Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale review

Avery Collaboration Not Litigation AleThe heck with protocol. This review is going right to the point. I've just finished drinking a wonderful strong belgian ale. This beer is a blended beverage from the combined efforts of both Avery Brewing Company and Russian River Brewing Company. I call it "Salvation Squared", but the label calls it Collaboration Not Litigation Ale. I bought this beer based on the reputation of both breweries and the fact that I enjoyed previously one of the ales that this beer is blended out of. Collaboration (for short) is a wonderful blend of Avery Salvation and Russian River Salvation. This happens to be from Batch #2 that was blended in February 2008. Both ales are quality brews. The fact that two breweries got together and decided to experiment rather than sue each other for having a beer of the same name says a lot.

This beer pours a dark amber color with a near white head. There was a multitude of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass so you know it was well carbonated. Upon opening the 22oz bottle, you could immediately tell that it was a Belgian style ale. There's just something about the smell of a Belgian yeast that is quite distinguishable. It's an aroma that I've come to love and appreciate.

The first pour out of the bottle looked fairly clear, but upon pouring the next glass the beer grew increasingly cloudy. Probably due to the fact that most of the remaining yeast had collected near the bottom of the bottle.

I didn't do my usual study of this beer in a quiet and focused environment. Rather, I drank this brew while watching some DVD episodes of my favorite TV shows. I knew from the first sip that I was going to enjoy this. I've become to much of a beer snob as of late and decided that I was just going to sit back in my recliner, drink some damn good beer and enjoy a good show. Isn't that what drinking beer really should be all about?

After finishing the entire 22oz bottle in nothing flat, all I can say is - Mmmmmm. This was one enjoyable beer. I'm going to leave it to you to sample it for yourself. If you are a fan of either of Avery's or Russian River's Salvation ales, then you're going to love this beer. It's so smooth. The blending of the two beers hit just the right mix. It does remind me a lot of Avery's Salvation only with a darker color. It's full of flavor and with a 8.72% ABV, it kicks some ass too. I felt a nice little buzz after finishing this bomber.

For once, I didn't bother to look at the beer rating sites until after I had finished the beer and had written most of this blog entry. I feel it's time to throw away the crutch and just rate beers for what they speak to me. This is one awesome ale. I paid $6.74 for this 22oz bottle and it was worth every penny. If they would make a six pack of this beer I'd buy it again in a second. I'm going to give this a high rank and give it a 4.0 out of 5 rating. I don't give out many 4's but I feel this one deserves it.

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