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Salvation | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
531
Ratings:
1,052
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
16.23%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
110
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 531 | Ratings: 1,052
Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey with a bubbly thin white head. Head retention and lacing are below average

Smell: Yeat, lemon, mown grass and fruit. A feast for the nose

Taste: Sourness/dryness hit you up front along a with a yeasty/stale hops taste. Finish is fruitty, dry and has a pronounced alcohol presence

MF: Slick, effervescent and and well carbonated

Drinkable enough, kind of reminds me of Duvel. But not really my style

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mdaschaf
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color with a foamy one finger head which quickly fizzles to nothing. Very little lacing.

S: Very doughy/biscuity with some graham cracker and an extremely faint spice/floral aroma.

T: The flavor profile just seemed off, there was a slightly sourish taste and some fruit but it didn't taste right. Hard to describe the flavor, but I know I was not a fan.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and despite the issues I had with the flavors, it drank rather smoothly with a touch of alcohol.

O: Wasn't a fan. If it had tasted like the aroma, that would have been fine, even though it seemed to be lacking in hops slightly, but drank a little of it and then poured it, something I rarely do.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Stateline 2 days ago. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a very clear orange-golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. Head goes away almost instantly , leaving a few bubbles on top.

s - Smells of spices, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, peaches, light, ripe fruits, apricots, and a tiny bit musty. Pretty enjoyable; not the biggest fan of the mustiness, but it isn’t too prevelant.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, colves, bananas, nutmeg, peaches, light ripe fruity malts, bready malts. Spice is pretty strong; if you like spices it's pretty good.

m - Light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Both more on the light side.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style ale from Avery that seems a bit heavy on the spices. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though I would have liked more fruit. Would have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber golden with an off white honey tinted head creamy texture slightly rocky, leaves behind nice webbed pattern of lacing. Aroma: Rich honey like malt character with a bready yeasty notes, not as complex and fruity as most Belgian style ales. Taste: Flavor rich compex honey, bready, very sweet alcohol with some phenolic tones. Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied chewy mouthfeel syrupy as all hell, a bit cloying not to keen on the sensation it inflicts on my palate. Drinkability: Is somewhere in the middle this is not a Piraat, La Fin du Monde, or Duvel but it's decently tasty anyway you slice it just lacking some crucial elements present iin most belgian style strong ales.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a mini snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Not much of a head. A few white wisps, but nothing else.

Smell - Booze is quite apparent. Citrus and pineapple. Belgian sugars. Pale malts.

Taste - Bright esters up front and a touch of spice. Very fruity. Pineapple, apples, some spice behind it. Boozy and a lot of pale malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and a lot more alcohol than I expected. Harsh. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I finished it, but it didn't seem worth finishing. Too alcoholic, even at 9%.

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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 Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Salvation is a bright golden orange with a creamy, medium-sized head. Carbonation is mild. The aroma is very strong. Citrus and spice smells burst out alongside an underlying candi sugar sweetness. Taste is very spicy with plenty of citrus flavors. The spice flavors are very peppery and are aided by an edge of hop flavor. An underlying sugary sweetness keeps the other flavors from a total domination of the palate. A touch of alcohol is noted in the finish. I found this to be excellent, the strong spice and citrus flavors really won me over, and the layering of flavors was pretty awesome as well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark copperish orange with a short, soft, white head that leaves nice lacing

S - pear, candy sugar, alcohol

T - bread, sugary caramel, pear, apple, alcohol

M - warm, full bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty nice beer, but the alcohol is a bit intense. There are nice fruity notes from the yeast which I really like, the malt is semisweet with hints of caramel and sugar which I also like, but unfortunately the alcohol is heavy enough to mask some of the finer nuances. An overall solid beer, but one that may need cellared before it reaches its prime.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, peachy, deep golden hue, ample, creamy white foam sitting on top.
Big sweetness in the nose, a little sour, too, but full of citric flavors, lemon, orange, apricot, very spicy and spritzy as well, almost too candy-ish in the sweet factor, though.
Taste...a bit sticky on the palate, big, bold peppery flavor, a bit too much so...rather brisk, with a sourness sticking near the sweet...an oddly cloying mouthfeel, laying thick on the tongue and lasting long in the mouth.
This dies off a bit, and it's a bit easier to take, later on...now, the sweetness is subdued, relaxed, less obnoxious...still, not a spot-on tripel like we'd like...hard to peg this attempt at a tripel, as it doesn't quite nail it, but you've got to like it for trying, at least.
Gorgeous bottle, though...

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Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger man in NYC, this one pours light golden, clear, with a medium white head, tiny bubbles evident. It leaves fine , wispy and plentiful lacing and sheets of lace. Good looking stuff!
Nose is slighty sweet and spicy. Light maltyness up front,snappy,spicy hops also show up on the tongue. Notes of vanilla,anise, ,juniper, alcohol. Belgian yeast phenolics. tasty and dangerously drinkable stuff. Fine, complex brew. Nice bold, Americanized take on the style

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Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01/31/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. The top is sealed in foil. Very nice presentation for the bottle label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clear pristine golden in color. No yeast or anything floating around. If held up it seems to take on an amber color, or even a mahogany color. Strange. Very slight gleaming white head which quickly evaporates. Light lacing appears in the glass.

Smell- Heavy spice scents with more than a hint of alcohol. Mostly corriander and clove with some peppery scents.

Taste- Clove and corriander, as caught in the nose, dominate the flavor. Seems a tad yeasty as well. A bit of a bitter hop taste comes into play in the aftertaste. Maybe a bit of a tropical fruit in the backing, but barley any if it exists.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level. Light sugary coating on the tongue. Smooth going down.

Drinkability- Easy drinker that seems a bit less of the 9% than is states. Nothing out of the ordinary though. Tastes decent enough and went down well. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Nice yeasty floral aroma, rich golden color with small soapy head. Taste come sin with malt, yeast, and a touch of vinegar acidity. Some wine like aroma and taste to this.

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Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, goldenc color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hops, slight alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, slight yeast, slight sweet malt, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good blent, aroma, body, and complexity.

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can always count on the Avery bombers to be a little different. This belgian had a strong pinapple-hops aroma and taste to go along with the standard pale belgian sweetness and spice. Not amazing or too complex, but nice and different. Worth a try for the price and could make a nice stocking stuffer for the approaching holidays.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A BSPA close to home. Golden pour with a touch of cloudiness, big head, rocky. Almost perfect.
Malty aroma is mocked by the spice. It's a biscuit laced with clove, flowers, pepper and honeysuckle.
Nice flavor to it. A malt backbone holds up the hops and soft fruit while a modest amount of pepper, coriander, clove and alcohol give it cutting power.
Feels nice and crisp, but still doesn't have that snap of some others`in the style.
Drinks nicely.

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Photo of Gavage
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color with a 1" head that quickly disappated. Some very light lacing developed. The aroma was of malt, spice, and citrus. The flavor was of malt, citrus, spice, and a hint of honey.

This was medium bodied and was quite flat (very little carbonation at all). The mouthfeel was very smooth with a slightly dry grainy finish. The citrus lingered on the tongue after swallowing. This was a little to strong on the citrus tones which cuts back the drinkability.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet fruity pale malt and Belgian candy sugar scent along with a Belgian yeast aroma. It is rich and malty with fruity esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth and slightly warm flavor that boasts of pale malts and candy sugar. It goes down easy with quite a bit of hops in the finish; nice touch. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Belgian ale. It has excellent flavor and aroma. It is a bit hoppier than most, but that's what I like about it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 30 Jun 16
22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped

Been A Long Time Coming!

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow/orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy one-finger white head, which also leaves a very nice medium size oil slick in the middle of the glass, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very nice malty, yeasty, with some nice clove notes, spices, slight hop note, citrusy. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, slightly hoppy, with some citrus, licorice, nice little sweetness, clove. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Enjoying it more this time around.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a golden yellow color with some carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards. Scents of fruit, malt, and some spices. The taste is sweet, but tangy as well leaves a little bit of warmth in the throat. Medium body. Drinkable at the ABV. A nice offering from Avery.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap at Old Eagle Tavern.

Salvation pours out a golden graham glaze with some hazy orange in between. Not much of a head, barely even a off white cap, no stick.

Smell is very heavy on the spice and especially black pepper. Adam really likes his black pepper. Some grassy vegetal smell with some bready old biscuit scent as well.

This is an odd one. Comes in heavier than a BSPA, but Salvation does not even meet those standards. I get farmhouse along with fruity triple tastes and grass. Black pepper is apparent with grains of paradise. Other spices. Belgian yeast with bread but it also gives vegetal taste in the middle and it lingers off longtime, yuck. This is real nasty.

Feel is heavier than the standard BSPA. A slimy medium with kinda lacking carb. More bubbles would of been nice, but it would not have helped the taste. Aftertaste of vegies forever.

A hybrid of styles Saison/BSPA/triple in that order, and it seems unfocused. I could not wait to get through my glass.

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

A hazy golden brew, that is quite carbonated. Crowned by a cream colored head. Smells of alcohols and esters. A sharp aroma mixed with a musty fruity character. Soft tasting, fairly mellow compared to what I was expecting from the aroma. A bit of alcohol in the finish is detectable, along with a slight mustiness as well. The beer is fruity with notes of apple, maybe a hint of apricot. There is a bit of a sharp edge here too, a combination of the carbonation and fermentation byproducts. This is pretty good stuff, though it is a bit on the thick-bodied side of things.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Live with Passion" - the wonderful slogan that adorns the caps of Avery beers. Foolishly - I adhere - too much maybe.

In the movie "The Prestige" Hugh Jackman's character says: "never thought I'd find an answer at the bottom of a pint glass" to which Micheal Caine replies "Hasn't stopped you from looking, has it ?" Well I continue to...
This beer not only offers "salvation" on the 26th of October (2007) but it even offers a definition: "discovering your passion, purpose, meaning in life"...

No head and only a mere outline of white that encircles the clouded - but glowing - orange coloured body. It really doesn't let the eyes penetrate through it. A soft shade though. Very curiously, any clarity only came from the last pours? Misleading.

The aroma offers many things. A (nearly foul) smell of twisted, booze ridden citrus. Spices like clove and coriander. A straw wheat. Everything drenched in booze. Potent, the fragrance is one that you easily cascade under.

The mouthfeel has a texture, it has some weight to it and the flavours evolve nicely through the tasting. The alcohol, while always present, never interferes too much. It gracefully flutters on the palate.

The flavours are near endless, changing depending on the sip. I taste dried fruits - pears and apples. The yeast imparts a variety of esters. Spices (if used) add a dimension of unidentifiable tastes. The whole production comes together quite well in a bubble gum/candy like flavour. The Belgian influence well entwined. Becomes spicy at times.

I liked this a lot. A well worthwhile beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark orange out of the tap, not a huge white head, but great lacing.

S: Fruity estery smell, typical of this style, though not terribly robust.

T: The flavour is really nice. Very clean pear ester taste to this beer, some apple as well. Reminiscent of Delirium Tremens, some bready malt too, and a nice alcoholic finish, to know it's there, but not overbearing.

M: Smooth, fruity, alcoholic, good for this style of beer.

D: This is a very good BSPA, finally having it for the first time today, on par with the greats out of Belgium, well done.

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Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color.

Smell is malty and a little spicy.

Taste is malty with a bit of wheat bran flavor. There is also a raw honey flavor to this and a bit of sage taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

It is a drinkable brew, but it is just a bit too dominating a brew to really be drinkable, more like sipable for dessert.

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Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,052 ratings.
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