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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Reviews: 532 | Ratings: 1,056
Photo of Pooba001
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 22oz. bottle, cellared for about 2 months. Very nice appearance, dark goldish orange color, small amount of puffy, lacey head. Smell is excellent, malty, with hints of nutmeg spice and a touch of hops. Taste is a good balance of malt and the spices, with a little fruitiness, and that noticable high ABV kick. Mouthfeel is distinctly better than average, and drinkability is acceptable. On the whole this is a fairly unique beer, definitely worth trying, and one I'd like to keep around for when I'm in the mood for it.

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

Appearance – Bright orange in color with a modest head, probably due to the high alcohol content.

Smell – The medicinal alcohol jumps out first followed by the sweet malty base and a lively hop compliment.

Taste – The malt and hop combo work wonderfully together at the taste. They are perfectly in synch and provide a wonderful BSPA flavor. The coriander and white pepper spices compliment this nicely, and the sharp alcohol keeps the drinker focused.

Mouthfeel – This is a little larger than medium in the mouth and very refreshing. It leaves a somewhat sticky residue on the teeth. Interesting all around.

Drinkability – This was an exciting ale and definitely closed the night for me. It’s a wallop and a half, full of BSPA flavors and spices and very satisfying.

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Photo of merlin48
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle with beautiful label. Pours a hazy gold colour with a small but tightly knit head of very small bubbles. Head quickly melts into moderate ring lacing. Complex aroma consists of fruity sweetness up front. Bananas and peaches to my nose, along with plenty of bready yeastiness, a hint of spice, and bubblegum from the candy sugar. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Fuzzy carbonation, breadiness, and a whallop of alcohol. Taste is complex, and changes as the goblet warms from cellar to room temperature. Initial taste is of pale and crystal malts, peach, baked bread, bubblegum, earthiness, orangepeel, and alcohol. The Styrian Goldings hops lend a bittering balance to the assault of candy sweetness. At room temperature, this ale becomes very nicely balanced, both in taste and aroma. Overall, an excellent Belgian style ale from the folks at Avery.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark golden ale that pours quite clear with just a bit of foam that settles nicely into cloud-like arrangements of bubbles. Fruity nose mixed with a bit a cooked corn (DMS?) aroma. (The latter is not a good thing.) Smooth mouthfeel. Starts with a bit of bland maltiness, but then gets more interesting as it goes on, with fruiter flavors and then a burst of hops mixed with a sugary sweetness towards the finish. Perceptibly strong. I like the bitter finish. Could be a little more complex up front, but the finish is very long, bitter and laced with alcohol. Finish is almost a bit harsh. Not mind blowing, but pretty tasty, and I would certainly drink it again.

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

This is a beautiful golden slightly hazy ale with a white creamy head. Head dies down quickly but leaves a nice layer of foam with subtle retention. Aroma is really hoppy that was unexpected by me. Very fruity with hints of cinnamon and peaches in sugar. Very smooth on the palate and slightly syrupy. Flavor is really nice but a tad sweet. I like the sweet though, and the fruitiness seems to be hanging on to a nice malty bottom. This was one of those surprises that you find in beers sometimes. Not what I expected but quite a pleasure none the less.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden brew, that is quite carbonated. Crowned by a cream colored head. Smells of alcohols and esters. A sharp aroma mixed with a musty fruity character. Soft tasting, fairly mellow compared to what I was expecting from the aroma. A bit of alcohol in the finish is detectable, along with a slight mustiness as well. The beer is fruity with notes of apple, maybe a hint of apricot. There is a bit of a sharp edge here too, a combination of the carbonation and fermentation byproducts. This is pretty good stuff, though it is a bit on the thick-bodied side of things.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber golden with an off white honey tinted head creamy texture slightly rocky, leaves behind nice webbed pattern of lacing. Aroma: Rich honey like malt character with a bready yeasty notes, not as complex and fruity as most Belgian style ales. Taste: Flavor rich compex honey, bready, very sweet alcohol with some phenolic tones. Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied chewy mouthfeel syrupy as all hell, a bit cloying not to keen on the sensation it inflicts on my palate. Drinkability: Is somewhere in the middle this is not a Piraat, La Fin du Monde, or Duvel but it's decently tasty anyway you slice it just lacking some crucial elements present iin most belgian style strong ales.

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Photo of philipt
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange color with a smallish light khaki head. Fruity, sweet, and slightly spicey smell. Tangerine, apricot and peach come through in the aroma with a very subtle hop presence. This beer shows more fruit than more traditional Belgian goldens (interpret very loosely). Pale malts, peach, apricot, and a hint of orange are the governing flavors of this ale. There is definitely a sweetness imparted by candi sugar. Also, there is a very pleasant spiciness imparted by the hops. The beer is rather thick and lacks an effervescence and crispness that I expected. The mouthfeel is closer to a strong dark ale than a golden ale.

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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 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 Rumrunner
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

A nice pour. It is a dusky golden color. Bubbles were over whelming at the initial end of the pour. A great head which settled but never quite disappears. Great lacing. The scent is divided in two ways. There is a nice smokey malt and a sweet and sour fruit.

The flavors start with some sour apple candy. The flavor really mellows and becomes malty with caramel. Do not drink this one fast. It evolves. There is a heavy alcohol bite here and it does interfere with the overall flavor.

Medium body and it drinks well. Not the smoothest ale I have had but well made.

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

22oz bomber bottle:

This beer was very enjoyable just like the Reverend was! This beer poured with a glowing golden colour and a huge, fluffy white head. The aromas were of belgian candy sugar, yeast, various spices, and malt. The taste was a good blend of the above mentioned aromas and the mouthfeel was quite light and fluffy for this big belgian ale. The drinkability was very good as well. All in all this is a very good Belgian style golden ale from the folks at Avery...try it if you can!


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Photo of jcalabre
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 10 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer has a very clear golden color w/ a large white head.
Aroma: Salavation has a very pleasant aroma.
Flavor: The taste is sweet. This is an enjoyable beer to drink

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Photo of beerguy101
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity, touches of apricot and peach. A fuller bodied Belgian Ale. Sweet and fruity; peaches, apricots, pineapple, sweet malts and vanilla. Very fizzy carbonation. Touch of candy sugars? Hops are very prominent, floral and citrusy. Very hoppy for a Belgian Ale, but it seems to work somehow. Very smooth taste, hides the 9% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and shining, thick head and laces well. Nose is bright and fruity. Taste is light, hoppy, citrus, some candy sugar and spice and more than a touch of alcohol. Apricots and perfume, finishes dry as it coats the palate.

Easily drinkable despite the high alcohol content. Not the equal of true ales from Belgium but one of the better attempts I've found from this side of the pond.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a pure white head settling quickly over clear golden liquid. Nice Belgian-style nose: sweet malt, candi sugarish with a background of light "horse blanket" yeast esters wrapped around tantalizing wafts of alcohol notes. The taste comprises sweetness, flavors of fruit, a pleasant yet unassuming hoppiness, warming tinges of alcohol...finishes spicy and robust. A superbly complex and tasty ale. Hats off to Avery!

And thanks to Gusler!

p.s. - A very (no pun intended) superbly crafted, intricate label...reminiscent of 16th century illuminated manuscripts.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-70F.

The head is medium-sized, off-white and dense. Nice. There's some runny lacing, not too much. The color is amber-gold and clear as day. Hm...

Lots of sweet roasted nuts and underlying fruit in the nose. The front is candy-sweet, with caramel and grapes making an early appearance. The finish is alcohol, nuts, some fairly aggressive hops.

I think this is a nice enough blonde strong ale. The alcohol is a little too obvious and detracting.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a thinninsh hea, and a quite attractively designed bottle. Aroma is malt-dominated, sweet, and very fruity, with hints of orange, honey, and corriander. Fruit shows up in the taste as well, which is led by the flavor of Belgian candi sugar, develops a slightly bready character, and ends with a mild citric hop flavor and an alcohol spiciness. Well-carbonated body keeps things tingly throughout to counteract the overall sweetness of the beer, especially at the finish which is slightly dry. Good beer -- but where's the yeast? Why make a Belgian-style Golden without bottle conditioning?

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pellucid amber color on the pour, the head immoderate in size, spumescent in texture, and the color a light tan and as it vanishes a thick glutinous sheet survives to conceal the glass. Big malt nose, citrus crisp and fresh, quite pleasing to the senses and the start thickly sweet malt, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a spicy hop bite that pleases the palate, the acidity moderate to mild, the aftertaste droughty, and in my humble opinion another winner from Avery.

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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 yen157
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous golden orange color with a chunky, sticky, slightly orange-yellow head. Very few bubbles can be seen ascending through the beer. Very inviting nose with aromas of fruity Belgian malt and spicy hops. As it warmed the fruit came more into focus. Candy sweet up front followed by spicy alcohol and pumpkin and finishes a tiny bit drier with the emphasis on peppery hops and dehydrated mango. This was a pretty bull bodied beer with a slick mouth feel and petite carbonation. The alcohol certainly played a huge part in the flavor profile of the beer, yet there were no discouraging retro nasal fumes or off flavors. If this beer were distributed in my area I would certainly get it again. Thanks to TXHops.

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

The words “Belgium-Style Golden Ale” initially drew me. Salvation comes in a 22 fl.oz. bottle and it has an extremely colorful label that reminds me of old biblical manuscripts prepared by monks several hundred years ago with lots of color, coppers and golds.
The beer is exceptionally clear when first poured, a fantastic golden color totally devoid of any detritus. This absolutely clear offering has some amber and light orange copper peach refractions when held up to incandescent light. The head is small, and struggles to form when the beer is poured. Indeed, it soon disappears completely leaving the thinnest ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass, no lacing. It does not look too inviting, yet retains some mysterious charm for this old wrinkled Belgium afficianado.
Aromas are fruity and alcoholic, with a spicy cinnamon aspect that gives this beer a “Duvel-ian” character.
Once I top the beer up from the bomber, the head now stays, albeit at around 1/8”, it sits around like a good looking Belgium Supermodel outside a street Café in a sunny Brussels suburb that wants to be stared at, but not groped.
The 9% ABV Alcohol has a warming introductory effect that then leads to a fruity, spicy middle that drowns in cloves and a slightly hoppy bitter tingling finish. Huge mouthfeel and immense body gives this beer massive presence which dominates the aural cavity just like the real thing. Avery was a company that made scales in England, and this effort is most certainly well-balanced.

I like this beer, and it does have a great Belgium Strong Golden Ale feel about it, that has aspects of the real thing hidden in its charisma.
A Very Good Offering.

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Photo of Brent
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Moderately hard pour into a goblet produced a thin and short-lived head. Murky apricot color. Surpisingly agressive hop aroma, more than expected for the style. Flavor tended to favor pitted fruits - apricots, peaches and plums. Cold, the beer again displayed a rather heavy handed hoppyness. As the beer warmed, the hops faded into the background, but continued to lend a sharp bitterness to the finish throughout. Alcohol became more prominent with warming, adding a raw, solvent note. Overall, this struck me as an American interpretation of the style rather than an attempt at re-creation. It seemed the beer was trying to do many things with the flavor, but none of them particularly well.

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Photo of comat0se
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a Chimay goblet.

Thick white, head which didn't stick around too long, disappating into a white powdery dusting over the beer.

Banana-clove aromas which later turned into pure banana aroma.

Crystal, clean, golden-copper color.

Banana, sweet, and spicy flavors accentuated by lively carbonation.

Tartness battles with candy banana sweet eventually being overwhelmed by an somewhat harsh alcohol and apricot finish.

I'd like to see this as an unfiltered beer but the filtering does provide for a nice clean color of the beer.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange golden color with a creamy white head that fades into a nice lace. Nose is fruity with notes of apricot, peach, and a bit of spice. It’s quite crisp with a fine carbonation. Taste is sweet fruits and a bit of candied sugar with some spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Finish is clean and crisp. Not the best of the style, but still a pretty good brew.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,056 ratings.
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