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Viven Imperial IPA | Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven
Belgium | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdagnew on 06-24-2010

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41
Ratings:
163
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
19.2%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this while in london in September of 2010 at a restaurant.

It's basically a Belgian (yep) clone of an American west coast double IPA. Boy howdy did they get it right. Amazing hop bouquet. Strong, full citrus flavor. Smelling it was as fun as tasting it.

Very well balanced. It's pretty weighty, at 8%, but it wasn't cloyingly sweet or thick. Whoever's responsible for this, congrats.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Acquired from a Belgian webshop quite a while ago.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Plenty of yeast sediment in the bottle. A hazy coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a large head of orange-white foam with a creamy texture; it remains for a few minutes before subsiding to a frothy surface layer. Aroma of spicy hops with notes of citrus and subtle pine, underpinned by sweet grainy malt and fruity Belgian yeast. Hints of banana and a whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of sharp, tangy hops with a fruity yeast character and a restrained bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, mild pine, caramel malt, banana and fruity yeast esters. An astringent hint of solvent/alcohol in the background, followed by a piny bitterness and a faint sour quality. Quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and spicy, with decent body. A tad undercarbonated. Pretty astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of spicy hops, caramel malt, fruity yeast and bitter pine.

Quality - probably the best Belgian IPA I've tried so far. Plenty of aromatic hops and a nice bitter finish, while the fruity yeast stays in the background. The malt is understated but pleasant. The biggest issue I've had with other Belgian IPAs is that the yeast and hop notes seem to clash badly. Great - well worth trying if you come across it.

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4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Yardhouse.
Clear, orange amber body with a very good head and good lacing.

Aroma is hoppy and fruity with citrus, other but fainter tropical fruits, and caramel.

The flavor is also fruity but not hoppy by American IPA standards. Drinks like an AmericanPale Ale that's loaded with caramel malt and made with some Belgian yeast. Not a bad thing.blends

Feel medium plus body with medium ight carbonation.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange/amber with a large, creamy head.
Nose shows lots of resinous, piney hops, citrus, orange blossom, grapefruit and some peach. Underneath is a fair whack of caramel and clean malt.
Lots more resinous pine upon tasting, though the fruit doesn't transfer through quite as well. Next comes a load of sweet clean malt before the hops return for a big, piney bitterness. Does have a medicinal/astringent herbal character to it, reminds me of the bittersweet character found in cough-syrup.
Nice syrupy body, carbonation could be higher.

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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.