Oak Barrel 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: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gueuzedude on 10-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 6
Photo of rye726
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Salvation aged in Ferrari-Carano chardonnay barrels.

Pours a hazy golden straw with silky beige head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has chardonnay, oak, sweet tropical fruits, candy malts, barnyard funk, faint flowery hops and peppery Belgian yeast.

Taste has a fantastic white wine and barrel presence over fruity malts, wild yeast, caramel and spicy yeast.

Medium body has a crisp carbonation. Nice dry finish. Great beer that has aged quite well. Perfect barrel selection.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Batch; Sampled October 2008 at Avery Brewing Company
Wow, three years of age has made this far more interesting than I expected. The beer has a pale tan colored, ring of a head that sits on top of a lightly hazy, amber colored beer. The aroma is quite interesting with aromas of fruity-sherry at first, but then in subsequent sniffs I get notes of oak that are quite noticeable. Spicy wood notes, some buttery oak character, soft vanillin are each noticeable and the spicy notes accentuate a warm, almost hot alcohol aroma. There is actually a substantial nutty note to the aroma. I took a break by smelling the dry-hopped IPA and now when I smell this beer I get a massive fig note that couples with some lighter notes of raisin that where actually quite surprising.

The flavor has massive, buttery oak note to it that really lingers on in my palate. As the beer warms some notes of fruity apple and pear mix with the buttery oak character and some soft vanillin notes start to become noticeable. The fruitiness actually becomes quite pronounced as the beer warms up and even picks up some berry flavors, like one would expect to find in a fruity red wine as well as ones found in a fruity white wine (boysenberry, currant and even a touch of apricot and pear / melon). When tasting the dry-hopped IPA before this beer, the salvation becomes a bit tart and the fruit flavors are reduced, despite the fact that it actually accentuates the fruity notes in the aroma.

This can be really quite interesting at times, but it seems to get boring at other times. Overall it is quite tasty and warming this up helps immensely as does refreshing ones palate from time to time (in this case with a different beer). This beer is definitely an experience and is much more enjoyable than the regular version.

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Oak Barrel Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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