Avery Brewing Company

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
3.87 | pDev: 11.37%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 532 | Ratings: 1,059 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber producing a single finger frothy, white, shortlived head that fades to islands of foam, leaving some spotty, streaky lace. Aroma is Belgian yeast esters of citrus, pear & apple with a subdued note of clove and an even more faint hint of coriander in a background of light alcohol. Taste is fronted heavy to pie crust, bready malt & citrus with a apple/peach/white grape fruitiness developing & strengthening in the middle quickly followed by yeast, sugary sweetness & spicy hints of pepper, clove & coriander all awash in a light alcohol finish which produces a slightly dry, malty aftertaste which I find to be more intense than is usually found in a Belgian. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yet is a little bit thick & chewy with moderate carbonation, lightly dry & peppery from a combination of carbonation & alcohol spice.

 856 characters

Photo of Vixie
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color with an off white head. Had to do a bit of a vigorous pour to form a decent sized head. The head stays around for some time, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell wasn't very strong to me. Mainly sweet like honey, with some bread from the yeast.

Starts out a bit fruity, mainly pear with a hint of citrus. There is pepper spice as well, and leaves a hop bitterness in the aftertaste. No hint of the alcohol at all.

Smooth feel going down, hardly any tongue tingling from the carbonation.

A pretty good beer, but not a great one. There is a bit of a Belgian character here, but the amount of hops takes a bit away from that. Still, for the price it is a pretty good beer, easily worth what I paid for it.

 752 characters

Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop City, Birmingham.

A: An clear burnt gold with half finger off-white head that lingered.

S: Honey, cloves, Belgian yeast, bready malts.

T: Sweet honey mingled with Belgian yeast, cloves and bready malts. A slice of banana in the mix, too.

M: Low to medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: This was recommended and I'm glad to try it. A soothing summer sipper that sweetens the soul.

 412 characters

Photo of Bubblegumsnaps1
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was unexpected surprise that I will be keeping in my refrigerator regularly! Aroma is honey, fruity and a bit of alcohol/ boozy. On first sip it lead with a strong honey with light citrus undertones and a sweet hoppy finish, very clean and fresh, with a slight boozy bitterness. It continues with light florals citrus and barely artificial banana. The end has very little alcohol burn and is very sweet with brown sugar, baked dark bread. Very good beer!

 460 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Crystal clear with no haze, very vibrant dark gold color, soapy white lacing, moderate and steady carbonation.

S - Honey malt, cloves, and spice.

T - A little yeasty/bready, lemons, honey, spice, pears, and alcohol presence. Ends with a fruity spicy bitterness that is mild but just enough to offset any of the previous sweetness. Leaves a lingering yeasty clove/spice on the palate.

M - Big medium body with soft, creamy carbonation, moderately dry on the finish, and eventually

O - Nice light fruitiness, "decent", glad to have tried this. If I'm reaching for another Avery Belgian style beer it will be The Reverend.

 631 characters

Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Champs in State College, poured into a goblet.

L: Pours a clear dark golden color. Thick creamy white head... great retention and lacing.

S: Bananas and yeast... fresh grains, cloves and spices.

T/F: Fantastic flavor, complex Belgian yeasts give it a spicy flavor, cloves and nutmeg... bananas for sure, faint citrus in the background. Incredibly smooth and well carbonated as per the style. Warming at the back end... faint noble hops at the finish which lets it end clean.

O: A great American take on the style and on a par with the Belgian imports. I'd drink this any time. Avery continues to put out fantastic beer.

 646 characters

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a mildly hazy bronzed brown color with a two finger white foamy level head. Once the head dies off, intricate spider web lacing roams around the glass nicely.
The smell had some pear, iced apples, Belgian yeasty/breadiness and a subtle amount of some Belgian spices.
The taste was moderately sweet with the spices making an effort to blend on in there. Spiciness rolls right on in on the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium on the body. Decent sipping quality to this one. Carbonation feels refined.
Overall, yeah, this is a good one, I'd have it again.

 618 characters

Photo of mrcharlie
1/5  rDev -74.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I can't find one positive thing to say about this one. After trying Hog Heaven and Maharaja my hopes were high. This is sweet, sharp, medicinal, and just plain gross. The best part of it was the strong alcohol presence, it helped dull my senses to the vomit flavored liquid. I hopeThe Reverend is better, bought that one too.

 325 characters

Photo of brurevu
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold with a full and fluffy white head that left great lacing. The aroma was rich and full of Belgian spices and hints of pear. The taste followed with additions of Belgian yeast and slight bitter hoppy undertones. An easy drinker for the ABV and very tasty. I was really surprised by this one and will definitely look for it again in the future. A great American interpretation of a classic Belgian style.

 420 characters

Photo of Dikfour
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Two fingers of fluffy off white head with great retention. Slightly hazy pale gold in color. Mild to active carbonation.

Smell: Fruity banana and peach esters. A little baking spice.

Taste: Big fairly bright bready malt followed by banana and a bunch of booze. Kinda vinous.

Feel: Medium bodied. Booziness numbs the gums up pretty quick.

Overall: Pretty dang boozy. It takes away from any subtleties I picked up on the nose. The things that this beer gets right, it really get it great. The things that it gets wrong it doesn't get very wrong. Pretty enjoyable.

 571 characters

Photo of generallee
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 9%.

Appearance: The body has a light haze and a light amber color. It is topped off with a small white head which settles out leaving just a ring of foam at the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma offers notes of sweet tropical fruit, herbal and citrusy hops with a light boozy character backing it all up.

Taste / Palate: It’s sweet up front and notes of sweet pineapple pop out of a light bready and raw grain like maltiness. If finish adds some citrus notes and mild bitterness. The palate feels smooth and full with soft carbonation.

 652 characters

Photo of CaptainHate
1.9/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As far as the look goes it had more of a dirty copper color than I expected with very little carbonation although it wasn't flat at all; it just didn't have nearly as much of a head as I expect to see on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

The taste was just absolutely horrible. This is the worst beer I've had in a long time. Somebody before me called it "mediciny" which isn't inaccurate but I don't think captures just how repulsive it is. I kept waiting for it to get better as it warmed up but it didn't. I honestly should have poured this down the drain.

 557 characters

Photo of zac16125
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a chalice
no bottling dates

A: Pours a hazy apricot orange with less than a sliver of white head. Leaves no lacing. Looks undercarbed. 3.25

S: Citrus, yeast, spicy booze, fruity esters. I really like. 4

T: Citrus rind, boozy ethanol, some spice, subtle fruity esters. I wouldn’t say its a particularly good representation of the style; more like an American Strong Ale or lightly hopped American Barleywine, and its probably too boozy for most people, but I actually very much enjoy it. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the lower end but appropriate, ABV is definitely noticeable but its not hot, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Not what I was expecting from the listed style, but I really enjoyed this beer. 3.75

 746 characters

Photo of jancona
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful looking beer. When served cold it really did taste like a boozy mess - so I let it sit a while . Now - Smells of peaches in syrup with some spices and booze. Tastes like peach and quickly to cinnamon, hops and a touch of booze. Nice creamy mouthful.

 261 characters

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber into a snifter.

Pours a light amber in color with hues of gold. Head is creamy and marshmallow-like, a couple of fingers thick. Head persists well and leaves a ring of lace around the sides of the glass. 4.25

Smells of floral hops with a slight dank quality, honey and caramel add sweetness. Malty sweetness is abundant. 4

This brew has a delicious sweet oatmeal flavor to it. The malt is a major presence. The hops are equally prominent, giving both floral and citrusy sweetness. The sweetness is honey-like and seems appropriate giving the floral hops and it leads to a finish that reminds me of biting into a ripened orange. 4

Malt-heavy both in taste and feel, this has a burly medium body. The sweetness is enjoyable and balanced by just enough hop bitterness to still keep it on the dessert-like side. 4

I find this beer very enjoyable, but I'm also aware that it's not heavily hop-forward, bitter or anything else some like in their pale ales, even stronger ones.

 992 characters

Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

 404 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Nice yeasty floral aroma, rich golden color with small soapy head. Taste come sin with malt, yeast, and a touch of vinegar acidity. Some wine like aroma and taste to this.

 171 characters

Photo of mrfrancis
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a creamy, thin white head.

S: Gentle aromas of caramel, grass, tobacco, herbs, lemon, apricot, white peach, spices, and oranges in syrup flit across the nose.

T: Delicate, layered notes of apricot, oranges in syrup, lemon, white peach, pear, herbs, spices, grass, minerals, biscuits, candy sugar, tobacco, and caramel fill the mouth. The finish is earthy and surprisingly pungent, showcasing pronounced notes of tobacco, lemon, herbs, spices, and grass.

M: Full-bodied and slick. Carbonation is active, yet delicate. Alcohol is very restrained.

O: A very flavorful, balanced, and authentic Belgian-style strong pale ale. I have no clue why I waited so long to try this one.

 714 characters

Photo of JFear
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

This is a true golden ale -- the appearance is a deep golden color, with a decent two fingers of off-white head. There is a pretty large amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, that populates the glass in a minor way. Unfortunately some big chunks found their way into the glass near the end of the pour. The smell is of baking spices, booze, vanilla extract, dried apricot, washed potato, pear, molasses and brown sugar. The taste follows with nutmeg, clove, vanilla, peach, booze, dried figs, sweet apple, and potato skin. The mouthfeel compliments the spice character with its vibrant carbonation.

Overall, a very solid belgian-style golden that is a bit too spicy and boozy for its own good. Some age could probably mellow this one out, and hopefully bring out some of the more subtle fruit notes lurking below the surface of the more assertive characters in this beer.

 906 characters

Photo of kltidik
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours dark gold in color. Streams of carbonation rush to the top of the glass. Inch of frothy white head that dissipates quickly but thin layer of head is retained for the length of the drink. Clear, no sediment. Looks delectable!
Smell: Sweet malts, caramelly. Hard to distinguish hop aroma. Distinctly belgian yeast; slightly funky, sweet and strong.
Taste: Sweet, slightly fruity (green apples?). Funky/musty taste characteristic of belgian yeast shines through but balanced well by the sweetness. Dangerously smooth for it’s strength.
Mouthfeel: Complex flavors lend to a full body, but the malts maintain lightness. Smooth start to finish. Medium carbonation. Alcohol taste lingers on the top of the mouth.
Overall: I’ve enjoyed this beer more times than I can count, on tap or bottled. It’s always a favorite, never disappointed. Accurate as a Belgian golden, but never boring for the palate!

 916 characters

Photo of Kuaff
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temperature in a tulip.

Topped with a one-finger white head that quickly fizzles away it's a perfectly golden color of wonderful clarity, in which can watch sediments floating around lazily in stark contrast to the streams of carbonation rushing to the surface. Much larger bodies of sediment await at the bottom of the bottle.

It has an awesome aroma of bread, apples, pears, lemon, ginger, and cloves. Maybe a little nutmeg and cardamom, even. Gloriously bready, fruity, and spicy.

Flavors of tart green apples, pears, and lemon reappear on the front. The fruit subsides beautifully into a subtly spiced, bready finish that is balanced perfectly with hoppiness to counter the sweetness. There's also something slightly and delightfully musty about the finish. It sounds weird, but tastes so good.

The feel is effervescent without being too prickly. Dangerously smooth for its strength.

I now equate Salvation with salivation. Thank you, Avery.

 957 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is apricots, banana, grains and butterscotch. Pleasant.
The taste starts sweet and gets sweeter. It has a long sweet finish.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
It's too sweet without depth.

 255 characters

Photo of eric5bellies
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a clear light clear copper colour with a white head that laces.

S - Sticky malts and sugar

T - Up front some nice malts followed by some sticky spice the finish. The finish is sticky and sugary

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

O - No where near Belgian enough. I have had had homebrew better than this. Avoid

 357 characters

Photo of Lemke10
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow color with a slight off-white head containing floaties. The aroma is inviting with a mixture of banana and yeast. The taste is smooth with citrus and bready tones. The characteristics are very true to the Belgian style. This is interesting, well made, and easy to drink.

 309 characters

Photo of TheDoctor
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange that is pleasingly cloudy with a good one-inch beige head that is super creamy but eventually settles to a film. Okay retention; good sloppy lacing.

Orange creamsicle with a big yeast smell and spicy phenols.

Crisp and dry. Lots of bitter orange and a yeasty backbone. Some rich hop flavors rise at the end and take a while to leave you. All-in-all, very tasty.

Crisp and almost-chewy. Medium body and creamy carbonation.

Tasty beer.
I was not expecting much from a Belgian Style, but this is quite good. First, it is not filtered (like other "Belgian" beers I have had from Avery) and is quite nice to look at. Second the smell and taste are pretty in sync, giving a good profile of the yeast with a lot of good hops at the finish. The yeast gets a little chalky as you work your way through it, but other than that, it is quite good.
Would have again; worth trying if you're around it.

 935 characters

Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1059 ratings