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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Photo of BiaSongThan
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 8 bottled 1/15
Light brown murky appearance typical to style with sticky tan head. Aroma of raisins, dried fruits, sweet bready malt. Taste follows nose heavy on dried fruit flavors with nice Belgian yeast as well. Alcohol very well hidden. Full bodied with very nice soft carb. Overall a nice example of the style, with the dried fruit flavors standing out most for me.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 8, bottled January 2015. 8.9% Alc/Vol

Appearance - Poured into a snifter to reveal a hazy, ruddy brown brew with a sandstone colored half finger head that melts away rather quickly, leaving behind a mostly barren surface with a few sud islands across the top and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass. A few spots here and there for lace.

Smell - Deep caramel with lesser notes of toffee and raisin. Faint astringency.

Taste - Follows the nose. Deep caramel flavor, with light touches of toffee and raisin. Mild clove spice. Hints of woodiness and herbal character. Finish is abrupt and mostly clean, with only faint sugary notes lingering. Fairly mellow overall.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with low carbonation. A touch of stickiness is left on the lips, but otherwise it's a smooth, slick delivery.

Overall - Pretty good, but outside the caramel it seems to lack ideal depth and complexity of flavor. It's got a fair amount of decent age on it, about 9 months, so maybe it's better when fresh?

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber picked up and poured into pint glass. Really excited to try this! Batch 8.
A: pours a clear amber golden body, 1 finger off white foam head, some sticky stringy lacing, carbonation
S : malt, Belgian yeast, Belding candy sugar, brown sugar, clove
M: medium thick body, creamy residue on the tongue
T: malt, candy sugar, brown sugar, clove, hay malt build.
O: fantastic brew with great flavor!

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #7

I'm not deeply knowledgable about Belgian strong dark ales or Belgian beers in general, but I've had (and love) Chimay Blue and some others. I found Collaboration Not Litigation Ale, despite being listed here among other Belgian strong dark ales, to be nothing whatsoever like Chimay Blue or a Trappistes Rochefort. That said, I found it a very refreshing beer with a tanginess that reminded me of a more refined and better balanced Blue Moon. (That is probably some sort of Beer Advocate blasphemy but that's how it tasted to me.) In short, I really liked it on its own merits but it's not the lower-cost alternative to high quality Belgian brews that I am hoping to find someday.

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Photo of JasW
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fans of the BSDAs or quads from Ommegang, Unibroue, and Boulevard -- the North American Holy Trinity of Belgian style ale providers -- will find this ale a treat. Stunningly, Avery gets the style just right -- the yeastiness, the lightly sweet malt, the caramel and clove, the subtle undertone bite, and the sublime mouthpuffery. What negative reviews there are here are clearly from those who do not appreciate the style. For those who do, it is a must-try. If there is a downside here, it's that Avery releases this in limited batches of 22 oz. bombers. A wider release in 4 packs would be more than welcome.

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

Batch #8. Poured into a snifter from a bomber, nice Belgian smell. A translucent maple amber color. I think this beer could use some aging, otherwise, very good.

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Photo of Vixie
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is for batch #8

Pours a nice clear copper color with an inch or so of thick tan head.

Strong smell to this one. It is a bit sweet, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee seem to dominate. Can also smell some roasted malt and spice in it.

A bit sweet at first, caramel and brown sugar are prominent. I can also taste some Belgian candy sugar, and finishes with a peppery spice. There is also a bit of booziness to it.

Slightly thin on the feel, quite a lot of tingling from the carbonation.

While not the best of the style I have had, it's still a solid beer. It is a bit rough around the edges, would be interested to see what a bit of aging would do for it. For the price, this one is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Complex flavors, with that Belgian style brew that I really like. This one was called batch #7. Amber color. No lacing but nice head on the pour.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip/snifter glass. The beer has over a year of age on it, batch 7, bottled in Feb. 2014.

Look- A pretty barrel-aged whiskey look; brownish amber. A thin off-white colored head maintains a fat film and leaves thick rings of lacing. It's clear with a bit of sediment and active carbonation.

Smell- Rich malts, dark fruits, a bit Belgian. Some sweets and alcohol.

Taste- Hearty malt with a heavy dose of dark fruit sweetness. Plum, cherry, red wine grapes.

Feel- Medium body, not heavy. The strong abv is present. Tingly carbonation. It finishes a bit sweet.

O- I aged it deliberately and it held up nicely, staying strong.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a reddish brown with a healthy finger of off-white head. Some Belgian esters and spice in the nose, along with some dark fruit in the background. The taste is malty and somewhat sweet with prominent cloves. Medium mouth with a nice amount of carbonation. This is a pretty decent brew; not something I would drink every day, but something to look forward to annually.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay beer chalice.

A - 4.75 - Pours a brown, whiskey and cognac color. Forms about a half finger of slightly off white colored head. Low head potential and retention. Minimal whispy lacing.
S - 3.25 - Malt forward, almost like a standard bock beer with a bit of clove and allspice. Very very faint plum and black cherry.
T - 4.25 - Reminds me a lot of Ommegang's Three Philosophers. Lightly sweet malt, clove, allspice, nutmeg, that unmistakable Belgian yeast bubble gum flavor, black plum and cherry.
F - 4.75 - Very nice medium thick body with a creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4 - This is a quite good representation of the Belgian strong dark ale style and I recommend it to fans of the style.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raisiny, spicy, slightly phenolic/plastic, clove, pepper in aroma.

Sweet, somewhat dull character throughout. Caramel and toasted malt at the backbone, with dates and muted raisin adding complexity, but the flavor just falls flat mid palate. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Seems oxidized/cardboard. Banana, clove, and cinnamon notes surface late.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very happy to snag this beer off the shelf.....saw it was a collaboration with Russian River and about pooped my pants. Being in the Midwest....we do not get Russian River product! The beer poured a dark amber with foamy head that didn't hang around long, but left some lace. The scent is typical of Belgian Quads. The taste was very evenly balanced and probably the best quad I have ever had. The mouthfeel was full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a winner.

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Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #8. Pours a deep clear brown with a thin creamy head that dissipated quickly. It still managed to leave a small amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is a little more yeasty than fruity and sweet but it is still pleasant. The taste is good but a little mild for me, lacking in the big punch of dark fruit and spice that the style is known for. The body has a nice weight to it, with just a hint of carbonation and alcohol on the finish.

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

Pours dark amber with a small, lacy white head. Has a sweet malt smell. Taste is malt sweet, with little carbonation. Overall a nice Belgian Style beer.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #8. Which has been getting no love on Untappd! Been waiting to try this guy, very smooth mouthfeel. Taste like fresh lemon bread. Very tasty Belgian dark.

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Photo of Mmmkcr
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
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 Drogon
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Collaberation, since we can't get Russian River in Texas!! Don't know why. But we do get Avery, and I love Belgians. Really similar to the Russian River Belgians like Damnation, but much more flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper red with an amber hue and a very light khaki single finger of foam.

Dates, other dark fruit, spice, some yeasty funk.

Plum, dates, raisins, spice, and some slight caramel.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft and spiced.

Overall, not a huge fan of dates and this seems to be heavy handed on the dates.

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label indicates Batch 8, bottled January 2015 with O.G of 18.6 and ABV of 8.9. Poured from 22oz bomber into goblet.

A: Amber color, medium foam and retention. Leaves behind nice lacing. Carbonation and some sediment visible in glass.

S: Yeast and spice

T: Malt, spice, dark fruit with discrete bitterness.

M: Medium-strong mouthfeel, gets stronger as it warms.

O: Really good... collaboration

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Photo of spacecake9
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a snifter. Batch #8.
A: Color is light brown with small head.
S: Smells of dark fruit and Belgian yeast.
T: Malty and yeasty with a Belgian feel.
M - On the thicker side, very little carbonation.
O: Tasty, a bit sweet but I like it. Drank the whole bottle and I will buy again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Batch #7. Bottled February 2014. 8.9%.

A: Clearish light auburn-brown. Sticky lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits, dates and such.

T/M: Yummy! I think the Avery wins a bit in this. It's spicy and very Belgiany, with a thin bright fruitiness that's almost tropical. Dry aftertaste is slightly unexpected, but welcome. Otherwise, almost apple-juicy.

O: Tasty, but too sweet-smooth for me to want to drink a whole bottle. Good sharer. Would have again.

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Photo of Smithjt3
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
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 Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, originally as a collaborative ale between Avery and Russian River Brewing company, now a rotating release. This is batch #6, 1.077 OG, 8.69% ABV, bottled in January 2012. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance)Pours a frothy crisp caramel cream head over a deep maple amber body with moderate dark flecks of sediment, very low, soft carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) A soft malty bread body with some Belgian yeast spiciness, moderate stone fruits, predominantly cherry, some moderate tartness in the nose. The nose is pungent and a bit sharp in places, some definite alcohol is creeping in. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor is a continuation of the aroma, with dry grainy bread malts defining the base, and yeast-borne fruit spiciness, esters and phenols creeping in. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is residual, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild crispness and brisk frothiness. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is yeasty and phenolic over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate/high, and my suspicions are that this bottle may have become infected. 3.25

(Overall) I will have to try this beer again at a later date, as I do not think that my bottle reflects the brewerys' intentions of how this beer should be enjoyed. Lots of yeast-generated flavor and character is to be had in Batch #6, with intense fruity esters and phenols, it's a gradual sipper and not impossible to drink, but that's not necessarily a testament to high drinkability. 3.25

Avery Brewing Company's
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale Batch #6 (With Russian River Brewing)

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Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #7.
Light brown orange color with a thick two fingers head with short retention, but keeping a plate and some laces.
Malty aroma with notes of crystalized fruits, nuts, caramels, bananas, poire liquor, dark fruits and cognac.
Intense flavor without having one ingredient dominating the others with lots of plums, caramel and some toasted malts, green apples, nuts or even Amaretto liquor, pine, oranges, cherries, banana, strawberry jam, candi sugar, spices, pears and red grapes. Dry aftertaste with a present bitterness which is dominated by the malt.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.9% abv is well disguised. Syrup feel.
Very flavorful Belgian Strong Ale with an impressive complexity. It is a beer that grows over time. It is so balanced that I drank the whole bottle on my own and didn’t feel cloying, though I would like to be a tad less sweet. It does age well. A must for who likes the style.

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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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