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Salvation | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
530
Ratings:
1,048
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
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27
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108
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Photo of Labeorphile
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a large wine glass. Thick head quickly settles leaving lacing behind. Color is pear with haziness.

Smell is amazing. Candy sugar, banana, clove, an amazing mix.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't live up. Somewhat bland, peppery, and too much alcohol. Disappointed based on what I smelled.

Mouth feel is a little thin and carbonated.

A good beer, I just wish it tasted as good as it smelled.

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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 buschbeer
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It looks like ginger ale when poured. It is light amber with golden highlights. It is topped with a fleeting off-white head.

It has a sweet, sugary aroma. There is a little spice.

The taste has a candy-like sweetness. It is followed with a little malt and spice. Then there is some alcohol.

Moderate mouthfeel with low carbonation.

This beer is super sweet. I am just not sure what else to say besides that. It is not pleasant.

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Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a mini snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Not much of a head. A few white wisps, but nothing else.

Smell - Booze is quite apparent. Citrus and pineapple. Belgian sugars. Pale malts.

Taste - Bright esters up front and a touch of spice. Very fruity. Pineapple, apples, some spice behind it. Boozy and a lot of pale malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and a lot more alcohol than I expected. Harsh. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I finished it, but it didn't seem worth finishing. Too alcoholic, even at 9%.

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Photo of gobrewsome
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brought in pint glass by server at pizza joint good sign they had avery in al A- golden honey hue slightly cloudy with thin white head extensive lace. S- some banana fruity slight spiciness slight pear and etoh T- peppery on front and finish follows with some sweet pear/banana slight bitterness MF-moderate carbonation med feel lasting bitter mild overall impressed with peppery spicy med body goes well with pizza wife loves it

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased for $7.99. Bottled on January 10, 2013. Poured into a small wine glass.

An excellent beer. Comparable to Duvel. Do the blind taste and report back.

A – Pours a slightly cloudy (-) golden color, dense white one-finger head, nice white lacing.

S – Spicy, lightly peppery, some pear.

T – Crisp, yeasty, dry, some bitterness.

MF – Light body, sharp mouth feel from good carbonation, with a slight smoothness/creaminess.

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Photo of Ranz
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: In my Firewheel tulip, it pours a rich, two-finger head above a clear golden hue. The color is really quite nice, and the lacing is thick and aggressive.

S: As the bottle suggests, I hint some cinnamon and apricot alongside some banana-yeast notes. There's some light citrus here, too--lemon, perhaps?

T: Up front, the flavor's a bit bland, especially in relation to the nose. However, it follows through with candied bananas and some spice--it's subtle, but there may be some all-spice there.

M: It's slightly heavy-bodied, but really this is deceptively light in mouthfeel.

O: This is pretty solid, and for $8, this is a decent buy. I'll get it again for buddies who are entering the Belgian realm.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the foil-capped 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 22, 2013.

The pour is orange amber with some cloudiness and a long lasting foamy white head.

The aromas have a bevy of blended characters including toasted pale malts, Belgian sugars, pear, banana, and a little clove and Allspice.

The body is medium, slightly acidic, and smooth.

The taste has more depth than the aroma with many of the same characters and a kind of licorice flavor in the background to boot. Low to moderate bitterness at the end. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the blue dog Chalfont Part of an Avery take over.
Salvation is amber dark somewhat cloudy with a pretty head sitting atop the brew.
Aroma is spicy malty and fruity hint of alcohol too. Candied sugar compliment the light bouquet but also suggest a high ABV.
Taste has some fruitiness such as apples and pears and is also spicy with corrinder or yeast.
Finish is dry and with some warming alcohol.
Salvation to my knowledge is only seen rarely here in sepa so a chance to bag it was a big goal and to my satasfaction was worthy.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a golden orange color with a one finger cloudy white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave some islands of foam and some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of lighter fruit aromas or citrus, pear and apple with other more standard Belgian aromas of yeast and some spice. The clove and coriander aromas are the heaviest of the spice aromas with them combining with a light alcohol smell to produce a sweet and warming aroma.

Taste – The taste was much breadier then would have been anticipated. It starts out with a bready and malty flavor with a bit of doughiness and fruitiness of citrus. The fruit flavors grow slightly stronger more toward the middle with a light apricot and peach joining the citrus. Around this time so too comes a yeasty flavor, some candied sugar sweetness and hints of spice. The spices of coriander, pepper, and clove grow stronger to the end and are all the while joined by a lighter alcohol booziness which in the end combined with the rest to leave a somewhat drier and malty Belgian flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a decent amount of tiny carbonation bubbles that tingle the tongue. Both the thinner body and prickly carbonation are quite nice for the fruity flavors of the brew and make for a somewhat refreshing brew and when mixed with the alcohol flavor creates a nice sipping brew.

Overall – A pretty decent Belgian golden strong with a good deal of breadiness, not too much sweetness and a fairly nice creamy feel. One that is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with one-and-a-half-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a minute or two. Great lacing.

S: Belgian spice and yeast. Citrus, clove, pepper.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Bubble gum and spice. Hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Alcoholic and warm going down. Crisp.

O: Solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Looks nice, has a vibrant smell, and tastes like it should.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Gold with a slight orange tinge, moderate carbonation, at first appears crystal clear, but when you look up close there's white particles floating everywhere. 3 finger slight yellow head.

S: Yeasty, Belgian yeast smell reminds me of Duvel, Leffe Blonde, and La Terrible, and there's a slight blue cheese strength.

T: Alcohol of 9% hidden very well. The Belgian yeast strain mentioned above comes through, and the slight blue cheese quality without the stink also comes through. Duvel, Leffe blond, but there is a strength due to the high alcohol that gives a bite.

M: Heavy body for a light colour beer, probably due to the alcohol level, high carbonation.

O: Very authentic Belgian taste, with a heavy alcohol bite, and a bottle that looks like something from a Medieval art history class. Really enoying this one.

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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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Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About three fingers of white head that fade into a thin layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of spicy yeast with big esters of citrus. Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper spices. Hints of banana and pear fruit along with Belgian candied sugars. Soft pale malts with hints of wheat, grains, biscuit, and cracker. Big aroma of citrus with hints of orange, lemon zest, apricot, mango, pineapple, and peach. Perfume like scents with a decent presence of herbal hops in the background. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Spicy, yeasty, and fruity like the aroma. Belgian yeast with some clove and peppers. Also a light hint of cinnamon and nutmeg spice. A fair amount of candied sugar. Notes of fruit including banana and pear. Soft malts and grains with a taste of wheat, biscuit, and cracker. Solid taste of citrus fruits with notes of orange, lemon, apricot, peach, mango, and pineapple. Fairly herbal and earthy. A fairly unique and tasty take on the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and fairly drying. Thinner than expected for the style, but the high alcohol is still hidden well.

Overall: A solid version of a Belgian Pale Ale. Has a good mix of fruit esters.

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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 mbunje
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber, poured into Tulip glass

A. Golden color, big frothy head which settles to only a ring around the edge. Good lacing. The beer is opaque/cloudy.

S. tart fruit like apricot or nectarine and also Brady notes. Smells heavy if that is possible

T. Like it smells. Tart fruit on the front, followed by biscuity malt. Rich, chewy. A little alcohol burn. Could be smoother.

MF. Not enough carbonation. Too hot with the alcohol burn. Not syrupy but not crisp either.

Overall. Middle of the road. Not smooth enough to rate as top off class Belgian Strong Ale. A good warmer though. Smell was unique in a good way. Too thick and biscuity for my taste.

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Photo of denver10
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours dirty golden with a white head. Both the aroma and flavor are dominated by the Belgian yeast, floral, banana, and spices. Also present is some lemon. The yeast is way too strong in this one for me, I did not like it. An active, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, not a balanced brew for me. Less yeast, please,.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 Murrhey
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a 12oz plastic cup at Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half creamy white head. Minute-long retention with beautiful lacing. Rich coppery gold color with crystal clear lacing.

S- White wheat and yeasts, but sour smelling. Tart and funky. Orange wit smells.

T- Yeasty and tart. Funky and some booze. The yeast adds a bitter twinge to the flavor. Wit bier. Not sure how I feel about it.

M- Chewy and heavy carbonation leads to a thick and creamy feel. Complex and nice.

O- This is a sick beer, I'm glad I scored it.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell was frighteningly zesty and astringent, but although there's plenty of citrusy hops in the flavour, it's not overpoweringly terrible.
It's not very complex, but it is delicious. It's just yeasty and alcoholic enough to make the citrus flavour delicious. Despite the strength, it would be a good summer beer. If it's nighttime. It's not much fun in the winter, though.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle not dated

Avery Salvation Belgian Style Golden Ale filled my snifter with a cloudy almost”burnt” orange gold color that produced an ample white bubbly head. The aroma is malty; Belgian candy sugar, lemony, light peach, and spicy. The taste is sweet and malty upfront, followed by citrus and peppery/spicy suggestions of nutmeg and cinnamon. A light alcohol warming makes its presence know at the finish. There are enough hops to keep the Ale balanced. Mouth feel is medium, a little champagne-like, with a light smooth but a little sticky finish.

If you are a fan of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style Avery Salvation Golden Ale is sure worth a try! – I am glad I did.

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Photo of spoony
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A-The beer is a clear, orange-tinted amber color. There was a solid, two-finger head of white foam that left nice lacing on the glass.

S-I picked a hint of apple, some other sweet tropical fruit notes, a whiff of alcohol, and - as the beer warmed, especially - some clove spiciness. However, the smell did not really mesh well for me and there was a slight rotten smell that crept up...almost like cheese. Not a good funk.

T-Upfront I got light malts and sweetness with some of the aforementioned apple fruit and alcohol warmth. This beer isn't hot, but the alcohol isn't completely hidden, either. Not much in the way of bitter hop flavors, but there was a touch of spice (aside from the clove) that was hop-ish. Again, however, the flavors did not meld well and I picked up an off, cheesy flavor.

M-Pretty creamy for a pale ale-type beer with a substantial sweetness. The carbonation is moderate, but it is quite fine compared to other beers of the same style.

O-This beer is not bad by any means, (the slight off flavor I mentioned is very slight), but I just couldn't "get into it." Perhaps in a beer style such as this one, in which there are hundreds of great beers, Salvation just did not stack up.

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Photo of TCMike
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- 1 1/2 finger white head. Color is hazy straw.
Smell- banana, citrus, hint of alcohol.
Taste- Similar, but more sweetness, and a hint of hop bite on the end of drink. Medium mouth-feel, some what high carbonation.
Very nice, sipper of a beer.

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Photo of Maltmaiden
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden to orange color. Tiny bit hazy. Tiny head that goes away sorta quickly and leaves bits of lacing. Carbonation is there.

I smell apricot and to a lessor extent banana. The apricot is so strong that I can hardly smell just a faint suggestion of floral hops and some malty sweetness. Also a bit of alcohol.

The taste of the apricot definitely comes through but thankfully not as intensely. Alcohol at 9%, has a strong presence: like a gin or vodka. Heavy on the malt and barely any bitter hops.

Smooth medium mouthfeel/body. A little stickiness that turns into dryness from the alcohol.

Definitely a sipper. I was nervous when I read on the side that it had nutmeg and cinnamon but was glad when I didn’t detect it (not a huge fan). However, I wish they would have masked the alcohol better and I wish the smell wasn’t so overpowered from the apricot. Eh. There has to be a better representation of this style.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.
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