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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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of joshuadlight
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For some reason or another this beer kept getting passed by as I drank other beers in my fridge. Its probably sat there for about 6 months, but no worries as the high ABV would help this thing last a long time. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Strong Pales or Tripels, so thats probably going to be reflected in this review.

Nice looking in my snifter, has a somewhat smaller head than I'd like to see in this type of Belgian beer. The smells and tastes are very average. There is some sweetness and sugar notes compounded with earthy bitterness. None of the smells or tastes are pronounced however. If you search, you can pick out some of the complexities which are the norm for the style, but I think you shouldn't have to search if the beer is truly great. It stays nice and carbonated and is even quite refreshing for a beer with this much alcohol. Its a fine beer and maybe one I'd have again if offered, but its not my favorite. Avery does many other things very well, but I'm not sure this is one of them. Just an average Belgian Style Pale Ale.

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Photo of SACraig
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber bottle into a Westmalle glass. Poured cold and allowed to warm. Belgium ales (especially triples) are some of my favorite beers and Avery is a good brewery. So I was looking forward to tasting this one. But, ended up being disappointed. Has some strange and even unpleasant flavors.

A - Golden light color but not as clear as expected.

S - Citric and sweet aromas. Smell is very nice.

T - At 9% the alcohol flavor comes through. There is complexity with lots of different flavors. But they don't work well. The aftertaste is unpleasant.

MF - Smooth and full, but adds to the length of the unpleasant aftertaste.

D - Not one I would purchase again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a clear gold color with 1 finger of head that remains active and filmy throughout the entire drink. Thin sheets of lacing down the glass during my drink. Nice carbonation up the center of the glass.

S: Fruity and floral yeast -- some notes of citrus, bananas, and apricots are evident. Malt flavors in caramel and biscuit. Additional aromas of pine, clove, and candied Belgian sugars. I detect a slight earthy and hay mustiness, too.

T: More tart and bitter than the nose suggests. A blast of citrus hops with a poorly blended fruit profile produces a feeling of tart, slightly rotten grapefruits and oranges, with some hints of bananas and apricots. There is some underlying malt sweetness in caramel and biscuit, with prickly cloves throughout, but the Belgian sugars are almost an afterthought in the taste. This doesn't taste like a Belgian to me at all -- more like a botched IPA.

M: Medium bodied, with slightly high carbonation that works well for the style. However, the finish is sticky with a resiny hop bitterness that seems out of place for a BSPA.

D: Will not have this again. A very unenjoyable flavor.

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Photo of xxHelderxx
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I feel like something is awry here. I'm getting the most stick, sour aftertaste I've ever experienced. Its like a dry, grapefruit almost gluey feeling/bitterness that lingers far too long. Perhaps its just the way this beer is designed, but to me theres just too much bitterness for a Belgian style beer.

Other than that, the appearance is a nice golden hue, great clarity.

The nose is a bit weak I think, but there is some hints of yeast, clove and some pine.

The taste, as I've said above, is just entirely imbalanced. Im not sure if this is a bad bottle or what, but there are flavor notes in here that shouldnt be present.

The mouthfeel is entirely too dry from what I can taste. There's a really dry, sour coating on my tongue.

I would say this isnt drinkable, simply because my mouth is invaded by this odd, sour aftertaste.

I'll have to try this again in a few weeks to make sure I get a different batch.

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Photo of Rayek
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep gold, with very active carbonation. Big and rocky eggshell head starts out strong and then settles to a thin layer of foam. A fair amount of chunky lace is left behind.

S: Lots of pine and clove in the nose, with a little bit of biscuit.

T: To me, this beer tasted more like an American DIPA with a Belgian twist than a straight up Belgian Strong Pale. A pine and grapefruit bitterness backed up by cloves hits right away. A dry malt flavor rides underneath. Finishes tart and dry with a lemon bitterness, plus a slight alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body is light enough to mask the beer's strength. Carbonation level is about right for this style.

D: Strength makes this a good sipping beer. A nice complexity of flavors and aromas makes me want another.

On a final note, I must say I'm torn over this one. I liked the beer, but didn't think it fit the style all that well. The heavy dose of grapefruit in the middle really threw me for a loop. Get the grapefruit out of there, and you have a nice Belgian. With it there, it's a bit too American.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Salvation pours a clear amber orange with a thin ecru head that leaves hints of lacing. Smells very fruity and fairly sweet. The hops lurk in the background creating a hint of grass. Whatever yeast was used it imparted a large amount of fruity esters that hint of raspberry and pear.

Tastes very sweet and again plenty of fruit. Comes off as too sweet leaving a sticky near cloying feel on my tongue. The alcohol warmth on the end attempts to balance out the residual sweetness, but fails. The mouthfeel is surprisingly limp and somewhat lifeless lacking the strong push of tiny bubbles found in the best of Belgium. Too sweet to enjoy more than one glass.

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Photo of mltobin
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 22 ounce bomber at a local package store.

The color is a honey tone with a small head that quickly laces away. The smell is metallic , a tad sugary. The taste is sweet, not too overpowering though. Mouthfeel is fairly light and easy, very pleasant overall. This is a solid strong pale ale, and proper quality for the price.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin film of head that subsides to bubbles fairly quickly. Lacing is moderate to good.

S: Yeasty and fruity esters. Malt is evident in the background.

T: Mainly malty with esters of apricot and peach. A spiced and yeasty character follows with some nutmeg evident, and the experience finishes with mild hops.

M/D: Light bodied with some low carbonation. Alcohol is a bit too evident in throughout the consumption.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really like this American interpretation of a Belgian Golden Ale.

A- Hazy translucent, orange-brown sorta peach-colored body with a nice head that has great retention and leaves great lacing

S- I can smell some really high quality malts in this beer. Smells sweet and fruity and delicious.

T- Very well-rounded taste with no off flavors. This could be the most drinkable Belgian I've had yet(and it's not from Belgium). Good flavors of fruit and grains as it warms, but let it get too warm and the alcohol starts to evaporate and becomes very noticeable

M- Medium body and silky smooth carbonation. Perfect

D- Unbelievable for a Belgian with 9&ABV. No strange flavors

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Photo of Fatduck
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pale wheat color, like a late summer field. Big fluffy cloud like head, that leaves a little lacing. Smells like a belgian, a little barn a little malt and lots of yeastyness. Taste follows smell. The carbonation is just right, its very light on the tongue and smooth all the way down. Drinkability is the shining cross of this beer. 22oz went down fast and I could drink another or two, but at 9% that's a bad idea.

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Photo of aeminter
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden yellow, almost the color of clover honey...very effervescent, thick, billowy off white head
Spicy, hop smell with a slight fruity sweetness..mild yeast presence
The taste is slightly sweet (think pinot grigio), herbal, slightly medicinal, hoppy (but not overpoweringly so)...complex doesn't even begin to describe this beer. Each sip brings a new flavor nuance to the forefront. I'm very pleased.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- always diggin avery's ornate labels. big airy eggshell colored head with lots of lace that holds the shape of the big bubble that popped and deposited it there. settles slowly to a thick disk. body is minimally hazy and the warm color of ripe orange peel with a captivating stream of little bubbles rising from a finely etched D.

S- fruity and floral, a favorable belgian-american nose to me, both alcohol and yeast have dense vapor and so far, the alcohol is veiled behind a thick vanilla-floral shroud. a dash of nutmeg, sandalwood incense, lilies, fruity plum apricot tartness, sweet citrus, melon, and a tripel-like sugary candy smell. pale cereal malt has mild but fresh aroma. spicy and somewhat grassy hops.

T- flavorful and sweet with a strong warming drying alcohol presence and lightly toasted grains. fruity sweet like orchard fruits in sugar syrup transitioning abruptly into a bold, in your face, american strength bitterness at the end with grassy herbal hops and plenty more alcohol, which remains just outside the 'annoying' zone. tangerine, grapefruit, white grape, pear, apple, apricot, banana, and all kinds of flowers. floral alcohol, golden toasted malt, and nicely bitter hops in the finish.

MF- juicy with short tight carbonation, barely becomes sugary as the dryness hits, resinous in a diluted way and mildly astringent. sorta slippery feel, alcohol has a burn on the cheeks but not in the throat. hop oils linger in a way with light stickiness.

D- the savior has a drinkable complexity, but that's about as far as it goes due to its mighty strength. good beer for a pimp cup.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged orange gold with a thin white head. Nose is perfume, floral tones, and boozy. Flavor carries a fair amount of alcohol tones as well. Minor dough. Floral tones are here too. Typical Belgian ale sweet tones. Feel smooth on liquid and carbonation. East to drink. A bit too hot, but nice enough.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received free after our office Christmas Party (~$5.99)...

The beer pours a clear golden base with an orange tint, minimum head and retention, no lacing. Lemons and oranges, sweet malt, mild alcohol tones.

Full bodied, all aroma notes well-blended with a great yeast/hefeweizen flavor, excellent aftertaste. Feels good in the mouth and at 9.0abv, the big bottle is a nice session in itself.

Final Thought: A nice strong ale that tastes like a kicked up German hefeweizen. Very good stuff, but not worth the price tag.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice. Pours brown with a big tan head. Aroma is spicy and grainy. Heavy flavor. Lots of malt, yeast, and spice, with some candied fruit. You can definitely taste the cinnamon, especially as the beer warms. Borders on a winter ale with the spice. Avery always seems to come through.

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Photo of nick76
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is complex with coriander, nutmeg, light fruit, yeast, malt, and alcohol. The appearance is hazy copper gold with a two finger head. The flavor is complex just like the aroma with a spicy peppery finish. The palate is smooth. This beer could be from several of the best breweries of Belgium and no one would even know it's an American. Maybe I should say any of the best brewers of Belgium are close to the quality of Avery.

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Photo of morimech
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear honey color with a smallish white head that settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Unimpressive appearance for the style.

Fruity aroma but the alcohol is not hidden at all. Solvent like in the nose.

Surprisingly the alcohol is not as hot as I expected by the aroma. Has a sweet fruity flavor at first and then has a definate bitter component on the finish. The alcohol has a warming affect without being hot.

The body is on the lighter side for the style but the carbonation is well matched leaving a semi-creamy texture.

Average for the style and with the ABV way up there I would not drink much of this. So many better examples of the sytle readily available leaves this one on the store shelf from now on.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a bright gold colored body with about three fingers of frothy head. This beer pored like it should have been in an advertisement. It has a spicy sweet and mildly sweet aroma. It has true Belgian style taste. It is very sweet to start but gets gradually bitter as you go. It almost has a pumpkin spice melon like aftertaste. The mouthfeel has both minor alcohol and carbonation bites.

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


Poured a medium orange color with an avearaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, apples, and some spices. Spicy apple tastes. Sweet start with a light bitter finish. Very light alcohol in the taste. Not bad, I liked this beer and it grew on me as I drank.

Notes from 9/3/04

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

a:almost crystal-clear, honey threatening orange golden. large bubbled 1/2" white head that is short-lived. good lacing. medium carbonation. unimpressive head for style.

a:yeast derived light fruit. pilsner and i think i get some crystal malt. almost cascade nose initially that is a yeast derived deception. shortly thereafter the unmistakable styrian goldings' floral quality peaks.

t:alcohol noted first and is present throughout. firm bitterness that lingers. malt is only there if you search. the yeast dominates with pear/honeysuckle/?melon esters and milder phenolic spices.

m:full with frothy carbonation initially that is non-biting. alcohol is inially biting. less dry finish than expected for style.

o:fairly drinkable. alcohol is always there but non-inhibiting. the yeast ester profle is a marvel and just keeps going. less dry than a duvel and head is a letdown but otherwise i'd choose this over duvel.

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

Poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass, because that is my only glass with some what of a lip (I need to get some large wine glasses or goblets).

Wow, the head is nice and fluffy. Leaves amazing lacing. So far so good. Color is a light orange/hint of gold.

Well first off, the smell. I did not expect the amount of hop aroma is this beer had (however I didn't know it was a SPA). Awesome. Big pine/floral smell. The taste, now is fruity, but hoppy at the same time. A tarty fruit that is.

Mouthfeel is very bitter and the taste of alcohol is only present after in lingers around long enough (pretty good for a 9% abv) Carbonation level is low but leaves a crisp taste in mouth.

Overall, nothing wrong with this beer at all. I underestimated it a lot, because I am not the biggest fan of Belgium beers, but this beer has just changed my mind. A beer I would highly recommend!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6/9/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a golden brown color body, very clear, and fizzy. Nearly no head, but it's white. Strong dry aroma, grapes, dark fruit, complex, alcohol. Smooth taste, flowery, leafy, slightly fizzy, dark fruit, taste of alcohol. Grapes, spices. Warming up helps, aging might make it better.

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Photo of Jyubei
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Golden ale with a 1/2 in white head and minimal lacing.

S. A combo of fruit flowers and hops with a hint of butterscotch and malt.

T. Strong bitter hops with a fruitiness and honey as well. The aftertaste is toffee and malt.

M. A honey textured stickiness.

D. Very strong but a good grouping of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a nice quarter inch of long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, hops, different types of fruit and yeast.

T: Flavored with malt, yeast, dark fruits and hops. Not as flavorful or complex as I would've liked, but still tasty.

M: A lively amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a well made beer. While I wouldn't rank it up with some of its Belgian cousins, it's still a solid beer.

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