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Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
4,510 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(616) 719-1604 | map
breweryvivant.com

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Added by abaculy on 01-18-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
103
Reviews:
962
Ratings:
4,510
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.3/5
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
247
pDev:
10.23%
 
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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 TangoJuliet
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of travelguy
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Tjb14
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of JeffSK
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of QianBokSubai
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Excellent beer. Excellent food. Excellent atmosphere. Excellent service. The Duck Confit Nachos are extraordinary. My favorite brewery in all of Beer City.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of fern22
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Really enjoyed my visit to the GR brewery

Cool multi room place with a couple pleasant out door dining options

Loved the Belgian inspired beer and super tasty food. Very friendly and professional service.

As a bonus there is a gift shop, stocking all sorts of brewery related items, including a load of cans and bottles of Vivant's high quality brew

Well worth a visit if you are a local or like me, visiting the area...

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of lochef81
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I don't know what the fuss is about this place or how they got so many awards but I wasn't impressed with a single beer. I love sours and IPA's and had 4 of each yet each drink was a chore to finish.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.9/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of NateDyk47
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Vivant has a diverse selection of quality beers including an experimental beer or two on tap. Their food is also phenomenal although expensive ($17 bacon cheeseburger?!?). The service, however, has been sub-par the last couple times I've been here. They also recently added a strict 4 beer limit per customer.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of FlaviusG
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The besf part of this visit was the young dude up front that was highly knowledgeable abou the beer. Great hospitality in which hebthrew in an extra beer with my flight. Had an amazing burger. Beer selection was very good in which BA BARLEYWINE WAS THE HIGHLIGHT. Easy to get to.

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Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Cotton_27
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Spreetaper
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of DougC123
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

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Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 4,510 ratings
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