Salvation | Avery Brewing Company

SalvationSalvation
BA SCORE
69.5%
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3.83 w/ 1,055 Ratings
SalvationSalvation
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
532
Ratings:
1,055
Liked:
733
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
11.49%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
114
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,055 |  Reviews: 532
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma, cloudy orange, a nice head with lace. Hoppy yet creamy, grapefruit bitterness on palate. Another purposely over-the-top hopped-up Avery. Full mouthfeel, some spicyness and drying finish. Would have been fine with hope restraint. Maybe some cellaring. Thanks Tupalev.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and some very peach and apricot like fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a distinct peach flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I especially like the peach flavor I am getting out of this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wow, buttery colored and fluffy headed salvation looks tempting! smells of butterscotch and over ripe peaches. also that classic belgian yeast. tastes a bit fruity, again the peaches, and there is a unique sweetness that works well here. it could be more carbonated, which would give it a lighter/brighter feeling in the mouth, but the lack of super carbonation makes the flavors stand out distinctly. this is a fantastic series of beers from avery, and along with the reverend are in my opion the two best brews they make. really different for a belgian pale

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a golden yellow color with some haze to it. The head on the beer was big white and thick looking. The smell was yeasty and had a touch of spices on the nose. The taste of the beer reflects those same aspects. The spicy notes come through in the aftertaste and leave a light warming sensation I the mouth. The mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side, not too bad. Overall it's not the best Belgian Strong ale but it's probably worth a try.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down but consistently left a pillow of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruity yeast in the nose—apricots and peaches seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has complex flavors of fruity yeast, notes of candi sugar and hints of earth yeast and peppery spices, the latter of which are most noticeable in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness throughout the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the complex taste of this beer. Although this is a beer that you need to slowly sip, the alcohol isn't too noticeable in the taste.

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

Good to see American breweries creating great Belgian Style beers. Avery doesn't quite get it right this time round. A strong straw, almost golden color with a light haze and good head retention. Smells very fruit (peaches and pears) and lightly peppery with a promise of heated alcohol. Flavors of peaches, pears, mangos, pineapples,.... along with spicy Belgian sugars attribute to high alcohols (too much for the style) and a bite-ey, almost husk-ey bitterness in the throat. Finishes sweet, dry, and a bit too hot and fusal. Still too good of flavors to allow the flaws to ruin the beer. I will drink again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (and foil covering) served into a pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the ABV. Colour is a clear yellow-gold.

Sm: Lightly hoppy, with pleasant yeast, light candied sugar, and potential crystal malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite yeasty - which I love. Some light cream is present on the open and fades. A touch of candied sugar is noticeable and pleasant, but not overstated. Light unobtrusive malted barley forms the foundation, which is simple bet effective, pleasant, and refreshing. It's quite nicely balanced, but a bit simple. Some alcohol intrudes just after the climax.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick for a golden ale, but it's forgivable. It doesn't get in the way of the nice flavours.

Dr: The alcohol shows up in the flavours, bringing the drinkability down a bit. You couldn't session this. It's a nice little Belgian Golden Ale in spite of its simplicity. I'd have it again either aged or on-draught, but for my money I'd sooner have Russian River Damnation if I'm going to be drinking this style.

Would pair very well with food.

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Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Salvation pours a copper color, nearly crystal-clear, with quickly receeding foam. Smell is phenolic, also a hint of malt. Bubbles manage to ring the glass, but carbonation is not very apparent. Definitely not as lively as many Belgian pale ales.

Taste is sweet candy sugar and malt/barley. It's thick and syrupy in the mouth, almost whiskeyish. Alcohol is present, on the verge of overshadowing the downplayed malt & barley flavors. Bottle claims to have "authentic Belgian yeast" but none comes through in the flavor, or is visible in the bottle. Drinkabilty suffers due to the syrupy texture and alcohol presence.

Overall it's not a bad Belgian-style ale, but a bit too jacked up, like other "extreme" American craft brews.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with decent head and lacing

Smell: Yeasty Belgian nose with vague hints of candi sugar, banana and coriander

Taste: Lots of interesting fruity and spicy flavors up front - peaches, black pepper and cardamom; after the swallow, an unusual dry bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style but this one stands out as a very refined example with the iconoclastic character you would expect from Avery

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out an amber/ornge color with a thick, two-finger head. Leaves great lacing down the entire glass.

S - Smelled of pine, grasses, cinnamon, alcohol and yeast.

T - Could really taste the malt and a clove flavor. Also, th eyeast and alcohol were very present.

M - It is soft and smooth. Medium-bodied.

D - Another great "big bottle" beer from Avery. And a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a clean dark golden color ale with a small foamy head with little retention. Aroma of candi sugar is a bit overpowering and doesn’t allow for much else. Taste is very sweet with very little yeast or spices characteristics. Alcohol is pretty subdued but a bit too one-dimensional and boring in my own opinion.

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Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.5% out of 100 with 1,055 ratings
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