Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 523
Hads: 1,006
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 24
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  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! (848 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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... (789 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/28/2011. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, peach, biscuit, nuttiness, pepper, herbal, earth, floral, honey, clove, light banana, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of pear, peach, biscuit, nuttiness, pepper, herbal, floral, earth, honey, light clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, earth, honey, clove, and light yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Very well balanced flavors with nice complexity; no cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong golden ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one. Avery does a really nice job on many of their Belgian styles. (1,182 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (1,753 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color with a foamy one finger head which quickly fizzles to nothing. Very little lacing.

S: Very doughy/biscuity with some graham cracker and an extremely faint spice/floral aroma.

T: The flavor profile just seemed off, there was a slightly sourish taste and some fruit but it didn't taste right. Hard to describe the flavor, but I know I was not a fan.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and despite the issues I had with the flavors, it drank rather smoothly with a touch of alcohol.

O: Wasn't a fan. If it had tasted like the aroma, that would have been fine, even though it seemed to be lacking in hops slightly, but drank a little of it and then poured it, something I rarely do. (752 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass, because that is my only glass with some what of a lip (I need to get some large wine glasses or goblets).

Wow, the head is nice and fluffy. Leaves amazing lacing. So far so good. Color is a light orange/hint of gold.

Well first off, the smell. I did not expect the amount of hop aroma is this beer had (however I didn't know it was a SPA). Awesome. Big pine/floral smell. The taste, now is fruity, but hoppy at the same time. A tarty fruit that is.

Mouthfeel is very bitter and the taste of alcohol is only present after in lingers around long enough (pretty good for a 9% abv) Carbonation level is low but leaves a crisp taste in mouth.

Overall, nothing wrong with this beer at all. I underestimated it a lot, because I am not the biggest fan of Belgium beers, but this beer has just changed my mind. A beer I would highly recommend! (879 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.82/5  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. (572 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark copperish orange with a short, soft, white head that leaves nice lacing

S - pear, candy sugar, alcohol

T - bread, sugary caramel, pear, apple, alcohol

M - warm, full bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty nice beer, but the alcohol is a bit intense. There are nice fruity notes from the yeast which I really like, the malt is semisweet with hints of caramel and sugar which I also like, but unfortunately the alcohol is heavy enough to mask some of the finer nuances. An overall solid beer, but one that may need cellared before it reaches its prime. (565 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Old Eagle Tavern.

Salvation pours out a golden graham glaze with some hazy orange in between. Not much of a head, barely even a off white cap, no stick.

Smell is very heavy on the spice and especially black pepper. Adam really likes his black pepper. Some grassy vegetal smell with some bready old biscuit scent as well.

This is an odd one. Comes in heavier than a BSPA, but Salvation does not even meet those standards. I get farmhouse along with fruity triple tastes and grass. Black pepper is apparent with grains of paradise. Other spices. Belgian yeast with bread but it also gives vegetal taste in the middle and it lingers off longtime, yuck. This is real nasty.

Feel is heavier than the standard BSPA. A slimy medium with kinda lacking carb. More bubbles would of been nice, but it would not have helped the taste. Aftertaste of vegies forever.

A hybrid of styles Saison/BSPA/triple in that order, and it seems unfocused. I could not wait to get through my glass. (986 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark orange out of the tap, not a huge white head, but great lacing.

S: Fruity estery smell, typical of this style, though not terribly robust.

T: The flavour is really nice. Very clean pear ester taste to this beer, some apple as well. Reminiscent of Delirium Tremens, some bready malt too, and a nice alcoholic finish, to know it's there, but not overbearing.

M: Smooth, fruity, alcoholic, good for this style of beer.

D: This is a very good BSPA, finally having it for the first time today, on par with the greats out of Belgium, well done. (607 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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 (474 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A BSPA close to home. Golden pour with a touch of cloudiness, big head, rocky. Almost perfect.
Malty aroma is mocked by the spice. It's a biscuit laced with clove, flowers, pepper and honeysuckle.
Nice flavor to it. A malt backbone holds up the hops and soft fruit while a modest amount of pepper, coriander, clove and alcohol give it cutting power.
Feels nice and crisp, but still doesn't have that snap of some others`in the style.
Drinks nicely. (451 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can always count on the Avery bombers to be a little different. This belgian had a strong pinapple-hops aroma and taste to go along with the standard pale belgian sweetness and spice. Not amazing or too complex, but nice and different. Worth a try for the price and could make a nice stocking stuffer for the approaching holidays. (332 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a mini snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Not much of a head. A few white wisps, but nothing else.

Smell - Booze is quite apparent. Citrus and pineapple. Belgian sugars. Pale malts.

Taste - Bright esters up front and a touch of spice. Very fruity. Pineapple, apples, some spice behind it. Boozy and a lot of pale malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and a lot more alcohol than I expected. Harsh. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I finished it, but it didn't seem worth finishing. Too alcoholic, even at 9%. (536 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to amber gold with a relatively thin head that quickly fades and leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is fairly sweet with candy sugar, cloves, banana, and cinammon. The taste is much less sweet, with a healthy hit of hops adding a topnote to the sweeter under flavors. The sweet flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is first crisp and then with a fairly creamy finish. A little mouthcoating. Pretty delicious and drinkable, even with the high abv. Overall, a nice beer that is a little heavier and more bitter than is usual for the style, with sweeter notes than some as well- but these balance the bitterness nicely (659 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin off-white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Estery golden fruit aroma with hints of grape, apple and pear with some crisp floral hop notes and alcohol.

Crisp spicy medium body with a lot of estery light fruit notes, floral hops, slightly creamy body, subtle hops and alcohol warmth. Smooth, quaffable and pretty drinkable. Hints of peppery spice, crisp citrus and light fruit notes. I'm picking up estery apple and pear with some orange peel, subtle hop bitterness and alcohol. (563 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a hazy golden orange with a decent, 2 finger off white head that slowly fades out. Small amounts of carbonation slowly pump up to the top. Remnants of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell if of citrusy sweetness with plenty of Belgian candy sugar, and yeastyness atop the malt and spice.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with again, a sugary blast that is a mix of citrus, honey, and candy sugar with a touch of pepper and clove.
Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied, crisp, and sweetly spicey. (544 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a deep gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite spicey in this beer, consisting of white pepper, honey and cherries. The beer smells great. On the palate this beer is fairly sweet, again with more honey and cherry. However, there is a good dose of hops noticeable on the finish, giving it a considerable dry, bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied and bitterness on the finish helps to balance the sweetness and alcohol. Still, the alcohol is pretty noticeable in this beer, which detracts slightly from its drinkability. That being said, this is a very impressive effort from Avery. Nice beer. (674 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Live with Passion" - the wonderful slogan that adorns the caps of Avery beers. Foolishly - I adhere - too much maybe.

In the movie "The Prestige" Hugh Jackman's character says: "never thought I'd find an answer at the bottom of a pint glass" to which Micheal Caine replies "Hasn't stopped you from looking, has it ?" Well I continue to...
This beer not only offers "salvation" on the 26th of October (2007) but it even offers a definition: "discovering your passion, purpose, meaning in life"...

No head and only a mere outline of white that encircles the clouded - but glowing - orange coloured body. It really doesn't let the eyes penetrate through it. A soft shade though. Very curiously, any clarity only came from the last pours? Misleading.

The aroma offers many things. A (nearly foul) smell of twisted, booze ridden citrus. Spices like clove and coriander. A straw wheat. Everything drenched in booze. Potent, the fragrance is one that you easily cascade under.

The mouthfeel has a texture, it has some weight to it and the flavours evolve nicely through the tasting. The alcohol, while always present, never interferes too much. It gracefully flutters on the palate.

The flavours are near endless, changing depending on the sip. I taste dried fruits - pears and apples. The yeast imparts a variety of esters. Spices (if used) add a dimension of unidentifiable tastes. The whole production comes together quite well in a bubble gum/candy like flavour. The Belgian influence well entwined. Becomes spicy at times.

I liked this a lot. A well worthwhile beer. (1,576 characters)

Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.