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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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1,276 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 32
Gots: 135 | FT: 8
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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 erosier


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice darker amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan head that sticks around for a while before fading. Laces the glass very nicely.
S: The aroma is a complex mix of sweet malts, vinous fruits, yeast aromas, and a bit of hops as well.
T: Very complex mix of the sweet malts and a tiny bit of hops. I detected some smokey flavors as well but that could be part of the prevalent yeast flavors mixing with the vinous fruits.
M: Very smooth and warming.
D: Pretty drinkable especially for a beer of this gravity. Interesting mix of flavors really is an intriguing beer. Definately worth a try. I also like the story behind the beer's name.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2008 13:33:18 | More by erosier
Photo of Boto


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

22oz. bomber: This one pours a darker orangish/amber color. There was a full tan head on it when first poured, but it drops off to a thin ring rather quickly. The aroma was a bit lighter than I would have expected for a beer of this style. Still, it was good, with notes of caramel, breadiness, yeast and spices. The taste is good. The sweetness is more subdued than I would normally expect with a brew of this type. Caramel and fruit tastes, but they are subdued. Nothing really pops out, just a good blend. A bit of dryness to the finish. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 20:40:45 | More by Boto
Photo of AmishT


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahogany in color. Lucid. Good head with nice retention. Good lacing.

S - Initially, complex dark fruit aromas in the nose. As it warmed, the aroma profile changed dramatically, as yeast aromas were the most prevalent.

T&M - Really enjoyed the complex flavor profile: spicy hops, caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruits all present. I also liked the finish: a little alcohol kick blended with the hops. Very smooth mouthfeel with a very appropriate carbonation level. Full body flavor.

D - Went down very easy for me, thanks to the mouthfeel. Pretty much all there is to say here...a very drinkable beer for the style. Only drawback is the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 01:05:40 | More by AmishT
Photo of SMADMS


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

On tap at the BBC in Plymouth served in a snifter
Wonderful dark amber/copper color with superfine carbonation head.
Sweet smell, fruity tone, nice malty aroma
Alcohol up front but the rest of the beer comes through very intricate taste sweet, citrus
Nice smooth drink
This was a great idea to blend the two brews. Ill need to try the two originals and then compare

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 12:58:15 | More by SMADMS
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark apricot-amber with light amounts of suspended particulate and a dense ecru-colored head that falls to a thin foamy covering.

S: Complex and bold. Clove spice, apples, cherries, and some funky sourish yeast aromas. Very enjoyable.

T&M: Well-balanced and flavorful. Fruity and bold with a nice note of spicy cloves. Beautifully crafted, complex, yet still balanced. A beer this big could easily be overpowering and offensive, but Avery/Russian River have created a tame monster. The body is not quite as creamy and finely carbonated as some other Belgians I've had, but it's still a solid feel.

D: Actually quite drinkable for a big Belgian-style beer. The well-balanced flavor makes it quite enjoyable and easy to drink. I could blow through a couple of bombers of this stuff and put myself in some real trouble.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 00:40:55 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of cooncat


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

Serving from a 22 oz. bomber dated as brewed in Feb. 08. Decanted into my Sam Adams glass for maximum enjoyment.

On the pour you get a dark apricot colored brew with an ample off-white color head. Head retention lasts as a thin cap to the bottom of the glass, and splashes of lacing decorate the glass. The beer is slightly turbid with yeast sediment, which is not objectionable for the style.

The nose is largely malty, with a bit of spicy and citrus notes in the background.

Taste is very complex, with a sweet maltiness coming to the fore. There is an underlying spicy note, with tastes of pepper, clove and lemon grass. Hops are very light and citrusy and light in flavor. Some alcohol esters are in the background as well, which is also not surprising. A bit of a warming effect is there, along with a medium-full mouthfeel.

This is a big beer, with lots of complexity. Perhaps not for the novice palate, it can best be appreciated by those familiar with Belgian styles. This is not a beer for sessions, but for a special occasion, when you have the time to sit back and appreciate all the subtle nuances.

Recommended for those with a sophisticated palate.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 11:52:38 | More by cooncat
Photo of baldycmu


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy,golden honey in color. Minimal off white head, clearly unfiltered.

S- Smells of sweet malt, perhaps some banana, clove and sugar.

T- A bit of alcohol at first but quickly subdued by a touch of floral hops, molasses and fruit (cherry?)

M- A bit syrupy, but still smooth nontheless. A bit of sharness at the back of the throat at the finish.

D- A nice beer to sit and take your time and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 23:00:57 | More by baldycmu
Photo of Stoneman78


3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at O'Brien's

Appearance is a dense orange-amber hue, thing sprinkling of white foam, moderate lacing

Smell is light fruits, sugary sweetness, Belgian yeasts, very subtle overall

Taste is also light fruits and belgian yeast, pale and caramel malts, hints of dark fruit in the middle, some brown sugar and molasses near the end, moderate alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy thick texture, high carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, initially pleasing flavor profile quickly fades from the palate leaving very little to linger, alcohol and carbonation are both on the verge of being distracting, expected more bold flavor for this style

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 06:25:15 | More by Stoneman78
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 02:08:17 | More by RoyalT
Photo of paco1029384756


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy copper with minimal head.

Scent is Belgian yeast, candi sugar, malts, and a hint of oak.

Taste is Belgian yeast with malts and a bit of alcohol up front. Candi sugar with a bit of oak and a hint of blackberry come in, finishing with a bready yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with a nice smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 00:20:46 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of MisterClean


4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Dark copper, medium head, dissipates quickly.

S - Cherry, with light candi sugar.

T - Dark cherries, cand sugar, and citrusy hops.

M - Oh so smooth, well balanced.

D - More please. Interesting beer, Vinny and Adam fight a death match with collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 04:31:37 | More by MisterClean
Photo of pershan


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly hazy honey-amber with a thick, white head into a chalice. The smell was the classic bubble-gum Belgian yeast profile - very nice. The taste was more of the bubble-gum Belgian yeast profile, with hints of candy sugar and a significant hop bite - very tasty. The carbonation and lacing was excellent, with a smooth, lingering, alcoholic finish. A very drinkable strong Belgian ale and another great offering from Avery.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 17:09:35 | More by pershan
Photo of YankChef


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at Julian's in Providence on draught, small snifter.

Appearance: Deep dark hazy brown with a fluffy white head.

Aroma: Funky roasted malt with a bit of subtle chocolate and an almost licorice kind of anise aroma.

Taste: Big and bold like a barley wine meets maudite meets funky... Very sweet and complex and seems like it would do well to age in the bottle for a while even though this was on draft. There were some almost whisky like characteristics, some toffee, butterscotch and oak?

OVerall: This is a very interesting beer, a lot going on in here although I would be hard pressed to finish a big bottle, i could barely even get down the little snifter. Certainly worth trying for the uniqueness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2008 01:01:42 | More by YankChef
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle for $9.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA., May 2008.

Pours a rather thin looking chill hazed amber brown with a thin, non-descript head. Not looking like much, to be honest.

Aroma, though, is simply marvelous. Richly malted toffee, German dark bread with the little (caroway?) seeds in it, and just general beery goodness.

Flavor takes that great aroma and takes it up a notch. Nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale with all of the rich sweet malts and dark fruits and cholocate with muted spicy overtones that make this one very easily drinkable. No alcohol burn at all- this one goes down like water. Some of the best "vitamin water" I've ever had!

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 01:32:36 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip, batch #2

A murky burnt orange amber with moderate carbonation and a thick, slightly off-white head. Solid staying power and sticky lacing down the sides.

A funky aroma of belgian yeast, sweet candied fruit, caramel, and white pepper. Mellow and cool.

Candied dark fruit, sour yeast, spicy white pepper and clean belgian malt meld together and leave behind a lingering hot mouthfeel. This is pretty solid from beginning to end. The sour yeast really lays low and adds a slightly funky taste.

Full-bodied with a spicy aftertaste. Very clean.

The spiciness really does not bother you much. A very well done belgian, and easy sipper. No problems getting through this 22.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 02:07:35 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

Double deuce bomber with bottled-on date, from 'Batch 2', poured into a DFH pint glass yields a reddish amber body with a tinge of haziness and a finger of creamy off-white head that retains at a lumpy sheet and leaves excellent rings of lacing on the glass at the sip lines.

Smell is richly malty with molasses and a blast of yeast.

Taste is complex, and also also richly malty with molasses, but with a pronounced floral character, a vague wisp of chocolatey coffee, a tangy and persistent yeasty note, and a solid bitter finish. I find no indication of the 8.72% alcohol, until a nice warming effect kicks in.

Light-medium-bodied and well-carbonated, this is a nicely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 01:10:00 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of rxdrewthejew


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2, picked up a few months ago at Beverage Warehouse. Served at cellar temperature in my nonic glass.

A: Clear reddish amber with not too much head but plenty of floaties. Some tiny bubbles come from the top but in general this doesn't look very fizzy.

S: Big spice comes out in the front, sweet and strong. I note a bit of an estery malt base, but overall it comes off pretty sweet.

T: Taste is mild, with a good sweet malt base and plenty of spiciness. Finish is slightly bitter but not too much. The spice is quite tangy and pretty much dominates the flavor. Cloves stand out the most for me. Maybe a touch of funk, but hardly noticable in my opinion.

MF: Pretty thin to be honest, and I do note an almost watery feel. The spice and hoppy finish, along with the typical belgian carboation, give it some bite. Warming is stronger than I expected.

D: This is decent, but didn't really live up to my hopes for it. There's nothing I really dislike about it, aside from it being somewhat watery, but there's really nothing out of the ordinary about it either. I guess I would have to say its impressive that they were able to take two different beers, combine them, and still have it taste pretty good...but I was hoping for something a little more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 07:32:41 | More by rxdrewthejew
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 00:05:53 | More by far333
Photo of vickersspitfire


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

Poured into a goblet, it is a clear, brown/caramel color with a thick head that quickly thins out into a thin layer of bubbles, there is very little lacing and some good carbonation going on. There are some good sweet aromas like sugar, apples and a little bit of cinnamon; some faint hops and a little yeast and a slight alcohol smell. It feels slightly crisp, dry over all with a slight bitter aftertaste that's mixed in with some alcohol; you can taste the malts in it... it really warms up your mouth. It has a medium body that's more on the light side of things. It picks up a slightly sweeter taste as it warms up, not bad overall...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 10:15:48 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of srandycarter


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brownish amber, .5 inch off white head, leaves fast. Sudsy lacing.

S - Hmm. What smell? Seriously, not much when chilled, better as it warms up - but not much. Faint Belgium like yeast qualities.

T - Very simple Belgian. Almost could miss the Belgium part of it. Sweet center, creamy, bitter on the sides of the tongue at finish.

M - Well carbed, balanced, fairly refined. Just not much there.

D - One is enough at this setting.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 03:36:05 | More by srandycarter
Photo of stemcell001


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2
Poured from a bomber with a very small head.
Some nice yeasty smells up front, full of esters.
Definitely yeasty taste with some banana that gives way to a subtle sweet and toasty malt flavor. Hops and carbonation kept the flavors in check. I could go for this brew every now and then, but no more than once in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 00:02:53 | More by stemcell001
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 pmcadamis


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

A - Copper/gold and hazy with a fluffy white two finger head that leaves lots of really thick and fluffy lace on the glass.

S - Yeasty and fresh with hints of cream cheese and dirty hops.

T - Dank and hoppy, with some gritty and earthy malts. The yeast is really dominant here, and there is a definite cream cheese flavor that I've tasted before....most notably in Orval.

M - Thick and full, with a decent amount of carbonation to keep it from being overly sweet and thick.

D - Killer. This is a very high quality brew that I would enjoy sipping all night. Couldn't really session this one at such a high ABV, and it could be dangerous since the alcohol is not apparent in the least. I would not have guessed that this was over 6% when drinking it!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 13:36:48 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of mithrascruor


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours an interesting dark caramel/apricot color. Little to no head, but a bit of lacing at the edges.

Smell: The aroma is very minimal and difficult to discern. Something in it, however, is reminding me of peanut butter -- odd!

Taste: Nice taste of orange, yeast, and malt. Some caramel present too, as is the hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied, with generally light carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite decent drinkability, but not quite as captivating as other similar beers.

Overall, this is a nice Belgian-style ale, not quite a strong dark ale, but nice and interesting nevertheless. I consider it well worth trying, but I don't particularly feel the need for a 2nd try at it...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 14:33:54 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of BrewmasterNPB


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just drank a bomber of this Avery offering and I loved the entire experience. That's why I gave it a 5 in drinkability.
Aroma- Bananas and brown sugar, nice and soft (if that makes any sense).
Appearance- Orange in color, tan head stuck around for a little while. Nice Crystaline depth.
Taste- Banana and cloves, some dates at the end. There is a strong toasty malt flavor, either from Belgian biscuit malt or Belgian Aromatic malt (my guess, probably both). It has a definate caramel taste as it warms. I caught a hint of smoke at one point. although I doubt they added any kind of smoked malt, but you never know. It could be from the biscuit malt.
Drinkability- Absolute. I sat in my back yard, watched my dogs play while a storm rolled in. I thoroughly enjoyed life while I enjoyed every drop. I was pretty disapointed when it was finished, but was pretty hammered also.
Note: I am a homebrewer, and I notice that I get a different feeling when I get drunk off homebrew as opposed to commercial examples. With this beer, it felt like homebrew. I dug it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 00:38:41 | More by BrewmasterNPB
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,276 ratings.