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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company


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very good

843 Ratings
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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%

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 Georgiabeer


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to amber gold with a relatively thin head that quickly fades and leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is fairly sweet with candy sugar, cloves, banana, and cinammon. The taste is much less sweet, with a healthy hit of hops adding a topnote to the sweeter under flavors. The sweet flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is first crisp and then with a fairly creamy finish. A little mouthcoating. Pretty delicious and drinkable, even with the high abv. Overall, a nice beer that is a little heavier and more bitter than is usual for the style, with sweeter notes than some as well- but these balance the bitterness nicely

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 23:04:27 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass, because that is my only glass with some what of a lip (I need to get some large wine glasses or goblets).

Wow, the head is nice and fluffy. Leaves amazing lacing. So far so good. Color is a light orange/hint of gold.

Well first off, the smell. I did not expect the amount of hop aroma is this beer had (however I didn't know it was a SPA). Awesome. Big pine/floral smell. The taste, now is fruity, but hoppy at the same time. A tarty fruit that is.

Mouthfeel is very bitter and the taste of alcohol is only present after in lingers around long enough (pretty good for a 9% abv) Carbonation level is low but leaves a crisp taste in mouth.

Overall, nothing wrong with this beer at all. I underestimated it a lot, because I am not the biggest fan of Belgium beers, but this beer has just changed my mind. A beer I would highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 01:49:53 | More by mothman
Photo of ccrida


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a small nonic on draught at Avery's tasting room, Salvation is a clear gold with a small white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is fruity, banana and bubblegum esters, with tinges of metal and alcohol.

Taste is rich and full, grain and sugar balanced out on the sweeter side, with enough esters to mask the ABV. Pretty good, but clearly an Americanized attempt at the style.

Mouthfeel is dry, but a bit too thick and under-attenuated for my taste.

Drinkability is good, decent complexity keeps it interesting and the booze smooth, but to sugary to really want to drink more then a glass or two - it would fail the authentic Belgian digestibility test for sure...

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2008 00:10:13 | More by ccrida
Photo of beertunes


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into wide mouth tumbler (it's what my friend had). Poured the typical and expected gold color, with a thin white head that had precious little retention.

This beer had a typical aroma for the style, yeasty, spicy some slight fruit tones. The flavor was also typical, just a little better defined than the aroma had led me to expect, and featured the expected yeasty spice.

The body may have been just a little fuller than I find is usual for this style. Even at the 9% ABV mark, this beer is very drinkable. Overall, a decent example of the style, worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 12:46:18 | More by beertunes
Photo of Tone


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, goldenc color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hops, slight alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, slight yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good blent, aroma, body, and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 22:36:37 | More by Tone
Photo of Dogbrick


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

Dark golden color with a medium thick milky-white head. Nice effervescence. Alternating fruity and hoppy aroma. Nice tart flavor of herbs and spices and hops. Surprisingly easy to drink as well. $6 a bottle around here but this was actually worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 14:46:09 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of kylehay2004


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Turbid, amber/gold. 2 finger head, completely dissipates and leaves decent lace.

S: Sweet, like artificial banana smell and some orange and limeade. A little malt.

T: A little sharp citrus up front with a musty sweet finish. Spicey.

M: Thick body, mild to moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: Very nice aroma. The taste at first was more sour than I like but after a few sips it became more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:16:18 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color, with a small white head that went away fast. In the nose, sweet alcohol, somewhat light fruitiness. In the taste, a dry pear charicteristic and alcohol backing that up. It leaves a dryness in the mouth, with the alcohol still there. I feel this is a great interpretation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2007 19:58:03 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of tavernjef


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow jello with a small cap of white dawning the top for a brief stay. A thinnly bubbled collar remains and lace is minimal with thin looping strings.

Stank, dark, old, past its prime citrus sitting in a basement aroma. Quite musty with a dryish yeast is prevalently upfront on this one and without much complexity. Gains an alcoholic plastic/elastic nudge as it warms.

Taste is tropical and deeply musted with candy coated yeasty dryness. Its quite a ride really. Some off areas in balance, the front and middle are the better areas. Kinda peachy, drafted with the fuzz from the skins right in there. Some old pineapple, red appley, and yellow raisin, or maybe, were once grapes but now are raisins because they've been sittin' a little too long. Ya know what I mean? The finish is drab and overstated with too much yeastyness, totally flattening out the once, interesting mixtures of over-ripe, not so ripe, tropical fruity tones and candyish malts.

Feel is smooth and quick with some very floating silkyness in a few areas where the malts do their thing. Carbonation is on the lighter side getting better as it warms; as it should.

A good brew with a few areas that made it less distinguished and impressionable then most of the Belgian Goldens out there. A good old fashion American try that works in most ways, but perhaps a bit understated and less complex then it could be.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 00:43:44 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Cyberkedi


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

It pours a lovely golden amber with some fine bubbles and a white, fairly persistent head. Aroma is more hoppy than malty and has an odd but not repulsive rubbery hint. Flavor is fairly rich, malty and hoppy with a good alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is edgy and a little harsh, but this is still a good call.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 00:34:06 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a nice quarter inch of long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, hops, different types of fruit and yeast.

T: Flavored with malt, yeast, dark fruits and hops. Not as flavorful or complex as I would've liked, but still tasty.

M: A lively amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a well made beer. While I wouldn't rank it up with some of its Belgian cousins, it's still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 14:01:16 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


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

Poured from 22oz bottle a clear light gold with a very large head of foam that shrank slowly leaving a fine solid layer and there's plenty of lacing.

The smell is fruity and yeasty...about right for the style.

The taste has some tartness that I noticed immediately with notes of semi sweet malt, hop bitterness, and yeast. A few more sips in and I'm getting some banana and clove but they're pretty sudued. The warming from the alcohol is there but not in abundance so that helps it to be pretty drinkable.

Bottom line: This is a pretty good offering of the style from Avery and is at least worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 23:18:51 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of RoyalT


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Bright orange in color with a modest head, probably due to the high alcohol content.

Smell – The medicinal alcohol jumps out first followed by the sweet malty base and a lively hop compliment.

Taste – The malt and hop combo work wonderfully together at the taste. They are perfectly in synch and provide a wonderful BSPA flavor. The coriander and white pepper spices compliment this nicely, and the sharp alcohol keeps the drinker focused.

Mouthfeel – This is a little larger than medium in the mouth and very refreshing. It leaves a somewhat sticky residue on the teeth. Interesting all around.

Drinkability – This was an exciting ale and definitely closed the night for me. It’s a wallop and a half, full of BSPA flavors and spices and very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 03:34:44 | More by RoyalT
Photo of DrDemento456


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty much as expected but not very pale at all more of an amber bright yellow with a hint of orange. Head is a 1/4 inch but oddly quickens to just a light lace ring.

S - Very nice smells of barnyard funk or brett from a distance but up close I get more citrus hops and fruity yeasts. Smells very nice.

T - Quite a mix of flavors I get fruity yeasts mostly tart apple, then citrus hops, then a sort of sweet honey that finishes out with a moderate bit of hops. ABV is nicely balanced as expected.

M - Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall A very nice American take on the style that's dangerously drinkable. Saddens me the only place I found this was Boardman Ohio (Vintage Estates). Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:19:52 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of ZAP


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew....peach colored....nose is malty rich...some honey and vanilla on the aroma..

Taste is much more peppery and spicy though...still some honey maltiness...a touch of tropical fruits...but the pepper/spicy notes lead the way.

Body is full..carbonation about right..

Overall...quite a tasty brew...I would buy this one again...Avery did well with this..

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 02:40:08 | More by ZAP
Photo of scruffwhor


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

This is golden, light amber sunshine with a pretty quick head but rtentive lacing. Ok lacing and a filmy foam. Very little to no bubbling. Th aroma is a dried flower hops and kingly breads with some yeasty fruits. Pretty convincign scent of a genuine Belgian strong ale. The sweetness of this beer is a lovely bread grain that hints at tartness. Dried chrysanthamums and roses with fruity ester, candi sugar, and almost gourmet white bread grains. The palate is a soft syrupy flower nectar with lots of honey notes. The alcohol is well integrated with this Belgain inspired ale. Good conversation beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 03:59:10 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


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

The words “Belgium-Style Golden Ale” initially drew me. Salvation comes in a 22 fl.oz. bottle and it has an extremely colorful label that reminds me of old biblical manuscripts prepared by monks several hundred years ago with lots of color, coppers and golds.
The beer is exceptionally clear when first poured, a fantastic golden color totally devoid of any detritus. This absolutely clear offering has some amber and light orange copper peach refractions when held up to incandescent light. The head is small, and struggles to form when the beer is poured. Indeed, it soon disappears completely leaving the thinnest ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass, no lacing. It does not look too inviting, yet retains some mysterious charm for this old wrinkled Belgium afficianado.
Aromas are fruity and alcoholic, with a spicy cinnamon aspect that gives this beer a “Duvel-ian” character.
Once I top the beer up from the bomber, the head now stays, albeit at around 1/8”, it sits around like a good looking Belgium Supermodel outside a street Café in a sunny Brussels suburb that wants to be stared at, but not groped.
The 9% ABV Alcohol has a warming introductory effect that then leads to a fruity, spicy middle that drowns in cloves and a slightly hoppy bitter tingling finish. Huge mouthfeel and immense body gives this beer massive presence which dominates the aural cavity just like the real thing. Avery was a company that made scales in England, and this effort is most certainly well-balanced.

I like this beer, and it does have a great Belgium Strong Golden Ale feel about it, that has aspects of the real thing hidden in its charisma.
A Very Good Offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 21:39:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of cokes


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

Golden orange bodied with a tight, creamy, off-white head. Relatively small, but retains and laces well. Totally clear.
Some fruity peach aromas, along with some belgian maltiness (slightly sweet and bready). Lacks any real yeast pizazz. Hints of solvent-like alcohol. Hop-load flexes and looks at itself in the mirror. It is out-of-place, but blissfully ignorant.
Taste begins with an emphasis on the belgian candi-sugar. Confection-like sweetness with hints of orange and peach. Gingerbread hues color the background. Turns sharply hoppy and drying at this point. Mostly floral with some lemongrass notes. This lemon-floralness rides long into the finish and mingles with the residual sugar. Again, it lacks the yeast complexities associated with the style.
Light-medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Quite nice in the mouth. Easy drinking.
This is an American reinvention of the belgian classic. But to be honest, this reminds me more of an "imperial pilsener" than anything.

Cool-ass bottle, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 21:25:40 | More by cokes
Photo of nickfl


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

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves good lace.

S - Spicy yeast notes of clove and plum. Caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Thick, fruity malt up front with notes of orange and banana. Some clove and bready notes of toffee in the middle. Finishes with lots of banana bread and clove.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very complex with intense yeast character. Kind if thick for the style and perhaps a bit less drinkable because of that, but still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:14:11 | More by nickfl
Photo of champ103


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich golden/yellow color. A two finger head forms and recedes almost immediately with light lace.
S: Mostly some old and nondescript fruity aroma. Nothing really stands out.
T: Sweet and fruity with plenty of alcohol. The fruit flavors are much more rounded than in the nose. Lots of banana's, peaches, and apples. Very pleasant.
M/D: Thin, watery, and over carbonated for my tastes. The alcohol is noticeable, but it does not overpower. An easy beer to drink.

Nothing outstanding, but a very solid example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. If you are a fan of the style this is a most try.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 23:41:01 | More by champ103
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a mini snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Not much of a head. A few white wisps, but nothing else.

Smell - Booze is quite apparent. Citrus and pineapple. Belgian sugars. Pale malts.

Taste - Bright esters up front and a touch of spice. Very fruity. Pineapple, apples, some spice behind it. Boozy and a lot of pale malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and a lot more alcohol than I expected. Harsh. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I finished it, but it didn't seem worth finishing. Too alcoholic, even at 9%.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 02:34:59 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of francisweizen


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

22oz bomber bottle:

This beer was very enjoyable just like the Reverend was! This beer poured with a glowing golden colour and a huge, fluffy white head. The aromas were of belgian candy sugar, yeast, various spices, and malt. The taste was a good blend of the above mentioned aromas and the mouthfeel was quite light and fluffy for this big belgian ale. The drinkability was very good as well. All in all this is a very good Belgian style golden ale from the folks at Avery...try it if you can!


Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 13:03:50 | More by francisweizen
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber - thanks to jfam for this one

Appearance - Clear gold/amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, corn, malts, hops, banana, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and I can taste breads/wheat mixed with lots of corn and light hops. There is also a bit of a yeasty spiciness and a touch of banana and green grapes. It ends with a slightly bitter corn/grain aftertaste.

Overall - Not an undrinkable beer, but also not what I was expecting. It doesn't have enough carbonation and feels way too heavy to be within the belgian style. The taste is fine, but it's not complex at all and seems to have some adjunct qualities. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 17:52:03 | More by spinrsx
Photo of hopdog


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


Poured a medium orange color with an avearaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, apples, and some spices. Spicy apple tastes. Sweet start with a light bitter finish. Very light alcohol in the taste. Not bad, I liked this beer and it grew on me as I drank.

Notes from 9/3/04

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 23:05:40 | More by hopdog
Photo of Brent


3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Moderately hard pour into a goblet produced a thin and short-lived head. Murky apricot color. Surpisingly agressive hop aroma, more than expected for the style. Flavor tended to favor pitted fruits - apricots, peaches and plums. Cold, the beer again displayed a rather heavy handed hoppyness. As the beer warmed, the hops faded into the background, but continued to lend a sharp bitterness to the finish throughout. Alcohol became more prominent with warming, adding a raw, solvent note. Overall, this struck me as an American interpretation of the style rather than an attempt at re-creation. It seemed the beer was trying to do many things with the flavor, but none of them particularly well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 19:54:18 | More by Brent
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.