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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

929 Ratings
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Ratings: 929
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 Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color with a 1" head that quickly disappated. Some very light lacing developed. The aroma was of malt, spice, and citrus. The flavor was of malt, citrus, spice, and a hint of honey.

This was medium bodied and was quite flat (very little carbonation at all). The mouthfeel was very smooth with a slightly dry grainy finish. The citrus lingered on the tongue after swallowing. This was a little to strong on the citrus tones which cuts back the drinkability.

Gavage, May 31, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01/31/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. The top is sealed in foil. Very nice presentation for the bottle label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clear pristine golden in color. No yeast or anything floating around. If held up it seems to take on an amber color, or even a mahogany color. Strange. Very slight gleaming white head which quickly evaporates. Light lacing appears in the glass.

Smell- Heavy spice scents with more than a hint of alcohol. Mostly corriander and clove with some peppery scents.

Taste- Clove and corriander, as caught in the nose, dominate the flavor. Seems a tad yeasty as well. A bit of a bitter hop taste comes into play in the aftertaste. Maybe a bit of a tropical fruit in the backing, but barley any if it exists.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level. Light sugary coating on the tongue. Smooth going down.

Drinkability- Easy drinker that seems a bit less of the 9% than is states. Nothing out of the ordinary though. Tastes decent enough and went down well. Worth a try if you get a chance.

GClarkage, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

corby112, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a hazy golden orange with a decent, 2 finger off white head that slowly fades out. Small amounts of carbonation slowly pump up to the top. Remnants of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell if of citrusy sweetness with plenty of Belgian candy sugar, and yeastyness atop the malt and spice.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with again, a sugary blast that is a mix of citrus, honey, and candy sugar with a touch of pepper and clove.
Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied, crisp, and sweetly spicey.

weeare138, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can always count on the Avery bombers to be a little different. This belgian had a strong pinapple-hops aroma and taste to go along with the standard pale belgian sweetness and spice. Not amazing or too complex, but nice and different. Worth a try for the price and could make a nice stocking stuffer for the approaching holidays.

tempest, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger man in NYC, this one pours light golden, clear, with a medium white head, tiny bubbles evident. It leaves fine , wispy and plentiful lacing and sheets of lace. Good looking stuff!
Nose is slighty sweet and spicy. Light maltyness up front,snappy,spicy hops also show up on the tongue. Notes of vanilla,anise, ,juniper, alcohol. Belgian yeast phenolics. tasty and dangerously drinkable stuff. Fine, complex brew. Nice bold, Americanized take on the style

Billolick, Nov 12, 2004
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

Georgiabeer, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +4.4%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

akorsak, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color.

Smell is malty and a little spicy.

Taste is malty with a bit of wheat bran flavor. There is also a raw honey flavor to this and a bit of sage taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

It is a drinkable brew, but it is just a bit too dominating a brew to really be drinkable, more like sipable for dessert.

Zorro, May 13, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of BARFLYB
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Old Eagle Tavern.

Salvation pours out a golden graham glaze with some hazy orange in between. Not much of a head, barely even a off white cap, no stick.

Smell is very heavy on the spice and especially black pepper. Adam really likes his black pepper. Some grassy vegetal smell with some bready old biscuit scent as well.

This is an odd one. Comes in heavier than a BSPA, but Salvation does not even meet those standards. I get farmhouse along with fruity triple tastes and grass. Black pepper is apparent with grains of paradise. Other spices. Belgian yeast with bread but it also gives vegetal taste in the middle and it lingers off longtime, yuck. This is real nasty.

Feel is heavier than the standard BSPA. A slimy medium with kinda lacking carb. More bubbles would of been nice, but it would not have helped the taste. Aftertaste of vegies forever.

A hybrid of styles Saison/BSPA/triple in that order, and it seems unfocused. I could not wait to get through my glass.

BARFLYB, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of mothman
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!

mothman, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/28/2011. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, peach, biscuit, nuttiness, pepper, herbal, earth, floral, honey, clove, light banana, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of pear, peach, biscuit, nuttiness, pepper, herbal, floral, earth, honey, light clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, earth, honey, clove, and light yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Very well balanced flavors with nice complexity; no cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong golden ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one. Avery does a really nice job on many of their Belgian styles.

superspak, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber Pours a golden yellow color with some carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards. Scents of fruit, malt, and some spices. The taste is sweet, but tangy as well leaves a little bit of warmth in the throat. Medium body. Drinkable at the ABV. A nice offering from Avery.

Wasatch, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A BSPA close to home. Golden pour with a touch of cloudiness, big head, rocky. Almost perfect.
Malty aroma is mocked by the spice. It's a biscuit laced with clove, flowers, pepper and honeysuckle.
Nice flavor to it. A malt backbone holds up the hops and soft fruit while a modest amount of pepper, coriander, clove and alcohol give it cutting power.
Feels nice and crisp, but still doesn't have that snap of some others`in the style.
Drinks nicely.

Mebuzzard, May 21, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color with a foamy one finger head which quickly fizzles to nothing. Very little lacing.

S: Very doughy/biscuity with some graham cracker and an extremely faint spice/floral aroma.

T: The flavor profile just seemed off, there was a slightly sourish taste and some fruit but it didn't taste right. Hard to describe the flavor, but I know I was not a fan.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and despite the issues I had with the flavors, it drank rather smoothly with a touch of alcohol.

O: Wasn't a fan. If it had tasted like the aroma, that would have been fine, even though it seemed to be lacking in hops slightly, but drank a little of it and then poured it, something I rarely do.

mdaschaf, May 25, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

John_M, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Live with Passion" - the wonderful slogan that adorns the caps of Avery beers. Foolishly - I adhere - too much maybe.

In the movie "The Prestige" Hugh Jackman's character says: "never thought I'd find an answer at the bottom of a pint glass" to which Micheal Caine replies "Hasn't stopped you from looking, has it ?" Well I continue to...
This beer not only offers "salvation" on the 26th of October (2007) but it even offers a definition: "discovering your passion, purpose, meaning in life"...

No head and only a mere outline of white that encircles the clouded - but glowing - orange coloured body. It really doesn't let the eyes penetrate through it. A soft shade though. Very curiously, any clarity only came from the last pours? Misleading.

The aroma offers many things. A (nearly foul) smell of twisted, booze ridden citrus. Spices like clove and coriander. A straw wheat. Everything drenched in booze. Potent, the fragrance is one that you easily cascade under.

The mouthfeel has a texture, it has some weight to it and the flavours evolve nicely through the tasting. The alcohol, while always present, never interferes too much. It gracefully flutters on the palate.

The flavours are near endless, changing depending on the sip. I taste dried fruits - pears and apples. The yeast imparts a variety of esters. Spices (if used) add a dimension of unidentifiable tastes. The whole production comes together quite well in a bubble gum/candy like flavour. The Belgian influence well entwined. Becomes spicy at times.

I liked this a lot. A well worthwhile beer.

biegaman, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark copperish orange with a short, soft, white head that leaves nice lacing

S - pear, candy sugar, alcohol

T - bread, sugary caramel, pear, apple, alcohol

M - warm, full bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty nice beer, but the alcohol is a bit intense. There are nice fruity notes from the yeast which I really like, the malt is semisweet with hints of caramel and sugar which I also like, but unfortunately the alcohol is heavy enough to mask some of the finer nuances. An overall solid beer, but one that may need cellared before it reaches its prime.

tdm168, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

beerthulhu, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kelp, Apr 15, 2013
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.