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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 freddypsu:
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freddypsu

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-29-2013 12:43:45 | More by freddypsu
More User Reviews:
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MadScientist

New York

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

08-10-2012 01:52:53 | More by MadScientist
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9%

09-08-2013 02:28:17 | More by Sammy
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rolandboy

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9%

07-14-2013 23:23:23 | More by rolandboy
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zonker17

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

04-02-2012 01:03:50 | More by zonker17
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-02-2014 13:08:05 | More by jduprey007
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

08-29-2011 02:23:01 | More by SpdKilz
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

08-10-2012 20:47:56 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-28-2014 21:35:54 | More by tommy5
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-17-2011 03:41:43 | More by tclapper
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

08-12-2014 21:58:01 | More by buschbeer
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +16.3%

11-11-2012 19:03:02 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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mvanwoerm

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-12-2014 21:25:44 | More by mvanwoerm
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9%

06-11-2014 15:59:01 | More by ROBSTARR
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PincheNorteno

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

07-04-2013 01:09:53 | More by PincheNorteno
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MallyOMight

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-20-2013 23:45:54 | More by MallyOMight
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MichaelNickerson

Michigan

2.56/5  rDev -25.6%

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

04-25-2013 16:14:58 | More by MichaelNickerson
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-19-2013 00:14:18 | More by Azpittil57
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smalenberg

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

10-15-2012 01:51:19 | More by smalenberg
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Arcous

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

12-16-2013 20:07:29 | More by Arcous
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denimdemon

Indiana

3/5  rDev -12.8%

03-15-2012 01:11:44 | More by denimdemon
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jale

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

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

01-26-2011 00:04:58 | More by jale
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Desimoaj


3.75/5  rDev +9%

07-17-2014 13:47:31 | More by Desimoaj
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Lynn

Ohio

4/5  rDev +16.3%

07-08-2012 18:31:09 | More by Lynn
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

12-15-2011 01:42:44 | More by andrewjraab
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Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale) from Brewery Vivant
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