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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: 1,439
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 40
Gots: 180 | 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 brewerburgundy
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, goblet, "Bottled in Feb. 2009, Batch #3, Alcohol 8.97% by Vol.".

So, this has more than a year on it, most of it in a liquor store fridge I am supposing, based on the fact that that is where it has just come from.

Super clear brilliant, woody orange. Some yeast particles in suspension, capped with a nearly white foam that looks likely to lace well.

Glue, sweet metallic, white grape, pear, phenols, biscuit, and musty yeast (Avery's Belgian yeast).

A definite bouquet of lighter fruits (pear, green apple, white grape, even some banana) with immediately apparent alcohol. The alcohol is a little spicy with fresh ground pepper and clove, as well as warming. The Belgian candy sugar provides its iron characteristic, but not abundantly. Maybe the turbinado sugar toned it down. Slight hop bitterness melds with matte yeast to keep it from coming across as overly sweet.

The mouthfeel is voluptuous, verging on syrup with enough carbonation to cut it.

This seems like a solid Belgian Strong Dark, that isn't very dark, on par with the two Unibroue offerings I've had.

Photo of MrSnrub
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle courtesy of OneDropSoup, tasted on 27-3-10.

Pours a rich amber color with lots of pale, frothy head. Large particles float to the top of my glass; this beer might contain more sediment than any commercially-made beer I've had. The smell is sweet and yeasty - not exactly what I anticipated. Feels wonderfully silky and smooth on the palate. Sweetness is dominant, as the Belgian candy and turbinado sugars really show through. This is definitely a well-crafted beer; I've never had anything quite like it. My main quibble is that it's too sweet for my taste, but that's clearly what they were going for, so I can't complain too much about it.

Photo of cosmicevan
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz bottle - BATCH # 4 - into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a deep copper with about a finger thick bubbly head. Nice soft and steady carbonation swims to the surface. Pretty cloudy, but when held to the light you can see through it. Lacing rim clings to the glass, but the body slides down. I was definitely expecting something darker and deeper.

S - All the usual suspects for a BSDA, but not as intense as I'm used to. The smell is there, but I've always been a big fan of that overwhelming BDSA deep and dark fruit overcoming your nose when you crack the bottle. Seems pretty balanced smelling, but maybe a touch on the sweeter side of things.

T - Not really much flavor for the style. The dark fruits are there, but there is no sweetness as the nose would lead you to believe. There are some great flavors in the background, but overall, seems like a all I'm tasting is the ABV. Seems like a watered down version of a BSDA.

M - A bit syrupy. Kind of like drinking wine with the mouthfeel of a beer.

D - Not my favorite BSDA by a long shot, but I couldn't resist trying the product of a Russian River and Avery collaboration. All in all, not all that impressed. Glad I tried it, but I won't be seeking it out again.

Photo of AgentZero
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Muddy orange color, this beer looks like a suspension almost that is settling. Looks much darker and cloudier in the middle, yellow on the edges and toward the top. Small head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Funky yeast smell and some fruits, almost comes across like raspberries to me.

T - A lot of confusing spice going on, but becomes hard to pick out with everything else there. Slight pear taste. No alcohol taste to speak of. Malty, some yeast.

M - Smooth, not tons of carbonation. Super-dry suck the moisture out of your mouth finish.

D - So much spice it becomes hard to drink. Very dry finish doesn't help, but for the alcohol it's not bad.

Photo of jrallen34
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 22oz into my Orval glass.

The beer poursa two toned brown, the top is light apple cider and bottom and middle is a much darker brown, some floaties in there. The head is light medium tan, gone right away.

The aroma has a little much going on here, its like they really just added to beers together. On the front there is a lot of nutmeg, some banana, cinammon, and alcohol at the end. Just too strong and doesn't work.

The taste is ok, not bad, just kinda boring and confusing too much going on.

Overall, not great, I wouldn't recommend this.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, at Pizzeria Paradiso (Washington DC, Dupont Circle):

A: Copper in color, slight haze or cloudiness to it. Huge white head that was well retained and good lacing to follow.

S: The aroma is bready and malty, with hints of fruits, yeast and some spices.

T: Taste is pretty much as expected from the style, malty with a nice does of the fruit to really balance it out and just that hint of spiciness.

M/D: Medium body with good carbonation. The beer was easy to drink and the alcohol was hidden well. A good beer and while this style is not my favorite typically, this one I enjoyed.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #3, February 2009

A - Brassy reddish-brown-amber.

S - Smells sweet and biscuity, with a continental hop.

T - Flavors of caramel, butter and green tea. I like my BSDA to taste more like a Quad, this BSDA tastes more like a Dubbel.

M - Not sharp enough for me.

D - Not tremendously impressed. It is generally okay, but unspectacular and not a combination of flavors that I appreciate particularly. Someone should consider litigation over this collaboration.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired this at Vintage Estate on my last trip.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Orangey-brown body with bright orange highlights a finger of beautifully spongy, smooth head. Dumped some sediment in, so there are plenty of suspended bits. Wah-waaah. Spotty dabs of lacing.

Smells of Belgian yeast & a combo of cooked orange, nutmeg, anise, toasted sugar. Mild, funky mustiness. A rum-like, sugary alcohol shows up quick & hangs around.

Spiciness from smell carries through in the taste with a sweetness like yams & brown sugar. Strong alcohol, strong flavors that just get muddled together. Overly sweet & spicy in a way reminiscent of a strong fall or pumpkin ale.

Full-bodied & creamy with a quick & lasting booze heat.

Gotta say, this was pretty disappointing. The flavors were too heavy & muddy, alcohol too alcoholic. Really wanted to like this one, but it struck me as a generic Belgian-esque interpretation.

Photo of garymuchow
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 Feb 2008, 8.72% abv. A funny seemingly deterioration around the cap after removing the foil covering (maybe just the glue from the foil).
Sweet with lighter fruit aroma (like overripe fruit and golden raisins) and underneath a sweeter malt aroma like a sugary caramel. A little alcohol and a mild flat like yeast with just a touch of spice/phenols. Interesting aroma. Not what I expected and lighter than I anticipated.
Head is small and leaves pretty quickly. Lighter in color orange/red/gold amber and reasonable clear.
Flavor begins more like an english ale with a malt quality with light but noticeable hoppy flavored bitterness. The malt holds light fruit sweet flavors (that in time takes on an orange taste) and also light toffee/caramel and toasted biscuit malt. But then the yeast flavors kick in with a heavy dose of spiciness and some phenols.
Feel is also a nice mix of slickness yet lightness with smoothness.
This drink holds much pleasing complexity, especially in the flavors. Every sip is an adventure, although it is rather consistent throughout. The lightness aids in drinkability and the alcohol is blended well. A long dryness at the finish helps increase the desire for another take.

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2, bottled in February 2008.

a - Pours an amber color with about 2 fingers of an off white head and moderate carbonation. Nice retention of an inch of foam.

s - Smells sweet. Lots of dark fruits and sweet malts. Also some yeast, but not much. No alcohol smell evident.

t - Lots of sweet malts and dark fruits. No alcohol, yeast, of spice tastes evident.

m - Very smooth and creamy. Low carbonation and medium to full body. No alcohol warmth at all, very enjoyable.

d - Overall I loved this one. I had several bottles of Batch #1 of this beer a few years ago and remember enjoying it, but had always drank them fresh. I think the 2 years on this bottle has definitely helped it. Very smooth and easy to drink for almost 9% ABV, and I did not get any hints of alochol in the smell or taste. A nice subdued dark fruits and malts smell and taste made this a great beer. Would love to try again.

Photo of dzni
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a snifter. This is from Batch #4.

A - Dark amber color with no real head to speak of

S - Malty, yeastiness, maybe some faint peach or melon, some slight spiciness, nothing overwhelming

T - Some hoppiness and a little sweetness, but no flavors really jump out at me

M - Medium bodied, carbonation

D - This isn't super complex, but it's a very drinkable beer and interesting enough to pair with a lot of different foods, especially spicy foods, I think.

Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled Feb. 2009 (Batch #3). Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Hazy suspended yeast mar an otherwise earthy auburn brew with solid 1-finger ligth golden head with good staying power and spotty lace.

S: Very spicy with tart sour cherry and clove-type aroma meets a Belgian candi sugar and dates and apricots. Hops deliver an herbal punch. The yeastiness is undeniable -- nutty and slightly sour.

T: The flavor is very full with dark fruit maltiness playing off of slight sour cherry/berry fruit, clove and cinnamon, with nutty yeast and herbal, earthy hops in the medium-dry finish. Certainly this is the first Brett beer that I have enjoyed. This is very good and the alcohol lends a slight fruitness but is hard to detect.

M: Body is medium-full but lush on the tongue with a dry finish which is surprisingly clean with only some maltiness and slight sourness in the aftertaste.

D: A surprisingly good brew with an interesting spicy, sour yet malty flavor. I wish all collaborations were this good. I think the year helped tone down the sourness and gave it a nice fruity yet tart and dry flavor and feel.

Photo of BostonTriggs
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review of this one.

It has nice orangey-light brown color, and a thick head on the pour. The head is off white. I think this is bottle conditioned, because the beer is very hazy with quite a few floaters.

Very sweet on the nose, w/ an orangey acidity. It's very malty, but there's a grainy edge to it that I like. With 9% alcohol, it doesn't show up in the nose. There's also a medicinal smell. Yeasty.

Taste-wise I feel like this beer needs some aging. I get what I expected from the smell. A sweet, grainy malt, with a little bit of bitterness on the tail, and a lot of yeast.

Mouthfeel is very viscous. It has a heavy body to it. It's not overly carbonated.

It's pretty drinkable. It goes down easy for a high alcohol beer.

Photo of inpherno
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing and Adam Avery of Avery Brewing came together to make one good brew. Both like and yet independent of one another, the two's versions of Salvation became one in Collaboration Not Litigation Ale. Though I am not a big fan of the style, this beer is worth trying (and aging) if you can get your hands on a few.
Batch#4 bottled February 2010.

Appearance: A very nice and translucent copper to amber. White head leaves a Belgian Lace as it fades.

Aroma: Sweet. Fruity and towards the end, defined honey and citrus notes.

Flavor: Clearly Belgian, this leans toward Saison. It's fruity, tart, and earthy tones compliment each other.

Mouthfeel: Low alcohol heat and moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Though my general dislike for belgians may have affected my scoring, This one's a keeper.

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

On tap at Barbara's at The Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles

Appearance: Dark non-cloudy brown color

Smell: Cinnamon with hints of booze, allspice and clove

Taste: not as big of a flavor bomb as last year, but still sweet and boozy. spicy with a nice clovey lift at the backend.

Mouthfeel: Quite nice. Lingers on the tongue and went really well with my cheeseburger!

Drinkability: Not a session beer for sure but was surprisingly great with my food.

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

Poured into Chimay chalice. Batch #4.

Brown/amber/copper in color. Thin half a finger white head. Tiny layer of foam on top with areas of less foam. Nice lacing.

Smells like caramelized malts, bready yeast, banana.

Tastes of caramelized malts, hint of belgian candy sugar, banana, bread/cereal yeast, bit of nutmeg and a little bit of pepper. A bitter leafy hop bite on the way out.

Tiny prickly bubbles, very creamy. Medium mouth feel.

Easy to drink.

Photo of jsh420
2.71/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

batch #3 bottled feb. 2009

pours copper amber with a 2+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smells musty earthy hops fruity

taste - i dont get BSD here - more like saison - musty moth balls fruity malts and earthy hops

mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation very creamy and smooth

drinkability - hey when the taste is not there - why do i want to drink it

Photo of theboozecruise
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a batch #3 beer, bomber bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet. Not a lot of head at all, cloudy deep amber color to this one. It looks good but not great with the weak head.

Delicious nose... rich, herbal, slightly hoppy. Definitely stands out as a Belgian-style ale. The taste is a little bitter up front, the herbal notes come through as well. It's good but a little harsh and tougher to drink. Not quite up to par with the best of the style but still a damn fine beer.

Photo of wcuberos
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great nose right out of the bottle, strong malty aroma. Firm head with a nice golden brown appearance. The first taste left me wanting more but after a couple sips the flavor really came out. It has a good malty flavor and a slight bitterness at the end. There's not a strong alcohol flavor considering it's a 8.97%. I wasn't overly impressed but I'd give it a second chance.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty orange color, with a thin, off-white head. Some sediment can be seen floating about.
Smell is malty, with raisins and sugar.
Taste is malty, with figs, raisins, and a little bit of spice. Mild bitterness. No alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a little bit of bite halfway through.
Decent drinkability, but I'm not thrilled with this one. Don't think I'll seek it out again.

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two finger plus head of light tan foam, dense but dissolves speedily, you can literally watch the bubbles pop, thick ring of lacing around the entire insides of the glass. Heavy cloudiness darkens the amber orange color, fully opaque with minimal lightening at the rims. The nose goes heavy on the clove, ginger spice, banana, apricot, cherry fruit, raisin bread, malty chocolate, light sweet smoke and tar accents, mixed grapefruit and granola, hops display a subtle influence, particularly in checking overall sweetness level. Full-bodied, not quite "foamy" but the carbonation creates a mouthfilling sensation. Sweet, yet, achieves a noticeably dry finish at the same time. Clove, ginger, anise spice, here less overt fruitiness, more raisin, fig with touch of apricot. Yeasty, but raw not bready. Caramel, maple syrup, chocolate powder, maltiness restrained. The citrus more muted and mixed here. As nothing gets exaggerated it maintains a high level of drinkability, even if it's not that intellectually compelling.

Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good take on a Belgian Ale from a brewery that I usually associate with Maharaja Ale and other hop bombs.

Pours a very hazy dull orange color with a small bubbly white head. No lacing and about average head retention for a high octane beer. plenty of sediment

Smells like a Belgian: Spices, Belgian yeast, candi sugar. Fairly pronounced and very pleasant smell.

Tastes very good. Comparable to several imported Belgian Ales. A good blast of bitterness and dark fruit are up front. The Belgian yeast and candi sugar take over for the bitterness and the beer takes on a familiar Belgian presence with spices, sweetness and an overall rich presence.

Mouthfeel is rich and spicy. Drinkability is very good. I split the bottle, could have easily finished it.

Photo of brewbasterd
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Amber-orangish in color with tiny bubbles racing up the sides to a very light tan head. Frothy but not quite chunky, the head sticks around for quite awhile and leaves good lacing. A little lighter color than what I was expecting. Instant smell of candied sugar along with some dark fruits, cherries, plums and even a hint of raisin. Dark fruits are toned down on the palate leaving way for the sweet malts and belgian candied sugar. A dry breadiness on the back of the tounge and a mild hop spice to finish. A creamy mouthfeel that coats the tounge and leaves residual flavors lingering around the back of the throat and tounge. Overall a good beer, I like that 2 brewers can get together to do something special like this, its not always about showcasing your finest, but joining forces with someone else who appreciates great beer.


Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 2007 vintage bomber into a tulip glass.

I warn you before you read this review, I think because of the age this beer had a slight funk to it but not to bad.

A- Dark dark brown with a thin white head.

S- Real sweet malts and almost a strong woody smell to it. Slight alchohol with a great hops backround.

T- Bitter hops and malt hit you up front with a good sweet dark fruit backround. Unfortunitely had a stale dusty flavor to the finish but i think that's due to the age. Wish my store carried a newer bottle but still awesome. Glad I got to taste the original batch.

M- Medium body thats insanely smooth with real low carbonation.

I took a chance in buying due to the age but I got to say I'm glad i did, real great beer overall. Alot of flavor and i think the age of it made it so good. Avery made a good choice when they decided to team up and make a badass colaboration strong ale.


Photo of LongsPeakAveBrew
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 3 Feb. 09 poured into thin-wall pint glass.

Clear whiskey brown body with a huge light head. Sticky lacing

Floral and citrus hops. Yeast and honey.

Yeasty tartness, alcohol and a little honey malt sweetness. Finishes with a nice floral hoppiness. The more I sip the more intrigued I am. It's big, dry, sour, and hoppy with just barely enough malt to make it drinkable.

Clean, a little viscosity on the back of the tongue. Nicely carbonated.

While I like a lot of what is going on with this beer, the lack of balance and the high alcohol content means it will only be an occasional addition to my fridge.

Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.