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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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964 Ratings
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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 63 | 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 zaphodchak
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured (somewhat aggressively) into a tulip for a foamy three-finger head atop a hazy golden body. Enough lacing that you could almost scrape it off into a spoon.

Nose has some Belgian yeast funk and a bit of apricot.

Taste is apricotty with more hops than I would expect or like from a Belgian 'golden ale'; the net effect is some kind of blond barleywine, if that makes any sense. Really more bitter than balanced. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

Mouthfeel is understated but pleasant. Substantial and not watery, but carbonation is low on this one.

Overall, there are so many other, comparably priced Belgian style ales that I prefer (Unibroue, I'm looking at you), so I probably won't buy this again. I guess part of it is that from the color, description, and ABV, I keep wanting it to be a tripel, which it isn't nor does it claim to be. Ultimately hoppier than I'd have liked.

Photo of acrawf6
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy orangish amber with small white head, though i tried pouring it hard.

Smell. initial reaction was a nutty aroma. but then i get a yeasty smell. syrupy sweetness to it.

Taste. This one tastes just slightly oxidized, but still ok. Heavy yeast and an initial maltiness that i would usually think of in an english barleywine. There is a sweetness, but too much. small fruitiness to it, peaches is what sticks out for me the most. aftertaste is dryer and warming to the mouth.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. good amount of carbonation, pretty good balance.

Overall, i like it, but dont love it. It's quite drinkable though being at 9%. A good beer to enjoy, but i wouldnt exactly bring this one over to Belgium to show off what we have been doing.

Photo of confer
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a .33L goblet, from the 22oz bottle withe the very classy
biblical label.Yellow/gold with a head of various size bubbles.
S- Candy sweetness of a triple and it gets sweeter smelling as it warms.
T- Several different tastes.The finish is a subtle but lingering hoppiness. There is a small alcohol burn. I get dark sweet fruits and almonds. There is a real bitter vs. sweet battle going on here.
MD- Drinkable at a slow pace. The big bottle a t 9% has a kick.

Photo of czfreeman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first impression was from the absolute stellar label on this fine bier, what a inspirational read before your first sip.
Nose on this one is a superb presentation. deep fruity aromas of peaches, tart citrus, Belgian yeasts with a capital B, some malty sugars coming through.
Flavor is a liquid profile of the aroma. Fruity, slighltly sweet, some yeasts on the finish. Alochol is hidden in the complexity, yet comes through as a slight residual burn deep in the throat as the beer comes to temperature.
I could ask for a little more carbonation. I always want a Duvel-esque foam whenever I have a BSPA, and maybe this is a little unfair. The complexity of flavor is presentation enough and makes up for the slightly thickish mouthfeel. Lots of residual sugars are left on the tounque and lips, quite enjoyable! This was yet another stellar offer for me from Avery, I continue to be impressed by these guys, Look foward to Fifteen, the next in my fridge.

Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a regular pint glass...

The beer is an opaque golden/ orange with pillowy white head that left a lot of lacing. Smells of banana, candisugar, lemon and yeast. the taste is kind of funky, I could taste banana yeast clove and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is thick with soft carbonation. I thought this was a good beer, nothing too special though.

Photo of EPICAC
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, peach-golden color, with a thin white head that fades to a patchy layer before disappearing completely.

Smell : The aroma is very fruity, with notes of banana and sour apple. There are also hints of yeast, grain and a light alcoholic spice.

Taste: Peppery upfront with a phenolic clove presence. The center is sweet and malty with banana and sour apple notes. The finish is clean with a light graininess and a light hop bitterness. There are a lot of flavors, but overall they never mesh well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, with a mildly dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but high in alcohol and a little lacking in flavor.

Overall: I think this is a pretty average Belgian Strong Pale. It did improve as it warmed though.

Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of abcramer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beermanbrian
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden color with some amber red hints. Head is very dissapointing and almost non-existent. No lacing to redeem the thin head. Nice carbonation stream from the base of the Chimay chalace. Smell is very mild, some yeast notes and some appricot fruit notes but nothing special. Taste is somewhat bland. A little bit of spicyness but just not much to talk about. The beer is just very average at best. Noticable alcohol finish completes the underwhelming experience. Overall a big disspointment and not something I will seek out again.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin film of head that subsides to bubbles fairly quickly. Lacing is moderate to good.

S: Yeasty and fruity esters. Malt is evident in the background.

T: Mainly malty with esters of apricot and peach. A spiced and yeasty character follows with some nutmeg evident, and the experience finishes with mild hops.

M/D: Light bodied with some low carbonation. Alcohol is a bit too evident in throughout the consumption.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a thinninsh hea, and a quite attractively designed bottle. Aroma is malt-dominated, sweet, and very fruity, with hints of orange, honey, and corriander. Fruit shows up in the taste as well, which is led by the flavor of Belgian candi sugar, develops a slightly bready character, and ends with a mild citric hop flavor and an alcohol spiciness. Well-carbonated body keeps things tingly throughout to counteract the overall sweetness of the beer, especially at the finish which is slightly dry. Good beer -- but where's the yeast? Why make a Belgian-style Golden without bottle conditioning?

Photo of Greggy
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a beer clean tulip from the 22oz bomber, a thick rocky white head develops. The head has nice retention and after about 5 minutes, settled into a thin cap, leaving behind ample lacing. The body is light orange and slightly hazy.

S- Oh man... fresh apricot, peach and peach pit, nutmeg, all spice, a touch of must.

T- Starts out with peach, pear, apricot and some dark fruit and woody undertones. The finish reminds me of brandy and is driven by characteristic styrian golden hops.

M- Thick on the palette for sure but silky.

O- Great beer. I'm glad I popped this at 10am; a great start to the day.

Photo of jcalabre
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 10 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer has a very clear golden color w/ a large white head.
Aroma: Salavation has a very pleasant aroma.
Flavor: The taste is sweet. This is an enjoyable beer to drink

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Photo of olafphysics
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MarcWP
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of harryhops
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.