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Solitude - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
82
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169 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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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Morakaton

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

12-07-2013 01:17:03 | More by Morakaton
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leadahmer

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-07-2013 01:16:39 | More by leadahmer
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-06-2013 21:55:07 | More by DRBiser
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-06-2013 20:04:41 | More by oriolesfan4
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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

12-06-2013 18:30:28 | More by duceswild
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Reappropriated

California

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-27-2013 04:13:40 | More by Reappropriated
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

5/5  rDev +39.3%

11-26-2013 10:49:17 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-18-2013 06:13:54 | More by DruC4
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William_B

Michigan

2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-17-2013 13:56:23 | More by William_B
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BrodWarrior

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 03:03:22 | More by BrodWarrior
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-19-2013 05:14:05 | More by superspak
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estevan1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-16-2013 21:49:52 | More by estevan1024
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atone315

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

10-14-2013 13:16:10 | More by atone315
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barczar

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 23:50:46 | More by barczar
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scottwurst

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

10-11-2013 17:26:54 | More by scottwurst
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-28-2013 23:00:29 | More by MSandahl23
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 00:25:07 | More by Fcolle2
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Gidyup

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-11-2013 13:50:26 | More by Gidyup
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Brewer1980

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-09-2013 13:07:25 | More by Brewer1980
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baybum

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

09-04-2013 20:55:07 | More by baybum
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-31-2013 22:17:21 | More by tommy5
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Paul_Apsley

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-25-2013 19:03:37 | More by Paul_Apsley
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Hurkie70

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44.3%

08-23-2013 23:58:00 | More by Hurkie70
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drewone

California

3/5  rDev -16.4%

08-23-2013 14:52:02 | More by drewone
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zenithberwyn

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

08-21-2013 05:52:25 | More by zenithberwyn
Solitude from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.