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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale

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very good

1,171 Ratings
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Ratings: 1171
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:
No notes at this time.

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


3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 01:25:22 | More by jlindros
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Sampled February 2007
Aromas of cloves, bananas, allspice and an intense fruitiness waft from my glass as I pour this brew. The beer is a dark, deep amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear hue when held up to the light. The head is a frothy light tan color that starts out at three-fingers in height and even leaves a nice lace pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma on this brew is quite beguiling; I think some of this has to do with the beer I had before this (DD SN Reserva 2005), but still it does have quite an interesting aroma. Notes of figs, prunes and raisins really jump out as part of the fruit aromatics. There is a touch of something like tart plums and tart, yet aromatic apples here in the aroma as well. As the beer warms, and my palate get used to it, the aroma picks up notes of earthy spice like coriander, cinnamon bark but with more woodiness, and even some light ginger notes.

The beer has quite a thick mouthfeel to it; it is chewy and sticks to the palate with a concentrated fruit-like character that reminds me of figs and prunes. A nice spiciness anchors the fruit notes and adds flavors of definite ginger, clove, allspice, celery seed. As I get used to the flavors, and as the beer warms up, the sweet fruity notes mellow a bit and the spicy notes serve more as a balance to the flavor profile. It is rich and satiating, yet is not at all syrupy, sticky or too much; the mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer.

This beer is quite a bit better than it was the other night when I had it (and it was certainly not shabby then). Not quite sure why, but my palate is just really digging this right now. I can't believe I like this better than the Batch 01 Salvation from Russian River. I so think the Avery version is lackluster, but this is just hitting the spot right now. As time passes the more this beer grows on me. Somehow this manages to be a spectacular beer, despite my initial "Avery" misgivings.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 00:26:06 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 23:50:51 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


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

bottled in Jan. '07

Pours hazy copper with a thin, but lasting, creamy head. Some trailing laces slowly glides down the side of the glass.

The smell is of spiced fruits, clove, bread, some alcohol notes.

The taste is of spiced fruitcake. Candy sweetness, spices (esp. clove) and some tropical fruits mix together. Some drying hop bitterness in the finish balances out the sweetness nicely. Alcohol is noticeable, but warming and peppery, not overwhelming or sharp.

It has a creamy, luscious feel. (Just a bit more of a body would have made it perfect - but, I'm certainly not complaining.)

A nicely blended brew (s?). An interesting convept that worked out very well and a worthwhile endeavor!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 02:42:40 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 04:41:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 16:23:35 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy amber color with some orange highlights. A one finger head falls apart quickly.Spots of lacing develop.

Smell: alcohol, prunes, and sweet fruits.

Taste: alcohol is quite upfront here. Prunes, raisins, caramel, and hints of chocolate and vanilla. Peppery towards the finish, and there is a nice bitterness level here. Very warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Long alcohol and fruit laden aftertaste.

Drinkability: again the higher alcohol knocks this down a notch. This will improve with a bit of age.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 17:51:17 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


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

Batch #2 which has an ABV of 8.72%. Bottled in February 2008.

Pours a hazy amber color. Good frothy malt on top that recedes in a rocky fashion. Not much lace considering the style.

Toasted nutty flavor with lots of port-like esters and a strong alcoholic warmth in the nose.

Potent alcohol warmth in the flavor--this seems to cover all of the tastes. There is some graininess and light hop in the background. The body is slick with the oily consistency of high alcohol.

I certainly couldn't drink this regularly. I wish it were a little more complicated.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 20:15:29 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a murky orange with a full white head, excellent head retention and lacing.

S: Light overall, some orange and pear notes.

T: Avery Salvation stands out the most. Strong fruit ester, orange marmalade and some apricot. Not the best melding of flavours, has a bit of an unappetizing bitterness; I thought the flavours clashed more than they came together, OK taste for me.

M: Light/medium body, silky mouthfeel, smooth.

D: Not being the biggest fan of RR Salvation, I didn't know what to expect. Avery's beer is excellent, but in the end the combo fell short for me. I can drink it, but it's too expensive to buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 20:00:48 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 08:11:25 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage February 2009

A: Pourd a cloudy, ruddy deep orange color with a nice white head, good carbonation

S: Candy sugar, belgin yeast

T: Started off with a candy sugar and went into belgian yeast and booze with some pepper

M: Booze, perpper, fading hops, sugar

D: Good

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 22:40:34 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served in a pint glass.

Pours a murky dark amber color with small floaties (more than traditional sediment) throughout the glass. The aroma and flavor are a surprisingly simple Belgian spice - very mellow overall, but bold and like tangerine jelly with cream. I guess it's nice overall, but I was hoping for something a little less run of the mill.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 06:07:26 | More by tempest
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 23:29:21 | More by mdfb79
Photo of kojevergas


3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Batch number 5 with 8.91% ABV.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice slight cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention - especially for the abv. Colour is a dark caramel-copper.

Sm: Caramel, heavy candied sugar, and biscuity yeast. The candy sugar dominates. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant candied sugar with biscuity yeast. No caramel comes through. Fairly complex, and nicely balanced. For a beer blend, this is pretty impressive fare. I'd like to try it on draught.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not too thick. Suits the flavour.

Dr: Though too simple to warrant purchasing again, I enjoyed this beer as a blend of two brewery's beers. I consider it a successful experiment. It's very drinkable for the ABV. Worth a try for hardcore fans of either brewery (I consider myself a pretty serious Russian River fan), but I don't think serious fans of the style will be impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 06:13:33 | More by kojevergas
Photo of akorsak


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

Collaboeration. Dirty brown color, clear (check adjective). Nose is belgian sweet, candis and fruits. Taste is sweet with intensly dry finish. Good belgian. Pepper throughout. Nice bite.

Served on-tap at the Ginger Man in New York City.

A: The ale is a dirty, cloudy color, a hazy brown amber color that is rather opaque. A small head is content to just sit atop the ale.

S: The nose is Belgian, full of sweet candi sugars (mostly dark) and lots of coriander. A dry yeast strain manages to leave a mark in the nose, leaving a lasting bit that is not quite sour but definitely different.

T: The taste immediately continues the sweetness from the nose, showing off lots of candi sugars and yeast that create a sugary sweet flavor that has the juiciness of dark fruits. The ale has a zesty finish, showing off lots of coriander pepper tastes, enough to create a hot mouthfeel. The ale uses a strong Belgian yeast strain that quickly dries out the palate while adding a light funky touch. That funk is not dominant but does lie just below the surface.

M: The mouthfeel is big, reveling in the Belgian backgrounds of Avery and Cilurzo. I'd love to see more funk though, that could push this beer over the top.

D: One glass is enough, the ale is a great digestif or before-bedif (if such a thing exists).

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 02:40:43 | More by akorsak
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 Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 11:49:38 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a light brown hue with a reddish hint to its crystal clear body. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. There is an off-white thick creamy foam that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a hint of bubblegum and yeast notes with a soft perfume note to it. There is a light brown malt note that comes through as it warms.

T- this beer has a tart but spicy flavor with a slight sweetness to it for the first few sips. The slight note of banana and cola come through when it warms. The middle of the beer has a note of dark cotton candy with a dry brown sugar hint. The finish is a light club soda note like carbonic acid.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big fizz and a slight alcohol heat to it that thins out the finish.

D- This beer didn't really have that much complexity or richness and was a bit thin. I thought the flavors of hefe-weizen yeast really came through stronger than I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 21:34:45 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Raisin/caramel nose. Flavor is almost sweet to start, hints of yeast and caramel, clean finish. Warming. $7.05 for a 22oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:39:54 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A red colored ale with a strong and puffy tan head that approaches light brown in color.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a strong lemon zest scent. There is a strange scent of roses and mint to this one. Coriander is quite strong in this one to the point that it tickles your nose. There is a fair amount of brown sugar scent here but really the spice level tries hard to cover it up. One of the spiciest Belgians of this type that I have smelled.

The taste begins sweet and light with a fairly bitter aftertaste for the style. Light brown sugar and coriander are the major flavors. The flavor is much milder than the scent overall this is a light spiced beer that gives no hint of the alcohol punch it has.

Mouthfeel is light.

Certainly easy to drink but this beer lacks the flavor to deliver on the promise the smell promises. Worth a try but there are better versions.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 22:08:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a slightly cloudy light amberish color, nice carbonation, small off-white head, very little sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, citrusy, figs, raisins, plums, and some caramel. The taste is malty, tangy, citrusy, slightly sweet, spicy, nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice little together brew, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 23:31:47 | More by Wasatch
Photo of corby112


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with a thick foamy white head. Aroma consists of dark fruit, spices and a nice malt presence. Very quaffable with a lot of maltiness, dark fruit (plum, raisin, fig, date, etc.)and spice. Nice combination of swet dark fruit, maltiness, spice and sweet alcohol. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 09:17:56 | More by corby112
Photo of ppoitras


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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Jan07 bottling.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Head holds strong, with heavy, non-falling lace. Aroma is yeasty spicy dark fruity. Taste starts with spicy maltiness, segues into a dark fruit presence, and closes with some earthy hoppiness and an encompassing warmth. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is excellent for the style. A great collaborative process has yeilded a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 22:50:13 | More by ppoitras
Photo of stakem


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 5, thanks to Smoked for sharing.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a burnt copper to amber color with some orange about it. A white cap quickly fades leaving spotty lacework on the glass and a thin lacing over the top of the brew. A light swirl brings the cap back but it doesn't hang around long.

The smell of this brew is caramel malt, fruity and almost orange rind-like with a tangy alcohol inclusion. There is a faint note of plastic and hand sanitizer-like about it. A little fusel to solvent smelling with the alcohol as it gets warmer along with a floral note. Some stinky cheese is also evident when swirled.

The taste is toasty to burnt caramel flavoring with a bitter rindy character. Tangy alcohol and a fruity fusel touch of bold alcohol which is fitting for the nearly 10% listing on the bottle. The rindy character seems a bit oily and lingers on the tongue with a light spiced character that seems a bit like clove with a nutty aftertaste. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is fairly decent drinking and a fair take on the style but not something I would seek out again. There is nothing wrong with it but it is pretty average across the board and well... forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:50:35 | More by stakem
Photo of DoubleJ


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A blend of beers of the same name? Who knew? Here, I have a 22 ounce bottle of this beer sitting to the left of me, and ready to be admired. On to the beer:

Into a chalice it goes, the beer has a butterscotch brown/orange mix to it. The head is holding up on top, with a semi-creamy texture. Its nose brings good things to mind. It smells like a good Belgian ale. The yeast creates an array of aromas: bananas, peppers, dark fruits, peppermint, mmmm. My mouth waters in anticipation.

This is pleasant. Medium bodied, though it doesn't really soak into the palate as much as I'd like. Spiced fruit is the first thing to hit. I'm thinking pears here. And dates. No, the fruit date, not the date which two people go out together on. The heat of the alcohol is hidden behind the shield of flavor. On the dryer side of things. I wonder how the six months of being on the shelf has affected this beer?

CNL is a well crfted, Belgain-styled beer brewed in America, collaboration or not. It's worth keeping your eyes peeled for.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 04:41:53 | More by DoubleJ
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.