Salvation | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,056 |  Reviews: 532
Photo of mickeymac
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's gold with a fairly thick and sticky white head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. The smell is slightly sweet with a hint of must. It also has a slight medicinal smell with noticeable alcohol. The taste is pleasant but it's a bit off for the style. Up front, the flavor is sweet but the hops do kick in for a nice little surprise. They didn't seem to skimp on the use of candi sugar and the taste of it is quite pronounced; however, despite the lack of subtlety, it's an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange bodied with a tight, creamy, off-white head. Relatively small, but retains and laces well. Totally clear.
Some fruity peach aromas, along with some belgian maltiness (slightly sweet and bready). Lacks any real yeast pizazz. Hints of solvent-like alcohol. Hop-load flexes and looks at itself in the mirror. It is out-of-place, but blissfully ignorant.
Taste begins with an emphasis on the belgian candi-sugar. Confection-like sweetness with hints of orange and peach. Gingerbread hues color the background. Turns sharply hoppy and drying at this point. Mostly floral with some lemongrass notes. This lemon-floralness rides long into the finish and mingles with the residual sugar. Again, it lacks the yeast complexities associated with the style.
Light-medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Quite nice in the mouth. Easy drinking.
This is an American reinvention of the belgian classic. But to be honest, this reminds me more of an "imperial pilsener" than anything.

Cool-ass bottle, though.

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Photo of BKotch
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with a smallish white head. There's sweetness up front in the nose and palate that lead to a little more pronounced hoppiness than I expect in this style (and not the right hop flavor at that). As with this brewer's attempt at a quad, where's that musty, yeasty complexity that's so identifiable with Belgian beers? A moderate amount of carbonation, but not enough for the style, either. A bit disappointing, this Avery product seemed more like a pumped-up (alcohol-wise) American pale ale.

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Photo of marc77
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The initially thick, creamy, white settles into a thin but persistant lace laving layer. The aroma is comprised of honey - like sweetness upfront and in ensued by phenol and solvent - like fusels and an odd hint of acetone. Sweet, and slightly cidery in flavor, w/ peppery alcohol flavors and clove. Thinly bodied and almost dry from the high apparent attenuation. Copious use of light candi sugar or dextrose is quite evident in the very warming alcoholic finish. Although a decent brew, Salvation seemed a bit rough, lacking the deceiving smoothness and complexity of other Strong Goldens. That acetone (nail - polish) note in the aroma is a bit offputting. Although I'm a bit dissapointed, I will gladly finish the bottle.

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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copperish golden color. Formed a very light white head which left some nice lace. Slight citrus and malt aroma to it with a slight hint of alcohol. Alot of carbonation which is common for this style. Taste was of light citrus and malt with some alcohol present. Not the best representation of this style.

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Photo of mattmaples
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok this "Belgian Stong Golden" would never be mistaken for a true Belgian but it has great flavor none the less. Slightly fruity, good malt flavor, appripriate alcohol intensity, but just a little too much Goldings. The hop flavor is nice and works well with the beer over all but if they were going for a true Belgian style I think they went just a tad too far. I found myself going back for more (more than once) and it is definately a worthy beer.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings