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Solitude - Brewery Vivant

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: david131 on 05-11-2011)
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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

RavyneChyylde, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of baybum
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

baybum, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of finstadp
1.96/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

After tasting the Solitude from Brewery Vivant, I realized it did not fit my specific flavor profile or taste bud selection. The beer had a great dark color that resembled a coco or chocolate brown. The smell to me was very unpleasant and almost musty. The flavor was also musty and in my opinion sour. I think that many darker beer drinkers would appreciate this beer for it's full-bodied dark flavor but it unfortunately did not fit my specific pallet.

finstadp, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Hurkie70
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Hurkie70, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of William_B
2.1/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was unlucky enough to unwittingly purchase a four-pack of Solitude cans effected by an error in the brewing process. The beer had a horrible sour flavor, and everything except for the color did not correspond to any abbey ale I had ever had. Being a fan of Brewery Vivant I contacted the brewery to discovery that I had purchased beer subject to a recall because it was fermented with the wrong yeast. Apparently Brewery Vivant was only able to successfully recall 85% of the ill fermented batch.

The brewery manager went way out of his way to correct my purchase of the wayward batch. In the interim however, I would not hesitate trying this abbey ale again. I look forward to sampling Solitude.

I am surprised that BV did not have better quality control of their outgoing product. Perhaps the experience of a costly recall caused BV to re-evaluate their quality control.

William_B, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of brc
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into the recommended goblet. A thin head stayed for a second or two, then settled to a skim. The liquid is brown and quite clear, with plenty of bubbles.

Smell and taste are both rather subtle. Raisins and a hint of chocolate in the finish. Dry, rather than sweet.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery for a dubbel. The carbonation helps somewhat, but some creaminess would be better.

I'd probably be happy drinking this from the can while fishing, but otherwise I'll pass on this in the future.

brc, Jun 21, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Pinkgorilla, Feb 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

marcb105, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of BrodWarrior
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Beer has a nice color once poured in a tulip. The aroma was nice at first but when I really stuck my nose in I thought something was off. The carbonation seemed differant than other beers I have drank. When first hitting my palate the flavor was OK but it ended up having a musty sour taste. Perhaps I got an old can but I think the beer went bad.

BrodWarrior, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of CFHMagnet
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring this into a snifter yielded a finger of sand colored head. The body is a dark cola color with hints of deep dark ruby. No lace.

It smells of grape juice gone over, with hints of prune and other dark fruits. Also, funk.

The taste is interesting. I get expired grapejuice, sour apples, a hint of caramel and an earthy, woody note near the end. There is an unpleasant funky something at the end.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. I think this is over carbonated, with a bite at the end that accompanies the unpleasant taste.

I rarely drainpour beer, but this one is getting that treatment.

CFHMagnet, Jun 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

atone315, Oct 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

AaronGreenman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of jadedlilmonkey
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

jadedlilmonkey, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of AlMarzo
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

AlMarzo, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of oline73
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger and a half of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass with just a touch of lacing. 4

Smell: Mild and malty with some caramel and fruity notes. Mild raisins and cherry. 3

Taste: Just alright. The taste isn't very bold at all. Mild caramel malt and some dark fruit. Very mild cherry flavor in the background. The finish is a bit bland and boring. 2.5

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a dry finish. 3.5

Overall: This is a pretty boring beer. Not bad for what it is trying to be, but I definitely didn't find anything that would make me come back for more.

oline73, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Wadsey
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brewery Vivant Solitude

Consumed from a New Belgium tulip. 

A: Pours deep, clear ruby with no appreciable head, lacing, or effervescence. Agitation fails to resurrect any foam. 

S: Some clove and faint raisins.  Then dark bread/grains. 

T: Tongue follows nose fairly closely. Additional elements include hard/mineral water, white pepper, and steely caramel. More bitterness than expected for style. Cloves and pepper dominate finish. 

M: Medium-light body with light carbonation. Low abv so no warming present. 

O: Brewery Vivant's Solitude is a decent stab at the style considering it is American and a newly launched brewery. Nonetheless, this beer falls short of the better representations. 

Thanks to hurfer for the assist. 

Wadsey, May 29, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer had a dense glowing walnut brown body with a thin creamy light tan head that last for a short bit. There is a gentle fizz trailing up the glass.

S- The tart yeasty aroma has some faint woody malt hints and a dry caramel malt note that comes through as it opens but it is pretty clean aroma in general.

T- This beer has a dry stale malt flavor with a tart yeast character to follow. There is a woody malt hint and some well water flavors that finish with a lemony tartness that might be yeast or hops? The tartness becomes more astringent in the after taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a fizzy finish scrubs the flavor and enhances the astringency.

O- This beer is pretty light in flavor with the tartness of their house yeast that I just care for. There is not much malt flavor or yeasty esters that make a good dubble, but more than that it just has a lot of off flavors regardless of what style you want to label it.

rhoadsrage, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A canned Belgian-style beer - how strange. Thanks Jason! Served in a tulip.

A - A finger-plus of tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and splotchy lace. Transparent ruby-brown color.

S - Tons of candi sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, fresh bread, vanilla, powdered cocoa, some phenolic and medicinal notes, and a bit of alcohol that seems out of place for a 6% beer.

T - Taste is very sweet, with tons of spicy esters - Vivant claims there are no spices added, but you could have fooled me. There's a strange oxidated note as well as some chalkiness and minerality in the finish that kind of spoils things for me.

M - Texture is initially medium bodied and creamy and but gets progressively dryer as it cross the palate and ends up finishing powdery and chalky. Low carbonation, minimal warming alcohol.

D - A passable US-made Belgian Dark Ale, but suffers from some problems in the finish. Hopefully they can tweak the recipe a bit so that the taste matches the smell better. Again, very weird drinking a Belgian-style beer from a tallboy.

MasterSki, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Reappropriated
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Reappropriated, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

jwchestnut, Apr 16, 2014
3/5  rDev -16.7%

ROBSTARR, Jul 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

drewone, Aug 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Khazadum, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

tjdemon, Dec 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

akttr, Jan 20, 2012
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Solitude from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.