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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 34
Gots: 148 | 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 dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber batch #3, poured into oversized wine glass. pours a maghony wood like color, a little orange, lots of sediment, big off white head on the pour, very good retention, nice lacing as well.

in the aroma, you get big acidic, bubblegum, with some solvent notes. sharp dark fruits as well, plum, orange.

the acidity comes through in the taste, almost a little sour. some bubblegum in there, the same fruity taste, finishes with an acidic, fruity, bitter taste.

medium body, acidic mouthfeel, great carbonation. very good drinkability as well. a good beer, but not the best belgian dark. the story behind this makes this even better.

dogfishandi, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3

A: A dark orange/amber color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Spice, yeast, orange peel, caramel, and candi sugar.

T: Very similar to the nose with spice, raisins, caramel, and toffee.

M: Medium body, coats the tongue.

D: I wasn't really sure what to expect from this, and must say it was a fairly pleasant experience.

womencantsail, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch #3 bottled in Feb. 2009. Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Big airy head dark orange brown with a slight rosy hue and some sediment and haze

N: Nose is very reminiscent of a Belgian tripel with nice sweet malts and candi sugar as well as a slight yeasty sour fruit a little caramel and some alcohol, probably the best thing this beer has going for it IMO

T: Taste starts with dark malts and candi sugar, lots of alcohol taste, it starts like a light Belgian tripel and somewhat tasty, but goes downhilll with a strange watery yeasty off flavor thats somewhat unpleasant, it has some candi sugar but not much, its also got a strange blandness to it I can't explain, an earthy bitterness and slight raisiny taste peaks in the middle

M: It has a spicey mouthfeel and lots of carbonation

F: Finish is spicey and that same earthy bitter that leaves a very unpleasant taste in the mouth, it also finishes bitter and lots of alcohol that seems to magnify the bad bitter taste that seems to come from a wild or crazy yeast strain

Final thoughts: THe beer starts good but seems to get that strange wild-saison-like taste that is pretty unpleasant after the Belgian tripel. I remember the last batch being better than this I think. I could see some people liking this one, but its not for me, its even hard to continue drinking it, the unpleasant finish makes me want to keep drinking it to get the good start that will go over the finish.

jlindros, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of ToddT
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper hue with a white head. Head falls quickly but leave a little lace on the glass.

S- Fruit and yeast are the dominate notes. Some notes of caramel, malt, and floral hops.

T- Raisin and banana start off followed by some sweet molasses. Bitter wash of hops rounds out the middle and carries through to the finish, which is crisp but with a lingering bittersweet final note. Finish picks up some warmth about halfway through the bottle.

M- A little less than medium in body, maybe a little watery but with good carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink for 8.72% ABV. The alcohol only shows through with it's warming effect. Don't know if I could finish more than one of these since it is a little sweet.

Notes: From batch #2 bottled in February 2008

Good one to try to see what all the hype is about. Not one I'll go back for though.

ToddT, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of blackearth
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Consumer Beverage in Hales Corners, WI. Poured from the bottle into a snifter yielded a deep, dark orange body with a thin cap of foam. Aroma is mostly of yeasty esters with some hint of malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Extremely malty and sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a decent beer, but didn't win me over.

blackearth, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having heard the back story on this beer, I was quite curious to try it. I can't say that it wowed me, but it's an interesting combination of styles from two distinctive and excellent breweries. Ultimately, my opinion is simply that each brewery does a better job on their own than in collaboration. This beer pours a lighter than expected though still quite dark golden brown color. The aroma is of nectarines and earthy yeast. The flavor is quite fruity but doesn't pack enough depth for me to really enjoy it. The caramel malt character is good as is the blending of yeast flavors. The flavors just come out a bit too close to a bubblegummy weizenbock for my taste in Belgian ales. The feel is strong and drinkability is pretty good.

popery, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy light amber body with a fairly creamy white head with great lacing.
S: Smells almost like I'm on a farm, like animal feed. A lot of barley, malt, and cream.
T: Mainly the malt and the creaminess come through. Not what I've tasted in a strong dark before, but great.
M: Smooth; just the right texture and level of carbonation.
D: Fairly sweet from the predominance of malts but not at all a noticeable correlative alcohol taste.

lhaqq, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of sevopie
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown in color with a rocky off-white/tan head. Laces somewhat well.

Raisins, musty grains, caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of bread.

Bread starts to take over the flavors, with raisins/dates close in tow. There's some muddled sugar flavors in there, and there's almost a buttery flavor.. finished off by some alcohol bite.

Fairly thick on the tongue with a load of carbonation, even with an aggressive pour.

I like this better than the version I tried last year. Last year's was too yeasty and unrefined, whereas this one seems to have a few flavors coming forward. The alcohol bite takes away from drinkability, but overall its fairly palatable.

sevopie, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle marked batch 2 bottle febuary 2008 into a Goblet

Pours a very deep copper with about a 1 finger head and a ton of floaters, great looking beer

smells of lightly burtn toast and yeast with some strong malt qualities as well as some very floral hops

Bittersweet is the best way to describe the flavor has alot of malt sweetness with hop bitterness that balnce one another quite well. Undertones of strong belgian yeast and cherries. Very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky medium bodied but very full flavor

Easy to drink and I actually wish i would have grabbed a couple while they were on sale for 4.49 a 750. I could have more than one of these easy in a sitting

SpecialK088, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of malcontent
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly hazy mahogany body is topped with only the most fleeting of head. Lacing is OK.

Rich, bready nose bursting with brandy, raisin, prune, alcohol and pumpernickel.

Belgian Strong Dark meets Dubbel. Loads of apple skin, brown sugar, rye bread, butter, nutmeg and dried apricot. Awfully tasty.

Odd, because the mouthfeel is really much thinner than it should be with makes the carbonation seem overactive (it's not). Strangely, this actually ups the drinkability by quite a bit. Like this beer so much more than I remember!

malcontent, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of bum732
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy brown, lots of floaties, decent head that dissipates. Smells of bready malt, some chocolate, wine like fruit, some spiciness, . Tastes like a struggle between some fruitiness and some chocolate maltiness, dark maltiness wins. Some molasses and No spiciness that is traditional to belgians, not much bitterness finishing very mellow and earthy. Just a touch of spice and alcohol at the end.

An interesting mix, not quite sure it works. I feel like the taste falls flat, not enough spiciness or fruitiness to cut through the heavy chocolate and dark malt feel. Too bad.

bum732, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. The label lists a bottling date of February 2008 and an abv of 8.72%. Also this is batch number 2.

Appearance: Creamy off-white head. Hazy amber brown colored body. Carbonation drops off fairly early.

Smell: Very heavy aroma. Prunes and bananas.

Taste: Prunes and bananas present in the taste as well. Has a little bit of citric acidity on the tongue for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue. Thicker feel but better carbonation would be nice.

BierFan, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of meatmallet
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an apricot color with a thick beige head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves a nice ring of lace around my glass. I also notice small bits of tan sediment suspended in my glass.

Smell: Sweet and a little spicy on the nose. I get white grape, brown sugar, raisins, and plums. Has a light tartness to it. Nothink overpowering or amazing about it though.

Taste: Has a very peppery start to it which is followed by the sweetness of the raisins and plums. I also can taste a bit of citrus like mandarin oranges.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is not as pronounced as I was expecting after having several other beers by Avery. Overall a good beer but nothing special or outstanding for the style.

meatmallet, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of packetknife
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Garnet like color again with a bit more red than I expected and a near-white head that faded quickly and laced cleanly. Quite malty, spicy, and decent yeast on the nose. I'm not picking up any hops on the nose at all. The taste is about the same with some clove present and the missing hops. Good carbonation and body. The finish was ever-so-slightly harsh which makes it only average drinkable.

packetknife, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Clark Street Ale House. Served in a tulip glass, the beer is a hazy bronze with a beige head.

Pleasantly surprised by the amount of hops in the nose. Also lots of spices and malt.

The taste is nicely sour with spices, and a hint of tootsie roll. The malts add some bready notes. Sweetens later.

The mouth is thickish which I liked. Not a session beer for me, but a very tasty treat.

Redrover, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to get to sample at least a little bit of the Russian River influence, I may not be able to buy Pliny or Consecration, but I can get this damnit.

Pours a nice dark copper with a big off-white cap that lasts and laces quite nicely.

The smell and taste are both dominated by some yeasty fruitiness, caramel and toasted raisin notes are evident as well in the long lasting finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I was expecting, but it really did a nice job of bringing everything together, very nice beer that drinks well.

grayburn, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
Bottled Feb 2009

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is great! It is slightly tart and a little fruity with a lot of sweet malt and spices and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of sweet malt and spices (clove and coriander), dark fruits, some earthy hops and some alcohol in the finish.This is some good stuff here!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not a session beer by any means, but a nice sipper. This is a very tasty beer from two great breweries, I love it! Recommended!

cjgator3, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.