Avery / Russian River - Collaboration Not Litigation Ale
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Avery / Russian River - Collaboration Not Litigation AleAvery / Russian River - Collaboration Not Litigation Ale
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #74
Ranked #9,930
3.93 | pDev: 10.18%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Avery / Russian River - Collaboration Not Litigation AleAvery / Russian River - Collaboration Not Litigation Ale
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Reviews: 739 | Ratings: 1,643
Photo of Ego
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

perfect little micro-bubbles of head stacked up and in file, good carbonation, retention is excellent, glowing brown in hue, slightly hazy.. good looking stuff.

yeasty and musty, some foreign chocolate sweetness, a hint of dark fruits, not much but nice none the less

taste etc...
this is yeasty to the hizzie and bready to the heady, the carbonation is strange, part of it is velvety and part is a bit more prickly, it drinks rather easy for the ABV, this beer has a little bit of everything belgian... yeast, some bitterness, some dark fruit tone, some tripel-esque sweetness, it is less brash than many SDAs but has the character to stand up and make you take notice. this leaves the mouth wanting more.

really interesting beer, definitely check it out, I want to put some age on this one to see where it goes. went well with a mixed plate of mild cheese.

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Photo of 1whiskey
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
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 belgbeerdrinker
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: reddish brown color, good head with decent retention & lace, some carbonation in middle of glass
s: mmm...nice malty, sweet bread smell
t: sweet up-front, then some spices & balanced finish
m: full body, nice carbonation, smooth to drink
d: very nice surpise, especially considering avery salvation wasn't too memorable when i tried it in the past (makes me want to try it again to re-visit the palate). very smooth, good belgian interpretation by 2 brewers -- maybe there should be more microbrew collaborations.

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Photo of mmcave
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pint 6 oz
Bottle states: OG 1.079
Bottled Jan. 2007

Found at Sam’s as usual, lightly chilled and poured into watou goblet. I might have only noticed this, because of reading about the beer, but on the pour it looked exactly like the mixture of a dark Belgian and a light Belgian ale ( which is what it is). The body is reddish amber on the edge of being slightly burgundy brown. Its slightly hazy, but I can see through it, some what. The head is slightly off white it fades and is little more than a centimeter off the surface. Smell up front is spicy, yeasty, hints of coriander well blended esters hints of juicy pear, banana, plum, and dark fruit esters, its really complex and enticing. The taste is slightly crisp and has both the aspects of invigoration and satisfaction. There are some sweet elements that make this very satisfying and then some tartness/ acidity that makes me pucker and salivate. Not knowing exactly what either beer originally tasted like, I am very excited by the idea of the blend. I get lots of elements of specific good Belgian strong pale and dark ale. Wonderfully tasty beer, totally phenomenal idea implemented by two giants of beer. Get it while it lasts I know I’m gonna get more tomorrow.
P.S. damn it I want to go on that trip with them.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours leaving a thick off white head over a half-inch and it holds well. The beer is a chocolate amber color that that is barely tranlucent with some decent clarity. Spiced aroma of corainder and yeasts, seeming very "authentically Belgian". The first sip starts out very tangy with lots of dark fruit, and then quickly changes to a strong nutty finish. At first the finish tastes like peanut butter, and its very dry, but after a few more sips I realize there is a bit of DMS flavor there perhaps, although this is only a minor distraction. Thankfully, the alcohol is not too overpowering. I enjoyed the full, silky mouthfeel of this beer. Plenty of foamy carbonation. This beer is good, but will probably seem a bit overhyped being partially from Russian River and all. Worth getting a bomber or two, and if you like it get some more...

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Photo of gonzo138
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear brownish red color with a big frothy head that both retains and laces nicely, great looking stream of carbonation eminating from the center of the glass

S- smells of sweet malts, a little fruit sweetness present as well, also corriander spiciness, little bit of that bannana hefe smell there as well

T- malty sweetness at first, then followed by the usual varieties of belgian spiciness plus the bananna hefe taste, and a nice little citrusy hop flavor at the finish

M- full body, very carbonated, almost too much so

D- a good beer with a great concept behind it, I would love to see more breweries do things like this, definitely try this while it is available

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden copper. Nicely rising off white head that lingers and laces beautifully. Smell is a typical belgian, spicy fruity sweetness.
Taste matches nicely, with typical dark fruits, nice sweet Belgian sugar and a nice spice to match.
Perfect Belgian carbonation level, mouthfeel is thick up front with a dry finish.
Two perfectly good Belgians mixed to the betterment of both.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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 TurdFurgison
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bottle dated "bottled in Jan 2007". Apparently a blend of Avery Salvation and Russian River Salvation (blended Dec 11 2006), both of which I haven't tried virgin-like.

The appearance is real nice, and as it turns out, is the best part. Hazy dark brown shade of copper with a spitty frothy off-white head. The aroma was a little metallic, a little yeasty, none too sour as I had expected/hoped with the Russian River component.

The flavor is pretty complex or complicated or whatever, lots going on. It was pretty deep with flavors like fig, spice, and anise. The after-taste was a little metallic (like the smell). The drinkability is good in my opinion, although my wife felt it was too medicinal-flavored to be rated highly (she'll have to rate it herself).

I hope that someday soon Russian River will start distributing to Ohio so I won't have to wait for the occasional west coast business trip to pick up their awesome beers.

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Photo of Phatz
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Shared tonight with beermaninpa in Wayne. I played it cautious as I had a drive home but I also bought a bottle from Capones which I will share at my tasting on Saturday. I will make more notes next time. This is a strange style bender for sure. A mix of Avery's Salvation and Russian River's Salvation.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with a frothy head and cap.

Smell: It has a recognizable similarity to RR Salvation with the sour funky Brettanomyces figs raisins and over ripe apples.

Taste: I will need to have this again on a fresh palate as I am a fan of sour beer but the funk was a bit off-putting after a fresh bottle of Tröegs Nugget Nectar. Over ripe sour apples and bananas, caramel, figs, and some spices - cinnamon and vanilla, with woody flavors are swirled across the palate. The aftertaste is so potent I could still taste it after I switched to a different beer. Wow.

Mouthfeel: The highlight of this beer. It is *exceptionally* smooth. A medium body perfectly well rounded, dry on the cheeks and finish. Magnificent.

Drinkability: As much as this is a tasty beer and delightfully smooth, it is not a beer I need more than one.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkly musted orange body with a tad of brown overlap in shading. The glow within is lowly lit and soft when up to a decent light source, otherwise it sits at a mostly brown bottle-like cast. A nice pinky high dense foam of lightly tanned froth roofs the liquid with long lasting effort. Lacing is glazed across the glass in patchy sheeting.

Aroma is mostly dry with a scent of dark fruityness that fig, raisin, and cherry pits sit a mixed with some yeasty spice and slight candy sugar notes.

Taste is a firm display of big time dried out dark fruits and yeasty notions with hinting additions of dark candied sugars and alcoholic spice. A touch grapey at the front, figgy and twiggy, quite dry and yeasty with a bittering, semi alkaline-like dryness on the tongue that leaves a pile of fluffy stuff all over the palate. Quite parchingly dry yet just rounded enough in the back with the sugars to make it enjoyable. Warmth is light with a spicy backslide of cinnamon, earth, oak, and yeast. Finish stays persistantly forward with dryness and leaves ghostly traces of all flavors a mixed.However; as it warms/relaxes it gains its rounded tone of malts and darkened sugary sweetness and loses a good portion of its forward dryness. Much better at that point I think...arounf 55 - 58 degrees.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid with upfront tones of dryness that sets the stage for the rest of its character. Beyond medium in body with barely a slice of dark sweetness to keep it backed up in balance as it stays fairly straight up dry with the yeast and earthy settings. It has a tendency to change its balanace from time to time, especially as it warms, regardless, its heavy ended towards the dry at first so be patient if that's not your thing. But its not overwhelmingly so; its quite manageable really, and a pleasing combo, or blending, of styles that most will like. Quite nice once its been breathing a while.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
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 scott
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice deep colored caramel, with a delightful head holding excellent retention. Very well carbonated.
Smell is above average bready malt with no other accentuated notes.
Taste is solid for an American Belgian Strong. Spicy, caramel malt that is well balanced. A little vanilla/oak here and there. A slight citric highlight.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are lead by a nicely carbonated, sharp-on-the-tongue, but chewy slick that goes down easily, but the alcohol is very aggresive and almost too "hot".
Very nicely done, but @ $7/22oz., once is more than enough.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Unibroue tulip. Beer pours darker than I expected. A dark brown with some ruby highlights. Only a slight head of foam.
Beer has a "funk" smell you'd associate with a saison. Not a over the top smell, but enough to notice. The taste is wonderful. I don't know how two brewers could brew two separate beers and then come up with a ratio that makes the beer enjoyable, but I think they hit the perfect ratio here.
This beer is very smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel. There is a lot going on in the taste of this beer.
I never really noticed the alcohol at all in this beer. There were so many flavors to focus on you never can really taste the alcohol.
This is a nice offering and am looking forward to drinking some more. If you get the chance definitely give this one a shot.

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