Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 146 | FT: 9
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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 Monkeyknife
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of halfP1NT
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is deep amber brown, thick, white head. Leaves a thick blanket of lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell is not very strong, but almost reminds me of a nut brown. Sweet nuttiness, a bit of fruit, like cherries. Alcohol starts to come through as it warms.

Taste is very much like the aroma, sweet nuttiness & sweet cherry. Alcohol doesn't make an appearance until I near the bottom of my glass, but it has a strange flavor on the sides of my tongue that almost reminded me of a spirit, like vodka.

Low carbonation, a bit syrupy. Very yeasty in the aroma and taste. Sweetness coats my entire mouth. I felt like there was something lacking in this strong dark Belgian ale. When the alcohol did make an appearance after the beer warmed a it, it was sort of an off-putting flavor. I'm glad I tried this beer, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a uniform amber brown with a thick pillowy cream colored head and tons of sticky lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly subdued, quite dry with dark fruit, brown sugar, and mild spices.

Taste is sweet and yeasty up front. Caramel malt base, brown sugar, and a dry yeasty character. Dark fruit comes on strong - fig and plum. Alcohol burn is noticeable, but not in a bad way. Finish is mildly bitter with earthy hops and has a metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Mild carbonation.

An interesting brew that is well worth a try. Although not quite what I would expect for the style. Overall a sweet, but rather mild brew.

Photo of yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet at Liberty St Tavern in Allentown.

A: Tawny brown with a thick, creamy tan head with great retention and some sticky lacing.
S: Sweet, spicy malt. Molasses, cinnamon, a little fruitiness.
T: Medium bodied, creamy, adequate carbonation, slightly watery finish. Taste follows the nose, slightly cloying, lots of sweet, spicy maltiness with a little caramel. Slight taste of alcohol, but no burn. Not best of this style, but very nice. Liked this better than RR's Salvation.

Photo of 0110x011
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light coppery brown into a chalice, with little head to speak of. Nose is fruity and flowery, with caramel and Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet, fruity, and caramelly, but balanced with a bitter bite at the end. Its a fairly heavy brew, but creamy at the same time. Enjoyable, but I probably won't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pick-up from the sterling Sun Singer, Collaboration pitches two fingers of off-white froth atop a clear brown-copper body. Nice aromas, full of chocolate, caramel, fruity hops, and some spice. The taste is excellent. The chocolate and caramel carry the day, making this smooth and somewhat creamy. But the fruity hops infuse berry and orange as well, enriching this in great depth. Terrific. Just as important, the mouthfeel is very good, creamy and well-carbonated. What a good pick-up.

Were it not for the high ABV, this would veer on the verge of being a quaffer. A dangerous combination--creamy, smooth, flavorful, and potent. Highly recommended.

Photo of Portertime
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am liking the dark. Good job Avery. Pours a cloud covered dark amber. Smells of yeast, banana, cherries,hint of clove. Tastes dancing on the tongue, bready with a hint of banana and clove, maybe some orange peel. Refreshing and well balanced. Easy drinking. I enjoyed it in a bubble glass.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2-ation. Pours a very cloudy (un-Avery like but it is a collaboration) lighter amber color with red hues throughout. A decent pour leaves a thick eggshell white colored head with great retention and lacing through out the sampling.

The nose is young but some stronger Belgian qualities and hints of Brett. Sweeter malty aromas with some lighter bready and biscuit aromas that mix well with the cand aroma. Nice Belgian and spicy qualities. Noticeable banana and rose phenols that don't quite hid the solvent/fusel alcohol nose. Darker fruits, like prunes and figs come out as well. Some coriander and clovers.

The taste is similar to the nose. Up front there is a sweeter candi-esk malt taste. Lighter bready flavors as well. Belgian yeast characteristics with a more of a dubble presence. Banana and cloves comes out more as the figs and plums are limited. Some lighter brett, horse blanket is detectable in the back end. Some noticeable fusels as well.

The body is closer to mid but has some fuller aspects. Overall this is a fun beer but best to age. After some time I will have to revisit this beer.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle of Batch #2 poured in tulip glass

A - slightly cloudy dark caramel color. the head was pillowing in the tulip glass, slightly off white in color. the head settled within 3 minutes but then left a nice film and tight lacing on the sides.

S - can def. smell the belgian style yeast. there is a sweetness with a hint of spice but certainly not overwhelming.

T - I wasn't sure what to expect but was very happy. It is sweet but almost a burnt sort of sweet. The alcohol is there if you really aspirate the beer but otherwise well balanced.

M - It is a sticky beer with the malt and yeast staying on the palate. After a full bottle, my mouth was slightly overwhelmed but i'm not complaining :_

D - I am going to get a second bottle and age it to see what happens to the alcohol presence. This isn't a session beer but it is a darn good beer.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

RETIRED?! Crazy... I just had this two weeks ago in Berkeley. Boo!
It was sooo tasty!
Appearance> Rootbeer color, small head. Huge, frothy head. Lacing
Smell> Yeast, dark wheat, rye.
Taste>tart start, almost salty. rush of hops, yeasty, bitter with a rye bread hang. Nice dark strong.
Mouthfeel> quote lifted from a friend who tasted it with me, "It's like a rainbow rolling across my palette."-credit> Eric Carlson.
Drinkability> Great for one or two, but I'd be ruined if I had more than that... I certainly wouldn't be able to pronounce the full name of the beer if I did.

Photo of gmcfarre
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter
Batch #2 - Bottled in Feb. 2008

A - Pours a nice auburn brown color with ruby highlights. Head is nice at about 3/4 inch and off white with tiny bubbles. Laces in sheets when tipped, leaving behind some Brussels lacing as it fades.

S - Nose is sweet with strong dark fruit components and good dose of yeasty spice. The use of "authentic Belgian yeast" as well as the sweet "Belgian candy sugar" is readily apparent. Dark fruit ranges from plum to raisin and combines nicely with the sweet candied scent. Very enticing and complex and true to the style.

T & M - Starts with a good dose of sweetness and some full bodied dark fruit flavors. Carbonation is moderate and provides a good tingly mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finish is oddly steely and seems a bit off to me. Leaves behind an unpleasantly cloying and steely flavor and mouthfeel, distracting from what was previously a very enjoyably beer.

D - My aged bottle of batch #1 had a similar steely finish, leading me to believe it wasn't the aging process that provided that flavor. Nevertheless, alcohol is well hidden and there is some nice complex flavor going on here. Hopefully your bottle wont have that steely finish. A nice venture between two outstanding breweries.

Previous review:
Batch #1 - opened 2/18/08
22 oz bomber poured into St. Bernardus chalice

A - Pours a chestnut brown opaque color with milk chocolate and ruby tints. Head is adequate in size but not massive or frothy like many others. Fades to a thin layer with quick-falling lacing. - 4

S - Scent is strong on the dark fruits, such as plum and raisin. Good amount of sweetness with some candied aspects and some interesting Belgian yeast notes. - 4.5

T & M - Starts with a moderate carbonation tingle and some malty sweetness. Medium bodied. Little to no hop activity. A slight bit of nuttiness accompanies. Alcohol is very well hidden. Tastes a bit sour with a steely flavor in the finish. Maybe the yearlong storage wasn't too kind to this beer. - 3.5 / 4

D - A nice crafted beer that may be past its prime. Alcohol is very well hidden amongst the complexities. A great collaboration between two top notch breweries. - 4

Photo of Avryle
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- nice hazy orange-brown. Minimal cream colored head. Nice lacing.

S- Heavy sweet malts, figs, dates, raisins & apples

T- Sweet malts with heavy dark fruits. Finishes with tangy apples & booze

M- Full bodied, almost syrupy. brief, active carbonation on initial sip.

D- take this one slow as its intended to be. This is a good one to split.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2007.
Served into a tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy brown color. Minimal amount of white head. Some lacing.

S: Yeast hit me first. Then the wonderful blend of dark fruits. Nice spiciness in the back. Really different.

T: Sweet up front. Then hints of bread. Then into that nice spice I smelled earlier. The yeast is killer in this beer. Then a touch of funk perhaps. Finishes really sweet with tons of dark fruits. Damn that finish is nice.

M: Nice medium body. Good low carbonation in line with the style.

D: Super easy drinking. I would love to have this one tap. Hopefully Mahar's will get it. Wonderful blend from two good breweries.

Photo of blakesell
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer isn't retired as they brewed it again recently. I would call it a rotating release. Found on tap at Boston's in Dayton right now.

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazed orange red with an ample head of foam rising over the top of the glass. Head is two coloured cream/tan and a finger thick.

Smell- Sweet malts and candi sugars with a rich apricot backbone. Hops are nonexistent, yeast is lightly peppery. A hint of wheat malt shows up to say "hi". Possibly some slight brettanomyces, but no lactobacillus.

Taste- Smooth and fruity. Peach and apricot upfront with a yeasty finish. White pepper and a shade of allspice. Some phenolics with alcohol but not overpowering. Maltiness is quite rich, light hops, not much in the hop department. Brettanomyces are light as well.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and slightly cloying. Medium full bodied, creamy, and very well carbonated. A bit under attenuated. Medium warming.

Drinkability- A deceptive Belgian styled ale that isn't quite as warming as it should be. A good rainy-day drinker (as it is here today at Boston's)

Photo of kcillini77
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a good lesson on this one in the importance of proper temperature. First smell and taste were too cold - smelled like soda and taste was worse than average. I let it warm up a little, and that's what I'm reviewing.

Smell is malty and yeasty with a bit of grapefruit essence.

Taste is sweet up front - good malt presence. Then we get some very earthy flavors that remind me somewhat of the smell of hay, with plenty of coriander and other spices. Alcohol is definitely present but not overpowering.

I would definitely give either of the original Salvations a try (I haven't had them before), but the mixture, while good, is not spectacular.

Photo of GeoffW
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of batch #2 bottled 02/08

Poured into a tulip glass it's a dark amber color, cloudy, not much head or lacing.

Smell is very malty, a good amount of yeast, some spice.

Taste is good. Nice malt flavor with a layer of spice and some yeast thrown in for good measure. Mouthfeel is smooth, the 8.72 abv is hidden pretty well, nice lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability is pretty good, not something I would want to drink as my regular beer but I would have one every once in a while if it were more available.

Overall this stuff is pretty good, but I was expecting a little more. Oh well.

Photo of JDV
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap
Pours a rich golden amber with a creamy beige head. A malty faint belgian yeast character and wheaty, caramel in the nose as well. Taste is creamy, smooth and simple with brown malt and yeast flavors. On the lightly sweeter side. Softly carbonated and medium bodied. Drinkable.

Photo of gwong
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy dirty brown color with a thick off-white head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Hints of malts, fruit, spice, and yeast in the nose.

T: Strong malt flavor with a nice kick from the spices. The yeast flavor lingers at the end.

M: Medium body with little carbonation.

D: It hides its ABV fairly well and with less carbonation than expected from a Belgian, it's pretty drinkable.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark mahogany red with a light tan head.

S: sweet fruity aroma. Some caramel also detected on the nose along with alcohol.

T: Rich malt flavor, Earthy bitterness that grows bigger when it warms. Dried fruit, raisins, plums, cherries and bread notes. Spicy winter spices, cola. "ends spicy with some cloves".

M: moderate body and a warming alcohol sensation going down.

D: Definitely worth a try. very nice.

Photo of EighchBrews
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great beer. Poured into a chimay glass. hazy amber color with a very nice thick smooth head. The appearance alone makes me thirsty. the aroma is wonderful. brown sugar, raisins, a bit of alcohol. It smells very good. All the smells I just talked about are immediately present in the taste. A nice malty sweetness gives way to a slight lingering bitterness. Very tasty beer. The mouthfeel is unbeatable. It is almost chewy and just enough carbonation. All and all a great beer and very cool concept behind it. I am not a huge belgian style fan, but I will buy this beer again.

Has this beer really been retired???

Photo of MFOM
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown into my Unibroue glass. Tiny bubbles sprout from the bottom into a nice one finger head. Smells of bread and cinnamon and a slight alcohol presence.

Taste is sweet up front with a nice maltiness and dark fruits. Aftertaste of fruits such as feint cherry and apple maybe. Not much alcohol in the taste at first, but does appear after the beer warms a bit. Mouthfeel is great. Nice carbonation that somewhat makes me think of most tripels.

I think this is not only a good beer, but a good idea that I hope to see other brewers doing in the future. I will have to pick up a few more bottles before they are all sold out. Overall a must try.

Photo of Douglas14
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep mahogany color with a slight ruby red tint to it. It has a great head that leaves too soon and leaves less lace than I expected. The nose is heavily of cinnamon, candied sugar, nicely roasted malts and very also of bread. The taste is complex and rich: malt, various spices, dark fruits, tart fruits, dough, and a bit earthy. It has a full body and finishes incredibly.

This beer is a true testament as to why the craft beer culture and industry is like no other...everyone should experience this brew.

Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep burnt amber. Cloudy with yeast. Bits are in suspension. A one and a half finger head of tight carbonation rises thick lick shaving cream and slowly recedes. Lacing streaks the path down to where a thin foam rest on top of my Chimay chalice. I stays throughout.

Smell is of sweet dark fruit, figs,dates, Belgian spice and malt. Light in its tenor but appealing enough to draw you in to deeper sniffs. As it warms the aromas develop into something more sophisticated but more difficult to dissect. The spices make themselves known, and mature the olfactory experience.

Taste is wonderful. Caramel malt, and corriander are at the front. Candy sugar and more malt hold the body together. A surprisingly present hop bitterness in the finish combined with notes of coffee, toffee and clove. Lovely. A real winner in my book. As it warms the bittering aspects develop but never take over the sweet and malty signature of the taste. The corriander/clove aspect helps here. Delectable. The finish gets dryer and more captivating as I make my way through the bottle.

A delicately weighty mouthfeel encourages bigger sips than the 9% abv would indicate. I taste none of this initially and it only show up at the end of the 22 oz. bottle NOT the first glass. Deceptively strong stuff here.

At the aforementioned abv drinkability is a relative term. It encourages frequent trips to the glass with its hidden alcohol. Beware though it does show up. Having said that it lends itself wonderfully to a night of session sipping after the first bottle.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Collaboration poured a dark brown amber color with a solid 2 finger foam head with some pretty darn good retention. It left some nice lacing sudsy lacing. It was bottled in Jan 2007.

The aroma is caramel maltiness. It is a spicy brew to say the least. It tastes a soft spicy that stays with you the whole drink. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and not noticeable. It had a 8.99 ABV call on the bottle. It is a mostly malty ale with some faint phenols. I found it to be a wonderful beer. Maybe they can collaborate again someday.

Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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