Brewery Vivant

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3.65 | pDev: 15.07%
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was centered around a decent hazy golden yellow to somewhat orange/light brown color. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute and left some light lacing sticking nicely around the sides of the glass. The smell had some nice light Belgian spices up front and let in a slight sour lemon. The taste took the lemon and the Belgian spices to town and let in a decent citrus flavoring. It left a really dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. The carbonation was sharp but nothing overbearing. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Belgian pale ale worthy of having again.

Jun 16, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: caramel malt, raisins dark malts, bread, Malt and fermented grains and yeast nose.
Dark copper, semi opaque, with a tan head of fine lace. Medium body, with some alcohol notes in the finish.

Aug 25, 2016
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HensonJ3 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a little bit of a red tint. Dark fruity flavors in the smell and taste. Medium bodied but overall pretty good. Middle of the road type of beer, good but nothing spectacular.

Apr 27, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a ruby tinge (mahogany), almost no carbonation, filtered and semi-opaque, huge beige head fades relatively fast to a finger.

S: Belgian yeasts, raisins, cherries, dark fruits, prunes, light smokiness, sweet and earthy.

T: Cherries, Belgian yeasts, raisins, dark fruits, earthy, much like a dubbel. Reminds me of Leffe’s Vielle Cuvee.

M: Medium somewhat weighty body, but smooth and clean finish, medium carbonation.

O: Very balanced, very well crafted beer. Got at Oppermans in Saginaw, drank June 2nd, 2014 in Uxbridge. Very well crafted beer

Jun 03, 2014
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Mavigo from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at Hopcat in East Lansing. Served in a tulip.

A: pours a deep hazy, cranberry brown color with a short ta head with small splotches of lace.

S: Smells of cherries, wheat, yeast, malts, sugars, hops

T: Sweet, mellow flavor, a bit dry. tastes of yeast, wheat, grains, cherries, malts, sugars, yeast followed through with a slightly bitter hop fiish.

M: Medium bodied beer with good amounts of carbonation, has a slight hop after taste.

O: Overall, this was an excellent local dubbel. It was not revolutionary or anything but it hit the spot.

May 05, 2014
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Badger6 from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Brewery Vivant tap room on March 24, 2014.

A: Body is a deep reddish-brown color, small tan head with spotty lace.

S: Malty, yeast, cherries, candi sugars.

T: Sweet flavor, a bit dry. Malty with tastes of yeast, wheat, grains, malts, sugars. Slightly bitter finish from the hops.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Slightly hoppy aftertaste.

O: So proud to see a brewery in GR making Belgian style beers, and doing it well. This is another great beer from Brewery Vivant. Not the best dubbel you can get in the US, but for a truly local brewery, this is pretty damn good.

Mar 24, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can from Sicilianos served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours clear but very dark, reddish brown with a good head.

Aroma: darks fruits with a hint of being over-ripe banana.

Taste: rich and complex, with a bit more yeastiness than I prefer, but with a substantial amount of raisin, dates, figs and generic dark fruits. Overall bitterness and sweetness are nearly in balance.

Feel: medium body; carbonation is lively, perhaps too lively.

Feb 22, 2014
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William_B from Michigan

2.12/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was unlucky enough to unwittingly purchase a four-pack of Solitude cans effected by an error in the brewing process. The beer had a horrible sour flavor, and everything except for the color did not correspond to any abbey ale I had ever had. Being a fan of Brewery Vivant I contacted the brewery to discovery that I had purchased beer subject to a recall because it was fermented with the wrong yeast. Apparently Brewery Vivant was only able to successfully recall 85% of the ill fermented batch.

The brewery manager went way out of his way to correct my purchase of the wayward batch. In the interim however, I would not hesitate trying this abbey ale again. I look forward to sampling Solitude.

I am surprised that BV did not have better quality control of their outgoing product. Perhaps the experience of a costly recall caused BV to re-evaluate their quality control.

Nov 17, 2013
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BrodWarrior from Illinois

2.54/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Beer has a nice color once poured in a tulip. The aroma was nice at first but when I really stuck my nose in I thought something was off. The carbonation seemed differant than other beers I have drank. When first hitting my palate the flavor was OK but it ended up having a musty sour taste. Perhaps I got an old can but I think the beer went bad.

Nov 15, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cherry, raisin, prune, pear, caramel, candi sugar, pepper, clove, toast, light chocolate, herbal, brown sugar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of cherry, raisin, prune, pear, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, candi sugar, light chocolate, molasses, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, clove, pepper, light chocolate, candi sugar, molasses, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale! All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Oct 19, 2013
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barczar from Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights and a modest khaki head that dissipates somewhat sickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet and yeasty, with notes of slightly burnt caramel and dark candi sugar accompanying Belgian yeast character, light fruity esters, and floral notes. Pear, raisins, and green apple surface add it warms.

Flavor reveals a vinous character at the base, with burnt caramel malt and toasted breadcrust forming the semi-sweet backbone along with hints of chocolate, leading into a fairly dry finish. Dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin are somewhat masked by the vinous background. The aftertaste is oddly cloyingly sweet.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side, and light alcohol warmth.

The vinous character that dominates the flavor profile really detracts from the experience. Subtle eater characters emerge later, but the sharp acidic notes are too powerful to overcome. Yeast esters are somewhat lackluster.

Oct 12, 2013
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown near black with a thin light tan head that has decent retention.

Smell has notes of dark fruits, dark cherry mainly, prunes and tart cranberries. Almost an oak like yeast melds with a bready Malt which smells rich and slightly sweet.

Taste is great. Malt is forward and has a rich caramel light sweetness. Yeasty esters are next and mainly consist of raisins and some tart dark cherries. Lee ally nicely balanced, the yeast is the main showcase of this brew and give some really nice fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium body and a tart sweetness gives this a nice sticky feel.

Sep 23, 2013
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mattcrill from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Moderate fruity esters- dark plum, cherry, fig. Mild biscuit malt base. Light alcohol warmth tickles the nose.

Appearance: Slightly hazy brick red pour with a low tan head. Head retention is good. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Moderate fruity esters persist with cherry and dark plum in the forefront. Slight peppery notes yield to a mild dark bread maltiness that is all well-knit. Balance is nearly even with a nod to the malty and estery fruit notes. Some earthy hop bitterness provides a pleasant counterpoint. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation with slight warming alcohol noted on the palate.

Overall impression: A beautiful crafted and delicate dubble. A little lighter for the style but immensely refreshing and drinkable. Wish this were available to me in Ohio.

Aug 12, 2013
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jera1350 from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Big thanks to Rouse for this one.

Burnt orange color with a creamy tan head of foam.

Malty sweetness with dark fruit (plum, prune, raisin) and mildly sour smelling.

I am going to point out what stands out the most here. Sour vegetables and fruit up front with some metallic and almost musty grains. There is more sour fruit and mild spices at the end. A bit of a mess on the palate flavor wise.

The feel is very nice. The carbonation is terrifically soft and velvety. Feels a bit thinner than medium.

The flavor just hurts the overall beer here. Off flavors abound, not what I was hoping for here.

Jul 30, 2013
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CFHMagnet from Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring this into a snifter yielded a finger of sand colored head. The body is a dark cola color with hints of deep dark ruby. No lace.

It smells of grape juice gone over, with hints of prune and other dark fruits. Also, funk.

The taste is interesting. I get expired grapejuice, sour apples, a hint of caramel and an earthy, woody note near the end. There is an unpleasant funky something at the end.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. I think this is over carbonated, with a bite at the end that accompanies the unpleasant taste.

I rarely drainpour beer, but this one is getting that treatment.

Jun 29, 2013
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knepper from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh purple raisins soaked in white grape juice. The beer pours a nice deep garnet/brown with a slightly cloudy haze (swirl the last two ounces and pour into the glass to accentuate the yeast character). The beer is a lean easy drinker with a great saison-like lemon and ester character that is amped up by a healthy dose of dark fruit notes from either special-b malt or dark candi sugar. Really enjoying this one. I tend to think of it as a fall version of a saison.

Jun 21, 2013
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can bought for $2.79. When I got home, I noticed the top of the can was extremely dusty, so this may've been sitting awhile. No canning date. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A deep, clear mahogany color with a pretty huge, rocky, creamy and tan head... pour slowly. I went to finish pouring my can into my glass, and the head quickly spilled... whoops. Lacing's quite nice.

Smell: Like musky grape juice, or something along those lines. Quite a lot of apple as well. Not much else to speak of. I assume I get this aroma from the yeast, as this smells quite a lot like Triomphe, to me. Not at all what I was expecting from this beer... where are the super dark fruit and roasty sort of notes?

Taste: A surprising little bit of alcohol is the first thing I taste when sipping this beer. After that, dark fruits cut through with quite a bit of malt -- crystal, and then some roastier varieties. There's also a note of pear that I get, but that may just because I read the label saying it's what I should expect. Not bitter, slightly sweet, easy to drink.

Not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting. Being Belgian, I was expecting a funk. A tartness. Some sort of weird twist -- I didn't really get that. Solitude is definitely a solid beer, but not my favorite from Vivant. I'm not sure how long this can was sitting, since there's no canning date, but that may explain why I don't get many of those Belgian characteristics in this beer. I recommend it.

May 27, 2013
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Thaddeus from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark amber, with an average sized light brown head. Surprisingly clear for a dark .

Aroma & Taste: A very interesting beer. Contains chocolate and nutty notes mixed with dark fruits. The way the chocolate and nutty flavors mashed with the raisin and plum flavors was quite delightful.

Apr 26, 2013
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finstadp from Michigan

1.95/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

After tasting the Solitude from Brewery Vivant, I realized it did not fit my specific flavor profile or taste bud selection. The beer had a great dark color that resembled a coco or chocolate brown. The smell to me was very unpleasant and almost musty. The flavor was also musty and in my opinion sour. I think that many darker beer drinkers would appreciate this beer for it's full-bodied dark flavor but it unfortunately did not fit my specific pallet.

Apr 24, 2013
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shand from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solitude pours out a brown color with a massive head (even with a slow pour). The aroma is sweet, malty, and slightly sour with some dark fruits. The taste is very good, offering a bit of sugary (yet dark fruit based) sweetness over a slightly tart base. Yeast imparts just a bit of spiciness. Very well composed and tasty. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and gently carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, one of the most enjoyable Belgian-style beers I've had from the States. It stays away from the pitfalls of either too much spicy yeast flavors, or too much Candi sugar that too many American brewers of Belgian styles fall into.

Apr 11, 2013
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer had a dense glowing walnut brown body with a thin creamy light tan head that last for a short bit. There is a gentle fizz trailing up the glass.

S- The tart yeasty aroma has some faint woody malt hints and a dry caramel malt note that comes through as it opens but it is pretty clean aroma in general.

T- This beer has a dry stale malt flavor with a tart yeast character to follow. There is a woody malt hint and some well water flavors that finish with a lemony tartness that might be yeast or hops? The tartness becomes more astringent in the after taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a fizzy finish scrubs the flavor and enhances the astringency.

O- This beer is pretty light in flavor with the tartness of their house yeast that I just care for. There is not much malt flavor or yeasty esters that make a good dubble, but more than that it just has a lot of off flavors regardless of what style you want to label it.

Feb 07, 2013
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours brown with lots of carbonation and a thin foamy off-white head. Aromas are malty and sweet with brown sugar, fruity (pear, apple), spice, bready yeast, raisin. Tastes are complex and can be overly sweet at times with notes of dark fruit, raisin, caramel, pear, apple, spice, rum, yeast, brown sugar, tea. Moderate carbonation gives fuller feel to the medium body. Sweet and spicy on the finish. Overall, good but by the end of the 16oz I was sick of it.

Jan 30, 2013
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yamar68 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice murky copper/ruby body with a milky off-white head that sticks to every piece of the glass... spectacular lacing ta boot.

Nutmeg, caramel, inviting malty goodness... a touch of vanilla, very smooth stuff.

Great traditional Abbey type flavors... root beer, figs and dates, light fruity sweetness, a touch of sourness which is a bit distracting but inventive at the same time. Interesting stuff. Pretty damn good.

Big thanks to shamrock for hooking it up!

Dec 30, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Damn you, Spelunky, for your addictiveness and pain! Anyway, this stuff pours a slightly murky amber-sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light soy sauce, clove, lightly-toasted caramel, and mild Belgian yeast. The taste brings in more of the same, minus the soy sauce (thankfully), plus some light bread, and plus some light cocoa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice little Belgian deal, nothing spectacular, but a welcome sight in a can 'round here.

Dec 19, 2012
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lstokes from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a thin off-white head and some translucence--this smelled fairly light, all things considered, but the taste is dark malt, plums, raisins, tart, a touch of caramel. The mouthfeel is pleasant but the finish is a bit too sweet. It's a solid beer but there are better in its class.

Dec 01, 2012
Solitude from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 201 ratings