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Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven

Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.64%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven visit their website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mdagnew on 06-24-2010)
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Reviews by richmof:
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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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:
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-04-2014 21:45:34 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

04-04-2014 18:25:50 | More by leitmotif
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4.21/5  rDev +4%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-20-2014 15:48:39 | More by Coren
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-19-2014 22:40:23 | More by Danomeister
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : dark orange color, with tan foamy head (w nice lacing).
Smell : hoppy and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : floral and hoppy flavors, with a bitter long duration
Overall : a nice beer in the style Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:21:14 | More by thierrynantes
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North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-16-2014 06:16:38 | More by vheissu15
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-25-2014 17:55:15 | More by Howdymike
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-23-2014 17:48:12 | More by valianes
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

02-20-2014 17:29:28 | More by Texasfan549
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-19-2014 14:12:23 | More by jkball01
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-17-2014 16:21:50 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-16-2014 17:33:06 | More by kjkinsey
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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 16:56:58 | More by RuudJH
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New York

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid sandy head that craters over glowing orange body.
Straight up hop pellet nose - green, resin, flower - stunningly fresh.
A bit of apricot on crispbread then piney, sappy, orangey hops.
Pink grapefruit zest finish and undulating waves of bitterness on the linger.
Medium, well chewy, oily.

American (CTZ and Simcoe) hops delivered with aplomb: proper IBUs, loads of citrus, and just enough malt. Some reviews here say it's got a Belgian signature; I can't see that - it could be from Cali. Especially resonant; flavors just don't give up.

"Jackie Chan in your mouth" sez Mark C.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 16:22:17 | More by StJamesGate
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-13-2014 00:28:52 | More by kennymule
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-11-2014 00:47:21 | More by kmos27
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-15-2014 14:04:21 | More by SoPeL
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-11-2014 17:27:53 | More by BeerForMuscle
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-18-2013 23:15:53 | More by JLateralus21
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-15-2013 16:10:14 | More by Synapstic
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-15-2013 12:14:41 | More by BILF
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-17-2013 23:22:38 | More by Ajlvt
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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
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