Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beerdrifter:
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy orange-amber pour with nice two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Big and bold fruity, hoppy nose with hints of pine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, orange zest, peach, and caramel. The taste is just as big. Lots of resiny pine, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, grass, orange zest, and caramel along with a touch of mango. The balance definitely leans to the bitter, hoppy side, but there's enough malty sweetness to make it pretty drinkable for an Imperial IPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy with an awesome tangy, mouth-puckering bitter finish. It's right up there with De Struise Shark Pants as far as top notch European Imperial IPAs go.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2012 22:57:22 | More by beerdrifter
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4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap at flying saucer on 4/7/14 in tulip
A-Pours orange with a nice dense head. Great lacing.
S-Aroma is a lot of simcoe, some blood orange, some tangerine, a lot of citrus, and grass.
T-Taste follows the aroma but gets better as time passes.
M-Mouthfeel has a thin slick palate with faint background carbonation. Well balance of hops and malt.
O-Overall great beer would love to have in the summer very smooth.
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2014 17:31:21 | More by reebtaerG
4.21/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark orange/caramel pour, one finger sturdy head, sticky.
Great American hop smell, with citrus, faint tropical fruit and pine, balanced with caramel malts.
Really tasty and fresh fruity hops: oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, pineapple, faint passion fruit. A quick flash of sweet caramel malts, then big herbal notes, with spruce, pine resin and green hay. A nice Belgian yeasty feel separates it from other IPAs, with a certain chunkiness and some nice fermentation sugars. Strong bitter finish.
Medium body and carbonation, lots of citric zestiness. Great hops in the aftertaste.
The amount of hops added in this one rivals with many American counterparts, and surpasses most of them. Keeps enough Belgian ale elements too. Very drinkable and tasty, tho a tiny bit too straightforward.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 16:30:58 | More by dcmchew
Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.