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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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1,320 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,320
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 33
Gots: 143 | FT: 8
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 Tone
4.38/5  rDev +12%

Pours a cloudy, dark maize color. Sediment is apparent. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of coriander, pear, yeast, tart malt, alcohol, hops, slight pine, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight alcohol, coriander, yeast, tart malt, slight hops, and some pear. Overall, a stronger brew that isn't too tart, but well blended and good body. I highly recommend this brew.

Tone, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy but kind of metallic with flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar caramel and chocolate up front. A decent Belgian yeast breadiness follows quickly along with a mild hops presence to provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I was expecting a little bit more out of this beer but it's still a solid Belgian to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

My bottle was from Batch #3. Poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A: Slightly hazy amber. Active carbonation from small bubbles. A dense cream head starts out small, but has very good retention. It sticks around as a thin cushion atop the beer all the way down the glass. Nice lace is left behind.

S: Heavy on the cloves. A lot of pine is there as well. A pleasant combination of grapes and alcohol sits in the background.

T: Vinous out front. Grape and pepper give this beer a very wine-like quality initially. That quality is quickly eclipsed by a clove, coriander and pine bitterness. Bringing up the rear is a pronounced alcohol warmth that gives the beer an extra bite. Finishes with lingering grape and clove flavors.

M: Medium body makes the beer feel less strong than it is. The carbonation could stand being turned down a notch or two.

D: This was a good choice for review number 450. The high strength makes this a very fine nightcap beer. The piny hops seem a little outside of this style, but this is still a solid offering. I'm quite happy I picked this one up.

Rayek, May 30, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Batch #2; Dark Brown with a nice white thick head; sherry carmel toffee nose that is complex and sophisticated with a rich sweet character.

Good taste follows the nose as expected. Nice creamy mouthfeel, thick and pleasant and well balanced flavors of sherry, burnt carmel, toffee, roasted bananas and ripe stone fruit with hints of walnuts. Complex flavors that are deliscious, although perhaps not the best beer with food. Like a meal in and of itself with the layers and layers of flavor.

Candidly, a half of the bottle was left overnight and was better the next day; sorry-that's the way it was but it tasted as stated and was nice. It was a bit more integrated and elegant the second day. Either way, just popping the cap and consuming or after some time....nice drink.

GRG1313, May 25, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

Had batch 1 a couple years ago and remember liking it but didn't remember anything about it. So this beer was like finding that 5 dollar bill in your pocket you didn't know was there.

This beer falls into the budweiser goblet glass with a reddish/amber cloudy hue with a big head. Like Tawny Kitean back in her glory days on the jaguar...

Smells like...I have a blocked nose so I cant say with accuracy, but smells of candied/carmalized sugar. Like the girl from Warrants Cherry Pie.

Taste? Bready, malty, sweet, candied yams, some hops, very smooth. More complexity than the girls from those Robert Palmer videos.

Great mouthfeel, really love this beer. Excellent blending of both styles. Like in Ratt's Round and Round Video where the high class society is having dinner and Ratt is upstairs playing rock music. Classic beer.

Murchmac, May 25, 2009
Photo of paulman86
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

Had on tap from a super fresh just delivered keg in a 13 oz tulip at the world famous Toronado on Haight in The City That Knows How.

A: Deep honey amber unfiltered appearance with a frothy 1/2" head. Looks very alive...!

S: I get mostly a nice healthy yeast aroma - fresh bread .

T: Great Belgian style yeast and a light hop and hint of sweetness on the finish.

M: High point for me with this beer - really lively and effervescent with a great finish and feels / tastes lower ABV than 8.99%

D: overall a really impressive brewing effort. I was lucky enough to get the first taste (after the tender) of a new keg and this beer was very "alive".

Had it right after a Russian River Dammnation and it stacked up very favorably. Great example of working through our issues instead of "lawyering up!"


paulman86, May 20, 2009
Photo of whoneeds8
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Batch #3. Poured into a Westmalle glass maple brown with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Smell has belgian yeast smell, and so does the taste. There's a slight hop bite up front that mellows into orange hints and then malted sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little high in carbonation for this style, which is suprising the way the head disappeared so fast. Overall, this is a nice "mixed" beer. I might buy another and let it age.

whoneeds8, May 19, 2009
Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a brownish copper color with thumb sized cream colored head. Head only reaches thumb size and only leaves sparce lace behind.

Aroma is nice malty, brown sugars fruits raisins and plums. As it warms light tartness or funk begins to emerge along with hints of cherries.

Taste is like aroma its malty not as much sugar as in the nose actually lightly dry. Light fruit notes are present also along with funk that emerges. Some light cherry also in the mix. Decent flavor but not really true to style per say.

Mouthfeel is medium nice mellow carbonation smooth easy drinking beer.

Drinkability is good not something i would buy on regular basis but defiantly worth a try.

mntlover, May 19, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

I paid $6.99 for the 22oz bottle.

Batch #3 bottled Feb 2009

This pours a hazy reddish brown with a 2 finger head of foam. There's some nice sticky lacing.

The smell is fruity and sweet and yeasty and spicy. A nice aroma that I just noticed has a touch of a funk smell to it.

The taste follows the nose. Its starts off with a yeasty taste with a buttload of pepper and some clove followed by candy sugar sweetness, some light tropical fruit and a pronounced belgian like hop bitterness near and through the finish. The foam is sticking around and the beer loks to be much brighter and more clear than when I first poured it.

I'm about halfway through and I'm digging the flavours. Not too much evidence of the alcohol...just a wee bit of warming after the swallow.

It has a good medium mouthfeel with about medium carbonation and goes down very smooth almost creamy.

Drinkability? For me, it's excellent. Tasty, smooth drinking, great mouthfeel and alcohol nonintrusive, that makes for a damn good session of a very nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Bitterbill, May 17, 2009
Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a hazy amber with a thick but rapidly dissipating head. A good whiff of banana, lemon zest and clove on the nose. Sweet malt definitely takes the lead with molasses and toffee flavors up front with a bit of citrus hanging out in the background. Sweetness generally stays on your tongue for a while, but it's rounded out nicely with a touch of hop bitterness and alcohol on the finish. Sweet enough to stand up to more briny shellfish (mussels / oysters) but would probably overwhelm lighter seafood. Definitely a collaboration worth trying. Going to take a crack at aging this and seeing what happens, but it tastes pretty darn good fresh.

chicagobeerriot, May 16, 2009
Photo of briman
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a hazy medium color. Large off-white head, with excellent retention.

Rich, malty sweet aroma, peppery with some dark fruit elements. Little bit of alcohol lingering in the background.

Flavor follows right along with big malt, dark fruts, and peppery spices. No bitterness.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Slightly thick, and chewy. Overall smooth, but certainly malt dominant. Alcohol warming is evident, but alcohol is otherwise hidden well. Enjoyable, but probably only good for one in a sitting.

briman, May 15, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a 2 finger off white head. Body is copper brown in color and cloudy. Head retention is good and lacing is above average.

Smell is of some spice, mostly coriander. Fruity belgium yeast is also present. There is light malt aromas but no hops.

Taste is sweet, some citrus, reminds me of the flavor of canned mandarin oranges. There is also lightly roasted malts in the after taste and the alcohol is hidden nicely

Mouth feel is slightly over carbonated but the medium body and slightly creamy head makes up for it

Over all it is a very good, highly drinkable beer. Fruity yeast and roasted malt are a very good combo. Recommend everyone to have it on their Wants list

angelmonster, May 13, 2009
Photo of JAA
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

This will probably be the only product of Russian River we see in Florida for quite some time. So i'm happy to drink up.

Pours a very cloudy and yeasty light brownish red. A huge fluffy head built up rather easily. I did use the wrong glassware, shame on me.

Tastes a bit on the sweet side, those sugars need to calm down. Raisin and dark fruits overpower just about everything. Slightly spicy, cinnamon and a little clove. Alcohol is perceived but not offensive.

Average mouthfeel for a Belgian style ale. Yeasty and moderately smooth.

This brew could probably stand to be cellared for a year, to let the alcohol and sugars calm down a bit. It is however, a decently drinkable beer in its current state.

JAA, May 11, 2009
Photo of flannelman808
3.95/5  rDev +1%

This is a pretty good brew, though I love russian rivers salvation and hoped that this one would have been a little more funky.

But a good brew all the same.

Pours a dark amber/brown and has very white head. Not super foamy but it does have decent head retention.

smells of oats and cereal which maybe a hint of spice. The nose on this beer is not particularly pungent.

The first thing I noticed is the mouthfeel... thats right mouthfeel. its really mouthfilling and creamy. This beer is kind of like eating a loaf of semi sweet cinnamon raisin bread or something. But not bad all things considered. I do get a little bit of alcohol at the end but its pleasant.

For its abv I would say this is a pretty drinkable brew. Not an exceptional beer but its worthy.

flannelman808, May 08, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%

Growler filled at Whole Foods.

Golden Carolus goblet. Served a little extra cold to account for the time it takes for me to migrate from the computer to the couch.

The beer is in a little bit of a dream state. A chill hazed dull amber & a sharp alcoholic tone rising off it. It sits & sweats...

Topping off the first pour, a thin, unagitated layer of eggshell white-colored foam laces up the rim of the glass very uniformly with sticky residual sugars. Subsequent pours grow, but never reach above half an inch.

Smells of cooked bananas, sugar cookies, light coriander, & a touch of lemon. Burnt caramel takes over at the end, riding on some now, less brazen(but still very potent) alcohol.

Taste is a lot like a stiff bock to me(bready yeast, stingy clove, some noticeable heft, big alcohol). Maybe a touch nutty. Bananas, over-ripened or otherwise, seem absent though. Body is a bit lighter too. It's missing that sickly sweet malt as well. Okay, not a bock. :P

Residuals are big though. Amazingly easier to swallow then a solvent fire or gooey mess of malt. Candied sugar works miracles. The beer never feels sticky or saturated. Bitterness is mellow, but soothing(hint of zest), numbing things out a little. Carbonation is low, but tight. Finish is cracker-y amid all that alcohol.

Decent beer, but I'd leave blending to more sure things... like Shirley Temples. :P

PEBKAC, May 05, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Batch number 2. Split a bottle with my roommate who hates anything that's not an IPA.

A- Poured my half into a pint glass. Pours nice murky sewage brown. This is a hazy beer with tons of stuff floating in it. Poured a quater inch tan head that went away quite quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S- This smells like a big horehound candy. Nice big suguary spicey malt bomb. Nothing really stands out with this but I do smell dried fruit with this and maybe a little clove....just maybe.

T- Wow this is a sweet malty drink. Can really taste the sugar with this. Dried fruit can be tasted but I still taste what seems to be like a liquid horehound.

M- Kind of a heavy mouthfeel with this. The carbonation is kind of weak but works out well with this beer. Coats the palate in sugary malt overtones that stick around for a short bit after.

D- This beer is a good beer but not what I am really looking for most of the time. I would pick this beer up again when I was in the mood for something different.

alleykatking, May 04, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

pour is a dark amber with murk. a medium mild head. smell is simple wheat malt, and ethanol. banana and belgian sweetness. palate is that with a coarse hop character. a bit peppery. a bit of dark fruit in there but not something i can pick up on tap for some reason. had it better in a bottle... more balenced.

rtepiak, May 04, 2009
Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Appearance: Batch number 3 pours a slightly clear orange color. The head on it thins our a little quick.

Aroma: A light hop nose from this one. Big notes of alcohol fruity esters. Subtle hints of caramel and maltiness. There are some hints of dried apricots.

Taste: Lots of carbonation and a very crisp mouthfeel. A nice bit of maltiness but outlined with dried fruitiness. The alcohol gives this one a big bite..

Notes: Well it's a tasty brew overall and by all means for it's style as well. Cheers.

horshack7, May 04, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Clear dark orange color with red/brown jue. Poured a 2 finger tan coardse head with good retention that settled to an even cap. Ample lacing.

S: Sweet, light-colored fruit. Citrussy twinge at the end. Yeast esters.

T: Very sweet candy sugar. A surprising tartness that sets up a solid malt foundation. Bitter finish cleans it all up nicely.

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Velvety, smotth and warming.

D: Really good the style. Disguises the abv well.

Haybeerman, May 01, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Pured a cloudy orangish body with solid two-finger head that left lace down the glass. Some light herbal hops and sweet caramel notes are in the smell, while I also pick up hints of that typical Belgian yeast/orange smell in here. Also some aromas of dark and tart fruits. They really nailed the aroma. Smooth and slightly sticky at the same time, there is a good yeast twang in this beer and a good amount of fruit tastes - citric with orange, heavier fruits like grapefruit (subtley, I should say). Mixed with a good batch of sugary sweet malts - caramel, gum - think sticky. Has an added touch of clove and a hidden ABV to make this dangerous. A great sipper to enjoy and a must-try.

clayrock81, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of macktbone
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

batch #3

Pours a very ruddy brown, similar to an unfiltered ale. Not a lot of head. Heavy carbonation appearance.

Smells similar to champagne. Could be the carbonation, but I get a lot of white grape and a bit of leather on the nose.

Strange Belgian funk taste. Very hard to nail down which makes me happy and not, at the same time. I like the complexity but it deffinately tastes like a collaboration. Aftertaste is a bit moldy. It really fills the roof of your mouth with aroma, very leathery and floral.

Feels rather good going down. Too much carbonation for my taste but good for the collective efforts.

With all the other great ones out there, the drinkability kind of suffers. Sure if you enjoy these two breweries you should give it a try. I would recommend it for some one that love one of the two or is trying to get into different Belgians to experience a not so normal set of taste factors in a Belgian.

It makes for a good story...to think of Vinnie and guests sitting around Russian River with all the customers clamoring about (can't do that anymore), and trying to determine the name for this. Though its not my favorite from RR or Avery I would probably pass it along, just to be able to tell the story.

macktbone, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of 100floods
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

reviewing batch #3 (2009)

pours a orange/copper. murky, too. absolutely no head, hair-line lacing. the first smell had a mix chocolate and cola, pretty good if you ask me. dark sugar yeast flavors. this is the easiest on the pallet of the three batches so far. This batch was brewed with a previously brewed batch of avery's slavation, a golden ale, which might be the reason this batch is so different. A great light brown ale, always a pleasure to find this beer. I've aged previous batches, wouldn't age this one.

100floods, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured a batch #2 (2008). Pours a burnt orange, amber color with very little head. What little head appears wizzels away quickly leaving a large island that kind of looks like Antarctica. Fair amount of sediment wanders around the glass and there is no lacing. Smells of citrus peel and and a faint bit of spice. Very little carbonation and the taste is pretty underwhelming. Kind of strange, not as rich as i expected, there is a lot of spice and some faint hop character. At 8.99%, the alcohol is hidden well and this brew disappears easily. It's not super crazy, but for some reason I really enjoyed it. For the price, I will probably look for batch #3.

*Edit* As this brew warms the complexity really comes out, B+ to an A- for me. Will grab another #2 for sure.

BDLbrewster, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance: Burnt Orange Yellow - Cloudy with a half inch of beautiful egg white head. Mild lacing.

Smell: Spices, Coriander, Orange

Taste: Subtle alcohol at first what whips by opening up to a slight melon, overripe burnt banana flavor. Just a bit of bite that soothes the palate. Ends with orange peel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slick taste that's neither smooth nor bitey. Nice and chewy for a strong dark.

Drinkability: This guy's a sipper. The closest I'll get to tasting a Russian River beer here in South Carolina!

LauraAlberts, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours reddish-brown with an orange tint. A decent sized tan head fades leaving some broken stripes of lacing behind. Aroma involves sour and tart dried, dark fruits (figs, prunes), yeast, faint alcohol and a subtle candy sweetness. Tastes of more dark fruits, matls, taffy and grain. A very faint alcohol heat slips in at the very end. If the taste was as bold as the smell, we'd have an exceptional beer here, but it's a bit understated for a beer of this magnitude. Mouth-feel is medium plus. It's well carbonated. This is a really good beer, but just a little tweaking on the taste would make it near perfect, so here's hoping to Avery and RR getting together again and create another fine brew for us.

stephens101, Apr 25, 2009
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,320 ratings.