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Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven

Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%


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)
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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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dcmchew

Romania

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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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thierrynantes

France

4/5  rDev -1%
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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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.24/5  rDev +5%
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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StJamesGate

New York

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours warm amber with a generous thick and quite tall off-white head. Slowly the head settles, leaving nice lacings.

S: Caramell malt, sweet. Lots of bitter hops and quite some floral as well, very American; tropical citric fruits together with pine.

T: Bitter hops galore. Caramell malt, somewhat sweet. Lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit and oranges, even some lemon sezt.

M: Long bitter aftertaste. Smooth medium full body and low carbonation.

O: A nice, well balanced DIPA, but not too American - still there is a Belgian vibe to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 19:45:13 | More by Sunnanek
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Samuel906

California

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great, pours a dark copper with huge fluffy head that clings to the glass. This beer has a huge aroma too, very hoppy with caramel, lemon, honey and basil. Smells very good, crisp and clean. Taste follow suit; lots of sour fruits and hops. Citrus and apples, some banana, a little peppery spice, piney hop resin. Very dry, with some mild honey sweetness. Feels crisp and refreshing, and flavors really coat your mouth. Good carbonation. Pretty strong beer all around, strong flavors and terrific smell. Looking forward to trying some other beers from Vivien.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 08:25:13 | More by Samuel906
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bark

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The colour is brown-orange (25 EBC), the liquid is clear (there is some yeast in the bottle). The enormous head is airy and beige topped with a grand crater; it sinks slowly leaving lots of thick lacing.

The smell is hoppy with lots of grape fruits, bitter oranges, green pants, biscuits and crackers. Some flowers and green trees. Hints of red apples, cream candy and metal.

The taste is bitter with lots of citric and exotic fruits. Thick sweet notes of orange juice lemon peels and bitter oranges. The sweetness got notes of caramel, fruit drops and biscuits. Medium body. The aftertaste is a bit salt with more of the fruity notes, biscuits and dry smooth bitterness. The finish is balanced with some hints of alcohol.

The carbonation is smooth with few mid-sized bubbles, the liquid is sticky.

This beer is at least 6 months old. I guess that the bitterness was more powerful and distinct when it was fresh. But it is not at all a bad or completely tired beer today.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:41:07 | More by bark
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Perfume-like aromatics with citrus and pine notes. Light caramel and bread in the background. Smells big.

Appearance: A ruddy brick red pour with aggressive effervescence forming a thick and sudsy off-white cap.

Flavor: Prickly candied orange sweetness up front, moderate earthy hop bitterness, and a touch of lingering caramel sweetness. Hints of orange juice and lemon zest well knit into the malt character. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Hop derived astringency and no alcohol heat (surprising given the aroma).

Overall impression: Blurring the boundary b/t American Barleywine, American Amber, and Double IPA. It hangs out in a space that has characteristics of all three. Regardless, I put it in the "delicious" style category and wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 19:14:11 | More by mattcrill
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy orange-amber pour with nice two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Big and bold fruity, hoppy nose with hints of pine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, orange zest, peach, and caramel. The taste is just as big. Lots of resiny pine, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, grass, orange zest, and caramel along with a touch of mango. The balance definitely leans to the bitter, hoppy side, but there's enough malty sweetness to make it pretty drinkable for an Imperial IPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy with an awesome tangy, mouth-puckering bitter finish. It's right up there with De Struise Shark Pants as far as top notch European Imperial IPAs go.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 22:57:22 | More by beerdrifter
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks quite cloudy on the pour, and very amber. Tight malty and hoppy nose. Flavor is super hoppy with a lot of meaty tones of an earthy nature going on. This is actually pretty good, though it lacks subtle character, but it has a nice full body. Nice to see this style done properly coming out of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:11:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle,

A: Pours burnt orange with a medium white head, nice thick lace. Good head retention.

S: Sweet orange and some Calimyrna figs. Some noticable malt and peppery yeast esters. Mild squash and pine notes.

T: Hop heavy, big pine with a hint of iron on the back end. Candied oranges midway through. Very yeasty throughout, hoppy for sure, but this is distinctly Belgian. Has some minor ethanol flavour, but it melds well with the beer; I don't find it a flaw.

M: Medium to full-bodied, frothy soft carbonation, lightly metallic, minerally, rustic, moderate hoppy aftertaste.

O: These new hoppy beers coming out of Belgium always have that Belgian hallmark to let you know exactly where they're from, and this one is no different. Well made, interesting, not too expensive (of course that is relative to the country).

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:10:08 | More by Halcyondays
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 20:12:20 | More by EgadBananas
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always excited to try IIPA's, this beer poured out as a nice golden color, the head was white and fluffy looking. Some gentle lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had a nice balance of hops and yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer has a solid amount of bitterness to it as well as a soft bready finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, nicely carbonated, soft and kind of sharp as the same time. Overall it was pretty refreshing to me. I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:42:03 | More by Knapp85
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dgilks

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite cloudy amber colour. Smooth off-white head. Some lacing. Fair head retention. Not bad.

Rounded citrus aroma with clear grapefruit notes. Some pine. A touch sweet but not bad at all.

Sweet malt but not particularly caramelised. Lots of grapefruit and orange zest. Hints of pine. Firm bitterness. Nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

I was expecting something more subdued but the flavours are all there and are actually quite punchy. Lots of good flavour and a real citrussy punch. Not bad.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2012 07:19:34 | More by dgilks
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange color with tints of red, cloudy, and a very nicely formed two finger head that's an off white/tan color.

S - The aroma is a little weak, bready caramel malt, oranges with a little tang, and slight alcohol. Everything blends together nicely but wish it were stronger in aroma.

T - No surprises here, bready Belgian yeast underneath a tangy orange citrus layer mixed in with some peppery spice, the finish starts semi-dry and builds into a nearly "bone dry finish" with nice citrus and pine bite that settles on the tongue and sticks around for several minutes afterwards.

M - Medium body with gentle bubbles. The acidic part of the orange is tart enough to make the mouth water under the tongue and at the back while the front is super dry. The citrus orange aftertaste is really nice.

O - A nice interpretation from a Belgian brewer. My very first sip was smacked with bitterness on the tail end but once I got 1/4 through everything adjusted to give it some balance. Enjoyable and a nice find, happened to see it on the shelf at my local bottle shop and anything labeled "Imperial IPA" will always catch my attention.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 21:36:34 | More by jzeilinger
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 22:33:08 | More by jazzyjeff13
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured in my bruery glass

Pours amber with a big offwhite creamy head. Aroma is fruity - peach and apple - with hops and som viniousity and som caramel. Flavour is very dry - pine - at first then fruity - again peach and apple - there is a hint of caramel sweetness and viniousity piney hops again in the end. NIce soft mouthfeel and overall a great beer.
Very nice !

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 18:33:06 | More by beerpirates
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Birthday gift from @LaitueGonflable, purchased at Warners on the Bay.

Pours a really gorgeous, red-hued, deep orange colour, with a huge and frothy head of very pale yellow, almost as though it's flecked with orange. Lacing is patchy, but solid. Carbonation and body are fine. Looks great.

Nose is wonderfully hoppy, with classic citrus and fruit notes from American hop varieties. Crisp, fragrant rubbed orange skin, crushed greenery, and a bit of pepper spice. Just lovely, very strong, very classic.

Taste is clean and bitter, with a slickness to the palate, but not a huge amount of body. Good fresh juicy hop bitterness persists throughout the palate, leaving a clean and refreshing bite. Just enough malt to balance... almost. The hops do dominate a little too much, but I'd rather it err that way in an IPA.

Great American style from a Belgian brewer. I'm tempted to say this is more of a single than a double IPA, but it's still a cracking American example. This is no hopped-up Tripel, or Belgian-American hybrid. This is the Belgians telling America not to forget who were the brewing masters for centuries.

"Anything you can do, we can do too."

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 06:33:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
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lanbewardin

Belgium

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark gold/amber, very little light gets through, inch of golden head, very pretty beer

Smell is piney hops, not overpowering

More pine on the taste, some citrus, its pretty thick, syrupy, smooth. Its hoppy, but not crushingly so, pretty balanced.

Best ipa from Belgium that I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 05:37:55 | More by lanbewardin
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 08:34:20 | More by CrazyDavros
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ADZA

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a three finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is piney hops,stonefruit,wet grass,liquorice and boiled candy,it has a light-medium bodied mouthfeel and has tastes of liquorice,passionfruit,fresh ripe oranges,nectarines and finishes with a piney hoppy bitterness and overall an alright drop but at the price i could think of better examples cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 08:29:33 | More by ADZA
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Burnt copper colored beer with a bit of a foam head that dissipated to a little bit of lace and stick on the sides.

S - Some citrus and fruity hops as well as some earth and pine notes. A little bit of caramel backbone with some barnyard funk and yeast.

T - Burnt sugar and caramel malts, some ethery yeast, spice and herbal/earthy hops. Not my favorite style, but this isn't bad at all.

M - Medium bodied, dry finish, moderate carbonation.

O - A pretty nice beer, enjoyed drinking it. Tastes more like a Belgian DIPA though. If nothing else, it's a pretty Belgian take on a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 23:19:11 | More by AgentZero
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. From notes. Split with a friend.

A - Dark copper with no visible carbonation. Slightly hazy with a thin cap of beige head.

S - Citrus and grapefruit with a tingly note or pineapple.

T - Citrus and bread. Pineapple is obvious.

M - Medium carbonation with a full body and not overly bitter.

O/D - Underwhelming. Not a hop bomb at all. Not overly hoppy but not bad. Not what I expected and just not all that great.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:02:13 | More by tbeckett
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ethan. Best before October 14th, 2012. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles, wisps on top, and spotty lace. Hazy blood orange body.

S - Intense lemon, pine, and herbal hops - very European aroma here. I wonder if these Tomohawk and Simcoe hops were grown in Europe, as they don't seem to impart a flavor similar to similar beers in the US. Not much malt character, with only some light sugar cookie.

T - Taste is a mix of candied citrus and burnt sugar malt. Some peppery yeast, herbal notes, and light alcohol.

M - Pleasant carbonation zest, medium body, and a dry resinous finish with plenty of residual hop oils.

D - This is one of the better Belgian attempts at making an IPA/DIPA. I can see it being a nice local option if one is getting fatigued with traditional Belgians. However, it seems miscast as an "American" DIPA, as there's still something distinctly European about it. Call it a Belgian IPA and I can imagine it'd be a top tier example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 21:25:22 | More by MasterSki
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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
90 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.