Avery / Russian River - Collaboration Not Litigation Ale
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #73
Ranked #10,045
3.93 | pDev: 10.18%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Avery / Russian River - Collaboration Not Litigation AleAvery / Russian River - Collaboration Not Litigation Ale
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
Photo of MaxSpang
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter. Batch 5 brewed in January 2011.


The beer pours a dark brownish red. There is some light that comes through the glass, and the beer is slightly hazy. There was a decent off-white head that disappeared fast and left no lacing in the glass. Not exactly "dark", but definitely a Belgian-looking brew.


I get some juicy dark fruits and Belgian yeast spice at first. There's some citrus notes in the nose, and is followed by slight white pepper and some clove. There are notes of bread and slight raisin. Overall a pleasant smelling brew.


Much, much sweeter than expected. Lots of bread notes and dark fruits in this one. There's a lot of alcohol, and the beer seems like it's a lot bigger than 8.91%, and not necessarily in a good way. There are some banana and clove flavors in the taste. The flavor is sort of all over the place, and the hot alcohol is surprisig.


This beer has a decent body. The alcohol and sweetness Don't make this the most drinkable beer, but it's not exactly hard to drink... It's just sort of a muddled and weird mouth feel that slows you down a bit.


I'm pretty disappointed in this brew. I like Russian River, and I like Avery - so what happened? This is almost a year old, so you'd think it would be smoother by now. I'm not saying this is a bad beer, but it sort of tastes like a Belgian inspired beer from a brewery that has no business making such a beer - which neither of these breweries are. It's close to being a nice beer, but it misses the mark. It's at least worth a taste.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, originally as a collaborative ale between Avery and Russian River Brewing company, now a rotating release. This is batch #6, 1.077 OG, 8.69% ABV, bottled in January 2012. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance)Pours a frothy crisp caramel cream head over a deep maple amber body with moderate dark flecks of sediment, very low, soft carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) A soft malty bread body with some Belgian yeast spiciness, moderate stone fruits, predominantly cherry, some moderate tartness in the nose. The nose is pungent and a bit sharp in places, some definite alcohol is creeping in. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor is a continuation of the aroma, with dry grainy bread malts defining the base, and yeast-borne fruit spiciness, esters and phenols creeping in. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is residual, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild crispness and brisk frothiness. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is yeasty and phenolic over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate/high, and my suspicions are that this bottle may have become infected. 3.25

(Overall) I will have to try this beer again at a later date, as I do not think that my bottle reflects the brewerys' intentions of how this beer should be enjoyed. Lots of yeast-generated flavor and character is to be had in Batch #6, with intense fruity esters and phenols, it's a gradual sipper and not impossible to drink, but that's not necessarily a testament to high drinkability. 3.25

Avery Brewing Company's
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale Batch #6 (With Russian River Brewing)

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Photo of Shaw
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this beer, since Russian River's own brews are not sold anywhere near Florida.

This is a deep, deep ruby in color with a large, sticky foamy head. It smells of candy sugar and caramel with a hint of alcohol: very nice.

The taste is also very good. It's very complex, with sweet notes mixing with musty and earth flavors and just a bit of sharpness. This has all the classic flavors of the style, one of my favorites.

The body is also excellent. It's chewy and smooth and essentially coats my mouth.

Overall this is an excellent beer, as should be expected from the world class Russian River and the excellent Avery. Good work, gentlemen.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sour edge to the aroma. Citrus and caramel/syrup notes.

Very hazy, dirty apricot color with minimal head.

Flavor begins with an interesting complexity of malt layers. Sundry elements of sweet and roast. Zesty/citric tartness suggest wheat. Touch of alcohol in back. Some dry, powdery feel. Little pop of black pepper. Soft fruit, like banana, but not quite. The tartness has a fruit-like quality to it, almost like mango, or some other exotic fruit.

Pretty tasty. Rounded out nicely when it warmed to room temperature. Deeper layers of flavors blossomed as I neared the end. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sunset Grill outside of Boston. Excellent selection.

A: Dark orange with sort of a rusty look. Slightly cloudy with a good white head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet with some fruit characteristics. Some of the traditional Belgian esters--I always seem to get bubblegum.

T: Sweet with candied sugar and a good deal of complexity. Some tartness. A nice malt base. Some fresh fruit flavors.

M: Good, creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth. I love it.

D: Highly drinkable for the style and abv. Perhaps too much for an extended sitting, but something I'm glad I can get in bottle form back here in Chicago.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass. Some mystery numbers on the bottle but not recognizable as a best-before date. (Big DUH from me as the Jan 2011 is actually printed on the label! What a crazy place to look!)

A - light brown, slightly cloudy with a tan head that resolves after a couple minutes with just a hint of lacing.

S - initially smelled a little like a dunkel weiss with some banana and spices over yeasty notes, but after a few minutes there was a significant caramel malt that joined the picture.

T - obviously not a dunkel weiss from the taste: very sweet caramel malt dominates over a subtle hops profile that outlasts the sweetness. A bit of dried fruit in the middle and no hint of the banana the nose seemed to suggest. Slight alcohol warming.

M - very light carbonation with a medium body; coats the tongue and mouth slightly, but not so much that it's cloying.

D - quite drinkable; a little sweet to drink more than a glass or two, and nicely warming with a bit of booziness.

Fairly delicious beer that I'm happy to have tried!

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Photo of gueuzegossage
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DrinkNewport
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an interesting beer. As the story goes, it's a blend of what was Avery's and Russian River's Salvation Belgian-style.

Now, full disclosure, I've had reservations about about Colorado Belgian-styles for a while now. Their mountainous take on Belgium doesn't quite fit my palate.

Nice copper pour with a nice white head.

The aroma is rather odd. It's more like some kind of condiment rather than a beer.

But the flavor is rather good. It is unique. It's not a typical Belgian-style. We're dealing with an outlier here, but it is well balanced.

Overall? BRAVO! Way to step out of bounds and create an interesting beer!

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #7 brewed 02/14 don't know if each batch varies much but this was a treat imo

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Collaboeration. Dirty brown color, clear (check adjective). Nose is belgian sweet, candis and fruits. Taste is sweet with intensly dry finish. Good belgian. Pepper throughout. Nice bite.

Served on-tap at the Ginger Man in New York City.

A: The ale is a dirty, cloudy color, a hazy brown amber color that is rather opaque. A small head is content to just sit atop the ale.

S: The nose is Belgian, full of sweet candi sugars (mostly dark) and lots of coriander. A dry yeast strain manages to leave a mark in the nose, leaving a lasting bit that is not quite sour but definitely different.

T: The taste immediately continues the sweetness from the nose, showing off lots of candi sugars and yeast that create a sugary sweet flavor that has the juiciness of dark fruits. The ale has a zesty finish, showing off lots of coriander pepper tastes, enough to create a hot mouthfeel. The ale uses a strong Belgian yeast strain that quickly dries out the palate while adding a light funky touch. That funk is not dominant but does lie just below the surface.

M: The mouthfeel is big, reveling in the Belgian backgrounds of Avery and Cilurzo. I'd love to see more funk though, that could push this beer over the top.

D: One glass is enough, the ale is a great digestif or before-bedif (if such a thing exists).

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Photo of bmwats
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Cloudy medium brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles pretty quickly. Leaves a little beer ring of carbonation. Beer ring lacing.

S: Malt, yeast, butterscotch, and raisin.

T: Woody malt flavor. Butterscotch, molasses, and a little dark unsweetened chocolate. Sweetness of raisin.

M: Thick and syrupy body. Sweet and malty, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Dry finish and high alcohol profile.

D: Nicely balanced, goes down easy as a sipping brew.

Atmosphere is really solid. Dark cloudy appearance with a decent enough head, and some nice beer ring lacing. Nose is great combination and balance of malt and sweet notes. Flavor is malty and sweet, and a thick syrupy body. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Chalice.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Light brown color. Good lacing, with lots of bubbles rising from bottom of glass.

S. Berries, dark fruit, malt sweetness, caramel, yeast, spices.

T. Caramel, candy sugar, hint of cinnamon, raisins, not much hops, not very complex flavor or taste. Lacking in flavor.

M. Medium bodied, pretty dry. Crisp finish.

D. Easy to drink. I expected more flavor and complexity from the style.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a dark copper with some floaties in it. A nice chunky two finger head forms. Almost looks like a root beer float.

S: Some banana, cloves, yeast. There is also a nice dark fruit aroma and some caramel.

T: Very spicy, the bananas come back. Apples come through in the midpalate. Also get a nutty flavor.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer, wouldn't expect anything else from these two breweries.

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Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DustinSWB
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dwmson1
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Crosling
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, I really like both these breweries, but I was skeptical after first hearing about this beer and for very good reason. Blending two Belgian style beers both called Salvation just seemed a little too convenient to me. It pours light brown, much more similar to the color of RR Salvation. The nose is rather dull, revealing light notions of spice, bubble gum and fruit. On the palate, up front, there is not a lot there. Some muddled fruits toward the mid-palate with some black licorice hints on the extremely short finish.

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Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of thekanna
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice bright orange-brown with a good head.

S: Some citrus fruits, spices, and a general herbal quality.

T/M: Taste is somewhat herbal with a splash of citrus fruits, pear, and apple, capped off with a peppery spiciness and a herbal hop bite. Nice pert quality to the carbonation along with a certain amount of juiciness.

D: Quite a drinkable brew from Avery.

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Photo of twoodward101
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of beerme626
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of carolinabrew
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am having this beer on my 25th birthday. I have had Avery's salvation, but not Russian Rivers; this is a combo of the two.

Poured into my De Garre Snifter.

It has a nice ruby, mostly transparent body, with a creamy off white head. Good lacing.

Nice malty, aroma. Caramel with a touch of acidity.

Fairly malty and sweet for a belgian. A bit off an oaky flavor is apparent. The acidity starts out nice, but as it warms it seems to add a bit of a burnt flavor.

Good carbonation, feels light.

I have been anxious to try a russian river brew; while I have yet to try a true RR, this one was a bit of a disappointment after having Avery's salvation. A nice beer, and definitely worth a try.

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