Beer Review: Collaboration not Litigation Ale

20160406_184349.jpgName: Collaboration not Litigation Ale

Style:Belgian Strong Ale

IBU: 33

ABV: 8.5%

“Salvation. The name of two intricate Belgian-style ales, created by us, Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing and Adam Avery of Avery Brewing. After becoming friends a few years ago, we realized we both had a Salvation in our lineups. Was it going to be a problem? Should one of us relinquish the name rights? “Hell, no!” we said. In fact, it was quickly decided that we should blend the brews to catch the best qualities of each and create an even more complex and rich libation. In April 2004, in a top secret meeting at Russian River Brewing, we came up with the perfect blend of the two Salvations.”

 I picked up a bottle of this beer a little over a couple months ago because it is a collaboration between two of my favorite breweries: Russian River Brewery and Avery Brewery. Craft brewing is a pretty tight knit community and founders of many of the long standing breweries are friends with each other. Many of these brew masters frequently collaborate, so it is no surprise that these two friends decided to do just that when they realized they had a beer of the same name in their lineup. Mixing two beer recipes from two different brewers can always be tricky, so let’s see how it turned out.
The beer pours a dark cloudy amber with about a half inch of white head which quickly recedes. The nose has strong notes of Belgian yeast, caramel, molasses , dates and bananas. The beer tastes similar to nose with stronger bananas and yeast notes and a hint of booze. I am also picking up cloves which I did not get much on the nose. The beer is full bodied and finishes clean. The booziness is there just enough to make you remember it has an ABV of 8.5%. The beer is pretty good Belgian strong ale, I wouldn’t say it is my favorite, but it is a pretty good representation of the style. I would recommend this as a good starter for someone looking to get in to a Belgian Strong Ales. The beer is only available seasonally in January -February, so you might have trouble finding it now; if you can’t grab a bottle next year. Cheers!

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