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Contemplation Ale - Brewery Vivant

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Contemplation AleContemplation Ale

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SupaCelt on 02-03-2011

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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by zachary80:
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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz Brewer's Reserve can. Ale brewed with Michigan honey & locally grown hops.

Large white head fades moderately quickly to a rim. Golden-orange body.

Slightly funky and minerally, a little flowery.

Flavor is most reminiscent of a BSPA, somewhat fruity esters, medium bitterness.

Body is medium-full, light alcohol heat.

I like this beer but it is not something I would seek out. Don't think I would have identified the honey in it as a major component.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ironically enough it has a golden honey clarity and generous head. Fluffy head actually lasts awhile.

Yeast and clover aromas in a floral sensation. Tinge of sour and spice; touch of sweet malt.

Taste is fresh bread and mild sweetness from the malt and honey with some lactic sourness. Spicy finish on the palate. And just enough hops to make it so. Pretty close to a saison.

Medium body and some stickiness. Daytime quencher. Wonderful taste lingers through the nose. Carbonation is lower.

What a great summer fare. Serve ice cold by the lake, pool or backyard. A beer that almost anyone would appreciate.

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3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- poured into a tulip glass and had a medium head with some retention along the side of the glass and minimal on top of the beer, the color is golden with some haze.

S- I get a floral aroma with honey and some yeast smell

T- again I get the floral taste but a good amount of honey gives it a sweet taste, in the end I get a little bit of the alcohol but it isn't over powering

M- a medium body with tingling from the carbonation but nothing that is too much

O- a nice lighter beer that would be great in a summer day, I felt that it was a little to carbonated but it still was enjoyable

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3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for keeping me stocked with new and exciting beers. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of honey. Taste is also mild, a bit bland even. Some floral notes, a bit of honey, no bad, but light. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the brewpub

A - Medium orange with a small film of white white head.

S - Sweet honey and bready malts.

T - Sweet honey and bready malts with a decent bitterness with some floral notes. Dry finish.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One Pint can
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer is amber with golden highlights. It has a chill haze. A lazy pour produced a mountain of off-white head.

S - The aroma consists of Belgian yeast and honey. It definitely had a sweet smell.

T - It has a sweet floral taste. I get a little of the spices associated with Belgian yeast on the finish. Sometimes I get a metallic aftertaste.

M - Moderate, smooth, and slick.

O - This is a sweet, floral beer. It is refreshing on a warm day. I wish there was more spiciness from the yeast.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Contemplation Ale a couple days ago for $3.29 at The Lager Mill. I was pretty impressed with Brewery Vivant's last special release, Zaison, so I'm hoping for good things with this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, Late summer 2012 Vintage. Poured from a silver 16oz can into a Belgian tulip.

A- This beer is in their normal special release can with a sticker that has a honeycomb on it and says that it's brewed with Local Michigan honey and Michigan hops, it look's ok but the only thing that really grabs my attention is the information. It poured a slightly copper amber color that took on much more of copper and ruby color when held to the light with three fingers worth of sticky white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left hardly any lacing. The appearance was nice, the color and head were nice, but the lacing was a little disappointing..

S- The aroma starts off with a sweet and tart aroma, the tartness seems to come from the Belgian yeast, it's followed by a slight funky aroma, I have experienced this in a few Brewery Vivant beers. I pick up some nice spices and a slight banana aroma and after that I get some clean bready malts followed by a little more sweetness that has a slight honey like aroma to it. The aroma is nice and not overly tart or funky,, but it's nothing that makes my mouth water.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma, but it's much more cleaner and not as rustic and rough around the edges. It starts off with lots of sweet creamy honey and bready malts that go together nicely. All that sweetness is balanced out by a light herbal, spicy, and floral hops flavor imparts very little bitterness if any with just a slight bit of tartness. and it had a nice honey and bready malt aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, the honey was the showcase of the beer, but there was some nice malts and hops to back it up so the honey didn't take over which can happen.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly chewy, creamy, medium dry, medium bodied, with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. I liked the mouthfeel of this beer, the slightly lower carbonation worked out nicely.

Overall I thought this was a good beer, I wouldn't really call it a Biere de Garde, but I would say that it is a good example of a Honey Ale, the honey stuck out the most and the malts and hops backed it up nicely and provided good balance. This beer had ok drinkability, it was pretty smooth and the flavor held my attention, but I think one would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the taste, I liked how great the nice honey flavors contrasted with the malts and hops, it had great balance and the mouthfeel was also noteworthy. What I liked least about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't bad and I didn't mind the tart and funky yeast but it just didn't come together as well as it could have. I might buy one more can of this years release, but it's a little expensive, so there's a good chance I wont be having it till next time they release it, I do recommend giving it a try, especially if you are a fan of Honey Ales. All in All this was a good and solid beer, it wasn't everything that I expected it to be but it all ended up coming together nicely, good job Brewery Vivant, I'm on board for the next special release, it's one kick ass series.

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Contemplation Ale from Brewery Vivant
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