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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,056
Reviews:
532
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
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25
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114
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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 Boone757
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a thin tan head and almost no lacing. Nose brings candied sugar, caramel, dark fruits, hints of spice, and some booze. Taste is a bit of a mess with flavors in all directions and the malt and the yeast never really coming together, and then being overwhelmed by a big booziness. The feel brings a slight creaminess that is somewhat appetizing and is a boost over the nose. Drinkability is fairly poor. Definitely prefer the other end of the collaboration.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves good lace.

S - Spicy yeast notes of clove and plum. Caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Thick, fruity malt up front with notes of orange and banana. Some clove and bready notes of toffee in the middle. Finishes with lots of banana bread and clove.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very complex with intense yeast character. Kind if thick for the style and perhaps a bit less drinkable because of that, but still a nice beer.

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

Avery's Salvation delivers a deep golden body beneath a creamy head of white froth that fades steadily away to a thin collar, leaving behind some nice splashes and spots of lace.

The nose is malty, sweetish like candy, and spicy with some lemon peel in the background.

It's medium/full bodied and lightly crisp, leaving it quite smooth across the palate.

The flavor delivers more than the nose promises, with a rich, bread and honey-like maltiness that's peppered with gentle spice, a spritz of lemon, and some lightly vanilla-ish candy. Some floral hops make their way through (especially in the finish); as does some alcohol (again, mainly in the finish). The bitterness is restrained to let the sugar, yeast, and spice shine, but it's balanced; and it finishes drying as the sweet malt fades and the yeasty character (bubblegum, clove) emerges.

I found it a little dull for the style - just not as crisp and delicately balanced as it could be. Instead, it seems a bit flabby and uninteresting. There are no flaws, but at the same time it doesn't really go anywhere. It's just a basic, well done, dextrinous, Belgian-style golden ale.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my bowl glass deep golden with a slight chill haze with a nice blooming white head that left a nice sheet of lace behind.Alcohol dipped fruit mainly citru orange and pineapple with a touch of phenolic spicey/yeastiness.Flavors are quite yeasty and spicey with the alcohol really coming in as it warms more,not as fruity maybe as I would have liked.A solid Avery offering not completely in ur face like some of their "big" offerings but quite good,I would drink again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one thanks to THECPJ.

Pours a light fizzy head with big bubbles of almost 1/2 a finger, over hazy amber reddish orange pale colored beer.

Nose brings nice Belgian golden malts, semi sweet malts, belgian yeast with typical bright fruits, some light candi sugar, fruits like apricot, white raisin, and hint of tangerine (without the citrus) come through.

Taste starts a bit on the sweet side, again pretty belgian, candi sugar, belgian golden malts, typical fruit again with dried apricots, white raisin, little tangerine, bit of Belgian yeast flavors, a little bit of booze as well with some warmth and even a bit tingly, all that mixed with the slightest hint of fruity hops. Finishes a bit warm with more booze, golden malts and Belgian yeasty fruits linger, and fairly sticky and still semi sweet.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, good carbonation, and some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall pretty good, typical but nice Belgian golden malts, fruits, candi sugar, just a hint of hops, a bit boozy, and the sweetness and little syrupy feel are a bit much.

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

On-tap 3/12/2011 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, bananas, spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong flavor of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice stronger Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber in the Stella Artois glass. Champagne bubbles with more carbonation in the lacing than head.

Intense flavor of Belgian yeast with celery. The nose is equally intense, with spice cake and floral hops. Surprisingly hoppy with a distinct bitterness. Quite sharp. Lots of spice flavors for some reason, like clove and others less distinguishable. Some kind of fruity flavor, like melon and pineapple. Just surprisingly spicy, like an overdose of cinnamon in the bun.

Interesting to compare this with Unibroue Don de Dieu, which is in the same style. Much less heavily flavored, even though it's brewed with spices and the Avery is allegedly not. 22 oz bottle was $6.99 at Ibis Food Mart in San Diego.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly copper body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling lightly of fruits (mainly peaches and pears) shrouded in a layer of nutmeg and allspice. Slight bready malt character, too.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront, with full tastes of simple syrup stirred up with light caramel. Fruit juices enter the picture, giving flavors of peaches and pears and even figs. Floral, spicy hops with a medium bitter; not nearly enough to scrub away all the sweetness unleashed. What has been wrought the hops cannot unwrought. Some solventy alcohol near the end. Floral, spicy-packed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice, pleasant Belgian Strong Golden, though a bit overtly sweet.

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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 vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice hazy and murky amber color with a huge, two inch plus head of off white yeasty foam on top. Nice retention as it hung around for a good long while. Once it finally relented it left behind a ton of gooey lace on the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible from the start with this one. Looked good, like a belgian should.

S - Very spicey and yeasty. Alot of nutmeg, and fruit notes were very prominent from the start. Lively aroma, you could tell there was a nice amount of yeast in hear. A touch of alcohol was also present at first, but seemed to mix out as it warmed up.

T - Smooth, very very smooth. Not even a hint of the alcohol inside this one. It was just a very spicey belgian. Made your lips tingle a bit, this one tasted alive still, very nice. It had a good earthy grain quality and a touch of some light fruit. Very nice balance.

M - Silky and very well carbonated. It was effortless to sip. Gave a really good pop once it hit your palate and kept itself feeling vibrant throughout the session. I was quite impressed with the staying power of the carbonation on this one. Just had that nice light, but yet filling feeling to it.

D - Very nice actually. I don't tend to take ABV as a factor when I review drinkability, but rather look at how well I was able to drink this. It was a great sipper. I do admit belgians are not my favorite but this one was tight.

Overall a quality brew, as most from Avery seem to be. This was my first shot at one of their Belgian styles and it was just classic, a good all around brew. I would definatly like to come back to this one again at some point. Very impressed and I would recommend a try to anyone.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 ZEB89
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark and mildly hazed golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Quite a bit of spice esters such as all spice, clove, and nutmeg. Some mild pear and apple fruitiness along with a bit of citrus peel. Plenty of sweet sugar and caramel malts, too.

T: More of a citrus presence on the flavor than I had expected. Still some sweet fruits like pears and bananas along with the spice notes. Caramel, candi sugar, and a bit of alcohol to round it out.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation. As sweet as this beer is, luckily it's not syrupy.

D: A bit too sweet for me with a sort of half hearted spice character. A bit boozy, too.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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