Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #37
Ranked #26,935
3.56 | pDev: 17.98%
Jun 30, 2020
Mar 19, 2014
Notes: None
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
3.75 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on Oct 29, 2019
3.5 by sgttibbs from Minnesota on Sep 26, 2018
3.25 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Aug 03, 2018
3.6 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 18, 2018
3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Apr 30, 2018
3.9 by JeffSK from Wisconsin on Apr 29, 2018
4 by paulish from New York on Feb 19, 2018
4.75 by Rostie from Michigan on Feb 09, 2018
3.77 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Feb 08, 2018
4.33 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts on Jan 05, 2018
Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by snaotheus from Washington

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
3.61 by TangoJuliet from New York on Dec 02, 2017
4.25 by jtransel from Illinois on Nov 26, 2017
3.87 by travelguy from Ohio on Nov 11, 2017
3.68 by Coho11 from Ohio on Oct 29, 2017
3.75 by C_Adams from Ohio on Oct 20, 2017
3.65 by QianBokSubai from Michigan on Sep 06, 2017
3.99 by briantullis1 from Illinois on Aug 19, 2017
3.69 by Tjb14 from Michigan on Aug 19, 2017
Photo of Beejay
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Beejay from Virginia

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
3.5 by mmilyko from Nevada on Aug 05, 2017
3.69 by nwhittin from Indiana on Jul 21, 2017
Photo of hoptheology
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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
3.84 by AngusOg from North Carolina on May 09, 2017
Photo of haoquanlin
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by haoquanlin from Michigan

Tonnes of coffee, anise, chocolate, hints of Bourbon, vanilla . Medium body, light carbonation, light sweetness, light bitterness, quick finish

May 03, 2017
Photo of natgrimmer
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by natgrimmer from Michigan

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
Photo of slerche
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by slerche from Michigan

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
Photo of Austin_Madagame
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Austin_Madagame from Michigan

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
Photo of harleyfriesen
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
by harleyfriesen from District of Columbia

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
Photo of Zhenghao
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Zhenghao from Michigan

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
4 by HenryWinters from Michigan on Apr 26, 2017
3.94 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on Apr 05, 2017
Photo of jbmarie
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by jbmarie from Wisconsin

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
3.93 by Calraven from Michigan on Mar 31, 2017
Photo of DrainBamage
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by DrainBamage from Michigan

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
Photo of GtBoros
4.73/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by GtBoros from Illinois

Lovely full bodied Full of chocolate and cherry and richness. Delightful and smooth and well crafted.

Dec 30, 2016
4.21 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania on Oct 23, 2016
3.63 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Oct 17, 2016
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 248 ratings