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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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1,309 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 32
Gots: 142 | FT: 9
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 Zorro


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

A red colored ale with a strong and puffy tan head that approaches light brown in color.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a strong lemon zest scent. There is a strange scent of roses and mint to this one. Coriander is quite strong in this one to the point that it tickles your nose. There is a fair amount of brown sugar scent here but really the spice level tries hard to cover it up. One of the spiciest Belgians of this type that I have smelled.

The taste begins sweet and light with a fairly bitter aftertaste for the style. Light brown sugar and coriander are the major flavors. The flavor is much milder than the scent overall this is a light spiced beer that gives no hint of the alcohol punch it has.

Mouthfeel is light.

Certainly easy to drink but this beer lacks the flavor to deliver on the promise the smell promises. Worth a try but there are better versions.

03-11-2007 22:08:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of OStrungT


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

This beer pours a cloudy brownish orange color with a fluffy light tan head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer smells strongly of figs. It has a spicy aroma. Mostly coriander, but some cloves and orange peel mix in. This beer smells citrusy. It has an earthy yeasy aroma.

As with the aroma, this beer tastes of figs. It has a nice Belgium yeasty flavor. Some spices mix in as well. It has a slightly citrusy flavor.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. It is crisp and refreshing. It is low in carbonation.

This beer would make a decent session beer. It tastes good. It is just a little high in alcohol though. That might become a problem.

Overall: This beer was good, and I am glad to have had the chance to try it. I might buy it again in the furtue.

03-10-2007 21:24:39 | More by OStrungT
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Typical Avery bomber, silver foil top, bottled in Jan 2007. Pours murky, cloudy light brown/dark apricot, head is active and long lasting medium tan and this creation leaves nicely developed and sticky lacing in sheets and splotches. Nose here is fruity, raisins and some light smoke. Be sure to let this one warm up and get a chance to breath. Fruity, more smoke, raisins, warming alcohol well dove-tailed into the mix. Quite drinkable and balanced, abit differant from some of the other Avery offerings (which I love anyway for their boldness). Spicy, peppery, mild smoky hot sauce, drying finish.Drinking very well at this early date, seems it would only improve with some time. Go get some to enjoy now and in a year.

03-10-2007 11:49:38 | More by Billolick
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours dark copper, with a dense, beige head. The firmly packed bubbles of carbonation rose to a half inch upon pouring, and settled to an almost opaque surface covering. Delicate lacework maintained throughout the duration of the glass.
Aromatics are filled with bubblegum drizzled with sugar daddy syrup. Plenty of caramel and a hint of cocoa and vanilla. An abundance of tropical fruit comes forward, lending a nod to american hopping rates and warm fermentation.
The mouthfeel is crispish and a bit creamy. Carbonation is subdued for the style.
The pallet confirms what the nose suspected- very "dubble-esque".
Cocoa and phenols, with plenty of toffee and some mild butterscotch. Bitterness is firm and drying, and alcohol is warming.
Finishes fairly quick, with none of the rummy/raisiny complexities of a great strong dark, or dubble for that matter.
What it lacks in complexity and character is made up in the drinkability. Unfortunately, at $7.99 per bottle, this will be the only example that comes out my cellar.

03-09-2007 01:16:53 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of rallison


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle at just under cellar temp into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout glass.

A: Semi-cloudy slightly reddish brown with a 3 finger off-white head that lasts and lasts.

S: Wonderful funky, yeasty notes with some Candi sugar and a bit of dark fruits.

T: Very nice! Every sip just gets better! Nice slightly funky yeastiness with some prunes and toffee. Maybe some molasses and dark fruits too. Wonderful flavors - very nicely done! Complex.

M: Good medium body - ultimately fulfilling but not filling! Nice level of carbonation to tickle your throat at the end. Bit of dryness at the end too.

D: Very, very drinkable. Lots of flavor, but not filling at all, so I could drink this all day!

A well done collaboration. Recommended.

03-08-2007 06:15:34 | More by rallison
Photo of sacfly


4.38/5  rDev +12%

22oz, bottled in Jan 2007
Pours a hazy amber with a thick head of small tan bubbles. Smell is caramel candies and a hint of musty Belgian yeast. As it warms, more yeast and a nutty, roasty aroma comes out. Tastes follows suit with aroma, add a touch of fruit. Figs, raisins. Aftertaste is yeasty and dry, in a good way. Toasted grain is evident in the finish as well. Awesome collaboration that (in my opinion) surpasses either single brew in complexity and enjoyment. Well done Avery and Russian River! I will gladly help fund your next visit to Belgium with results like this.

03-07-2007 20:46:26 | More by sacfly
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a chalice. Muddy red/brown color with a nearly white head of nice size and great retention. The head remains at about 1 finger in size for nearly 30 minutes. A touch of chill haze also noticeable.

Aromas are yeasty and sweet. Dark matliness abounds. Belgian candi sugar, not a whole lot of hops. Typical smelling belgian with no real flaws noticeable.

Sweet tasting but not cloying. Some small bitterness from the hops. Drinkability is quite easy considering the 9%abv.

In a blind taste test, I would have a hard time telling the difference in this and Chimay Blue. A nice beer overall and I like the name of the beer as well. The only complaint is I wish this was available in a smaller beer, like a 12oz. That way I could save some if I didnt want to drink all 22oz. Definitely drink this one!

03-06-2007 21:08:43 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Estarrio


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

I certainly like the sentiment that the name of this beer proclaims but lets see how the brew itself holds up...

Poured a medium, ruddy brown. It was a little lighter than I would have expected. The big, tan, billowy head lasted throughout and did not disappoint. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

A sweet, funky, doughy malt aroma is pleasantly infected with a hint of yeast in the nose. Dominant plum and apple esters serve to distract from the spicy alcohol presence.

Sweet, doughy malt, candy sugar and dark fruit esters temp my palate as I sip this brew. The finish is quite spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. There is a bit of booziness present and an unexpectedly, dry, bitter finish. By my second glass, I began to notice a subtle astringency along with the bitterness. I found it to be a bit out of balance with the sweet esters up front.

The carbonation in this beer is a bit overpowering for the style. The body is also a bit lighter than anticipated for a strong dark ale of 9% ABV. This really hindered the drinkability for me.

This is a solid beer, produced by two solid brewers. It just slightly misses the mark in a couple of categories.

03-06-2007 03:10:59 | More by Estarrio
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a somewhat hazy medium dark brown with a fairly short head and quite good lacing. The smell is interesting- Belgian yeast esters up front and hops on the rear. Cherries, cloves, banana, and spicy hops. The flavor is a similar cross polination of Belgian yeast and hops. Flavors are similar to the smell with notes of wax, cream, and an additional non-hop bitterness as well. Quite delicious, but not a perfect marriage. If anything, the bitterness is even more prevalant than the Avery Salvation alone. Good creamy mouthfeel and pretty interesting drinking.

03-06-2007 01:02:49 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

A respectable American attempt at a Belgian style. Good colour, (murky rusty water poured from an old pipe), with sticky lacing about the edges of the glass. Plenty of yeast and other debris floating about. This means *alot* to me with European styles, as more often than not, the little bits of debris add alot to the aromatic smell one gets from such brews. This really looks nice, especially considering it was made in the States (I have found too many brewers that have a bit of trouble replicating European styles).

Smell is yeast / dough, some caramelised sugar, a bit of a roasted grain note, and some dark fruit. Taste is almost like a rich hefeweizen. A bit of spice, and of course yeast. A bit of confectioner's sugar, as well. Plenty of nice flavours present here without being too sweet or assertive in any way. I nice beer. Glad I have several of these stored away.

03-06-2007 00:45:57 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of rgrace99


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber. Poured a dark amber almost purple in some light. Big thick head with good lacing. Strong aroma of plums and raisins. Taste was fruity and spicy with some hop bitterness and a bit of an alcoholic bite. Went down very easily. Excellent blend of talents of two great brewers, I can't wait to see if they come up with more.

03-05-2007 18:05:23 | More by rgrace99
Photo of geexploitation


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a nutty brown color, like the shell of a Brazil nut, with a delicate head that leaves a lot of lacing. Enticing candi-sugar-and-ester aroma, with an interesting mix of light and dark sugar notes and lots of phenols. On the palate, the first thing that hits are sharp carbonation and hops. The palate is zesty and light for the style, which is a welcome change from most US Belgians and highlights the strengths of US beers brewed in the Belgian style rather than the weaknesses. After the hops, some slightly sweet malts crop up, but they serve to strengthen the mouthfeel more than they sweeten the palate. Some fruits pop up toward the finish, but they're subdued compared to the hops. Overall, this is quite an interesting beer. It seems to me more comparable to an Abbey dubbel than a strong dark ale -- it's got a dryness that many strong dark ales lack, especially those made in America. Regardless, its very good and welcome as a departure from thick, overly sweet Belgian-style beers made in the USA.

03-05-2007 03:18:47 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Happy to see this on tap. I also have 2 bottles, but will save them (or perhaps trade them).
Pours a hazy dark brown body, glossy, big foaming white head. Typical of Belgian strong.
Smells of soft fruit, wild yeast, some sweet malt and a bit of herbal spice.
Taste is good, but not fantastic. Again, soft fruits and yeast. Perhaps more cherry in the taste, over-ripe banana and raisin.
Good feel, nothing too sharp or sweet or syrupy. Easy drinking, alcohol remains a bit hidden.

03-04-2007 23:59:14 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of rajendra82


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

This blend of two Belgian style beers with the same name came in a 22 oz. bomber with a silver neck foil. When poured, the reddish brown body looked closer to the Russian River Salvation part of the mix than the paler Avery Salvation. The overall appearance was similar to a Dubbel, with the exception of the clarity of the beer. Nice fizzy head, and thick lacing made this look quite good. The smell was that of sour cherry, banana, clove, and mandarin orange. The taste was dry, earthy, and spicy, making this quite a departure from the typical Avery Belgians, which I usually find to be floral, and a little sweet. This was quite a yeasty beer, with dusty tongue tingling phenols. The mouthfeel was little thinner than I would have liked. A little thicker, and it would have reached the lofty silkiness of Aventinus, which it kept reminding me of. Vinnie and Adam should think about having more collaborations in the future (despite the beer names being different). Pliny the Elder Maharaja would be hard to pass up.

03-04-2007 03:44:29 | More by rajendra82
Photo of jwc215


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

bottled in Jan. '07

Pours hazy copper with a thin, but lasting, creamy head. Some trailing laces slowly glides down the side of the glass.

The smell is of spiced fruits, clove, bread, some alcohol notes.

The taste is of spiced fruitcake. Candy sweetness, spices (esp. clove) and some tropical fruits mix together. Some drying hop bitterness in the finish balances out the sweetness nicely. Alcohol is noticeable, but warming and peppery, not overwhelming or sharp.

It has a creamy, luscious feel. (Just a bit more of a body would have made it perfect - but, I'm certainly not complaining.)

A nicely blended brew (s?). An interesting convept that worked out very well and a worthwhile endeavor!

03-03-2007 02:42:40 | More by jwc215
Photo of cheers2beers


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Appearance: This beer pours a reddish brown hue with a slightly off-white head that only rose up half an inch tall. Minimal amount of laceing and has a hint of cloudiness.

Smell: This has nice raisin and figgy aromas, toasted bread, smells like a little brett. This also has really nice fruit cake aromas and perhaps roasted apple skins. Very pleasant.

Taste: The flavors consist of lots of toasted breads, fruitiness remains here as well. Sweet red apples. Im also getting some Christmasy spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and some all spice. There is a slight alcohol bite throughout the palate but nothing to harsh.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink. With its spritzy mouthfeel I am left to believe that this is high in carbonation . Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Finishes with a slight bubblely finish.

Drinkability: This was a delightful drink indeed. I wish I could get ahold of a few bottles for myself to enjoy over and over, but being the limited release Its just not that easy. So if you can get some of this at your location I would suggest you try this before its no more.


03-03-2007 00:30:39 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2%

On tap obriens. Medium brown pour into a chalice. Not much head to speak of therefore no lace either. Sweet with hints of cherries, plums and a strong hop finish dominate the nose. Taste is more of the same with some pepper notes and the definite cherry/plum sort of sweetness. As it warms a sort of smoky malt character comes through. It isnt cloying because the finish is rather dry. Body is light with a medium-high level of carbonation. Something a bit raw tasting here. D is decent. The alcohol is well hidden.

03-02-2007 23:25:42 | More by sleazo
Photo of Drew966


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

Collaboration Not Ligitagation Ale pours a hazy copper color with a thick tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is kind of mild, and fruity in a Belgian sort of way. Taste is malty and fruity. I've never had either version of Salvation(can't get the Russian River version here, but I do have the Avery version in the fridge), so I can't compare, but this is definitely worth a try.

03-02-2007 22:31:21 | More by Drew966
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

It pours a hazy au jus brownish amber. Two fingers of light tan head slide slowly down to a surface velvet. Tapioca bubbles of lacing pudding the inside of the glass.

The aroma is busy with malt, cherry, and the estery whirls of banana, clove, and green apple. Biscuit yields to a tinge of vanilla extract complete with a gust of alcohol.

Upon sipping, it's malt, but not so sweet, with caramel, dark cherry, and a touch of leather. Yeast drives clove and a breath of mint, as well as a notably crisp tart apple dryness. Alcohol ventilates and aerates. A flash of roasted biscuit earthiness and residual sweetness moves into a dry and mildly bitter finish. It's not spectacular, but it is solidly savory and enjoyable.

Medium bodied, it's a bit viscous, coating slowly and establishing a credible presence on the palate.

So when Rocky Mountain High meets California Cool, it might not be a big crackle, but it does ignite some nice sparks. There's a neat story here, and the beer is a worthwhile venture. The ABV is a mother, gutsy and just short of hot, but it's a part of a gladly drinkable package. When all's said and done, the Avery/Cilurzzo detente ends up being an engaging endeavor.

02-28-2007 19:33:32 | More by Foxman
Photo of beertastegood


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a slightly murky brown, with a big off-white head that falls back down quickly. Cherry, plum, brown sugar, cinnamon, pepper, very complex in the nose.

Taste is very much like it smells - generous doses of fruit and peppery phenolics, hard to pick out any one flavor as they all meld well. Deep caramel-like sweetness pervades the spiciness and then a floral hop flavor comes thtough to balance it all out. Finishes drier than expected - slightly sweet, tart and surprisingly quenching. Alcohol is present but not too hot.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Slightly slick on the tongue - keeps you rolling your tongue around to get the sensation.

Drinkability: Very good for a ~9% beer.

Well done Avery and RR. I really wish we could get RR beers here in TX...

02-28-2007 02:58:09 | More by beertastegood
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a light brown hue with a reddish hint to its crystal clear body. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. There is an off-white thick creamy foam that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a hint of bubblegum and yeast notes with a soft perfume note to it. There is a light brown malt note that comes through as it warms.

T- this beer has a tart but spicy flavor with a slight sweetness to it for the first few sips. The slight note of banana and cola come through when it warms. The middle of the beer has a note of dark cotton candy with a dry brown sugar hint. The finish is a light club soda note like carbonic acid.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big fizz and a slight alcohol heat to it that thins out the finish.

D- This beer didn't really have that much complexity or richness and was a bit thin. I thought the flavors of hefe-weizen yeast really came through stronger than I would have liked.

02-27-2007 21:34:45 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of weeare138


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Appears a semi-tansparent dark mahogany with a mild off-white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, biscuit, brown sugar, caramel, raisins, rum, vanilla, citrus, & light bananas.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some flashes of each beer from both Avery, & Russian River.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sugary, sweet, balanced, and creamy.& malty.
As a side note, egajdzis poured each of the Salvations into a glass as a comparison and it tasted exactly the same as the preblended Collaboration.

02-26-2007 22:15:36 | More by weeare138
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Murky garnet hue, dark cherry, enormous bone white head, lace leaving...nice lookin'...

Lovely aroma, beautiful Belgian yeast, lightly fruity, berries and cherries and grapes, ...nice, again...mellow, clean, and cool.

Taste: gorgeous. Even-tempered, high on the fruit, not too sweet, not too hoppy, not too malty, just right. Full-bodied, and ...well-balanced, and...excellently executed, and...nicely done. The juicy fruit seeps out the corners of the mouth, vey vibrant, bouncy malt, middling hops, ...delicious.

Quite a nice brew, absolutely gorgeous, containing so many excellent attributes of better Belgian-style brews...lovely, lovely...yummy, yummy...

02-26-2007 08:40:50 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of joe1510


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

22oz. Bomber
Binny's Orland

Tried this in comparison to Avery's Salvation which I sampled earlier. Collaboration poured into a chalice a lightly hazed murky amber that glows when held to the light. Good amount of carbonation bubbles rise into the creamy, khaki 1+ finger head. Settles to a thick cap that leaves behind walls of lacing with each sip.

I'm finding the smell lacking. Very faint. Fruity esters along with the slight metallic twang. Some clove shows itself. I seem to pick up some banana but mild blackberry is there as well.

The flavor is much different than I expected, I can't notice much of Avery's Salvation in here. Starts with a solid dose of grainy maltiness with a showing of caramel. There's a metallic twang mid-palate that's quickly followed by dark fruits that are reminiscent of blackberries and fig. There's a powdery yeastiness and a bigger than expected hop spiciness that compliments things nicely. The flavor gets much better as it warms but still lacking.

The mouthfeel is nice. Medium bodied with lively carbonation pushes things through and leaves with the tastebuds awakened.

This is a good beer but one glass is more than enough. It just kept going on and on.

I can't detect very much of Avery's Salvation in here. The carbonation is similiar but everything else is very different. This is a fun and enjoyable beer though and a great idea. Hopefully we can see more brewers coming together like this in the future. I just need to get my hands on Russian River's Salvation now to complete the trilogy.

02-26-2007 01:28:24 | More by joe1510
Photo of BadRockBeer


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Serving Type Sampled: 22 fl. oz. Brown crown top bottle, features bottled on date. All bottles were filled January 2007. Also features a neat picture of the two salvations ales that make Collaboration.

Appearance: Pours reddish amber in color with a nice 2 finger rocky head. After the head has diminished it leaves a wonderful tight lace that slithers down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Dried fruits such as raisins or prunes. Spicy yeast esters, much of that of a good traditional hefe. Ting of overripe apples.

Taste: Where to start, this is a real flavor bomb! Sour apples that quickly turn to fig right up front. Yeasty esters are extremely apparent, I taste clove and cinnamon. Also get a slight banana. There is an extraordinary amount maltiness to this as well. Not to mention the wonderful taste of Belgian candy sugar. Then comes the warming alcohol, not to overbearing considering the 9% ABV but still evident. The after taste is somewhat cloying with the spicy esters.

Mouthfeel: Thick and medium to full in body. Very rich. Carbonation is mild and just about perfect. Also pretty warm and creamy.

Drinkability: This is what I would label as a special occasion beer or maybe a fire side beer. All in all this is a great brew and a great story to go with it. Great job guys, I really enjoyed this one.

02-25-2007 02:11:45 | More by BadRockBeer
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.