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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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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 39
Gots: 161 | 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 arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in early April for $7.19.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a beautiful long lasting off white head. Nose is very nice, of Belgian yeasts, dark fruits and spices. Taste is very much of Belgian yeast with initial alcohol warming, ripened cherries, and finishes somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is very smooth but a bit thinner than hoped. Drinkability is good. This is an interesting collaboration. Having recently visited RRBC and previously enjoying a bottle of Salvation, the qualities of the smooth mouthfeel and dry finish are very familiar. I have had the Avery version as well and the lighter qualities of a strong pale ale are definitely evident. This is something one should try as this collaboration may not happen again!

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

Printed on the cap is the Avery slogan: "Live with Passion". Absolutely great advice...

A large ivory coloured head that leaves very dense streams of lacing. Small yeast particles sprinkled throughout. A neat hybrid colour, a blend of auburn shades with lots of different highlights. The colour shines but the body is murky. A dark and mysterious appearance.

An aroma full of spices with strong notes of dried fruits and a heavy Belgian style yeast. The dried fruit is quite strong but it is the yeast that is most predominant. Very reminiscent to a Rochefort/Trappist type yeast, which carries with it a lot of nuances that you'd find in a quad. Musty. The blend doesn't make for a clear aroma; it seems to prevent the character of either beer to really be 'expressed' quite fully. They don't seem to coerce all that well in the smell. Still pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a little watery only for a slight absence of texture. Medium bodied at best. The yeast used works quite hard, contributing to all aspects of the beer. In this case, it provides a dry, light funkiness to the finish. Not a "funk" filled beer by any stretch, maybe slightly lactic. A faint suggestion of alcohol adds a little dimension.

The taste mimics the aroma although is perhaps a little more developed. The faint note of dried fruits becomes a ripe flavour of choke cherries, apple and strawberries. The strawberry especially stood out at me. The malt bill is like that found in Belgian pale ales. The Belgian yeast strain used imparts a lot of the flavour and is also dominant in the taste.

A neat 'collaboration'. A very cool concept that was well marketed and a good reflection on both brewers. Nice to see big name breweries work together on such interesting projects. I wouldn't say this was a natural, sublime mix - the beer really was quite average - however it did make for a tasty treat. Thanks Grub!

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

Pitches out a purple-glinting dusty bronzed under a dirty white foam.
It hits the nose with dried fig and plum vapors, along with traces of rock, and jasmine.
It flows through the mouth tugging a fruited malt load of blood oranges and golden raisins. It veers spicier and funkier with gradations of sandstone, suede, and white peppercorns. Malt follows up again, this time with a more forceful, darker-leaning gumption. Full of carob, figs, prunes, dates, and an assertive vinousness. It concludes with reports of dark rum.
Leaning medium-full in the mouth, it is given levity with a steady carbonation. Solid all around, and a pretty nifty experiment to boot.

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

22oz bomber into ~8oz. wine glass, split between me and two other people.

Deep ruby color, such as a very ripe raspberry. A one finger light tan head lasts alomst forever, creating a icy smooth surface. Solid lacing down the glass, leaving somewhat dense rings between each sip.

The crisp malt supports a sharp berry fruit aroma, along with a bit of alcohol. The aroma doesn't seem to jump out as much as other Belgian Ales.

The taste is broad, leaving an almost smoky malt flavor mixed with non-cloyingly sweet sugary fruit, perhaps strawberry and cherry. The fruit doesn't last as long as the malt, which lingers until the finish. Full bodied with a thick syrupy feel. The alcohol comes out a bit more as it warms.

If you prefer your Belgian Ales on the non-sweet side, you will probably enjoy this one. It has good flavor and complexity, but it doesn't taste like an alcoholic jolly rancher. Recommended.

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

got this one in a trade with northyorksammy. thanks sammy!

pours coppery red with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is nice. fresh floral hops. nice spice - very light clove and coriander. light earthy and funky character.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. nice cracker malt. light earthy funk. very slight fruit. bit of spice. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and enjoyable.

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

Served in a tulip glass at Hopleaf 5/30/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a dark cloudy brown with a slight ruby colored tint. Rust stained, khaki-colored one-finger head. Very still.

S: Wonderfulv aromas of sweet molassas, burnt brown sugar, plums, and green apples.

T: Plums, dates, spicy malt, and the unmistakable flavor of burnt Belgian candi sugar.

M: Silky smooth with a slight bitter finish that sends prickles up and down the tongue.

D: Definitely a sipping beer. Very enjoyable!

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved the RR version (batch 002) when they were still selling it online so of course I had to try this brew.
A - rich reddish brown color, nice billowy light tan head
S - Muted rich dark fruit malts, wonderful spicy belgian yeasts.
T - similar to the aroma but rounded out with a hint of belgian candi sugars and a earthy / oaky note for good measure.
M - medium bodied, creamy smooth and rich.
D - highly drinkable

Avery's Salvation is up next. This is a very nice beer but seemed a bit scaled back when done as a side by side with RR's version.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet with a murky foam covering the surface of the ale; some lacing

Smell: Caramel; some sour yeasty notes; some rum-soaked raisings and a whiff of alcohol

Taste: Starts with a complex caramel flavor, with hints of coriander, tobacco and prune entering by mid-palate; after the swallow; the bitter and peppery elements grow considerably into the finish; along with the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with lively carbonation

Drinkability: I prefer the RR to the Avery and I notice that this beer starts out like the RR but the Avery elements become more apparent after the swallow; letting this beer age a year or two tones down the bitterness and makes it a superior BSDA, in my opinion

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

A: dark brown, good color, off white large head.

S: earthy belgian yeast with a toasty malt type aroma. The belgain yeast doesn't come off as strong as belgian golden ales, its more of the earthy type.

T: Toasty malt (or maybe slightly roasted). Similar to Biere de Garde. Alcohol evident, but mixes well.

M/D: Nothing really wrong here. No limitations in any way. The beer is pleasant and nice to drink.

Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown "cola" color with a giant white foamy head. This beer has a ton of carbonation and the head lasts and leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with a candy sugar scent,bread yeast,carmel,and some fresh fruits,peaches? The taste is very sweet with Belgian candy sugar,alcohol,bread yeast, citrus hops,and dark fruit. The m/f is medium with all flavors mixing well. A very interesting beer that's not bad,but I really thought would be better. Sorry.
Still, this is a tasty beer that should be tried by all.

Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark with a strong foamy head. Nice.

S - BIG Belgian Strong Dark smell wafts around as soon as I crack the bottle. Oh yeah. This baby's got something. Alcoholic spicy sweetness, raisins, prunes, along with something I can only describe as a little funky and smoky.

T - I just had the Avery Salvation yesterday, so I wanted to try this while the memory was fresh. I've never had the Russian River Salvation, but it is obviously the dominant beer here, as I only taste shades of Avery's lighter Salvation. What does it taste like? The alcohol is quite aggressive, as are the hops for this style - the other BSDs I've had seem to be sweeter than this and less hoppy. Hops stick in the back of the throat, oh yeah. I'm getting some definite smoky flavor as well, and only a kind of burnt sugar with raisin taste as far as the residual sweetness. Complex and challenging. Not at all for the uninitiated, but this should be right up the alley of most BA's. I really can't imagine too many of you guys not enjoying this; this is good stuff.

M - An oddly thin mouthfeel for the big flavor here. Not at all cloying, though a tad sticky, and feels pretty dry.

D - Pretty good for such a big, big beer in the context of the bomber being easy to drink. Beyond that, I'd say it's one and done. This flavor is going to be with you for a while even after you're done..the palate-blasting this does will not let you move on to another beer, even if you can handle the 9% ABV

All in all, an enjoyable, leftfield BSDA - I wish we'd see more collaborations of this type. Big high five to Avery and Russian River for this.

Photo of Pegasus
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mildly hazy deep copper in color, with a large white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and broken; there is little carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet caramel notes and an underlying toastiness, with a slight clove note, and hints of sweet alcohol.

Taste: Mild caramel and toasted malt at the open, with abundant spices, including cloves and coriander, dark fruits, and sweet alcohol; finishes with a lingering herbal and metallic hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasant, and quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, with a wonderful palette of complexity. There is much to admire in the collaboration of Avery and Russian River, both from the brewing and the ethical standpoints.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will be the second time I have had this brew, the first time was about six months ago. It has virtually disappeared from metro Denver and the fine folks at Liquor Max still had a couple bottles. I thought Avery did not bottle condition their beers but there appears to be a layer of yeast at the bottom of the bomber. The beer itself is dark ruby red in color and translucent. It smells like sweet sugar and fruits. The smell really lets you know this beer is going to be good. This has a very good taste, with only the slightest medicinal twinge, which doesn’t detract from this beer in the least. This beer is actually easy drinking for such a high ABV but it does eventually start to warm the belly. I am looking forward to trying both the Avery Salvation and the Russian River salvation in the future.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Duvel tulip glass. Poured a very dark rust orange. Topped with a light tan head of dense bubbles. This brew leaves a smattering of lace with each sip or agitation which clings to the glass.

Hints of caramel, salt water toffee and dark fruits on the nose.

Burnt sugars and caramels. Dark fruits as well as an orange rind hop twang in the finish. A lot of fruity notes in the yeast as well. I can defiantly taste the influence of Avery's Salvation behind all of the stronger dark notes from RR's.

Very velvety mouthfeel. Smooth yet substantial. Quite drinkable. I think the notes from the golden ale really help to balance out some of the sweeter notes in the dark ale, which overall helps drinkablility. An interesting blend, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

Photo of smurphy77
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad combination. I'm a big fan of the russian river salvation, but haven't sampled the avery version. This beer was a caramel color with about a two-finger head. There was a sweetness to this beer, reminiscent of toffee or burnt sugar. Not a lot of complexity or development of the flavors. Despite the nice head I found this beer to be a little flat. I'll have to try the avery salvation before I make any final conclusions, but I think I'm more of a fan of the rr salvation unmixed. This isn't a bad beer, but the bar was set pretty high for this one by it's components.

Photo of bosco7
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained this 22 oz. bottle in Eugene, OR at the Market of Choice.

I am very familar with Russian River's Salvation and have had Avery's once.

Poured into a chalice; forms a large cream like head that leaves a blanket of lacing. The beers is a translucent reddish-brown.

Fruity aromas instantly apparent. Prune, fig, toffee, some chocolate, and earthy yeast aromas present.

Sweet upfront with lots of fig, dark caramel, and black pepper flavors. This lingers into prune, sweet cherry, coriander, earth, milk chocolate and banana. Has a crisp light bitterness in the finish.

Tastes much sweeter and less attenuated than RR's Salvation. Also what makes RR's version so enjoyable is the astronomical level of delicate complexities provided by their yeast strains; this quality is kind of diminished by the sweetness of Avery's. That being said RR's beer is much more noticable in the finish product. Very good beer but I'll stick with RR's Salvation.

Photo of oakbluff
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my RR tulip glass. Cloudy prune brown, huge off white head. Smell is sweet belgian candi sugar and dark fruit. Taste- initially quite sweet, but finishes dry due to the sugar. Lots of dark fruit, spice and complex malt. Hops are more noticable than in the average belgian dark and are a welcome presence. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. A great brew. I have not tried either of these individually, but have a bottle of RR Salvation in my cellar ready to compare on a special occasion.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber sent to me by demcorhip, thanks so much! Poured into a chalice.

Pours a murky brown colour with lots of sediment, some coppery highlights when held to the light. 1 inch tan head subsides quickly, lacy. Mild carbonation. Aroma is sweet, spicy and fruity, like some delicious baking. Banana aromas, clove, caramel, butter and brown sugar. Nice and mild and mellow. I like it.

Taste is mild as well, with lots of nice warming alcohol off the top. There's some mild citrus-peel notes that lend a refreshing bittering sourness to offset the malt monster that this is. Caramel appears again, along with that mild banana flavour. Big bready flavours, yeast, it all points to a delcious piece of cake in your mouth. Belgian sugars and a peppery spiciness back all that up. Not too heavy in the mouth, which is nice and makes the brew slide down nicely, as does the not-overbearing carbonation. Dry and spicy in the finish. This is a respectable American take on a Belgian Strong, but it just falls short of great for me. That said, it's extremely drinkable for such a potent brew.

Photo of frazbri
2.16/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Collaboration Not Litigation poured brown and cloudy topped by a creamy, off-white head and good lacing left on the goblet. Aromas of orchard fruit, banana, orange peel, a hint of grapefruit and pine. Flavor started bright with banana, cloves and pine with a bitter finish. Body was medium-full with relatively high carbonation and a dry finish.

A great team is greater than the sum of it's individual players. This is more like the 2006 Yankees. Hall of Fame players, disappointing result. The beauty of RR's finesse is obliterated by Avery's power.

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

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a slightly cloudy light amberish color, nice carbonation, small off-white head, very little sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, citrusy, figs, raisins, plums, and some caramel. The taste is malty, tangy, citrusy, slightly sweet, spicy, nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice little together brew, recommended.

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a very cloudy, dark red in color (nearly brown). It's got a nice and a half finger foamy head sitting atop. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: It's got a nice toffee malt smell. It also features some dark fruit aromas. Mostly raisins in that department. Light citrus notes are present (mostly grapefruit). Nice, strong hop presence as well.

Taste: Very interesting and complex. Initially it has a sweet taste from the citrus and dark fruit combo. Dark fruits predominate here. Certainly has a bit of an herbal spice kick. Hops are dry and definitely provide a bitter taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and a bit chewy. It's pretty drinkable though. I'm sipping it just to see how much the flavor comes alive as it warms, but it's definitely not hard to drink. Overall, it's good and intriguing. Certainly recommended.

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly clear, deep amber colour with a short, fine head that produced solid sheets of lacing. Nifty aroma - citrusy, yeasty, spicy, and fruity. Solid bitterness with citrusy undertones and a moderate sugary fruit sweetness. Chewy malts throughout with a spicy alcohol finish. Full bodied, delicate carbonation, creamy with some pleasant warmth. This stuff hides its alcohol well. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body is a hazed orange/brown hue with a large offwhite head that hangs around for several minutes. Generous amounts of sheet lacing drape the goblet. Inviting aroma of dark fruits, musty yeast, bubblegum, guava, prunes and a hint of licorice. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation and body and some alcohol burn. Taste has lots of dark fruits, mostly figs and prunes. Bitter citrusy hops and yeast are also noted. Somewhat phenolic and abrasive with some harsh alcohol tones. An interesting concept here but I was hoping for a better result.

Photo of Enola
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice reddish brown with a lasting head. The smell is smokiness and alcohol. The taste is caramel, smoked salmon and there is a nice alcohol finish. The alcohol lingers in the aftertaste and burns a little in the finish. The beer is a sipper that gets better as it warms. A very good beer that should age well.

Photo of taez555
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured an opaque brown body with a thick off-white head.

Nose is classic dark Belgian; soft chocolate, phenols, dark fruits, plums, prunes, dark raisins, dark cherries, charcoal, very mild spice, yeast and crystalized sugar. Really a breathtaking nose combining and punctuating all the great aspects of Belgian dark ales.

Taste is medium to full bodied. Dark malts, some slightly burnt and toasted flavors, cocoa, dark chocolate, yeast, phenols, dark fruits, spices and a very strong punch in the back end of this earthy muted dry hop and burnt grain sort of taste. Big bitterness and extremely dry and tannic with a very strong warming alcohol. Ends with a long lingering tannic coffee flavor and tons of lingering warmth.

What an interesting concept. Russian River and Avery making a hybrid of their beers called Salvation. It smells amazing, but the taste and balance are completely out of whack. Not to say it's bad at all, but it might do well with some serious aging.

Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.