Contemplation Ale | Brewery Vivant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SupaCelt on 02-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.96%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by SportsandJorts:
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a deep orange color. Slight haze. Two fingers off white head that fades quickly to a lacing. Non-yeast concretions come out along with the pour. Probably hardened honey

Smell: clove, lemon, sweetness

Taste: starts of with a clove taste, that subtlety turns to a grassy lemon taste. Just a touch of floral hops at the end. Tasty but no where out of this world

Mouthfeel: quite dry. Medium to lower body. Well hidden alcohol although its not that strong

Overall: well crafted Belgian beer. Good change up from all the hoppiness that is more characteristic of summer

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BigJim5021
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is not sweet, as stated DIRECTLY ON THE CAN. The honey was added during the boil and then the nice Belgian yeast ate it up and spat it out during fermentation. Go eat a spoonful of clover honey. THAT'S sweet. Amazing how few people actually seem to know what honey tastes like, because it's not something people would notice if it wasn't expressly stated as an ingredient.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Zhenghao
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Jackalope1977
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamjbauer
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joeseppy
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ironically enough it has a golden honey clarity and generous head. Fluffy head actually lasts awhile.

Yeast and clover aromas in a floral sensation. Tinge of sour and spice; touch of sweet malt.

Taste is fresh bread and mild sweetness from the malt and honey with some lactic sourness. Spicy finish on the palate. And just enough hops to make it so. Pretty close to a saison.

Medium body and some stickiness. Daytime quencher. Wonderful taste lingers through the nose. Carbonation is lower.

What a great summer fare. Serve ice cold by the lake, pool or backyard. A beer that almost anyone would appreciate.

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Photo of Summer78
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of haoquanlin
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrIPA
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- poured into a tulip glass and had a medium head with some retention along the side of the glass and minimal on top of the beer, the color is golden with some haze.

S- I get a floral aroma with honey and some yeast smell

T- again I get the floral taste but a good amount of honey gives it a sweet taste, in the end I get a little bit of the alcohol but it isn't over powering

M- a medium body with tingling from the carbonation but nothing that is too much

O- a nice lighter beer that would be great in a summer day, I felt that it was a little to carbonated but it still was enjoyable

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Photo of deakin
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AirborneBeer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LeahK
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jduprey007
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Beerpiggie
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for keeping me stocked with new and exciting beers. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of honey. Taste is also mild, a bit bland even. Some floral notes, a bit of honey, no bad, but light. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

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Photo of Cpastor1119
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Contemplation Ale from Brewery Vivant
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