Brewery Vivant

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BEER AVG
3.86/5
Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

925 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49506
United States

(616) 719-1604 | map
www.breweryvivant.com

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Added by abaculy on 01-18-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
86
Reviews:
833
Ratings:
3,967
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
222
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
5.74%
 
 
Taps:
14
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stop #332 on my world brewery tour.

Full disclosure: If I ever take the leap to making a living off beer it would be to open a Belgian brewpub in an old church (if rehab was fiscally possible). Color me jealous.

Stopped in around 7:00 on a Tuesday in mid December.

Second brewery in a church. The other being Church Brewing in Pittsburgh which is much, much bigger. Vivant is cozy with a very nice bar coming out from the alter (not sure of the religious term for the very front of the church). Cozy booths line the side walls and large wood communal tables on the floor. It was previously a funeral home and I wonder how much time, money, and effort it took to make it this nice.

The friendly couple next to me at the bar said two more brewpubs are opening within walking distance. Lots of great beer choices in Grand Rapids.

I went with two Cambier flights where you get four four ounce pours for $10.

Flight one
French Style Farmhouse
Belgian Uytzet
Belgian Amber
Oaked Belgian IPA

Flight two
Belgian IPA
Red Hoppy Belgian
Belgian Oatmeal Stout
Raspberry Apple Cider (two ciders on guest tap)

I had a male and female (cute with junior dreads) bartender and service could have been friendlier. It's the only thing stopping them from getting an "A" rating. During downtime, they stood at the back of the bar and didn't socialize with the guests. Most questions to them got me a one word response and did even thank me as I signed the check.

To eat I had a wonderful cheese plate with Humbolt fog, point reyes blue, and Chimay. It was accompanied by thin bread and jellies and chutney. It was brought out by the kitchen person with a full description.

The beers were good but not great. The (hoppy) Belgian IPA was probably the best and that isn't even a traditional Belgian style. I like the fact that they had a historic Uytzet but I found it a bit clean and lacking in flavor. Oatmeal stout had the Belgain yeast taste but was way too thin for me for an oatmeal stout.

It's a much broader discussion but good beer in Belgium comes from (aged) bottles and not taps. An attempt to crank out Belgian beers in a quick time frame and serve them on draft creates a void in the soul of the beer. While Vivant has a great atmosphere and fine food, I feel the beer falls short with those well accustomed to Belgian beers. It's still good beer and I could be accused of being too critical. I'm just particular when it comes to Belgian beer.

Overall, it was an enjoyable visit and I would recommend it and will return for a complete dinner next time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chuckgietzen
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of seanchai
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I had an average first impression and that has changed 30 months ago when I had Vivant's Farmhouse ale. Prejudiced against cans, I didn't think much of their flagship ale and it didn't seem to go with lunch. It seemed like they hadn't figured out the Belgian thing, probably the yeast was eluding them.

Then five months ago, I bought a sampler box of 9, with 5 different cans. I had two nice beers and the others were good or good gifts. Maybe I had misjudged their quality... or they had gotten better.

Then this week, I went on a tour of Grand Rapids as part of national urbanist conference meeting in Detroit. I bought eight beers at their brewpub and have reviewed all but two.

I think what changed and has caused me to give an above average rating is Vivant's adventurous spirit. I also like that the brewpub adds to this neighborhood in an already very livable city.

I Had a taster of their flagship Farmhouse Ale at the bar, but couldn't stay for food as the bus would have left me. I will return.

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Photo of jessewilliamson
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Bethaz83
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cadaugherty
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Danielr26
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jpbolton
4.6/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of petersonmatt22
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of shivtim
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Loudog1411
4.64/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mightyspan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I like the beers they make. Tasted 5 of 'em when they did the Tap Takeover @ Meat Southern BBQ. Glad they came thru. It was great to taste their hard work!

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Photo of BLZR
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of MichaelCoyne
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Much different brewery than the norm. In an old church.Duck Nachos are a must. Get the Wizard Burial Ground if they have it on tap.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of BigTDog
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BudznSudz13
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of capt93
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of AdamSteve
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of DbbC
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cards22
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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