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 dreadnatty08
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color, quite cloudy with a nice frothy head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are dominated yeasty esters of banana, a little clove and a bit of bubblegum. Quite a bit of hops are detected in the nose, uncharacteristic of Belgians, but they seem to be of the Styrian Golding variety or other European types. On the palate, the hops dominate creating a very bitter front to the continuing fruitiness, quite dry with a long finish. On second thought, there may actually be a bit of American hops in here given the strong citrus notes and high bitterness. This is a bit syrupy in the mouth, not as vibrant in carbonation as most Belgians, still a good attempt by an American brewery.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light amber with a copper hue…very clean with lazy bubbles working their way to the top. Head is good, off white and fluffy.

S: Fresh like a spring day. Spicy cloves, green banana peels, lemon rind, nutmeg, coriander and crackers.

T: First impressions is very sweet and tropical; passion fruit, pineapple, honeydew melon, mango and papaya. Basic farmhouse flavors come next with yeasty moments, floral characteristics and banana peels. Finishes really earthy and somewhat dirty…frankly an unattractive bitterness that I’m not too fond of.

M: Medium body, syrupy with just a touch of fuzz.

D: I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of this beer. Really straight forward, not overly complex and the end bitterness sucks.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. Bomber $4.99

A- Nice, clear (filtered), glowing burnt orange body with lively carbonation and thin, but semi-sticking head.

S-Soft, but strong yeast character. Not as peppery and spicy as other belgian strains, but a little more hefe-like. Juicy fruit chamomile characteristics come through.

T-Raw malt and yeast taste with a sugary backbone followed by some bittering hops that come across a little strong for this style. The finish is a bit herbal and dry.

M-Nice flavors coming through, but a bit rough and dry. Seems like an earthy tripel, but not fully rounded.

D-High abv is dangerously hidden but this is not a mind-blowing, "must have" in my eyes. Definatly a good beer but I wanted a bit more balance in this.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear, golden with thick bubbly head that leaves a foamy lace behind.

Smell - fruity - pineapple, mustly, slightly floral

Taste - yeasty, slightly perfumey/ soapy, malt with minor bitterness

Mouthfeel - full bodied, slightly foamy, tongue coating

Drinkability - nice to try, probably would not buy again, but I wouldn't turn one down either.

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

Pristine peachy amber with lemon peel trim. There's a fair amount of fine carbonation, but it doesn't approach the bubbliciousness of most BSPAs. As a result, the ivory colored crown will never be mistaken for the upper half of a Belgian ale. Still though, it's attactive in an IPA kind of way. Most high-ABV beer doesn't deliver this much sticky lace.

The highest compliment that I can pay the nose is that it's authentic. Authentically Belgian and authentically good. A warm, inviting, clove spiciness is easily identified swirling among the sweetened orchard fruit (most reminiscent of ripe pears and peaches). I'm amazed at how well-hidden the alcohol is. It doesn't hurt that this bottle has been carefully aged for close to two years.

Salvation is almost exceptional beer. On first blush, its only (admittedly minor) faults are a wee lack of complexity and an alcohol presence that is still somewhat aggressive. Even though I could probably have identified it as an American 'B'SPA if blinded, it tastes much more like the originals than most versions from this side of the Atlantic. A kick ass yeast strain probably has a lot to do with that.

A fairly hefty amount of pale (and light crystal) malt glides along beneath the boozy fruit. It tastes like a generous amount of candi sugar was used, but the beer isn't overly sticky sweet. That's because the alcohol cuts through each mouthful like a knife through warm butter. In addition, an impressive amount of Styrian Goldings hoppiness has survived intact and easily counters all the sugars.

The mouthfeel favors medium over full. As it warms toward room temperature, words like supple and lightly chewy come to mind. I'm fine with the less than abundant number of bubbles since they're more brittle than they are soft. All in all, the mouthfeel matches the flavor profile pretty well.

Avery typically brews solid beer that falls short of what I would consider great (New World Porter, IPA and The Czar are delicious exceptions to that rule). Salvation is an enjoyable big beer that comes close enough to the Belgian masters to be well worth the $5.99 that I spent on the bomber. The next time I buy it, though, I'm going to lay it down for at least three years.

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

Had this one at Stubbie in Gainesville...

Appearance: Golden in color, very clear. Good retention. Lots of lace.

Smell: Belgian aroma, with a good bit of spice, and some citric hop aroma.

Taste: Much more bitter than I expected, my dad described it as being more hoppy than the pale ale he was drinking. Good bit of spiciness. Reminds me of a Belgian IPA I brewed in December.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good! I liked this one a lot.

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

Poured into a .5 liter goblet

Appearance - A filtered deep golden colored ale with a mighty two inch head that refuses to die down. In its wake it leaves some lace, but not to much.

Smell - Alchohol and yeast hit the nose first, with apricot and some other furity esters coming in a close second. A little buttery.

Taste - Slightly more hoppy than a traditional belgian, with a lot of balancing malt, and fruit tones. Alchohol is imperceptable as a torrent of flavors disolve over each other in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy, a little slick down the throat, and nicely drying in the mouth.

Drinkability - An easy drinker for sure, with enough complexity to inspire a long slow drinking session. And as it gets better with warmth, the high alchohol matters less. I could sip on this one beer for hours.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium gold color. White head very thin but with good retention. Visible effervescence. Good clarity. Belgian lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Ester aroma profile is a melange of citrus, pear, and apricot. Slightly grainy clean pils malt with some light clove aroma. Perfumy aroma also noticeable and strong. Sweet alcohol.

T: Clean pils malt flavor is very noticeable. Muted pepper flavor. Ester flavor, which were so prominent in the nose, are not really a factor here. Sweet candi sugar and alcohol flavors come through. Also perfumy and floral.

MF: Light and airy. Smooth. Moderate/light carbonation. Some alcohol warming.

D,notes: A good American take on a Belgian classic. Would have liked some more fruitiness in the flaovr department. Very drinkable despite relatively high alcohol content.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is beer is being reviewed in conjunction with the Russian River Salvation. After I am finished writing a review for each, I am going to blend the two and taste the mixture in conjunction with the Collaboration Not Litigation. So far, I am enjoying the Avery the most, but after a few more drinks I'm starting to lean a little more towards a balance.

The beer pours to a nice pale golden color with excellent clarity. Great fluffy white head with decent retention, but very little lacing. Good carbonation.

The smell is great. Has the dry grainy aroma of a Belgian tripel, but with a nice American hops bouqet to back it up. Interesting. Not too much candi sugar, which is a good thing. It is not exactly what I would call a traditional Belgian style, but more like a hybrid, along the lines of Houblon Chouffe though not as much bubblegum hops flavor. Nice estery profile of banana and bubblegum, with some clove phenols. Burns the nostrils with alcohol.

The taste is good, and follows along quite nicely from the nose. More candi sugar in the taste profile, however. Sweet and spicy with an alcohol burn in the finish. Dries out in the finish as well, leaving only the spice, caramel maltiness, and a fading memory of the bananas and bubblegum.

The body is medium. Carbonation is gentle on the palate. The alcohol is quite apparent, however. Would be more drinkable if it were given some time to mellow out the burn. Overall, I really enjoyed it though.

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Photo of clickpush
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Toronado, was very excited to see it on the draught list.

Poured a hazy golden amber hue into tulip glass, capped by a thin white head that stuck around quite a while for its initial petite size. Aroma quite strong of Belgian yeast, pepper and fruit esters, and a slight farmy buzz from the hops. Taste more of the same, but a steely hop finish, a bit too metallic in the bitterness. Sweet up front with honey and raisins. Mouthfeel is good strong carbonation but does nothing to improve the experience. As the brew warms the metallic aspects come out further and the bottom of the glass is less than desirable.

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Photo of Drew966
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Salvation pours a golden color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is fruity, and I think I can smell the candy sugar. Taste is kind of bitter, a bit peppery from the alcohol too. There's a little bit of fruit too. The taste improves dramatically as it warms up, but in any case it's still not very exciting in my book.

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

Pours a medium to amber gold with a relatively thin head that quickly fades and leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is fairly sweet with candy sugar, cloves, banana, and cinammon. The taste is much less sweet, with a healthy hit of hops adding a topnote to the sweeter under flavors. The sweet flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is first crisp and then with a fairly creamy finish. A little mouthcoating. Pretty delicious and drinkable, even with the high abv. Overall, a nice beer that is a little heavier and more bitter than is usual for the style, with sweeter notes than some as well- but these balance the bitterness nicely

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

Served from a bomber into a St Bernardus goblet.

Pours a nice cloudy copper, with scan traces of white head, which rapidly disappeared. The smell is quite sweet, with malt and candy scents overpowering the yeasty-hoppy bitterness. The taste is similar, with very a very strongly sweet candy flavor, followed by hints of banana, yeast, and hops. The mouthfeel is fairly good, as the beer is smooth and has a pleasant texture. Drinkability is good for the style and strength, as the carbonation is fairly low, and the alcohol is not as noticeable.

Overall, this brew will be appreciated more by those who enjoy the sweeter style of Belgian ales, as the candy sugar is quite predominate. Not bad at all, and nice to share with a friend.

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Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Binny's Orland

Purchased this along with Collaboration to give them both a try. Salvation poured a hazy glowing golden/prange. Very fine carbonation bubbles rise to the half finger head that formed on the pour. The head fades quickly to a whispy swirling that thickens around the edges of the glass. Sticky lacing.

The smell is loaded with candy sugar. A solid dose of fruity yeast esters show through in the form of banana. A bready malt is at the bottom of things creating a banana bread aroma. Mild caramel as well. Sweet. Smells wonderfully appetizing.

The flavor has a definate banana bread characteristic. Mild caramel with a touch of sweetness. Mid-palate shows a musty quality and is quickly followed up by a lively powdery yeast and candy sugar finish. Mild spiciness on the swallow.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with lively carbonation that tickles the tongue. Really comes alive on the swallow.

Drinkability is good. Enjoyable flavors and nice carbonation compliment each other nicely.

This is a solid Belgian Golden. Not as complex and unique as some but definately enjoyable and easy drinking. The price is good too at $4.99 a bomber. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a heavy gold almost amber with a 2 finger head, decent longevity and excellent lace. Nice rich heavy malt aromas mixed with citrus and honey smells. Hop floalness just teases the nose. Big malt flavors quickly followed by hop flavor and bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable but not too bad. To me this one is just 2 dimentional. It goes from straight malt to straight hop with not much in between. Its not a bad beer it just doesn't excite me all that much.

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Photo of Kudashov
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle in a pint glass with local Boston band The Slip on the Hi-Fi . Color is a brass / copper with small head which fades a little bit . Smells of banana , caramel , and bread . Tastes abit spicy and lemony . This was boring though .The flavor is everywhere . I wish it was a bit smoother and the ABV is somewhat hidden but the flavor is not my style .

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Photo of hellsing3
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A beatiful golden colored beer with a nice white fluffy head about 3 fingers, good lacing and head retention.

S: I smell sweet sugary fruit like peach & apricot with a slight hint of clove and also there is a spiced smell nutmeg and cinnamon towards the end.

T: This one begins with a slight sweetness, apricot, peach a small bit of spice and a good amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Nice mouthfeel to this brew, flows easily. Good balance between sweet and bitter, and a slight warming from the alcohol.

D: Good times, nice belgian style from a great brewery. This is a smooth drinking belgian style ale with 9% abv, but you don't really notice that till the end. Go out and try this one it's worth a shot.

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Photo of mmcave
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Sam right next to the collaboration not litigation ale. Chilled and poured into watou goblet, nice creamy pure white head one finger thick with wonderful snow like lumpy lacing. Body is a warm peach-ish amber color with blond highlights, clear warm and reflective. The aroma is fresh and clean I get juicy pear esters right up front with that sort of spicy/ peppery character, which is slightly less apparent in this than some Belgian Strong Pales. Taste is again fresh and crisp with more light esters, some pear and maybe even apple coming toward the midsection with a slight tart bitterness, and a dry finish. The alcohol might be just a little too much if I was drinking with food, but for just drinking its fine with me. Totally worth a try nice take on a B.S.P. ale.

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Photo of Phatz
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review # 777. Salvation. Many people call the 7s lucky if not divine. I have heard it argue that "no where in the Bible can it be proven, or even shown that the number 777 is to be used to represent the perfect trinity of God" But I always remember hearing that 666 numbers the beast and 777 Yahweh, the Father; or that 777 signifies perfection since seven is the number of perfection.
Well, after the risk I took reviewing Avery's "The Beast" for the 666 reviews, I need to hope that reviewing Salvation on the 777 will bring me 'deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil' wrought by my earlier action. Here we go. Can the beer be as good as the number?

Allowed to warm for a while then poured into my snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a very beautiful clear (very clear I should say) golden color. A careful pour was yielding little head so I adjusted to create a bit of a harder pour and with the additional splash yielded a nice size creamy white head that quickly faded away to just a frothy cap. The white frothy cap lasted on top of the beer for its duration. The lacing is here or there spotty with an inconsistence string or patch of dots. Nice.

Smell: First thing is alcohol in the nose. Sweet medicinal alcohol. A hint of bready malt but very much candied sugars and alcohol. - eh?

Taste: Lots of sticky sweet malt, honey, bread, a handful of spices (including a dash coriander and pepper) and again that phenolic medicinal alcohol. Overall it makes this a pretty one dimensional sweat alcoholic beer with spices. It has a very nice drying effect, and a warm feel from the alcohol but little depth. No exciting display from any yeast character. OK, so it is 9%. It feels like it too.

Mouthfeel: Thick sweet and spicy to start but it moves to light and alcoholic through the center and it finishes crisp and dry.

Drinkability & notes: I would have called this more of a triple than a BSPA. A BSPA I expect some yeast and it wasn't present here. Even as a Triple it still lacks in character and depth in my opinion. It actually was hard to drink the whole bomber. I could use some help.

Well, if 777 signifies perfection this Salvation from Avery is not quite up to that standard but there are no off flavor or anything poor about this very fine beer either; so give it a try once.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle a clear light gold with a very large head of foam that shrank slowly leaving a fine solid layer and there's plenty of lacing.

The smell is fruity and yeasty...about right for the style.

The taste has some tartness that I noticed immediately with notes of semi sweet malt, hop bitterness, and yeast. A few more sips in and I'm getting some banana and clove but they're pretty sudued. The warming from the alcohol is there but not in abundance so that helps it to be pretty drinkable.

Bottom line: This is a pretty good offering of the style from Avery and is at least worth trying.

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

Pale amber, a wee cloudy, with a nice thick head.

Fruity-spicy aroma, corriander, orange peel and lemon.

Big spicy corriander flavor and a hard hop bitterness balanced by a citrus fruitiness. Very, very good.

Light and lively, clean on the palate.

Despite the alcohol, or maybe because of it, I want another immediately. Very drinkable, lovely beer.

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

22 oz brown bottle.

Golden, amber color with decent head and carbonation.

Smell is fruity, a little malty and yeasty. Not especially powerful.

Taste starts sweet and quickly is overtaken by a tangy, almost sour flavor of Belgian yeast that finishes a little bitter. Too much of this sourness and not enough malt balance for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pretty smooth.

This hides its strength well, but is just too dominated by tangy Belgian yeast flavors to be something I'd want a lot of.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a wonderful 1/2 inch head into my La Rulle glass. A nice spicy aroma wafts from the glass with that typical Belgian aroma.

Tastes light and crisp on the tongue with moderate effervescence. Slightly spicy with a bit of citrus in the middle (clementine?). This brew finishes up a bit dry, which is a really nice compliment to the experience.

Overall a highly drinkable Belgian Ale that I enjoyed. I will be drinking more of these.

Thanks Vancer and NO BS BIF Beta!

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Photo of bruachan
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this has been "aging" since the summer (at least in my posession)

goldenamber with sunshine highlights. that head up top doesn't look like it's going anywhere. the aggressive bubbles pumping to the surface are making sure of that

the aroma has a distinct zing to it: white pepper, coriander and, of course, some booze. this sits over a tropical fruit stratum. musty hops, too

though the finish is a little fusel-y (some more time would make this nice) i taste some nice layers of complexity. it's got a brief moment of the bright fruit i sensed in the aroma, and then the hops float in. the finish has a slight cough syrup twang to it (though much less than my first attempt at a homebrewed scotch ale...drainpour)

the hop character is large, but the mouthfeel is not. in fact, it seems to die off rather quickly

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out an amber/ornge color with a thick, two-finger head. Leaves great lacing down the entire glass.

S - Smelled of pine, grasses, cinnamon, alcohol and yeast.

T - Could really taste the malt and a clove flavor. Also, th eyeast and alcohol were very present.

M - It is soft and smooth. Medium-bodied.

D - Another great "big bottle" beer from Avery. And a good representation of the style.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,058 ratings