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: 1,055
Photo of Boto
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber: This one pours a darker golden color. There was a limited amount of head on it, and it died off quickly. There is a very apealing aroma to this beer. No one scent is on top, but I get definite notes of apricots, nutmeg, and some yeastiness. The taste is quite slick. There aare the peaches and apricots in there, as well as some spiciness. I like this alot!

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Photo of IceAce
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented with an orange / copper body and a dense light tan collar of foam. An earthy nose of dry malt, yeast, and cookie dough.

Taste is chewy dough and Belgian yeast focused on the rear of the palate. Yeasties continue their gripthrough the swallow and do a slow Belgian fade on the finish.

Truly excelleny mouthfeel and a highly drinkable Belgian Strong.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, peachy, deep golden hue, ample, creamy white foam sitting on top.
Big sweetness in the nose, a little sour, too, but full of citric flavors, lemon, orange, apricot, very spicy and spritzy as well, almost too candy-ish in the sweet factor, though.
Taste...a bit sticky on the palate, big, bold peppery flavor, a bit too much so...rather brisk, with a sourness sticking near the oddly cloying mouthfeel, laying thick on the tongue and lasting long in the mouth.
This dies off a bit, and it's a bit easier to take, later, the sweetness is subdued, relaxed, less obnoxious...still, not a spot-on tripel like we'd like...hard to peg this attempt at a tripel, as it doesn't quite nail it, but you've got to like it for trying, at least.
Gorgeous bottle, though...

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Photo of marburg
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I recall, the description of this I was given from someone said "it's like champagne." That's a load of shit, but this is pretty good nonetheless.

Syrupy-looking golden orange in color. Zero head. Big, fruity, malty aromas laced with candi sugar and a moderate dash of spicy hops -- apricot, sugar, and spice. Quite sweet and sugary, this begins with a load of sweet fruit and dried apricot and develops into a slightly more zesty mid palate before closing with sweet, biting alcohol and mild hops. Decent Belgian imitator.

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Photo of alexAK
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a slight amber...reminds me a bit of a pale ale. The head is fairly healthy though it's a little thin. The aroma is enough to remind me of that "Belgian goodness". This continues with my first sip, but I feel there could be more agressiveness here. I find the maltiness pleasant, but towards the end of the drink it seems a little shallow.

That said, I find it very drinkable, maybe even dangerously so. I paired this with a simple ham sandwhich. Not bad at all.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.19/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

appearance/pour: pours an unspectacular light orange with small head which quickly evaporates into a thick cluster of bubbles stuck to one side of the glass. lightly carbonated.

aroma: smells malty, like a tripel.. but much lighter and somewhat fruity. thought of don de dieu on my first sniff.

taste: surprisingly bitter- lemon rind is evident along with strong malts and a high alcohol taste. the scent would leave you to believe there is a nice caramel taste here, but nothing. surprisingly flat taste.

mouthfeel: syrupy and hard going down.

this beer isn't bad, but compared to others in a similar style it leaves much to be desired. good american tripels are few and far between (golden monkey!) and this is no exception. avery is usually quality but i cannot go on the books recommending this.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Large brown bomber, gold foil top, 9& abv, ingredients (Rocky Mountain Water, imported Belgian malted barley, Belgian candy sugar, Syrian Goldings hops and authentic Belgian yeast) No date, but no matter.
Aroma: Nice Belgian fruity nose, banana, apple, white grape, spicy yeast smell, very inviting.
Appearance: Rich clear gold chalice with large carbonation bubbles rapidly forming and rising. Nice white head collapsed into a collar and thin cover, but lacing already.
Lace faded rather quickly and the second pour just left some soda bubbles and no head at all.
Flavor: Flavor is a bit thin for the style and for me. It has a bit of a “malt liquor” taste to me; the sugar seems to be contributing a lot to the alcohol content. Has a slight metallic edge to the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, subdued carbonation.
Overall Impression: Popped this for a Christmas day treat (the name seemed appropriate), and I’m tempted to drain pour the second glass. Belgian style, but not Belgian. Alcohol isn’t hidden at all, and doesn’t meld well with the beer. I get a raw alcohol aftertaste that is turning my stomach. It’s almost vodka like in its intensity. I refuse to “endure” a beer on Christmas, this one is going bye-bye. Nose is good, initial taste is good, then… ick. Not much to look at and the mouthfeel just doesn’t do much. A harsh review for Avery I’m afraid. I’ve enjoyed others, but this one is just wrong, and it is really just the aftertaste.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awfully pale in color, but it pours with just enough of a head to be able to keep a stringy lace flowing around the glass. I'm a lace fan. The hops are very sweet, with bits of honey and very ripe tangerines. Hints of candy-like spices and dried fruit sneak through the rest of the beer. Overall, it was very a sweet beer that is light on the taste buds but full of flavors.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This belgium style goden ale is very good. It pjored a medium deep golden yellow, with no foam or lace. The smell and taste were both of spices, hop's and a mild fruitiness. Not over powering but pleasant to the palate. The only place I could find this Avery brew, was in Colorado.

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Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger man in NYC, this one pours light golden, clear, with a medium white head, tiny bubbles evident. It leaves fine , wispy and plentiful lacing and sheets of lace. Good looking stuff!
Nose is slighty sweet and spicy. Light maltyness up front,snappy,spicy hops also show up on the tongue. Notes of vanilla,anise, ,juniper, alcohol. Belgian yeast phenolics. tasty and dangerously drinkable stuff. Fine, complex brew. Nice bold, Americanized take on the style

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first bier today was Lucifer. Now Salvation. Is there any statement there? :-)

This bier has a clear, medium copper color, with a thin, finely beaded head, which leaves a trace o' lace inside the goblet. Carbonation bubbles within the liquid are few and far between. Nose seems to be an odd cross between toasty malt, tropical fruit and light hoppiness. Body is decent, a good medium, with a touch of chewiness, and the bier passes cleanly and smoothly across the tongue. Flavor has, what seems to me, a big hit of some caramel.... This nice sweetness combines with some hints of tropical-like fruit (as in the nose), with a tasty floral hop presence at the finish. Not your typical Belgian Strong Pale, but still a tasty offering.


overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of aracauna
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear true amber body that catches the light wonderfully and seems to actively glow. The head is smaller and fades more quickly than I’d like considering the style, but I can’t take off too much for that. Very ripe stone fruit and clove in the aroma. The flavor is dry one sip and sweet the next with a bit of caramel and a bit of dry hay in the malt. The heat of the alcohol is felt, but it doesn’t overpower the rest of the beer. Every once in a while I get a wish of sour dishrag, but it’s not strong and not always there.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich golden/caramel color with about a finger of head from a 22oz bottle. Had some carbonation. It had an average smell with spice overtones. The mouthfeel was excellent - very creamy and went down very smooth. The drinkability was also excellent. You've want to drink several but the 9% ABV will slow you down some. Another great beer from Avery.

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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 GeoffRizzo
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright dark yellow in color. A very thin, yet capped off white head. Decent carbonation. Belgium spices, some malts and yeast grace the nose. Very sweet, thick and crisp malt up front. Spicy, great hop bite, some floral and citrus notes as well. The body is very sweet, cotton candy and sugary offerings, very smooth, well rounded and crisp. Yeast-like characteristics are formed in the middle of this beverage, but the hops seem a bit more up front. Hints of alcohol are followed by a decent belly-warming effect. This beer was pretty good, may rank low in it's class of Belgian SPA's, yet that class is already stacked pretty well. The Salvation should be enjoyed by most!

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Photo of rdrummer
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not my favorite brew from Avery, but it will help to pass the night in a storm. The beer pours a clear, golden color with a small head and little lacing. It has a pleasant aroma of maltiness with hints of clove, anise, and pineapple. The taste is sweeter than most Belgian's of this variety. It is remindful of sugar and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla. The sweetness is evocative of the malt but there isn't a big malt flavor. Little hops bitterness, perhaps a little more would have balanced this and made it more drinkable. After a bomber of it, I was looking for a big IPA to pucker the mouth a little. I like salvation but The Reverend and The Beast.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - not much head, just a few pockets of bubbles sitting on top. A very pretty tangerine, clear color. Final pour is just the opposite, creating a cloudy opaque wall with the addition of the bottom-dwelling sediment.

Aroma - pleasantly fruity, some token malts, but initially dominated by intense boozy vapors. After a few minutes they balance out fairly well, better than I was expecting at least.

Taste - mot much malt can be picked up. This is a fruit and alcohol beer. Some candi sugar flavors up front, but taste 'em fast because the alcohol train shows up right away. From there the taste never really recovers. Alcohol warmth abounds and thwarts this beer's chance of any complexity. Not bad, but on the brash side. Eventually will reveal some spiciness as it warms, allspice, cinnamon maybe, which saves it from being an altogether average beer.

Mouthfeel - some good carbonation and some fine smoothness do well to enhance the taste experience. The best part of this beer along with its appearance.

Drinkability - Nah, I'll pass. Some interesting and appealing moments, but unless I have another one of these in storage, I wouldn't pursue it again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color with a 1" head that quickly disappated. Some very light lacing developed. The aroma was of malt, spice, and citrus. The flavor was of malt, citrus, spice, and a hint of honey.

This was medium bodied and was quite flat (very little carbonation at all). The mouthfeel was very smooth with a slightly dry grainy finish. The citrus lingered on the tongue after swallowing. This was a little to strong on the citrus tones which cuts back the drinkability.

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Photo of bditty187
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear tawny gold in hue, there was no animation; it looked dull aside from a few random floating/suspended yeasties. The head almost reached a finger in height before subsiding to a foamy, loose cap. The retention of the cap was fantastic as it lasted throughout the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was patchy but prevalent. The nose has decent potency; it is strong enough to get its point across. I really like the fruitiness; it is peachy and a little lemony, juicy like a Starburst. The malt shines, it bready and definitely Belgian but I swear it had an English suggestion. Without question the loudest feature of the nose is the candied sugar sweetness, which intermingles ideally with a hint of alcohol. The nose is subdued and quite pleasant. Inviting. At room temperature the complexities are fully bloomed, fantastic! The alcohol, on the palate, stands stark naked thumbing its nose at any sense of mellow, well-crafted flavors. The candied sugar also runs buck wild, which fueled the alcohol I’m sure. The sweetness is stiff and raw; it is reminiscent of alcoholic sugar water. The peachy and banana fruitiness can’t find a home, I can taste it but I can’t place it. It works in harmony with the sweetness and it tries to stand up to the alcohol. ‘Tries’ is the key word. The malt does find a home towards the finish; it is lovely, very bready with a kiss of biscuit, like an EPA. But don’t get me wrong with is a powerful Belgian Golden Ale. I’d like a more noticeable hoppiness and less sweetness. This beer is damn good ‘as is’ but examples like Unibroue 11 or even Duvel blow Salvation out of the water. They are just better crafted. Avery’s example is complex but forceful, in other words it has been Americanized. The more I quaffed the more the hops were seen, still I need more, also the yeast characteristics grew too, green apples and distant hints of vanilla as well. No matter how soft the flavors got this was still a little too brutish. But it grew on me. Sometimes I like it rough! Full bodied. Low but natural carbonation helps create a pleasant mouthfeel. Even at 9% abv and even thought it is poorly hidden I found this to be very drinkable, sip, savor, repeat until there is no more liquid. I purchased a 22-ounce bottle in Loveland, CO. I should have bought more.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a goblet. The color is hazy golden, with a wispy head. The smell is sweet, coriander-ish, and full of alcohol. The taste is malty and slight candi sugar sweet, with a spiciness, and a fairly strong alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a couple, but the alcohol is too noticable for sustainability.

A good if not great tripel. Some nice sweetness and coriander spicing, but a bit too much alcohol present in the beer. I'd have it again if I saw it around, but wouldn't really actively seek it out.

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Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color.

Smell is malty and a little spicy.

Taste is malty with a bit of wheat bran flavor. There is also a raw honey flavor to this and a bit of sage taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

It is a drinkable brew, but it is just a bit too dominating a brew to really be drinkable, more like sipable for dessert.

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Photo of granger10
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a crystal clear bronzish orange color. The head was white in color but quite weak. Moderate lacing along the glass. The smell was very nice, fruity sweet and bready. The taste was very sweet upfront. I noticed a strong honey flavor initially then a peach fruit sweetness. Yeasty base was light and airy. Hops are quite prevalent towards the end which is odd for a Belgian but the hop bitterness was quite good. The sweetness was a bit cloying but the hop bite threw that off. Finish is dry and smooth. This beer is lighter in body and easy drinking but I probably couldn't have too many because of the sweetness. Definitely a beer worth trying.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very decent brew, this Ale poured out of the tap a respectable light amber colour. The aroma was rich with cloves and vanilla, and truth be told, the flavour did not follow far behind. A solid offering by Avery. It went very well with a spicy quesedilla at one of my local haunts.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of ark57
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a glowing clear orange-gold with a white head that dissipates fast. The head is lacking, but the lovely color makes up for it. There is candy sugar, malty grains, a spiciness, and citrus in the aroma. Fruity esters jump out at first in the taste. The body is coating, though not quite syruppy, but almost oily slick. There is also some yeastiness and a light spritzy carbonation. The finish is lightly spicy (styrian goldings are evident) and the alcohol rears its head. A dangerously delicious beer.

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Photo of sublimesipping
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at my neighborhood pub. Overall a good american representation of a belgian trippel. color a light honey amber with a creamy whiteish-beige foam head. Nice clarity and lacing in the glass. Aroma notes of almond, amaretto ,and cloves. Taste of spicy anise and bannas with a subtle hint of alchohol lingering at the finish. body felt a bit thin, and this seemed to affect the clarity of the flavor throughout. I did enjoy this beer and felt that it offered good qualtiy drinkablity for the style.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,055 ratings.
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