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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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1,320 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,320
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 33
Gots: 143 | 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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Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber I got at Midtown in Nashville. Batch number 2. Poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a semi-thick viscosity. Poured a milky, medium brown. Had about a finger of off white head. The head had very little retention and the top cap is not too impressive. The lacin is not too bad. Creates random rings as you work your way down.

S: Very subtle Belgian yeast hits you on first whiff. Caramel sweetness is very nice. Banana, plums and prunes are all present but faint. The smells are nice, but they are all kinda blah as far as intensity. I would have given it a higher rating if not for the faintness.

T: Once again Belgian Yeast is heavy. Banana is absolutely there. Prunes are faint but also stand up for role call. The caramel is very sweet and adds a lot to this brew. Once again, flavors are very subdued and spotty.

M: Medium in body and actually quite thick. Sort of thrown off by this considering the rest of the profiles. This brew really coats and give you a chance to enjoy what it has to offer. Absolutely zero trace of ABV. Very nice in that respect. Carbonation is pretty damned perfect, making this easy to drink.

D: This beer is decent. It could be a hell of a lot better. I can see where they were headed. It has its high points and low. It is easy to drink making it nice. The nose and the taste could be much better. Still, not bad and I would have another.

everetends, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2

Pours from a 22oz brown bottle into a globe glass. It has a dark ruby brown color, very hazy, lots of nice head but it settles quickly. Nice lacing left behind.

Aroma is rich and malty with a bit of roasted malt character. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy.

Flavor is distinctly belgian in character with spice, fruits (apple, fig, plum, banana) and yeast. This may be one of the only belgian strong dark ales I've ever had. It reminds me of a cross between a dubel and a tripel with the dark malty flavors of the former and the spicy taste of the latter.

Mouthfeel is better than average for a belgian since it isn't as highly carbonated and seems easier to drink as a result.

I love the concept here and wish more brewers would consider collaboration projects. It would be great to have the opportunity to try both salvations individually and then try the collaboration to see how the three compare.

GilGarp, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, deep red beer, with a small, light tan head. The first thing I smell is cherries, and I detect some alcohol. I seem to be smelling an almost chocolate aroma too.

Woody, earthy tasting. Quite a bit of malt sweetness. Sour funkiness that I can only assume is Brettanomyces. It's not overly sour, however, and seems to compliment the other flavors quite nicely. Picking up a little of the cherry that I smelled initially. Low bitterness, and almost no detectable hop flavor, at least as far as I can tell. Also what seems to be a bittersweet, or unsweetened chocolate flavor way down deep. Can't quite put my finger on it.

Good mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability would be medium to high for me. If my palate develops a taste for these Brett beers, I'm sure it would be much higher. But a good beer all around, I've nothing bad to say about it.

dancinwillie, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First run, bottled Jan. 2007, blended Dec 11 2006 - drank in June 2008, a year and a half of aging @ horrocks in lansing

22oz to tulip glass, pours a deep brown hints of golden, creamy foamy white head

smells of sweet malts, belgian yeast, complex, slight sourness, apple, smells mellowed but strong

taste is crisp bitter malts, nice thick weight, slight apple, wheat, head is deliciously foamy, creamy, easy to drink, an excellent blend of belgian styles, alcohol is hidden well, heavy lacing clings to the glass

mouthfeel is creamy, heavy, delicious, sour, smoothly blended goodness - very nice!

drxandy, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright reddish copper with a two-finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap leaving a thick ring of lace. A steady stream of bubbles rises up the middle of the glass and there's a ton of yeast floating around with a good amount of it settling to the bottom of the glass.

Smell is prunes, raisins, green apples, candied sugar and yeast.

Taste begins with some tart green apples and prunes, before some candied sugar and doughy malts. Some warming, peppery alcohol shows up in the middle before finishing with some raisins and earthy yeast.

Medium-bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, but not quite cloying.

Pretty good drinkability. Very enjoyable and one I would like to get a hold of again.

MrMonkey, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy burnt orange with very little head.

S: Belgian candy, malt spicy, prunes caramel and belgian yeasts - complex.

T: The taste follows the aroma but is much more funky.

M: Full and suitable.

D: This beer is easy to drink. It is complex, but well balanced at the same time.

barefootbrewer, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ron - thanks! Poured into a chalice.

A: Some reddish brownish attractive notes, fine, streaky lacing.

A: Yeast, caramel, butterscotch and toffee, very roasty.

T: Same as above, a few coffee and chocolate notes, toasty astringencies, bitter hop notes, spicy, citrus (orange), a few fusel alcohol notes. Tastes like a Belgian strong pale with a few roasted notes thrown in for good measure.

M: Great. Very even, thick, syrupy, but still plenty of nice, drinkable, thin spots. Interesting

D: Up there as far as abv% goes, but it's both pretty tasty and pretty interesting - recommended.

CrellMoset, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CNLA pours out a burnt amber brown color. The color is not dark, but the beer is syrupy, viscous in apperance.
Nose is full of malts, light toasted nuts, Brett notes, spikes of alcohol, dark plums,juicy fruits.
taste is brett yeasts, lots of the nose is presented in liquid form. here is a complex presentation of sweet American maltiness in perfect balance of Belgian yeasts. The two different strains of Brett are blended and left to work their magic...and they worked well together.
I truly enjoyed this beer. Russian River is not yet avaliable in NY.so Ive only tried the Avery,but this was that beer and and more, so collaborate!!

czfreeman, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Deep, murky, tangerine color with golden wheat shadows. Good sized lid of fuzzy off-white fluff.

Hmm, interesting. It is all sorts of tangy fruit with a touch of belgian candi sugar sweetness. It's funky, yeasty, a bit vegetal, and spicy. Good full body and feel to it with lots of really soft, really fuzzy carbonation.

It's an interesting beer, though not quite what I was expecting. It's a well done beer, but I don't think it agreed with what my tasters were expecting from it. Worth a try for sure, and I will have to try it again another time.

Slynger, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-transparent, dark, golden amber with a very thick, fine-bubbled, cream-white head that sticks around a while. Aroma is rich and malty with fruity and yeasty hints. Mouth-filling flavor is very toothsome, mostly malty with some hints of hops and undertones of bananas. Texture is pleasantly smooth, but this beer still goes down with just a little sass.

Cyberkedi, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark mahogany that shows ruby when held to the light light with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is a little sweet dark fruits and apple and some yeasty scents

T - The taste follows the nose with some spice added and a hint of alcohol

M - This beer has a fuller body with a higher level of carbonation to it

D - I liked this beer a lot its a good Belgain style beer that I enjoyed sipping on worth a try sometime

armock, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Jul 29, 2008
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of bashiba
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber with a soup ring of a head with some minor lacing and a bit of sediment.

Smell has a yeasty funk quality to it with a touch of sweet dark fruit.

Has a very tinny and oxidized flavor with a bit of sour citrusy fruit and some dry grassy hops with a touch of sweet oranges. Very underwhelming flavor overall

Mouthfeel is very warm and super dry.

Not the most drinkable Beer. I liked the idea, not so much the execution.

bashiba, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 2007; consumed July 23, 2008.

A: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is mahogany/brown with a 1-finger khaki head. Some floaties. Nice active carbonation.

S: Mainly malt with some fruit -- berries, cherries and ripe apples; also slight yeasty funkiness.

T: Very nice. Sweet malt (candy sugar?), yeasty funk and light fruit (grapes, ripe green apples) up front, followed by darker fruit and berries in the middle -- and more so in general as it warms. Finishes with a slight amount of heat and spice -- more alcohol heat than expected, though I guess at 8.99% ABV (just a hair shy of 9%) I shouldn't have been surprised. Lemony bitterness balances out the fruit and there's a lingering almost oaky astringent dryness for a palate-cleansing reboot.

M: Nice feel as well -- lighter than expected, heft-wise, though it's about medium-bodied. I think the active spritziness in the mouth makes it feel somewhat light and helps it to finish dry.

D: Excellent. Went down amazingly well for an almost-9% ale.

Kendo, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, dirty penny copper brown. Head is not much in terms of retention, but pour forms a decent one.

S: Crisp fruit peel, clove, yeastiness, candy sugar.

T: Notes of tartness and alcohol, herbal hop, yeast funk.

M + D: Zippy carbonation, a little stickiness, and a touch of alcohol finish. A gentle sipper... not a favourite, perhaps, but a decent ale, nonetheless.

Proteus93, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750 mL from Tower in Atlanta.

Pours a semi-cloudy dark amber color with not very much head. Has a smell typical of dark belgians, not phenomenal but better than average.

The taste is pretty balanced, not one thing really stands out. It's a bit sweeter than I thought it would be, but the sweetness diminishes as the beer warms up, which is a good thing.

This beer is pretty tasty, definitely worth a try.

glid02, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Delerium Snifter
Pours a nice clear Brownish-red, small head
S: smells of banana and sugar candy, with a yeasty nose. a hint of alcohol.
T: sweet caramel candy and banana is in the forefront. with a fig undertone. doesn't taste too much of alcohol.
M: nicely carbonated and medium bodied. well balanced but a little light on the hops for a belgian.
D: This is a very nice belgian ale. a nice Collaberation between Russian River and Avery. probably the closest I'll ever get to trying any Russian River beers. very nice

naterock, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown color with a thin off white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is nice. Banana and clove, yeast and caramel. Really delicious.

Taste is quite nice. Caramel, banana, candy sugar, and yeast. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Good flavor, and alcohol is well hidden.

Goliath, Jul 15, 2008
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.

erosier, Jul 13, 2008
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.

Boto, Jul 12, 2008
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.

AmishT, Jul 10, 2008
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

SMADMS, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
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.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 09, 2008
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!

cooncat, Jul 07, 2008
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,320 ratings.