Salvation | Avery Brewing Company

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3.83 w/ 1,055 ratings

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Ratings: 1,055 |  Reviews: 532
Photo of bs870621345
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a honey color with white head, probably half inch. Fades quickly and leaves some lacing down the glass. First impression is very under carbonated.

Smells like fruits and spice. Apples and cloves come to mind, but citrus are present too. There is a gentle earthiness in there.

Taste follows smell with a sweetness that is slightly over powering.

Mouthfeel is poor, mostly because of the under carbonation and the intense sweetness. Not as crisp as I would like.

Drinkability is not great either...not overly inviting. The lack of carbonation makes the sweetness overpowering.

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Photo of Soonami
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had Avery Salvation before but it was in "Collaboration" with Russian Rivers version so I have not had it by itself yet. Salvation is a orange hued, golden pale ale with a tuft of foam that releases orange and lemon oil aromas, a hint of pepper and clove and a yeasty earthiness. The beer had a lingering sweetness that was perhaps due to the low carbonation for the style and the mouthfeel suffered for it. Overall, not the best, but drinkable

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Photo of stonelis
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a nice white head. Fruity aroma. Flavor is apricot, yeast, citrus, slight clove, pears. Alcohol is hidden pretty well until you finish the 22oz bomber than you feel it. A decent Belgian golden ale but nothing special, I have had better.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

A: drank from a bottle, left moderate lacing.

S: Smells like a wheat ale at first whiff. Light, not at all hoppy. I'm gonna have to stop here and mention this is not at all my style, and i've had problems with golden belgiums before. That said i'll try to review to style.

T: sweet with a light malt finish. Barley flavor is solid, though it keeps reminding me of wheat. undercarbonation makes it taste flat and undesirable. I think the yeast is contributing to the wheatiness.

M: undercarbonated, thin. Where's the love?

D: at 9% it doesn't really show it. probably great if you love the style, but i didn't dig it at all. Not bland, but flat and boring in my opinion. sorry if i'm missing something.

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Photo of rebelthrower
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden and a bit orange. Big foamy white head that disappears quickly. A little bit of lacing.

S: Sweet and floral.

T: A bit of sweet fruit. Very little hops. Maybe a little of honey.

M: Very smooth with medium carbonation (great for this beer). A bit creamy.

D: Good overall average beer. Nice to drink on a hot night.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

This is probably my favorite local Duvel sort of beer. It's a nice gold color with a sturdy white head held up by plenty of carbonation. The flavor and scent have a big Belgian fruitiness with a touch of vanilla. The body is nice and light. Delicious.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color (with just a hint of haze) and a foamy white head that quickly turns to a bubbly film.

Smell: Fairly heavy aroma of spice and other organic matter. Hints of alcohol and sweeter malts are there too.

Taste: Initially there's quite a bit of sweetness together with a bit of yeast. That eventually yields to a heavier (& more subdued) malt flavor, but the initial flavor picks up again towards the finish. The aftertaste has a fair dose of alcohol in the taste, along with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. Generally smooth, though a bit of alcohol bite in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Honestly this one is a bit difficult - the alcohol taste isn't too strong, but it is a bit too sweet and biting.

While Avery does some excellent beers, I fail to be impressed by their Belgian-style ales. With this one, I feel an eventual drain-pour coming on. Something just rubs me the wrong way here.

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Photo of txbrewer
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Your standard golden ale - nothing too cloudy (or too clear) topped with a white head.

S - Lightly sweet/floral, some savory spices with the expected ale brew aroma. The sweet/floral and savory spice did not overpower each other at all.

T - Lightly creamy ale with some hop profile but not so much the the spice and floral were overpowered.

M - Light creaminess, so nothing overly thick at all. Quite nice on the hot afternoon that I tried it

D - slower than other golden ales but still quite enjoyable. I would definitely buy this one again.

I noticed the the style says Belgian Strong Pale Ale but my bottle says Golden Ale (and this is not what I expect for a strong pale ale) but the label shown matches my bottle. I hope I put this review in the proper spot here.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ornate, busy, and artful label design is fitting for this opaque golden ale with a brisk 9% ABV content. The taste is rich, malty, and sweet with floral, fruity overtones and a hop-edged finish. A complex flavor that's pleasing and surprisingly palatable. Superb!

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

Pours a beautiful golden color with a pleasant rocky white head on top. Aromas of orange blossom honey, light citrus and Belgian spice. This one is a pleasure to drink, and goes down way to easily for its abv. I get flavors of pears, dark candi sugar and maybe white pepper. Very good and always welcomed.

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

This was a fairly slow mover at the store so I picked up the last one to clear the shelf spot. I would guess this has at least a year on it.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Great lacing as the beer disappears.

Smells of herbs, bananas, light fruit, and some floral notes.

Taste follows the nose. Fruit and spices up front with some gentle honey in the middle. Finishes with spice and light hops with lingering honey. Very well put together profile.

The feel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation.

Great overall beer. I'm glad I finally decided to pick this one up.

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Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: orange/brown in color, cloudy, minimal head

Smell: Belgian spices--coriader, cardamom

Taste: apple, funk, lemon, caramel, and Belgian spices--very complex.

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn and bitter backbone, light body with medium carbonation

Drinkability: A very enjoyable BSPA that I would be happy to have again. Very complex for the style. A very good offering from Avery.

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Photo of eltoppdog
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep and complex flavor.

At first smell I was confused because I could only smell intense maltiness. Further probing turns up smells of butter and a very slight hoppiness.

Golden yellow in color, a very beautiful color that shows off it's easy drinking, yet deep flavor.

At first it hits you with a pretty intense sweet maltiness (for a belgian golden ale), then slowly gives way to a hoppy, slightly bitter taste which almost at the same time hits you with a buttery taste. I enjoy that the intense sweetness is then knocked down quite a bit with the hop taste and smooth butter.

Very easy to drink, however it is pretty rich and far too deep of a flavor to enjoy as a refreshing beer on a hot day as I usually do with belgian style golden ales.

I'll be buying this again for sure. The $6+ price tag isn't too bad for 9% and great taste.

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Photo of confer
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a .33L goblet, from the 22oz bottle withe the very classy
biblical label.Yellow/gold with a head of various size bubbles.
S- Candy sweetness of a triple and it gets sweeter smelling as it warms.
T- Several different tastes.The finish is a subtle but lingering hoppiness. There is a small alcohol burn. I get dark sweet fruits and almonds. There is a real bitter vs. sweet battle going on here.
MD- Drinkable at a slow pace. The big bottle a t 9% has a kick.

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

A BSPA close to home. Golden pour with a touch of cloudiness, big head, rocky. Almost perfect.
Malty aroma is mocked by the spice. It's a biscuit laced with clove, flowers, pepper and honeysuckle.
Nice flavor to it. A malt backbone holds up the hops and soft fruit while a modest amount of pepper, coriander, clove and alcohol give it cutting power.
Feels nice and crisp, but still doesn't have that snap of some others`in the style.
Drinks nicely.

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Photo of brystmar
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: golden and slightly hazy, pours very little head though. Some white lace remains on my glass, but not much. Still shocked at the lack of head...

S: deliciously malty! Hops, clove, and spices are here too.

T: exceptionally smooth. Malty & hoppy, very crisp with a dry & slightly bitter finish. A bunch of spices too that I can't pick out. Definitely improves as it warms.

M: very different cold & warm. When cold, it's very efforvescent, medium-bodied, and pretty average overall. As it warms, however, it becomes significantly more pleasant with a rich, creamy body and moderate carbonation.

D: really good. I could easily enjoy multiple rounds of these. Exceptionally enjoyable!

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden with one finger of frothy white lace that drops down to a decent cap. Nice retention and leaves a good amount of lacing behind.

S - A clove-like spicy quality comes through first, leading into some sweet, fruity aromas. Pale, slightly bready malt and a touch of earthy, spicy hops are also noticeable.

T - Rich pale malt flavors up front, with bread and honey flavors. Leads into fruity and spicy yeast flavors that bring cloves and pear/pineapple to mind. Finish brings in the spicy, slightly floral hop character, that melds well with the clove-like flavors. Subtle alcohol warmth that is overall very well masked.

M - Medium-bordering on full-bodied with a somewhat subtle carbonation that lends a nice smoothness.

D - Not a style that I am especially knowledgeable about, but I found the Salvation to be yet another very solid offering from Avery. Well rounded flavors with a nice integration of the ABV - not to mention a great yeast strain. Good stuff.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - served cold (40F), snifter
A - moderate sourness, some cherries and apples.
A - one finger of persistent head, orangish-yellow, very cloudy but not quite opaque.
M - medium to high carbonation
T - sourness a little more pronounced in taste but very well balanced with a fruity sweetness that recalls pears for me, but many other darker fruits that I cannot identify.
D - dangerously drinkable for the amount of alcohol in it. Great beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a hazy apricot color with a creamy butter cream head that is soon gone regardless of the strong carbonation.
S- This beer has a pear fruity aromas with some apricot notes followed by a honey cinnamon hint that lingers. As the beer warms this becomes more of a raw wet lentil note.
T- The soft fruity flavor has notes of peach and dry malt with a big dandelion bitterness in the finish. The big bitterness soon covers the more subtle fruit flavors.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft warm alcohol heat in the finish.
D- The great dry fruity beer is stomped on by hop bitterness with some notes of old spices in their. There wasn't even much hop flavor or aroma just the bitter bite.

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

Good, but I wish it were little cleaner.

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with a decent white head. The aroma had an initial blast of sulfur, but that blew off quickly leaving a grainy - rather wheaty, in fact - character with some gentle fruit, like apricot, and a hefty dose of allspice. The flavor follows along, with a strong wheat-like character, giving it a bready note, with light spiced fruit - apricot, pear, white nectarine. The mouthfeel is thin, but there is a found overripe sourness on the finish. The alcohol strength, at least is relatively well balanced.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a nice finger of white head but very little retention or lacing.

Grainy yeast,, malty, straw, and grain come through in the nose and taste.

Very watery mouthfeel, not a lot of physical substance to the brew and the alcohol burn is not very well disguised.

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Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no. 1 of the american beers tried during the Taste of Paste beer event @ the stag's head.

Pours an amberish reddish tone half translucent with a thin head from tan to beige with a little lacing. in an overfilled american pint seemed nothing impressive so far.

the smell was a reminiscence of the past and slightly forgotten good, moderate and subtle things in belgium. smooth sweetness on a yeasty background, spicy (but not too much), and slightly alcoholised, although not pungent. taste definetly fills the profile, creamy citrus feel running along the lines of orange to grapefruity, very soft though, perceivable ABV with a very soft hoppy finish.

Body is thick but goes down easily, mildly carbonated allows one to concentrate on the taste alone.

By all means not an extreme american deal, perhaps a bit stronger than the usual for the style, but definetly a return to good old hearty, delicate blends. good beer.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery has always been a local favorite of mine, especially the bomber lineup. This is the only one left for me to review, so here we go...

The appearance is see-through golden/pale straw with a brief appearance from a foamy top.

THe nose is distinctly belgian, quite yeasty with orchard fruits, clove ripe bananas and maybe even a little orange rind to round this one out. Musty hops with a bit of barnyard must.

The flavor is balanced and dry, it follows the nose's lead and finishes with some alcohol.

Medium sized body with ample carbonation. Slick and a bit oily.

Quite good especially for the price. Very Belgian and holds true to style, although far from my favorite Avery bomber, but definately a worthy brew.

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

A: Medium dense murkiness that shows golden-yellow hues that when placed directly in light also show orange. Very white head that retains for around one-two minutes.

Sl: Very fruity signatures, the strongest of which I found was apricot, but is followed by orange and even lemon.

T: There is a nice interplay between the hops and the sweetness. The hops are defined by a pine taste. There are sweet citrus flavors that are reminiscent to, and play off the apricot, lemon aromas. The sweetness is also added by the added candy sugar. There are small traces of cloves as well.

M: There is initial astringency and hoppy signatures that work well with the carbonation, yet there is in fact a noticeable oily aspect to the feel. As the beer settles in the mouth, richness becomes apparent that can be contributed to the alcohol. Medium-full body

D: I found this to be a real pleasant beer that despite it being slightly different than the traditional style it is given is a real fun drink. As I try more of what Avery has to offer it has yet to let me down. I would recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is definitely too pungent and not dry enough to fit into my category of Belgian Strong Pale Ale. That said it is still a very good beer. I guess I had only tired the Collaboration version as well as Russian River's version. This is very good. I would consider it a strong blond rather than a strong pale but it had great flavor whose alcohol is well hidden, good carbonation and something I'll drink many times again.

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