Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven
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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
4.6/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
09-26-2010 10:52:00 | More by richmof
4.53/5 rDev +13%
Here in Belgium the only IPA locals are familiar with is a Poperings Hommel Bier.
A good beer but I tend to drink one every couple of months, not really that special. Then you have a less known, but better Belgian Ipa (IMHO), the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel. A combination of Ipa and Tripel, and well done!
And then you have the Viven IPA imperial...
Only a couple of reviews here, but they are rather unanimous... so I had to try this one, even more when you know half of my family were living in Vivenkapelle, the inspiration for the name...
Stats: 8% ABV, 33cl bottle, tomahawk + simcoe hop.
The minute I poured the beer my nose was overwhelmed. There were floral notes, caramel, citrus, very hoppy, just an extremely appealing and attractive smell... you know when you have the choice of holding your beer in your hand the whole time, or just put it back on the table when you're not drinking? This one is a holder!!
And not only the smell was great. First sips, citrus hits you in the toes, very hoppy, and a lovely grassy taste, reminded me of excellent cohiba robustos or great fuente cigars... Very well done!!!
Mounthfeel... hmmm, that's the only thing that could put me off of this beer. A bit dry, and I'm not a big fan of dry drinks... But then again, it wasn't that dry, I could handle it.
Overall, superb drink, an absolute showstopper! You could only tell the 8 % ABV after I finished the beer... wouldn't drink 4-5 in a row... or maybe I would, but it wouldn't be the best day-after in my life
I already went out today to go buy me some more but the shop in Sijsele was closed... they'll see me back this week for sure.
10-04-2010 13:38:28 | More by yapi
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
Bottle purchased at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival bottle shop.
Body is a light amber. Poured to a half inch head, has good head retention and leaves lots of lacing.
Smells of light malts, and fruity, floral hops. Very aromatic. I am enjoying the smell of sweet malt and green floral hops. Has a very nice expression of wet hay. There is also some banana/tropical fruit from the belgian yeast.
Tastes of sweet malt, candi sugar, and aromatic hops. Nicely mellow with the hops, but more than one would expect from a belgian IPA.
Body is medium and the carbonation is enough to give this a delicious, creamy mouthfeel.
This beer is a very good Belgian IPA.
04-24-2011 04:12:34 | More by Beerenauslese
4.26/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
02-13-2014 16:22:17 | More by StJamesGate
Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.