Sunday, April 13, 2008

Avery Salvation review

Avery Salvation"Oh my my, oh hell yes." - Tom Petty

I think I've found one of my favorite Belgian Strong Ales today. I opened up a 22oz bomber bottle of Avery Brewing's Salvation. This is no light weight Belgian, it's a strong Belgian ale that comes in at 9% ABV. This beer is described as "a lighter bigger beer" and it does live up to that description. This is one kick ass Belgian strong ale.

From the first taste I knew this was going to be one of my favorite brews. This beer pours a lovely copper gold color with little or no haze and has a generous white frothy head. The foam seemed to coat the edge of the glass as it went down. The beer simply looked impressive even before tasting it.

The aroma was simply wonderful. It has a wide range of flavors that you can pick out. It had a distinct Belgian smell along with some fruit and spice. It reminded me of peaches and cinnamon. Apparently there are also some nutmeg aromas in this beer. I'd describe this as a very sensual aroma. It's enough to get me excited enough to drink this beer.

The first sip hits you right away with a tarty sweetness but with a nice hop bite and a slight alcohol bite. This is no weak beer my friends and deserves respect. I detected a trace of lemon in the first couple of sips. There is a distinct hop after bite that hits you about a second after you drink it.

Avery put in some 2-row barley along with some Cara 8 and Cara 20 malts. Blended into this beer is some Styrian Goldings hops. It's not that bitter, coming in at an IBU of 25, but you can tell there is a fair amount of it in this Belgian ale.

This beer was decently carbonated and the head was simply marvelous. I licked the head off this beer and was rewarded with a nice sweet taste. This beer definitely gets better as you drink it. Being a higher alcohol beer, I'd suggest that you only drink no more than 1 22oz bomber as you will definitely feel this one. It has a slightly dry finish and a bit tart as well. It's a tad sweeter than some Belgians I've had. You can definitely feel the alcohol kick in after just one glass. I was feeling pretty good after that.

The beer rating sites seemed to like this beer as well. BeerAdvocate gave is a B+ rating, while Ratebeer put it in the 89th percentile and a 3.59/5 rating. As for me, this is going to be one of my favorite beers that I'm sure I'll want to buy again. It's good enough for a huge Thumbs up rating from me. This was one kick ass strong Belgian that had just the right mix of yeast, malt and hops. Way to go Avery. I think you've got something here. Even the label on this beer is awesome. It reminds me of an old biblical document. Definitely recommended. Drink it a tad on the cold side.

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