Avery Oak Barrel Salvation

Avery Oak Barrel Salvation

Rated 3.360 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Avery Brewing Company

Boulder, CO, United States

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

9% Alcohol by Volume

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Aged in Ferrari Carano chardonnay barrels for 14 month. Soured with natural bacteria present in the barrel.

ID: 28877 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank6952
Overall Percentile86
Style Rank350 of 1190
Style Percentile70.6
Lowest Score3.9
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.900
Weighted Score3.360
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    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.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Tasted on tap at the 2007 Bistro West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival. This Belgian Strong Ale poured a medium gold color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with a touch of brett sourness. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, with some cherries and apricots. There is a nice sweetness to this beer, yet there is also a nice understated sourness and oakiness as well. Nice balance. Smooth and clean, this beer does not have that Avery alcohol hotness character to it. Very drinkable beer, kind of understated, but very nice. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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