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

22 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a small cognac snifter. The Mountain Goats' "Tallahassee" is playing.

A - Bright golden orange body with a modest head comprised of all different sized bubbles.

S - Belgian candied sugar, stone fruit, various spices (coriander, white pepper, ginger), slight herbal/grassy notes, sweet orange, sweet bread.

T - Bright, sweet, and fruity with a long finish. The orange and spice flavors stand out most prominently at first, and the finish is marked by sweet, yeasty flavors tinged with herbs (sage and basil).

M - You wouldn't think it by looking at it, but this brew has a pretty effervescent mouthfeel. It pops and zings on my palate with each sip.

D - A very well-crafted brew. It has just the right amount of fruity, spicy, herbal complexity. I'd pair this with a creamy, slightly bitter cow's milk cheese with a lightly washed-rind or with a fried egg for breakfast. Seriously.

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

Foil wrapped bomber. I hope that picture is somehow sacreligious, but Im not sure what is depicted.

Appearance: Nice clear yellow orange with a puffy white head. Leaves short lived leggy lacing.

Smell: I smell the yeast and cant wait to taste it. Theres sweetness and fruit, and/or sweet fruit. Smells nice and spicy.

Taste: This really needs to warmn up. When cool, alcohol dominates. As it warms, all the yeast and sweetness I smelled comes to life. Delicious. There's some nice bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: Its not quite carbonated enough. That really detracts for me.

Overall, this is a great BSPA, which is quite inexpensive. Its tasty, and warming.

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Photo of hughesm4
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank from a bomber poured into a pint glass

A. The appearance was a very light brown with a little white head that stuck to the edge of the glass.

S. A very good smell as expected that gave an overpowering scent of orange.

T. There are two different taste. Initially there is a very complex sweet orangish taste that goes down very smooth. As the beer warms the tastes becomes a little more bitter.

M. The initial drink was very carbonated that tingled the mouth, but there was really nothing special as the beer became bitter

D. Excellent drinkability. It went down smooth in both the sweet and bitter stages and I would drink again if I was given the opportunity

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Photo of mwa423
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a delirium glass from a bomber. Relatively little head and little lacing to speak of. Color is light golden and exceptionally clear considering the style.

S - Very yeasty, banana esters, very sweet also.

T - Belgian yeast envelops the tongue, some slight alcoholic notes along with orange peel, banana peel, and some others. Dead on for style.

M/D - A mouth engolfing mouthfeel, but it goes down exceptionally easy especially with the nice and high abv!

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

Medium to light golden with a monstrous off-white head.

A bit of spice with some light honey and caramel in the smell. Banana, clove, and alcohol also are evident.

Again, banana and clove are in the taste, but this time more prominent. There's a bit of fruit, maybe pineapple and orange, possibly pear. Alcohol is there, but moderate. Finishes with some caramel malt, and a touch of the candy sugar.

Mouthfeel is quite interesting on this one. Carbonation is actually somewhat moderate - strange for a Belgian-style - and fairly oily. I'm intrigued by the lighter carbonation, but its almost too light.

Satisfying, but not blow your socks off great. For the price, I'll probably revisit this one, as its a relatively good example of the style, Americanized at least.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy, clover-honey like color with off-white head and decent lace.

Smell- Crisp, sweet, biscuitty malts. Some banana and clove. Some vague alcohol.

Taste- Fresh-bready malt. Light, tasty fruit- citrus and crisp apple. Slight yeastiness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with some creaminess and great carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty good for the style.

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

I loved the look of this beer as I poured it into my "Chuck's Beverage" pint glass. It poured a nice golden tan color with a hazy yeast "halo" that remained suspended in my glass. A finger of fine off-white head adourned my ale for too short a time. Lacing was evident on the walls of my glass.

The aroma was reminiscent of the fruity brettanomyces Belgium yeast, but this wasn't stated on the label. There were also notes of caramelized sugar and roasted malt.

There was a sweet alcohol note with concord grape esters and ripe bananas. It was very well balanced between alcohol and fruit sweetness with rich malt flavor. Great price value at $5.99 for the 22 oz. big bottle. My beer was bottled less than three months ago and it showed based on the livelyness not the beer wehn I first poured it. I am can only imagine that this beer will imporve with age.

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Photo of aristeros
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A nice, golden color, translucent with about a finger of attractive white head that leaves a thin lacing. Sweet fruit, also, some citrus--pineapple--in the nose.

Sweet fruit--apple, though still pineapple in the nose--and malts dominate. Finishes with spices, citrus, and alcohol, pleasantly dry. Moderate carbonation makes for a pleasant mouthfeel.

Was expecting a bit more bitterness. True to the style, but not really what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-blonde color with a thick two-finger head into my fluted Piraat tulip. A bit murky.

Aroma is strong with a hint of pale malt, raisin and even a bit of grape. Kind of sweet.

Taste is strong with sweet malt, raisin and grape peeking through. Some breadiness in the middle. Alcohol warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering breadiness, raisin and alcohol warmth.

Decent.Not too boozy or sweet. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Offa
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is decent, but rather bland and thin on character and is one of the blandest beers of the style I've had. The result turned out to be quite a disappointment since I really like the style and love examples like Duvel, Pranqster and Damnation.

Slightly hazy, dark gold, it has a small off-white head slowly shrinking to a creamy ring and thin foam with only faint hints of a little lace.

The aroma is nice fruity grain, overripe pear, peinapple juice, green leaves, hay, hint of citrus, and yeast. It smells good and it smells pretty much the way it should for the style.

The taste and feel, though, lack. It tastes like what it is, but a thin, very bland, subdued form. It is spicey and raisiny, but in a rather bland way, with faint hints of orange and juniper plus some grain, mostly just in the finish, and a light, vague fruitiness. Everything is very subdued and thin except for alcoholic bit and spice. It has a somewhat full, slightly oily feel, but this is a bit thin, too, and it carries no real character with it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is light and fruity with hints of spices and yeast and grapefruit.

T- The taste like the aroma starts of with light fruity malts with some spicy phenols and yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This one is definitely a sipper, but a solid beer that is definitely worth a shopt.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz. brown bomber, gold foil around the neck and cap, an Eastern Orthodox style illumination on the label. Bright translucent marmalade hue in appearance, small foamy off-white head that simply sits as a small cap.

Light fruity and flowery notes on the nose, rather timid to fully discern, but there's definitely some wheat, tangerine and candy sugar.

Certainly a wheat tartness up front in the flavour, it mellows out into a meadowy character in the middle, along with some mild spice, with grain husk and spicy phenols on the finish. Bitter meadow greens and herbs in the aftertaste. This really needs to warm up to near room temp. to really smooth and balance out. Far more enjoyable at that serving temp. Still, as things smooth out the flavour still doesn't completely pull together into a more palatable whole.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium-bodied, yet with bite on the finish, more from the wheat and alcohol than any carbonation.

Not the most remarkable version I've tried from this style, nor one of the more remarkable brews I've sampled from Avery, this one is fairly forgettable. An okay room temp. tripel, yet still rough around the edges.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium sized head that had poor head retention.

Smell: Very light on the nose and not very special. Biscuity malts belgian yeast, and fruits are present. Apple and oranges mostly with a light hint of spices.

Taste: Everything this lacked in appearance and smell it makes up for here. Pine, grapefruit, oranges, yeast, and malts all make an appearance. There is a nice alcohol feel to it in the finish with a citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: A medium body with high carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a huge, rocky white head. The big ring leaves a ton of chunky lacing.

The smell is of bready, spicy Belgian yeast and lots of it. The Belgian candy sugar makes for a noticeable sweetness as well.

The flavor is classic BSPA. It actually reminds me a great deal of Brooklyn's Local 1. The bready yeast and the cloven (?) spiciness mix really well with the minor sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation, though I prefer it to be a little more aggressive within the style. Still good, though.

Drinkability is really high. This is a well-priced, super-tasty BSPA. The only real issue is the abv. Avery has got a real winner here.

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Photo of Atron67
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle ive had in my cellar for about a year i would guess. using a harpoon 100 barrel series bottle.

A- almost foggy, hued golden color big white head on top. didnt stick around for a long time however a thinner head at the top did

S- very yeasty. slight maltiness no real hop presence. pretty much stands as a solid example to the style. slightly more fronted aromatics and stronger fruitiness from the yeast that enhance it though.

T- starts out pretty light and golden malty. pretty good flavors. the scents come across a little less fruity than i would have expected. decent malty finish. its a little too heavy on the finish. not as crisp and pretty thick at the finish where i would have preferred a dryer finish.

M- pretty full bodied. not a huge fan of that aspect. takes it away from what would have otherwise been a solid example of the style and makes it a little worse.

D- its a tasty brew but not the greatest.

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

300th review!

I've had the colaboration salvation but never the original.

Pours from the gold foil topped 22oz bottle into a Belgian chalice. It has a golden orange color with pretty good clarity. The head is fine in texture and long lasting.

Aroma is sweet with a bit of spiciness to it. There is a distinctive Belgian yeast with good fruity esters.

Taste is mostly sweet but a good hit of spicy hops hits in the end. It has great fruit character with banana, apple, green grapes, and pear. The spicy yeast and hops add the the appeal.

Good mouthfeel for the style. Smooth and full bodied with nice effervescence.

Overall very enjoyable and a good American example of the style.

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Photo of Kromes
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with fluffy white head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles. Belgian yeast aromas. Smells sweet, spicy, funky, and tangy. Good malt, peppery spice, buttery richness, and a bunch of funky yeast flavor. The only thing that I didn't like was that I thought the hop flavor and bitterness was a little too strong. Nothing wrong with it, it is a unique take, just not my taste in this style.

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Photo of JBogan
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light honey color with a very small white head which leaves minimal lacing. Nothing special to look at.

A sweet buttery aroma greets the nose. A hint of cinnamon in there as well.

Taste was nicely balanced and followed the aroma. Sweetness mixed with a peppery spiciness. The alcohol was well hidden.

Mouthfeel was very good. Thick and full, and with a nice smoothness. Could have used perhaps a little more carbonation to make it perfect.

This is a slightly above average brew for it's type. Enjoyable but not one I'd go out of my way to find.

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

Aroma from the top of the freshly opened bottle: cinnamon

Aroma after the pour: sweet malts

The Avery Salvation strong pale ale pours into a tall pils glass with a towering, thick, white head; settles back to 2+ fingers after a minute. It is a slightly cloudy white-gold color.

The taste up front carries a bit of the cinnamon aroma with it; malts for sure. The peppery, cinnamon malts continue to work through the finish, spices; a nice tasty brew. The 9.0 abv is well hidden in this unique and delicious recipe.

The mouthfeel is chewy, substantial gravity for a substantial brew. Plenty of carbonation.

The Salvation ale is quite drinkable ... take caution with the high abv, however.

Sweet and spicy cinnamon-malts; interesting and I'm going back for more ... quite a beer.

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Photo of TeamSeabass
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2+ year old bottle...

Slight white head that dissipates. Golden, slightly cloudy, tiny bubbles effervescing.

Smells sweet like apples with some spicy notes, also some sour tones. Very pleasant

Good belgian yeastiness character. sweet apple flavor followed by citrus & bitterness. Flavors come together nicely. Alcohol is well blended into the mix and is not strong tasting.

Good mouthfeel as the carbonation is at a nice level, very noticeable.

The aging of this bottle is key, I think.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A=Very light but bold orange, cloudy, with little to no head

S=Smells of orange and fruits, some yeasty notes

T=Fruity dry bite with sweetness, really lacked flavor to me based on the smell. I expected so much more, almost like a club soda with flavoring...

M=Dry, nice carbonation, feels good

D=Not really.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-19-09

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a slight white head and no lacing.

Smell is sweet, slightly Belgian, with a distinct sour quality that is very wine-like. Apple juice and piney hops are there if you look for them.

Taste is light malt, followed by a very pleasant aged hop character. Bitter citrus hops on the finish, with a nice alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy, dead on for this beer.

Drinkability is very good, the abv adds only warmth, not harsh aftertaste.

Overall, a simple Belgian pale ale, but well-executed.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Belgian and Belgian-style brews are growing on me, so I thought I'd try an outing by Avery.

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with minimal head retention. Deep and pourous, it just looks complex.

S - Smells faintly sweet, of bananas and citrus, but nothing much else present in the snifter I poured it in.

T - Didn't really know what to expect, I braced myself for full flavor and that's what I got. I mean, it really surprised me when it hit my mouth. Entirely generous malts, a whole-hearted effort of sweetness that blends the alcohol well. I knew what to expect after first taste, but it kept surprising me with every sip.

M - Smooth, goes down sweetly, creamy.

D - Find some friends who like Golden ales, it's a lot to put down by yourself. Still, very drinkable.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- this beer pours a golden color mostly clear body with a finger of bright white head. the head quickly becomes no more than a crown and leaves a solid wall of lacing behind. a steady stream of carbonation can be seen rushing to the top.

S- biscuity malts is the first thing i notice. after that comes belgian yeast, and fruits. summer fruits really. pear being the most pronounced. apple is also in here. theres some spiciness to this as well. clove mostly. maybe a bit of bubble gum. no trace of alcohol, which is impressive for something this large.

T- the alcohol comes through pretty strong in the taste. its also very yeasty. the biscuit like malts that i could smell are there, as are the fruits. apple and pear. theres also a wheat like quality from clove and coriander.

M- meduim bodied with ample carbonation. moderate warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- easy to finish but not sure id want another one right now. something i shouldnt have passed by so many times without trying. the price is right. it seems to be a very americanized version of a belgian style. not bad.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep, clear gold color. Poured a 3 finger rocky white head with fair retention; dissipating to an even skim. Sticky lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Citrus, light fruits and clove. Biscuity malts in the background.

T: Consistent with smell except biscuity malts come to the front and abundant light, over-ripened fruit in the foundation. Definitely an alcohol finish along with a citrus bitterness.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Warming alcohol.

D: ABV alone makes it a nice sipper. Flavors and complexity change with warming, so take your time.

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