Brewery Vivant

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3.65 | pDev: 15.07%
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
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djeucalyptus from Oregon

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter, this gem pours dark garnet with burnt umber highlights. frothy, bubbling finger-thick head has good retention but leaves minimal lace.

aroma is toasty. burnt rye bread, whole wheat bread and a touch of fig. earth, white pepper, and a touch of raisin. a hint of cocoa and carob. earthy and interesting.

malt, roasty cocoa, and pumpernickel bagels up front. some dark fruit peeks through - plum and some caramelized fig. a clean earthiness and some herbal hops help balance it out. alcohol is barely present - if at all. not as rich or fruity as I prefer from my belgian darks, but this one is definitely interesting.

mouth is creamy. ample fine carbonation helps inflate the somewhat thin and light body to something solid. wish is was a touch thicker... it might help the flavors a bit.

all in all, this is an interesting and impressive brew. it took me a while to warm up to the characteristics of this garnet hued gem, but once I did, wow. Impressive, interesting, and different. definitely wouldn't turn down another.

Oct 01, 2011
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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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mcallister from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful mahogany showing brilliant ruby highlights. A small light head of tan fades quickly into a ring around the glass.

Raisin, plum, nuts, dark candi sugar, rye bread, spice, yeast, reminds me of fall in the nose, like rotting leaves and wood in a wet forest. Nice earthy, with an almost musty aroma but in a good way.

Not bad but the flavors fall off from what I was expecting from the nose. Iced tea flavor really dominates throughout. Hint of raisin, toffee, and plum. Dark crusty bread flavors, more tea, some earthy flavors, fallen leaves, earthy hop character on the finish. Some spices in the finish I can't pinpoint, maybe a hint of black pepper.

Mouth is a bit thin in the middle but fills out at the finish. A nice beer.

Sep 23, 2011
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akttr from Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Jan 20, 2012
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Feb 14, 2012
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ebby82 from Virginia

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

I had this as part of a sampler. It came in a miniature 5 oz tulip glass. There was no head when the beer arrived at my table.

It appears dark, plum like in color.

The aroma is of plum or raisin, malt, and unspecified sweetness.

The taste is of dark fruit up front, with a pronounced smokiness in the back. It almost tastes like they used smoked malt, although according to the website they do not. However, the smokiness adds an interesting complexity to the beer, without overwhelming the tastebuds.

Good mouthfeel, very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, a really good, interesting take on a Belgian Dark, and less alcoholic than many of the same style.

Jul 15, 2011
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tjdemon from Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Dec 05, 2012
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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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gordavidson from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear ruby red with some brown highlights. The light brown head is splotchy but creamy.

S- Tobacco, brown sugar, walnuts, and oats. Very unique to say the least.

T- Nutty with some cocoa, tobacco, and molasses. A bit sweet and smoky, and everything blends nicely together.

M- A little on the thin and under-carbonated side.

O- Overall, this is a very unique beer that grows on me the more I get into it.

May 11, 2011
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jrob21 from Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct 23, 2015
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prototypic from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solitude is an attractive cherry stained copper color. It’s mostly clear and has really nice crimson highlights when held to light. A light tan head rises to about a finger in height before falling quickly. Lacing was definitely light and spotty. Pretty good looking stuff.

The nose is lacking in strength. It’s not bad, but needs muscle. It’s malty and a little roasty up front. Not bad. There’s an herbal or earthy scent that’s interesting. It’s a bit like leather or tobacco. There are some secondary notes of dark fruit and nuts. Those aren’t particularly strong, but they do add some depth. Yeast is there, but doesn’t smell as strong as it should. It might be a little Belgian in character, but it’s tough to tell. Alcohol is masked very well and doesn’t come through much at all.

The flavor is easily a notch above the nose. The malt base is a little roasty and has a distinct cocoa flavor. Might even be a bit toasty. It’s definitely earthy and herbal. Light tobacco is definitely in the house. It also has a really nice praline or nutty flavor. Raisin and plum are there, but are light in the mix. They add nice depth and work well. Belgian yeast is more notable here, but I wouldn’t mind a little more. Having said that, its presence drives the flavor score up a notch. No doubt about it. Alcohol is masked extremely well and isn’t noticeable.

Solitude has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and restrained. It has a pretty good feel, but a little more body would help. It’s easy drinking stuff though. Love the 16 oz. can. Perfect serving size.

Brewery Vivant did a pretty nice job with Solitude. It’s a pretty solid release all-around. It could be improved with a stronger nose and more of a Belgian yeast presence, but it’s pretty good as it is. For a recent upstart, Brewery Vivant is showing some promise. Keep it up, guys!

Sep 11, 2011
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Dec 18, 2013
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drewone from California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Aug 23, 2013
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brown color with this tin wispy head of off white that capped the top only for a slight time offering little in the way of side lacing. aroma of roasted malts, light smoke, and hints of chocolate, nice and warming, but lacked the punch i was looking for. flavor was more of the same, not bad at all, had all the right markers there with light peat, lots of chocolate, deep roasted profile, just too light for me to be honest. thin feel

Oct 18, 2011
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morimech from Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany color with one+ fingers of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Pleasant aroma of dark fruit and caramel malt. There might be some chocolate and smoke as well.

Has a bit of a caustic bitterness that I fight slightly off-putting. Otherwise the flavor has some nice things going on. Hints of fruit, caramel, and chocolate. Some earthy hops come in the finish.

Lighter body that is just a touch over carbonated. Would of liked a thicker body.

Probably the most Belgian of the three Brewery Vivant beers I had. Too bad I did not find the taste to my liking.

Oct 27, 2011
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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
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MasterSki from Canada

2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A canned Belgian-style beer - how strange. Thanks Jason! Served in a tulip.

A - A finger-plus of tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and splotchy lace. Transparent ruby-brown color.

S - Tons of candi sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, fresh bread, vanilla, powdered cocoa, some phenolic and medicinal notes, and a bit of alcohol that seems out of place for a 6% beer.

T - Taste is very sweet, with tons of spicy esters - Vivant claims there are no spices added, but you could have fooled me. There's a strange oxidated note as well as some chalkiness and minerality in the finish that kind of spoils things for me.

M - Texture is initially medium bodied and creamy and but gets progressively dryer as it cross the palate and ends up finishing powdery and chalky. Low carbonation, minimal warming alcohol.

D - A passable US-made Belgian Dark Ale, but suffers from some problems in the finish. Hopefully they can tweak the recipe a bit so that the taste matches the smell better. Again, very weird drinking a Belgian-style beer from a tallboy.

Jan 02, 2012
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a dark mahogany color with thin beige cap.

Aroma is muted with molasses and tropical fruit.

Tasted of molasses, sweet malts, candy sugar and tropical fruit.

Medium bodied and sticky with a lighter carbonation.

Not very complex but not too bad.

Dec 31, 2011
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freduardo from Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Dec 01, 2011
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GRPunk from Michigan

3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. can spread out over two pours into a Duvel tulip.

A- A careful pour created a dense, 1-finger tan head that drops pretty quickly to a fully covering film. Lacing sticks around for a while before eventually falling back into the body. The dark, mahogany body is clean enough to showcase moderate carbonation.

S- Wonderfully complex. At first I got a lot of spice (mostly pepper), and fruit (apple/pear/plum) with an underlying hint of smoke. With a little warmth, a raisin-like sweetness came through. There was no way to know what is going to come from the flavor.

T- Whoa. There's a lot of smoke up front and many great things through the middle (following the fruit and spice suggested by the aroma and some dark, bready flavor). Then there is this terrible finish. It's not so much smoke as stale cigarette. I generally like the smoke associated with a Scotch ale or even a smoked beer, but this is something altogether different. I'm trying to find a positive description (campfire, woody?), but I just can't.

M- Moderate carbonation. Moderate-light body. Quite dry.

O- Vivant is wildly hit or miss for me. For all this beer has going for it, I found it difficult to get past the unpeasant cigarette-like flavor.

Jul 10, 2011
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spointon from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Jul 28, 2014
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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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BlissJunkie from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Jul 22, 2013
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Another6Pack from Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Nov 20, 2011
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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
Solitude from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 201 ratings