Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale)
Brewery Vivant

Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale)Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale)
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From:
Brewery Vivant
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
80
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 15.74%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
28
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 17, 2015
Added:
Jan 26, 2011
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  2
SCORE
80
Good
Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale)Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale)
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Rated: 3.25 by williamjbauer from Colorado

Mar 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Nov 02, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by krustster from Maine

Oct 07, 2014
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
One Pint can
Served in a tulip glass

A - This beer pours copper in color with burnt orange highlights. It was topped with several inches of beige head with no lacing.

S - The smell is spicy and malty. I get some hints of plum, raisin, and cherry.

T - The taste is sweet and spicy. I get a molasses taste. Then the Belgian spices kick in with a lackadaisical effort. There is some biscuit, as well.

M - Medium

O - It is a decent beer. I just can't get excited about it. It is a little boring. Now the barrel aged versions are great.
Aug 12, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by jduprey007 from Michigan

Aug 02, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Desimoaj from Michigan

Jul 17, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by ROBSTARR from Michigan

Jun 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by mvanwoerm from Michigan

Apr 12, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by tommy5 from Michigan

Feb 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by little_star from Illinois

Feb 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by hotsudge from Canada (ON)

Feb 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Arcous from Michigan

Dec 16, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Sep 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Sep 08, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Aug 19, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by MallyOMight from Michigan

Jul 21, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by rolandboy from Michigan

Jul 15, 2013
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Reviewed by PincheNorteno from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
First off, I've noticed an overall improvement in Solitude 4-packs purchased in summer 2013 vs 2011-12. The same goes for Big Red Coq, either my palate has changed or Vivant has tweaked things a bit.

Appearance- pours a reddish mahogany brown, permeable to light, half inch head fades shortly after pour. Retains a ring of tight bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell- reminiscent of a sour, but milder. Malt and fruit esters come through. Think autumn.

Taste- recent batch has more pronounced tartness that subdues the bitterness and sweetness. Raisin, crisp pear/apple, grass, and some leather. Lighter flavors hit your nose too.

Mouthfeel- lighter than ommagang's dubbel, Solitude's carbonation makes it very approachable. Solitude is not syrupy or viscous. There's a cool vaporous quality to Solitude that engages your nose, there are some subtleties that come through this way.

Overall- I had given up on this Vivant brew, until I tried stuff from Unibroue, Jolly Pumpkin, New Belgium Lips of Faith series, and Ommegang. The perspective I gained leads me to believe that Vivant's Solitude can compete with other beers of its class.
Jul 04, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by CesarLopes from Brazil

May 30, 2013
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Reviewed by MichaelNickerson from Michigan

2.56/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Appearance - pours a clear, dark brown

Smell - extremely musty with some qualities of raisins at the end

Taste - thick, sweet beginning followed by a fruity and tart finish. Strong notes of raisins dominate the entire beer with almost a hint of broccoli

Mouthfeel - thick and silky finish, but doesn't convince another sip
Apr 25, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by freddypsu from Pennsylvania

Mar 29, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Nov 11, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by Sirvis from Michigan

Oct 28, 2012
 
Rated: 3.25 by smalenberg from Michigan

Oct 15, 2012
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Reviewed by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap @ the brewpub

A - Very dark brown/amber colour. Almost opaque. A small film of cream coloured head formed on the pour.

S - Caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Fairly sweet overall nose.

T - Sweet up front with dark caramel, toffee, brown sugar and molasses. A decent alcohol presence cuts through the sweetness a little bit.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.
Aug 10, 2012
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Reviewed by MadScientist from New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: This pours a deep amber with excellent clarity with a finger of light tan head that has compact bubbles and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Malty and fruit with some caramel and pear aromas. There is a low spiciness a touch of dill but overall a lot clean than most Belgians. There is a low sourness to the aroma.

T: Moderate malt, moderately-high hops bitterness and light fruitiness dominate the flavor. A moderately-low citrus and spicy hops flavor. There is some pear and raisins along with a low coriander-like sourness. The balance is on the bitterness. A light spiciness blends with the bitterness in the aftertaste following a dry finish. The spice becomes more clove-like as it warms.

M: This beer has a medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation and a slight creaminess.

O: Sort of a Belgian styled American Amber that comes together very well and goes down pretty easy. I could enjoy a few of these in a sitting.
Aug 10, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by amishbooze from Michigan

Jul 10, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by Lynn from Ohio

Jul 08, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by JeepinJJ

Jun 28, 2012
 
Rated: 2.5 by zonker17 from Texas

Apr 02, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by denimdemon from Indiana

Mar 15, 2012
 
Rated: 1 by Finchum from Michigan

Feb 05, 2012
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Reviewed by andrewjraab from Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A - a rich mahogany that poured with a creamy half inch head.

T- A nice malty flavor to start, but too much of a bitter element to finish.

M - Medium bodied start, but a heavy bitter finish.

O - This would be much smoother and enjoyable if it had less of the bitters. It will be interesting to see if this relatively new brewery tunes up the recipe or not. I would try this again.
Dec 15, 2011
 
Rated: 4 by tclapper from Maine

Nov 17, 2011
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Reviewed by SpdKilz from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A huge thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours from a can into a tulip. Held up to the light there is a hazelnut brown color. About two fingers of head is achieved with a slow pour that dissipate quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Smell – Bananas, clove, Belgian yeast, hops, and…well that’s about it.

Taste – Quite a bit of roasted malt which is almost immediately encapsulated by banana and clove. Very little hop profile but tons of yeast. Quite sweet.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent amount of carbonation.

Overall – Too much Belgian yeast. Relatively quaffable, but as stated a bit too prominent on the yeast.
Aug 29, 2011
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Reviewed by ribby from Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a 16 oz can. This is a nice beer, with good malt and hops flavor, balance tipped slightly towards the malt. The major negative for me is a slight yeastiness in the flavor. The color was clear brown, not cloudy, and a pours with a thick head, not too creamy. The aroma is moderately hoppy. For me, if the yeastiness was subdued I would up the taste to 4.
Jul 19, 2011
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Reviewed by jale from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap poured into a becher glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with two fingers of head.

S: Belgian yeast in here. banana , clove and sweet malt.

T: Lots of malt up front. A little caramel and maybe some pear. Almost no hop flavor.

M: Great carbonation. Medium body.

D: Would drink another
Jan 26, 2011
Solitude (Abbey Ale: Belgian Amber Ale) from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 38 ratings