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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

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Added by FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007

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Ratings: 1,633 |  Reviews: 736
Photo of sweemzander
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Feb. 2008 Batch #2.

(A)- Pours a cloudy toffee colored amber that produced a good fluffy white colored head that dissipated after a minute or so. Left some bits of webbing here & there.

(S)- Bits of fig & toffee. Sherry-like with bits of vanilla & a serious barnyard funk; there is so much funk that it actually almost smells like a little manure in with the hay. . . dont worry, its not actually a bad thing, just funky as hell.

(T)- Exactly like the smell predicted, only with additional funk, a slight metallic bite, and finishes a tad bitter & dry.

(M)- A decent carbonation level to it that actually could be a tad higher for the style. A tad flabby & thin at this stage, but still good.

(D)- Probably a great beer earlier on in its life, but still decent in its near 2 year aged form. Not too bad. Definitely starting to show its age though.

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Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amazing beer period!

russian river and aver brew co of boulder got together in 04, made batch #1 in '06 and this was batch #3 from FEB 2009

solid appearance and smell, very fruity and has that particular belgium flare to it.

taste is malty with a nice light hop palate that plays second to the belgium notes of the brew


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Photo of greenpumas
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3
Brewed Feb of 09

A: Very beautiful looking Belgian beer. Retention in the head is spot on, and the translucency of this beer coupled with the bits of yeast make for a very inviting brew. It is almost syrupy, and the final pour leaves a layer of deliciousness right underneath the head.

S: Yeast, spice, pear, a little note of alcohol. One really uses both their nose and mouth in unison when enjoying this beverage.

T: Sweet, light yeast. A touch of citrus, and something rather spicey.

MF/D: One hell of a beer. Very light and refreshing for a +/-9%. The bits of yeast leave a lingering reminder of the flavors this belgian strong ale long after each sip.


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Photo of cvfish
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured an orange brown color that produced a nice fluffy, light tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were incredible, nice sweet and tarty fruits, nice spicy notes and caramelized malts round this bad boy (or boys?) out

T - The taste is also nicely done, caramel malts, dark and golden fruits abound, mixing sweet and tarty fruitness in a way that is perfect, finishes with a nice, spicy touch of cloves

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - I wish I could have gotten my hands on both Avery's and Russian River's Salvation Ale, so I could tell what characteristics of each beer are lent to this one, but a blind tasting will have to do

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: light brown color, slightly hazy, small off-white head, not much lacing

S: spicy, dark fruits like raisons/plums. maybe some belgian candi sugar.

T: has spicy flavor to mix with the belgian candi sugar sweetness. the dark fruit flavors also shine.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: decent beer. i'd get it again.

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Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, 2008.

This bottle looks like it's been through a war. Hope it's still good! We had the opportunity to taste this at a tasting led by Adam Avery himself, but I wanted to rate a vintage as Adam said he thinks this improves with age.

A murky brown, cloudy pour fills my glass. Looks like a nice Belgian Dark, almost looks like a quad.

Smells like sweet malt, raisins, yeast, and slight oxidation.

Taste is awesome. WOW! Such depth, a perfect flavor peak brings a rush of raisin bread. Nice caramel malts, dark malts, and cloves. Finishes an Earthly mix of malt and hops. Nice ride for sure!

Mouthfeel is great. Not too carbed, perfect visco.

Drinkability is superior to many others out there. This is a great beer, so much going on. Happy to have had the chance!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, cider brown with a frothy, yet quickly diminishing khaki colored head. Good retention. The smell reminds me of a barrel aged American Wild Ale... yeasty, slightly sweet light fruit, hints of dark fruit. Taste is pretty different from the smell... bready malts, almost a brown ale in quality. Light and dark fruits mix - pear, apple, raisin and plum. Mellowed yeast impact. Body is medium, slightly undercarbonated at this time, still smooth, but would prefer prickly. An interesting beer that trues to be too many things at once, plus the 2 years on it may have impacted it negatively.

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Photo of CHickman
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 3: Poured a hazy reddish brown amber in color with a 1/2 inch creamy/foamy tan head; smells like a barleywine with sweet malt, fruit (apple, grape or pear...or all of them?), yeast, some light spices and light floral hops. Decent lacing that sticks to the glass for a little while.

Tastes sweet up front, with malt, sugar and fruit (plum or raisin???) starting out, followed by floral hops, light spices, caramel, some sour apple; the taste at the end shifts, with grains, yeast, bread, some floral hops and a slight hop bitterness that tails off slick leaving a taste of vanilla and grass, yet it ends on the dry side. Medium to high carbonation; the more I dink this beer the more I feel the body changes from slick to creamy, high carbonation to medium carbonation, seems like this brew morphs with each sip, which I'm enjoying. Nice feel on the tongue, and overall a nice flavor complexity that also seems to change with each sip. The alcohol comes on and you can feel it and taste it a little as you make your way through this bomber.

A nice homage to the strong Belgian ales, this brew is a nice mix from two brewers and a fine beer that I would definitely have again. I look forward to trying the other collaborations as I very much enjoyed this beer and it's sweet complex flavors!

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Photo of lenin2040
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: glowing dark amber, not much head, and some visible sediment
S: crisp floral, slight apple cider, shortbread, butter
T: very mellow tangy sweetness starts off the bat and then stays throughout, booze creeps in at the end, and then quickly switches to a clean hop bitterness that linger pleasantly along with the esters. big time cinnamon and allspice
M: medium bodied, carries the flavor through
D: split the bottle with my lady, and while this was good enough that i might come back (or try to get both salvations and then do the trio with a cheese plate!) we're switching over to sophie...

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

Jan. 2007 bottle

Beautiful reddish wood/amber color with a creamy cap that continually reappears when swirled. Intriguing aroma of pears, tart cherries, sweet malt, Belgian yeast spiciness, and alcohol. This beer smells huge...and delicious.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, with tart apples taking the lead. Caramelly malt sweetness, spices, noticeable hop bitterness, and so much more. Complex in a great way. So many flavors are artfully melded together that I am having trouble discerning them, much less articulating them here.

Medium-bodied with some alcohol slickness and perfect carbonation (probably a result of three years in the bottle). A very unique beer that almost defies categorization.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a great looking hazy golden brown color. Looks a lot like my most recent homebrew. The head on it is an off white color but not quite mocha or even a tint of brown really. More of a thick creamy eggshell off white color. Great retention and lacing. This beer doesn't let down in the looks department.
S= sweet chocolaty and fruity all at the same time. Interesting to say the least. Definitely some dark malt notes in it with the chocolate and coffee notes. Really smells like a great brown ale in that regard. Then some fruityness comes into it. Some apple and pear notes and the typical estery belgian yeast notes. Really quite the blend of american malts and belgian yeast in my opinion.
T= Again a great blend of american malt and belgian yeast. I really can't even begin to decipher the flavors that I experience on the first couple sips. The sweet malts are great with less coffee and chocolate malts and more of a caramelly toffee like malt flavor. I can detect some hops deeper in there I think which is odd because I'm not sure how old this bottle is but I don't think it was brewed recently but I definitely think there are some hops in it. The belgian yeast is awesome with some fruity estery notes but not nearly as much as I thought there would be when I smelled it. It has a little bit of a warming effect in my belly but no alcohol in the mouth. Awesome taste.
M= Really smooth and creamy almost. A nice dry finish and as I mentioned before there is a nice warming effect in my belly.
D= Really a solid collab. This is as close to Russian River beers that I'll get in MN and it delivers quite well. I actually think I can taste characteristics of both brewerys in the beer. Very cool beer by some very cool guys. Worth checking out.

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Photo of roblowther
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Love the story on this one. Its making me thirsty. That, and these pretzels.
Looks like a quad. Red tinted caramel with thin creamy head and a serious lace
Smells oaky, caramel (a motif already), and a hint of rosy hops.
Tastes...honestly, my first thought was "freakin delicious".
Again, oak, drier than it smells, pleasantly chalky.
Citrus up front and light hops in back. Not complex but what it does it does very well!
Feels sticky and a good carbonation balance.
Good drinkability but there's something about it that's changing
My initial thought to run out and find all I can.
Good, balanced, but just a hint too floral
All in all, a great idea and a great brew!

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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 Ek0nomik
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: Brennans (Madison, WI)

Appearance: Pours a clear dark copper color with a tint of orange. Two fingers of head sit on top, but it's receding quickly. The head never completely disappears, there's still a thin layer of cream colored head sitting on the top of the beer. The slight effervescent is keeping the head alive. After giving the beer a few swirls the lacing shows itself. It's rather thin, a few streaks shining from top to bottom, but mostly a few small spots covering the side of the glass.

Smell: A little alcohol is shining through on the nose, perhaps that's not a good sign that I picked that up right away. Some fruit makes its appearance as well. It's dark fruit, plums and cherries, sitting in a little bit of cocoa.

Taste: Unlike the nose, the alcohol doesn't show itself on the palate. There's some caramel a dash of dark roasted malt supporting the flavor in the background. It seems like there's a little dash of brett character in the beer as well. The palate is a mixture of fruit, including plums, cherries and raspberries; there's also some clove spice showing itself. Finally a bit of hop bitterness and hop earthiness shows itself.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with a medium to high level of carbonation. The carbonation is on par with the style.

Drinkability: Sitting at 9% ABV, it's been a tough one to drink on a weekday. I probably should have cracked this bottle open a little sooner. It's an enjoyable beer, but I don't think I'll pick it up again. Perhaps the style isn't to my liking.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy, softly glowing peachy tea-like brown. Looks a bit like FFF Behemoth to me, but that really only helps me not those of you who might actually be reading this. So I'll break it down this way: brown with grapefruit mixed together. Also there is a triangle shape in the head of my beer which is pretty cool. Plus the thick curtains of Belgian lace and thick head are pretty cool as well.

S: Thick, syrupy and fruity sweetness blasts out of the glass, peaches, figs, honey that rein themselves in a bit after the first power punch of aroma.

T/MF: Seems to have taken on a slightly tart character after nearly a year on the shelf. Lots of nice spicy and sweet characteristics playing back and forth with each other both hard to place my finger on in terms of particular tastes. It just tastes like a Belgian but with some distinctly American touches in terms of what seem to now be muted citrus flavors that play in concert with the herbal/spicy aspects of this beer.

D: Pretty good offering, solid and tasty with a fair amount of complexity that stacks up pretty well to some of the other good BSDA out there.

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Photo of Travlr
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 bottle shared with JP, Adam, and Darrell.
Aroma was of freshly baked bread.
Appearance was muddy light brown with a large light tan head and moderate lacing.
Flavor had hints of nutmeg, a hefty amount of malt and pretty decent sourness.
Overall a likeable beer.

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Photo of drtacks37
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #3 (Bottled Feb. 2009)

Very pleasing aroma, smells creamy and rich. Medium Brown coloring with a ton of particles floating in it. Light, creamy head. Low hop flavor, very rich, creamy flavor with hints of citrus. Slight alcohol burn. Aroma and flavor stay in your nose, making you crave another sip. Damn fine beer!

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled Feb. 2009 Batch #3

Pours 2 finger creamy head that receeds to a solid one finger white head, just from the setteling its leaving really beautiful lacing. Golden-amber with lighter orangish hues shading the outsides of the glass. some yeast suspended.

strong somewhat alcoholic tart fruitiness with nice hoppiness.

Nice mouthfeel. and overall a really enjoyable ale.

Wouldn't mind trying the other batches.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 2 from 2008
A-Nice light brown/copper color. Nice frothy head with some nice lace left behind.
S-Nice caramel/vanilla malt with a nice Belgian bready yeast. Definate malt and Belgian scents.
T-Malt off the bat, with a doughy yeast component that lasts in your mouth. Definate vanilla/caramel flavors coming through, almost like a fresh hot soft doughnut. Not much else though.
M-pretty good, could be better, maybe needs some more aging.
D-Nice but I don't know if I can finish a bomber of this stuff, one glass was nice though.

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

Collaboration Not Litigation, by Avery Brewing of Boulder, Colorado, is a Belgian style ale supposedly the product of combining the best qualities two different brews from two different breweries. It has a cloudy, relatively dark, golden-brown color consistent with an unfiltered ale, a sweet, malty nose, and good lace. I thought it had a traditional Belgian style ale flavor with a nice, slightly bitter follow through. Not bad but I'm not a big fan of some of the Belgian ales so give it a try for yourself.

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

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Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 bomber.

Pours a hazy caramel brown that shows a bright orange when held up to light. The head is tight and creamy, leaving spotty lacing along the sides.

The aroma is very sweet with tons of candi sugar and dark fruit, especially raisins. There is also a toasted bread malt present mixed with some caramel and vanilla.

The taste is sweet as well with a sugary fruit presence up front which gives way to the big caramel malt backbone. The finish is sticky with some vanilla and even some spices.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and slightly slick, coating the tongue with the sugary flavors. All in all, it's a decent Belgian style ale but not one I would go back to again.

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Photo of bminor7
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Westmere Beverage in Albany NY. Bottled 2/2009, batch #3.

A - murky mud puddle brown. 1 finger foam settles to thin lacing on surface and sides of the glass.

S - raisins, figs, bready malt, caramel, a little alcohol, green apple. very pleasant - rich and savory, yet with light, tripel-like notes.

T - tastes like a somewhat-less-complex collaboration of La Fin du Monde and Ommegang Abbey Ale. i'd honestly have thought that's what this was a mix of if i didnt know better. roasty up front, with orange, banana. candi sugar in aftertaste. alcohol is hidden well.

M - good for the style, though i can't say i've ever had something that tasted like this (unfortunate consequence of the 'strong dark ale' catchall). medium body and carbonation is too crisp, but not irritating.

D - for me, low. not a fault of any particular characteristic other than the taste. one time only for this beer for me.

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Photo of philipt
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unexpected, great find at a local gas station....yes, a gas station...

Pleasant copper with a admirable off white head and appreciable lacing. Aroma of malt, dark fruits, and clove.

A quite complex flavor. Malty with some subtle fruitiness. Quite spicy which balances the sweetness nicely.

Best Avery beer I've tried.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a decent amount of sediment which hurt my opinion of it but I am leaving an unbiased review of the beer as if it had none. Just thought potential buyers would like to know. Average IMO. The Avery Salvation was much better. Off flavor somewhere in this bottle. Dark raisin and prune juice. Red apple and fig jam. Silky,foamy and dry texture. Wasn't bad but I won't buy it again.

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

This is from the first batch, I believe; Jan 2007. Poured into my basic snifter glass. The ale appears a hazed amber brown color with about an inch of creamy light ecru foam. Nice head retention with minimal lacing. Nose and flavors are of caramel, raisins, plums, brown sugar, molasses, sweet bread, yeast, ripe pears, dates, bananas. Approaching full bodied with ample carbonation. Wish I had another bottle of this vintage to try again in a year or two.

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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,633 ratings