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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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885 Ratings
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 21
Gots: 50 | 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 ALESwhatCURESya


3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. Bomber $4.99

A- Nice, clear (filtered), glowing burnt orange body with lively carbonation and thin, but semi-sticking head.

S-Soft, but strong yeast character. Not as peppery and spicy as other belgian strains, but a little more hefe-like. Juicy fruit chamomile characteristics come through.

T-Raw malt and yeast taste with a sugary backbone followed by some bittering hops that come across a little strong for this style. The finish is a bit herbal and dry.

M-Nice flavors coming through, but a bit rough and dry. Seems like an earthy tripel, but not fully rounded.

D-High abv is dangerously hidden but this is not a mind-blowing, "must have" in my eyes. Definatly a good beer but I wanted a bit more balance in this.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 00:34:21 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of BierReise


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful golden slightly hazy ale with a white creamy head. Head dies down quickly but leaves a nice layer of foam with subtle retention. Aroma is really hoppy that was unexpected by me. Very fruity with hints of cinnamon and peaches in sugar. Very smooth on the palate and slightly syrupy. Flavor is really nice but a tad sweet. I like the sweet though, and the fruitiness seems to be hanging on to a nice malty bottom. This was one of those surprises that you find in beers sometimes. Not what I expected but quite a pleasure none the less.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 02:11:15 | More by BierReise
Photo of dgallina


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a clear deep honey color with essentially no head or lace, but dependable carbonation. Smells very fruity and wine-like, with bright citrus notes,restrained alcohol spice and wood tones. Tastes much like it smells. Quite fruity at first, but with a strong drying woody white-wine like finish. Perhaps a touch too astringent at the end. Nice and light in the mouth considering the strength, with refreshingly active carbonation. A pretty nice drink overall, if a bit uncomplicated.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 02:45:32 | More by dgallina
Photo of mwa423


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

A - Poured into a delirium glass from a bomber. Relatively little head and little lacing to speak of. Color is light golden and exceptionally clear considering the style.

S - Very yeasty, banana esters, very sweet also.

T - Belgian yeast envelops the tongue, some slight alcoholic notes along with orange peel, banana peel, and some others. Dead on for style.

M/D - A mouth engolfing mouthfeel, but it goes down exceptionally easy especially with the nice and high abv!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 01:16:31 | More by mwa423
Photo of maDUECEgunner


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-21-2014 14:26:54 | More by maDUECEgunner
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, left less than a one finger head with good retention, not much lacing. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - bready malt, some citrus and pine hops, esters, bananas, and caramel, some sugar.

Taste - bready and toasty malt, hops of citrus and pine, some bananas, and caramel, faint sugar.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, well hidden abv.

Drinkability - goes down well and is good, high abv limits it to one in any given session.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 19:21:50 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 05:22:08 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of EF4


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-04-2014 04:26:01 | More by EF4
Photo of Vylo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-15-2012 23:32:15 | More by Vylo
Photo of Goldndomer


4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-10-2014 00:33:13 | More by Goldndomer
Photo of Chuffbomb


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-23-2014 13:44:20 | More by Chuffbomb
Photo of slowdaddy


4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-21-2012 01:15:42 | More by slowdaddy
Photo of sunofneurot

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-13-2013 17:19:59 | More by sunofneurot
Photo of iKrystin


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-16-2012 08:07:25 | More by iKrystin
Photo of nukem5


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

Popped and poured this beast into the glass and like magic a great looking orange amber color with a decent cap of foam that covered the top for a good while.

The aroma consists mainly of sweet fruity and sugary, with a light banana smell.

The first sip reveals a honey clove nutmeg combo, with a fruity yeasty quality about it. Next is a bubble gum flavor with that hunk of banana taste hanging in there.

The body is a wonderful medium to full, nice and warming you definitely know its an elevated ABV. Great feel rich creamy yet constantly beaconing to drink more.

Definitely would have over and over again. Thanks to all at Avery for a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:11:11 | More by nukem5
Photo of StubFaceJoe


4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-12-2013 03:12:18 | More by StubFaceJoe
Photo of baos


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

22 fluid ounce bottle into my Atlas Good-Luck jar.

A: Huge head about a hand high on slow pour. Head dissipates down to a nice froth. good lacing all the way down. Body is a nice orange-golden hue.

S: Honey-comb and orange-zest. Dark dried fruits. Hint of liqueur.

T: Clover-beeswax orange liqueur. Nice alcohol bite on top of the sweetness. Almost perfect balance. Good stuff.

M: Nice medium-heavy body.

D: Pretty strong, I think one bottle is all I need. But, that one bottle very very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 03:44:23 | More by baos
Photo of kiki3drt292


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-15-2012 21:58:11 | More by kiki3drt292
Photo of gpogo


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden orange with beautiful creamy white head.

A- A fruity nose with a bit of a spiciness. Seems to have the belgian yeasty smell.

T- Initially fruity and sweet, followed by a kick of alcohol. Compared to other Belgian Pale Ale's this seemed slightly bland. Left a nice fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium to Medium-light. High Carbonation. A slight hottness of alcohol, more than I would have enjoyed for this beer.

D- Not my favorite Avery offering. Pretty standard Belgian Pale Ale. I'd like to give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 16:10:29 | More by gpogo
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden yellow to amber, small bubbles slowly stream, slight white head quickly fades away,

Smell- very distinct malty belgian smell, citrus, nice nose

taste- theres nice spice tone on the finish that keeps the beer in check and stops it from being to sweet, nice balance to this beer for sure, not super complex but enjoyable and good balance

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel,

Drinkability/overall- its drinkable and the balance is very nice in making this beer not becoming to sweet or to dry, its alot lighter then I expected both by smell style, its a good beer falls just short of being great but for 5.49 def good value and a buy,

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 03:08:57 | More by Stunner97
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a somewhat clear golden straw yellow into my DFH signature glass. The head takes a while to build, but when it does it's a really nice, thick fluffy white. It fades rather quickly and leaves a nice bit of chewy lacing all over the glass. Decent carbonation.

S- Buttery caramel, sweet tropical citrus (pineapple, melon, star fruit, mango), and little hints of bitter citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit). I was expecting more banana and clove. It certainly has touches of it, but no where near what most Belgian ales give. Very sweet on the nose! Not really at all what I expect from this style... not bad mind you, but definately different.

T- Just a ton of caramel and tropical fruit sweetness. Hmmmm... never had a Belgain Strong Pale that was anything like this. Not quite sure what to think. No real lemony citrus, barely hints of banana/clove/bubblegum that defines this style imho.

M- Nice caramel sweetness, subtle hints of zemon zest, brown sugar, and tropical fruit. Thick and oily for a Belgian Pale. No real bubbly carbonation. Kinda thick and sweet.

O- Very confused by this beer. It's certainly not bad, but it doesn't really follow what I consider the guidelines for the style. Perhaps it's an old bottle, it wouldn't surprise me here in upstate NY. It was kinda dusty. I'll definately try this one again sometime in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:16:21 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of Dcunicelli


4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-21-2013 23:52:55 | More by Dcunicelli
Photo of blitz134


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for a little over a year. I dont think time would have hurt this one at all. I dont normally drink Belgians so it consistantly got shifted to the back of the cabinet.

Clear golden yellow body, small white head on top that reduced to an even thinner layer that seems to hold on. Lacing left down the glass.

Spicy Belgian yeast, some lighter fruits of apple and pears. A little sugary. A light grassy, herbal hoppiness too. Pretty straightforward for the style.

Spicy and crisp on the tongue to start with, a little corriander and pepper with some notes of alcohol becoming evident after the swallow. The light fruits come through again mainly after the swallow. There is more of the hops that work well with the underlying musty character that comes through in the finish.

Medium bodied and quite smooth. A little prickly carbonation. A decent Belgian Pale in my book, but its just like most others of the style out there for me. Easy enough to drink though, no major issues with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 01:20:57 | More by blitz134
Photo of Luiz0930


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-06-2014 06:04:28 | More by Luiz0930
Photo of Quaffer


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a glowing orange beer with just the merest hint of haze. The slightly off-white head rose up to about two fingers with an aggressive pour. It settled down at an average pace, leaving quite a bit of itself behind on the side of the glass. As I drank the beer, tons of lace was left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Very true to the style in the aroma. Fruits (mostly apples and grapes, though there are hints of citrus) and spices (pepper and clove) were immediately detectable. Lightly roasted malts and just the right amount of spicy alcohol rounded things out. The alcohol gained strength as the beer sat, but never overpowered like it did in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. It had quite a bit of presence on the tongue for the amount of body present. Very smooth up in the front of the mouth with the carbonation kicking in as the beer hit the throat.

Taste: Like a few other Avery beers that I have had in the past, the alcohol in this one overpowered the other flavors at times. Luckily, this happened only occasionaly. The majority of the time, things balanced out fairly nicely. When I was able to detect the other flavors, there were sweet apples, tart cherries, and plums. Green grass was present along the sides of the tongue in the middle. The finish was a combonation of strong roasted malt, hops bitterness, and a continuation of the green grass. As I said, sometimes the alcohol overpowered everything. But most of the time, it just lended a pleasant spicy component to the brew. A light pepper flavor lingered into the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 23:53:03 | More by Quaffer
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.