1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

1,503 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,503
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 41
Gots: 202 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.72% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 1,503 | Reviews: 723
Photo of MartzMimic
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a reddish brown with a healthy finger of off-white head. Some Belgian esters and spice in the nose, along with some dark fruit in the background. The taste is malty and somewhat sweet with prominent cloves. Medium mouth with a nice amount of carbonation. This is a pretty decent brew; not something I would drink every day, but something to look forward to annually.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay beer chalice.

A - 4.75 - Pours a brown, whiskey and cognac color. Forms about a half finger of slightly off white colored head. Low head potential and retention. Minimal whispy lacing.
S - 3.25 - Malt forward, almost like a standard bock beer with a bit of clove and allspice. Very very faint plum and black cherry.
T - 4.25 - Reminds me a lot of Ommegang's Three Philosophers. Lightly sweet malt, clove, allspice, nutmeg, that unmistakable Belgian yeast bubble gum flavor, black plum and cherry.
F - 4.75 - Very nice medium thick body with a creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4 - This is a quite good representation of the Belgian strong dark ale style and I recommend it to fans of the style.

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raisiny, spicy, slightly phenolic/plastic, clove, pepper in aroma.

Sweet, somewhat dull character throughout. Caramel and toasted malt at the backbone, with dates and muted raisin adding complexity, but the flavor just falls flat mid palate. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Seems oxidized/cardboard. Banana, clove, and cinnamon notes surface late.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Little on the sweet side.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very happy to snag this beer off the shelf.....saw it was a collaboration with Russian River and about pooped my pants. Being in the Midwest....we do not get Russian River product! The beer poured a dark amber with foamy head that didn't hang around long, but left some lace. The scent is typical of Belgian Quads. The taste was very evenly balanced and probably the best quad I have ever had. The mouthfeel was full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a winner.

Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #8. Pours a deep clear brown with a thin creamy head that dissipated quickly. It still managed to leave a small amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is a little more yeasty than fruity and sweet but it is still pleasant. The taste is good but a little mild for me, lacking in the big punch of dark fruit and spice that the style is known for. The body has a nice weight to it, with just a hint of carbonation and alcohol on the finish.

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #7 brewed 02/14 don't know if each batch varies much but this was a treat imo

Photo of tedvr
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small, lacy white head. Has a sweet malt smell. Taste is malt sweet, with little carbonation. Overall a nice Belgian Style beer.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one was just ok for me. It could be the style, but I just didn’t dig it.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #8. Which has been getting no love on Untappd! Been waiting to try this guy, very smooth mouthfeel. Taste like fresh lemon bread. Very tasty Belgian dark.

Photo of Mmmkcr
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sipped on draft at Sancho Pistola's happy hour on Wednesday, March 11th 2015. I paid for it with the last few bucks in my purse and it gave me the best sips I had all week. <3

Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 7 (2014) with over a year on the bottle. Smell was funky (sour funky) but tasted just like a solid brown.

Photo of Drogon
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Collaberation, since we can't get Russian River in Texas!! Don't know why. But we do get Avery, and I love Belgians. Really similar to the Russian River Belgians like Damnation, but much more flavor in my opinion.

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper red with an amber hue and a very light khaki single finger of foam.

Dates, other dark fruit, spice, some yeasty funk.

Plum, dates, raisins, spice, and some slight caramel.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft and spiced.

Overall, not a huge fan of dates and this seems to be heavy handed on the dates.

Photo of DeepBrew
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label indicates Batch 8, bottled January 2015 with O.G of 18.6 and ABV of 8.9. Poured from 22oz bomber into goblet.

A: Amber color, medium foam and retention. Leaves behind nice lacing. Carbonation and some sediment visible in glass.

S: Yeast and spice

T: Malt, spice, dark fruit with discrete bitterness.

M: Medium-strong mouthfeel, gets stronger as it warms.

O: Really good... collaboration

Photo of spacecake9
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a snifter. Batch #8.
A: Color is light brown with small head.
S: Smells of dark fruit and Belgian yeast.
T: Malty and yeasty with a Belgian feel.
M - On the thicker side, very little carbonation.
O: Tasty, a bit sweet but I like it. Drank the whole bottle and I will buy again.

Photo of TomnRVA
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious to the eyes, nose and palate. Strong raisin flavor. Well balanced and clean finish.

Photo of DR7Sauder
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smoothest dark Belgian ale. Excellent!!

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Batch #7. Bottled February 2014. 8.9%.

A: Clearish light auburn-brown. Sticky lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits, dates and such.

T/M: Yummy! I think the Avery wins a bit in this. It's spicy and very Belgiany, with a thin bright fruitiness that's almost tropical. Dry aftertaste is slightly unexpected, but welcome. Otherwise, almost apple-juicy.

O: Tasty, but too sweet-smooth for me to want to drink a whole bottle. Good sharer. Would have again.

Photo of Smithjt3
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received a bottle as a gift this past fall, and it couldn't have been a better surprise! Incredibly smooth, and a mild warming effect that is perfect for brisk autumn or early winter.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, originally as a collaborative ale between Avery and Russian River Brewing company, now a rotating release. This is batch #6, 1.077 OG, 8.69% ABV, bottled in January 2012. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance)Pours a frothy crisp caramel cream head over a deep maple amber body with moderate dark flecks of sediment, very low, soft carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) A soft malty bread body with some Belgian yeast spiciness, moderate stone fruits, predominantly cherry, some moderate tartness in the nose. The nose is pungent and a bit sharp in places, some definite alcohol is creeping in. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor is a continuation of the aroma, with dry grainy bread malts defining the base, and yeast-borne fruit spiciness, esters and phenols creeping in. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is residual, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild crispness and brisk frothiness. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is yeasty and phenolic over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate/high, and my suspicions are that this bottle may have become infected. 3.25

(Overall) I will have to try this beer again at a later date, as I do not think that my bottle reflects the brewerys' intentions of how this beer should be enjoyed. Lots of yeast-generated flavor and character is to be had in Batch #6, with intense fruity esters and phenols, it's a gradual sipper and not impossible to drink, but that's not necessarily a testament to high drinkability. 3.25

Avery Brewing Company's
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale Batch #6 (With Russian River Brewing)
3.28/5.00

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #7.
Light brown orange color with a thick two fingers head with short retention, but keeping a plate and some laces.
Malty aroma with notes of crystalized fruits, nuts, caramels, bananas, poire liquor, dark fruits and cognac.
Intense flavor without having one ingredient dominating the others with lots of plums, caramel and some toasted malts, green apples, nuts or even Amaretto liquor, pine, oranges, cherries, banana, strawberry jam, candi sugar, spices, pears and red grapes. Dry aftertaste with a present bitterness which is dominated by the malt.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.9% abv is well disguised. Syrup feel.
Very flavorful Belgian Strong Ale with an impressive complexity. It is a beer that grows over time. It is so balanced that I drank the whole bottle on my own and didn’t feel cloying, though I would like to be a tad less sweet. It does age well. A must for who likes the style.

Photo of twistwrist
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Definitely not my favorite, but it's not a terrible beer. It's a bit on the sweet side.
There's a funny story behind this beer! Avery and another brewery (not sure which one) both brewed the exact same kind of and named it "Salvation". Rather than battling it, they named it, "Collaboration Not LItigation".

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

From the 650 ml bottle dated Feb 2014. Batch #7. Sampled on December 8, 2014. So it has seen about 9 months of aging.

The pour is a handsome looking medium amber-rust with a modest head. Slightly cloudy.

A wide array of sensations can be found on the nose. I pick up toasted biscuit, dark fruit, yeast, toffee, bubblegum, mild liqueur, and general sweetness.

The body is medium to better than medium and very smooth in texture.

The taste is similar to the aroma with an upfront roasted barley malt, toffee, and dark fruit character only to end with a minor bitter bite. Improves as it warms. Very enjoyable.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle from Batch #6

A: poured into a chalice to a reddish brown with a finger of dense off white head that fades to a small pool and leaves some lacing
S: smells of dark fruits, candi sugar, spicy yeast. smells phenomenal
T: taste is plums and other dark fruits, candi sugar, and some slight spice flavors, some phenols. swallow is a little alcohol, some residual sugary sweetness, and some lingering dark fruits
M: heavier side of medium on the palate with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: RR Salvation is better on its own than combined with this but this did help to even out Avery's rendition of this beer. Overall, this is a really good Belgian Strong Dark. It's very smooth and mellow with great flavors and complexity.

to view more.
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,503 ratings.