chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle- pours cloudy, with a large light brown head. smells strong yeast, bread, light pepper, malts. tastes smoked wood, caramel malts and wheat and yeast. quite nice.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/4/07 Draft @ Stone World Bistro. Pours cloudy orange, with zero light penetrating. There is a nice big puffy white head. The aroma is a mix of sweet notes, with a bit of raisan, maltiness and sugar. The taste is strong and sweet with a hint of a raisan taste. This is a very nice belgian strong, I would be curious to taste this side by side with both Salvations. It is certainly one of the best American Style Belgian Ales Iíve had in a while.
Ibrew2or3 (7935) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber that poured a striking clear copper with initially tall off white head. First impression of the aroma is itís fairly complex. I smell candi sugar, beat sugar, spices like coriander, hints of lemon and faint maltiness. The taste is similar to the aroma with up front candi sugar and the beat sugar behind it. About midway some tasty spices and yeasty spice surface and take the flavor away from the sugars. I also sense a fruitiness like dates and figs.
jrob21 (3304) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown color. Wheat and caramel aromas. Dry, dry, dry taste. Long finish as the candy sugar lasts for a while. Big wheat and yeast flavors. Nice collaboration from these guys.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy aroma, with a strong herbal qualtiy - grassy and earthy. Clear (ie, filtered) dark mahogany with a small-bubbled white head. The flavor is extremely earthy - it tastes actually like sugar-sweetened, wet wood. Surprisingly, I kind of find it pleasant and enjoyable, although the alcoholic astringency takes a little bit away from my enjoyment. An interesting concept beer, that almost works pretty well.
notalush (5626) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is the first avery release that Iíve been excited about in a long while - medium amber, copperish pour, with sticky white lace - very spicy aroma, with some black pepper, apples, moderate belgian yeast qualities - the avery beer seems to dominate the flavor, and that avery big beer burn is very prominent - some light over ripe fruits and delicate earthiness of the russian river try to some to the fore, but the brashness of the avery brew often overpowers them - some sweet cherry and candi sugar comes out in the finish - not a terrible blend, but itís just too "avery."
SDalkoholic (2314) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Since i never had Rusian Rivers Salvation and have only had Averyís i feel this is unfair to taste the two combined. To bad rusian river couldnt step up there distribution. Anyway, I found little olfaction, but what i did find were Belgian yeast and minor dashes of spice. The drink itself is lively carbonated and is a lovely mouthfeel both heavy and sticky. Texture and body is just amazing, especially when i took sips when the foam formed a stubborn layer of head. Flavor is a sweet caramel malt with background of Belgian spicey yeast used. The ales apperance is a beauty light brown tint and extra foamy head that lays around for time. Iím very impressed with how well this ale comes across. Thanx to both brewers.
thornecb (5283) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep mahoganyr into a Trappist glass. Medium head quickly subsides to skim surface. Caramel and bubblegum aromas. Spiky to sticky with a lasting malt finish.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got 2 bottles of this this week. One from BeerandBlues2 and one frombgburdman9. I poured it into my Duvel glass. Clear cherry with a huge sticky light tan head. Tart and spicey aroma. Sweetish. Light tartness in the flavor. Finished dry. Overall, just give me Vinnieís version and all will be good.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap served in a tulip glass at Radio Maria. pours a mahogany brown with a rich creamy head. aroma is yeasty with a hint of bubblegum. flavor was a nice mix of sweet malt, molasses, yeast and some spice. rather sweet, was glad to try it in a 8 - 10 oz. glass as opposed to opening and drinking the whole bottle myself.