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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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88
very good

1,281 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,281
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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Abita45

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a tulip glass with a thin head that quickly dissolved. Color is an opaque bourbon with a relatively non-descript aroma of fruit and clove. The taste is, as it should be, the best part of this beer. Smooth and malty with a slightly sugary, molasses taste that is cut by clove and fruit tones. The alcohol is pronounced, but not overpowering. While overall, I don't think this is a top notch Belgian style, but it is pretty good and the backstory is great.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 13:31:25 | More by Abita45
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Zeno’s in State College. Dark, cloudy amberish-brown with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that slowly diminishes to a tenacious film. Smell is fairly busy with prune, alcohol, clove, earth, cherry, and a little raisin. The Taste follows suit with it’s flavors. Wonderful, long, sweet finish of prunes and cherries with a nice bit of alcohol warmth. It has a medium body and lightly syrupy texture. Just a little bit cloying, but still I found this to be a fantastic beer. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2007 19:52:24 | More by ski271
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ksullnh

Alaska

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

Bottled 1/2007, tasted 4/2007...

A: The color of a penny, with slightly tarnished copper. Translucent but slightly cloudy with a tiny bit of yeast. Quickly dissipating head in my glass tumbler.

S: Sweet malty smell with hints of dark fruits - maybe some cherry? A light molasses scent as it warmed in the glass.

T: Some late heat, very balanced. Sweet but not cloying.

M/D: Nice carbonation kept it from tasting heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 03:15:48 | More by ksullnh
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Shaw

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this beer, since Russian River's own brews are not sold anywhere near Florida.

This is a deep, deep ruby in color with a large, sticky foamy head. It smells of candy sugar and caramel with a hint of alcohol: very nice.

The taste is also very good. It's very complex, with sweet notes mixing with musty and earth flavors and just a bit of sharpness. This has all the classic flavors of the style, one of my favorites.

The body is also excellent. It's chewy and smooth and essentially coats my mouth.

Overall this is an excellent beer, as should be expected from the world class Russian River and the excellent Avery. Good work, gentlemen.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 03:03:09 | More by Shaw
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phishgator

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chimay chalice. The head was lacking for the style. The color was a murky light brown. The sediment in the bottle was pured into the last glass and there was a good amount of particles. The aroma was of sweet candi sugar and sweet malted barley. There is a faint scent that is close to pears. The taste is the same sweet malt and candi sugar. The coating of your mouth is strong. Not my favorite from either brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 22:35:35 | More by phishgator
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walshclimb

Nevada

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

First off - what a great concept! Not just what the name implies, but also mixing beers from different breweries to create a unique and excellent beer. We tasted this between the Avery and Russian River Salvations with the Avery first. This was definitely the right order as the beers seem to increase in complexity through the tasting. The Collaboration Ale brings out the best qualities of both Salvations, but we did not feel that the Collaboration was quite as good as the Russian River.

The Collaboration has a clear, amber appearance with a foamy head withich dissipates a little faster than the Avery Salvation. It smells of carmel and malt with a slightly musty scent picked up from the Avery. Taste is nice and malty with a hint of roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is nice with medium to full body and smooth. Flavorful but nor overwhelming, I wish I coudl get more.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 23:53:12 | More by walshclimb
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

If the Belgians can blend lambics, then why can't we blend Dark Ales. The result is a wonderful beer, chalked full of sweetness, tartness, spiciness, and character. The results are very common to the Avery Salvation, but with a sweeter, mellower, less-bitey, lower-strength brew. Well concocted and well matured. Since I have never tried Russian River's Salvation, I don't know how they compare. The beer starts off with a deep mohogany hue, slight of opaque. Well headed and carbonated, with no suprises. Spicy-sweet, earthy, and estery aromas, as most good Belgian Darks. Tastes are heavy on the malts, showing figs, dates, apples, berries, grapes, and light molassas. The feel is full and rich, without becomming cloying or chewey. Light astringency and residual sweetness lingers in the mouth, due to lighter hopping rates. A terrific brew, expecially for the price. This combination makes Black-'n-Tans look silly.

Thanks Pwoody! (04/09/10)

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 14:15:41 | More by BEERchitect
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aforbes10

Iowa

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

Not entirely sure what to serve this in so i went with my Orval goblet. Oaky brown and bubbly with a nice quarter inch of tan colored head. Odor is sweet and a little Brett-y (does R.R. use Brett in their Salvation?) Other odors of apples and cloves as well. smells very good. Flavor overall is spicy and sour. very clovey, even peppery, with sweet maltiness and some bitter orange as well. I'm also getting a hunk of barnyard in the flavor too, which i'll chalk up to the real or imagined presence of brett in here. Full bodied, maybe on the edge of being syrupy. Very good, I'd definitely get this again if i saw it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 13:42:24 | More by aforbes10
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

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

Saw this at Flatbush Farm's bar shortly after I'd seen it listed topping some BA folk's top lists, so I split it with a buddy. Great label -- it had me cracking up, so I took the bottle into the bathroom and peeled it off under the warm water...

The beer was a dark mahogany with an inch of sticky head which subsided, but left some short-lived lace on the glass. A lot going on in the nose -- starts with dried fruit (raisins, plum, cherries), but I also got roasted malt, anise, brown sugar, toffee, and a slight leafy hop. Tastes even more complex -- would be a 5 but for some heat from the booze -- a heavy fruit-malt combo which is fairly well balanced (for the style, which can get fairly sweet) with the herbs & spices (light herbal/floral hops, anise, coriander). Creamy carbonation offsets the syrupiness, and, though it was incredibly delicious, I'm glad I wasn't drinking this 650ml alone... Recommended, but share.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 04:18:12 | More by jbsteiny
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bort11

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TexIndy for this one.

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice thick and frothy egg shell head that has some serious legs. From a fingers width, it takes it's time to relax into a solid cap. It covers the glass in a tight lace as it is tipped. Color is a dark orange brown when held to the light.
Smell has a woody aroma. You can detect the alcohol. Additional earthy/herbal notes. Taste has a bit of bitter bakers chocolate to it, mixed with some orange zest.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but the creaminess of the carbonation helps balance that out. The alcohol makes a presence in the flavor and the finish.
This is a very interesting creation

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 02:50:03 | More by bort11
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flexabull

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got two of these in the B'day club, thanks mikesgroove and metallitone1.

Pours a nice dark clear amber color, with an impressive head.

Aromas are bit sour, dusty, and with an unripened fruity character.

Flavors are somewhat mild, but nice. There is an upfront crisp apple and malty creaminess. Beer then settles into a tart, nutty, and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. There is a nice overall mouthfeel to this one.

A very nice example of the style. Flavors are kind of mellow, but it lends to the drinkability. The alcohol is barely noticed. A nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 05:00:54 | More by flexabull
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Crosling

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, I really like both these breweries, but I was skeptical after first hearing about this beer and for very good reason. Blending two Belgian style beers both called Salvation just seemed a little too convenient to me. It pours light brown, much more similar to the color of RR Salvation. The nose is rather dull, revealing light notions of spice, bubble gum and fruit. On the palate, up front, there is not a lot there. Some muddled fruits toward the mid-palate with some black licorice hints on the extremely short finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 06:32:06 | More by Crosling
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

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

I drink this tonight in anticipation of Russian River Night at Capone's in Norristown, PA next Wednesday. This will be on tap that night, but there's going to be so much else, I fear I may not be able to sample this one. So I'll have my own Russian River Night tonight with this (OK, it can be Avery night too!)

APPEARANCE: Pours a mahogany brown with light amber highlights. A finely-bubbled one-finger cap drops to a perfect patchwork head. Lacing is scant, but hardly non-existent.

SMELL: Before I even hold this to my nose, I'll say that I could detect the brettanomyces from across the kitchen after opening the bottle. After taking a sniff, this is an awesome scent. A really neat combination of the funk of the brett with fruit, Belgian yeast, and caramelly sweetness. The aromas blend with each other well making them difficult to isolate. As it warms, some spicy hops are also detectable.

TASTE: I've never tasted anything like this. The two beers are much more distinct in the flavor, but go together very well. The funkiness of the brett hits you first and then starts going so many places. The funk becomes much stronger and horse-blankety at the same time that a very caramelly and fruity Belgian Strong Dark comes into play. The finish is very bready as the tastes that started it off continue right to the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Sharp carbonation and smooth easy-drinking body. A bit filmy on the finish, but still nice.

DRINKABILITY: I just realized there's one word that I haven't typed yet this review - "alcohol". I didn't even notice it this entire time, and now that I see it's 9%, I'm quite impressed. Oh, it's there, and you'll notice it if you're looking for it, but there's so much else going on in this beer, you won't think twice before finishing off this bomber. Dangerously drinkable!

Collaboration Not Litigation is sold under the Avery name, but they and Russian River deserve equal credit in crafting this fine elixir. Though it'd be nice if the two beer were indistinguishable from each other in the taste, one can still say that both Salvations contribute equally in this offering. It's a really great thing that two breweries could work together to create something so unique, and I hope to see (and taste) more beers like this in the future. Thank you Avery and Russian River!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 00:14:23 | More by jmalex
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TexIndy

Texas

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle that was bottled in Jan 07 into my NBB snifter. The label had an interesting story of how this beer came together as a collaboration between Avery and Russian River. It had a rich mahogany color that had a 2 1/2 finger head. It slowly settled into a constant foam feed by a steady stream of carb. The aroma was sweet malt with dark fruits and strong yeast. Didn't get much of a hop presence. Had a good balance and wasn't overly sweet like I find some BSDA's. The taste was really good and again had a very great balance. It starts out sweet in the middle of the tongue than the flavor hits the sides and finishes strong without a heavy alcohol presence or too much sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice and solid with a gentle attack of carb to round it out. Overall, I really enjoyed this one which suprised me since I'm finding that I don't like too many BSDA's. This one gets the job done without overplaying the ABV or over-relying on raisins for flavoring like some. Highly recommend. (4, RB, T, Y)

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 00:57:09 | More by TexIndy
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AltBock

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright and shiny silver label that has some silver foil over the cap. If you see a bottle that's blinding you, it's probably this one. The label has a picture of the arm of Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing pouring his Salvation and the arm of Adam Avery of Avery Brewing pouring his Salvation into a black goblet that stands on top some black and brown grains that are in the shape of a star. Above this picture is the name of the beer in black letters with gold trim. Below the picture is the bottling date of January 2007, size of the bottle, it's O.G. of 1.079, ABV% of 8.99% where it's bottled and an object that I guess is supposed to be one of those two man saws. From a distance it looks like something you might inhale. Just ask Mary Jane for her opinion on what it looks like. To the left is the barcode, Government warning, and the suggested glassware. To the right of the picture in tiny black letters is a novel on how this beer came to fruition. If you got an hour to spare, then I suggest you read it. Just be careful when you pick this bottle up because light could reflect off it and blind you permanently.

Appearance: When poured into a Lion Brewery tulip/goblet glass, the beer is a swamp murky brown, but if held into the light, the beer is actually a dark reddish amber brown with some tangerine orange glow toward the bottom. It had somewhere near a half an inch head of white bubbly foam that had fair retention that left behind a small film of white foam, some white foamy rings, and some spotty white lace in its tracks. Not as blinding as the label's shiny color, but still this beer had a very nice color.

Smell: You really need to stick your nose into the glass to smell all the flavors that are hiding in this beer. Had a nice combination of juicy and dark fruits, cloves, a hint of coriander, bready malts, a few spices, and if you swirl the beer around, a mild aroma of banana will emerge from the background. It's very light in hops. In fact, there wasn't any hop notes in the aroma. That's OK, I enjoyed the banana aroma that came out of this. It only comes out when you swirl the beer.

Taste: The taste was spicy at first, but when the spices receded, it then became somewhat fruity with juicy fruits and a few citrus fruits. This was followed by a few other spices, toasted bready malts, cloves, coriander, anise, a few bitter hops, and then fished off with some bready yeast and a mild touch of alcohol burn. I'm surprised with the low hop profile this beer had. I really was expecting more hops in this for some reason, but it doesn't matter because even with the low hop profile, it's still a very delicious beer. If they were trying to accomplish by making a Belgian style beer, then mission accomplished. To me it had Belgian style written all over it.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied that's somewhere near the full bodied border. It had a mild aftertaste with a slight hop punch that eventually turned into a few bready malts, yeast and alcohol. It's another one of those beers that totally masks it's alcohol content. If I haven't read that it had an alcohol ABV% of close to 9%, I would have thought that maybe it was at a 7 to 7.5% ABV.

Drinkability: I've never had an Avery Salvation or a Russian River Salvation before, but I can tell you that both of these combined make for a very good brew that I could easily enjoy again. I'm glad I got to try this one. I sure as hell didn't have a problem drinking a whole bomber by myself. If you Avery and Russian River beers, then you don't want to miss this one. After this, I wish I saw more beer collaborations.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 20:24:26 | More by AltBock
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

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

Broke this one out after Easter dinner. Shared with my Brother-in-law.

Poured a cloudy amber-brown color with a large off-white head. Light lacing was left on the glass.

The smell had some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, roasted malts, a little floral, and some black pepper. Alcohol wasn't noticed. Nice blend of the two beers.

The flavor went from dark fruits to caramel to floral hops to a spicy, peppery finish. Yeast was mixed throughout. Alcohol was only slightly noticeable in the taste.

Medium bodied, smooth brew with a long lasting aftertaste. The abv was felt more than smelled or tasted. For me personally, one bomber would be plenty of this one, as it got a bit heavy towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 13:13:38 | More by Imstillthegman
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazed medium brown. Thick, creamy white head. Good retention. Aroma is immediately a little funky, like a wet dog, with sweet caramel and sugary, fruity belgian abbey-ness beneath. The flavor starts and continues to be very sweet. The Avery beer definitely takes precedence in this blend. Sugary caramel with a bit of chocolate. Light funkiness, almost buried beneath the sugar, adding a mild sourness to the finish. Full, rich body. Creamy, with effervencent carbonation. Fruity in a peachy apple sort of way. Mellow spiciness in the finish, with a bit of floral hoppage. Some plasticine phenols. finishes sugary and sweet. Easily drinkable. Comes across as a strong abbey beer spiked with a bit of flanders red craziness. Would this monk be celibate? I think not.
I'd guess that a little more conditioning time would allow the Russian River beer to shine through a little more. I'd like the funky flavors to come through more. I'll have to sit on my other bottle to find out.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 10:03:17 | More by UnionMade
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drseamus

New York

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

I was pretty excited to try this beer because it's awesome that craft brewers are joining up to make beers like this. I'd love to see more of this type of collaboration happen.

A: This beer looks weird, but that is probably because it's a blend. It is a very dark amber color and is pretty cloudy. The edges are a bit lighter where the light comes through.

S: The aroma is sweet and malty with a cidery note, but there are a bunch of hops in there also. I get a bit of citrus in there and I think some belgian esters also.

T: The taste is amazingly clean. There are no lingering off-flavors at all. There is a good malt flavor and some raisin with very crisp lemony citrusy hop flavors at the end. There are also some good belgian esters in there that give it a good flavor.

M: The mouthfeel starts off fairly light but has good body on the way down. It ends up with a good light-medium body.

D: I can't really detect the alcohol in here by taste, but by the end of my glass I could start to feel it. This is a great beer and the drinkability is very good, but a bit high on the alcohol to consume a bunch of. I would start off a night with this beer though.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 02:20:55 | More by drseamus
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jkaufman

Ohio

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

From Saturday, March 31 session notes:

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a tankard.

A: Pours cloudy dark orange/brown with a thin white head. Good lacing.

S: Citrus and cascade hops. Smells interesting.

T and M: A crackery malt flavor dominates initially, but this ale finishes with a pleasant hop bite. Goes down smooth and finishes a little syrupy. A well-balanced body keeps the nearly 9% ABV hidden.

D: Somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 20:10:50 | More by jkaufman
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jjayjaye

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker amber color (when you look through it from the side it's just about the same color as the bottle) with a full finger whispy light tan head that fades quickly. Some lacing observed.

The smell is primarily Belgian yeast, fruity, spicy and some of the alcohol. Quite nice actually.

The mouth feel is full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth and creamy with a clean finish.

The flavor is malty sweet dark fruit. The creamy mouth complements it quite well.

Very drinkable. Note to self...ought to be sitting down for this one. The 8.999 AVB is pleasantly hidden, a tad of warmth in the crest along with a not so subtle surprise if you're not sip'in this one (that's got to be a miss print). Russian River and Avery; you've gotta love it when we all get along!! Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 17:30:48 | More by jjayjaye
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/brown with 2 fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Above average lacing & a nice persistent ring chases the ale down the glass

S: Fruitty, leather notes, boozey, & horse blanket & all of this fades away & then comes back as this warms, weird

T: Fruiity with bitter choclate up front with some boozeyness lurking at the tip of the tounge. Leather & apricot follow as this warms. Tanins & oaky dryness show up too, along with jammyness, some black currant, cherries, &a hint of aged hops. Finishes with a faint hint of coccoa, breadyness, raisins, more oaky notes & warming/almost burning alcohol, just a wisp or 2 away from perfection

MF: Medium bodied, virtualy no carbonation felt, but still a ;ittle prickly from the alcohol burn

This is a sipper, but I think will only get more drinkable as it mellows. This this is one to lay down for a year or two, if you have the paitience!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 05:17:49 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wondeful malt scent along with loads of fruity yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth and creamy malt flavor that goes down easy and warms on the finish. It's fruity with Belgian yeast and a bit dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with a adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. It's got some excellent malt complexities along with a wondeful fruity finish; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 22:32:27 | More by WesWes
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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

Drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a clear mahogany with several yeast chunks floating throughout. A minimal edge layer of bleached white head is all that forms. Aroma is fairly fruity with berries and pears mixing with floral hops and some caramel. Average body with a sticky syrupy texture and very fine gentle carbonation. Flavor is very complex with sour cherry, red grapes and general fruitiness rolling to a lingering black pepper spiciness on the finish. No hops on the taste and I dont think the black pepper is from ABV but is a yeast by product. Quite a tasty beer, glad to have tried a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 22:31:12 | More by sulldaddy
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

Thanks msubulldog25 for sending this--I know he and GuldenGurl would approve of decanting into a Gulden Draak glass, so here we go...

Bottled Jan. 2007. Poured a very large head made of super-tiny bubbles. Color is a gorgeous dark fudgy caramel brown. Lots of lace document each sip.

Aroma throws off more hops than expected, and also something candylike and sweet, pretty sugar-y. Malts are light and toasty. A Belgian yeast-type aroma wafts through the background.

From the first seconds of the first sip, it's obvious there's complexity here. Lots to chew through, lots to contemplate. Luckily it's not a mess. There's caramel, chocolate, subtle fruit sweetness, even a nuttiness that suggests peanut butter, with hops holding their own but behaving. I'm missing the intense dark fruits and prominent wild yeast aspects of authentically Belgian dark ales. They're here, but seem to be taking a back seat. That sticky peanut buttery sweetness sticks around longest, a really unusual and enjoyable element to this beer's character.

This is a cool concept and a one-of-a-kind beer, offering its own take on the style, not straying too far either. I haven't had Russian River's Salvation, and thought the Avery version was good but not mindblowing. Think the Czech and US Budweisers would make as interesting a mixture? Nah, didn't think so.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 21:55:57 | More by Metalmonk
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Bottled in Jan 07,poured into a fish bowl glass murky tea-like color with chinks and floaties swirling about a thinner head than expected leaving only a tace amount of spotted lace as it settled rather quickly.Mild phenolic aromas hit upfront along with some sweeter bread dough and a hint of wood nothing jumps out all are a bit tame but noticable.Phenolic and spicey with an underlying woddy graininess the fruit is a bit subdued pretty dry on the palate in my mind.Although not a huge fan of the style I was craving it and this although pretty good didnt really give me my fix I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 22:52:37 | More by oberon
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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