Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven
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Reviews by richmof:
4.6/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is as good an IPA as I've drunk and certainly as good as other Belgian beers that are brewed in an IPA style. Interestingly, it is a Belgian beer that actually uses the name IPA (traditionally Belgian brewers have avoided hat-tips to anglo-saxon beer culture).
Pours a deep amber into my Brasserie de la Senne tulip with a creamy two fingered head that laces nicely.
So good on the nose I almost wanted to inhale the whole beer. Added to the typical earthy, herby IPA smells is a deep caramel - yum.
On the palate it opens up with the fruity citrusiness of the amarillo hops coming through - not just limes but also orange peel. It also has a nice herby, earthy hoppiness that you would expect from an IPA. The caramel from the nose doesn't seem to follow through though.
It has a nice, balanced effervescence and is (as other reviewers have said) dangerously drinkable at 8%.
Well done Viven. I can't wait to try the porter, which is supposed to be excellent. The blonde is also very good.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2010 10:52:00 | More by richmof
More User Reviews:
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.