BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tropical fruits aroma and tangerine flavor. Strong citrus finish. Shortbread sweetness develops as it warms.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright gold and slighly hazy. Yeasty biscuits and a nice amount of sugar-coated hops in the nose. The spices taste like a mixture that would go great on toast (cinnamon, anice, brown sugars). The hops are bold for the style, but always welcomed in my glass of ale! Fresh, moist biscuit dough and a touch of the spices are left behind after the last gulp.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden in color with a white head. Aroma is initially sweet, with grassy hop notes. Flavor is sweet but pleasant, with musty notes and hints of raisins. A nice bitterness balances out the sugary sweetness. Aftertaste is of bready malt.
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit darker than I expected, and also hoppier than I'd have liked. Aftertaste is malty, but nice. Efferfescent and frothy, but not as much as some Belgians (Dubel). I liked it.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden amber with big white frothy head. Smells of spicy hops, sweet malts and candy sugar, and alcohol. Nice hops and citrus flavors, and then a strong kick of malty sweetness.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very clear golden color w/ a large white head w/ a nice aroma & a sweet taste on the palate
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
candle flame golden, the head is a berber carpet of natural toned fibers made frothy. taste and aromas are like bookends of passionate accord: barenjager honey- bitters and hearts of bristle-cone boughs with arteries of alcohol, filaments of crystaline caramel sugars, all things woody, sappy, resinous--where sweetness and bitterness are like darkness and light: there are no "spices" in this beer, it is not a "spicy" beer. it’s orange and peach schnapp’s sweetness and gentle goldings bitterness create a poetic palette balance without any masking or apologetic additivies: it’s smooth, strong, sensual, and a culinary salvation from the quotidian muck of mundanity.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Come in to the light, raise yourself into the golden light. Come with me and smell the gentle whiffs of alcohol and malty sugar. Float above the lake of lackey froth that bows before the almighty ABV. Taste the gentle nuttiness, followed by a heavenly blow of fermented candy sugar, that sticks to your mouth and never lets go. All is forgiven. Drink, enjoy life’s fruits, and the thick syrupy sample of Salvation. Aye, though you travel the path of Salvation, beware the devil of a punch this beer makes, and beware the peaty devil of an aftertaste.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
lots of white head piled on top of the golden liquuid. bready/yeasty aroma with spicy hops coming through. buttery and spicy at the same time in the flavor. finish is more spicy hops. another decent beer.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the few dozen people i spoke to at the Strong Ale Festival this was quite the talk of the town. This Belgian Golden Strong Ale smacked more of a double IPA than anything, save maybe for its color. The aroma was blisteringly yeasty, extremely hoppy, and had some hints of fruity undertones. The Salvation pouured a nice dark yellow, light amber with a thick thick head, but was more foamy than creamy. The taste was definitely fruity, banana-like, with definite citrus and some MEGA spiceyness in there. The palate was dry as hell by the second sip and could hardly handle the attack of the yeast and spice! Another good one from Avery, but bring on the dark’s...im not feeling loving the spiceyness here.