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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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87
very good

961 Ratings
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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 23
Gots: 64 | 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 emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Salvation pours a copper color, nearly crystal-clear, with quickly receeding foam. Smell is phenolic, also a hint of malt. Bubbles manage to ring the glass, but carbonation is not very apparent. Definitely not as lively as many Belgian pale ales.

Taste is sweet candy sugar and malt/barley. It's thick and syrupy in the mouth, almost whiskeyish. Alcohol is present, on the verge of overshadowing the downplayed malt & barley flavors. Bottle claims to have "authentic Belgian yeast" but none comes through in the flavor, or is visible in the bottle. Drinkabilty suffers due to the syrupy texture and alcohol presence.

Overall it's not a bad Belgian-style ale, but a bit too jacked up, like other "extreme" American craft brews.

emerge077, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out an amber/ornge color with a thick, two-finger head. Leaves great lacing down the entire glass.

S - Smelled of pine, grasses, cinnamon, alcohol and yeast.

T - Could really taste the malt and a clove flavor. Also, th eyeast and alcohol were very present.

M - It is soft and smooth. Medium-bodied.

D - Another great "big bottle" beer from Avery. And a good representation of the style.

zeff80, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wow, buttery colored and fluffy headed salvation looks tempting! smells of butterscotch and over ripe peaches. also that classic belgian yeast. tastes a bit fruity, again the peaches, and there is a unique sweetness that works well here. it could be more carbonated, which would give it a lighter/brighter feeling in the mouth, but the lack of super carbonation makes the flavors stand out distinctly. this is a fantastic series of beers from avery, and along with the reverend are in my opion the two best brews they make. really different for a belgian pale

StonedTrippin, Nov 19, 2011
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 07, 2005
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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/12/2011 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, bananas, spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong flavor of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice stronger Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves good lace.

S - Spicy yeast notes of clove and plum. Caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Thick, fruity malt up front with notes of orange and banana. Some clove and bready notes of toffee in the middle. Finishes with lots of banana bread and clove.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very complex with intense yeast character. Kind if thick for the style and perhaps a bit less drinkable because of that, but still a nice beer.

nickfl, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged orange gold with a thin white head. Nose is perfume, floral tones, and boozy. Flavor carries a fair amount of alcohol tones as well. Minor dough. Floral tones are here too. Typical Belgian ale sweet tones. Feel smooth on liquid and carbonation. East to drink. A bit too hot, but nice enough.

RblWthACoz, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Slatetank, May 21, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one thanks to THECPJ.

Pours a light fizzy head with big bubbles of almost 1/2 a finger, over hazy amber reddish orange pale colored beer.

Nose brings nice Belgian golden malts, semi sweet malts, belgian yeast with typical bright fruits, some light candi sugar, fruits like apricot, white raisin, and hint of tangerine (without the citrus) come through.

Taste starts a bit on the sweet side, again pretty belgian, candi sugar, belgian golden malts, typical fruit again with dried apricots, white raisin, little tangerine, bit of Belgian yeast flavors, a little bit of booze as well with some warmth and even a bit tingly, all that mixed with the slightest hint of fruity hops. Finishes a bit warm with more booze, golden malts and Belgian yeasty fruits linger, and fairly sticky and still semi sweet.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, good carbonation, and some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall pretty good, typical but nice Belgian golden malts, fruits, candi sugar, just a hint of hops, a bit boozy, and the sweetness and little syrupy feel are a bit much.

jlindros, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey with a bubbly thin white head. Head retention and lacing are below average

Smell: Yeat, lemon, mown grass and fruit. A feast for the nose

Taste: Sourness/dryness hit you up front along a with a yeasty/stale hops taste. Finish is fruitty, dry and has a pronounced alcohol presence

MF: Slick, effervescent and and well carbonated

Drinkable enough, kind of reminds me of Duvel. But not really my style

russpowell, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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...

feloniousmonk, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber in the Stella Artois glass. Champagne bubbles with more carbonation in the lacing than head.

Intense flavor of Belgian yeast with celery. The nose is equally intense, with spice cake and floral hops. Surprisingly hoppy with a distinct bitterness. Quite sharp. Lots of spice flavors for some reason, like clove and others less distinguishable. Some kind of fruity flavor, like melon and pineapple. Just surprisingly spicy, like an overdose of cinnamon in the bun.

Interesting to compare this with Unibroue Don de Dieu, which is in the same style. Much less heavily flavored, even though it's brewed with spices and the Avery is allegedly not. 22 oz bottle was $6.99 at Ibis Food Mart in San Diego.

mactrail, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +11%

MarkyMOD, May 17, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Stateline 2 days ago. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a very clear orange-golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. Head goes away almost instantly , leaving a few bubbles on top.

s - Smells of spices, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, peaches, light, ripe fruits, apricots, and a tiny bit musty. Pretty enjoyable; not the biggest fan of the mustiness, but it isn’t too prevelant.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, colves, bananas, nutmeg, peaches, light ripe fruity malts, bready malts. Spice is pretty strong; if you like spices it's pretty good.

m - Light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Both more on the light side.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style ale from Avery that seems a bit heavy on the spices. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though I would have liked more fruit. Would have again.

mdfb79, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 14, 2013
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.

WesWes, May 31, 2005
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours deep golden with a fluffy white head that descends to a lasting thin cover, leaving uneven lines of trailing lace on the glass.

The smell is grainy with candy sugar - malty with some bitterish/steely notes. The smell is "Belgian" - though if it came from Belgium I don't know that it would rank quite as high, as the standard is set so high. But, with the exception of North Coast's Pranqster (of those I've had so far), it is one of the most "on-target" aromas of the style from American craft brewers. Unfortunately, it doesn't go any farther. "Lucifer" rather than "Duvel" comes to mind. Not a bad thing, as it still is missing an element that could bring the aroma to greater heights. Too bad that they use Styrian Golding without Saaz hops. The Saaz would give it a grassy/hay backing that would add further complexities. But, that's just my personal preference perhaps. I do prefer this aroma to the recently-tried "Reverend". Still-in-all this is an inviting aroma - yeasty (bready), fruity and spicy.

The taste holds true to the nose - with more alcohol. This brewery really likes to showcase the alcohol (in a raw way) in their 22 oz. bottles. Does this make for a "bigger brew"? I don't know...have had plenty that cover the abv better, and turned out the better for it. That aside, this has a nice taste of sweet candy sugar with a general fruitiness and a touch of bitter sharpness and balance.

Soft carbonation lends towards drinkability, though it is rather uneven, causing some thinness at some sips. Alcohol, as stated, gives it a kick.

A nice interpretation of the style overall. Though it might not reach the greatness of some others of the style, it is certainly a very good brew!

jwc215, May 04, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, a disclaimer--I am not a big fan of Belgian Golden Ales. This one may change my mind based on the aroma: rather than have the usual barnyard smells, I would describe this as Mediterranean: olives, summer sea salt, crisp and inviting.

Slightly cloudy and golden in color. Excellent head that has great lasting power. Consistent ring lace on the glass.

The flavor is true to form for the style (and not the way I like it). However, I am trying not give it too many demerits simply because of style. Strong alcohol presence that wasn't noticeable in the smell. The body counters this effectively. The effervescence is tight and appropriate. Slight hop detected on the swallow.

With this level of alcohol and the 22 oz bottle, I would suggest having a friend join you for this one. I think it would stand up well against the "true" Belgians!

smcolw, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (and foil covering) served into a pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the ABV. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Lightly hoppy, with pleasant yeast, light candied sugar, and potential crystal malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite yeasty - which I love. Some light cream is present on the open and fades. A touch of candied sugar is noticeable and pleasant, but not overstated. Light unobtrusive malted barley forms the foundation, which is simple bet effective, pleasant, and refreshing. It's quite nicely balanced, but a bit simple. Some alcohol intrudes just after the climax.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick for a golden ale, but it's forgivable. It doesn't get in the way of the nice flavours.

Dr: The alcohol shows up in the flavours, bringing the drinkability down a bit. You couldn't session this. It's a nice little Belgian Golden Ale in spite of its simplicity. I'd have it again either aged or on-draught, but for my money I'd sooner have Russian River Damnation if I'm going to be drinking this style.

Would pair very well with food.

kojevergas, Dec 31, 2011
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 GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01/31/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. The top is sealed in foil. Very nice presentation for the bottle label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clear pristine golden in color. No yeast or anything floating around. If held up it seems to take on an amber color, or even a mahogany color. Strange. Very slight gleaming white head which quickly evaporates. Light lacing appears in the glass.

Smell- Heavy spice scents with more than a hint of alcohol. Mostly corriander and clove with some peppery scents.

Taste- Clove and corriander, as caught in the nose, dominate the flavor. Seems a tad yeasty as well. A bit of a bitter hop taste comes into play in the aftertaste. Maybe a bit of a tropical fruit in the backing, but barley any if it exists.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level. Light sugary coating on the tongue. Smooth going down.

Drinkability- Easy drinker that seems a bit less of the 9% than is states. Nothing out of the ordinary though. Tastes decent enough and went down well. Worth a try if you get a chance.

GClarkage, Feb 01, 2006
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.