Salvation | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 06-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 532 | Ratings: 1,056
Photo of YakManDoo
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remarkable. Purchased this bottle of Salvation from my local favorite that can hardly keep it in stock. Chilled into the high 50s or so the bomber poured smooth and a cloudy golden with a bright white head reminiscent of a classic Belgian Tripel.

The nose was bright and fruity with a hint of clove and a slight spiciness that showed itself in the first taste. A remarkably complex beer with a multiplicity of fruits; banana (light) berry and maybe a hint of passion fruit. The alcohol came through not so much in the taste though it was was the 9.0% going straight to my head that got me.

The mouthfeel was bright and fresh with little oxygen character. Got this one fresh methinks. Keep up the good work Avery!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down one of the best American Made Belgian Pale Ales. Pours out to a dense golden color with some haziness to it. Minor notes of lace around the glass (tulip). Medium high level of carbonation is lower than many Beligans, but works very well in this brew. Smell is wonderfully inviting; aromas of malt, candy, sugar and yeast beg to be tasted. The flavor backs up the hype created by the aroma. Sweet floral hops, mild malt, sour dough, yeast, grain and sweet fruit swirl around the palate. Exceptional. Mouthfeel is medium to medium light bodied, making this brew very easy to drink, and letting the 9% ABV remain hardly noticable. Very good drinkability. This brew is worth the effort. World Class. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a beautiful, brilliantly clear, sparkling orange, forming a poofy whipped white head atop fine bubbles with good retention and melting lace akin to icing on a cinnamon roll. Requires a vigorous pour. Carbonation is mild, certainly for the style. The bottle is gorgeous to look at as well. Aroma is and satisfying with strong orange notes similar to a Grand Cru, a perfect touch of candi sugar, some floral, perfumy Styrian Golding hops, abundant pale malts, honey, vanilla,! Mouthfeel is smooth as silk with a medium-dense body despite it's tame color. Taste...oh my...this is good stuff! Begins with some floral hops, followed by a smooth dusky note of toast and grain apples, vanilla, oranges, pineapple, honey. The candi sugar nicely balances the lightly bitter floral hops and bready body. There is a touch of rose petals lingering in the aftertaste and a lightly dry astringency balancing the trail of alcohol down the gullet. Contrary to other reviews, my bottle has no perceptable alcohol or alcohol off-products in taste, however the hop flavor is stronger than most brews in this style. As it warms, alcohol becomes noticeable in aroma.

There are many complexities in this amazing, highly underrated brew. Avery consistently puts out some high quality brews, but I am highly impressed with this offering. This is everything I am looking for in a Belgian Golden (I find most to be highly carbonated with a thin body) I could see this one aging very nicely, as the hop rate is a tad high for the style and would benefit from mellowing a year or two.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Golden color, light head, and dissipates quickly.

S - Coriander, orange, and candi sugars.

T - Heavy coriander perfume, orange, smokiness, toffee, and honey. Pretty well rounded and abundant in flavor.

M - Tangy and the bittering hops balance the feel and add to the body.

D - Wish I had a full glass.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful coppery gold color that is exceptionally clear. The head is Blonde thick and long living. The nose is very fresh and fruity, inviting. I am imressed that this comes from Colorado. The flavor is very belgian in deed. It is sweet malt that has complex and interesting spicy undertones. The hops are somewhat noticeable but aren't the most intriguing part of this beer. The flavors are just bursting from all directions. The re is malt and spice and everything nice. This is damn near excellent - but not quite. These people are on the right track.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one I found on tap at Trappeze in Athens,GA.
The color was a glowing light orange with a modest light head and small patchy lacing.
The nose had sweet honey with some slight perfume notes. The taste was sweet golden apples,apricot,and orange rhine. The drinkabilty would score higher if the alcohol level wasn't so high. Besides that this brew was smooth almost a Irish whiskey quality,some mineral content and wet stone dry finish. WOW!

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Photo of iSip
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Salvation, 22 oz. bomber: I love Belgian style beers for an after dinner treat. The Avery Salvation fits the bill perfectly. Using my best tulip glass, the Salvation radiates deep amber with a hint of ruby color. Resting comfortably on top is an ample head that lasts to the finish. You expect that wonderful aroma of yeast and bready notes from a Belgian style, and this Avery brew delivers in abundance. But the best is yet to come. Very smooth going down, the Salvation has a wide array of flavorful notes, from apricot and pear to hints of cinnamon and alspice. I greatly enjoyed experiencing Salvation! Bomber size "signature" brews are expensive, but at times are good but not outstanding. The Avery product clears the bar.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Info at the top says Belgian Strong... My bottle says "Belgian-Style Golden Ale"

...and it is a great one!

Poured a nice thin head. Slightly above average (very pleasant) carbonation, I'm not sure what is par for the style. Slightly murky for a golden ale.

Taste is rich, but not really filling at all. Very subtle dried apricots and subtle spices as well (bottle says nutmeg). Some bitter hops comes through, Mild malty sweetness covers grassy undertones. Perfect balance. Yum.
At 9%, a bomber is great for getting a nice buzz without feeling full.

I'd say a must for any *Belgian Golden Ale* lover.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ornate, busy, and artful label design is fitting for this opaque golden ale with a brisk 9% ABV content. The taste is rich, malty, and sweet with floral, fruity overtones and a hop-edged finish. A complex flavor that's pleasing and surprisingly palatable. Superb!

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Photo of Greggy
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a beer clean tulip from the 22oz bomber, a thick rocky white head develops. The head has nice retention and after about 5 minutes, settled into a thin cap, leaving behind ample lacing. The body is light orange and slightly hazy.

S- Oh man... fresh apricot, peach and peach pit, nutmeg, all spice, a touch of must.

T- Starts out with peach, pear, apricot and some dark fruit and woody undertones. The finish reminds me of brandy and is driven by characteristic styrian golden hops.

M- Thick on the palette for sure but silky.

O- Great beer. I'm glad I popped this at 10am; a great start to the day.

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Photo of ellisdee97
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy orange, with a one finger thick foamy eggshell white head. The look of this beer is magnifecent in front of a light. The head dissipates leaving a strong ring with insanely sticky lacing.

S: Strong fruity yeast, slightly peppery with crisp hops. Orange rind and smoky malt. You get a hint of alcohol but it is hidden so well.

T: Pepper and fruit up front with a slight alcohol nip and an amazing sweet malt base. Hidden hops try to break through but are subdued. This brew has a fantastic malt balance.

M: Nice carbonation. Heavy up front but then dries out quickly.

D: Upon my first sip I got the feeling of high alcohol content but then every other ingredient quickly washes over and instantly mellows its presence.This is a very drinkable Belgian, not heavy at all, quite refreshing but you know the alcohol will get you. Excellent. I am looking forward to having more from Avery. So far my favorite Belgian.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a dazzling display of carbonation. A small white head leaves curtain like lace on the glass.

An extremely malty aroma is cut by a touch of alcohol in the nose. This is unlike any Belgian Ale I have ever smelled. The spice in the nose is complemented nicely by the malt.

There are an abundance of flavors in this beer--malt spice, light bitter hops and a kiss of alcohol. This is a liquid banquet--very nice.

A thick and chewy beer that has an almost barley-wine like quality. A Belgian barley-wine. As Eric Cartman would say, "Sweeeet."

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Photo of agent2550
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Salvation is a golden color with a brown tint. The head is white and short.

Smells of citris/sour come to the nose first followed by a subtle floral aroma.

Very silky smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation.

This beer has a slightly sweet flowery taste. Bitterness lingers after.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Salvation came tonight in the form of a 22 oz. brown bomber, with gold foil around the neck, and a label evocative of medieval Christian art. The beer poured out into a tulip glass, looked gorgeous golden yellow, with active carbonation. Compared to most other beers in this style, the head was rather small at half inch thick, and there was not much lacing left along the sides of the glass.

The smell was dead on, with sweet malt, spices, and the unique earthiness typical of Belgian yeast strains. The taste was big on malt, with pear, green apple, and apricot like fruitiness, and was closer to a Tripel than a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. There was also a noticeable level of hop flavor coming through. Not an overpowering hop flavor, but a little touch of citrus and hay complimenting the sweetness quite nicely.

Thick and sticky mouthfeel accentuated the feeling of consuming a big special beer. The alcohol was well hidden, and there was almost no burn. The aftertaste was peppery, citric, and sweet. A big beer that does not feel harsh and aggressive, but instead is like a gentle giant carrying you along on his back.

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Photo of Innocentexile
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into Pint glass

A-Amber color with big frothy head that laced throughout the entire experience. held pretty well. impressive

S-Fruity aroma with some spices thrown in.

T/M-Citrus flavor that is intertwined with a good hoppy bitterness that led to a good experience for me

O-Another great brew from the Holy Trinity from Avery.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a bright gold colored body with about three fingers of frothy head. This beer pored like it should have been in an advertisement. It has a spicy sweet and mildly sweet aroma. It has true Belgian style taste. It is very sweet to start but gets gradually bitter as you go. It almost has a pumpkin spice melon like aftertaste. The mouthfeel has both minor alcohol and carbonation bites.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Salvation pours a truly golden color (not quite yellow not quite amber). Limited head and laciness put that is ok. There is very little carbonation as well. The smell is more bready in my opinion then say malty. A complex smell with some fruitiness but only if your looking. Definite Belgian qualites with a sweeter smell and some apricots to it.

Salvation has a well-rounded taste to it. Surprising by its 9% ABV, the breadiness is the first thing that I notice when taking a taste. A pleasing malt flavor that isn’t overpowering, the beer and mixes nice with the sweet and sour of the beers tangibles. The fruitiness in the beer is consistent more of an apricot that is too ripe. I think the yeast creates this unique flavor. There are hints of spices such as white pepper, maybe coriander, but only noticeable it you really look for it. The alcohol is blended well but there is a noticeable bite at the end of the taste coming from the hops. This might be what people don’t like about Salvation, but I think it brings a new and good flavor to the table.

Overall I think this is a good beer. I would say that this isn’t a good example of a Belgium Golden Ale style, but rather as an “American” style belgium golden ale. Very smooth and taste, a bit more hoppier and a high alcohol that is not noticeable. Salvation at last.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Salvation is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a tulip or pear shaped stemmed glass or goblet. This finely tuned Belgian-style Golden Ale pours up ever so softly with a large, pillowy white head that sits craggily over a hazy, deep golden-blaze orange body. The enticing aroma is filled with a nice intermingling of earthy (grassy/haylike), spicy (lemon pepper, turmeric, vanilla) & hugely fruity (dried apricot, banana, peach pit) estery notes. There's also just a hint of alcoholic warmth along with some delectable honeyish malt notes underlying the delicate, ephemeral hop accenuated aroma.The satisfying flavor starts off quite fruity with a soft, luscious candied maltiness that carries into a slightly earthy, spicy hop influenced bitterness which takes over to deliver a harmonious finish with a surreptitious alcoholic warmth. Avery's Salvation is a luxurious elixir that shows just how dangerously drinkable this style can be. Pop a top on one and be delivered!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of mmcave
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Sam right next to the collaboration not litigation ale. Chilled and poured into watou goblet, nice creamy pure white head one finger thick with wonderful snow like lumpy lacing. Body is a warm peach-ish amber color with blond highlights, clear warm and reflective. The aroma is fresh and clean I get juicy pear esters right up front with that sort of spicy/ peppery character, which is slightly less apparent in this than some Belgian Strong Pales. Taste is again fresh and crisp with more light esters, some pear and maybe even apple coming toward the midsection with a slight tart bitterness, and a dry finish. The alcohol might be just a little too much if I was drinking with food, but for just drinking its fine with me. Totally worth a try nice take on a B.S.P. ale.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful orangeish huge with a big white frothy head on it. it looks beautiful in my snifter. the smell is 100% mandarin oranges, it took me a second to point it out, but i think it smells like mandarin oranges. taste at first is of oranges, then a more complex fruity and alcohol flavor takes over, mouthfeel is kinda dry but not bad by any stretch of the imagination. good beer, avery is in my opinion one of the best american breweries out there.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another underrated beer. Maybe I am not experienced enough with the style to appreciate it. But if Unibroue put out the same beer it would get rated better. Pours a golden hue with a nice white head yeasty, and spicy, and very smooth, sweet but no sweeter than alot of others. ABV is impossible to detect. Another solid offering from Avery. I hope people start giving Avery a little more respect.

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Photo of eltoppdog
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep and complex flavor.

At first smell I was confused because I could only smell intense maltiness. Further probing turns up smells of butter and a very slight hoppiness.

Golden yellow in color, a very beautiful color that shows off it's easy drinking, yet deep flavor.

At first it hits you with a pretty intense sweet maltiness (for a belgian golden ale), then slowly gives way to a hoppy, slightly bitter taste which almost at the same time hits you with a buttery taste. I enjoy that the intense sweetness is then knocked down quite a bit with the hop taste and smooth butter.

Very easy to drink, however it is pretty rich and far too deep of a flavor to enjoy as a refreshing beer on a hot day as I usually do with belgian style golden ales.

I'll be buying this again for sure. The $6+ price tag isn't too bad for 9% and great taste.

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Photo of beerogre
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the second time I've tried Avery Salvation, and I have to say that it is every bit as good as I remembered it from the first occasion.

I normally like to try something new when I go the beer store and these days, with the much improved availability of craft beer in this part of Central Florida, that is always a possibility. So it speaks volumes for this beer that I opted to sample it again, so soon after my first encounter with it, when there were plenty of other tempting, untried offerings on the shelves.

Normally appearance is not something that is going to make or break a beer for me and I considered it to be the least important amongst the evaluation categories, but I must say that the clean, clear amber presentation is worthy of top marks, being more striking than any other beer in recent memory.

This beer drinks so well it's hard to believe that it's 9% abv - It reminds me of some the golden ales I used to drink all night back in England and they would probably be about 3.8%.

I feel I could drink this all night as well, at least until I fell under the table after dancing around with my underpants on my head.

Yes indeed - yet another winner from Avery, who are seriously working their way into contention of becoming my favourite brewery. For me, this is definitely one of those Desert Island beers, oft discussed and nominated in the forum.

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Photo of pkalix
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

that last review is exactly my review- right down to the 22oz poured into a duvel tulip glass.
no foam whatsoever, smells just like a belgian with its fruitiness and bitterness.
a little tart, a little thin, but overall a great brew and it hides the alcohol well. not that hiding it is the goal, but that it is behind some of the other flavors and not prevalent.

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