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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 Slynger
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Salvation pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a cap of frothy-creamy off-white foam.

The nose is strongly Belgian candi sugar sweet with fruity apricots and pineapples, and a solid clove spiciness.

Body is full and the carb is big and softly fuzzing, though not quite up to Belgian standards. Flavors of candi sugar and pale malt sweetness, accompanied by the above mentioned fruits, as well as clove and earthy spicy hops.

Definitely a decent offering, just didn't match up to my tastes/expectations.

Slynger, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of halo913
2/5  rDev -47.8%

halo913, Jan 14, 2012
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!

GeoffRizzo, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of twelvsies
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice blond colored ale with a large head, served in a snifter. Nice lacing on the glass as I drink. Smell and taste are more hoppy than I'd expect from a Belgian style pale ale, but a nice change from the norm. Lemon citrus and spicey corriander balance out the hops a little, and there's some sweet maltyness to the beer as well. There's an odd soapy character to the beer that I find to be a little bit of a turn off, but otherwise it's a pretty solid brew. I think it might be even better if it was simplified a little.

twelvsies, May 06, 2005
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 bucklemyshoe
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: This pours a cloudy orange color with two fingers of thick, frothy head that holds and laces well.

S: Banana, wet cereal grains, caramel, sweet berries, and some light citrus. The yeastiness goes virtually undetected which is a bad sign for the style.

T: Berries, more cereal grains, strong caramel malts, light peppery yeast, and a decent hop presence.

M: The body is medium-thick with a little heat and a semi-sticky finish.

D: This is a bastardized version of its style. The malty sweetness is overdone while, again, the yeastiness is hardly noticeable. Is it terrible? No. Will I be drinking it again? No.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +4.4%

KimenTshom, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of seand
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber with a small amount of bubbly white head. Just a thin layer around the edges with some clumps on top retains, which is enough to leave reasonably nice spots of lacing.

S: Sweet with heavy yeast notes, about what I'd expect for the style. Some belgian-style spices are also present.

T: Sweet, with a more noticeable hop presence than I expected. There's also a yeast note, and a small amount of spices, though they are pretty subdued. Well balanced, but not really outstanding in any way. It's also a bit grainy, leading it to seem slightly bland overall. There is a small note of something like cherry for a brief instant mid-palate.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall it's decent, but not fantastic.

seand, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of olafphysics
4/5  rDev +4.4%

olafphysics, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with one-and-a-half-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a minute or two. Great lacing.

S: Belgian spice and yeast. Citrus, clove, pepper.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Bubble gum and spice. Hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Alcoholic and warm going down. Crisp.

O: Solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Looks nice, has a vibrant smell, and tastes like it should.

SolipsismalCat, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased a bomber of this last week. poured nice with about two inches of head. steady carbonation. slightly cloudy yellow color. smells of fragrant hop and yeast. good taste with a bit more bite than i expected. this would seem a bit unbalanced but i kinda liked it. went down well on a hot humid day. decent lacing down the glass as i drank it.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Kclingers Publik House in Etters, PA (just south of Harrisburg).

From a chilled 22 oz. bottle and poured into a Duvel large tulip glass, it pours a pretty honey color with a nice white lacy surface layer. The body is quite cloudy.

Very fruity nose (oranges and apricot or peach). A bit of drying alcohol hits my nose as well, and some sweet sugar cane maybe.

Sipping, it is a bit of sour apricots along with some citrus tones. Some bitterness comes from some grainy hops, and some alcohol hits toward the swallow. Mostly sweet in the middle, and a bit drying at the end. Aftertaste is rather sour. Interesting!

Tingly carbonation hits the front of my tongue and crosses over my palate nicely. Dead-on on style! A slight drying finish, and some alcohol bite on the back end. Nice!

Overall, I'm glad I got a 22 oz. bottle! I'm sure the 9% will also make this appealing to finish. However, probably the nicest Avery product I've had the opportunity to taste.

Fish113d, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

n00blar, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Peyton5410
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Peyton5410, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of DruRho
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DruRho, Apr 09, 2013
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.

Truh, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of dleiner
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

dleiner, May 26, 2014
Photo of MarcWP
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MarcWP, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of mickeymac
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's gold with a fairly thick and sticky white head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell is slightly sweet with a hint of must. It also has a slight medicinal smell with noticeable alcohol. The taste is pleasant but it's a bit off for the style. Up front, the flavor is sweet but the hops do kick in for a nice little surprise. They didn't seem to skimp on the use of candi sugar and the taste of it is quite pronounced; however, despite the lack of subtlety, it's an enjoyable drink.

mickeymac, Nov 12, 2002
Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Anthony1, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of danielharper
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade with frich29.

A: Dark orange-yellow, cloudy and opaque. Thick head at first but this dissipates after a couple of moments.

S: Strong aroma of oranges, slight Belgian funkiness. A touch of... chocolate-covered cherries? Nice.

T: Nice orange flavor, again with the Belgian funk, with a nicely astringent aftertaste. Alcohol present but not overwhelming.

M: Thick, highly-carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely.

D: Not bad at all for a style that I'm not always a huge fan of. Straight 4's for me.

danielharper, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of Atron67
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle ive had in my cellar for about a year i would guess. using a harpoon 100 barrel series bottle.

A- almost foggy, hued golden color big white head on top. didnt stick around for a long time however a thinner head at the top did

S- very yeasty. slight maltiness no real hop presence. pretty much stands as a solid example to the style. slightly more fronted aromatics and stronger fruitiness from the yeast that enhance it though.

T- starts out pretty light and golden malty. pretty good flavors. the scents come across a little less fruity than i would have expected. decent malty finish. its a little too heavy on the finish. not as crisp and pretty thick at the finish where i would have preferred a dryer finish.

M- pretty full bodied. not a huge fan of that aspect. takes it away from what would have otherwise been a solid example of the style and makes it a little worse.

D- its a tasty brew but not the greatest.

Atron67, May 17, 2009
Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Vylo, Feb 15, 2012
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 saintwarrick
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a sudsy white head. Aroma is malty, very sweet with some fruity champaign hints, some good citrus notes as well. Taste is fruity, berries, bitter oranges and grapefruit.

A solid Belgian Strong pale Ale, but it lacks the smoothness some of the better ones have and the taste just sorta blend in with some of the other ones I have had, nothing really unique.

saintwarrick, May 30, 2008
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.