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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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88
very good

1,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 33
Gots: 143 | FT: 8
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007)
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Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy mahogany with thin tan head and poor retention. Fantastic sweet tamarind and yeasty dark fruit aromas. Big yeast up front, peppery, sweet cherry/plum, and a salty finish/linger. Light alcohol and semi-dry finish. Robust, bready, deep tongue fuzz and a little acidic.

Strong flavored beer up front muddies up a bit the longer it stays on the palate and as the bottle wears on but lingers nicely and sticks to the ribs. Despite the flavor being overshadowed, the other qualities make up for it and make an interesting and overall pleasant beer.

Bfarr, May 16, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in Jan 07,poured into a fish bowl glass murky tea-like color with chinks and floaties swirling about a thinner head than expected leaving only a tace amount of spotted lace as it settled rather quickly.Mild phenolic aromas hit upfront along with some sweeter bread dough and a hint of wood nothing jumps out all are a bit tame but noticable.Phenolic and spicey with an underlying woddy graininess the fruit is a bit subdued pretty dry on the palate in my mind.Although not a huge fan of the style I was craving it and this although pretty good didnt really give me my fix I was looking for.

oberon, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a light orangish-brown in color with a modest head, not exactly what I'm looking for in the style.

Smell - This smells more like a BSPA than a BSDA, and not a particularly good one at that. There is some light but unmistakable medicine cabinet and herbal hopping, but the big malts and sweetish sugars that you expect from the style are totally absent. I am getting some light yeast which is always nice but overall a disappointing nose.

Taste - We do have some sweetness here upon warming, but where are the big malts and darkish flavors? I'm still getting a very green taste.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not full. It is quite bitter but again in a greenish leafy kind of way. The carbonation is lacking as well.

Drinkability - I just can't bring myself to pour a 9% big Belgian beer in the sink so I will finish this one, but damn this was the closest I've come.

Update - I originally reviewed this in June 2008 so thought I'd give it another go in April 2009. I got little head on this one as well so my previous poor Appearance rating was unlikely due to a bad bottle. And, again, I didn't get a lot of darkish malts although the bitterness is still present.

Having said all that, my original 2.80 rating was a bit harsh in retrospect so I bumped most of the scores up a notch.

RoyalT, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light rust hues with little to no head except for the final pour from the bottle. There is very little carbonation visible but the debris present makes the difference. The malt overtones are exceptionally balanced with the hop finish and fruity undertones. The sweet candied hops and fruitiness is nice and made crisp with a nice floral/citrus hop finish. There is some chewy stickiness to this brew which is quite pleasant as the body stays even without too much thickness or syrup. The body of the brew reminds me of apple cider, and even more so as my pint sat and came up to room temperature. The rise in temp also increased the ease with which my pallet could detect a nice hop finish. This is a really good style interpretation and a testament to what two quality brewers can do when their not suing one another over copywrie issues.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of explosivebeer
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a hazy light amber color with some residual head. The aroma had figs, raisins, and some alcohol present, along with some typical Belgian characteristics. It's a little thin on the palate and has quite a bit of carbonation. It finishes solid, but overall, did not live up to its billing.

explosivebeer, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of blackearth
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Consumer Beverage in Hales Corners, WI. Poured from the bottle into a snifter yielded a deep, dark orange body with a thin cap of foam. Aroma is mostly of yeasty esters with some hint of malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Extremely malty and sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a decent beer, but didn't win me over.

blackearth, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of JasonA
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited about this little guy. Ive had neither of the contributors, so I dont have anything to compare it to. I dont get much bigger Avery out here on the east coast. Bottled Jan 2007, been waiting for my lips about 8 months.

a - Carmel, dark cloudy amber in appearence. Nice thick head disapating into magnificant lacing. Pretty thick layer on the side of the glass.

s - Belgian (lol). Light, some citrus, maybe hops.

t - Subtle, strong finish. Finishing flavor is quite complex. Id wager 3/4 of taste is in finish. Not sure Ive experienced this with a beer before. Belgian hops of course, though seems like lots of sugar used, maybe to make beer heavier? I guess there is somthing id like more of. Nothing wrong with it, though the taste is leaving me with waiting.

m - Nice explosions in the mouth. Remind me a bit of Rochefort quad. ABV is apprent late in finish. A very warming alcohol though, not a bite.

d - Id love to get my hands on as many of these as possible. I wouldnt drink them every day, though I imagine these would cellar very well. Id be curious of how they are after 2+ years.

JasonA, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, bottled Feb08. An amber color with a medium sized white head. Nice aroma of banana and bread. I tasted bananas pretty much all the way through, but got a tinge of perfume at the end. Not unpleasant, just a bit surprising. I thought this was a pretty enjoyable beer.

lordofthewiens, May 01, 2008
Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

freshflesh, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, I think from 2008.

A - Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with one finger of tan head. Head has decent retention but doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Caramel, candi sugar and dark fruits, with some Belgian yeast notes of banana and a bit of spice.

T - Caramel and spice, with candi sugar, dark fruits, a bit of booze and banana. Unfortunately, also seems a bit oxidized. Still pretty tasty though.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a semi-dry spicy finish.

O - I think this is a bit past prime, as i had this same batch about a year ago and ran out to get another bottle. Still a pretty tasty BSDA.

warnerry, May 27, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle (Batch 2, bottled 2/08). Pours a slightly hazy darker amber tea color with a smallish creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces that glass.

The aroma is sweet malts, spiced bread, yeast, bananas and some dark fruits.

The flavor is some caramel malts, with bitter spices (cloves, bananas). It has a slightly bitter but clean finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full with nice carbonation.

Overall, a decent Belgian style.

Beaver13, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body is a hazed orange/brown hue with a large offwhite head that hangs around for several minutes. Generous amounts of sheet lacing drape the goblet. Inviting aroma of dark fruits, musty yeast, bubblegum, guava, prunes and a hint of licorice. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation and body and some alcohol burn. Taste has lots of dark fruits, mostly figs and prunes. Bitter citrusy hops and yeast are also noted. Somewhat phenolic and abrasive with some harsh alcohol tones. An interesting concept here but I was hoping for a better result.

merlin48, May 30, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Avery bomber, silver foil top, bottled in Jan 2007. Pours murky, cloudy light brown/dark apricot, head is active and long lasting medium tan and this creation leaves nicely developed and sticky lacing in sheets and splotches. Nose here is fruity, raisins and some light smoke. Be sure to let this one warm up and get a chance to breath. Fruity, more smoke, raisins, warming alcohol well dove-tailed into the mix. Quite drinkable and balanced, abit differant from some of the other Avery offerings (which I love anyway for their boldness). Spicy, peppery, mild smoky hot sauce, drying finish.Drinking very well at this early date, seems it would only improve with some time. Go get some to enjoy now and in a year.

Billolick, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GarrettB714, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Prospero, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge beer. Mahogany pour with a thick off-white head. Dense aroma of yeast, malt, bubblegum, spice, and a good kind of funkiness. Viscous, oily mouthfeel. More bubblegum and malt in the flavor, with some molassess, spice, and eartiness. A little alcohol at the end. This one is really good.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of kingcrowing
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Batch #3, bottled in February 2009.

Pours a murky, muddy odd brown color with a small light brown head with minimal lacing. Nose is really malty, raisins, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I'd like but the finish is nice and smooth, it's very bready and yeasty with a light tartness that's nice but not over the top. Something is a bit odd about the beer though, I guess it's just an odd mix of beers. Super cool concept, not the best result.

kingcrowing, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Tabni
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Tabni, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

IrishGermanAmerican, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber batch #3, poured into oversized wine glass. pours a maghony wood like color, a little orange, lots of sediment, big off white head on the pour, very good retention, nice lacing as well.

in the aroma, you get big acidic, bubblegum, with some solvent notes. sharp dark fruits as well, plum, orange.

the acidity comes through in the taste, almost a little sour. some bubblegum in there, the same fruity taste, finishes with an acidic, fruity, bitter taste.

medium body, acidic mouthfeel, great carbonation. very good drinkability as well. a good beer, but not the best belgian dark. the story behind this makes this even better.

dogfishandi, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012/Batch 6)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

A dark amber and auburn in color with a quickly forming very light brown head. This leaves spots and thin lines of lace down the glass.

The aroma is a nice combination of Belgian-style yeast and sweet caramel and toffee. There's lots of banana and black pepper aroma leaping from the glass, with some dark grape and bread rounding things out.

The flavor is banana-forward, along with some bread, a hint of dried cherry, and a low level of bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A delicious beer that has a great story to go along with it.

ehammond1, Mar 29, 2012
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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,322 ratings.