Undertaker - Brewery Vivant

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: StoutHunter on 03-19-2014

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Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a four pack of Brewery Vivant's Undertaker a couple weeks ago at The Lager Mill. I had the chance to try some of the pilot batch at Brewery Vivant and I thought it was a pretty good beer and now that it's in cans and distributed I thought I would revisit it, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a goblet like the can suggests.

A- The can looks pretty good, it's got a little bit of dark look to it to go with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that was a little close to being black and it took on some crimson hues around the edges when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness and it's followed by the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts some typical banana and spices with some light estery aromas also showing up. Up next comes the malts which impart some roasty, dark malt, slightly grainy, light coffee and chocolate like aromas with a nice noticeable nutty aroma showing up also. This beer had a pretty good aroma, there was some good balance between the yeast and the malts.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness and it's followed by the Belgian yeast which imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and this time it's the roasted malts and chocolate flavors that seem to stick out the most. Up next comes a light but noticeable nutty flavor and it's followed by hardly any bitterness with a Belgian yeast, roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, It was very similar to the aroma and it kept the same good balance.

M- Pretty smooth, a little crisp, fairly dry on the finish, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel and it worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good and unique version of a Belgian Dark Ale, it had all the Belgian yeast flavors I would expect from the style, but In this beer I found the malt profile to be more roastier and robust than most in the style and I think that really represents the American influence this beer has, it's kind of like the best of both worlds. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, a little crisp, fairly dry on the finish, not filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think a couple of these would be a good amount for me and I think this would be a great fall time beer. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, both the aroma and taste were balanced really well and neither the malts or the yeast were too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I would want to change, it's great just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I could see keeping some in the fridge during the fall since I think it would make a fine Bonfire beer. I would recommend this beer, and it might make for a good and easy drinking introduction to the style. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it was exactly how I remember it being like on tap at Brewery Vivant, so my score doesn't change at all. This isn't my favorite Brewery Vivant beer, but it is one of the better Belgian Dark Ales I've had so far. It's nice to have a beer like this available in pint cans and I could for sure see myself taking some on a camping trip. Good job guys, this one doesn't disappoint in the slightest, keep up the great and unique work.

More User Reviews:
Photo of buschbeer
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

1 Pint can
Served in a snifter

It looks black but has some ruby highlights when held to the light. It was an inch of beige head with no lacing.

The smell has some roasted malt and dark fruit.

The taste stars out with chocolate which gives way to coffee and roasted malt. The roasted malt lingers.

This is a decent beer. I like the chocolate and coffee flavors. The almost burnt malt flavor on the finish detracts from a great front end on this beer.

Photo of DogandSuds
1.84/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.25

I bought the beer as a four pack of cans at Whole Foods. Poured into a glass at home.

Despite every review I've read of this beer, it actually had a very pronounced sour edge to it right from the get-go. Not a sour beer per se, but that slight edge that, for me, was sadly unpleasant and therefore made this beer unenjoyable. I could not finish it, and it was a chore to get even partway through a single can.

The dark color and body were there, yes. An undercurrent of raisin-y fruitiness was detectable, sure. But every description I've read has failed to mention that sour edge, which was right up front.

Could the beer have been skunked? Perhaps. It sure seemed so to me. I tried a second can -- same thing. While it may have been skunked, on the other hand, I'm not a fan of sour beers at all, and this isn't the first Belgian I've had where that sour edge is part of the flavor profile. So could be just me. Hard to tell.

Needless to say, I won't be buying this again. Too bad, I normally love dark Belgians. And I'm going to be wary of this brewery, too -- this was my first taste of anything they've produced.

Photo of Chris_Hager
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Delicious and as dark as root beer. Loved it. Recommended by a close friend as his personal favorite beer, I decided to try it despite the lackluster reviews here and I don't know where these folks are coming from. It's a good strong flavor, zero bitterness. As dark as night. I had one can in a mixed-sixer but I'll be picking it up in quantity soon and sharing a few cans with some beer-loving coworkers as well.

Photo of wilgenb1
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If your a big fan of dark beers and coffee than this is an outstanding choice for you. Very full of flavor and great look

Photo of jmalina121
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This Belgian Style Dark Ale is dark brown in color and has aromas of coffee and soil. It is slightly bitter, but has a smooth coffee flavored finish.

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

$ 2.59/16 oz can at Lager Mill
Can at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma – none
Head – fizzy and done by the end of the pour
Lacing – none
Body – black and opaque
Flavor – a little prune sourness and a tobacco aftertaste. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation

Just not very flavorful. The lack of head and lacing detracts from the enjoyment as well. Overall, not something I’ll be drinking again.

Photo of capilial
1.14/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really don't like dark beers. This one had caramel undertones and was extremely think and wasn't very smooth.

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Shared 16 oz can
Clear dark red-brown body with a good head.
Overly boozy aroma and a bit more funk in the flavor than preferred.
Near medium body and carbonation.

Photo of zachpaschal
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good not great. Had the potential to be so much more but didn't quite deliver.

Photo of spacecake9
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed in this one. Looks great but but is missing any characteristic that would make you want to drink it again. Not bad, not a drain pour, just average.

Photo of Maiora13
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very dark beautiful color. Hearty and filling. Unique taste but hard to drink more than one. the undertaker is an undertaking.

Photo of dbtossi
4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like the dark color, very full-bodied, coffee and carmel flavors. Smooth.

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

The color of this beer is a dark brown. The aroma you get is a slightly coffee smell and is pretty weak. Tasting this beer has a very strong coffee taste and it is not very pleasant to drink.

Photo of KatieS5643
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think its what you'd expect out of a beer this dark. it has a roasted smell, and taste. It has that roasted coffee flavoring to it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

2.5 S: Doesn't smell like a Belgian beer at all. There's almost no spiciness in there at all and no fruitiness either. Instead there's a tangy roastiness and molasses type component. There's a somewhat minerally aroma reminiscent of English beers.

2.0 T: Like the nose, this doesn't taste at all like a Belgian. Again no spicy yeast or fruit. Tangy roastiness and caramel. A decent amount of roast. It's like this is trying to be a stout, but only made it halfway. Lacking in all the wrong areas.

2.0 M: Lighter medium body. Moderate carbonation. Completely lacking creaminess or the spritziness that I love in Belgians. Slight tang on finish.

2.0 D: I was really in the mood for a Belgian brew when I bought this. This doesn't taste anything like that. This also really doesn't taste like any other style. Poorly made.

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Agree with last reviewer. Not sure where the negative reviews come from. Very solid brew and I dare say a "sessionable" strong ale which is clearly unusual

Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you feel inclinated to try a Belgian beer, but are looking to avoid a banana flavored gumball, consider yourself Kane and join forces with the Undertaker. Much darker than typical Belgians, and easy to track down in those great Brewery Vivant cans. -Joe

Photo of Muscatjo
4.74/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heavy coffee flavor and dark flavor profiles. Dark in color and dark roasted notes.

Photo of Barnoloid
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the first sip of this beer the trademark Brewery Vivant sour tang (presumably from the yeast used) becomes apparent. This is a well made Belgian dark ale. Looks almost like a porter and provides a complex palate.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a deep mahogany almost black color. a half finger of a tan head that fades slowly and leaves a very slight lacing. completely opaque and dark

Smell: lots of dark fruits, some juiciness. some chocolatey and almost coffee like. light amount of spicy and yeasty smells

Taste: opens up with some chocolate, some very pungent dark fruits, mostly dates and prunes. a fair amount of coffee. backend has a strong yeasty and slight spicy phenol character.

Mouthfeel: light and drinkable, almost refreshing. ends quite dry.

Overall: a very tasty and balanced belgian dark. good juicy dark fruit character and lots of good yeast qualities. a step up from solitude in my opinion. definitely a good step for Vivant.

Photo of redinge7
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dark brown in color, smells like roasted chocolate, has some coffee and chocolate flavors. Very interesting

Photo of QueenDiva2015
1.63/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This was one of my least favorite beers/tasting. The aroma was iced coffee but when I tried it, it tasted like the smell of cigarettes

Photo of carolynschaf
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a very dark ale. It is malty and strong. It tastes like smoked woodchips.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but is a recent release. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, banana, chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, light coffee, clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, banana, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, dark bread, light coffee, light bubblegum, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, banana, chocolate, cocoa, roast, dark bread, light coffee, clove, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly slick, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian dark ale. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Undertaker from Brewery Vivant
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