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Solitude - Brewery Vivant

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: david131 on 05-11-2011

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2.12/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

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2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cherry, raisin, prune, pear, caramel, candi sugar, pepper, clove, toast, light chocolate, herbal, brown sugar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of cherry, raisin, prune, pear, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, candi sugar, light chocolate, molasses, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, clove, pepper, light chocolate, candi sugar, molasses, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale! All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights and a modest khaki head that dissipates somewhat sickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty, with notes of slightly burnt caramel and dark candi sugar accompanying Belgian yeast character, light fruity esters, and floral notes. Pear, raisins, and green apple surface add it warms.

Flavor reveals a vinous character at the base, with burnt caramel malt and toasted breadcrust forming the semi-sweet backbone along with hints of chocolate, leading into a fairly dry finish. Dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin are somewhat masked by the vinous background. The aftertaste is oddly cloyingly sweet.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side, and light alcohol warmth.

The vinous character that dominates the flavor profile really detracts from the experience. Subtle eater characters emerge later, but the sharp acidic notes are too powerful to overcome. Yeast esters are somewhat lackluster.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown near black with a thin light tan head that has decent retention.

Smell has notes of dark fruits, dark cherry mainly, prunes and tart cranberries. Almost an oak like yeast melds with a bready Malt which smells rich and slightly sweet.

Taste is great. Malt is forward and has a rich caramel light sweetness. Yeasty esters are next and mainly consist of raisins and some tart dark cherries. Lee ally nicely balanced, the yeast is the main showcase of this brew and give some really nice fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium body and a tart sweetness gives this a nice sticky feel.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mattcrill
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Moderate fruity esters- dark plum, cherry, fig. Mild biscuit malt base. Light alcohol warmth tickles the nose.

Appearance: Slightly hazy brick red pour with a low tan head. Head retention is good. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Moderate fruity esters persist with cherry and dark plum in the forefront. Slight peppery notes yield to a mild dark bread maltiness that is all well-knit. Balance is nearly even with a nod to the malty and estery fruit notes. Some earthy hop bitterness provides a pleasant counterpoint. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation with slight warming alcohol noted on the palate.

Overall impression: A beautiful crafted and delicate dubble. A little lighter for the style but immensely refreshing and drinkable. Wish this were available to me in Ohio.

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Solitude from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.