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 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 SebD
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (mostly raisins), Belgian yeast, spices and sweet malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast with some spiciness, dark fruit and roasted malts (almost chocolaty).

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. It's not overly complex for a Belgian dark but still solid.

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tallboy can poured into a goblet.

Appearance: dark brown to a light black bodied beer; reddish hue when held up to light. Very large head 3 fingers of biege colored head.

Smell: mildly malty and sweet. dark fruits and yeast. Thin lacing on the side of the glass.

Taste: starts with a mild caramel malt and some mild dark fruits. Little bit of yeast; more dark fruits and a white grape note in the finish. Just a hint of bitterness at the end from the hops that dries out the finish of the beer. Could use a little bit more robust flavors, but it has some complexity.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer and moderate carbonation. I give this beer a generous score because its really drinkable. Clean, crisp, and even refreshing. Semidry finish.

Overall: This beer is a good candidate for when you want a beer on a hot day, but your not in the mood for a hoppy beer. Its meant to be a session ale no doubt.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Dirtbag2011
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good brew. As this beer is from the nearby metropolis of Grand Rapids, MI I had to give it a try. I tasted lots of malty sweetness and raisins. Neither of these flavors was overbearing and there is a good balance among all the different elements. Head was foamy and quickly dissipated, leaving behind some decent lacing on the glass. I will definitely be purchasing this again.

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Photo of match1112
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from the can into a tulip. a full finger of tan bubbly head quickly settles onto a burnt brown body with hints of red around the edges. the nose consists of bready malts, spice, maybe clove, raisins and a little roasted smokieness. taste is very sweet with lots of dark fruit and spice. the smoke really comes out on the backend as it warms. mouthfeel is rather thin and watery, lacks carbonation but goes down easy. overall this is a decent beer better as it warms, brings out tobacco and smoke, and probably just as good from the can as it is in a glass.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a nice walnut colored brown with some ruby colored red in there also, Thin Tan head that disappears rather quickly but leaves some spotty lacing.

S= I thought the nose of this beer was really good picked up on some raisins and spice in the backbone of this beer The beer was kind of smelled like bread up front.

T= Taste up front you get that bread taste and at the back of this beer is the raisins, spice and a touch of brown sugar.

M= Medium bodied, Good carbonation.

O= Overall, This beer from Brewery Vivant is a lot better than some of the other beers that I've had from them I would say this is one of there top ones worth a try if you come across it.

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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 alexgash
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can.

Raisin cola brown body. Slightly murky. Thick finger of dense, creamy, khaki brown head. Good lacing up the sides of the tulip. Nose shows some Belgian yeast fruitiness with spicy dark fruits and sweet candy sugar.

Roasted malts and coffee bitterness up front. Roasted coffee flavor carries through as plummy malts and sweetish sugar fills out the palate. Notes of chocolate, smoke, tobacco and earthy, mineral-y peat near the finish. Spicy, roasted bitterness lingers. Moderate body with a slightly bubbly feel. Could use a little more sweet, plummy maltiness for balance, as it's a bit roasty. Still, not bad.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is a monk on the can. No, seriously, I'm not shitting you. There really is a monk on the can. He is admiring God. Okay, now I'm shitting you. He's actually admiring a beer, presumably the one that's in the can I'm about to drink, which makes him an extra cool monk.
Oh, and the can has purple on it. Really!

A: Beer is a beautiful shade of ruby-tinted mahogany brown. Forms a good two inches of bubbly, tan colored head. The large head reduces slowly to just about nothing, just a slight patch of thin surface coating. Despite the size of the head, there is not a speck of lacing on the glass.

S: Aroma is not strong which is unfortunate, because this is a pretty good smelling beer. Boston brown bread, a little brown sugar, some raisin and a little spice. Could've been really nice if was more pronounced.

T: Taste is much like the smell. Good, but just sort of falls flat. Darker, fruity malts, brown sugar, and plum. Raisin, but to a lesser extent. Mildly sweet. Flavor falls off quickly.

M: Medium in body, but seems a bit thin. (I'm Beginning to see a theme with this beer). Appropriate carbonation. Extremely mild bitterness.

O: A good beer and one that is very drinkable. However, it just seems a little weak in all categories. I'm not looking for this beer to be a monster, but I also shouldn't have to search for the aroma and just as the flavor presents itself, it just falls off a cliff. With that, I did enjoy it quite a bit and I'd definitely have another.

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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 prototypic
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.69 for a 16oz can at BevCo. 6.0% ABV, no other stats available on the rather cool looking can or the website. heck ya to 16oz cans, BTW.

Pours out to a clear dark walnut, forming a limpish light tan head with poor retention and decent lacing. moderate carbonation. The aroma is nice...what I hope for in a dubble...browning bananas and nuts...I think the best Dubbels taste and smell like banana bread. In this one, there is a little bit more burnt rubber, which is OK with me. Mouthfeel is bright, clean, with a thin side of medium body. The taste is quite good, like the nose...there is browning bananas and roasted chestnuts, some burnt rubber phenols with a touch of cola going on in it, with a very nicely balanced mild bitterness lingering into the finish. No perceptible off flavors. Interesting hint of smoked cardamon and nutmeg in the aftertaste.

Color me impressed...Dubbels are one of my very favorite styles and after reading some of the reviews on this website, I was a little skeptical so I didn't buy a 4-pack. I will gladly go back and get a few 4-packs. My only critique would be that the body is a little thin...perhaps if they adjusted their mash temp up a few degrees they could improve that.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Vivant's Solitude a couple weeks ago for $2.50 at The Lager Mill. Ever since I heard of this brewery I have wanted to give them a try but since they never came to any of the local beer festivals I had to wait till they started distributing around here. There were three different beers available from them and I thought I would start off with their Abbey Ale and see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 16oz can into a Chalice.

A- I really like the look of this can, it is pretty eye catching and the picture of the monk on the front is very well done, I like it a lot. I also like how it tells you the proper glassware, food pairings, and a little history about the beer. Craft beer with QR code, now that's different. It poured a pretty deep and dark amber color that had some nice ruby highlights. It had two fingers worth of off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring with thin lump in the middle.

S- The aroma is pretty simple and straightforward. It starts off with a pretty malty aroma that smells like it has a medium light amount of roast to it. After that comes the Belgian yeast which adds those signature spices to this beer with cloves sticking out the most. At the end I pick up some brown and candied sugar along with a slight amount of dark fruits. I didn't really pick up any hops in the aroma. The yeast seems to stick out the most.

T- The aroma does a good job of letting you know what you are getting into with the taste of this beer. It starts off heavy on the malts which aren't nearly as sweet as they were in the aroma and they still have that nice medium amount of roast to them that I enjoy. I get a slight glimpse of the dark fruits, mainly raisins, but they are quickly overpowered by large amounts of Belgian yeast that imparts all those signature spice with cloves sticking out the most but there is also some nutmeg lingering in the back. The combination of Belgian yeast and roasted malts makes for a nice flavor.

M- Smooth and on the light side of being medium bodied, it's a little thinner then I would prefer but that helps the drinkability and matches the medium carbonation.

Overall I thought this was pretty good beer. This is my first BDA, I usually go for the BSDA's but I really like how this is a little lighter and more drinkable version that still has a lot of flavor and makes for a good beer to drink on a cool summer night. I thought this beer was highly drinkable, it was flavorful, easy to drink, and the body was lighter. If I had another one I would drink it, a four pack would be great to take to a bonfire, lots of good flavor, but it won't fill you up. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor, the combination of mildly roasted malts and Belgian yeast was really nice and it kept me coming back for more. What I liked least about this beer was the appearance, the color was nice, but it lacked having a nice head, which most Belgians usually do. I will for sure be buying this again and I would recommend this to pretty much anyone, you got love a well done Belgian style beer in a can, it's just so wrong it's right. I really like the fact this comes in pint cans, makes itls easy to take outdoors with me, and you just don't see Belgians in cans, there is enough traditional Belgians in oddly shaped small bottles, bring on the pint cans. This made for both a good first impression of this brewery and of the Belgian Dark Ale style. I really liked this beer and I can't wait to try some of the other offerings from this brewery and more of this style. Good first impression for Brewery Vivant, you can bet I will be back for more.

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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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Solitude from Brewery Vivant
3.62 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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