Contemplation Ale
Brewery Vivant

Contemplation AleContemplation Ale
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From:
Brewery Vivant
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #56
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #24,696
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 11.99%
Ratings:
156
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 14, 2022
Added:
Feb 03, 2011
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  16
SCORE
83
Good
Contemplation AleContemplation Ale
Notes: None
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4.23 by Jacob_Schneider616 from Michigan on Apr 14, 2022
 
3.69 by beersampler6 from Michigan on Jun 11, 2021
 
3.08 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan on May 01, 2020
 
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 03, 2019
 
4.67 by Jim67 from Michigan on Jul 22, 2019
 
3.25 by fosters9 from New York on Nov 05, 2018
 
3.69 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 21, 2018
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3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Wolvmar from Michigan

Working on day old memory...

Pour: on tap at BCC. Served in a pint glass. Golden color with slight amber tone. Some head but don’t recall any lacing or clouds.

Nose: very subtle sweetness from the malts or honey. Not real distinct.

Taste: somewhat bland at first but grew on my as it warmed. Bready malts with some depth. Subtle caramel, spice, honey tones.

Mouthfeel: moderate to low carbonation. Somewhat viscous but not heavy feeling. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: good but not special. Maybe gets better the second time around? I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from trying this but it won’t bi in my regular rotation.

Jun 18, 2018
 
3.77 by Timc32 from Michigan on Jun 11, 2018
 
4.24 by Mikecd234 from Michigan on May 01, 2018
 
3.65 by JoeLev from Ohio on Mar 31, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

Billed as a golden ale, the body is more of a burnished brown, nearly opaque, and topped by a slight, pinkish head. Retention is buoyed by an incredible level of bubble activity.

Aroma is quite pleasant: caramel grains, honey, flowers, brown sugar, wine, bubblegum.

Sweet and grainy on the palate: brown sugar and caramel, prunes, and wheat bread, with strong banana, clove, and bubblegum building in the finish.

Medium-to-full bodied and smooth.

This is a pretty enjoyable and surprising brew. I wouldn't put it in my regular rotation, but it's pleasant enough, and a brew I'd definitely enjoy on tap at the local bar.

Mar 30, 2018
 
3.85 by Giggy from Michigan on Mar 22, 2018
 
4.34 by QianBokSubai from Michigan on Sep 06, 2017
 
3.67 by Calraven from Michigan on Jun 30, 2017
 
3.78 by Lukass from Ohio on May 13, 2017
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3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by mtemerowski from Michigan

I was expecting something different.
Look: deep amber maybe somewhat golden brown. Crystal clear.
Smell: a yeasty aroma with some sort of spiciness.
Taste. Somewhat spicy but crisp and smooth. I was expecting something a little sweet but didn't get any sweetness. not a lot of carbonation either.

May 04, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Blackop555 from Michigan

Pours light cloudy, coppery orange. Thick, short, off white head that fades after a bit to a lasting ring.

Smells yeast, spice, bready malt, light citrus and a hint of Honey.

Tastes bready malt, citrus, light grassy, light spice. Followed by light hint of Honey and grain. Finish is dry with light bitterness and yeasty linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

May 04, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by haoquanlin from Michigan

Pint on tap. Pours a clear yellow color with really no head to speak of. Aromas of Belgian yeast, some spice, light sweetness. Tastes similar. A touch sweet, though doesn’t have a honey taste. Easy drinker; makes me think of summer.

May 03, 2017
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2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by Austin_Madagame from Michigan

Very interesting beer. Glad I tried it but wouldn't have it again

May 02, 2017
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3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Zhenghao from Michigan

It has dull golden/brown color with a strong honey smell. It smells sweet and yeasty, but doesn't taste sweet. It's refreshing, bitter with a dry ending. It's not my favorite, but it's not too bad.

Apr 30, 2017
 
3.53 by AdamSteve from Michigan on Apr 29, 2017
 
3.73 by HenryWinters from Michigan on Apr 26, 2017
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4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by LeahK from Michigan

Golden brown almost dark honey color. Smelled of honey and yeast. Floral, hoppy, and honey taste.

Apr 26, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jbmarie from Wisconsin

Golden brown beer similar color to dark honey. Smelled of bubble gum and bananas... in a good way. As well as there was the smell of yeast. The after taste is strong and complex, with medium hops, and a unique sweetness from the honey. Expected the beer to be slightly sweeter, but enjoyed it none-the-less.

Apr 02, 2017
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3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Mae1118 from Michigan

This beer is a golden brown beer that has a honey, and Belgian yeast smell. the tasted mostly of honey but also had a floral hint to it. overall, not bad. But I like how they are using honey from local sources.

Mar 29, 2017
 
3 by oline73 from Maryland on Mar 25, 2017
 
4.19 by Junior from Michigan on Mar 12, 2017
 
4.01 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Mar 11, 2017
 
3.9 by mcrawford from Michigan on Mar 09, 2017
 
3.72 by loganburgh from Michigan on Mar 01, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown vintage; drank 7/5/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

See-through dark orange appearance.

Eggnog head; decent lace.

Apple cider, honey & clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Apple cider, honey & clove flavors up front; dry champagne & faint booze heat on the finish. A hint too sweet & dry for me; still enjoyable.

Jan 19, 2017
 
3.25 by sweemzander from Illinois on Dec 21, 2016
 
3.74 by MTKATL from Georgia on Aug 16, 2016
 
4.03 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Aug 12, 2016
 
3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jun 23, 2016
 
3.43 by skaboom420 from Pennsylvania on Jun 01, 2016
 
3.9 by BLZR from Michigan on Jun 01, 2016
 
3.82 by coz from Illinois on May 29, 2016
 
3.65 by Jackalope1977 from Michigan on May 28, 2016
Contemplation Ale from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 156 ratings