Bon Secours - Biere Vivante
Brasserie Caulier

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #354
Ranked #40,840
3.49 | pDev: 12.61%
Brasserie Caulier
Bon Secours - Biere VivanteBon Secours - Biere Vivante
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 32
Photo of ryanonline
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a ton of white foamy head and lots of lacing.

smells like cider and orange juice, but less nasty than that sounds.

the taste is very similar but with less a focus on citrus and a stronger focus on a saccharin like sweetness. still good though.

mouthfeel is light and sweet with very little bite or dryness and a bit of foamy carbonation.

drinkability is there but it doesn't have a truly embraceable quality to it.

good, not great.

just to be clear, my review us for the blonde (pictured) not for the dark(implied).

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.24/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a medium yellow color with almost zero white head. Extremely disappointing appearance.. especially for style and country of origin. Very hazy look for this brew. Nose is raisin, toffee, sweet candy, some malt. Not as complex or aromatic as I'd expect from this style. Taste is sweet candy, slight malt, some raisin. SUPER weak for the style, and pretty disappointing for my favorite style. Feel is very flat, smooth, without much character or complexity. Overall, this is probably the worst beer I've had in the style by a landslide. Definitely the worst Belgian I've tried. Very disappointing beer. I won't look for this again.

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Photo of Mar02x
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark golden hazy liquid, not much of a head, a thin layer remains, no carbonation.

S - Bread like yeast smell, some fruit and pineapple observable.

T - Nice honey tones mixed with sweet and bitter. The body is thin and no so complex. Good thirst quencher do.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Good Belgium beer, drinkable.

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Photo of impending
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy chestnut cola, opaque in the glass. Dense light mocha colored head was minor but retained nicely at the surface, nice lacing. Unusual long neck bottle.

Aromas of slightly charred dark fruits, roasty, burnt bittersweet dark chocolate plus some difficult to describe phenols.

Unique combination of flavors, complex. Yeasty dark malts with a surprising twang of dark cherries, wholly unexpected. Minor burnt bittersweet dark chocolate also appears in the aftertaste which evolves, is long lasting and pleasantly bitter. Thin to medium bodied prickly mouthfeel.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this after dinner, poured from the same bottle as pictured on BA (i.e. resealable - although at 33cl who wouldn't finish it one sitting).

Nice golden color with a good head that leaves plenty of lacing along the Leffe glass it was poured into.

Smell is slight, not much of a factor. Taste is solid, average for a Belgian beer, with a trace of honey. Feels good in the mouth, going down easy.

Not a standout, but very drinkable.

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Photo of mmahut
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Colour of oranges and sun with huge head and almost champagne carbonisation.

S: Hidden citrus, the head is obscuring the real smell.

T: Sugar, citrus, caramel with after-taste I can't identify.

M: Light to medium body with heavy carbonation.

D: Good Belgium beer, drinkable.

BTW, I bought it in Belgium in the same bottle as on BA's picture.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale color like a wit beer.
Smells is not faint but not very powerful either smells spicy like orange and lemon.
Taste up front is lemon peel that changes into a spicy burning sensation, best take anther mouth full, you can feel the alcohol as is goes down and stays on your tongue for awhile as well. Really it feels like I just ate a piece of a lemon peel. It has the hit you would expect from an 8% beer not like some of these beers that advertise higher alcohol but show no signs of it.
Overall this is a pretty good beer I have had it more than once and will probably continue to.

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Photo of atsprings
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky pale orange with a decent frothy head that lasts a s a layer and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is pale malts and a hint of hops and yeast. The taste is a somewhat off blend of sour fruit against malt and Belgian yeast. The best by date is marked as March of 07 and this beer may very well have gone bad. The beer is medium bodied with warming alcohol. This beer may very well have been better earlier this year, but it's really not that great now.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large typical Belgian style bottle, caged and corked, best before dating notched onto rear label (03 07), pours semi cloudy ruby amber, with bubbles rising to the top and supporting a long lasting, rich, tan head, that leaves plenty of sticky big boned lacing. Nose here is a touch of cola, with some raisins and breadyness. Some rum soaked raisins on the palate, along with more bready notes. Perhaps a tad thin in the mouthfeel and taste in the middle to finish. Some sweetness, some alcohol heat, moderate complexity, but not really rivaling the leaders of the pack for this style, but all in all a tasty, heady and fairly worthy BSDA.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks dirty auburn in color and certainly hazy. Head is beige and leaves a good yummy retention behind. Smell is as expected from a Belgian but kind of pulls against itself in some ways. Not as thoroughly smooth as I'd like it to be but still enjoyable through its various nuances. Flavors are woody plums, and other dark fruits, sweet malt, nuts and mollasses and various citrus notes which seem almost too apparent and a bit sour. Not too too shabby overall but a little wacky for the style. The funky citrus is throwing me off. Alcohol is quite noticable for 8% abv but doesn't hurt the flavor too much. Mouthfeel is pretty solid compared to the rest. A big old dry finish eases its way in and alcohol slightly numbs. Drinkability is decent because I'm intensly trying to figure out whats going on here, more so than sucking any sweet deliciousness down.

Anyhow-not bad but not great. Worth a try for sure. Its non-offensive though in its weirdness but overall I would like it to be more coherant.

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Photo of wedge
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before End: 03/07

Pours a murky burgundy despite my effort to keep the visible clumps of yeast in the bottle. A small, milky off-white head rests on top. Smells of dark fruit esters, a little sourness - yeasty and creamy with a hint of chocolate. Juicy sour purple fruits, dry apple, and yeast in the flavor. Needs a little more going on to make it stand out in any way. Some tartness lingers briefly in the aftertaste. Smooth with light carbonation and dry.

Not as complex as it wants to be but pretty much worth the low, low price of $4 I got it for.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours straw yellow and thus may not be a 'belgian strong dark ale' as described. This suspicion is reinforced by the presence of the cursive writing 'blonde' on the bottle neck, as seen on the pic of the beer on this website.

This swing-top bottle opens with a loud pop and pours straw-yellow with an absurd head.

Once the foam lowers somewhat, the slightly yeasty, acidic, lightly floral nose is noted. Seems a bit acidic for normal belgian blond or triple.

Taste is very cloying bitterness, immediately felt upon tasting. Carbonation is notable along with the alcohol as well. The initial bitterness leads into a much milder finish, with the floral notes remaining distant throughout the taste.

I am not terribly impressed with this beer, though it is the first from this Bon Secours line I have tried.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Lot D Best before 04/07 notched on label.

Murky ruby, 1 finger tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer. Patchy lace.

Lively, Champagne like carbonation

Aroma is very plummy, with some yeast, and fresh grass.

medium body.

Flavor is prune, chocolate, yeast, sugar.

Finish is long and slightly sweet.

Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of OldSock
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – What’s this I spy on my first visit to Liquor Mart in Boulder? It appears to be a beer from a Belgian brewery that I have not seen before? Awesome! The bottle is marked Lot E, Best before the end of 05/07 is notched on the side. Poured from an 11.2 oz swingtop bottle into a pint glass (I’m in a hotel room, give me a break). The beer is dark brown with red highlights, the tan head falls almost immediately.

Smell – Strong yeast with some English Barleywine style oxidized character right off the bat, strange given that the beer still has 6 months before its best before date. Past the sherry character there is lots of sweet brown sugar. Other than that there is not much in the way of hops or yeast byproducts. The alcohol is subtle until I give the beer a swirl, at which point I smell bad vodka. If I was smelling this blind I would have said English Old/Strong Ale.

Taste – The taste has some phenols and esters that give it away as Belgian, but they are not as strong and spicy/fruity as I expect from a Belgian. It’s a sweet beer, with almost no balancing hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel – It is thick for a Belgian, with powerful carbonation.

Drinkability/Notes – There are Belgian made Scottish style ales, so why not a Belgian Old Ale? Well it didn’t live up to my new import expectations, but it’s always nice to see a new Belgian on the shelves, hopefully some of there other offerings arrive on our shores soon.

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Photo of CWiggins
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Obtained this beer from a distributor wanting to place it in my store. So, it was free!

Upon opening, the beer poured a nice golden brown color. There was no head, just some bubbles from below that popped on the surface occasionally. The smell is what one should expect from a decent Belgian ale, but it seemed a little weaker than many I've tried.

The taste was very nice at first; a little sweet with hints of butterscotch and nuts. Unfortunately the taste faded very rapidly, leading me to ponder the age of this beer. It seems to be marked as "best before end of 2002," but I may not be interpreting the marks correctly.

I don't find the mouthfeel particularly attractive, although it isn't offensive. It has a little of that Belgian "stickiness" that I adore, but the longer it stayed in the glass the more watery it became. There is also quite a bit of fizziness, which I don't mind unless it inhibits tasting. In this case, that didn't occur.

I really think this bottle of beer is way past its prime. After arriving home I reopened the flip top, and "pop" went the beer! The taste after this point was not pleasant and the texture of the drink was almost like water. Based on the flavor when the bottle was first opened, I'd like to try a fresh bottle of this sometime down the road.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swingtop bottle poured into a large tulip glass...other than what is on the label, I can tell this is an older brew, and I'm wondering what is in store with this one...

Pours a chestnut-dark brown with a hefty off white (tannish) fluffy head. Holding into the light reveals a nicely clear brew with some ruby tints.

Aroma is interesting, and the alcohol is pretty apparant...wondering if this one isn't a bit more than 8% at this point of it's life...Plums and brown sugar emmulate the aroma. Also of note is some slight citrus fruit aromas, along with an oaken aged aroma...again, I bought this with some mold on the outside of the bottle, so there's no telling how old this one is...

Sipping reveals a rather sweet, candied plum flavor, along with a metallic flavor that kinda kills my liking this one very much. Alcohol is present and this one goes with a slight roasty brown malt flavor. I'm not sure how good this one truly is...hmmm...

Champagne feel up front with a slightly drying, but metallic feeling and tasting finish...bubbly overall...medium bodied...not too bad...

Overall, I bought this on a whim while Kclingers was closing for less than $2, so I'm not sure how good or old this one is...not sure if this is truly what this beer is intended to be or taste like...However, I'd like to have another that has been brewed lately...for all I know, this brew is 10 years old?

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Bon Secours - Biere Vivante from Brasserie Caulier
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 32 ratings