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Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale) - Brewery Vivant

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Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale)Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale)

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80
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 01-26-2011)
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Reviews by MadScientist:
Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours a deep amber with excellent clarity with a finger of light tan head that has compact bubbles and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Malty and fruit with some caramel and pear aromas. There is a low spiciness a touch of dill but overall a lot clean than most Belgians. There is a low sourness to the aroma.

T: Moderate malt, moderately-high hops bitterness and light fruitiness dominate the flavor. A moderately-low citrus and spicy hops flavor. There is some pear and raisins along with a low coriander-like sourness. The balance is on the bitterness. A light spiciness blends with the bitterness in the aftertaste following a dry finish. The spice becomes more clove-like as it warms.

M: This beer has a medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation and a slight creaminess.

O: Sort of a Belgian styled American Amber that comes together very well and goes down pretty easy. I could enjoy a few of these in a sitting.

MadScientist, Aug 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Sammy, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

rolandboy, Jul 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

zonker17, Apr 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

jduprey007, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of SpdKilz
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours from a can into a tulip. Held up to the light there is a hazelnut brown color. About two fingers of head is achieved with a slow pour that dissipate quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Smell – Bananas, clove, Belgian yeast, hops, and…well that’s about it.

Taste – Quite a bit of roasted malt which is almost immediately encapsulated by banana and clove. Very little hop profile but tons of yeast. Quite sweet.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation.

Overall – Too much Belgian yeast. Relatively quaffable, but as stated a bit too prominent on the yeast.

SpdKilz, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the brewpub

A - Very dark brown/amber colour. Almost opaque. A small film of cream coloured head formed on the pour.

S - Caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Fairly sweet overall nose.

T - Sweet up front with dark caramel, toffee, brown sugar and molasses. A decent alcohol presence cuts through the sweetness a little bit.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

tommy5, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One Pint can
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer pours copper in color with burnt orange highlights. It was topped with several inches of beige head with no lacing.

S - The smell is spicy and malty. I get some hints of plum, raisin, and cherry.

T - The taste is sweet and spicy. I get a molasses taste. Then the Belgian spices kick in with a lackadaisical effort. There is some biscuit, as well.

M - Medium

O - It is a decent beer. I just can't get excited about it. It is a little boring. Now the barrel aged versions are great.

buschbeer, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

mvanwoerm, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

ROBSTARR, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of PincheNorteno
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First off, I've noticed an overall improvement in Solitude 4-packs purchased in summer 2013 vs 2011-12. The same goes for Big Red Coq, either my palate has changed or Vivant has tweaked things a bit.

Appearance- pours a reddish mahogany brown, permeable to light, half inch head fades shortly after pour. Retains a ring of tight bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell- reminiscent of a sour, but milder. Malt and fruit esters come through. Think autumn.

Taste- recent batch has more pronounced tartness that subdues the bitterness and sweetness. Raisin, crisp pear/apple, grass, and some leather. Lighter flavors hit your nose too.

Mouthfeel- lighter than ommagang's dubbel, Solitude's carbonation makes it very approachable. Solitude is not syrupy or viscous. There's a cool vaporous quality to Solitude that engages your nose, there are some subtleties that come through this way.

Overall- I had given up on this Vivant brew, until I tried stuff from Unibroue, Jolly Pumpkin, New Belgium Lips of Faith series, and Ommegang. The perspective I gained leads me to believe that Vivant's Solitude can compete with other beers of its class.

PincheNorteno, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

MallyOMight, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of MichaelNickerson
2.56/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - pours a clear, dark brown

Smell - extremely musty with some qualities of raisins at the end

Taste - thick, sweet beginning followed by a fruity and tart finish. Strong notes of raisins dominate the entire beer with almost a hint of broccoli

Mouthfeel - thick and silky finish, but doesn't convince another sip

MichaelNickerson, Apr 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Azpittil57, Aug 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

smalenberg, Oct 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Arcous, Dec 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

denimdemon, Mar 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

freddypsu, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of jale
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a becher glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with two fingers of head.

S: Belgian yeast in here. banana , clove and sweet malt.

T: Lots of malt up front. A little caramel and maybe some pear. Almost no hop flavor.

M: Great carbonation. Medium body.

D: Would drink another

jale, Jan 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Desimoaj, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Lynn, Jul 08, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a rich mahogany that poured with a creamy half inch head.

T- A nice malty flavor to start, but too much of a bitter element to finish.

M - Medium bodied start, but a heavy bitter finish.

O - This would be much smoother and enjoyable if it had less of the bitters. It will be interesting to see if this relatively new brewery tunes up the recipe or not. I would try this again.

andrewjraab, Dec 15, 2011
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Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale) from Brewery Vivant
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