Salvation | Avery Brewing Company

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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 MisterClean
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Golden color, light head, and dissipates quickly.

S - Coriander, orange, and candi sugars.

T - Heavy coriander perfume, orange, smokiness, toffee, and honey. Pretty well rounded and abundant in flavor.

M - Tangy and the bittering hops balance the feel and add to the body.

D - Wish I had a full glass.

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

My first impression was from the absolute stellar label on this fine bier, what a inspirational read before your first sip.
Nose on this one is a superb presentation. deep fruity aromas of peaches, tart citrus, Belgian yeasts with a capital B, some malty sugars coming through.
Flavor is a liquid profile of the aroma. Fruity, slighltly sweet, some yeasts on the finish. Alochol is hidden in the complexity, yet comes through as a slight residual burn deep in the throat as the beer comes to temperature.
I could ask for a little more carbonation. I always want a Duvel-esque foam whenever I have a BSPA, and maybe this is a little unfair. The complexity of flavor is presentation enough and makes up for the slightly thickish mouthfeel. Lots of residual sugars are left on the tounque and lips, quite enjoyable! This was yet another stellar offer for me from Avery, I continue to be impressed by these guys, Look foward to Fifteen, the next in my fridge.

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

Avery, Avery, AVERY! Poured out of the bottle in a nice amber color with a great apricot nose. A fantastic balance of malt, hop and yeast in the mouth feel and finish. Still with the apricot notes and hints of banana...what a hidden 9%ABV. Love the yeasty mouth feel that doesn't hang around and feel like an old person's closet. Very great drinkability- would even be a nice beer on a hot day. Keep on rockin' Avery.

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

Pours a clear golden orange with a sudsy white head. Aroma is malty, very sweet with some fruity champaign hints, some good citrus notes as well. Taste is fruity, berries, bitter oranges and grapefruit.

A solid Belgian Strong pale Ale, but it lacks the smoothness some of the better ones have and the taste just sorta blend in with some of the other ones I have had, nothing really unique.

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

This was a recommendation by my local beer buyer, and he was very enthusiastic about it. It certainly lived up to his raves: very fruity aroma with a good amount of yeast, smelling just short of a nice slice of homemade bread. Decent carbonation that is not overbearing; plenty of apples and citrus with some spice to keep it from being too sweet. Nice and soft overall with a good edge that adds complexity. The somewhat high alcohol level adds warmth-- don't drink it too fast. Nice label!

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Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle has a very artistic label, with symbols in reference to it's name, such as man with a halo and "Last Supper" theme. Foil top and just a cool looking bottle. Having once lived outside Boulder, and noticing it was brewed there, it sealed the purchase.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a huge snifter. It says on the bottle that it is a golden ale, so I expect it to have a similar look to Duvel, but it's darker and fully hazed. Good head and excellent lacing - very sticky rings going down the glass I sip on it. Definitely a nice looking American BSPA we've got going here.

Smells like the sweetest beer I've ever smelled. Brown sugar, burnt caramel, candied fruits.

This thing can be complex and simple at the same time. While there is a big fruity, malty sweetness up front, full of the candy sugar used in the brewing process, it switches to a biscuit-like malt flavor, slight hop bitterness towards the end, with a dry yeast and a spicy alcoholic finish. Very nice yeast strain.

The alcohol comes right out at you and is not masked like other brews of this variety, but it only adds to the character of this ale. It's medium to full bodied, light carbonation, and slick on the tongue. Slight carbonation tingles a few seconds after swallowing a sip.

As I said, this thing tastes strong and it really shows it's 9% ABV. But the taste is marvelous. It's really everything an American BSPA can be. It's one of the best I've had this side of the pond.

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Photo of roblowther
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold, very, very little head and not much lace. My comparison on this is Duvel and this looks nothing like it, really. Smell is sugar, peppermint, phenols, and oranges. The taste is pepper up front, a lovely caramel malt, and a dry, crisp finish. Nice, nice, nice, nice, nice. The mouthfeel is silky if a bit flat. Drinkability is good, although a strong alcohol warmth in the finish reminds you not to find it TOO drinkable. Overall, definitely one I'd buy again. And maybe one I'll share if you're really nice to me. Or hot.

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

18 oz bomber at cellar temp, poured into a chalice yields a bright, clear golden body with active carbonation and finger of rocky white head that retains nicely at a solid sheet and leaves sudsy lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a hint of bread and plums. A slight herbal hoppiness emerges as the beer warms.

Tastes lightly malty and fruity sweet with peppery alcohol that becomes more prominent as the drink goes on.

Smooth and slick in the mouth with a hint of aromatic alcohol and warming. High abv and the taste of alcohol probably limits drinkability, but if this were served colder, probably not.

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Photo of gpogo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden orange with beautiful creamy white head.

A- A fruity nose with a bit of a spiciness. Seems to have the belgian yeasty smell.

T- Initially fruity and sweet, followed by a kick of alcohol. Compared to other Belgian Pale Ale's this seemed slightly bland. Left a nice fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium to Medium-light. High Carbonation. A slight hottness of alcohol, more than I would have enjoyed for this beer.

D- Not my favorite Avery offering. Pretty standard Belgian Pale Ale. I'd like to give it another shot.

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Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich golden hue with a sily off white head. Nose is of candy malts, spicy yeasts and some light fruity hops. A bit mellow for the style. Like the nose, I would like to see more kick in the flavor profile. It has some Belgian pepper to it, but is mostly mild sweet malts. Not much fruit tartness either. The body is medium with good amount of carbonation. A drinkable beer, but fairl ylight for teh style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours deep golden with a fluffy white head that descends to a lasting thin cover, leaving uneven lines of trailing lace on the glass.

The smell is grainy with candy sugar - malty with some bitterish/steely notes. The smell is "Belgian" - though if it came from Belgium I don't know that it would rank quite as high, as the standard is set so high. But, with the exception of North Coast's Pranqster (of those I've had so far), it is one of the most "on-target" aromas of the style from American craft brewers. Unfortunately, it doesn't go any farther. "Lucifer" rather than "Duvel" comes to mind. Not a bad thing, as it still is missing an element that could bring the aroma to greater heights. Too bad that they use Styrian Golding without Saaz hops. The Saaz would give it a grassy/hay backing that would add further complexities. But, that's just my personal preference perhaps. I do prefer this aroma to the recently-tried "Reverend". Still-in-all this is an inviting aroma - yeasty (bready), fruity and spicy.

The taste holds true to the nose - with more alcohol. This brewery really likes to showcase the alcohol (in a raw way) in their 22 oz. bottles. Does this make for a "bigger brew"? I don't know...have had plenty that cover the abv better, and turned out the better for it. That aside, this has a nice taste of sweet candy sugar with a general fruitiness and a touch of bitter sharpness and balance.

Soft carbonation lends towards drinkability, though it is rather uneven, causing some thinness at some sips. Alcohol, as stated, gives it a kick.

A nice interpretation of the style overall. Though it might not reach the greatness of some others of the style, it is certainly a very good brew!

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

Recieved this brew in a recent trade with "Turbine2475"

Poured into a snifter. Very bright, slightly hazy yellow, bright white head that settles very quickly. Aroma is a bit yeasty, with a certain belgian candy sweetness to it. Can taste a bit of hop presence and an assortment of spices, not quite to the extent of a witbier, but in that kind of direction. Mouthfeel is very moist, not too thin, not to thick. just right. Maybe a bit too fizzy feeling, but that's about it. A Very light belgian style brew, would be good to use this one to indroduce some to belgian ales, without some of the quirky flavors you get in stronger, darker brews. I will have no problem finishing off this bomber, and would love to try this on tap someday.

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Photo of jar2574
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big white head and a clear golden beer with average carbondation. The head drops away a little took quickly, but the beer looks pretty good poured out of a 22 ounce bottle. Nothing amazing though.

Hoppy smell, but again, nothing amazing.

Taste -- very yummy. Like drinking candied hops. But it avoids excessive residue, unlike most sugary beers. Good blend of malts and hops. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

It's crazy to think this is 9% ABV. Watch out. There's only a hint of the high alcohol content. Could drink this all evening. Very good.

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

Poured a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Color is golden and slightly pale. Leaves a nice, rich looking head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Smell is good. It has a nice floral nose that, while not as strong as a Duvel, is pleasant and complex. Other aromas include yeast, some malty sweetness, a bit of spice, and some fruit that bland together very nicely.

Taste is very fruity with a good amount of sweet thrown in. The spice, mild hop, and malt flavors go together very well but are somewhat secondary to the sweet and fruity flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with just a touch of bitter at the end, also has a lingering fruity feel to the aftertaste.

Drinkability, like most all Belgians for me, is excellent. I could easily knock back three of these in an afternoon. The alcohol is detectable, but not in any unpleasant way.

Overall, this is great example of American breweries' ability to produce excellent Belgians of any stripe. A good beer, a damn good beer.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into some tulips with a friend...
this looks extremely cloudy, wheaty blond, golden. luminescent.

this smells like sweet malt, grain, dough, yeast, sweet bread & raisins, balanced with a flowery citrus hoppiness. this is a lot of fun

taste is harmonious with the nose with a lot of spice along for the ride. wheat, a ton of yeast, dough & bananas swimming in the sweet malt from beginning to end. a bit of hop bitterness hits the back of my tongue. this is fairly complex but not necessarily balanced - at points the sweet dough borders on cloying.

mouthfeel is buttery, almost filmy at times. not great.

drinkability. this is a one glass and y'er out brew... its the mouthfeel that limits this.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden colour with slgiht haze. Sharp contrasting white head retains well.

Nose reminds me of lemon square cookies and shortbread.

Palate has a citrusy vanilla flavor (lemon again), malt sweetness, belgian estery/yeasty notes, and some alcohol towards the end.

Very good golden ale. Significantly above average.

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Photo of StoutHearted
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has attractive golden amber tones with little head, just some lacing that clings to the glass. It has a dried fruit smell that competes with a strong aura of booziness. A slight bitterness lingers on the tongue after every sip, but my strongest impression from the taste was the flavor of raisins. The consistency is between light and medium, but the booziness makes it more suitable for sipping.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a deep gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite spicey in this beer, consisting of white pepper, honey and cherries. The beer smells great. On the palate this beer is fairly sweet, again with more honey and cherry. However, there is a good dose of hops noticeable on the finish, giving it a considerable dry, bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied and bitterness on the finish helps to balance the sweetness and alcohol. Still, the alcohol is pretty noticeable in this beer, which detracts slightly from its drinkability. That being said, this is a very impressive effort from Avery. Nice beer.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy honey color with a light white head that disipated quickly even after an agressive pour.
S - Lots of fruity citrus with some yeast and hops present.
T - Smooth citrus and sweet malt that bites a little in the end from some solid hopping.
M - A little light on the carbonation but that was not unexpected. Very velvety almost milky residue left behind that brings with it a little tart aftertaste.
D - Great offering and is definately a beer you will find in my house often, but the alcohol content makes it a little hard to have too many in one night.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a small nonic on draught at Avery's tasting room, Salvation is a clear gold with a small white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is fruity, banana and bubblegum esters, with tinges of metal and alcohol.

Taste is rich and full, grain and sugar balanced out on the sweeter side, with enough esters to mask the ABV. Pretty good, but clearly an Americanized attempt at the style.

Mouthfeel is dry, but a bit too thick and under-attenuated for my taste.

Drinkability is good, decent complexity keeps it interesting and the booze smooth, but to sugary to really want to drink more then a glass or two - it would fail the authentic Belgian digestibility test for sure...

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Photo of johnyeast
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber in color with a slight white head. Sweet and flowery in smell with a wonderful hints of Belgian sugars and yeast. A bite in the first taste. The alcohol hits right away. The second is just as strong with it smoothing out over time. Not as drinkable as the Reverend as odd as that sounds. A good tasting beer. I bet it's the 9% that throws me off.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, a disclaimer--I am not a big fan of Belgian Golden Ales. This one may change my mind based on the aroma: rather than have the usual barnyard smells, I would describe this as Mediterranean: olives, summer sea salt, crisp and inviting.

Slightly cloudy and golden in color. Excellent head that has great lasting power. Consistent ring lace on the glass.

The flavor is true to form for the style (and not the way I like it). However, I am trying not give it too many demerits simply because of style. Strong alcohol presence that wasn't noticeable in the smell. The body counters this effectively. The effervescence is tight and appropriate. Slight hop detected on the swallow.

With this level of alcohol and the 22 oz bottle, I would suggest having a friend join you for this one. I think it would stand up well against the "true" Belgians!

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Photo of bort11
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, a perfect glass for this beer. Tall three finger head with a slow recede. Never really goes away actually, leaves a complete cap on the surface. Quality lacing on the glass. Swirling carbonation dances around the glass.

Smell is a muted coriander, spice and apples and apricots. Taste really brings out the coriander. Dry biscuity malt body. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Nice example of the style.

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

A - This bomber has a really cool label that looks like a middle age tapestry as interpreted by Egon Schiele. A large three finger white head shows orange tints and excellent retention. Lots of lace is left on the glass above a marigold and hazy brew. Looks like golden smog above LA in the morning. This is a really nice looking brew, and very much "to style."

S - Dandelions, tulips, honey, and sweet doughy bread like the kind that some sub shops use on their sandwiches. I can also pick up some dusty notes that come from the Belgian yeast. I also smell come carrot juice and yellow peppers. This is different...different is good!

T - Much more assertive than the nose, the flavors are chock full of honey and bell pepper flavors. I've tasted bell pepper in some cabs before, but never in a beer. These crunchy yellow pepper flavors are supported by a sour cream flavor that reminds me of Orval. Lots of hops are there, and I think that they may be the culprit of all of the peppery flavor. This is really complex and unique. I just thought of what I've had before that reminds me of these flavors...Absolute Peppar.

M - Full bodied with some aggressive carbonation and a spicy off-dry finish. The aftertaste is all peppery alcohol heat.

D - As much as I really like this beer for it's unique peppery spicy hop flavors and it's affable odd-ball nature, I don't really like it as much as other BSPAs. It's worth trying for the experience, but I'd pass this by in favor of many other BSPAs as the unique flavors that make it different can also be distracting and overbearing.

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Photo of jim102864
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Duvel tulip glass. Sweet snow white head forms a thin one finger cloud. Golden honey appearance and light lace. Slighly hazey from the yeast. Nice light carbonation.

Aroma is dominated by esters of fruit and herbs; honey and yeasty as well.

The taste is grassy and herbal throughout.

There's a hop bite in the finish. Otherwise a somewhat mild but nice brew. Very easy drinking golden Belgian. Yet another strong effort from Avery.

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