Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Belgian Dark Ale
3.56 | pDev: 17.98%
Jun 30, 2020
Mar 19, 2014
Notes: None
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Well right away, I don't know that this is a brown ale. Did brown ale subsume the belgian strong dark ale category? In turd resting. Anyways, lets do this Taker v. Mankind hell in a cell match already.

Pours black, not brown. If there was brown, it would be the 3/5" head. The nose was mostly yeast: spice rack, smoke, brown malt, dark fruit and a little bit of alcohol burn/bitterness.

The taste was manageable. I thought I was not gonna be about it, only got the can for the Undertaker reference, thought it was gonna tombstone me but it just gave me one of those soft chokeslams. Dark toffee and prune note. I thought the malt quotient was more in the vein of earthy dark moreso than roasted dark.

As it warmed, there was more nuttiness, and the bitterness became more tempered. These never will be my jam, but I can drink a few ounces of this no problem. All 16 ounces might be a chore solo.
Jun 30, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2014 vintage; drank 9/1/14 @ the Yarchives.

Black hue.

Dark tan head; minimal lace.

Fresh earth, chalk & candied sugar nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Coffee, fresh earth & mild black licorice flavors; sessionable AND flavorful.

Nov 15, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

Oct 29, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by sgttibbs from Minnesota

Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Feb 19, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Rostie from Michigan

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Feb 08, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2018
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
16oz can served in a snifter. I think given to me by @mr-jj. Don't see a date.

Pours dark brown with a smallish fairly pale head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is Belgian. Spices, anise and toffee, dates.

Taste is surprisingly on the toffee side with hints of anise.

Mouthfeel is very light, thin. Overall, not bad.
Dec 21, 2017
Rated: 3.61 by TangoJuliet from New York

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by jtransel from Illinois

Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by travelguy from Ohio

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by Coho11 from Ohio

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by C_Adams from Ohio

Oct 20, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by QianBokSubai from Michigan

Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by briantullis1 from Illinois

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Tjb14 from Michigan

Aug 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Dark black in color with a Mahogany color when held to the light, and a large soft white tan head.

S: Roasted aroma with coffee, and a sharp scent in the finish.

T: Roasty and sharp up front with coffee notes. Finish is where the Belgian character comes through, with clove and spice.

M: Medium light in feel, with fairly high carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

O: For me this one is a little off the mark, the roasted stout character and the Belgian flavors don't seem to meld together. Although it did seem to start to come together when it warmed up.
Aug 12, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by mmilyko from Nevada

Aug 05, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by nwhittin from Indiana

Jul 21, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A chocolate brown color with a heavy froth of a head, 1/2 finger stable.

Aromas of figs, nutty brown aromas, secondary-fermented cocoa nibs, and the peppery dark spice of Belgian yeast. Some weird stuff going on here but nothing too off the mark.

Flavor is kind of figgy and sappy, kind of like a maple syrup-infused prune juice. More of those nutty chocolate notes start to seep through as well, with slight veggie and spice coming in. The more I drink it though, the more those rich nutty chocolate flavors come in. I'd say it's like a peppery yeasty porter. Very unique - I like it. Oh, and slight coffee acidity as well. Quite a pandora's box here.

Feel is very carbonated, with a spiciness to it, and a slightly drying finish. I always hate this category, it's hard to describe.

Overall, I can understand why many people DON'T like it, but I totally see this being a hit if they marketed it as a spicy, Belgian porter. It's got a pretty nice warming holiday thing going for it, with the chocolate and nuts, and the peppery yeast reminds me of peppermint a bit. I'd ...probably... have it again.
May 20, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by AngusOg from North Carolina

May 09, 2017
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Rated by haoquanlin from Michigan

3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Tonnes of coffee, anise, chocolate, hints of Bourbon, vanilla . Medium body, light carbonation, light sweetness, light bitterness, quick finish
May 03, 2017
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Reviewed by natgrimmer from Michigan

2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Not my favorite beer. However, I'm pretty biased to coffee-esque, dark beers because I don't enjoy coffee normally. That being said, it wasn't an awful beer.
May 03, 2017
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Reviewed by slerche from Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The name is perfect. It is a strong, dark, heavy beer bursting with coffee and chocolate aromas. The taste profile has notes of malt and caramel sweetness. The beer is very smooth but definitely created for someone who enjoys DARK beers.
May 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Austin_Madagame from Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Don't drink a lot of dark beers personally but I did enjoy this one. Some coffee and chocolate notes to it. Would recommend to anyone who likes dark beers.
May 03, 2017
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Reviewed by harleyfriesen from District of Columbia

2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Immediate smell of coffee and chocolate with this beer. Beer was very dark and had interesting aromas. Other than coffee and chocolate, smells of light smoke and licorice came into play. The taste of the beer overall was dark and sour with coffee notes to it. Not the beer for me but it was very unique.
May 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Zhenghao from Michigan

3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
It has dull dark color. You can smell coffee aroma right after you open the bottle. It tastes like dark coffee and cigar, very smooth, and highly carbonated. Overall, it's a okay beer, don't quite enjoy the cigar taste.
Apr 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by HenryWinters from Michigan

Apr 26, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Apr 05, 2017
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Reviewed by jbmarie from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Both the color and smell are that of rich coffee, very dark with some maltiness. Taste went down very smoothly with a slight and pleasant smokiness. Rather enjoyed this beer.
Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by Calraven from Michigan

Mar 31, 2017
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Reviewed by DrainBamage from Michigan

2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Pours a really dark amber color, almost black, and is highly carbonated. The head disappears almost instantly. Smell is floral and malty. Goes down very dry and tastes like malted coffee and cigarettes. Overall I'm really disappointed. Worst beer I've had from Brewery Vivant.
Mar 04, 2017
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Rated by GtBoros from Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Lovely full bodied Full of chocolate and cherry and richness. Delightful and smooth and well crafted.
Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Oct 17, 2016
Undertaker from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 248 ratings