1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven

Not Rated.
Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 06-24-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by reebtaerG:
Photo of reebtaerG
reebtaerG

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

04-14-2014 17:31:21 | More by reebtaerG
More User Reviews:
Photo of charlieos
charlieos

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +16%

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.

09-12-2010 09:07:42 | More by charlieos
Photo of Marius
Marius

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-04-2014 16:30:50 | More by Marius
Photo of bpfrush
bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

09-21-2012 02:49:44 | More by bpfrush
Photo of Mantooth
Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-15-2013 01:52:23 | More by Mantooth
Photo of jazzyjeff13
jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

04-21-2012 22:33:08 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-18-2014 14:20:52 | More by Sammy
Photo of Ciocanelu
Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-04-2014 21:45:34 | More by Ciocanelu
Photo of Rabae6
Rabae6

Chile

5/5  rDev +24.7%

05-24-2014 10:01:38 | More by Rabae6
Photo of Danomeister
Danomeister

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-19-2014 22:40:23 | More by Danomeister
Photo of cwd
cwd

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +6%

09-15-2012 03:16:24 | More by cwd
Photo of Ajlvt
Ajlvt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-17-2013 23:22:38 | More by Ajlvt
Photo of CrazyDavros
CrazyDavros

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

07-25-2011 08:34:20 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of JLateralus21
JLateralus21

Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-18-2013 23:15:53 | More by JLateralus21
Photo of Coren
Coren

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-20-2014 15:48:39 | More by Coren
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-15-2014 06:24:38 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
Photo of EgadBananas
EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a dark auburn color, with a creamy beige head of about a finger or so. Left a nice bit of spongy lacing. The aroma had some citrus, light pine resins and some subtle spicy Belgian yeast notes. The taste had a nice citrus hop bite, bits of piney, resinous hops and a touch of Belgian spicy yeast. The yeast doesn't over power, which is awesome cuz there's some Belgo IPA's out there that are so overpowering with yeast that it takes away from the IPA aspect. This makes a fine balance, it's nicely bitter and hoppy. Good stuff.

07-08-2012 20:12:20 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of desint
desint

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-28-2014 21:31:04 | More by desint
Photo of Westyn
Westyn

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

07-31-2014 15:44:47 | More by Westyn
Photo of RuudJH
RuudJH

Netherlands

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%

Orange amber colour. Nice big head, good carbonation.
Smell of pine and citrus, and strong as well.
Taste very powerfull too. It's initially bitterness all over, but the malts do come through sweet, making it a nice experience.
It has a soft sweet mouthfeel, but also dry bitter finish.
Excellent beer as an IPA. This brewery (it's my third beer of them today) does have a range where you cannot go wrong. It's simple and tasty.

02-14-2014 16:56:58 | More by RuudJH
Photo of mtbdonn
mtbdonn

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-10-2013 17:46:51 | More by mtbdonn
Photo of BrazilianAussie
BrazilianAussie

Brazil

4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-18-2013 15:17:44 | More by BrazilianAussie
Photo of DrBier
DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-24-2014 02:43:48 | More by DrBier
Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
UniversitateaDeBere

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

08-09-2014 06:24:17 | More by UniversitateaDeBere
Photo of mendvicdog
mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-16-2013 03:35:04 | More by mendvicdog
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.