Collaboration Not Litigation Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.72%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,631
Reviews:
736
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
244
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good Belgian strong with pleasing wine-like tannins and a bit on the tart cherry side. Not for the novice as much as one who appreciates the above. Dark reddish brown and yeast and wine-like aromas. Medium mouthfeel. Very quaffable. One of the best Avery products.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a opaque dark iced tea color with a 1/2 inch tan head to a small cap. Quickly fading lace rings form.

S - Smells of earthy spices, dark fruits, and yeast.

T - Dark fruits, bitter yeast, and dark brown sugar.

M - Good carbonation but creamy in the mouth. There is a pronounced bitter/acidic quality present.

D - Good beer with a weird bitterness to it. I like the idea of mixing brews from different companies after each brew has been made (as opposed to a single brew that is made using ideas from different companies like the Stone collabs).

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not as good as i wanted it to be, but still exciting. batch number 6. poured a quad looking red brown color with a modest off white head into a la trappe goblet. smells belgian yeasty, and like a less sweet salvation from avery. i think the russian river salvation is much darker and potent, almost dominating in this blend. flavor is belgian candy sugar, molasses, caramel malts, dried fruit, and yeast yeast yeast. feel is nice, smooth and bright, strong and easy down. i like this beer a lot, i like it as much for the idea as for the final product, and in fact, i wasnt that impressed with this, but i support the concept fully. they should team up and do a big stout...

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was split between a few people at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. The pour was a dark brown, and had a quick fading fizzy tan head on it. The smell of the beer was yeasty and had a light nutty aroma and some sweetness to it. The taste of the beer was rich with dark fruit and brown sugar, there is some nice yeasty flavors also. The mouthfeel was a little on the thinner side, has some little bubbles on the tongue. Overall this beer was just above average. Nothing too fantastic here.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read about this on the Avery website a while back and I thought it was really neat idea but I never thought Id get to try one. I tried it out of a 22 oz bottle and poured into a pint glass.

It was darker than I expected it to be considering that the Avery Salvation was a golden color. It was kind of a coppery color and had a thick creamy head.

It smelled sweet and a bit fruity. It tasted about the same. The only difference being some of the darker malts came out in the flavor. It tasted good but not quite as spectacular as the Avery website would have us believe.

Mouthfeel was typical for a belgian beer, not too heavy not too light. Very drinkable beer, quite smooth. Would like to have more of this to get me through the hot days ahead.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off-white head that quickly faded away, leaving only some delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruit, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness with hints of brown sugar and caramel while the finish has some notes of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish and hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer is quite drinkable for the style because it’s a bit lighter in body and doesn’t have as much alcohol content, although it does match up quite well with other Belgian Strong Dark Ales when it comes to taste and aroma.

Note: Batch #5, Bottled in January 2011

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If the Belgians can blend lambics, then why can't we blend Dark Ales. The result is a wonderful beer, chalked full of sweetness, tartness, spiciness, and character. The results are very common to the Avery Salvation, but with a sweeter, mellower, less-bitey, lower-strength brew. Well concocted and well matured. Since I have never tried Russian River's Salvation, I don't know how they compare. The beer starts off with a deep mohogany hue, slight of opaque. Well headed and carbonated, with no suprises. Spicy-sweet, earthy, and estery aromas, as most good Belgian Darks. Tastes are heavy on the malts, showing figs, dates, apples, berries, grapes, and light molassas. The feel is full and rich, without becomming cloying or chewey. Light astringency and residual sweetness lingers in the mouth, due to lighter hopping rates. A terrific brew, expecially for the price. This combination makes Black-'n-Tans look silly.

Thanks Pwoody! (04/09/10)

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, February 2008.

This beer pours a cloudy dishwater brown colour, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves a small ring of lace in its wake. It smells of candy malt, raisins, a bit of yeast, and alcohol. The taste is sweet caramel malt, some light spicy yeast, and earthy hops. The carbonation is low, the body fairly light, smooth, and creamy, and it finishes with an increasing amount of drying spicy hops.

A fantastic, heart-warming American story, resulting in a pretty good, and drinkable, analogue to the Belgian greats.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Batch number 5 with 8.91% ABV.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice slight cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention - especially for the abv. Colour is a dark caramel-copper.

Sm: Caramel, heavy candied sugar, and biscuity yeast. The candy sugar dominates. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant candied sugar with biscuity yeast. No caramel comes through. Fairly complex, and nicely balanced. For a beer blend, this is pretty impressive fare. I'd like to try it on draught.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not too thick. Suits the flavour.

Dr: Though too simple to warrant purchasing again, I enjoyed this beer as a blend of two brewery's beers. I consider it a successful experiment. It's very drinkable for the ABV. Worth a try for hardcore fans of either brewery (I consider myself a pretty serious Russian River fan), but I don't think serious fans of the style will be impressed.

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01.22.15: Second (brief) impressions from a Jan 2015 bottle. Batch #8. 8.9%.

A: Head disappears within 10 seconds, leaving no lacing. Body colour is a dark amber of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks alright for a Belgian style ale.

Sm: Birch sugar, caramel, ample sweetness, syrup, candi sugar, turbinado sugar, pale and amber malts. There's a hint of fruit.

Might be too sweet.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Sweet, with plenty of birch sugar and turbinado sugar. Slightly imbalanced.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, moderate thickness. Slightly overcarbonated.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable.

High C+

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown, with a skim of foam.

Not too aromatic, some spent grain and barely a citrus note. Thankfully not as phenolic as other Avery ales.

Taste is overripe grapefruit, cereal grain, earthy malt, a hint of Brett without much tartness at all. Interesting for a US brew. Mouthfeel is a little overdone, thick almost, a little cloying at first, but dries out in a bittersweet way. Evident spicing, grain of paradise/coriander seem to be present. Earthy note is reminiscient of Fantome's darker offerings.

I'll need help finishing this bomber...
Tasting Avery Salvation prior to this, I was skeptical, but eager to try the RR component so I bought it. Better than Avery's but one try is enough in my opinion.

Edit: Cellared Jan. '07 bottle consumed Nov. '08
Creamy tan head, dried orange peel nose. Body is creamy and smooth, no alcohol presence. Spicy citrus and chocolate flavors. Very earthy, nearly soil notes in the aftertaste, dry,chalky, herbal.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet with a murky foam covering the surface of the ale; some lacing

Smell: Caramel; some sour yeasty notes; some rum-soaked raisings and a whiff of alcohol

Taste: Starts with a complex caramel flavor, with hints of coriander, tobacco and prune entering by mid-palate; after the swallow; the bitter and peppery elements grow considerably into the finish; along with the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with lively carbonation

Drinkability: I prefer the RR to the Avery and I notice that this beer starts out like the RR but the Avery elements become more apparent after the swallow; letting this beer age a year or two tones down the bitterness and makes it a superior BSDA, in my opinion

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2. 22oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A - Poured out a burgandy color with hints of orange. It had a foamy, small, off-white head that left trails of lace on the glass.

S - Smelled strongly of sweet malts. Also, dried fruit aromas (raisin & cherry). Some subtle floral notes, too.

T - This was very well balanced between sweet malt flavors and spiciness. A raisin or pear-like flavor came through. Spiciness seemed to increase as the beer warmed.

M - This was smooth and a little chewy. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is such an interesting concept and it works quite well.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Demcorhip: Poured a cloudy deep copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet malt and medium funky yeast is pretty interesting. Taste of sweet malt is mix with some subtle sour notes and some light funky yeast. Body is quite full with some adequate carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall, this seems like a good concept but I still think I would prefer having my own bottle of RR salvation instead of this.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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