Collaboration Not Litigation Ale | Avery Brewing Company

Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale
1,631 Ratings
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

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Added by FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007

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Photo of Gww1864
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of DrJoe82
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of TaylorBrake
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of WhiskeeTango
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of ImperialStout
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Mmmkcr
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sipped on draft at Sancho Pistola's happy hour on Wednesday, March 11th 2015. I paid for it with the last few bucks in my purse and it gave me the best sips I had all week. <3

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Photo of Smithjt3
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received a bottle as a gift this past fall, and it couldn't have been a better surprise! Incredibly smooth, and a mild warming effect that is perfect for brisk autumn or early winter.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Batch #2. Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy, fine beige head that fades at a medium pace to a nice coating and lacing.

Funky, fruity, malty nose. Alot of different stylistic notes come together in the smell. Grainy, yeasty corn, mango/papaya tropical fruitiness and malted milk combine for an olfactory overload!

Taste is a Belgian yeast explosion! Brilliant use of bittering and flavoring hops to provide a clean finish to this wonderful concoction. I also get a bit of sugar-toasty sweetness in here. A top notch beer. While the Avery Salvation is good, this beer is great. Makes me want some Russian River stuff even more now.

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Photo of olafphysics
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1whiskey
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A blend of Russian River and Avery's respective "Salvation" ales, one a strong dark and the other a strong pale. Sort of an all-star Belgian black and tan, if you will. Great idea.

22 oz bottle poured into a goblet. It's a hazy bronze color with a reddish highlights around the edge, topped with a brilliant two finger cream head.

Nose is understated but very appealing. Black currant, prune, and figs provide a fruity aroma which is compliment by mild nutmeg and clove.

Taste is understated like the nose, and not overly spicy the way some Belgians are. Unfortunately, I haven't had either beer by itself, but the blending seems to have really smoothed everything out. Not as sweet as the nose suggests, this is actually quite dry with mild spices eventually becoming the most prominent feature. This only hints at banana and clove esters, rather than being dominated by it. Very clean finish with some alcohol warming noticable.

Mouthfeel is great. Millions of tiny bubbles and active carbonation give this the feeling of a a draught beer in a bottle. Lightto medium body. Supreme drinkability. While high gravity Belgians are normally a winter-only indulgence for me, I could easily see myself quaffing this at a summer barbeque.

Highly drinkable and enjoyable beer, I hope to see more collaberations in the future. In the meantime, stock up on this.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Okay, so Avery and Russian River both create a beer named Salvation. Instead of a copyright battle, they decided to blend the two together to form this tasty number.

Pours a brick/rust orange amber with a bit of a haze into my good ole' GuldenDraak chalice. Decent head retention, without sticking to the glass.

Aroma is tart fruit and burnt sugar...maybe burnt honey. I havn't ever burned honey, per se, but I imagine it to be something like this. Very clean and short lasting aroma.

Flavor is all over the place. The sweet seems to hit first, then a tartness. Spicy finish. Good earthy bitterness here, with grape, raisin, prune/plum. If this is indeed a 9%, then they mask it well. No alcohol burn or bite, but it warms you up inside.

Drinkability says 'keep going', but the ABV numbers caught my attention only in the nick of time. As it warms up, the drinkability actually increases, making me not want to reach the bottom of this bottle any time soon.

I have not tried either Salvation, which I now look forward to do side by side to see where each of the two is adding it's characteristics.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle labeled as Bat #2.

A: Pours a cloudy ruby tinted brown with about a finger thick head. The small amount of head that is left after it settles does leave a bit of lacing all the way down. This one would get a 5 if it had better head retention.

S: That classic Belgian yeast smell dominates the aroma. There is also a citrus tone to the aroma as well. I assume its from the hops. There is a sweet smell as well, possibly some sort of dark fruit.

T: The beginning of the taste is dominated by malt. It is a very sweet beginning. The sweetness continues on with a hint of dark fruity tastes. Its mixed in with the classic Belgian yeast taste. There is a bit of hops that helps minimize the sweetness. For me this one has almost a perfect taste.

M: A medium body with an excellent level of in mouth carbonation. There is a lot of character with this one. It is very fun just to run around in the mouth.

D: This one is too drinkable for its own good. I could knock this one back easily bottle after bottle. There is a bit of alcohol warmth, but the rest makes you want to come back early and often.

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Photo of Thollos
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taigor
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Copper color, slightly hazy with huge head that leaves a lot of lacing on the edges.

S - Mostly floral, like you are smelling a bouquet of flowers with some citrus and earthy hints.

T - Very malty and sweet with slight bread and citrus taste.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels more like a juice and not beer.

D - Very good. The high abv cannot be felt at all which makes you crave another glass.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan '07, the label showing both Avery and RR Salvations pouring into a chalice, with the story on the side. Now, I don't thing I've had either Salvation before, so this'll be interesting.

Into a Duvel tulip, pours a darker mahogany with good head of an off-white color, whipped into a froth with a smattering of bubbles about and from below, lacing splashed all upon the glass, quite lovely. The aroma is quite full and rich, fruits and sweet malts abound, lovingly yeasty with a touch of spices, nice.

And it tastes just lovely, covers all the bases of a BSDA with ease. Starts off with an effervescent carbonation giving a strong and hearty push to a clove filled malty introduction, some candied sugars evident, sweets rolling through. As it rounds the corner, the earthy hopping becomes evident with the fruity load, a long finish yielding a collection of everything previous in a round, notably a very sweet, caramel fruity malt, quite lovely.

Now, besides your Black & Tan and such, this is my first of the new mixing fad, and I have to say, whatever ratio they settled upon, it works marvelously.

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Photo of carolinabrew
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of theopholis
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/orange brown pour, with a nice rocky head.

S - Rich smell, there are yeasty Belgium characteristics with a hint of toastiness to it.

Taste- very nice!! An extremely subtle,yet interesting mélange of Malt sweetness. Lots of hints of sweet citrus, Belgian candy sugar, carmalized fruits with a nice hoppy background. This shit is good!

M - Medium high carbonation on a medium body that actually pushes to a full note.

D - very well done

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Photo of nlmartin
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle was purchased at Jungle Jims. The beer is a blend of two different breweries Salvation beer. I like both of these beers individually. Blending the two beers has brought out my favorite components of each beer. I dont think I will ever enjoy the original beers by themselves again. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer has a hazy copper toned mahogany brown coloration. The head was two fingers high with a biege coloration. The head quickly resolves into a scummy film ontop of the beer.

Smell: This beer is indeed a collaboration between the two Salvations. The beer has a very pleasant blending of dark fruityness, earthy funky yeast, bready, cherries.

Taste: The beer starts on a dry yeasty tone. This gives way to sweet malty belgian sugar. The beer has plenty of dark fruit lurking in the background. Lots of spiceyness going on here cinamon, spicey alcohol, something vaguely alkaline. The beer remains pretty dry during consumption. The alcohol doesnt really factor into the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is well into medium bodied. The carbonation breaks this up a bit. The beer is mostly dry with a bit of sweetness to break things up. I was disturbed how fast this beer left my beer glass. The first bottle I shared with my wife. The next day I went out and bought some more. This beer I am reviewing now I am sharing with myself. I am still amazed at how fast the beer is leaving my glass.

This beer captures the best of both of these beers. I was hoping for a bit more funky bret in this beer. Perhaps that would have ruined the blending. I am glad I have a few more of these on hand.

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Photo of rodcom
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer had it on tap tonight at tjeverydays in Paoli PA. Terrific flavor, nice dark color out of the tap, little or no head, almost an oak taste. You would hard pressed to guess it was 9%. I was with 5 other people who all tried it and they agreed a terrific beer.

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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!"


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Photo of BryantForestry
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a glass.

Appearance - Moderately dark brown. Off white head.

Smell - Sweet as fuck. Banana and a bit of sourness.

Taste - Alcohol. Balance. Smooth. Near perfect.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Foamy.

Overall Drinkability - Top notch. Like a cross between a quadrupel and a tripel.

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Photo of rphx88
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-transparent, dark, golden amber with a very thick, fine-bubbled, cream-white head that sticks around a while. Aroma is rich and malty with fruity and yeasty hints. Mouth-filling flavor is very toothsome, mostly malty with some hints of hops and undertones of bananas. Texture is pleasantly smooth, but this beer still goes down with just a little sass.

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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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