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 Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy burnt orange with a modest head that didn't stick around very long. The bubbles number in the zillions and run at different speeds up the sides and body of the beer. Head retention isn't great, but otherwise this thing is beautiful.

Aroma offers bountiful fruits and spices, with a mellow yeast thing going on too. All kinds of aromas explode from the head at first, but that doesn't last long, and it seems the aroma dies with the head. Really have to swirl during the drinking to get that great aroma back. A tough aroma to call: Awesome while it lasts, but it lacks stamina.

Malt, hops, yeast, fruit, spices...all these show up with every sip, with the hops being dominant. The flavors, like white grape and pepper, are quite tasty, but they don't last long into the sip, and this is the biggest disappointment. Hops provide a grassy bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is subtle, but gives off enough heat to at least remind you it's there. Mouthfeel is excellent, moderately carbonated with a buttery roundness and just enough weight where you want to hold it in there for hours.

Due to the high ABV, it's not even close session-able, and it's not so good that you'd kill for it. In fact, I don't know how far I'd go out of my way for it, but it's not one to regret either. Just a little off-balance.

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

Avery Salvation is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a tulip or pear shaped stemmed glass or goblet. This finely tuned Belgian-style Golden Ale pours up ever so softly with a large, pillowy white head that sits craggily over a hazy, deep golden-blaze orange body. The enticing aroma is filled with a nice intermingling of earthy (grassy/haylike), spicy (lemon pepper, turmeric, vanilla) & hugely fruity (dried apricot, banana, peach pit) estery notes. There's also just a hint of alcoholic warmth along with some delectable honeyish malt notes underlying the delicate, ephemeral hop accenuated aroma.The satisfying flavor starts off quite fruity with a soft, luscious candied maltiness that carries into a slightly earthy, spicy hop influenced bitterness which takes over to deliver a harmonious finish with a surreptitious alcoholic warmth. Avery's Salvation is a luxurious elixir that shows just how dangerously drinkable this style can be. Pop a top on one and be delivered!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About a 3oz sample at the Spagio Cellars' October Beer Social featuring Avery beers. This poured a golden color bordering on copper, with a creamy white head, showing good retention.

The aroma offers clove, lemon peel, and plenty of Belgian yeast. The taste delivers honey, clove, corriander, orange and lemon peel, a little candy and sugar, and a touch of alcohol.

The mouth is complex, bright on the front, gets a dry for awhile as some spices kick in, then finishes sticky on the lips. Another good one from Avery.

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

Poured from a brown 22oz bomber into a Duvel goblet. No indication of when this particular bottle was brewed.

Appearance: Medium brown hint a little bit of a reddish orange tint. Cloudy, can't see through my goblet. Intially pours with a nice 1.5 inch head. This fades into just a thin coating of foam. The etched "D" in my glass keeps a constant stream of bubbles coming up from the center of the glass. As the beer warms, it seems to clear a little, but I see some sediment now. Maybe something coagulating, the protein/chill haze going away?

Smell: Sweet, with a hint of citrus.

Taste: Sweet and alcoholy. The sweetness is unlike the malty sweetness you typically will find in a beer; more of a straight up sugar sweetness. I wonder if this is from the legendary Belgian candy sugar? Citrus hops flavor up front. A slight metallic taste, but not in a bad way. I seem to notice metallic undertines in a lot of Belgian style brews. A very small amount of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low level of carbonation. The body is nice and big, great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A nice and refreshing beer that is still quite interesting and complex. I think these go well with food or as an a night cap. Pretty high alcohol limits the number of these you could have in a row.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, peach-golden color, with a thin white head that fades to a patchy layer before disappearing completely.

Smell : The aroma is very fruity, with notes of banana and sour apple. There are also hints of yeast, grain and a light alcoholic spice.

Taste: Peppery upfront with a phenolic clove presence. The center is sweet and malty with banana and sour apple notes. The finish is clean with a light graininess and a light hop bitterness. There are a lot of flavors, but overall they never mesh well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, with a mildly dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but high in alcohol and a little lacking in flavor.

Overall: I think this is a pretty average Belgian Strong Pale. It did improve as it warmed though.

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Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Salvation pours a copper color, nearly crystal-clear, with quickly receeding foam. Smell is phenolic, also a hint of malt. Bubbles manage to ring the glass, but carbonation is not very apparent. Definitely not as lively as many Belgian pale ales.

Taste is sweet candy sugar and malt/barley. It's thick and syrupy in the mouth, almost whiskeyish. Alcohol is present, on the verge of overshadowing the downplayed malt & barley flavors. Bottle claims to have "authentic Belgian yeast" but none comes through in the flavor, or is visible in the bottle. Drinkabilty suffers due to the syrupy texture and alcohol presence.

Overall it's not a bad Belgian-style ale, but a bit too jacked up, like other "extreme" American craft brews.

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

It pours a hazy and carbonated amber orange. A finger-plus of fine white head dips soon to a low terrain of foam. Hills of lacing scale the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a pleasing malted grain sweetness, with caramel, peach, melon, banana, and berry. A slight yeasty tanginess presages a fresh hop clove spiciness, as well as a breath of lemon and alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt delivers an initially mellow sweetness with caramel and currants, but then drops off to a more hollow and generic general fruitness. A vanilla and lemon duo aren't big enough to hold the middle away from a crafty draft of alcohol. Yeast and a vaguely hoppy spice presence are equally challenged to assert. The finish is a neutral and shortly lingering bitterness. It seems that it wants to be better than it really is, coming in considerably less complex and pleasing than the aroma.

Medium bodied, it has a moment of peppy creaminess on the palate.

The aroma had me expecting a lot, and I wanted more from the flavor than I ended up getting. It just doesn't have anything notable going on when the palate gets its chance. That, and the healthy ABV, makes more than a glass an unlikely happenstance. I guess I expect a bit more from my Salvation than this is willing to grant.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded golden-copper color with a thin white half finger of head that fell back to a light white ring of lace. Aroma is rich of fragrant floral hops, sweet herbal notes, grain and light undertones of alcohol. Slightly spiced smell about it, blends nicely with the hops of the brew. Taste is sweet and hoppy, yeasty, dark ripened fruit, more honey-like sweetness, herbal spiciness, cloves, and then the alcohol shows itself before trailing off the tongue. Leaves a light drying bitter aftertaste of hops and slightly of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, aptly paired with moderate levels of carbonation, bubbles tingle the tongue. Drinkability is good, enjoyable level of complexity, interesting blend of flavors and smells, an overall tasty beer. Would purchase again.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized wine glass at around 45 degrees.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a slight head. Smelled of herbs and sweet malt. A good balance between the alcohol and malty hops; went down surprisingly crisp. A nice bubbly sensation carries the whole way down for that great warming feeling and a slight alcohol/hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A tongue tingler! I don't say that about many other beers. In fact I don't think I've ever said a beer made my tongue tingle. I don't know if that's a ringing endorsement, but in this case it's a good thing!

A - Golden body with a strong off-white head. Nice looking ale.
S - Not a huge nose. A little citrusy, a little spicy. But it's all very subtle.
T - A whole bunch of citrusy flavors. Hard to describe really.
M - A tongue tingler as I mentioned above. The after taste is one of the most pleasant I've experienced!
D - Good and tasty. I'm not familiar enough with the Belgain Strong Ale style to say if this is an authentic rendition, but regardless it's damn good!

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

22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head that rapidly retreats to a a spotty head that fades to almost nothing. The subsequent lacing is tattered and sparce.

Smell; bananas and cloves are dominant, but I also detect a little citrus and yeast as well. There's also some spices that are a bit hard to pick out, but they are there. Overall a little weaker than I would have liked in the aroma department.

Taste; the flavor carries through more so than the aroma did. This is definitely fruity, with bananas, lemons and apricots. This has a very sweet honey like quality that's balanced a bit by some peppery spiciness, with a prominant alcohol presence. Unfortunately this became pretty harsh after it warmed up, and became quite a bit harder to drink. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a drinkability that takes a hit due to a high alcohol content and a sweetness that becomes a little cloying after a while.

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

This pours dark amber and is slightly hazy. There is little head with my slow pour.

This has a slight bitterness I don't like, seltzerey. Otherwise it has a nice balance between hoppy and sweet, but more on the hoppy side. The sweet is candy sugar like, and the hop is pine like.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Finish has an alcoholic bite, along with a bit of pine hop. There is a slight aftertaste.

This is a good brew, but a bit too much alcohol and odd seltzer flavor for my tastes..

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Photo of boulevard2
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap Boulevard Grill 08/23/06

Pours a light golden ale with no head. This beer has all kinds of smell those including apple, citrus and a bit of alcoholic overtone. My first sip packs a punch but I'm ready for another! Wow there it is again ripe apples and a fruity aftertaste linger. Carbonation is mild and just right for this style of beer. Nice to see something of this caliber to come out of Colorodo and representing a Belgian favorite. The only downfall of this beer is the 9% abv which makes it difficult to have more than one. Once again Avery has nailed it!

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Photo of ellisdee97
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy orange, with a one finger thick foamy eggshell white head. The look of this beer is magnifecent in front of a light. The head dissipates leaving a strong ring with insanely sticky lacing.

S: Strong fruity yeast, slightly peppery with crisp hops. Orange rind and smoky malt. You get a hint of alcohol but it is hidden so well.

T: Pepper and fruit up front with a slight alcohol nip and an amazing sweet malt base. Hidden hops try to break through but are subdued. This brew has a fantastic malt balance.

M: Nice carbonation. Heavy up front but then dries out quickly.

D: Upon my first sip I got the feeling of high alcohol content but then every other ingredient quickly washes over and instantly mellows its presence.This is a very drinkable Belgian, not heavy at all, quite refreshing but you know the alcohol will get you. Excellent. I am looking forward to having more from Avery. So far my favorite Belgian.

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Photo of YakManDoo
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remarkable. Purchased this bottle of Salvation from my local favorite that can hardly keep it in stock. Chilled into the high 50s or so the bomber poured smooth and a cloudy golden with a bright white head reminiscent of a classic Belgian Tripel.

The nose was bright and fruity with a hint of clove and a slight spiciness that showed itself in the first taste. A remarkably complex beer with a multiplicity of fruits; banana (light) berry and maybe a hint of passion fruit. The alcohol came through not so much in the taste though it was was the 9.0% going straight to my head that got me.

The mouthfeel was bright and fresh with little oxygen character. Got this one fresh methinks. Keep up the good work Avery!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a clean dark golden color ale with a small foamy head with little retention. Aroma of candi sugar is a bit overpowering and doesn’t allow for much else. Taste is very sweet with very little yeast or spices characteristics. Alcohol is pretty subdued but a bit too one-dimensional and boring in my own opinion.

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Photo of cproioi
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head that disipates quickly leaving little lacing. Picked up a spicey hops aroma in the smell but then followed by a yeast that wasn't like any Belgian strand I've had before. The taste was very yeasty giving it an almost sour taste. However, not sour enough for my to say this beer was spoiled. It was an almost medium body beer that didn't fint to the alcohol at all. The Beer's finish was semi-dry. It's a slow beer to drink. While I cannot say it's the worse beer I've had. It defenitely doesn't rank very high on the list for me.

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

Poured this 22 oz. undated bottle into a Duvel tulip. Achieved minimal head. Body was a butterscotch/orange color and had a chill haze that faded as it warmed.

Weak aroma. Hard candy, floral, some alcohol.

Taste was spicy plums and mild hops. Belgian yeastiness. Alcohol was present but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied. Smooth finish.

This is a high alcohol sipper. Nice label, not a "go to" beer for me.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell grains of paridise, and coriander. Lemon peel is also present. It has a citrus aroma. A slight grainy aroma is also present.

This beer tastes grainy. I taste some citrus flavors. Lemon, and orange flavors. It tastes quite sweet also. Some spice flavor is also present.

This full bodied beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy, citrus like aftertaste. It is crisp and refreshing.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. It is a little strong, but it tastes good. The flavor might become a little overbearing after a while though.

Overall: This beer is good, but not anything exceptional. Just ordinary. I would drink it again.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange with a snow white head that went away in about 40 seconds. Smell is sweet malt, a little bit of candied fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is the smell, amplified. Especially the sweetness. For what this is, and considering I don't really care much for this style, this is a fantastic representation of the style, and just a good beer all the way around. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, while a little thick and heavy. Drinkability is down a bit due to the strength and the weight of the beer. Overall, I was impressed. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance- The beer glows a cloudy, banana amber color, supporting a two-finger bone white head on a good pour. The soapy crown recedes sporadically, unevenly with all different size bubbles. It comes back to life with a good swirl... light to moderate lacing is left behind.

Smell- *Huge* Belgian candi sugar and Styrian hop aromas first, creating a very fruity and pleasant nose. Sweet and a bit heavy initially... mellowing nicely as the beer comes to temperature. Notes of vanilla and spices eventually come through, along with a faint hint of the alcohol.

Taste- A creamy, fruity palate with a nice hop bite. Extremely good flavor, balance, and complexity.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick, creamy, buttery, coating, and mouth-filling are the words that come to mind. All similar in description, and all apply with their subtle differences. Wine-like in its grace and deep, complex character. Big and warming in the belly. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of beerogre
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the second time I've tried Avery Salvation, and I have to say that it is every bit as good as I remembered it from the first occasion.

I normally like to try something new when I go the beer store and these days, with the much improved availability of craft beer in this part of Central Florida, that is always a possibility. So it speaks volumes for this beer that I opted to sample it again, so soon after my first encounter with it, when there were plenty of other tempting, untried offerings on the shelves.

Normally appearance is not something that is going to make or break a beer for me and I considered it to be the least important amongst the evaluation categories, but I must say that the clean, clear amber presentation is worthy of top marks, being more striking than any other beer in recent memory.

This beer drinks so well it's hard to believe that it's 9% abv - It reminds me of some the golden ales I used to drink all night back in England and they would probably be about 3.8%.

I feel I could drink this all night as well, at least until I fell under the table after dancing around with my underpants on my head.

Yes indeed - yet another winner from Avery, who are seriously working their way into contention of becoming my favourite brewery. For me, this is definitely one of those Desert Island beers, oft discussed and nominated in the forum.

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

Served into a St Bernardus chalice. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a moderate head, not much lacing. Lots of hops in the nose, mainly grassy, grapefruity, with some crackerish malt. Flavor comes with a big malt taste, followed by high bitterness (tasting citrusy, lemongass-like), fruitiness that reminds me of plums, and a medicinal note of fusel alcohols. Big bodied, perhaps a bit oversubstantial for the style.

A decent enough Belgian golden.

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Photo of MusicalBeers
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer starts out great... lusty caramel color, thick lacy head, aroma of honey, nutmeg, coriander and maybe some peach in there. Advertised as a Belgian-Style Golden Ale, from looks and smell alone it starts out as good as any of the actual Belgian pale ales have tried.

Malts are immediately apparent in the aroma and the intial taste, with the hoppiness coming later. It's a nice balance there, but this beer doesn't live up to its initial potential. The taste starts out faintly sweet, with tangs of honey again and cloves but is fairly generic for the style. It finishes with a clovey bitterness and is somewhat acidic - the alcohol and hoppiness rushing in maybe too late to the party. I tended to want to keep drinking this one to avoid the bitter finish (good sales technique perhaps?), but in doing that it seemed somewhat watered down due to the lack of flavor, especially for 9% ABV.

This is still a wonderful brew for the smell and balance alone, but as a Belgian pale ale is pretty much my favorite style in the summer months I'm probably more critical than most with this style. I'll probably pick this one up again, if only to break up my usual Rare Vos or La Fin du Monde.

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

Pours into the glass a hazy rich caramel color. The head is a finger and a half of off-white dense fluffy foam. The lacing is thick and hang around for the long haul.
Smell is alcohol and burning bacon? Oh Crap, I'll be right least there was no structural damage.
Smell is spicy (could be the hops, could be the alcohol), sweet malts, an undefined fruitness, molasses and ethanol. As it warm the fruitiness becomes pineapple (you read it here first!).
Overall, I actually enjoyed this one. They claim the ingredients are Belgian, it's an American version of a Belgian. I won't complain.
Drinkability? I know what the ABV is, but I could still drink this like a fratboy. So drinkable? Hell yes.

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