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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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Reviews: 736 | Ratings: 1,625
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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Photo of twistwrist
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Definitely not my favorite, but it's not a terrible beer. It's a bit on the sweet side.
There's a funny story behind this beer! Avery and another brewery (not sure which one) both brewed the exact same kind of and named it "Salvation". Rather than battling it, they named it, "Collaboration Not LItigation".

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

From the 650 ml bottle dated Feb 2014. Batch #7. Sampled on December 8, 2014. So it has seen about 9 months of aging.

The pour is a handsome looking medium amber-rust with a modest head. Slightly cloudy.

A wide array of sensations can be found on the nose. I pick up toasted biscuit, dark fruit, yeast, toffee, bubblegum, mild liqueur, and general sweetness.

The body is medium to better than medium and very smooth in texture.

The taste is similar to the aroma with an upfront roasted barley malt, toffee, and dark fruit character only to end with a minor bitter bite. Improves as it warms. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2%

Bottle from Batch #6

A: poured into a chalice to a reddish brown with a finger of dense off white head that fades to a small pool and leaves some lacing
S: smells of dark fruits, candi sugar, spicy yeast. smells phenomenal
T: taste is plums and other dark fruits, candi sugar, and some slight spice flavors, some phenols. swallow is a little alcohol, some residual sugary sweetness, and some lingering dark fruits
M: heavier side of medium on the palate with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: RR Salvation is better on its own than combined with this but this did help to even out Avery's rendition of this beer. Overall, this is a really good Belgian Strong Dark. It's very smooth and mellow with great flavors and complexity.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Batch #7 Bottled 2-2014

Pours a deep copper with quickly dissipating head. Lightly fruity apple (acetaldehyde?), raisin, honey and floral nose. The taste follows the nose. The lightly fruity flavors are dominant but pleasant and slightly sweet. Hints of sherry, black pepper and almond/amaretto on the back end. Solvent alcohols and a slightly astringent and bitter finish. The mouthfeel is below average - thin and undercarbed. Overall, this is an interesting beer with nice belgian yeast notes. But as far as Belgian styles falling in the realm of a BSDA or dubbel, this beer is nothing special.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7, bottled February 2014, and sampled in a fluted twelve-ounce tulip.

I expected something much darker–more akin to a deep mahogany-brown dubbel—based on the label art, but was pleasantly surprised by the comparatively lighter red-orange medium brown, which permits appreciation of the high turbidity and thick sediment present even in this relatively young Belgian-style brew.

The nose is crisp, sweet, clean, and whimsical, reflecting the contextual genesis of this ale and hinting at the playful buoyancy of the taste and feel. And, indeed, despite the deliberately heavy use of adjunct sugars (Belgian candy and turbinado), this collaboration is neither overly sweet nor dense nor thick-as-mud, like the territory into which many dubbels (or dubbel-styled ales) inadvertently or unnecessarily wade; instead it's complicated, dammit: light for its type, very balanced, possessed of manifold sweetnesses—as opposed to singular saccharine heft—and even a bit cleanly bitter in its finish, with heavy hints at its hopping and a fine malty cushion for all the straight-up sugars. There's a bit of stone-fruit, and a bit of both wood and grass (and even, perhaps, a note of green peppercorn) in the body of the ale, which—as mentioned—is very moderate for an ale that bills itself "strong" and "dark", but which is much more coy than either its label, side-patter, proof, or designation would suggest.

I should expect anything less from something Avery and Russian River got together on, and their result is just a delicious and difficult to pin down as it should be.

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Photo of BWED
4/5  rDev +2%

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Mahogany. Ruby highlights. Thin and delicate tan head. Good lacing.

S- Dark fruits. Strong caramel. Booze. Belgian yeasty esters and spices.

T- Sweet caramel. Just a little fruity. Belgian yeast comes through in flavor. Very smooth blend of flavors.

M- Smooth and wet in feel. Slight tingle of carb on the tongue. Body is medium-full.

O- The smell of booze warns against quaffing, but the flavor makes you forget the warning. Strong, but doesn't taste like it. Well rounded.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy reddish brown with a two-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Light amount of Belgian yeast, banana, and dark fruits (raisins and plums).

T - Taste is of sweet malts, banana, pear, honey, clove with white pepper in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very syrupy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - A very nice Belgian strong ale. Very easy drinking despite he ABV.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collaboration not litigation batch #7

Enjoyed this in a delirium tulip glass

Poured a soft off white 1 finger head which quickly dissipates and is deep mahogany in color

Upfront this beer has a sweet toffee/caramel malt flavor with some dark fruit and little hop presence. Finishes strong with med-high carbonation and extremely pleasant alcohol warmth.

Closest thing we can get to russian river on the east coast and it doesn't disappoint!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown amber with lots of whitish particles suspended within, no visible carbonation. 4 fingers of light beige creamy head. Great head retention and nice lacing.

S: Sweet fruity cherry candy and Belgian yeasts, caramel, toffee, raisins, dates, Walmart new plastic items scent, floral, very enticing and complex. Leather, new car scent.

T: Fruity, floral, complex, dates, brown sugar, leather, clean linen, smooth, umami, crème brûlée.

M: Thick body, medium carbonation. Chewy and weighty but smooth.

O: Very smooth, very well done brew, complex fruity, floral, very delicious. Unable to find a Russian River brew so far on the east coast, its nice to access it through this collaboration.

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Photo of Clinthopanonymous
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The package store i work at received about two cases of this stuff and we had it for about 2 weeks before i bought a bottle to try. I love the idea that they came together and made a new beer instead of fighting each other over the name. I also noticed that the foil over the neck of the bottle that has Avery's logo on it was turned inside out. Prolly a prank from Russian River. Anyways....

A: Pours a nice clear reddish amber into a orval goblet with a bit of white head that disappears quickly leaving a slight ring of lacing that lingers and a foam circle in the middle.

S: Smells of alcohol, spice, a bit of dark fruit like raisins or figs, belgian candi sugars and yeast funk, in that descending order. All of which is kind of muted.

T: The taste is stronger than the smell. a mix of alcohol and more fruit than the nose. not too spicy and only a little belgian candi sugar that builds only a little bit with every sip. definitely has a little alcohol burn to it too.

M: its perfect! At 8.9 percent it has a little weight but its not too heavy or sticky. i would say, "medium body".

O: I've only recently developed a taste for belgian styles. This is a beer that understands the concept of "less is more." Its has a good balance of sweetness and alcohol and spice and a tad bit of funk. It get easier to drink with every sip. I think its brilliant(I've been watching too much BBC)! Its not too sweet. Its not too spicey. I love it! If you love triples and quads then get it while the gettins good! You never can tell how american beer will stand the test of time

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Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This belgian style ale pours a hazy reddish brown hue with a foamy white head that leaves generous lacing. The nose is bready with notes of vanilla, banana, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth but thick and a little chewy. The flavor is a robust blend of biscuit belgian yeast, sweet malts, and a nice alcohol bite. A good beer but not the greatest belgian I've had.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/31/2014. Pours fairly cloudy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, golden raisin, banana, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, pepper, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of pear, apple, golden raisin, banana, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, pepper, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, golden raisin, banana, clove, caramel, brown sugar, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bstrickler
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good ale, similar to Pranqster. It's a great sipping brew to end a day with. Sweet flavor with a great nose and mouthfeel. The taste and appearance are typical to many Belgian styles. Would definitely buy in the future and recommend to fellow Belgian ale fans.

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Photo of richj1970
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 7 bottled February 2014 poured into Stone tasting glass.

A: Pours a dark murky honey brown with 2 finger foamy head that left some sticky lacing.

S: Honey, banana, apricot, Belgian yeast esters.

T: Sweet malts, honey, banana, apple, pear, mixed with clove and a hint of pepper. A little hit of hop bitterness in the background.

M: Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Fairly sweet bordering on syrupy sweet.

O: Very enjoyable Belgian strong ale. It's so easy drinking that the ABV can sneak up on you.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 3, bottled February 2009, poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark auburn brown with ruby hues, fairly clear, creamy off white head has good retention that lasts long after the pour

S- lots of grainy malt, seems like it's started to turn a bit from age, musty and earthy Belgian yeast, dark cherry, some herbal notes as well

T- damp and musty yeast with some herbal notes, brown sugar and fig, lots of dark cherry on the finish with some medicinal flavors

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and smooth finish, this one seems to have mellowed out a good bit from cellering

O- overall this has aged pretty nicely with lots of cherry flavors coming through. I haven't had it fresh to compare but it's held up pretty nicely

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours a deep honey brown, cloudy, with an orange glow and a yellowish white head about a quarter inch thick with a fine consistency. Dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of pears, oak, grassy malts, citrus, banana, some slightly floral hops, and caramel malts. An interesting but surprisingly coherent mix.

Tastes of caramel and biscuit malt first, followed by the citrus and pear elements. Finishes with an oak richness and a faint hoppiness.

Medium to full body with lightly tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice stronger brew which goes down easy and has no negative characteristics. My only knock would be that it's a little boring in the taste, but otherwise an above average specimen worth trying.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a little thin in texture but had a savvy dark plum color. The head was moderately thick and collared with a dense foam.

The aromas were vinous with a grape, plum, balsamic and port like tone. A bit tangy in the nose I catch a whiff of spice.

Here's where I get a bit lost as a spicy peppercorn seems to dominate. Some of the balsamic vinegar sourness makes an appearance but for my palate the peppercorns seem to over run. With each sip I found another dark fruit but each time the peppercorns emerge.

The feel was a but sour but smooth and had a decent amount of drinkability.

I know this batch was good as others did not get the same taste profile as I did so I review this based on solely on my experience.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deeper copper color with a one finger head of just off white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite sweet with lots of candied sugar and a good dose of caramel and toffee. Along with these smells are a lighter grassy aroma and a bit of hay. Along with these aromas is a light bit of a bready and biscuit smell mixed with some spice and banana rounding out the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness with a light bit of a bready and biscuit flavor. Soon some light yeasty and bubblegum flavors along with a bit of banana come to the tongue. These flavors grow stronger in intensity as the taste moves on with the caramel and the toffee fading a bit. While the caramel and toffee fade, the beer remains rather sweeter and malty overall due to flavors of some raisin, plum, and apple coming to the tongue along with a bit of a candied sugar taste. With a bit of a grassy and funky taste and some spice of coriander and clove that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a rather sweet, but yet somehow crisp and smooth Belgian strong ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are rather nice for the mix of sweet, malt, and Belgian flavors of the brew, creating a very nice easy drinking Belgian strong ale.

Overall a rather sweet, but still easy drinking Belgian strong ale. A rather easy drinking brew overall.

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

Bottle is labeled as Batch #7 with a 8.9% ABV.

Dark honey body with a thick, foamy, sticky head. Sweet grains, apricots, and a little boozy smell. Esters and sweet syrup with a touch of peppery spice and some alcohol warmth; nice blend of hop bitterness mixing it up with the boozy tones. Medium-heavy body; semi-sweet finish.

This beer meets all the criteria for a Belgian strong ale: big malt flavors, spicy, boozy, and they all blend together and play well together. Bold and memorable.

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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,625 ratings.
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