Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,531
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 42
Gots: 215 | FT: 10
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.72% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007

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Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the very first beer that I was able to taste the was brewed by Russian River. At any rate at least half the beer was brewed by Vinnie.

Appearance- This beer seemed to be lightly carbonated, The minimal head with super tiny bubbles gave way to a deep brown color of the elixir beneath it.. The color improved as the beer warmed up in the glass. In fact everything about this beer became more appealing as it warmed in my hand. This huge beer was served in a tulip glass. IMHO was served way to cold, so that's why I warmed it a bit, and let it rest for a few minutes.

Smell- Initially this beer was almost completely void of any scent. Possibly due to the fact that it was served so cold. Once it warmed up I picked up all malt, and no hop nose to speak of here (true to the style) . Slight hints of bubble guml, as well as a subtle toasty/sweetness.

Taste- This beer is very well balanced, considering it is a blend of two brews. It's got a huge malt backbone, complimented with what taste like noble hops to me. Slight horse blanket. This beer has Carmel tones, embodied with sweetness, tobacco, and some slight tannins. It's a warming beer, but not an overpowering alcohol taste. I also noted very slight phenolic taste.

Mouthfeel- This beer had a nice medium body to it, aside from the bubblegum, upfront it was very clean, it finished with a really slight phenolic taste. It was very slight, but present, indicative of the style. So some was to be expected. :)

Drinkability- This beer is going to age really well!!. I liked it, but couldn't drink another one of these single handily again.It knocked me on my tail, it is a really big beer! Best enjoyed with a good friend. I expect that this one will really shine if you cellared it for a couple years

More User Reviews:
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)

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.26/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of explosivebeer
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Batch #7 bottled in Feb. 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy Belgian style aroma with big hints of sweet dark fruits. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of funk, clove, and peppers. Big fruit aroma with hints of banana, apple, pear, and grapes. Dark fruit hints of plum, raisin, fig, cherry, and prune. Sweet scent of Belgian candied sugar. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, straw, and toast. A little scent of booze comes through. Hops are very light. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, spicy, and sweet Belgian style taste with big notes of dark fruit. Belgian yeast with spicy notes of clove, peppers, funk, and slight cinnamon. Big mix of fruit esters with notes of banana, apples, pear, grapes, and dark cherry. Other dark fruit notes of fig, plum, raisin, and prune. Sweet candied Belgian sugar. Bready toasted malt with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, and straw. Subdued hop presence. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, spicy, and somewhat drying on the finish. A little heat is felt.

Overall: A very good take on a Dark Belgian. Good mix of fruit esters and spices. The two beers are combined very well and avoid becoming a overly sweet mess.

Photo of far333
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

Slightly cloudy apricot colored with a full inch high of off-white thick foam that settles down to a hlf-inch cap and lingers long.

Aroma of clove and phenols, hints of banana and cinnamon, touch of lemon and yeastiness.

Flavors of clove and yeast, big phenolic tones, some malty sweetness followed by some tarntess followed by s slightly spicy finish, bits of lemon zest. Alcoholic strength is well hidden.

Rich and full mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable, but a bit overly yeasty and phenolic for my own tastes.

Photo of Soonami
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, stored for about 2 years at 4 C.

The beer was a brownish amber with a little float of creamy foam. The beer blossomed with spicy phenols, clove, orange rind and coriander. There was tinge of metallic oxidization probably as a consequence of aging that was unexpected. The beer, as a mix of a strong dark and strong pale ales, was complex with the the tastes reflected in the smell, but slightly fruitier on the palate.

Interesting, but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3. Poured into a Westmalle glass maple brown with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Smell has belgian yeast smell, and so does the taste. There's a slight hop bite up front that mellows into orange hints and then malted sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little high in carbonation for this style, which is suprising the way the head disappeared so fast. Overall, this is a nice "mixed" beer. I might buy another and let it age.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sadly I've never tried each of these two on their own, but I'ave had Avery Salvation. This brew was late years better than that brew, anyways appears a murky mahogany amer ruby hued slightly clouded cider like tone as you pour more sediment into the glass. Head forms thick brown nice and smooth velvet texture fine bubbles form nice lacing around the chalice after each sip. Aromatics bring heavy spices with apple cider and raisin complexities. Matched with lactic notes of wild yogurt and thick yeast infused bread notes rolling on. Flavor is refrehsingly tart and creamy with more signature yougurt and lactic notes, pepery and citrus with raisin and caramel sweetness. Solid fruity healhty balance from all aspects more mild spice flavor comes through as it warms, Mouthfeel is a full medium body with even carbonation that comes across the palate with a soft and smooth presence. Drinkability was excellent really effortless to share this with my BA buddy jcdiflorio awhile back, can't wait to try any Russian River brews. By the way thanks to SurlyDuff for this fine offering.

Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a Trois Pistoles snifter. Batch #5 bottled Jan. 2011.

A: modest size and short-lived, light tan head reduces to a lasting ring and leaves some spotty lacing. Clear (1st pour) amber/copper body. Slightly hazy

Jumped into this without knowing what style to expect, immediately finding a great imitation (no offense, Avery/RR) of a fine Belgian dark ale. Using the right glassware for this, then. Not to say this tastes just like some other beer, but it is an excellent example of a style mastered by some Belgians and few others.

The nose is nicely fruity (dates, prunes, raisins), sweet, and lightly spicy including a bit of white pepper. Nonetheless, it is not quite as complex, deep and rich as the flavor. Seems rather clean for this style. Sweet up front, it turns nicely tart and mildly bitter in the finish, then leaves a fruity (mainly dark fruits but also cherries) and lightly sweet aftertaste. The nearly 9% ABV is very well hidden! Great complexity, with numerous flavor components that seem to vary in composition or sequence from sip to sip.

O: a superb beer. I regret buying just the one bottle and will try to add more to my cellar. {success: and review tweaked on Aug. 2012)

Photo of OStrungT
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy brownish orange color with a fluffy light tan head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer smells strongly of figs. It has a spicy aroma. Mostly coriander, but some cloves and orange peel mix in. This beer smells citrusy. It has an earthy yeasy aroma.

As with the aroma, this beer tastes of figs. It has a nice Belgium yeasty flavor. Some spices mix in as well. It has a slightly citrusy flavor.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. It is crisp and refreshing. It is low in carbonation.

This beer would make a decent session beer. It tastes good. It is just a little high in alcohol though. That might become a problem.

Overall: This beer was good, and I am glad to have had the chance to try it. I might buy it again in the furtue.

Photo of brow1901
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking bright amber orange. Decent two finger head that fades quick. I like the hazy glow of the beer. The smell isn't the best. Pretty standard light malt sweetness, pepper notes, not much interesting scents. The beer does taste pretty good though. The only thing that I don't like is that it tastes more like a saison. The carbonation is light and refreshing very enjoyable. And the brew is really drinkable, nice alcohol warming. It won't put you to bed though.

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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.