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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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526 Reviews
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Reviews: 526
Hads: 1,027
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 27
Gots: 102 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 526 | Hads: 1,027
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a deep gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite spicey in this beer, consisting of white pepper, honey and cherries. The beer smells great. On the palate this beer is fairly sweet, again with more honey and cherry. However, there is a good dose of hops noticeable on the finish, giving it a considerable dry, bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied and bitterness on the finish helps to balance the sweetness and alcohol. Still, the alcohol is pretty noticeable in this beer, which detracts slightly from its drinkability. That being said, this is a very impressive effort from Avery. Nice beer.

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

A: Deep golden with a light orange medium head. Dissipation is rather quick and leaves decent lacings.

S: Fruity; oranges, red apples, faint bananas. Sweet malt. Some bitter hops. Spicy and yeasty.

T: Lovely sweet malt with some caramell. Lots of fruit: red apples, oranges, faint bananas, pears and peaches. Some bitter hops balances it nicely. Spicy and yeasty.

M: Aftertaste is short but lovely sweet bitter. Body is syrupy full while carbonation is mild to medium. Very smooth! The ABV gives it a warming feel.

O: Nice and balanced, but a little more bitterness compared to the Belgians I've had earlier in this style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger cream head, fades quickly and leaves no lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is peach/spices. Starts with a sweet, spicey flavor but the alcohol is there, hops are there at the finish. Different from Belgian strong pales but not bad. $6.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of corby112
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin off-white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Estery golden fruit aroma with hints of grape, apple and pear with some crisp floral hop notes and alcohol.

Crisp spicy medium body with a lot of estery light fruit notes, floral hops, slightly creamy body, subtle hops and alcohol warmth. Smooth, quaffable and pretty drinkable. Hints of peppery spice, crisp citrus and light fruit notes. I'm picking up estery apple and pear with some orange peel, subtle hop bitterness and alcohol.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a hazy apricot color with a creamy butter cream head that is soon gone regardless of the strong carbonation.
S- This beer has a pear fruity aromas with some apricot notes followed by a honey cinnamon hint that lingers. As the beer warms this becomes more of a raw wet lentil note.
T- The soft fruity flavor has notes of peach and dry malt with a big dandelion bitterness in the finish. The big bitterness soon covers the more subtle fruit flavors.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft warm alcohol heat in the finish.
D- The great dry fruity beer is stomped on by hop bitterness with some notes of old spices in their. There wasn't even much hop flavor or aroma just the bitter bite.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL gold foil-lined bottle.

A: The ale has the brilliant clarity of a tripel, dark yellow almost golden with no sign of imperfection. The head was thicker, relatively, and left no trace as it receded.

S: The nose is Belgian, full of pale candi sugars and coriander pep. The sweetness belies the big alcohol body that is floating around.

T: The ale is big and chewy, full of grainy malts that create a solid body for the spices. Those spices are the requisite ones: coriander, pale candi sugars and some anise. The sweetness is cut by a strong hop bitterness that is earthy, far more continental than American. The strong alcohol is evident throughout the glass, adding a distinct heat to the proceedings.

M: The mouthfeel is dead on for a BSPA, kicking up solid flavors with a nice hop bitterness. The spiciness is not extraordinary though.

D: The 9% is heady, so beware. The flavors are strong but they are indistinguishable from most other BSPAs.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Salvation is a bright golden orange with a creamy, medium-sized head. Carbonation is mild. The aroma is very strong. Citrus and spice smells burst out alongside an underlying candi sugar sweetness. Taste is very spicy with plenty of citrus flavors. The spice flavors are very peppery and are aided by an edge of hop flavor. An underlying sugary sweetness keeps the other flavors from a total domination of the palate. A touch of alcohol is noted in the finish. I found this to be excellent, the strong spice and citrus flavors really won me over, and the layering of flavors was pretty awesome as well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, bright, almost pastel orange with a 2 finger frothy eggshell white head that displayed very good retention lasting for several minutes and left a sticky clumpy lacing behind. Visible carbonation was light and sporadic.

S: soft tart oranges and tangerines. Nothing really fancy nor dominant.

T: The flavor started out with big tart oranges and tangerines and a nice spiciness. The flavor makes amends for an otherwise moderately tame aroma. There was a nice honey sweetness to the flavor before yielding to a black peppery spicy finish. Overall a nice and big interpretation per style with a big spicy nature and smooth flavor. Flavor wise starts big and ends spicy.

M: a light oily viscosity with an extremely soft carbonation. Dry tangerines and a soft flowery bitterness is found on the fade and swallow.

D: Very nice drinkability, spicy and really enjoyed this. Would definitely buy this again and comes with a definite recommend.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the foil-capped 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 22, 2013.

The pour is orange amber with some cloudiness and a long lasting foamy white head.

The aromas have a bevy of blended characters including toasted pale malts, Belgian sugars, pear, banana, and a little clove and Allspice.

The body is medium, slightly acidic, and smooth.

The taste has more depth than the aroma with many of the same characters and a kind of licorice flavor in the background to boot. Low to moderate bitterness at the end. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is light and fruity with hints of spices and yeast and grapefruit.

T- The taste like the aroma starts of with light fruity malts with some spicy phenols and yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This one is definitely a sipper, but a solid beer that is definitely worth a shopt.

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Photo of rudzud
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with a friend yesterday. Poured into my dogfish tulip.

A - Cloudy orange golden hue with a two finger head that fades to leave a wonderful blanket.

S - Light belgian yeast and subtle sweetness. Very light.

T - Very light again with light caramel and malty sweetness. Some faint esters and booze. Kind of disappointing.

M - Way too boozy for my liking, mouthfeel is lighter, but that alcohol is hot.

O - Overall, I'm disappointed with this Avery offering. Very unfortunate.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep, clear gold color. Poured a 3 finger rocky white head with fair retention; dissipating to an even skim. Sticky lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Citrus, light fruits and clove. Biscuity malts in the background.

T: Consistent with smell except biscuity malts come to the front and abundant light, over-ripened fruit in the foundation. Definitely an alcohol finish along with a citrus bitterness.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Warming alcohol.

D: ABV alone makes it a nice sipper. Flavors and complexity change with warming, so take your time.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange, medium white head forms, some stringy lace. Smell is honey, caramel, citrus, yeast, floral hops. Taste is malty, with caramel and citrus, some floral hops and a little alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation. This one was sitting around for a while so it smoothed out a bit, nice beer and better than expected.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer shows a slightly hazed shade of golden. Carbonation surfaces at a moderate pace. Thin white head disappears quickly and the rimming that is left behind leaves sparse lace. Aroma is warm, toasty and bready. Sweet and fruity too. The flavor improves on the nose. Becomes more pronounced. With bready malt tones forming a nice base. And fruity esters and phenolics mixing it up on top. Nicely spicy as well. Peppery. Mouthfeel is lively and the body is about light-medium. Alcohol is almost ghostly, but accentuates everything nicely. Good enough Belgian Golden here.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-blonde color with a thick two-finger head into my fluted Piraat tulip. A bit murky.

Aroma is strong with a hint of pale malt, raisin and even a bit of grape. Kind of sweet.

Taste is strong with sweet malt, raisin and grape peeking through. Some breadiness in the middle. Alcohol warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering breadiness, raisin and alcohol warmth.

Decent.Not too boozy or sweet. Worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a golden-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of ripe pears backed by mildly sweet malts and good amounts of clove.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet malts with Belgian candi sugar influences up front are joined almost immediately by large amounts of fresh pear flavors. Midway through the sip a mild spiciness comes out and carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could go for another.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and thought it was a very good though not great beer for the style. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pellucid amber color on the pour, the head immoderate in size, spumescent in texture, and the color a light tan and as it vanishes a thick glutinous sheet survives to conceal the glass. Big malt nose, citrus crisp and fresh, quite pleasing to the senses and the start thickly sweet malt, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a spicy hop bite that pleases the palate, the acidity moderate to mild, the aftertaste droughty, and in my humble opinion another winner from Avery.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach with a big beige head, low carbonation, and virtually no lace... weird combination. Sweet sugary malt aroma with a light smoky character and a bit of oxidation. Same in flavor with a strong smoked malt flavor ... a peach colored barleywine ? Full bodied and creamy with a warming alcohol sensation but falls a bit flat.

Wonder if age had an effect on smokiness ? Try fresh at some point.

Per Label: "Belgian malted barley, Belgian candy sugar, Styrian Goldings hops, and authentic Belgian yeast"

Per Avery website:
Beer Style: Belgian Strong Golden Ale
Hop Variety: Styrian Goldings

'01' embossed on bottom
Tasted: 04/11/05

($5.49 / 22 oz. bottle capped with gold foil wrap)

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Aroma is yeast malt, hop and a little spice. Appearance has a small but long-lasting off-white head, some lacing and a slightly hazy orange amber color. Flavor is like aroma plus has some malt and fruit sweetness with plenty of hop bitterness but there are some medicinal qualities to the aftertaste. Body is good with just a touch softness. Overall it's pretty good beer except for that medicinal thing

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.