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Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.72%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 733 | Ratings: 1,616
Photo of AmishT
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahogany in color. Lucid. Good head with nice retention. Good lacing.

S - Initially, complex dark fruit aromas in the nose. As it warmed, the aroma profile changed dramatically, as yeast aromas were the most prevalent.

T&M - Really enjoyed the complex flavor profile: spicy hops, caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruits all present. I also liked the finish: a little alcohol kick blended with the hops. Very smooth mouthfeel with a very appropriate carbonation level. Full body flavor.

D - Went down very easy for me, thanks to the mouthfeel. Pretty much all there is to say here...a very drinkable beer for the style. Only drawback is the high abv.

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Photo of Bstrickler
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good ale, similar to Pranqster. It's a great sipping brew to end a day with. Sweet flavor with a great nose and mouthfeel. The taste and appearance are typical to many Belgian styles. Would definitely buy in the future and recommend to fellow Belgian ale fans.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from a Batch 3 bottle from 2009 last night.

A-chestnut colored with a thin uneven head

S-dark fruits and fairly sugary and creamy caramel. strong and good scent

T-comes in with a strong taste of dates and prunes. mainly this. there are some small tastes of caramel sugars and other dark fruits. very high quality taste. some chocolate notes. it makes up a good but not long lasting after-taste. its quite complex and rich!

M-smooth medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-oh wow i'm a fan of this. much more so than i expected. i actually enjoy this more than the Russian River Salvation itself. its a great BDSA and does a great job setting itself apart from others. this is so much more than a cute little concoction of the 2 breweries striving to be clever, its an outstanding example of the style. its so smooth and can either be quaffed or sipped for extended enjoyment.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful clear brown with a huge frothy head. Smell was very spicey, grassy and earthy tones with a hint of sweetness. The taste was classic belgian and very nicely done. Fruitness and spices predominate, no hint of alcohol, which at 9%abv is incredible. Really smooth and effortless in drinkability. This is a fantastic brew, way too easy to drink, honestly the easiest 9% I have ever had. This is a must get as it is remarkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sadly I've never tried each of these two on their own, but I'ave had Avery Salvation. This brew was late years better than that brew, anyways appears a murky mahogany amer ruby hued slightly clouded cider like tone as you pour more sediment into the glass. Head forms thick brown nice and smooth velvet texture fine bubbles form nice lacing around the chalice after each sip. Aromatics bring heavy spices with apple cider and raisin complexities. Matched with lactic notes of wild yogurt and thick yeast infused bread notes rolling on. Flavor is refrehsingly tart and creamy with more signature yougurt and lactic notes, pepery and citrus with raisin and caramel sweetness. Solid fruity healhty balance from all aspects more mild spice flavor comes through as it warms, Mouthfeel is a full medium body with even carbonation that comes across the palate with a soft and smooth presence. Drinkability was excellent really effortless to share this with my BA buddy jcdiflorio awhile back, can't wait to try any Russian River brews. By the way thanks to SurlyDuff for this fine offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well here's a winner!

Not unlike my usual self, I poured this beer without knowing what it was. I noted the huge frothy head of yellowish foam and the slightly hazy (I was careful with the pour of the long-standing bottle) amber/copper body. As I raised it to my nose however, my eyes must have popped open wide! Brettanomyces!? How could it be? I had to look at the label. I thought it was a collaboration with Left Hand (even the cross-cut saw at the bottom of the label seems to indicate that...) but then I noticed the bottle of Russian River on the right hand side. I took a sip... heaven!!! And that's why my review starts with the first words that popped into my head... "Well here's a winner"!

After I started writing this I had to read the label, and learned - as you no doubt already know - that it's a blend of Salvation from both breweries. Vinnie's of course stands out, but the rich malt base of Avery's makes it something completely different. I thought of a comparison to the sweetened versions of Flemish Red, but that passed quickly as they're completely different - as is this beer! Another American original? Perhaps.

The nose is not nearly as full and rich as the flavor, and expresses more of the clean, tart and metallic character of the Brett. Some grainy, dusty malt does come through, and there's a light note of clove, some dark fruit, and a mild vinous side.

The flavor is malty, mineralish, sweet (soft light caramel, brown sugar, sugar candy), spicy (lots of clove, some coriander), sweaty, metallic, tangy, fruity (red grape, plum/prune, cherry, fig), hoppy, earthy, straw-like, lightly cheesy, and bitter. The alcohol never shows, and it finishes dry and gently lingering with a mineralish blanket of dull malt and some lingering bitterness and soft clove. It's so complex though without really showing it, and the flavors vary in their placement throughout the glass like a game of musical chairs... which, I guess, actually adds even more to its complexity.

Really unique, and really enjoyable!!! However, I should note that this is one of those beers that you either love or hate. If you're on board for Orval and clovey-phenolic Belgians, then you'll probably go ape-shit for this one. If not, avoid it like the plague (to use another cliche). For me, I'm going to stock up on as much as I can afford right now. A new personal favorite :)

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber picked up at Wine and Beverage Depot. in Totowa.

***Batch Number 2***

Poured this one into a tulip glass. The liquid was a bright orange/red color. There was a small two finger head which lingered throughout the glass, never going away. Smell was spicy and yeasty with a hint of fruit (maybe apricot?) The flavor was peppery, extremely spicy (cloves, cardamom?), fruity- grapes, apricot, peach, raison, prune. Mouthfeel was clean and fresh. I was getting some burning towards the end, but not much detection of the alcohol. I thought this beer was so well done. Great interpretation of the style and an easy drinker.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.


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Photo of ndekke39
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber of this with my good friend kboett77. Poured into a tall, rounded white wine glass. Great retention and decent lacing. It's a cloudy reddish-copper with a thin, off-white head. I can see sediment suspended in the beer. Looks like a fresh apple cider. Smells like one, too. Green apples, burnt sugar, tea, and a very green hops. Very fresh and malty character. Flavors of the cider and tea, plus a slightly biscuity malt. Again, the fruity and malty character. Slight hop bitterness on the middle and back of the tongue. Almost like the bitterness of a very strong tea. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable beer. One the most enjoyable Belgian Strong Darks I've ever had. Glad to see what came of this collaboration, and I look forward to more!

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours a reddish brown hue with a slightly off-white head that only rose up half an inch tall. Minimal amount of laceing and has a hint of cloudiness.

Smell: This has nice raisin and figgy aromas, toasted bread, smells like a little brett. This also has really nice fruit cake aromas and perhaps roasted apple skins. Very pleasant.

Taste: The flavors consist of lots of toasted breads, fruitiness remains here as well. Sweet red apples. Im also getting some Christmasy spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and some all spice. There is a slight alcohol bite throughout the palate but nothing to harsh.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink. With its spritzy mouthfeel I am left to believe that this is high in carbonation . Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Finishes with a slight bubblely finish.

Drinkability: This was a delightful drink indeed. I wish I could get ahold of a few bottles for myself to enjoy over and over, but being the limited release Its just not that easy. So if you can get some of this at your location I would suggest you try this before its no more.


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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Label says Batch #6 Bottled JAN 2012.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a honeycomb-like pattern of surface foam. Full ring of draping lacing.

S- Faint aroma of dark fruit and an even fainter aroma of malt. Trace notes of banana and some spice.

T- The dark fruit is much more vibrant in the flavor. Cherry, honey, blackberry and even some apricot layer on top of notes of rosemary and more banana. There's also a sort of meaty, robust flavor I can't put my finger on. Whatever it is, it's great.

M- Medium carbonation and a bit vapory from the yeast.

O- Quite awesome, but I would expect nothing less from two first-class breweries.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7, bottled February 2014, and sampled in a fluted twelve-ounce tulip.

I expected something much darker–more akin to a deep mahogany-brown dubbel—based on the label art, but was pleasantly surprised by the comparatively lighter red-orange medium brown, which permits appreciation of the high turbidity and thick sediment present even in this relatively young Belgian-style brew.

The nose is crisp, sweet, clean, and whimsical, reflecting the contextual genesis of this ale and hinting at the playful buoyancy of the taste and feel. And, indeed, despite the deliberately heavy use of adjunct sugars (Belgian candy and turbinado), this collaboration is neither overly sweet nor dense nor thick-as-mud, like the territory into which many dubbels (or dubbel-styled ales) inadvertently or unnecessarily wade; instead it's complicated, dammit: light for its type, very balanced, possessed of manifold sweetnesses—as opposed to singular saccharine heft—and even a bit cleanly bitter in its finish, with heavy hints at its hopping and a fine malty cushion for all the straight-up sugars. There's a bit of stone-fruit, and a bit of both wood and grass (and even, perhaps, a note of green peppercorn) in the body of the ale, which—as mentioned—is very moderate for an ale that bills itself "strong" and "dark", but which is much more coy than either its label, side-patter, proof, or designation would suggest.

I should expect anything less from something Avery and Russian River got together on, and their result is just a delicious and difficult to pin down as it should be.

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Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottled February 2008.
Large capped bottle poured into a goblet.

Nice looking dark amber, somewhat hazy brew despite the small, short lasting creamy white head.
Aroma is quite intense, flowing out of the glass as you pour it with a number of unexpected notes including cloves, pepper, cinnamon, tartness, bubblegum and bananas. The fruity notes are quite potent, and add dark fruits to the bananas.
Very nice, creamy mouthfeel, opening to a very nice, if rather unusual combination of tastes including a certain tartness, sweetness, fruitiness and spiciness that is something like a combination of a wheat beer, sour and a belgian dark.
Quite an unusual beer, but after getting used to it, the flavors blend surprisingly well. A worthwhile experience.

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Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice amber color into the glass. a bit over an inch of rich head. good steady carbonation. smells of malts and sweet fruit. flava...ah the flava! tastes wonderful, complex, malts, roasted malts with a nice finish. excellent lacing down the glass. a very nice beer indeed.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Batch #7 bottled in Feb. 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy Belgian style aroma with big hints of sweet dark fruits. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of funk, clove, and peppers. Big fruit aroma with hints of banana, apple, pear, and grapes. Dark fruit hints of plum, raisin, fig, cherry, and prune. Sweet scent of Belgian candied sugar. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, straw, and toast. A little scent of booze comes through. Hops are very light. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, spicy, and sweet Belgian style taste with big notes of dark fruit. Belgian yeast with spicy notes of clove, peppers, funk, and slight cinnamon. Big mix of fruit esters with notes of banana, apples, pear, grapes, and dark cherry. Other dark fruit notes of fig, plum, raisin, and prune. Sweet candied Belgian sugar. Bready toasted malt with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, and straw. Subdued hop presence. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, spicy, and somewhat drying on the finish. A little heat is felt.

Overall: A very good take on a Dark Belgian. Good mix of fruit esters and spices. The two beers are combined very well and avoid becoming a overly sweet mess.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown amber with lots of whitish particles suspended within, no visible carbonation. 4 fingers of light beige creamy head. Great head retention and nice lacing.

S: Sweet fruity cherry candy and Belgian yeasts, caramel, toffee, raisins, dates, Walmart new plastic items scent, floral, very enticing and complex. Leather, new car scent.

T: Fruity, floral, complex, dates, brown sugar, leather, clean linen, smooth, umami, crème brûlée.

M: Thick body, medium carbonation. Chewy and weighty but smooth.

O: Very smooth, very well done brew, complex fruity, floral, very delicious. Unable to find a Russian River brew so far on the east coast, its nice to access it through this collaboration.

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Photo of ski271
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Zeno’s in State College. Dark, cloudy amberish-brown with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that slowly diminishes to a tenacious film. Smell is fairly busy with prune, alcohol, clove, earth, cherry, and a little raisin. The Taste follows suit with it’s flavors. Wonderful, long, sweet finish of prunes and cherries with a nice bit of alcohol warmth. It has a medium body and lightly syrupy texture. Just a little bit cloying, but still I found this to be a fantastic beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of KaptinKrunches
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:The color of the beer is a dark, murky brown. This is due in part to yeast floating around the beer. It has little hold.
Smell:It smells like dark chocolate with a slight fruity smell to it.
Taste:It tastes just like it smells, chocolate. It has a very sweet, subtle chocolate taste even though there is physically no chocolate put into it. It is very malty and is not bitter at all but when you swallow it, there is a slight burning sensation. There is very little/no carbonation.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium mouth feel as it coats your mouth just ever so slightly.
Overall: I overall enjoyed this beer a lot. The chocolate flavor is what made this beer great. This is the first beer that i tried where I can see live yeast which adds aesthetic appeal to it when poured. I can only imagine how much more flavor will come out of it if it was aged even longer.

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Photo of naterock
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Delerium Snifter
Pours a nice clear Brownish-red, small head
S: smells of banana and sugar candy, with a yeasty nose. a hint of alcohol.
T: sweet caramel candy and banana is in the forefront. with a fig undertone. doesn't taste too much of alcohol.
M: nicely carbonated and medium bodied. well balanced but a little light on the hops for a belgian.
D: This is a very nice belgian ale. a nice Collaberation between Russian River and Avery. probably the closest I'll ever get to trying any Russian River beers. very nice

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Photo of JasW
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fans of the BSDAs or quads from Ommegang, Unibroue, and Boulevard -- the North American Holy Trinity of Belgian style ale providers -- will find this ale a treat. Stunningly, Avery gets the style just right -- the yeastiness, the lightly sweet malt, the caramel and clove, the subtle undertone bite, and the sublime mouthpuffery. What negative reviews there are here are clearly from those who do not appreciate the style. For those who do, it is a must-try. If there is a downside here, it's that Avery releases this in limited batches of 22 oz. bombers. A wider release in 4 packs would be more than welcome.

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Photo of Drogon
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Collaberation, since we can't get Russian River in Texas!! Don't know why. But we do get Avery, and I love Belgians. Really similar to the Russian River Belgians like Damnation, but much more flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body is a dark, muddy brown color. On top, there is a huge, tan head that just won't go away. The retention is pretty amazing. Very interesting to look at, the beer beckons me.

There is actually alot of sweet fruit aromas up front, such as bananas and oranges. Spicy too, cloves and coriander are not timid in the least. Lingering in the background is a sort of lemon zest smell.

I mostly tasted sweet bananas in this beer, but found lots of nutty almond flavor too. I was surprised by the lack of bitterness and spice. I thought a lot more of the orange and lemon zest I smelled would develop in the flavor, but that just wasn't the case. It didn't really take anything away though, I was just noting that.

A moderate amount of carbonation stayed in the body, but despite that, it was thick and velvety with a little bit of warmth going on. This stuff is a lot of fun to drink.

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label indicates Batch 8, bottled January 2015 with O.G of 18.6 and ABV of 8.9. Poured from 22oz bomber into goblet.

A: Amber color, medium foam and retention. Leaves behind nice lacing. Carbonation and some sediment visible in glass.

S: Yeast and spice

T: Malt, spice, dark fruit with discrete bitterness.

M: Medium-strong mouthfeel, gets stronger as it warms.

O: Really good... collaboration

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Photo of supercolter
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was quite fantastic in my opinion. Dark in color- nearly brown/purple with sligh head. Lots of dark fruits: plum, grapes and dry malt. The Russian River influence is quite apparent and appreciated. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of rrski198
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lots of bubbles, nice amber color, huge fluffly white merange head. Nice lacing.

S: Lemon, banana, very fruity up front. Fresh malt. Smell is similar to lemon pound cake. Awesome!

T: WOW! Awesome. All sorts of citrus and fruit flavors going on here. Taste follows the nose. THe malt back bone is solid. The alcohol is hidden behind the outstanding balance.

M: Big time carbonation. Smooth. A little thick and the flavor lingers, but its so tasty, its welcome.

D: I could have quite a few of these. Outstanding offering. I will purchase again, if I can.

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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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