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Solitude | Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of finstadp
1.95/5  rDev -46.1%
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.

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Photo of William_B
2.12/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

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Photo of brc
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into the recommended goblet. A thin head stayed for a second or two, then settled to a skim. The liquid is brown and quite clear, with plenty of bubbles.

Smell and taste are both rather subtle. Raisins and a hint of chocolate in the finish. Dry, rather than sweet.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery for a dubbel. The carbonation helps somewhat, but some creaminess would be better.

I'd probably be happy drinking this from the can while fishing, but otherwise I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of BrodWarrior
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of Wadsey
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brewery Vivant Solitude

Consumed from a New Belgium tulip. 

A: Pours deep, clear ruby with no appreciable head, lacing, or effervescence. Agitation fails to resurrect any foam. 

S: Some clove and faint raisins.  Then dark bread/grains. 

T: Tongue follows nose fairly closely. Additional elements include hard/mineral water, white pepper, and steely caramel. More bitterness than expected for style. Cloves and pepper dominate finish. 

M: Medium-light body with light carbonation. Low abv so no warming present. 

O: Brewery Vivant's Solitude is a decent stab at the style considering it is American and a newly launched brewery. Nonetheless, this beer falls short of the better representations. 

Thanks to hurfer for the assist. 

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Photo of oline73
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger and a half of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass with just a touch of lacing. 4

Smell: Mild and malty with some caramel and fruity notes. Mild raisins and cherry. 3

Taste: Just alright. The taste isn't very bold at all. Mild caramel malt and some dark fruit. Very mild cherry flavor in the background. The finish is a bit bland and boring. 2.5

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a dry finish. 3.5

Overall: This is a pretty boring beer. Not bad for what it is trying to be, but I definitely didn't find anything that would make me come back for more.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color, but lacks the foamy head one would expect from a Belgian; the inch of foam does a decent job spotting the tulip with lace, however

Smell: Bit-O-Honey candy, Mexican chocolate and a hint of raisins; a little different, I must say

Taste: Opens with Bit-O-Honey candy and adds the Mexican chocolate and raisin flavors by mid-palate; rather cloying, after the swallow, with a hint of tobacco in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; a little thin for a Belgian style

Overall: I am not a big fan of Bit-O-Honey candy and I feel this recipe needs some work; Belgian beers are tough to brew and this one has the sweetness but lacks the yeasty complexity

Thanks, surlytheduff, for the opportunity

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16 oz. can into Duvel tulip. Purchased from Fitzgerald's in Eagle River, MI.

A: Pours a deep amber color, with some copper notes. Almost no light getting through. Big fluffy off white head stays around for about 20 seconds, and begins to dissipate. Hardly any lacing left behind.

N: A bit of spice is coming through nicely, with some sweet Belgian yeast, and candied sugar. Bread or estery notes come through, with a bit of caramel.

T: Good malty quality, with some bread like character, and a bit of peppery spice. Some caramel notes, but not all that present. Very little alcohol sensation, nice and mild with good round flavor. Some ripe, dried fruit, provide a bit of a drying effect...

M: Big carbonation, fills the mouth nicely. No biting sensation, or prickly.

D and O: Not a whole lot of complexity going on here. It has some good malt sweetness, but kind of lacks depth. Easy drinking, and another quality Michigan brew, yet just falls short.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Head pours soapy off-white and dissipates quickly. Brew is dark blood red with lots of brown and reds. Pour is quite thin and build heavy head. Nice clear brew with subtle bubbles.

S - Slight Belgian yeast funk... Lots of Belgian banana. Very clovey and fruitful. Slight cherry and tart scent too.

T - Quite watery. Disappointing. Not what the scent represented. Lots of light fruit tones... Cherry, banana, orange, lime, pear... I was really looking forward to this brew, so needless to say, I'm a little put out.

M - Very light. Overly carbonated and quite basic. No bitterness and no heat. Hard to chew.

O - A disappointing brew. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy or find this one. A brew all over the board. iffy.

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Photo of morimech
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Decadance for the can.

appearance: dark brown with orangish hue and a 1 finger off white head

smell: dark fruits, malts, belgian yeast,

taste: dark fruits, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: ok beer. nothing to make this beer stand out. chalk this up to trying a new brewery.


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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2.69 for a 16oz can from Siciliano's. Thanks Maddog for providing the beer.

A: clear, copper color, poured with a nice head that dissipated quickly
S: milder nose, deep roasted, chewy malt, hints of yeast
T: deep roasted, almost burnt malt that is very intriguing with well-balanced hops that were not overpowering, needs a bit more body
M: very nice mouthfeel with good roasted malt up front and well-balanced hop finish, a bit on thinner side of an abbey ale but too off, creamy texture

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Photo of ahq514
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 16 oz can into english pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a fairly reddish hue. Pours 2 finger head that dissipates rapidly into a 1 finger head. A decent amount of bubbles rising to the surface indicating moderate carbonation. Almost no lacing.

Smell is fairly simple for a belgian style ale. There's a little bit of caramel roast. Some dark fruits are present, as is belgian yeast characteristics, and some brown sugar with a lightly spicy aroma.

Up front I get a little bit some caramel maltiness with a light and short lived hop bite. Following that is a little bit of roasty smoke flavor. Really subtle dark fruits, slightly sweet, but not as much as I would have thought. Yeast characteristics are there, but not as much as in the nose.

Lighter bodied and higher carbonation than I would have guessed.

Overall this is an alright beer. Not awful, but not really leaving me wanting more. Very easy to drink for a darker belgian ale. Will finish the few I have, but would probably never seek out again.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solitude pours a deep mahogany and has some rusty hues when held up to a light. The head is medium tan in color and disappointing in all aspects. I am pretty surprised that the head was so poor since all the other Vivant beers I have sampled so far have been very nice looking, and yes my glass was “beer clean.”

The aroma is understated, but quite nice with a good balance of rich sweetness and spice. Brown sugar and candied raisins mingle with clove, a hint of pepper and cinnamon. There is also a bit of a bread crust (like wonder bread crust) character in the nose.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma but I find that the spice is a bit more pronounced. In fact, the more I drink this the more I long for a richer and fruitier malt backbone. I can taste some caramelized sugars and some dried fruit notes, but when mixed with the spicy yeast this beer almost comes off as more of a spiced ale than an abbey ale. This brew also has some toasted, almost smoky tobacco like notes that are way out of place.

The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation for style, but it comes off a tad watery. This beer has a nice dryness to it and leaves some spicy notes on the finish.

Overall this is another Vivant beer that comes off as very ho-hum. I really want to visit the brewery and see what these beers are like on tap, but judging from the cans it seems that they have a lot of work to do if they want to be a quality Belgian style brewery.

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Photo of jera1350
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can served in a mini snifter.

A: Pours a clear mohagony color with a foamy tan head forming on the pour. Recedes a thin ring that leaves some splotchy sticks of lace.

S: Caramel with some mild fig and raisin. Unripe pears with heavy bready malt flavors.

T: Grainy, cracker malts with some light stale bread. Light toffee with a pale malt finish and mild background raisin.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level and semi-sweet finish.

O: The nose was nice, but the taste was a slight let down. I was expecting a fully body and more dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

689th Review on BA
Can to Chalice
16 oz

Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one

App- A deep brown with a one finger head, no cling, no lace on this one. Very nice coloring.

Smell- A bit thin but along the lines with some malt, a little roast, a little yeast and some soft caramel notes

Taste- A lighter beer in the style with the profile there but with a slightly watery thin profile. Malt forward with a little spice and raisin.

Mouth- Medium bodied but light and medium carbonated. Leasves a bit of yeasty caramel after taste.

Drink- A nice little beer from the midwest. Not a stunner by any means but still rather tasty. It was a big box from Kzoobrew and trying to get through them all.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from the brewery, 16oz into a tulip.

Dark brown, almost purplish with a tan/beige head. Fluffy retention, and some pretty thick lacing. Nose has a whole load of Belgian yeast, a bit of dark fruit, an herbal note. A bit earthy, perhaps a bit of chalk. Tastes of dark fruit (a bit date-y/prune-y), grape juice, dry, earthy, some metal and again a bit chalky. Yeast in the finish. Medium body, but a bit on the thinner side. Medium low carb. An OK beer, but I probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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