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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 40
Gots: 180 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 2 from 2008
A-Nice light brown/copper color. Nice frothy head with some nice lace left behind.
S-Nice caramel/vanilla malt with a nice Belgian bready yeast. Definate malt and Belgian scents.
T-Malt off the bat, with a doughy yeast component that lasts in your mouth. Definate vanilla/caramel flavors coming through, almost like a fresh hot soft doughnut. Not much else though.
M-pretty good, could be better, maybe needs some more aging.
D-Nice but I don't know if I can finish a bomber of this stuff, one glass was nice though.

Photo of capn
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Collaboration Not Litigation, by Avery Brewing of Boulder, Colorado, is a Belgian style ale supposedly the product of combining the best qualities two different brews from two different breweries. It has a cloudy, relatively dark, golden-brown color consistent with an unfiltered ale, a sweet, malty nose, and good lace. I thought it had a traditional Belgian style ale flavor with a nice, slightly bitter follow through. Not bad but I'm not a big fan of some of the Belgian ales so give it a try for yourself.

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 bomber.

Pours a hazy caramel brown that shows a bright orange when held up to light. The head is tight and creamy, leaving spotty lacing along the sides.

The aroma is very sweet with tons of candi sugar and dark fruit, especially raisins. There is also a toasted bread malt present mixed with some caramel and vanilla.

The taste is sweet as well with a sugary fruit presence up front which gives way to the big caramel malt backbone. The finish is sticky with some vanilla and even some spices.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and slightly slick, coating the tongue with the sugary flavors. All in all, it's a decent Belgian style ale but not one I would go back to again.

Photo of bminor7
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Westmere Beverage in Albany NY. Bottled 2/2009, batch #3.

A - murky mud puddle brown. 1 finger foam settles to thin lacing on surface and sides of the glass.

S - raisins, figs, bready malt, caramel, a little alcohol, green apple. very pleasant - rich and savory, yet with light, tripel-like notes.

T - tastes like a somewhat-less-complex collaboration of La Fin du Monde and Ommegang Abbey Ale. i'd honestly have thought that's what this was a mix of if i didnt know better. roasty up front, with orange, banana. candi sugar in aftertaste. alcohol is hidden well.

M - good for the style, though i can't say i've ever had something that tasted like this (unfortunate consequence of the 'strong dark ale' catchall). medium body and carbonation is too crisp, but not irritating.

D - for me, low. not a fault of any particular characteristic other than the taste. one time only for this beer for me.

Photo of philipt
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unexpected, great find at a local gas station....yes, a gas station...

Pleasant copper with a admirable off white head and appreciable lacing. Aroma of malt, dark fruits, and clove.

A quite complex flavor. Malty with some subtle fruitiness. Quite spicy which balances the sweetness nicely.

Best Avery beer I've tried.

Photo of natelocc787
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a decent amount of sediment which hurt my opinion of it but I am leaving an unbiased review of the beer as if it had none. Just thought potential buyers would like to know. Average IMO. The Avery Salvation was much better. Off flavor somewhere in this bottle. Dark raisin and prune juice. Red apple and fig jam. Silky,foamy and dry texture. Wasn't bad but I won't buy it again.

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

This is from the first batch, I believe; Jan 2007. Poured into my basic snifter glass. The ale appears a hazed amber brown color with about an inch of creamy light ecru foam. Nice head retention with minimal lacing. Nose and flavors are of caramel, raisins, plums, brown sugar, molasses, sweet bread, yeast, ripe pears, dates, bananas. Approaching full bodied with ample carbonation. Wish I had another bottle of this vintage to try again in a year or two.

Photo of mhatters
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 220z bottle into a Duvel tulip

Pours a hazy dark copper-brown with a medium fluffy head that dissipates quickly

No surprise a whole lot in the nose, caramel malt, dark fruit, bread, toast, raisin, and a blend of hops

Sugary, bitter, sweet and beautiful. The dark fruit is well-balanced by the malt and hops, with a good kick of yeast. Complex, as expected, but well-balanced.

Carbonation is light, and perfect - coats without feeling heavy, a crisp long finish

If possible, I would drink this all day, but I only have one bottle

Photo of HopHead84
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3, bottled Feb 09. Pours a very interesting color, sort of a dirty looking golden color, not really a brown however. Lighter than expected given the classification as a strong dark ale, however. Has about an inch of beige head on top which keeps well and leaves some decent webbing.

Smell is very fruity, with lots of pear, plum, raisins, musty spice, clove, honey. Lots going on here, let's see what else. Some candied fruit, belgian sugar, earthy, musty yeast. There is some alcohol in the nose, as well.

Taste is also quite complex. Lots of sweetness, consisting of honey and candi sugar, plus lots of fruit like the nose. Tree fruit, plums, golden raisins. Lots of spice as well, partiicularly clove, and very earthy, musty spices that I won't bother trying to name. Yeast character is musty and spicy, and some of the fruitiness is likely yeast derived, as well. There is a bit of alcohol here too, but not much. A lot going on here, and it's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is close to full bodied, quite smooth with a bit of tacky sweetness left on the palate. Nice creaminess to the beer and it has a good level of carbonation.

This is a tasty beer and quite good across the board. It's different than I expected, although I haven't had either of the two original beers. It's really fruity and I was expecting darker malt flavors and darker fruits, but I'm still pleased with the brew. Definitely worth picking up.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass. Very cloudy caramel brown with a surprisingly thin head that didn't lace. Caramel, toffee, malt, and wood all evident in the nose. The taste featured all of these flavors and a thick body at first, which evolved to include a slight alcohol burn, and finished abruptly, with very little after-effect aside from a warm alcohol-feel. The lighter than expected finish certainly helps the sessionability of this beer (in spite of the alcohol content), but the body..thick at first, thin at finish...had me scratching my head. Going back to the store to grab another bottle of this to see how it ages, as I get sense that this one will smooth out over time nicely. Hopefully I'm right.

Photo of GarrisWH
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber - batch #3

A - Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a decent amount of sediment floating within. One finger of off-white head that descends to a nice cap that sticks around. Leaves solid lacing.

S - Has an almost wine-like aroma at first whiff. There is a sweet, fruity tartness up front with some spiciness in the background, hinting at cloves.

T - Somewhat bready, sweet, toasted malts up front that give way to the slightly tart, fruity yeast flavors. Finish is a bit hoppy and relatively dry and leaves the clove-like spiciness lingering on the tongue into the aftertaste. The tartness is maybe what gives it a wine-like quality, but something about the flavor is reminiscent of the vino. An interesting and well balanced brew. I like how the wild yeast is kept in check and isn't too overpowering.

M - Medium (bordering on full)-bodied with a nice, crisp carbonation that fits this one well. Has a slightly resinous feel.

D - Quite drinkable for the style and ABV. Good balance and a nice combination of flavors. I'm glad I picked this one up before it disappeared.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks quite nice, a pretty ruby brown color with big tan head and mild turbidity. The smell is pretty nice too, big notes of clove and toffee. It goes down pretty easily, quite a light body. The clove note is similar to that of Duvel, actually, which surprised me. The taste is good, with toffee, brown sugar, cloves, and some bready malt, but there is a bit of a metallic taste there too, which is off-putting. All-in-all, this is a great brew that's worth trying. I'd reach for a Maudite first, however.

Photo of supercolter
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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.

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

Batch # 2, bottled February 2008. Deep, cloudy brown in my Affligem glass, the head is a scant motionless film although a thin ring is quite pronounced and did not diminish. Lots of suspended particles. Smell of raisins, prune tort. Taste reminds me of a rich Belgian strong dark ale, which might be overstating the obvious, but the flavour and texture seem right on the mark. Taste is sweet candied dark fruit, English toffee, sour dough bread notes, banana, bitterness comes through in the finish. Long aftertaste features candy apple, caramel, wafer, decomposing peach. There is a bit of citric acid but it hardly detracts from the overall presentation. Very rich, smooth, rewarding flavour profile, nice texture, bit of alcohol heat but overall smooth and tasty, try one if you get the opportunity.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Chalice.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Light brown color. Good lacing, with lots of bubbles rising from bottom of glass.

S. Berries, dark fruit, malt sweetness, caramel, yeast, spices.

T. Caramel, candy sugar, hint of cinnamon, raisins, not much hops, not very complex flavor or taste. Lacking in flavor.

M. Medium bodied, pretty dry. Crisp finish.

D. Easy to drink. I expected more flavor and complexity from the style.

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

S: A milder aroma with a slight funkiness of the Brett with maybe some spicy/berry sweetness? Tough to pull out individual notes.

T: Overwhelming flavor! Warm brandy intensity upfront that carries through! Just...intense flavor. Tangy, puckery bitterness towards end. Overall, it has a thick, caramel and toffee sweetness.

Photo of moosiz
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Weihenstephan glass. This brew gives an impressive first impression with a beautiful crystal/amber appearance that fades to burnt orange around the curvations of the glass. Great carbonation at first that slows to a medium but steady pace. The carbonation produces a 1/2 inch tan head of creamy sticky foam. Rorschach lacing is making me see things.

Bubblegum,roasted spices, toasted malts, nana, and sweet dark sugarity all smell really good together.

This brew has a sweet/malt taste that is balanced by its fruity acidity. The sugary dry finish works.

Bold mouthfeel up front followed by a rapid disappearance of the thick sweetness. The drink ends with a dry fruity flavor.

This brew is easy to drink, but I'm not sure if they get easier to drink. The first one is great. After that it might lose some luster, but That first one is so good it deserves a nice score.

Photo of Yesac
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Murky brown. Little to no head. Fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

S- Sweet brown sugar, caramel,hints of Belgian yeast and raisin.

T- What a let down from the smell. The taste is immediately reminds me of an adjunct lager because of a 'beery' malt taste that is present. Not a complex Belgian. Similar to an American Barleywine. Strong ABV presence and strong on the malt. Slight raisin taste. Dry overall and poor aftertaste.

M- Sticky. Medium bodied. Not a great aftertaste. High carbonation.

D- Drinks like an american barleywine, just overly not impressive. Only Unibroue and a true Belgian can pull of this style it seems.

Photo of nsmartell
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the bomber to a snifter glass. Batch #3.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange color with a big white head that stuck around for a while, especially for a snifter glass.

Smell: Fruity, bread-like malts, banana cloves and a hint of alcohol and yeasty.

Taste: Not much going on here. A little lacking in the taste department. What I can taste though is the maltiness. The malts dominate so I cannot taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, smooth and a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth. Pretty decent for the style. The snifter definitely brings out the aromas. Would drink again as it is an easy drink.

Photo of Aenema
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Mahogany topped with a fluffy off-white head. Nice splotchy lacing.
Smell - Raisin, dark fruit and some alcohol.
Taste - Raisin, dark fruit, banana with dark caramel malts. Sugary notes make this too sweet.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a smooth feel and moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Too sweet and filling to be sessionable. Much better in a sample size or being shared.

Photo of slk22
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice, this beer was red-brown in color with a good bit of turbidity and little to no head. The appearance was, to me, unappealing reminding me of dirty water. Aroma was pleasing, consisting of a sweet fruitiness, honey, and alcohol. Taste largely follows the nose. Most prominent was the flavor of caramelized fruit; apricot, cherry, and overripe plum. Notes of honey were also present along with alcohol, ending with a dry finish. Overall, I found the flavor to be overly sweet and syrupy. Mouthfeel was smooth, of medium body and carbonation. While this is an interesting offering, due to the overt sweetness of this beer, I would not have more than one.

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

Batch #2.
Pours a dark orange red with fading two finger eggshell colored head, lots of sediment, thin sheet of lacing. Smell: sweet, caramel, clove, raisin, soft banana, somewhat muted. Taste: dark caramel, red plum, some raisin, a sweet bready thing going on, a touch of spicy hop to go with spicy clove note, and a bit of mashed up ready-for-banana-bread banana. Something else... can you hybrid pear and ginger? I'm not a huge fan of this style but this one was fairly interesting but unexciting. Cool story behind it though.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach

Batch # 3

A- a clear crisp and sharp amber color. Some yeasty floaties but not a lot. 2 finger mountainous head that has a speckled lacing on my glass.

S- dark fruits and nutmeg dominate. I then get some bubblegum aromas mixed with banana clove. Very interesting and not bad but odd.

T- a dark candied sweetness up front with the banana to close. In between there is a lot going on; belgian yeast, raisin, nutmeg and other spices.

M- almost a medium bodied beer but the drink coats the mouth with sweet malts and banana like hops.

D- not bad but the beer fills you up quick. Being a mixed brew i wasnt sure how to approach this but it was good overall. The overly sweetness of the beer takes the rating down a notch but good brew.

Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.