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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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1,283 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,283
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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Photo of SkeeterHawk


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

I picked this one up at Spec's in Conroe during a lovely motorcycle ride in the afternoon.

Appearance: Lots of off gas when opening and the beer pours with a huge off white head that is made up of mostly small bubbles that cling to the glass on the way down. The beer itself is a pretty clear burnt orange to red color with a whole bunch of bubbles rising to the top from within the center of my tulip glass. A few minutes after the pour there is still at least an inch of head that is leaving a pretty solid ring of lace.

Aroma: Very Belgianesque aroma (Imagine that) with some sweet dark caramel and an entire fruit basket full of esters. I get some red apple skins in particular with a bit of ripe fruit deep in the nose. There is a very defined bready aroma here that reminds me of unbaked biscuit dough. Once the head starts to give way a bit, there is a cherry note coming to the forefront. There are some mild peppery notes coming out as the beer warms as well.

Taste: The flavor is clean and somewhat wet from the residual sugars and just overall body of the beer. It comes across the palate very substantial, and the assertive alcoholic warming that sets in quickly on the back of the throat suggests that they weren't kidding when they wrote the 8.99% ABV on the bottle. I get a lot more spiciness in the flavor than I got in the nose, but that wasn't really apparent until the beer warmed up a bit. There is a really substantial malty backbone to this beer, but the aggressive carbonation makes it a bit deceiving. There is definitely hops in this beer, and there is some floral notes mixing with the alcohol's spice giving a subtle complexity to the first part of the flavor profile, but then the hops lessen for the bittering additions and let the alcohol take you into the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer, and I think that it will really benefit from cellaring for a year or two at a cool temperature. Right now it just tastes a bit green and the flavors haven't really melded yet. It is good, and I like the fact that I am supporting Adam, Vinnie, Tomme, Sam and Rob to go to Belgium. It is some gimmick, but I think that all of us beer snobs will benefit from them going on that trip. I will probably pick up a few more to support the effort, and maybe review it again in 2009 or some such.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 02:24:34 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of alexgash


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

Glad to find this interesting concept brew at a local shop. I was intrigued by the idea of this, so now let's see how it is.

Dark amber copper with orangey edges. Puffy, voluminous, light bright khaki head. Brown sugar and dark fruit on the nose, along with slightly sulfurous, peaty funk. Fresh vegetal, herbal hop fumes as well. I kind of like the funk with the fruit. Light caramel and toasted malt flavors escorted by fresh, numbing, herbal hops. Fruit skins and tannins follow, with banana, dark fruits, and some slightly astringent bitterness. Baking chocolate bitterness mixes with Belgian candi sugar, and herbal and minty hop bitterness in the finish. Faint cardboard flavor detectable. Medium-full body with a rollicking, bottle-conditioned feel on the tongue.

Since I have never had either of the Salvation beers that were blended to make this, I can't comment on how they mix, but I can say that this is a nice, easy-drinking ale. Good work and thanks for collaborating!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 01:43:59 | More by alexgash
Photo of IceAce


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

Pours an almost deep-brown body with ruby undertones and a sticky, thick finger of uneven, rocky tan foam. Clarity allows one to barely see CO² streamers eminating from the bottom of a Duvel tulip. Lacing is 25%.

Nose is subtle with funkified yeast, candied apples, and toasty malt. Entry is soft, gently leading to a midtaste of deep, rich malts and rum soaked dark cherries, all of which is a prelude to...

...a classic Belgian Strong finish. Candi sugar syrup sweetness meets two Belgian yeast strains in some sort of magical menage d'trois.

This blending of RR & Avery salvations is pure gold...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 06:35:54 | More by IceAce
Photo of emerge077


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown, with a skim of foam.

Not too aromatic, some spent grain and barely a citrus note. Thankfully not as phenolic as other Avery ales.

Taste is overripe grapefruit, cereal grain, earthy malt, a hint of Brett without much tartness at all. Interesting for a US brew. Mouthfeel is a little overdone, thick almost, a little cloying at first, but dries out in a bittersweet way. Evident spicing, grain of paradise/coriander seem to be present. Earthy note is reminiscient of Fantome's darker offerings.

I'll need help finishing this bomber...
Tasting Avery Salvation prior to this, I was skeptical, but eager to try the RR component so I bought it. Better than Avery's but one try is enough in my opinion.

Edit: Cellared Jan. '07 bottle consumed Nov. '08
Creamy tan head, dried orange peel nose. Body is creamy and smooth, no alcohol presence. Spicy citrus and chocolate flavors. Very earthy, nearly soil notes in the aftertaste, dry,chalky, herbal.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 01:10:38 | More by emerge077
Photo of mcallister


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale opaque dirty muddy water. Small off white head quick to fade leaves little lace.

May be a culprit of the pint glass but a nose is hard to be found on this. Hints of caramel, peppery alcohol aromas. Belgian yeast with dried sour fruit.

Earthy and green flavors. There has always been a quality to certain belgian style beers that has rubbed me the wrong way and this beer possesses it in qauntity. Dried fruit, apricot, caramel, and sage.

Thin to medium bodied and again not really my style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2007 11:26:57 | More by mcallister
Photo of mjd83goblue


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

22 oz bomber for $7.59. Pleasently surprised to find this one.

A: Pours a dull copper with a huge head. (Only had a pint glass...need to work on that...) Slightly cloudy.

S: Lots of malty sweetness. Some Belgian candi. A little spicy.

T: Very tasty beer. Starts off sweet and fruity. Some cloves, maybe a little nutmeg. Finishes with a burnt taste, not smoky, but more of a burnt sugar.

M: A little thinner than expected. Just a touch hot.

D: Actually, very good for the style. Not overly sweet or heavy, I feel like I could easily go for another bomber right now. A nice sipper.

For sure haven't had RR's Salvation, and I can't remember if I've tried Avery's. Would be interesting to have both Salvations and this beer together for a tasting. Overall nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 05:18:08 | More by mjd83goblue
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

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

a - pours a brownish amber, pretty clear, nice off-white head with decent retention and lacing, lots of bubbles

s - malty and spicy, cloves, a little citrus, slight nuttiness, hint of alcohol

t - dark fruits and some sweetness up from with the malt and yeast, spicy in the body with clove, sweetness on the finish with some alcohol notes

m - lots of carbonation leads to a slightly light body, moderately dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, alcohol is not overwhelming at all

Nice beer overall...nothing amazing but pretty solid collaboration. Worth trying a bottle for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 16:35:00 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of DogFood11


3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foiled and capped brown 750ml bottle. Poured into a tulip it forms an everlasting white head. Copper body is unusual for the style. Carbonation is plentifull and super fine.

I wasn't a "huge" fan of either of these attempts on their own but the mix sounded interesting. There is a soda feel to this in that the carbonation is fizzy, almost pop rock style on the palate. Candied at times and late in the aftertaste some light spices sink in. There is a subtle woody backer with a touch of tobacco that comes out as it fades. As it warmed it got a bit musky for my liking.

Notes: I would have liked a sturdier body and a bit more of the woody side that I liked. Ehhhh....this isn't that good of a mix to me. I thought it would be solid gold and bought 4 bottles, no worries though as its just below average.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 04:47:48 | More by DogFood11
Photo of velo343


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, clear mahogany, with a huge white head. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass, huge retention.

Smell - Lots of fruity esters, some orange, and candy sugar. Some cloves as well. A slight yeasty smell and a bit of alcohol.

Taste - First thing that gets noticed is the alcohol. Very strong presence. However there really isn't as much depth beneath it as would be expected from the smell. Some esters, raisins, a little coriander, a good bit of bitterness from hops at the end. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability - With the high alcohol and seeming lack of depth, this really isn't one that I'd find myself drinking too often (if again.) I typically like Avery beers, haven't had any Russian River but certainly have heard the hype, and I have to say I'm a little disappointed in this.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 04:24:46 | More by velo343
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/17/2007 $7.99 22 oz. 8.99% Bottle in Jan. 2007.


Pours a dark amber/brown with a quarter inch of finely carbonated head that never really settles, as it is constantly replaced by new carbonation from below.


Notes of dark ripe fruit, figs, raisins intermingled with belgian candied sugar and hints of rum.


Velvetty smooth mouthfeel with flavors of rum raisin cake. Alcohol is present, and apparent throughout. Flavors intensify and sweeten as this warms.

An interesting beer, though I can't tell where the Avery ends, and the Russian River begins. I think I like the concept more than the beer it produced.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 01:31:29 | More by cbl2
Photo of IntriqKen


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

Pours a dark semi-transparant amber with a half finger of white head that melts to surface coating film that sticks to the side.
Aromas are fruity with a definite belgium yeast character to them.
Taste is first sweet amber malts, then sweet fruits, then a bitter citrus peel hop, finishing back to a balance of the sweet fruit and bitter hops. Belguim presence in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is kind of thin but comfortable due to the tiny bubbles of sharp carbonation.
Interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 01:15:57 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of isaac


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

22 oz. bomber to chalice.

A - dark, reddish-brown body. head starts big and sinks to thin film, chunks of bubbles, and clumps of lacing around the rim of my glass.

S - sweet and funky - sourness from the yeast mixes with figs and raisins and candi sugar and booze float around there, too.

T - bananas, caramel, and mild dates swim around sour-yeastiness and vanilla, concealing well the alcohol that lies beneath...

M - very, very smooth, medium body massages the palate and dries the cheeks.

D - nice, very nice, don't know if i'd get it again, but very nice. though, since this is closest thing we have in portland to a true russian river brew... who knows...

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 11:06:14 | More by isaac
Photo of blackie


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

appearance: Pours a moderately sized light tan colored head. It recedes to leave a thin layer with some clumps of large bubbles spread about. Retains well for awhile, but eventually falls flat. The beer is a deep amber-brown in color.

smell: Pretty fruity upfront with a spicy Belgian yeast character. Aromas of peach, cherry, and banana. Woody caramelized sugars. More fruity and sweet than I'm used to for a Belgian Strong Dark. Light, floral Euro hop aroma. Just a touch of booze as the beer warms.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range, and the body a full medium.

taste: As it was when I first smelled this beer, a dubbel is the first thing that pops into my head when I sip it, while recognizing the obvious differences. Big on flavors of dark fruits and a big estery, yeasty note (banana). Various malts, both pale and fruity. Some peppery, fruity spices. Light hop flavor and a low bitterness that comes in long after the swallow. Great finish that dries out beautifully. Definately approaches a 4.5.

drinkability: pretty easy

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 03:20:05 | More by blackie
Photo of dfried


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby and toffee like in color, thin off white head. The aroma is quite sweet, of candy sugar and caramel, some spices, and dark fruits like cherry, fig, and raisin. There was also almost a floral feel to it, and some yeast. Up front the taste is very sweet, full of candy sugar. The alcohol was kind of spicy and biting at first, but smooths out quickly to belly warming. I think the brett from the Russian River side of this brew added to initial "wow" of the first sip. Definitely some dark fruits, figs raisins plums, but some lighter fruits too, sweet and tart brambles and strawberry. Some yeasty and caramel/molasses comes though as you sort out the flavors.

Verdict: more collaboration please. One or two of these are more than enough, but damn that flavor is awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2007 04:29:02 | More by dfried
Photo of bjohnson


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

A: Pours a dark plum color with rust hues. Nice frothy one finger cream colored head. Bubbles look soapy big. Perfect retention. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Dark fruits of figs, raisins, and plums. Burnt candied sugar or caramel also is noticeable. Slight vanilla, lemon zest, and grassyness.
T/M: Figs, raisins, vanilla, lemon zest, orange rind. Wow, complex with many different flavors all washing over the taste buds. Not as spicy as I thought it was going to be at first. Smooth on the palate with a slightly intense carbonation burst. Fruity and grassy aftertaste with a semi dry and bitter finish. Nice medium to full body with an excellent finish. Abv isn't too high, but just high enough.
D: A nice collaboration, no pun intended! Interesting with a nice fully body. I hope they sell every last one of these so those guys can make that trip to Belgium. I played my part in sending them---you'd better also!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 01:42:13 | More by bjohnson
Photo of schusterbauer


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

murky copper beer with a fluffy off-white head. smells of apricots and spiced rum. flavor is of trail mix -- heavy peanut (peanut oil) flavors and sweet malts, with dried apricot, raisins, banana, and a hint of earthy coffee beans. mouthfeel is creamy, but not overly thick, and warming as it goes down the throat.

very drinkable and enjoyable. drinkability gets a bump in score due to the concept of the beer. being a blend of two already established recipes, there's a certain amount of questioning/probing that doesn't need to take place. relax and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 14:31:38 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of Padron4KM


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle.

Hazy coper with a thin light tan head and nice lacing.

Aroma is banana, caramel, brown sugar.

Flavor is complex, with fruit (banana, prune ) spice (clove, pepper) caramel, and just enough hop bitterness to balance it all.

The finish does get a bit syrupy sweet, but not too sweet I couldn’t finish the bottle. ABV is well hidden too.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 04:56:18 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A - A clear mesh of ruby and gold with a monsterous pillowy head that linger for a few minutes and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

S - Banana and cloves. Belgian candied sugars and a bit of caramel and light malt as well. Faint grassy hops and slight yellow cherries. Alcohol is a major factor at higher temperatures.

T - The flavor is very dry. There is some caramel malt (not sweet though) and alcohol. There is a strong presence of a slightly earthy yeast. A lot of spice too, allspice and nutmeg. The aftertaste is a mild grassy bitterness.

M - Thick, astringent on the throat, tongue and mouth. Actually quite parching overall, I must admit. Gums up in the throat too. Often I find some beers are too highly carbonated and that they are hard to taste because of this. This is worse, it turns my tongue into a raisin. For a beer with so many pluses elsewhere, this is a real killer.

D - Well, I have never had either of these beers before. I won't have this again, but I do plan to try both salvations. Love the name though, enjoy your trip to Belgium. I sure hope the consumers can reap the benefits of that excursion. The mouthfeel really kills the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 23:21:21 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of NoLiberty


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

App: Pours from the bottle into a nice nameless fluted chalice. Big floaty head swells and hovers over the lip before settling after several minutes into a cushiony covering of continuous creation. Seriously, this beer is very active and definitely has the appropriate Belgian yeast characteristics. The head is creamy, slightly off white colored. High lacing all the way down. Color is a little light for a dark ale, but otherwise it's luminous and glowing while also being rich, thick and deep. Chestnut, blood, burgundy, roasted cherries come to mind. Not bad, eh?

Aroma: Nose is also really nice. Bold, fruity slightly spicy; good yeast characteristics, bready, candi sugars, sweet, some alcohol and light light hop backbone. Blended together this speaks of solid stone buildings and cold damp mornings with rising steam from a brew kettle.

Taste: Overall, the characteristics from the nose pair well with the mouth flavors, but the hops come through much more strongly. Don't get me wrong the hops don't overpower here but add a continuous tang around the mouth. Slghtly dry on the front tongue with really nice sweet middle, good malt profile. We've got figs, roastiness, raisins, pie crust. Finishes dry and almost tart but not quite. I like this a lot, but gotta be most attentive to taste.

Mouth: Mouthfeel is also very good. My first two sips were great. The beer swallowed like a skinned grape; kind of starts big and round and quick slips down your throat. Actually, amazingly easy to drink, but we'll get to that. Medium bodied, but after half a glass gets semmingly lighter and lighter. Carbonation is delightful. I could have asked for a little bit bigger bubble profile, but the bubbles themselves are tiny, refined,controlled and full of vigor. Good stuff here.

Drink: Yes, bring more. Brew more, in fact! Not likely. In ol' PA it's pricey but I'd get several bottles otherwise and would love to see how this grows and changes over a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 04:27:31 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

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

perfect little micro-bubbles of head stacked up and in file, good carbonation, retention is excellent, glowing brown in hue, slightly hazy.. good looking stuff.

yeasty and musty, some foreign chocolate sweetness, a hint of dark fruits, not much but nice none the less

taste etc...
this is yeasty to the hizzie and bready to the heady, the carbonation is strange, part of it is velvety and part is a bit more prickly, it drinks rather easy for the ABV, this beer has a little bit of everything belgian... yeast, some bitterness, some dark fruit tone, some tripel-esque sweetness, it is less brash than many SDAs but has the character to stand up and make you take notice. this leaves the mouth wanting more.

really interesting beer, definitely check it out, I want to put some age on this one to see where it goes. went well with a mixed plate of mild cheese.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 03:38:44 | More by Ego
Photo of 1whiskey


4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A blend of Russian River and Avery's respective "Salvation" ales, one a strong dark and the other a strong pale. Sort of an all-star Belgian black and tan, if you will. Great idea.

22 oz bottle poured into a goblet. It's a hazy bronze color with a reddish highlights around the edge, topped with a brilliant two finger cream head.

Nose is understated but very appealing. Black currant, prune, and figs provide a fruity aroma which is compliment by mild nutmeg and clove.

Taste is understated like the nose, and not overly spicy the way some Belgians are. Unfortunately, I haven't had either beer by itself, but the blending seems to have really smoothed everything out. Not as sweet as the nose suggests, this is actually quite dry with mild spices eventually becoming the most prominent feature. This only hints at banana and clove esters, rather than being dominated by it. Very clean finish with some alcohol warming noticable.

Mouthfeel is great. Millions of tiny bubbles and active carbonation give this the feeling of a a draught beer in a bottle. Lightto medium body. Supreme drinkability. While high gravity Belgians are normally a winter-only indulgence for me, I could easily see myself quaffing this at a summer barbeque.

Highly drinkable and enjoyable beer, I hope to see more collaberations in the future. In the meantime, stock up on this.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 08:05:49 | More by 1whiskey
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


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

a: reddish brown color, good head with decent retention & lace, some carbonation in middle of glass
s: mmm...nice malty, sweet bread smell
t: sweet up-front, then some spices & balanced finish
m: full body, nice carbonation, smooth to drink
d: very nice surpise, especially considering avery salvation wasn't too memorable when i tried it in the past (makes me want to try it again to re-visit the palate). very smooth, good belgian interpretation by 2 brewers -- maybe there should be more microbrew collaborations.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 06:09:39 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of mmcave


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pint 6 oz
Bottle states: OG 1.079
Bottled Jan. 2007

Found at Sam’s as usual, lightly chilled and poured into watou goblet. I might have only noticed this, because of reading about the beer, but on the pour it looked exactly like the mixture of a dark Belgian and a light Belgian ale ( which is what it is). The body is reddish amber on the edge of being slightly burgundy brown. Its slightly hazy, but I can see through it, some what. The head is slightly off white it fades and is little more than a centimeter off the surface. Smell up front is spicy, yeasty, hints of coriander well blended esters hints of juicy pear, banana, plum, and dark fruit esters, its really complex and enticing. The taste is slightly crisp and has both the aspects of invigoration and satisfaction. There are some sweet elements that make this very satisfying and then some tartness/ acidity that makes me pucker and salivate. Not knowing exactly what either beer originally tasted like, I am very excited by the idea of the blend. I get lots of elements of specific good Belgian strong pale and dark ale. Wonderfully tasty beer, totally phenomenal idea implemented by two giants of beer. Get it while it lasts I know I’m gonna get more tomorrow.
P.S. damn it I want to go on that trip with them.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 04:15:15 | More by mmcave
Photo of bennetj17


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

This one pours leaving a thick off white head over a half-inch and it holds well. The beer is a chocolate amber color that that is barely tranlucent with some decent clarity. Spiced aroma of corainder and yeasts, seeming very "authentically Belgian". The first sip starts out very tangy with lots of dark fruit, and then quickly changes to a strong nutty finish. At first the finish tastes like peanut butter, and its very dry, but after a few more sips I realize there is a bit of DMS flavor there perhaps, although this is only a minor distraction. Thankfully, the alcohol is not too overpowering. I enjoyed the full, silky mouthfeel of this beer. Plenty of foamy carbonation. This beer is good, but will probably seem a bit overhyped being partially from Russian River and all. Worth getting a bomber or two, and if you like it get some more...

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 17:50:59 | More by bennetj17
Photo of gonzo138


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear brownish red color with a big frothy head that both retains and laces nicely, great looking stream of carbonation eminating from the center of the glass

S- smells of sweet malts, a little fruit sweetness present as well, also corriander spiciness, little bit of that bannana hefe smell there as well

T- malty sweetness at first, then followed by the usual varieties of belgian spiciness plus the bananna hefe taste, and a nice little citrusy hop flavor at the finish

M- full body, very carbonated, almost too much so

D- a good beer with a great concept behind it, I would love to see more breweries do things like this, definitely try this while it is available

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 06:57:49 | More by gonzo138
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.