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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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Ratings: 1,055 |  Reviews: 532
Photo of hustlesworth
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- always diggin avery's ornate labels. big airy eggshell colored head with lots of lace that holds the shape of the big bubble that popped and deposited it there. settles slowly to a thick disk. body is minimally hazy and the warm color of ripe orange peel with a captivating stream of little bubbles rising from a finely etched D.

S- fruity and floral, a favorable belgian-american nose to me, both alcohol and yeast have dense vapor and so far, the alcohol is veiled behind a thick vanilla-floral shroud. a dash of nutmeg, sandalwood incense, lilies, fruity plum apricot tartness, sweet citrus, melon, and a tripel-like sugary candy smell. pale cereal malt has mild but fresh aroma. spicy and somewhat grassy hops.

T- flavorful and sweet with a strong warming drying alcohol presence and lightly toasted grains. fruity sweet like orchard fruits in sugar syrup transitioning abruptly into a bold, in your face, american strength bitterness at the end with grassy herbal hops and plenty more alcohol, which remains just outside the 'annoying' zone. tangerine, grapefruit, white grape, pear, apple, apricot, banana, and all kinds of flowers. floral alcohol, golden toasted malt, and nicely bitter hops in the finish.

MF- juicy with short tight carbonation, barely becomes sugary as the dryness hits, resinous in a diluted way and mildly astringent. sorta slippery feel, alcohol has a burn on the cheeks but not in the throat. hop oils linger in a way with light stickiness.

D- the savior has a drinkable complexity, but that's about as far as it goes due to its mighty strength. good beer for a pimp cup.

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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 nzerbe
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mbw314
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Murrhey
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a 12oz plastic cup at Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half creamy white head. Minute-long retention with beautiful lacing. Rich coppery gold color with crystal clear lacing.

S- White wheat and yeasts, but sour smelling. Tart and funky. Orange wit smells.

T- Yeasty and tart. Funky and some booze. The yeast adds a bitter twinge to the flavor. Wit bier. Not sure how I feel about it.

M- Chewy and heavy carbonation leads to a thick and creamy feel. Complex and nice.

O- This is a sick beer, I'm glad I scored it.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of marburg
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I recall, the description of this I was given from someone said "it's like champagne." That's a load of shit, but this is pretty good nonetheless.

Syrupy-looking golden orange in color. Zero head. Big, fruity, malty aromas laced with candi sugar and a moderate dash of spicy hops -- apricot, sugar, and spice. Quite sweet and sugary, this begins with a load of sweet fruit and dried apricot and develops into a slightly more zesty mid palate before closing with sweet, biting alcohol and mild hops. Decent Belgian imitator.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a huge, rocky white head. The big ring leaves a ton of chunky lacing.

The smell is of bready, spicy Belgian yeast and lots of it. The Belgian candy sugar makes for a noticeable sweetness as well.

The flavor is classic BSPA. It actually reminds me a great deal of Brooklyn's Local 1. The bready yeast and the cloven (?) spiciness mix really well with the minor sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation, though I prefer it to be a little more aggressive within the style. Still good, though.

Drinkability is really high. This is a well-priced, super-tasty BSPA. The only real issue is the abv. Avery has got a real winner here.

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Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kkipple
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large goblet. Looks pretty -- amber straw color, large frothy head, hazy and very bubbly. Good head retention.

Smell is clean: Belgian yeast, citrus, hops, and a vague spiciness.

Taste is good too. Light malts, lemon, hops, and that clovey spice flavor present in a lot of Belgian ales. Hints of apple cider. Goes down smoothly and leaves a tangy, dry finish. Pretty darn drinkable, 9% notwithstanding.

This beer didn't knock my socks off, but it's a very solid brew and a nice example of the style. Glad I tried it.

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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 theminutemen
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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

Pours a golden, orangish amber color with a light white head (thin) that leaves a lot of Brussels lace. The aroma is minty with hops and also has some sweet, biscuity notes and solvent alcohol. There's a phenolic quality in the background. In spite of the different notes, it's a slight, not-too-evocative nose. On the palate, things get more interesting, with bitter hops first off, followed by some sweeter, slightly acidic fruit notes (strawberry, lemon) with a biscuity, buttery malt underpinning. The finish is dry, which is unusual for American versions of Belgian styles, and helps immensely in both authenticity and taste. The mouthfeel is extremely well carbonated and a touch acidic, which gives a citric impression. Overall, this is very good. One of the better Belgian style beers from an American brewer that I've had.

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

~Into a tulip glass, pours a medium dark golden amber, good head initially but didn't last long, but great lacing all the way down.
~A good whif of medium fruits and a hint of tea.
~I'm finding a nice group of fruity notes, a very Belgian feel to it. Some notes of light fruits like apricot, some coriander and clove, and some grassy hints. Light fruits turn to rind in aftertaste.
~Pretty light feel in the mouth, pretty smooth and a litttle lively due to alcohol.
~Pretty decent beer, not that outstanding but worth the price and another try sometime.

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

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top w/nice label; sadly, the bottled-on date has been hopelessly smudged. Poured this one into my grandfather's Belgian chalice. Today we laid that dear man to rest, after a lifetime of hard work and struggle, so I thought that this beer, in that glass, was fitting. Here's to you Gramps, we'll see you in a little while...

Appearance: Pours a lightly-hazy deep golden hue with a beautiful, creamy ivory cap of Belgian lace.

Smell: The ditty online suggested that this beer was hoppy, but I still wasn't quite expecting this. Styrian Goldings and Sterling here bring earthy, fruity, somewhat 'Noble-ish' hop character, and plenty of it. A few swirls bring out light Belgian yeast character and hints of sweet candy sugar, but the hops still predominate. Not at all off-putting, just not what I expected either.

Taste: The taste is a little bit more in keeping with my expectations. There is still a firm, if rather clean, hop bitterness here. This actually feels like a bit more than the listed 33 IBUs. However, under the earthy, herbal hop flavors are more pronounced fruity Belgian yeast flavors, as well as a peppery spice (perhaps from the alcohol?). A solid, clean bitterness smacks you on the finish and lingers surprisingly. This is a hoppy beer, and a bitter beer as well. It's definitely an American take on the style, but it's not quite so far out as to be considered 'out of style'. Intriguing, and somewhat refreshing ,despite the gravity.

Mouthfeel: Light (but pleasant) for 9% abv

Overall: An intriguing take on the style, unique, and a little bit odd. But cool. Kinda like Gramps. The biggest thing this beer has going for it, in my opinion, is that the clean hop bitterness and somewhat lighter Belgian yeast character keeps this dead drinkable (and even fairly refreshing) even at 9% abv. At $7.49 a bomber, I wouldn't pick this up regularly, but might well now and again when I'm looking for a hoppy interpretation of a Belgian style.

B 84-85

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Photo of moonknight31
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of olafphysics
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kbub6f
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-70F.

The head is medium-sized, off-white and dense. Nice. There's some runny lacing, not too much. The color is amber-gold and clear as day. Hm...

Lots of sweet roasted nuts and underlying fruit in the nose. The front is candy-sweet, with caramel and grapes making an early appearance. The finish is alcohol, nuts, some fairly aggressive hops.

I think this is a nice enough blonde strong ale. The alcohol is a little too obvious and detracting.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.69/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

There's not a lot to be asked of the appearance of a BSPA. Salvation has a golden yellow body that's completely clear. It has 1.5 fingers (or more) of fluffy white head. Thus, it's a good-looking beer.

Unfortunately, Salvation suffers from the problem that most American-brewed Belgian Strong Pale Ales suffer from: an out-of-control yeast strain. Duval, for example, is a textbook in balance and thoughtfulness. Salvation is just overdone. Too much flavor, or better put, too intense. Sugary fruits for days, bubblegum esters like whoa, an aggressive level of hop flavor (that, of course, clashes with the yeast flavors). Flavors of grape must and tea leaves would be interesting if everything (including the booziness) wasn't cranked up to eleven.

The mouthfeel is fine here: able-bodied & effervescent. It's a bit hot with alcohol is its only detriment. But overall, this is an off-the-mark, below-average attempt at a style that not many American brewers get right.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet sugary Belgian fruity floral hoppy smell. Peppery phenols balance the high sweetness.

Pale gold with apricot hues. Good clarity – like a tawny wine. Beautiful head that dies a little too quickly.

Strong fruity attack ripe with peppery phenols. Tart hops flourish in for an instant, then the palate is overcome with a dry, yeast-driven bitterness. Medium malt flavor – very clean. Medium-high sweetness – sugary, grows lighter with warmth. Medium-high hop flavor – crisp and tart with some citric and fewer herbal/spicy notes. High yeast flavors – medium-high fruit is bright and juicy kind of like plum – high spicy, peppery phenols that are very nice. Medium-high to high bitterness – dry and clean. Finishes with a medium-high bitterness, more pepper/spice, and a fleeting fruity sweetness.

Medium body. Medium-high to high carbonation. Dry feel from phenol and alcohol.

The yeast really shouts the loudest in this one: the malt is an understatement – I keep forgetting it’s there, and the hops add only the tart, leafy bit of tripartisan voice necessary to be in balance. What fun; I do like Avery.

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Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Out of the gold-foil capped, 22oz brown glass bomber pours a slightly cloudy, honey-amber colored ale with a inch of frothy, short lasting head. Good carbonation and nice lacing with this one.

Sweet malt nose with trailings of honey, tobacco, hops and alcohol. It smells fairly sweet but tasty, rich earthy malt is the dominant element in the aroma.

The taste is almost a direct reflection of it's smell with the exception of a nice black tea flavor and the hops seem placid in their surrounding in that their bitterness gets tamped down by the candy sugar and malt sweetness. Not quite balanced to my liking, also considering the style as given. It is quite tasty for the most part...no difficulty making this ale disappear as I write this, that's for sure.

Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel about it, decent warming in the alcohol dept...I wouldn't put Salvation away like I do the SN Bigfoot, however, I would definitely drink one again in the future...Enjoy !

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