Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
Appearance: Opaque, mahogany-hued body with a very thin (oh no there it goes), white head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, fruity nose of raisins, stone fruits, and toasted malts layered with dark caramel sauce and candi sugar, as well as cloves and freshly-grated nutmeg.
Taste: Toasted dark caramel maltiness with a sweet kick of candi sugar. Small dash of cocoa powder and gooey dark brown sugar. Meager hint of booze. Again, there's a wide variety of fruits to be found, and I now feel healthier for having drank this beer. White grapes, green raisins, apricot. Spicy clove and earthy nutmeg component. Very minor sour yeastiness. Some final muted malt hints on the drying, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-plus carbonation. Very light stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A fairly tasty and enjoyable beer made from one good beer, one so-so beer, one sweet story, and one dopey name.
01-31-2009 18:47:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
This was split between a few people at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. The pour was a dark brown, and had a quick fading fizzy tan head on it. The smell of the beer was yeasty and had a light nutty aroma and some sweetness to it. The taste of the beer was rich with dark fruit and brown sugar, there is some nice yeasty flavors also. The mouthfeel was a little on the thinner side, has some little bubbles on the tongue. Overall this beer was just above average. Nothing too fantastic here.
07-14-2011 23:50:51 | More by Knapp85
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
04-02-2007 22:52:37 | More by oberon
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
Dark reddish brown, with a skim of foam.
Not too aromatic, some spent grain and barely a citrus note. Thankfully not as phenolic as other Avery ales.
Taste is overripe grapefruit, cereal grain, earthy malt, a hint of Brett without much tartness at all. Interesting for a US brew. Mouthfeel is a little overdone, thick almost, a little cloying at first, but dries out in a bittersweet way. Evident spicing, grain of paradise/coriander seem to be present. Earthy note is reminiscient of Fantome's darker offerings.
I'll need help finishing this bomber...
Tasting Avery Salvation prior to this, I was skeptical, but eager to try the RR component so I bought it. Better than Avery's but one try is enough in my opinion.
Edit: Cellared Jan. '07 bottle consumed Nov. '08
Creamy tan head, dried orange peel nose. Body is creamy and smooth, no alcohol presence. Spicy citrus and chocolate flavors. Very earthy, nearly soil notes in the aftertaste, dry,chalky, herbal.
02-20-2007 01:10:38 | More by emerge077
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
Batch #2. 22oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.
A - Poured out a burgandy color with hints of orange. It had a foamy, small, off-white head that left trails of lace on the glass.
S - Smelled strongly of sweet malts. Also, dried fruit aromas (raisin & cherry). Some subtle floral notes, too.
T - This was very well balanced between sweet malt flavors and spiciness. A raisin or pear-like flavor came through. Spiciness seemed to increase as the beer warmed.
M - This was smooth and a little chewy. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.
D - This is such an interesting concept and it works quite well.
07-29-2008 18:01:27 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Batch #2, February 2008.
This beer pours a cloudy dishwater brown colour, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves a small ring of lace in its wake. It smells of candy malt, raisins, a bit of yeast, and alcohol. The taste is sweet caramel malt, some light spicy yeast, and earthy hops. The carbonation is low, the body fairly light, smooth, and creamy, and it finishes with an increasing amount of drying spicy hops.
A fantastic, heart-warming American story, resulting in a pretty good, and drinkable, analogue to the Belgian greats.
01-30-2010 09:05:28 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
Well here's a winner!
Not unlike my usual self, I poured this beer without knowing what it was. I noted the huge frothy head of yellowish foam and the slightly hazy (I was careful with the pour of the long-standing bottle) amber/copper body. As I raised it to my nose however, my eyes must have popped open wide! Brettanomyces!? How could it be? I had to look at the label. I thought it was a collaboration with Left Hand (even the cross-cut saw at the bottom of the label seems to indicate that...) but then I noticed the bottle of Russian River on the right hand side. I took a sip... heaven!!! And that's why my review starts with the first words that popped into my head... "Well here's a winner"!
After I started writing this I had to read the label, and learned - as you no doubt already know - that it's a blend of Salvation from both breweries. Vinnie's of course stands out, but the rich malt base of Avery's makes it something completely different. I thought of a comparison to the sweetened versions of Flemish Red, but that passed quickly as they're completely different - as is this beer! Another American original? Perhaps.
The nose is not nearly as full and rich as the flavor, and expresses more of the clean, tart and metallic character of the Brett. Some grainy, dusty malt does come through, and there's a light note of clove, some dark fruit, and a mild vinous side.
The flavor is malty, mineralish, sweet (soft light caramel, brown sugar, sugar candy), spicy (lots of clove, some coriander), sweaty, metallic, tangy, fruity (red grape, plum/prune, cherry, fig), hoppy, earthy, straw-like, lightly cheesy, and bitter. The alcohol never shows, and it finishes dry and gently lingering with a mineralish blanket of dull malt and some lingering bitterness and soft clove. It's so complex though without really showing it, and the flavors vary in their placement throughout the glass like a game of musical chairs... which, I guess, actually adds even more to its complexity.
Really unique, and really enjoyable!!! However, I should note that this is one of those beers that you either love or hate. If you're on board for Orval and clovey-phenolic Belgians, then you'll probably go ape-shit for this one. If not, avoid it like the plague (to use another cliche). For me, I'm going to stock up on as much as I can afford right now. A new personal favorite :)
03-18-2007 01:15:48 | More by NeroFiddled
4.3/5 rDev +10%
I have no idea why I have taken so long to pick this beer up and try it. Good things come to those who wait??
Pours a dark brown that shows heavy ruby hues when held to light. Head is off white. Nose is perfectly balanced I feel. Excellent yeast and sugar tones. Seems to be a touch of citrus on there as well. Flavor is very interesting. I have had Salvation by RR before, and I can tell there is some of it there, but I can tell that something else is cutting into it. Seems like there is a very minute aspect of smokiness. Nice levels of yeasty funk that seem interrupted by some invasive force. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is good as well.
Overall this is a very interesting beer indeed. I personally feel like I can really tell that there are fighting sides going on here. Perhaps it is my past experience with Salvation by RR. I guess it's all conjecture really. Overall, I think this is a very interesting beer. Definitely one worth trying. I should have tried it a long time ago.
01-01-2008 04:41:12 | More by RblWthACoz
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of dark fruit, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is malty and spicy but kind of metallic with flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar caramel and chocolate up front. A decent Belgian yeast breadiness follows quickly along with a mild hops presence to provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I was expecting a little bit more out of this beer but it's still a solid Belgian to drink for a while.
06-13-2009 02:43:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
A - Pours with a thick, creamy head. Settles down to a film pretty quickly and leaves behind an unusually nice laceing on the glass. Hazy reddish brown, not as dark as I might have expected, kind of looks like a flemmish brown.
S - Malty, sugary aroma... a bit of hops. Just a lot of caramel dary candy smells, and some dates or prunes; frankly, I expected a more complex aroma from these guys but maby my nose is having an off day.
T - Sugary, yeasty, with an alcoholic finish complemented with a good bit of hoppy bite.
M - Great texture! Really feels like a Belgian dark beer in that it coats the mouth and goes down smooth.
D - I really expected something more over the top on this one. As it turned out I got a very drinkable beer that captures the Tao of the Belgian strong dark style in a quiet way.
03-23-2007 03:13:31 | More by nickfl
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
07-28-2008 16:23:35 | More by WVbeergeek
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours amber/brown with 2 fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Above average lacing & a nice persistent ring chases the ale down the glass
S: Fruitty, leather notes, boozey, & horse blanket & all of this fades away & then comes back as this warms, weird
T: Fruiity with bitter choclate up front with some boozeyness lurking at the tip of the tounge. Leather & apricot follow as this warms. Tanins & oaky dryness show up too, along with jammyness, some black currant, cherries, &a hint of aged hops. Finishes with a faint hint of coccoa, breadyness, raisins, more oaky notes & warming/almost burning alcohol, just a wisp or 2 away from perfection
MF: Medium bodied, virtualy no carbonation felt, but still a ;ittle prickly from the alcohol burn
This is a sipper, but I think will only get more drinkable as it mellows. This this is one to lay down for a year or two, if you have the paitience!
04-06-2007 05:17:49 | More by russpowell
4.35/5 rDev +11.3%
Murky garnet hue, dark cherry, enormous bone white head, lace leaving...nice lookin'...
Lovely aroma, beautiful Belgian yeast, lightly fruity, berries and cherries and grapes, ...nice, again...mellow, clean, and cool.
Taste: gorgeous. Even-tempered, high on the fruit, not too sweet, not too hoppy, not too malty, just right. Full-bodied, and ...well-balanced, and...excellently executed, and...nicely done. The juicy fruit seeps out the corners of the mouth, vey vibrant, bouncy malt, middling hops, ...delicious.
Quite a nice brew, absolutely gorgeous, containing so many excellent attributes of better Belgian-style brews...lovely, lovely...yummy, yummy...
02-26-2007 08:40:50 | More by feloniousmonk
3.3/5 rDev -15.6%
Batch #3 bottled in Feb. 2009. Poured from bomber into tulip glass.
A: Big airy head dark orange brown with a slight rosy hue and some sediment and haze
N: Nose is very reminiscent of a Belgian tripel with nice sweet malts and candi sugar as well as a slight yeasty sour fruit a little caramel and some alcohol, probably the best thing this beer has going for it IMO
T: Taste starts with dark malts and candi sugar, lots of alcohol taste, it starts like a light Belgian tripel and somewhat tasty, but goes downhilll with a strange watery yeasty off flavor thats somewhat unpleasant, it has some candi sugar but not much, its also got a strange blandness to it I can't explain, an earthy bitterness and slight raisiny taste peaks in the middle
M: It has a spicey mouthfeel and lots of carbonation
F: Finish is spicey and that same earthy bitter that leaves a very unpleasant taste in the mouth, it also finishes bitter and lots of alcohol that seems to magnify the bad bitter taste that seems to come from a wild or crazy yeast strain
Final thoughts: THe beer starts good but seems to get that strange wild-saison-like taste that is pretty unpleasant after the Belgian tripel. I remember the last batch being better than this I think. I could see some people liking this one, but its not for me, its even hard to continue drinking it, the unpleasant finish makes me want to keep drinking it to get the good start that will go over the finish.
08-02-2009 01:25:22 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
not as good as i wanted it to be, but still exciting. batch number 6. poured a quad looking red brown color with a modest off white head into a la trappe goblet. smells belgian yeasty, and like a less sweet salvation from avery. i think the russian river salvation is much darker and potent, almost dominating in this blend. flavor is belgian candy sugar, molasses, caramel malts, dried fruit, and yeast yeast yeast. feel is nice, smooth and bright, strong and easy down. i like this beer a lot, i like it as much for the idea as for the final product, and in fact, i wasnt that impressed with this, but i support the concept fully. they should team up and do a big stout...
02-12-2012 08:11:25 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wondeful malt scent along with loads of fruity yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth and creamy malt flavor that goes down easy and warms on the finish. It's fruity with Belgian yeast and a bit dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with a adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. It's got some excellent malt complexities along with a wondeful fruity finish; a good drinker.
04-04-2007 22:32:27 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
03-15-2012 11:47:22 | More by Rifugium
4.38/5 rDev +12%
Batch #2, bottled in February 2008.
a - Pours an amber color with about 2 fingers of an off white head and moderate carbonation. Nice retention of an inch of foam.
s - Smells sweet. Lots of dark fruits and sweet malts. Also some yeast, but not much. No alcohol smell evident.
t - Lots of sweet malts and dark fruits. No alcohol, yeast, of spice tastes evident.
m - Very smooth and creamy. Low carbonation and medium to full body. No alcohol warmth at all, very enjoyable.
d - Overall I loved this one. I had several bottles of Batch #1 of this beer a few years ago and remember enjoying it, but had always drank them fresh. I think the 2 years on this bottle has definitely helped it. Very smooth and easy to drink for almost 9% ABV, and I did not get any hints of alochol in the smell or taste. A nice subdued dark fruits and malts smell and taste made this a great beer. Would love to try again.
03-16-2010 23:29:21 | More by mdfb79
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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