Collaboration Not Litigation Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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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: 1,632 |  Reviews: 736
Photo of popery
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having heard the back story on this beer, I was quite curious to try it. I can't say that it wowed me, but it's an interesting combination of styles from two distinctive and excellent breweries. Ultimately, my opinion is simply that each brewery does a better job on their own than in collaboration. This beer pours a lighter than expected though still quite dark golden brown color. The aroma is of nectarines and earthy yeast. The flavor is quite fruity but doesn't pack enough depth for me to really enjoy it. The caramel malt character is good as is the blending of yeast flavors. The flavors just come out a bit too close to a bubblegummy weizenbock for my taste in Belgian ales. The feel is strong and drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy light amber body with a fairly creamy white head with great lacing.
S: Smells almost like I'm on a farm, like animal feed. A lot of barley, malt, and cream.
T: Mainly the malt and the creaminess come through. Not what I've tasted in a strong dark before, but great.
M: Smooth; just the right texture and level of carbonation.
D: Fairly sweet from the predominance of malts but not at all a noticeable correlative alcohol taste.

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

Cloudy brown in color with a rocky off-white/tan head. Laces somewhat well.

Raisins, musty grains, caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of bread.

Bread starts to take over the flavors, with raisins/dates close in tow. There's some muddled sugar flavors in there, and there's almost a buttery flavor.. finished off by some alcohol bite.

Fairly thick on the tongue with a load of carbonation, even with an aggressive pour.

I like this better than the version I tried last year. Last year's was too yeasty and unrefined, whereas this one seems to have a few flavors coming forward. The alcohol bite takes away from drinkability, but overall its fairly palatable.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle marked batch 2 bottle febuary 2008 into a Goblet

Pours a very deep copper with about a 1 finger head and a ton of floaters, great looking beer

smells of lightly burtn toast and yeast with some strong malt qualities as well as some very floral hops

Bittersweet is the best way to describe the flavor has alot of malt sweetness with hop bitterness that balnce one another quite well. Undertones of strong belgian yeast and cherries. Very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky medium bodied but very full flavor

Easy to drink and I actually wish i would have grabbed a couple while they were on sale for 4.49 a 750. I could have more than one of these easy in a sitting

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Photo of malcontent
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly hazy mahogany body is topped with only the most fleeting of head. Lacing is OK.

Rich, bready nose bursting with brandy, raisin, prune, alcohol and pumpernickel.

Belgian Strong Dark meets Dubbel. Loads of apple skin, brown sugar, rye bread, butter, nutmeg and dried apricot. Awfully tasty.

Odd, because the mouthfeel is really much thinner than it should be with makes the carbonation seem overactive (it's not). Strangely, this actually ups the drinkability by quite a bit. Like this beer so much more than I remember!

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Photo of bum732
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy brown, lots of floaties, decent head that dissipates. Smells of bready malt, some chocolate, wine like fruit, some spiciness, . Tastes like a struggle between some fruitiness and some chocolate maltiness, dark maltiness wins. Some molasses and No spiciness that is traditional to belgians, not much bitterness finishing very mellow and earthy. Just a touch of spice and alcohol at the end.

An interesting mix, not quite sure it works. I feel like the taste falls flat, not enough spiciness or fruitiness to cut through the heavy chocolate and dark malt feel. Too bad.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. The label lists a bottling date of February 2008 and an abv of 8.72%. Also this is batch number 2.

Appearance: Creamy off-white head. Hazy amber brown colored body. Carbonation drops off fairly early.

Smell: Very heavy aroma. Prunes and bananas.

Taste: Prunes and bananas present in the taste as well. Has a little bit of citric acidity on the tongue for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue. Thicker feel but better carbonation would be nice.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an apricot color with a thick beige head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves a nice ring of lace around my glass. I also notice small bits of tan sediment suspended in my glass.

Smell: Sweet and a little spicy on the nose. I get white grape, brown sugar, raisins, and plums. Has a light tartness to it. Nothink overpowering or amazing about it though.

Taste: Has a very peppery start to it which is followed by the sweetness of the raisins and plums. I also can taste a bit of citrus like mandarin oranges.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is not as pronounced as I was expecting after having several other beers by Avery. Overall a good beer but nothing special or outstanding for the style.

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Photo of packetknife
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Garnet like color again with a bit more red than I expected and a near-white head that faded quickly and laced cleanly. Quite malty, spicy, and decent yeast on the nose. I'm not picking up any hops on the nose at all. The taste is about the same with some clove present and the missing hops. Good carbonation and body. The finish was ever-so-slightly harsh which makes it only average drinkable.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Clark Street Ale House. Served in a tulip glass, the beer is a hazy bronze with a beige head.

Pleasantly surprised by the amount of hops in the nose. Also lots of spices and malt.

The taste is nicely sour with spices, and a hint of tootsie roll. The malts add some bready notes. Sweetens later.

The mouth is thickish which I liked. Not a session beer for me, but a very tasty treat.

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Photo of grayburn
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to get to sample at least a little bit of the Russian River influence, I may not be able to buy Pliny or Consecration, but I can get this damnit.

Pours a nice dark copper with a big off-white cap that lasts and laces quite nicely.

The smell and taste are both dominated by some yeasty fruitiness, caramel and toasted raisin notes are evident as well in the long lasting finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I was expecting, but it really did a nice job of bringing everything together, very nice beer that drinks well.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
Bottled Feb 2009

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is great! It is slightly tart and a little fruity with a lot of sweet malt and spices and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of sweet malt and spices (clove and coriander), dark fruits, some earthy hops and some alcohol in the finish.This is some good stuff here!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not a session beer by any means, but a nice sipper. This is a very tasty beer from two great breweries, I love it! Recommended!

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Photo of Tone
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark maize color. Sediment is apparent. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of coriander, pear, yeast, tart malt, alcohol, hops, slight pine, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight alcohol, coriander, yeast, tart malt, slight hops, and some pear. Overall, a stronger brew that isn't too tart, but well blended and good body. I highly recommend this brew.

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

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy but kind of metallic with flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar caramel and chocolate up front. A decent Belgian yeast breadiness follows quickly along with a mild hops presence to provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I was expecting a little bit more out of this beer but it's still a solid Belgian to drink for a while.

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Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle was from Batch #3. Poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A: Slightly hazy amber. Active carbonation from small bubbles. A dense cream head starts out small, but has very good retention. It sticks around as a thin cushion atop the beer all the way down the glass. Nice lace is left behind.

S: Heavy on the cloves. A lot of pine is there as well. A pleasant combination of grapes and alcohol sits in the background.

T: Vinous out front. Grape and pepper give this beer a very wine-like quality initially. That quality is quickly eclipsed by a clove, coriander and pine bitterness. Bringing up the rear is a pronounced alcohol warmth that gives the beer an extra bite. Finishes with lingering grape and clove flavors.

M: Medium body makes the beer feel less strong than it is. The carbonation could stand being turned down a notch or two.

D: This was a good choice for review number 450. The high strength makes this a very fine nightcap beer. The piny hops seem a little outside of this style, but this is still a solid offering. I'm quite happy I picked this one up.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had batch 1 a couple years ago and remember liking it but didn't remember anything about it. So this beer was like finding that 5 dollar bill in your pocket you didn't know was there.

This beer falls into the budweiser goblet glass with a reddish/amber cloudy hue with a big head. Like Tawny Kitean back in her glory days on the jaguar...

Smells like...I have a blocked nose so I cant say with accuracy, but smells of candied/carmalized sugar. Like the girl from Warrants Cherry Pie.

Taste? Bready, malty, sweet, candied yams, some hops, very smooth. More complexity than the girls from those Robert Palmer videos.

Great mouthfeel, really love this beer. Excellent blending of both styles. Like in Ratt's Round and Round Video where the high class society is having dinner and Ratt is upstairs playing rock music. Classic 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 whoneeds8
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3. Poured into a Westmalle glass maple brown with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Smell has belgian yeast smell, and so does the taste. There's a slight hop bite up front that mellows into orange hints and then malted sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little high in carbonation for this style, which is suprising the way the head disappeared so fast. Overall, this is a nice "mixed" beer. I might buy another and let it age.

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Photo of mntlover
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish copper color with thumb sized cream colored head. Head only reaches thumb size and only leaves sparce lace behind.

Aroma is nice malty, brown sugars fruits raisins and plums. As it warms light tartness or funk begins to emerge along with hints of cherries.

Taste is like aroma its malty not as much sugar as in the nose actually lightly dry. Light fruit notes are present also along with funk that emerges. Some light cherry also in the mix. Decent flavor but not really true to style per say.

Mouthfeel is medium nice mellow carbonation smooth easy drinking beer.

Drinkability is good not something i would buy on regular basis but defiantly worth a try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I paid $6.99 for the 22oz bottle.

Batch #3 bottled Feb 2009

This pours a hazy reddish brown with a 2 finger head of foam. There's some nice sticky lacing.

The smell is fruity and sweet and yeasty and spicy. A nice aroma that I just noticed has a touch of a funk smell to it.

The taste follows the nose. Its starts off with a yeasty taste with a buttload of pepper and some clove followed by candy sugar sweetness, some light tropical fruit and a pronounced belgian like hop bitterness near and through the finish. The foam is sticking around and the beer loks to be much brighter and more clear than when I first poured it.

I'm about halfway through and I'm digging the flavours. Not too much evidence of the alcohol...just a wee bit of warming after the swallow.

It has a good medium mouthfeel with about medium carbonation and goes down very smooth almost creamy.

Drinkability? For me, it's excellent. Tasty, smooth drinking, great mouthfeel and alcohol nonintrusive, that makes for a damn good session of a very nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thick but rapidly dissipating head. A good whiff of banana, lemon zest and clove on the nose. Sweet malt definitely takes the lead with molasses and toffee flavors up front with a bit of citrus hanging out in the background. Sweetness generally stays on your tongue for a while, but it's rounded out nicely with a touch of hop bitterness and alcohol on the finish. Sweet enough to stand up to more briny shellfish (mussels / oysters) but would probably overwhelm lighter seafood. Definitely a collaboration worth trying. Going to take a crack at aging this and seeing what happens, but it tastes pretty darn good fresh.

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Photo of briman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium color. Large off-white head, with excellent retention.

Rich, malty sweet aroma, peppery with some dark fruit elements. Little bit of alcohol lingering in the background.

Flavor follows right along with big malt, dark fruts, and peppery spices. No bitterness.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Slightly thick, and chewy. Overall smooth, but certainly malt dominant. Alcohol warming is evident, but alcohol is otherwise hidden well. Enjoyable, but probably only good for one in a sitting.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 2 finger off white head. Body is copper brown in color and cloudy. Head retention is good and lacing is above average.

Smell is of some spice, mostly coriander. Fruity belgium yeast is also present. There is light malt aromas but no hops.

Taste is sweet, some citrus, reminds me of the flavor of canned mandarin oranges. There is also lightly roasted malts in the after taste and the alcohol is hidden nicely

Mouth feel is slightly over carbonated but the medium body and slightly creamy head makes up for it

Over all it is a very good, highly drinkable beer. Fruity yeast and roasted malt are a very good combo. Recommend everyone to have it on their Wants list

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Photo of JAA
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This will probably be the only product of Russian River we see in Florida for quite some time. So i'm happy to drink up.

Pours a very cloudy and yeasty light brownish red. A huge fluffy head built up rather easily. I did use the wrong glassware, shame on me.

Tastes a bit on the sweet side, those sugars need to calm down. Raisin and dark fruits overpower just about everything. Slightly spicy, cinnamon and a little clove. Alcohol is perceived but not offensive.

Average mouthfeel for a Belgian style ale. Yeasty and moderately smooth.

This brew could probably stand to be cellared for a year, to let the alcohol and sugars calm down a bit. It is however, a decently drinkable beer in its current state.

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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,632 ratings
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