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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 59 | 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 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 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 KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +4.4%

KimenTshom, Feb 11, 2014
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 olafphysics
4/5  rDev +4.4%

olafphysics, Apr 19, 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

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 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 n00blar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

n00blar, Apr 01, 2013
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 MarcWP
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MarcWP, Dec 02, 2012
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 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
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 JBogan
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light honey color with a very small white head which leaves minimal lacing. Nothing special to look at.

A sweet buttery aroma greets the nose. A hint of cinnamon in there as well.

Taste was nicely balanced and followed the aroma. Sweetness mixed with a peppery spiciness. The alcohol was well hidden.

Mouthfeel was very good. Thick and full, and with a nice smoothness. Could have used perhaps a little more carbonation to make it perfect.

This is a slightly above average brew for it's type. Enjoyable but not one I'd go out of my way to find.

JBogan, May 02, 2009
Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden orange color with a finger of foamy white head that dissipates rapidly and leaves little lacing or retention. The aroma is strong with floral notes and sweet malty notes. The taste starts with some floral and earthy hops and then becomes sweet with bready notes. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and finishes smooth. Overall a good Belgian ale.

csiewert, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and shining, thick head and laces well. Nose is bright and fruity. Taste is light, hoppy, citrus, some candy sugar and spice and more than a touch of alcohol. Apricots and perfume, finishes dry as it coats the palate.

Easily drinkable despite the high alcohol content. Not the equal of true ales from Belgium but one of the better attempts I've found from this side of the pond.

assurbanipaul, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

kiki3drt292, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

maDUECEgunner, May 21, 2014
Photo of Soonami
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had Avery Salvation before but it was in "Collaboration" with Russian Rivers version so I have not had it by itself yet. Salvation is a orange hued, golden pale ale with a tuft of foam that releases orange and lemon oil aromas, a hint of pepper and clove and a yeasty earthiness. The beer had a lingering sweetness that was perhaps due to the low carbonation for the style and the mouthfeel suffered for it. Overall, not the best, but drinkable

Soonami, Sep 11, 2010
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.

ALESwhatCURESya, May 07, 2007
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.