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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale

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Ratings: 1172
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%

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:
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(Beer added by: FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007)
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Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small draft pour. Thin white head on a orange/amber body.

The nose is esters. Apple, pear, banana, clove. And alcohol.

Noticeable alcohol with fruity esters of apple abounding and banana with some spicy cloves and pepper.

A lighter medium body with some nice carbonation. Finishes dry.

Nice bouquet of fruitiness but overall detracting alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 19:48:29 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of StaveHooks


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a tulip glass

A - Pours a murky amber orange color with a fleeting off white cap. Mild lacing

S - Roasted toffee/caramel, yeasty, cloves, dates, golden raisins, orange tea, smells pretty sweet.

T - Sweet toffee malts, caramelized brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg, sugary dates, raisins, red delicious apples. Has a strong orange tea flavor that really stands out. Stone fruit mixes in well with the caramelized malts. Some peppery bitterness starts to build riding through to the finish.

M - Medium to full body but thins out as it sets, low carbonation, smoother feel.

A well blended brew that went down smooth. Not as good as I was expecting but still good. Glad I got to try it on tap though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 17:15:58 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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

Dark amber/light brown in colour. Small white head. Good lacing.

Dark fruit and bready malt present in the nose. Some Belgian yeast. Some spice as well, and a hint of ginger.

Like the nose, dark fruit in the taste: raisin and fig. Some spice and a bit of candied fruit. Bready malt.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Bready.

Overall, good stuff. Not a standout, but good all around.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 00:20:18 | More by jrenihan
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at KnB Wine Cellars on May 13, 2012. Hardly any head when I got it. Color was toffee brown, mahogany. Light layer of icy white lacing, looked a bit like icicles. It dissipated rather quickly. Good-looking film, even and cobwebby. Stayed throughout the pour.

Smelled dark fruit, mainly apple and plum. Light note of cloves.

Complex taste of dark fruits - plum and apple, and cloves.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

Really liked this beer overall. It went down easy and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 06:59:16 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the otherside- pored a hazy mahogany color with a one finger bone-white hear. Decent retention and exceptional sticky lacing.

Smell is unimpressive- kinda sweet, some dark fruit. BARELY any trace of yeast.

Taste is excellent- smooth and rich dark malt and candi sugar. Definitely dark fruit going on (prunes?) and some earthy yeast towards the end.

Mouthfeel is also great- medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty rich and smooth. Seek it out!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 20:06:49 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a chalice, a ruddy red-orange color, murky, with a solid, off-white head and moderate carbonation. Blatant Belgian yeasts and esters in the aroma, candi sugar and dried fruits. Basically the same on the tongue, Belgian yeast, dried papaya, banana esters, raisins, cloves, with a subtle citrus character. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 11:47:22 | More by Rifugium
Photo of emmasdad


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

We had this one on tap yesterday at Avery. Poured a nice deep, dark brown color, with a smallish light brown head. Aromas of dark caramel, candi sugar, malt and light hops. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with dark fruit, milk chocolate and a bit of spice. Nice to see a collaboration of this sort.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 07:04:42 | More by emmasdad
Photo of wcintula

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blending of two beers.

Looks simple as any brown ale could: brown with orange highlights. The smell is a wonderfully layered blend of big malts, floral notes, and spices from the Belgian yeast, all subtle, yet noticeable. The taste brings in more earthy notes and dried fruit sweetness with a velvety feel and an excellently masked %ABV. Top notch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 19:21:46 | More by wcintula
Photo of b3shine


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to pint glass. It's good, but not quite as good as I expected. Of course, I had inflated expectations because the name on the board read "Avery Collaboration BSA," so I thought it was an inter-brewery collaboration beer, which set my expectations pretty high. Good color, forgettable boquet, good flavor. I could take it or leave it in the future; depends on if I'm buying or not ;)

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 00:12:39 | More by b3shine
Photo of claytong


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I might be over ranking it a bit but that's because next to the fumator and one other guy it seemed a lot better. I do like a strong belgian ale that knows what it's doing, so that can be one reason.
One of my favorites from Avery which has a dickhole bartender from Scotland.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 01:29:30 | More by claytong
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Avery,

Pours out looking like a tea heavy Arnold Palmer with a beautiful white head, good spiderlace...

Smells of citrus and lemonaide, kind of lacking here, I noticed it was missing a nose last time as well hmm

The taste hits right on, Sweet cider, pumpkin, hops belgian candy and yeast, a delight for sure.

The mouthfeel tends a medium body with a smooth texture and medium carbonation

Awesome, I would recommend this to all, I wonder how RR's is?

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 02:17:35 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of JizackFH

New York

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

A - This beer pours a hazy copper color, and has a half-finger of off-white head. The head has decent retention and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - The smell is of caramel malt, candied fruit, clove, brown sugar, and toffee.

T - This tastes of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, dark fruit, and some sourness. There is also a bit of booziness that comes into play, and I think it works very well with all of the other flavors that are going on.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It coats the mouth very nicely allowing you to really taste all of the flavors. It goes down very smooth, and it has a nice richness to it.

D - The drinkability here is good. I really like this beer. It has a nice deep rich flavor. I hope I get the chance to try this one again, and I definitely recommend picking it up.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 12:15:11 | More by JizackFH
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York City. Pours a copper-amber colour with thin off-white head. My cell phone auto-correct seems to say I wrote "old" lacing, but I'm going to assume I wrote there was "some" lacing. Sweet toffee and brown sugar aroma, still some hops come through. A very sweet flavour, balanced off by faint bitterness. Medium bodied carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 15:32:40 | More by kwjd
Photo of snpub540


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live review at 38 Degrees in Alhambra CA.

Comes a slightly hazy amber hue, with an eggshell colored head that leaves a nice web-like lacing down the glass. So far the best looking thing I have drank today.

Smell is pretty intense. Mostly cloves and parsley. Also a nice earthiness in there.

Taste is very interesting. A nice herbal belgian flavor. Upfront it is sweet but just for a second and then the herbal spice notes dominate. Clove and a medicinal numbing flavor take over. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is complicated. The alcohol is not present, but the intense tongue numbing effect make it slightly hard to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 22:06:35 | More by snpub540
Photo of david18

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times in the bottle and have always liked it. Not the best from either brewery but pretty good none the less. The draft version is good as well. The flavor and aroma have a good dark maltiness. Hops is present but not overwhelming. A very good beer if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 17:30:23 | More by david18
Photo of 4000qtrap


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Rich, ripe plum wine. Slightly sour grape candy. Lillies. Spice that blends with barnyard notes that give it a nice musty/earthy edge.

Taste: Sweet, ripe plums up front with candylike sweetness. Some herbal hoppiness. The middle gets a little dry and more bready than fruity with complex phenolics. Finish is bready, yeasty, drastically increased spiciness and is moderately bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 07:23:33 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, at Pizzeria Paradiso (Washington DC, Dupont Circle):

A: Copper in color, slight haze or cloudiness to it. Huge white head that was well retained and good lacing to follow.

S: The aroma is bready and malty, with hints of fruits, yeast and some spices.

T: Taste is pretty much as expected from the style, malty with a nice does of the fruit to really balance it out and just that hint of spiciness.

M/D: Medium body with good carbonation. The beer was easy to drink and the alcohol was hidden well. A good beer and while this style is not my favorite typically, this one I enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 15:52:23 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of AutumnTwilight


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Barbara's at The Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles

Appearance: Dark non-cloudy brown color

Smell: Cinnamon with hints of booze, allspice and clove

Taste: not as big of a flavor bomb as last year, but still sweet and boozy. spicy with a nice clovey lift at the backend.

Mouthfeel: Quite nice. Lingers on the tongue and went really well with my cheeseburger!

Drinkability: Not a session beer for sure but was surprisingly great with my food.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 10:35:29 | More by AutumnTwilight
Photo of taigor

New York

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Copper color, slightly hazy with huge head that leaves a lot of lacing on the edges.

S - Mostly floral, like you are smelling a bouquet of flowers with some citrus and earthy hints.

T - Very malty and sweet with slight bread and citrus taste.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels more like a juice and not beer.

D - Very good. The high abv cannot be felt at all which makes you crave another glass.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 15:10:54 | More by taigor
Photo of HopHead84


4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 batch on tap at Churchill's, consumed on 10/1/2009 in an imperial pint glass. The beer is dark copperish gold with a one finger off white head with decent retention and lacing.

The nose is of bready malt, with yeast and fruity esters in the form bananas, apples, figs, and subtle grapes. The malt is rich and vibrant. I detect clove-like spiciness. The flavor is equally enjoyable, with rich bready malt and clove-like spiciness at the forefront. Fruity notes are of bananas, overripe apples, and figs. A little caramel is evident, and alcohol is well hidden.

I wasn't blown away by the bottle I had a year ago, but this old keg is great.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 04:28:37 | More by HopHead84
Photo of supercolter


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

This beer was quite fantastic in my opinion. Dark in color- nearly brown/purple with sligh head. Lots of dark fruits: plum, grapes and dry malt. The Russian River influence is quite apparent and appreciated. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2009 17:54:07 | More by supercolter
Photo of Redrover


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

I had this on tap at the Clark Street Ale House. Served in a tulip glass, the beer is a hazy bronze with a beige head.

Pleasantly surprised by the amount of hops in the nose. Also lots of spices and malt.

The taste is nicely sour with spices, and a hint of tootsie roll. The malts add some bready notes. Sweetens later.

The mouth is thickish which I liked. Not a session beer for me, but a very tasty treat.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2009 16:16:18 | More by Redrover
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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap from a super fresh just delivered keg in a 13 oz tulip at the world famous Toronado on Haight in The City That Knows How.

A: Deep honey amber unfiltered appearance with a frothy 1/2" head. Looks very alive...!

S: I get mostly a nice healthy yeast aroma - fresh bread .

T: Great Belgian style yeast and a light hop and hint of sweetness on the finish.

M: High point for me with this beer - really lively and effervescent with a great finish and feels / tastes lower ABV than 8.99%

D: overall a really impressive brewing effort. I was lucky enough to get the first taste (after the tender) of a new keg and this beer was very "alive".

Had it right after a Russian River Dammnation and it stacked up very favorably. Great example of working through our issues instead of "lawyering up!"


Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 20:50:01 | More by paulman86
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a dark amber with murk. a medium mild head. smell is simple wheat malt, and ethanol. banana and belgian sweetness. palate is that with a coarse hop character. a bit peppery. a bit of dark fruit in there but not something i can pick up on tap for some reason. had it better in a bottle... more balenced.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 20:05:12 | More by rtepiak
Photo of clayrock81


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pured a cloudy orangish body with solid two-finger head that left lace down the glass. Some light herbal hops and sweet caramel notes are in the smell, while I also pick up hints of that typical Belgian yeast/orange smell in here. Also some aromas of dark and tart fruits. They really nailed the aroma. Smooth and slightly sticky at the same time, there is a good yeast twang in this beer and a good amount of fruit tastes - citric with orange, heavier fruits like grapefruit (subtley, I should say). Mixed with a good batch of sugary sweet malts - caramel, gum - think sticky. Has an added touch of clove and a hidden ABV to make this dangerous. A great sipper to enjoy and a must-try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 15:55:52 | More by clayrock81
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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.