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 mj001jk
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden opaque color with a relatively light head with medium fine foam. The nose is bright and crisp, clean smell and fruity esters that remind me of pineapple, peach and a little bit of banana. It has a very light citrus hop aroma that smells refreshing.

The taste is very clean and light with slight almond-like nutty flavor, it is simple yet a mouthful. Nice malts buffer the subtle flavoring and it leaves a long impression on the palate.

I find this an excellent Belgian with lots of American Rocky Mountain attitude. Highly recommended and I will drink many more of these if I can get my hands on them. (624 characters)

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

Aroma
Fruity rummish scent with hints of plums, figs, raisins maybe. Nice and inviting.

Mouthfeel
Slight creaminess on the palette, to the lighter/medium side of carbonation. Warming sensation at the end due to alcohol content.

Appearance
Light yellowish amber in tulip glass, stark white head which dissipated fairly quickly and is mildly lacing the glass.

Taste
Plum notes possibly, getting some light malt hints there but mainly fruity overtones and warming remnants of alcohol afterward.

Drinkability
I'd say a bit too drinkable for abv at 9%, goes down excellent even though get the warming hints from alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall
There are some really great examples of this and this is really good although I don't know if it measures up to say a Duvel (776 characters)

Photo of surlyseth
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh, I love these Avery bombers.

A: Golden. Awesome, frothy head.

S: Sweet! Fruity with a lot of floral hops.

T&M: Fruity and delicious as it warms to near room temp. Sticky sweet and sugary through and through, but enough hops to create a drying bitterness, offsetting the 9% ABV. Thick, syrupy feel. Enough carbonation so it's not sickly.

D: A little too sweet maybe, but really an awesome beer that must be tried.

Avery is top-notch. (442 characters)

Photo of hughesm4
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank from a bomber poured into a pint glass

A. The appearance was a very light brown with a little white head that stuck to the edge of the glass.

S. A very good smell as expected that gave an overpowering scent of orange.

T. There are two different taste. Initially there is a very complex sweet orangish taste that goes down very smooth. As the beer warms the tastes becomes a little more bitter.

M. The initial drink was very carbonated that tingled the mouth, but there was really nothing special as the beer became bitter

D. Excellent drinkability. It went down smooth in both the sweet and bitter stages and I would drink again if I was given the opportunity (672 characters)

Photo of SassyBootblack
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

This is probably my favorite local Duvel sort of beer. It's a nice gold color with a sturdy white head held up by plenty of carbonation. The flavor and scent have a big Belgian fruitiness with a touch of vanilla. The body is nice and light. Delicious. (301 characters)

Photo of gwood
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured to a Chimay snifter...

I let this one warm a bit as it had been fridged for a while. When I can back the bottle was sweating profusely but still a bit too cool but I couldn't wait so here I am.

Poured an attractive yet still ever so slightly hazed dark gold with strong highlights of orange. One could almost describe this beer as just straight up orange...pretty neat looking. Head wasn't as aggressive as others in the catagory but it did it's thing to the tune of a 1.5 finger with some light lacing that died down relatively quickly.

The nose wasn't pronounced but gave off hints of light fruits, apricots and apples. Notes of spice and sugar with a tinge of alcohol. This beer was a bit passive up from compared to some others and definitely has a stronger malt signature. Malts are a bit overbearing at times and can tend to drown out the balance a bit. The finish is spiced with notes of nutmeg, corriander, and a slight anise.

Overall a good drinkable offering that deals with the abv quite well. (1,022 characters)

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Does Avery's Salvation answer our prayers, or do we end up in American/Belgian purgatory?

Handsome and smooth pour of caramel gold which breaks into a rather lackluster head. Not as rocky and bulbous as I was hoping. Kinda weak retention, but some solid sticky lacing.

Floral, dry and a sweet smell. Can't pin-point at the moment due to the polyps.

Ya know, I've been kinda down today, and I'm kinda striking out on the subtleties here. Do you think depression can affect taste? Eh. Anyways, this is a tasty brew. Creamy and surprisingly smooth with only a small bite. I do have to say, this is a pretty complex beer that delivers a buffet of thoughts - fruity, some spice and again, very floral. It also delivers a great aftertaste.

I was worried about this beer being a sinful bastard, but it was most assuredly a fine beer that hides it's abv well, and is delivers a tasty and heavenly drinking experience. I just don't know if I'll ever buy this over Duvel. (968 characters)

Photo of SirRuss
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Radiant amber-gold - reminiscent of the original tree resin from which the gem's derived. Holds a light haze that detracts from the clarity, but in a reassuring way. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but not so fast to cause concern. A healthy lacing is left clinging to the glass and scattered across the beer's surface.

S - light, funky, earthy notes come hand-in-hand with soft yellow fruits and delicate spice.

T - Incredibly well balanced, full, and complex. Everything in the nose is expounded on the palate. The fruit, spice, and yeasty flavours work independently, yet also in harmony producing a synergy usually confined to great Belgian brews. The light hops gently roll-in towards the end to provide a cleansing bitter finish. There also seems to be a fennel seed quality that plays between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops, and is quite unexpected for this style of beer - works superbly though,

M - So so smooth. An example of perfect carbonation, with concise, tight, prevalent bubbles creating a velvety, yet titillating, skin that covers the chewy maltiness lying beneath. This much chewy goodness couldn't be justified without a strong abv, and Salvation's got that in the bag too - at an indulgent 9%.

D - I could literally do this all day - and in fact, I've done it before with belgian counterparts of the same ilk. Smooth, strong, complex and refreshing - other than some moules frites to line the stomach, what more could anyone need? (1,490 characters)

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

Avery 15th Anniversary vertical tasting

2008
A - brilliant clear golden color, with a long lasting white head.
S - A complex blend of phenolics, esters, and malt aromas. Favoring the phenols and esters.
T - Spicy coriander, peppery, flavors accompanied by some berry like flavors. Good hop bitterness with a good malt backing.
M - Full bodied with a pleasant alcohol warmth.

2005
A - Appearance remains about the same perhaps a bit of haze forming.
S - The phenols begin to subside bringing out less spice and more esters and malt.
T - Flavors of Liquorice root and strawberries seem to be amplified along with a more complex malt profile.
M - Full bodied and alcohol seems to be even smoother.

2002
A - once again the color and head are about the same with a slight bit more haze.
S - Super malty aromas dominate the nose as well as a subtle smoke aroma.
T - Amazing balance of fruit, strawberries, smoke and malt. Caramel, toffee, bready... Bitterness is subdued but appropriate.
M - Full bodied with a very smooth alcohol warmth.

This is a great beer for aging, while the 2008 bottle is good, the 2005 and 2002 vintages are much more complex and dynamic. As expected the malt increases with age, but the phenolics and esters also dramatically change. I would place the 2002 as the best of the three with 2005 coming in second. (1,345 characters)

Photo of StoutHearted
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has attractive golden amber tones with little head, just some lacing that clings to the glass. It has a dried fruit smell that competes with a strong aura of booziness. A slight bitterness lingers on the tongue after every sip, but my strongest impression from the taste was the flavor of raisins. The consistency is between light and medium, but the booziness makes it more suitable for sipping. (406 characters)

Photo of boulevard2
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap Boulevard Grill 08/23/06

Pours a light golden ale with no head. This beer has all kinds of smell those including apple, citrus and a bit of alcoholic overtone. My first sip packs a punch but I'm ready for another! Wow there it is again ripe apples and a fruity aftertaste linger. Carbonation is mild and just right for this style of beer. Nice to see something of this caliber to come out of Colorodo and representing a Belgian favorite. The only downfall of this beer is the 9% abv which makes it difficult to have more than one. Once again Avery has nailed it! (572 characters)

Photo of Kiwano
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap served in a heavy glass goblet

A: Light orange with a nice light foamy head on top which lasted the entire glass coating the sides as it went down.

S: Fruits and alcohol with a sweetness

T: When it firsts hits your tongue it has a sweetness but a wholesome kind of sweetness not sugary. Then you get fruit flavors with a little bit of alcohol and a very slight bitterness - a very nice balance

M: Has a very nice carbonation throughout that lasted the entire time. It is crisp and creamy at the same time and goes down very smoothly. The flavors stay in your mouth for a while and you can feel the warmth spreading around throughout your mouth and down your throat.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. It went down smoothly and the taste was consistent even getting richer as it warmed and opened up. You can definitely feel the high alcohol content so I savored the beer for a while. (904 characters)

Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Belgian and Belgian-style brews are growing on me, so I thought I'd try an outing by Avery.

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with minimal head retention. Deep and pourous, it just looks complex.

S - Smells faintly sweet, of bananas and citrus, but nothing much else present in the snifter I poured it in.

T - Didn't really know what to expect, I braced myself for full flavor and that's what I got. I mean, it really surprised me when it hit my mouth. Entirely generous malts, a whole-hearted effort of sweetness that blends the alcohol well. I knew what to expect after first taste, but it kept surprising me with every sip.

M - Smooth, goes down sweetly, creamy.

D - Find some friends who like Golden ales, it's a lot to put down by yourself. Still, very drinkable. (776 characters)

Photo of Sallerj
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very pleasant beer that's remarkably quaffable for 9% ABV. It is a little sweet, with a mild graininess that gives way to vaguely tropical yeast and hop flavors. It has a nice, long, lightly bitter finish. This beer should appeal to a wide variety of drinkers. (270 characters)

Photo of notafood
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark gold like a light copper color, with a fluffy white head.

Smells of yeasts, citrus, spice, and hops. Noticeable alcohol.

Sweet, slightly hoppy, boozy, somewhat dry finish.

Sticky, mouth coating, sorta malty aftertaste.

Not my favorite from Avery, nor is it my favorite example of this Belgian style. Glad I tried it, not really one I'd repeat. (365 characters)

Photo of ellisdee97
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy orange, with a one finger thick foamy eggshell white head. The look of this beer is magnifecent in front of a light. The head dissipates leaving a strong ring with insanely sticky lacing.

S: Strong fruity yeast, slightly peppery with crisp hops. Orange rind and smoky malt. You get a hint of alcohol but it is hidden so well.

T: Pepper and fruit up front with a slight alcohol nip and an amazing sweet malt base. Hidden hops try to break through but are subdued. This brew has a fantastic malt balance.

M: Nice carbonation. Heavy up front but then dries out quickly.

D: Upon my first sip I got the feeling of high alcohol content but then every other ingredient quickly washes over and instantly mellows its presence.This is a very drinkable Belgian, not heavy at all, quite refreshing but you know the alcohol will get you. Excellent. I am looking forward to having more from Avery. So far my favorite Belgian. (941 characters)

Photo of rebelthrower
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden and a bit orange. Big foamy white head that disappears quickly. A little bit of lacing.

S: Sweet and floral.

T: A bit of sweet fruit. Very little hops. Maybe a little of honey.

M: Very smooth with medium carbonation (great for this beer). A bit creamy.

D: Good overall average beer. Nice to drink on a hot night. (334 characters)

Photo of beerogre
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the second time I've tried Avery Salvation, and I have to say that it is every bit as good as I remembered it from the first occasion.

I normally like to try something new when I go the beer store and these days, with the much improved availability of craft beer in this part of Central Florida, that is always a possibility. So it speaks volumes for this beer that I opted to sample it again, so soon after my first encounter with it, when there were plenty of other tempting, untried offerings on the shelves.

Normally appearance is not something that is going to make or break a beer for me and I considered it to be the least important amongst the evaluation categories, but I must say that the clean, clear amber presentation is worthy of top marks, being more striking than any other beer in recent memory.

This beer drinks so well it's hard to believe that it's 9% abv - It reminds me of some the golden ales I used to drink all night back in England and they would probably be about 3.8%.

I feel I could drink this all night as well, at least until I fell under the table after dancing around with my underpants on my head.

Yes indeed - yet another winner from Avery, who are seriously working their way into contention of becoming my favourite brewery. For me, this is definitely one of those Desert Island beers, oft discussed and nominated in the forum. (1,389 characters)

Photo of Maltmaiden
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden to orange color. Tiny bit hazy. Tiny head that goes away sorta quickly and leaves bits of lacing. Carbonation is there.

I smell apricot and to a lessor extent banana. The apricot is so strong that I can hardly smell just a faint suggestion of floral hops and some malty sweetness. Also a bit of alcohol.

The taste of the apricot definitely comes through but thankfully not as intensely. Alcohol at 9%, has a strong presence: like a gin or vodka. Heavy on the malt and barely any bitter hops.

Smooth medium mouthfeel/body. A little stickiness that turns into dryness from the alcohol.

Definitely a sipper. I was nervous when I read on the side that it had nutmeg and cinnamon but was glad when I didn’t detect it (not a huge fan). However, I wish they would have masked the alcohol better and I wish the smell wasn’t so overpowered from the apricot. Eh. There has to be a better representation of this style. (933 characters)

Photo of WillClark
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery, Avery, AVERY! Poured out of the bottle in a nice amber color with a great apricot nose. A fantastic balance of malt, hop and yeast in the mouth feel and finish. Still with the apricot notes and hints of banana...what a hidden 9%ABV. Love the yeasty mouth feel that doesn't hang around and feel like an old person's closet. Very great drinkability- would even be a nice beer on a hot day. Keep on rockin' Avery. (417 characters)

Photo of comat0se
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a Chimay goblet.

Thick white, head which didn't stick around too long, disappating into a white powdery dusting over the beer.

Banana-clove aromas which later turned into pure banana aroma.

Crystal, clean, golden-copper color.

Banana, sweet, and spicy flavors accentuated by lively carbonation.

Tartness battles with candy banana sweet eventually being overwhelmed by an somewhat harsh alcohol and apricot finish.

I'd like to see this as an unfiltered beer but the filtering does provide for a nice clean color of the beer. (565 characters)

Photo of joeack
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Decent enough fluffy head from the initial pour. the second glass was better than the first as the beer had a chance to warm up and the flavors cme thrugh much better. had a lot of grapefruit with nice spice and just a bit of hoppiness as well. Good american alternative to the belgian golden ales and will try this one again. (353 characters)

Photo of GeoffW
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Color is golden and slightly pale. Leaves a nice, rich looking head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Smell is good. It has a nice floral nose that, while not as strong as a Duvel, is pleasant and complex. Other aromas include yeast, some malty sweetness, a bit of spice, and some fruit that bland together very nicely.

Taste is very fruity with a good amount of sweet thrown in. The spice, mild hop, and malt flavors go together very well but are somewhat secondary to the sweet and fruity flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with just a touch of bitter at the end, also has a lingering fruity feel to the aftertaste.

Drinkability, like most all Belgians for me, is excellent. I could easily knock back three of these in an afternoon. The alcohol is detectable, but not in any unpleasant way.

Overall, this is great example of American breweries' ability to produce excellent Belgians of any stripe. A good beer, a damn good beer. (988 characters)

Photo of Jyubei
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Golden ale with a 1/2 in white head and minimal lacing.

S. A combo of fruit flowers and hops with a hint of butterscotch and malt.

T. Strong bitter hops with a fruitiness and honey as well. The aftertaste is toffee and malt.

M. A honey textured stickiness.

D. Very strong but a good grouping of flavors and aromas. (321 characters)

Photo of TeamSeabass
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2+ year old bottle...

Slight white head that dissipates. Golden, slightly cloudy, tiny bubbles effervescing.

Smells sweet like apples with some spicy notes, also some sour tones. Very pleasant

Good belgian yeastiness character. sweet apple flavor followed by citrus & bitterness. Flavors come together nicely. Alcohol is well blended into the mix and is not strong tasting.

Good mouthfeel as the carbonation is at a nice level, very noticeable.

The aging of this bottle is key, I think. (491 characters)

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