobrau
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark golden ale that pours quite clear with just a bit of foam that settles nicely into cloud-like arrangements of bubbles. Fruity nose mixed with a bit a cooked corn (DMS?) aroma. (The latter is not a good thing.) Smooth mouthfeel. Starts with a bit of bland maltiness, but then gets more interesting as it goes on, with fruiter flavors and then a burst of hops mixed with a sugary sweetness towards the finish. Perceptibly strong. I like the bitter finish. Could be a little more complex up front, but the finish is very long, bitter and laced with alcohol. Finish is almost a bit harsh. Not mind blowing, but pretty tasty, and I would certainly drink it again.

marcobrau, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful golden slightly hazy ale with a white creamy head. Head dies down quickly but leaves a nice layer of foam with subtle retention. Aroma is really hoppy that was unexpected by me. Very fruity with hints of cinnamon and peaches in sugar. Very smooth on the palate and slightly syrupy. Flavor is really nice but a tad sweet. I like the sweet though, and the fruitiness seems to be hanging on to a nice malty bottom. This was one of those surprises that you find in beers sometimes. Not what I expected but quite a pleasure none the less.

BierReise, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden brew, that is quite carbonated. Crowned by a cream colored head. Smells of alcohols and esters. A sharp aroma mixed with a musty fruity character. Soft tasting, fairly mellow compared to what I was expecting from the aroma. A bit of alcohol in the finish is detectable, along with a slight mustiness as well. The beer is fruity with notes of apple, maybe a hint of apricot. There is a bit of a sharp edge here too, a combination of the carbonation and fermentation byproducts. This is pretty good stuff, though it is a bit on the thick-bodied side of things.

Gueuzedude, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber golden with an off white honey tinted head creamy texture slightly rocky, leaves behind nice webbed pattern of lacing. Aroma: Rich honey like malt character with a bready yeasty notes, not as complex and fruity as most Belgian style ales. Taste: Flavor rich compex honey, bready, very sweet alcohol with some phenolic tones. Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied chewy mouthfeel syrupy as all hell, a bit cloying not to keen on the sensation it inflicts on my palate. Drinkability: Is somewhere in the middle this is not a Piraat, La Fin du Monde, or Duvel but it's decently tasty anyway you slice it just lacking some crucial elements present iin most belgian style strong ales.

WVbeergeek, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of philipt
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange color with a smallish light khaki head. Fruity, sweet, and slightly spicey smell. Tangerine, apricot and peach come through in the aroma with a very subtle hop presence. This beer shows more fruit than more traditional Belgian goldens (interpret very loosely). Pale malts, peach, apricot, and a hint of orange are the governing flavors of this ale. There is definitely a sweetness imparted by candi sugar. Also, there is a very pleasant spiciness imparted by the hops. The beer is rather thick and lacks an effervescence and crispness that I expected. The mouthfeel is closer to a strong dark ale than a golden ale.

philipt, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a beautiful, brilliantly clear, sparkling orange, forming a poofy whipped white head atop fine bubbles with good retention and melting lace akin to icing on a cinnamon roll. Requires a vigorous pour. Carbonation is mild, certainly for the style. The bottle is gorgeous to look at as well. Aroma is wonderful....rich and satisfying with strong orange notes similar to a Grand Cru, a perfect touch of candi sugar, some floral, perfumy Styrian Golding hops, abundant pale malts, honey, vanilla, banana...wow! Mouthfeel is smooth as silk with a medium-dense body despite it's tame color. Taste...oh my...this is good stuff! Begins with some floral hops, followed by a smooth dusky note of toast and grain husk...green apples, vanilla, oranges, pineapple, honey. The candi sugar nicely balances the lightly bitter floral hops and bready body. There is a touch of rose petals lingering in the aftertaste and a lightly dry astringency balancing the trail of alcohol down the gullet. Contrary to other reviews, my bottle has no perceptable alcohol or alcohol off-products in taste, however the hop flavor is stronger than most brews in this style. As it warms, alcohol becomes noticeable in aroma.

There are many complexities in this amazing, highly underrated brew. Avery consistently puts out some high quality brews, but I am highly impressed with this offering. This is everything I am looking for in a Belgian Golden (I find most to be highly carbonated with a thin body) I could see this one aging very nicely, as the hop rate is a tad high for the style and would benefit from mellowing a year or two.

Mitchster, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another underrated beer. Maybe I am not experienced enough with the style to appreciate it. But if Unibroue put out the same beer it would get rated better. Pours a golden hue with a nice white head yeasty, and spicy, and very smooth, sweet but no sweeter than alot of others. ABV is impossible to detect. Another solid offering from Avery. I hope people start giving Avery a little more respect.

jtw5877, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

A nice pour. It is a dusky golden color. Bubbles were over whelming at the initial end of the pour. A great head which settled but never quite disappears. Great lacing. The scent is divided in two ways. There is a nice smokey malt and a sweet and sour fruit.

The flavors start with some sour apple candy. The flavor really mellows and becomes malty with caramel. Do not drink this one fast. It evolves. There is a heavy alcohol bite here and it does interfere with the overall flavor.

Medium body and it drinks well. Not the smoothest ale I have had but well made.

Rumrunner, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle:

This beer was very enjoyable just like the Reverend was! This beer poured with a glowing golden colour and a huge, fluffy white head. The aromas were of belgian candy sugar, yeast, various spices, and malt. The taste was a good blend of the above mentioned aromas and the mouthfeel was quite light and fluffy for this big belgian ale. The drinkability was very good as well. All in all this is a very good Belgian style golden ale from the folks at Avery...try it if you can!


francisweizen, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 10 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer has a very clear golden color w/ a large white head.
Aroma: Salavation has a very pleasant aroma.
Flavor: The taste is sweet. This is an enjoyable beer to drink

jcalabre, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity, touches of apricot and peach. A fuller bodied Belgian Ale. Sweet and fruity; peaches, apricots, pineapple, sweet malts and vanilla. Very fizzy carbonation. Touch of candy sugars? Hops are very prominent, floral and citrusy. Very hoppy for a Belgian Ale, but it seems to work somehow. Very smooth taste, hides the 9% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

beerguy101, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and shining, thick head and laces well. Nose is bright and fruity. Taste is light, hoppy, citrus, some candy sugar and spice and more than a touch of alcohol. Apricots and perfume, finishes dry as it coats the palate.

Easily drinkable despite the high alcohol content. Not the equal of true ales from Belgium but one of the better attempts I've found from this side of the pond.

assurbanipaul, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a pure white head settling quickly over clear golden liquid. Nice Belgian-style nose: sweet malt, candi sugarish with a background of light "horse blanket" yeast esters wrapped around tantalizing wafts of alcohol notes. The taste comprises sweetness, flavors of fruit, a pleasant yet unassuming hoppiness, warming tinges of alcohol...finishes spicy and robust. A superbly complex and tasty ale. Hats off to Avery!

And thanks to Gusler!

p.s. - A very (no pun intended) superbly crafted, intricate label...reminiscent of 16th century illuminated manuscripts.

beerluvr, May 10, 2003
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.