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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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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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Photo of buschbeer
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.

buschbeer, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of jduprey007
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

jduprey007, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Desimoaj
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Desimoaj, Jul 17, 2014
3.75/5  rDev +9%

ROBSTARR, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of mvanwoerm
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

mvanwoerm, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

tommy5, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of little_star
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

little_star, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

hotsudge, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Arcous, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

jschott75, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Sammy, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Azpittil57
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Azpittil57, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

MallyOMight, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of rolandboy
3.75/5  rDev +9%

rolandboy, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of PincheNorteno
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.

PincheNorteno, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

CesarLopes, May 30, 2013
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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

MichaelNickerson, Apr 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

freddypsu, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Sirvis, Oct 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

smalenberg, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
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.

MadScientist, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

amishbooze, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Lynn, Jul 08, 2012
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Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale) from Brewery Vivant
80 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.