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Solitude - Brewery Vivant

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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  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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Alextricity

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can bought for $2.79. When I got home, I noticed the top of the can was extremely dusty, so this may've been sitting awhile. No canning date. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A deep, clear mahogany color with a pretty huge, rocky, creamy and tan head... pour slowly. I went to finish pouring my can into my glass, and the head quickly spilled... whoops. Lacing's quite nice.

Smell: Like musky grape juice, or something along those lines. Quite a lot of apple as well. Not much else to speak of. I assume I get this aroma from the yeast, as this smells quite a lot like Triomphe, to me. Not at all what I was expecting from this beer... where are the super dark fruit and roasty sort of notes?

Taste: A surprising little bit of alcohol is the first thing I taste when sipping this beer. After that, dark fruits cut through with quite a bit of malt -- crystal, and then some roastier varieties. There's also a note of pear that I get, but that may just because I read the label saying it's what I should expect. Not bitter, slightly sweet, easy to drink.

Not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting. Being Belgian, I was expecting a funk. A tartness. Some sort of weird twist -- I didn't really get that. Solitude is definitely a solid beer, but not my favorite from Vivant. I'm not sure how long this can was sitting, since there's no canning date, but that may explain why I don't get many of those Belgian characteristics in this beer. I recommend it.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 14:49:41 | More by Alextricity
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

05-17-2013 20:23:01 | More by fredmugs
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-12-2013 01:05:02 | More by HarmonMW
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Buckeye982

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-11-2013 00:07:49 | More by Buckeye982
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beerhawk41

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

04-29-2013 01:00:14 | More by beerhawk41
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Thaddeus

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark amber, with an average sized light brown head. Surprisingly clear for a dark .

Aroma & Taste: A very interesting beer. Contains chocolate and nutty notes mixed with dark fruits. The way the chocolate and nutty flavors mashed with the raisin and plum flavors was quite delightful.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 16:18:36 | More by Thaddeus
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finstadp

Michigan

1.96/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-24-2013 19:14:05 | More by finstadp
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Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-22-2013 00:09:41 | More by Kerrie
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RadfordBrewing

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-11-2013 23:26:09 | More by RadfordBrewing
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shand

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solitude pours out a brown color with a massive head (even with a slow pour). The aroma is sweet, malty, and slightly sour with some dark fruits. The taste is very good, offering a bit of sugary (yet dark fruit based) sweetness over a slightly tart base. Yeast imparts just a bit of spiciness. Very well composed and tasty. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and gently carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, one of the most enjoyable Belgian-style beers I've had from the States. It stays away from the pitfalls of either too much spicy yeast flavors, or too much Candi sugar that too many American brewers of Belgian styles fall into.

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 02:24:06 | More by shand
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-07-2013 17:01:32 | More by craft_shannie
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runlikeakenyan

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-30-2013 01:01:59 | More by runlikeakenyan
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-19-2013 21:44:36 | More by Danielr26
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johunnic

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

03-14-2013 22:22:50 | More by johunnic
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Dyerseve

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

03-09-2013 16:27:56 | More by Dyerseve
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avalonct

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-08-2013 01:24:40 | More by avalonct
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 22:24:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours brown with lots of carbonation and a thin foamy off-white head. Aromas are malty and sweet with brown sugar, fruity (pear, apple), spice, bready yeast, raisin. Tastes are complex and can be overly sweet at times with notes of dark fruit, raisin, caramel, pear, apple, spice, rum, yeast, brown sugar, tea. Moderate carbonation gives fuller feel to the medium body. Sweet and spicy on the finish. Overall, good but by the end of the 16oz I was sick of it.

Serving type: can

01-30-2013 04:30:19 | More by barnzy78
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shamrock071521

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-25-2013 05:45:47 | More by shamrock071521
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coz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-12-2013 17:47:53 | More by coz
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jadedlilmonkey

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

01-08-2013 10:41:13 | More by jadedlilmonkey
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice murky copper/ruby body with a milky off-white head that sticks to every piece of the glass... spectacular lacing ta boot.

Nutmeg, caramel, inviting malty goodness... a touch of vanilla, very smooth stuff.

Great traditional Abbey type flavors... root beer, figs and dates, light fruity sweetness, a touch of sourness which is a bit distracting but inventive at the same time. Interesting stuff. Pretty damn good.

Big thanks to shamrock for hooking it up!

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 01:50:21 | More by yamar68
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kirkse

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-30-2012 01:11:36 | More by kirkse
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-26-2012 20:16:07 | More by jduprey007
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Damn you, Spelunky, for your addictiveness and pain! Anyway, this stuff pours a slightly murky amber-sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light soy sauce, clove, lightly-toasted caramel, and mild Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, minus the soy sauce (thankfully), plus some light bread, and plus some light cocoa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice little Belgian deal, nothing spectacular, but a welcome sight in a can 'round here.

Serving type: can

12-19-2012 00:20:24 | More by TMoney2591
Solitude from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.