Apr 20, 2009

Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale

I love the story behind this beer. Two breweries (Avery and Russian River) with a product sharing the same name decide to combine forces and blend their products in an effort “…to catch the best qualities of each and create an even more complex libation.” The result is one hell of a tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Before we get into the details I should note that I didn’t pay nearly enough attention to the label, but I believe this was from batch #3 based on it’s timing and appearance on the shelf.

Beer Label: Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale


The brew pours an orange tinted amber with a large, off-white head.


Belgian candy, light fruitiness with plenty of spices.


The Collaboration Not Litigation Ale has a lively mouthfeel with semi-active carbonation. It leaves a lip-smacking sweetness on the lips yet isn’t overly syrupy. There is plenty of light raisin and dark fruit notes. The herbal spices make more of an appearance as the beer warms that lingers through the lightly biting and dry finish. And at just under 9% ABV the beer is quite warming and drinkable.


This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to sample this one. The overall flavors are right on par with what I would expect from the style, yet have a wonderful uniqueness to stand out a bit from the crowd. I’d definitely buy more of this brew.

Rating: 4/5

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