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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,277
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 32
Gots: 135 | FT: 8
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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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
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 HalfFull


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

Served on tap in a pint glass after hearing 'the story' behind this brew.

Pours an opaque amber-brown with ample head and lacing.

Smells of yeasty malts with a bit or caramel.

T/M/D - Subtle caramel flavor up front with a slightly chewy malty structure. Sense of cloves in the middle, spicy in that sense, maybe cinnamon. Finishes well, slightly warming, yet I was not aware of its ABV when consumed, and it surprised me. Quite drinkable in that sense, to a point.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2008 04:19:24 | More by HalfFull
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle labeled as Bat #2.

A: Pours a cloudy ruby tinted brown with about a finger thick head. The small amount of head that is left after it settles does leave a bit of lacing all the way down. This one would get a 5 if it had better head retention.

S: That classic Belgian yeast smell dominates the aroma. There is also a citrus tone to the aroma as well. I assume its from the hops. There is a sweet smell as well, possibly some sort of dark fruit.

T: The beginning of the taste is dominated by malt. It is a very sweet beginning. The sweetness continues on with a hint of dark fruity tastes. Its mixed in with the classic Belgian yeast taste. There is a bit of hops that helps minimize the sweetness. For me this one has almost a perfect taste.

M: A medium body with an excellent level of in mouth carbonation. There is a lot of character with this one. It is very fun just to run around in the mouth.

D: This one is too drinkable for its own good. I could knock this one back easily bottle after bottle. There is a bit of alcohol warmth, but the rest makes you want to come back early and often.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 01:14:56 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer had it on tap tonight at tjeverydays in Paoli PA. Terrific flavor, nice dark color out of the tap, little or no head, almost an oak taste. You would hard pressed to guess it was 9%. I was with 5 other people who all tried it and they agreed a terrific beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2008 01:07:52 | More by rodcom
Photo of gpogo


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

A- Hazy reddish brown with a lovely off-white head.

A- Citrusy hop smell

T- I can't believe I spent so much time looking and smelling it, what was I thinking?! Very smooth and sweet with notes of cherries and other dark fruit.

M- Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Slight warmth from alcohol, but very smooth.

D- if it weren't 8.99% abv this would be all that I drink for the next week. A very interesting Belgian. A mix of an Avery and a Russian River beer of the same name.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 05:27:14 | More by gpogo
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 05/13/08. Batch #2. Bottled February 2008.

Back story: Avery and Russian River both make a beer called Salvation. The breweries decided to join forces and make a blend of their two beers, this being the result. Pretty cool idea if you ask me. Anyway, on to the beer...

Pours a cloudy orange/reddish brown. About a finger of beige head popped up, then dropped down leaving nice lacing around the glass. Nice yeasty bread-like aromas, with lots of banana and citrus (especially orange and tangerine).

Taste is very yeasty and malty, very Belgian. Bread, banana, sweet malt, tangerine, and apricot flavors. A few dark fruits make their way in as well, mostly raisin, fig, and date. Probably a bit sweeter than most others of the style. Can't really taste the alcohol at all.

Feel is thick and bubbly. It's well carbonated and almost chewy. Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down smooth, and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a pretty nice Belgian style beer.

Though I haven't had Salvation from either brewery, I find this to be very enjoyable (but at nearly $10, also expensive). Definitely worth a try - especially since it supports a good cause and may encourage further collaboration! (They say the profits go toward a trip to Belgium for the guys from Avery, Russian River, Port, Dogfish, and Allagash)

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 02:00:11 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of Med


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

Batch number 2.

A - Pours a murky amber brown. Head is with and frothy and about one finger retreating to a slight coating on top of the beer. Lacing is decent.

S - Yeasty bread crust with underlying dark fruit. There's a sweetness here as well with cherries, green grapes, and apple.

T - Follows the smell but more intense. Yeasty with an impressive malt backbone. There's plum and some dark cherry. Finish is a lingering apple flavor. I like this!

M - Could use some more carbonation but otherwise is medium/full bodied. Coats the tongue nicely leading to the impressive finish.

D - Merely good. The sweetness is just shy of cloying and that prevents me from scoring it higher. I could easily kill a bomber but wouldn't open a second.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 01:10:49 | More by Med
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3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #2.

Pours a reddish brown color. Aroma is fruity and yeasty, also a bit spicy. Taste sort of sweet and sour. Lots of candied sugar combined with a cherry like tartness. Very musty like yeast flavor here. Mouthfeel is medium. This beer doesn't really do anything for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 00:03:45 | More by hckyfn9999
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 feb 2008 bottled.

A- poured a copper color, lightly tawny which a large tight knit foam on top of just off white, has rpetty good retention time as well and is pretty sticky as well. the high carbonation keeps a trickle of bubbles rising to the top from the etched D on the bottom of my duvel glass. not much lacing as it dropped in the glass but still not bad

S- very earthy tone, carmel notes, all maltiness, some signature belgian character to it as well, dark candy notes. pretty yeasty as well on the finish.some light funk there

T- all malt start, pretty acidic has a high carbonation which is probably why. pretty light body for the abv. the candy is noticable which makes me think there is prolly just a little too much. it fades into a yeasty character with a solid fig notes. on the very finish as its lingering in the mouth i notice a pleasant noble hop finish. never gets too swet and has a good character throughout. also although there is a light grapfruit character that i can detect.

M- medium body solid character, high carbonation, lingering on the tongue.

D- a good beer, really enjoyed it, but should prolly age a little to let the maltiness smooth out, still seems a little too fresh

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 21:05:31 | More by Atron67
Photo of Phenom

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 from Feb 2008, 22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, reddish brown with a minimal head.

S: Very sour smelling, lactic, some citrus fruit rind, a funkiness that is hard to describe.

T: Citrus, raisins, caramel, candy sugar. Very complex and flavorful Belgian-style ale.

M&D: Leaves your mouth feeling tingly. Medium body. Nice crisp beer. Easy drinking as well, it does not taste all that strong.

This beer is not all that strong, or dark, but nonetheless it is a worthwhile effort. Unfortunately having never tried a Russian River beer, I cannot say whether or how well it takes on the characteristics of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 19:40:22 | More by Phenom
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2... bottled in Feb, 2008

Poured into a chalice.... a very pretty reddish-brown mahogany color with about 1 finger of rocky head which shows remarkable resilience. Extremely active carbonation.

A deep nuttiness in the aroma... lots of malt with a barely perceptible kick of alcohol. Fig and yeast come to the forefront toward the end.

Rock candy and fig... and almost bubble-gum quality is slightly noticeable... not to say its sweet... this one carries enough maltiness and depth to give it some backbone. Quite nice. As it warms, some molasses comes through... alcohol is not perceptible aside from the slow warming sensation.

The carbonation is certainly active, but it definitely works here. Absolutely flawless mouthfeel... perfect "chewy" thickness to combat the carbonation.

Very very drinkable for the abv.... quite a dangerous brew. Avery has really outdone themselves with this one. Congrats to a brewery which has impressed me more and more in recent years.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 22:50:19 | More by nickss
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Transparent honey color. 2" head and massive lacing in thick and pillowy, fluffy sheets. 1/8" film on top surface sticks around with nice retention for the entire drink.

S- Buttery and citrusy. Sweet smells too that reminds me of maple syrup. Hops are subtle with a hint of sourness.

T- Sweet but bitter with caramel-like backbone. Somewhat citrusy and very buttery. Touch of sour from the yeast, but not too in-your-face. Alcohol is slightly there in the taste; not completely hidden.

M- Medium to thick and medium to high carbonation.

D- Sweet and malty with warming and noticable alcohol tastes take away a little from the drinkabilty factor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2008 16:58:13 | More by MMAJYK
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy amber, bottle conditioned, so that second pour may end up with some sediment, but ends with a lacy white head. Aroma is sweet candied sugar and some light fruitiness, but nothing all that distinct. Taste shows a little citrus and some dark fruit like plums and figs but nothing overwhelming. Some bitter notes in the aftertaste counteract the sweetness. Some alcohol is noticeable over time.

A typical dark Belgian ale, nothing to set it apart except a little more sweetness than usual. Worth trying for lovers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 04:37:45 | More by saintwarrick
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3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy brown colored beer, with less head than average.

The smell doesn't do much for me, there's just not much to it. Maybe some malts. No fruitiness. Unexpected for this type of beer.

I like the taste, but this is one of my favorite styles, and I think it compares poorly to others within the style. It's got a malty, earthy taste with just a little bit of sugar. Sort of syrupy, the mouthfeel is pretty chewy. But it goes down easily and the alcohol is well disguised.

Undistinguished for this style though. Lacks complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 02:20:09 | More by jar2574
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District of Columbia

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

Surprising this one's called a dark. More likely it's a medium. Nice deep amber color with a couple fingers of white head on top that leaves okay lacing. Nose is strong on spices, citrus, wheat, and some light caramel. Taste is similar, with a nice batch of alcohol tossed in, along with some dried fruit. Feel is better than average, fairly thick and tasty. Overall, this one's a solid beer, although nothing too out of control.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 22:33:33 | More by soupyman10
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In terms of an archetypal Belgian strong ale this nails it very well. Dark walnut amber with modest head, nose of baking spices and aromatics, malt, fruit, dried apricots, apples, chewy and sippable; I preferred it as it warmed up. The sweetness and fruitiness become better resolved and clarified as the chill dissipates.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2008 05:04:07 | More by AylwinForbes
Photo of homebrewhawk


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

Batch 2, 22oz bottle served in a chalice. Poured a hazy amber/gold with a thin off white head. Clove spiciness and some burnt sugar in the aroma. Medium bodied with some malt sweetness. Nice spicy flavor, a slight mustiness in the finish. A slight hop bitterness. Very drinkable and enjoyable to me. Nothing mind blowing however.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 00:58:05 | More by homebrewhawk
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, bottled Feb08. An amber color with a medium sized white head. Nice aroma of banana and bread. I tasted bananas pretty much all the way through, but got a tinge of perfume at the end. Not unpleasant, just a bit surprising. I thought this was a pretty enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 22:15:57 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

batch #2

a: This was a clear, light golden amber color. It poured with a big, creamy, dirty white head; decent lace and retention.

s: Aromas of sweet, very ripe bananas and some darker fruits are most noticeable. Sourdough bread, some candied sugar, and alcohol were present as well.

t: Dry and perfumed are the first words that come to mind. Herbal cloves and bananas give way to a floral alcoholic finish.

m: I liked the long lasting, gentle carbonation. I didn't like the dry, perfumed finish though.

d: Great concept, good beer. I loved RR's Salvation, now I just need to try Avery's for comparison purposes.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 10:46:06 | More by DIM
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United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Somewhat light root beer-brown, clear when held up to the light, like an English brown ale. Head is beige, kinda small, and pretty weak, not quite fizzy but very active, which undermines its retention severely.

Smell: Awesome. Huge roasted/toasted notes, like toasted rye bread and roasted almonds, plus some berry-packed red wine in the background and an earthy-spicy character that reminds me of nutmeg and allspice. Lightly fruity as well, with orange notes underscored with a touch of cocoa and some brown sugar. And a breeze of piney hops wafts over the whole thing.

Taste: Very tasty. Nice and roasty just as the nose predicted, with a powdery/tannic dryness to it. In the shadow of the nutty/cocoa/toffee malts there is a current of fruit: bananas, white wine, golden raisins, and orange peel. There's also some woody qualities from the malts and hops. Finish is nice and dry, with a lingering spice from the alcohol and hops and yeast. I expected much more sourness from what I've read about RR's Salvation, but it seems to be almost completely obscured here, except for a slight tang from the fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very creamy. Pleasantly and surprisingly dry for an ale with such a hearty malt character.

Drinkability: This is a very interesting Belgian dark ale, though I must say, it's not as interesting as I had hoped/expected. Still very good, and I'm pretty thrilled to have found a bottle - in Japan, no less!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 10:10:52 | More by soulgrowl
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New Jersey

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

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber Decent amount of beige head.

Not much of a smell. I would say light caramel.

A fairly balanced taste with a very bitter ending.

Goes down very smooth. Average carbonation with a alcohol warming sensation after each sip.

Very drinkable despite the high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 02:24:27 | More by sschliv
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

A: pours clear, brown/amber, with some head.

S: grainy, bready, noble/floral hop, caramel.

T: dark dried fruit, malt, sweet bread, brown sugar, caramel with maybe a slight hint of licorice toward the end. Ends in a floral/herbal hop bitterness. More bitter than a typical belgian strong ale, but a nice contrast.

M: slightly sticky, heavy feeling, carbonation is a little light for the style but not unfavorable.

D: overall a very enjoyable beer. I picked up this beer not knowing what to expect, and my second experience with an Avery beer is very favorable. Not as delicate as a Trappist-style strong ale, I detect more bitterness in this version, which puts a nice touch and differentiation on this. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 01:06:06 | More by joeysmokedporter
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a bottle a clear red amber with a small beige head.

Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, dark ripe fruits, and some nuttiness.

The taste is bright and fruity. Dark ripe fruits, caramel, and brown sugar. The alcohol is fairly well hidden but still warms the mouth.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and a zing to the carbonation.

Very drinkable considering the alcohol and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 19:27:04 | More by Monkeyknife
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rubbish amber hue with very thin sediment hanging amidst this rusty amber beer. No head and very light bubbling. Great color, but not the look I as expecting from a Belgian. Very caramely fruit, and a little spicey alcohol in the nose. Light maraschino cherries, caramel coriander, and walnuts. The palate is slightly sweet and syrupy. Very warm, but not not very smooth or soothing.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 03:32:18 | More by scruffwhor
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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