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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: 1,055 |  Reviews: 532
Photo of Sallerj
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very pleasant beer that's remarkably quaffable for 9% ABV. It is a little sweet, with a mild graininess that gives way to vaguely tropical yeast and hop flavors. It has a nice, long, lightly bitter finish. This beer should appeal to a wide variety of drinkers.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes...

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde glass.

Little white head leaving tight lacing. Beer is a slightly hazy golden color.

Smell is a subtle orange and spice and yeast and grain with nice hopnotes.

Taste is tangy, sweet, hoppy, lemon zest, grain and slight alcoholic notes.

Medium body and moderate carbonation make for a very drinkable beer.

Go Avery!

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Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a airy off-white head which fades quickly, but leaves a ton of spots and streaks of sticky lace behind. Smells malty, fruity and yeasty, with a little spice in the end. Tastes a bit grainy with a big fruit hit in the middle, some big hops toward the end, and a few slight phenolic notes lingering in the background. Further exploration reveals some cotton candy sweetness which works into the mix quite well. Alcohol is well-hidden at first, but becomes more apparent the beer warms, but never to the point that it is overwhelming. Medium bodied and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, goldenc color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hops, slight alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, slight yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good blent, aroma, body, and complexity.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into wide mouth tumbler (it's what my friend had). Poured the typical and expected gold color, with a thin white head that had precious little retention.

This beer had a typical aroma for the style, yeasty, spicy some slight fruit tones. The flavor was also typical, just a little better defined than the aroma had led me to expect, and featured the expected yeasty spice.

The body may have been just a little fuller than I find is usual for this style. Even at the 9% ABV mark, this beer is very drinkable. Overall, a decent example of the style, worth your time.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Above average example of the style. Aroma is dominated by Belgian yeast, citrus peels and coriander. This beer has too much coriander for me, too much spice. The hops give Salvation an earthy, herbal profile and it meshes well with the big yeast backing. Tastes notes are honey, apricot, overripe banana, coriander, Belgian yeast and light candi sugar. Probably too much candi sugar. Overall a good beer but still far from the best examples.

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Photo of Pencible
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear light gold with a little bit of white head. It smelled like orange and lemon zest and sweet honey and sour yeast, with some floral hops and hazel nut. It tasted like apricot and lemon and orange hops with sweet honey malt and sour yeast, with some spicy wheat and alcohol accents. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter and sour aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice smell and taste with lots of hops, almost like a Belgian IPA, but still very well balanced. It had good body too, but the noticeable alcohol makes this more of a sipping beer. Quite an enjoyable drink, and recommended.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a strong straw golden color with some slight orange hues. It shows a nice .5 inch head that is quickly receding to a thing film.

S - Hop character is quickly noticed, almost like an APA but then is overtaken by some spices and cloves tending more towards the Belgian spectrum. hint of nuts and slight chocolate as well. Very nice. slight fruit hints as well, such as pear and grapes.

T - Begins with some nice hop character pine and some citrus. nice malt sweetness with alcoholic esters are very present. A nice clove like character like most Belgian PA. Slight nutty hints with the sweet pear flavor. Very delicious.

M - A bit oily with a well balanced CO2 amount. Crisp clean. Medium-full bodied.

D - High ABV but very delicious.

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Photo of randawakes
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden clear, smooth-looking. Notes of orange, fruit dense sweetness, flavorful. Brown sugar, maple, cinnamon, caramel, perfect mild-low carbonation. Pops and zings on the pallet with each sip. Faint bitterness. Drinkability bumps this from a 8.25 to 8.75. Highly recommend. Alcohol is mildly evident

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

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a light honey in the glass with a creamy white froth with above average retention, & good lacing. Aromas of honey, orange peel, ripe pears, green apples, lemon, mango, ripe grapefruit, passion fruit, biscuit, & belgian yeast funkiness that follows through on the palate.(I couldn't find a whole lot here when cold, so I let it warm and characteristics in the beer really became easier to identify. I definitely started to drinking this beer when it was too cold.) There is a bit of hop bitterness that adds to this beer with a definite dryness that I was looking for in this style. The mouthfeel is full and slightly syrupy and the alcohol is present, but, at 9% abv, well hidden. Overall a solid beer. Recommended.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch white head that leaves lots of lacing. The appearance is golden amber and slightly cloudy. The aroma is of sweet malts and cloves. The taste is slightly bitter with malt sweetness, fruitiness, and cloves coming in toward the end. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. This is a very enjoyable ale that I'll be returning to, but I can't see myself knocking these back all evening.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a golden-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of ripe pears backed by mildly sweet malts and good amounts of clove.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet malts with Belgian candi sugar influences up front are joined almost immediately by large amounts of fresh pear flavors. Midway through the sip a mild spiciness comes out and carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could go for another.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and thought it was a very good though not great beer for the style. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peachy yellow, thin fizzy head. not much lacing, but still some clinging to the sides of the glass. nose is yeasty with a clove spiciness, light fruits mostly peach and pear. taste is yeasty up front, peppery spiced in the finish. some pear and white grape taste follows the nose. the spicy bite is nice to balance everything out. it is a bit hot, but not overwhelmingly so. the mouthfeel is a bit chewy where i was hoping for a dryer finish in this one. overall this beer is a must try. probably not the best example of bspa, but def a standard fare.

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Photo of adamette
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at SAVE-ON Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $5.99 last week into my Brewery Ommegang Hennepin silver rimmed glass. No "best by" date observed by me. 9.0% ABV written on the label.

A Translucent straw yellow body under a nice, fluffy white head that creates levels of lacing on the glass as I sip. Nice look. 3.5

S Really nice, authentic smelling Belgian yeast with a malt backdrop. 3.5

T Nice sweet malt, Belgian yeast with light carbonation, an excellently brewed Belgian from Avery. 4.5

M Nice light carbonation, medium feel of sweetness, the yeast and some alcohol which beefs up the feel. The feel is really good for the style too. 4.0

D Really quite good for an ABV of this level. 4.0

Notes: Avery has been hit or miss for me. This was a hit. I recommend this for any Belgian style fans.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

$8.99 / ea.

S: Yeasty, with noticeable hops out of the bottle. Strong grain scent as well.

A: Clear golden body with a tight medium head that quickly dissipates to a nice cover.

T: Bready, malty, just a little bit of sweetness, and noticeable hop character.

M: Low to medium carbonation, and medium to full body. Feels like it is coating the tongue, but not unpleasant.

D: Decent beer, but I don't like the way the hops blends with the mouthfeel. One is plenty for me.

O: Nothing special. I've had much better from Avery.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Smells mostly of apples, pears, and some peach. A lot of fruit and sweetness. A little spiciness appears in the back end as well.

Tastes of the big fruity taste upfront with some spice thrown in. Alcohol comes through pretty hot. This is very sweet, but not overly sweet. Not the cloying sweetness that makes me make a face.

Mouthfeel is a decent medium, but I think BSPAs should be big and full. Not creamy enough.

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Photo of corby112
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin off-white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Estery golden fruit aroma with hints of grape, apple and pear with some crisp floral hop notes and alcohol.

Crisp spicy medium body with a lot of estery light fruit notes, floral hops, slightly creamy body, subtle hops and alcohol warmth. Smooth, quaffable and pretty drinkable. Hints of peppery spice, crisp citrus and light fruit notes. I'm picking up estery apple and pear with some orange peel, subtle hop bitterness and alcohol.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ twilight grille

A- Burnt golden with a compact white head.

S- Rich in the nose. Toffee, candi sugar, banana, butterscotch/peanut brittle, vanilla ice cream.

T- Quite sweet, almost to much so. Banana split, worther's original with a hop bite and signifigant carbonation.

M&D- Better than most belgian goldens i've had but too sweet in the long run.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice take on a Belgian style. Poured a nice hazy golden/straw color into my Chimay goblet. Decent size white head to start with quick dissipation, leaves some lacing.

Good Belgian smell, yeasts and candi sugar. Taste is slightly sweet, fruity (pears / apricot) and some spices - (coriander, black pepper).

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, goes down real nice. A very civilized, mild Belgian..would be a good introduction to Belgian styles for a newbie.

Drinkability is excellent for this style of beer. I split a bomber, could have easily drank the whole thing and more.

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Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with dense one finger white head, leaves a nice clump and lots of lace. Smell: sweet, grainy pale malt, vinous, graham cracker. Taste: sweet, musty and grainy, spicy, dried peach, maybe a little lemon peel, pepper at end of the sip, white nectarine. Dry, active carbonation, slightly creamy, alcohol hidden in the sip but warming. Better than expected, maybe even underrated.

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Photo of UndeniableMalt
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I poured this beer, a rich golden stream gently unfolded itself into a robust head that lingered briefly.

Notes of dried fruit and malt are noticeable, along with some barley. There is a definite sweetness in the aroma. Tastes of caramel and alcohol are sensed first, which is followed by some light bitterness that fades quickly. Mouthfeel is bready and creamy, and overall it is a refreshing, drinkable beer.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a golden amber with a robust, frothy head. Subtle aromas of malt and grain fill the nostrils, and anticipation builds. The beer beckons to be savored, and when this belgian elixir hits the tongue, there are tastes of orange and bready malt. Then the subsequent alcohol warming effect gives itself up to a gradually building bitterness that lingers well past the swallow. The carbonated nature of the beer lends itself to a nice mouth coating. Beer is very pleasant and drinkable but not something I would want to drink more than one of at a sitting.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On sale for about 5 bucks, not bad! Had this a few years ago also but don't remember it too well. There must be some reason that I bought it again!

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger puffy white head. Looks to be well carbonated.

S - Wow, very Belgian yeasty. Also hints of banana and clove. Smells very spicy and sweet.

T - Very nice. Sweet malt and spices up front with a lingering taste of pear or apple. Bready. Alcohol in the aftertaste as well, but this is a strong ale so that's okay. Fruity and malty. A touch of citrus and a little bitter as well. Tastes peppery: I kept thinking of spicy Asian food while drinking this. The two would probably pair quite well!

M - Medium body and high carbonation, as suspected from the appearance. Still, not carbonated to the point of annoying me.

D - I could see myself drinking alot of this on a very special occasion, it is very tasty and refreshing despite the high ABV. I will probably be done after this 22oz though.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Very nice BSPA offering for an American brewery! Give it a try.

An extra note: As others have stated, try sipping this as it warms. The flavors seem to balance out. It is very spicy and in your face when ice cold. Cheers!

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Photo of PatronWizard
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another gift from Mauerhan. And a big fat bomber of 9% at that. Awesome!

Pours a pale clear gold with white bubbly head. Several small streams of bubbles float up.

Smell is, uh, like malts and stuff. Or rather just some old malt. I'm not very excited to be honest. Maybe some pears.

Taste is marginal at best. I'll have to look into this because I'm wondering if this was the intention. Bland, dry, malty miss. Maybe a small flavor of orange marmalade.

Nice enough carbonation, dry sticky tail like a Vegas hooker. Wish I was a little more refined, but I am what I am: a work in progress bitches. That's from the 9%.

Overall: still learning to appreciate the style

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Photo of 1inamill
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Salvation: This Belgian Style Golden Ale was golden in color with a luscious apricot and peach aroma that is interwoven with suggestions of nutmeg and perhaps cinnamon. The apricot and cinnamon in i raelly loved. Medium body with a soft palate and sweet finish. One of my American Brewing companies.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,055 ratings
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