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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 68 | 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 beerceller99
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
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
1.86/5  rDev -51.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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
2.19/5  rDev -42.8%
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
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
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
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.