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Viven Imperial IPA | Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven
Belgium | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mdagnew on 06-24-2010

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Photo of tbeckett
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Yardhouse.
Clear, orange amber body with a very good head and good lacing.

Aroma is hoppy and fruity with citrus, other but fainter tropical fruits, and caramel.

The flavor is also fruity but not hoppy by American IPA standards. Drinks like an AmericanPale Ale that's loaded with caramel malt and made with some Belgian yeast. Not a bad thing.blends

Feel medium plus body with medium ight carbonation.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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).

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The body appears a cloudy, orange-amber body with a lasting, thick, chunky, sticky head (4.0). Malt grain aroma with a stale orange aroma (4.0). Malty, fruity, bitter flavors - well-mixed together (3.75). Medium-heavy body; thick yet smooth; semi-dry finish (3.75).

A fine IIPA with a big dried citrus fruit character backed with a solid malt backbone and sweetness. Deep and complex yet very approachable, fans of big malt-forward beers and well-balanced hop bitterness should appreciate this offering.

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Yard House-Springfield . Ending an evening of VA tastings with a Belgian. Saved for last. Murky medium amber pour, with soft off white head. Sweetish nose recalls honey and jelly. Taste is oft and welcoming, sweet, minor bitterness, honey, preserves. Silky smooth and creamy. Just what the doctor ordered. Fare thee well, Virginia.

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Photo of bark
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 3/11/11 in a Pint glass. Pours dark orange color, clear body foggy due color deepness. Foam is dense & extended, nice lacing. Intense hoppy, mildy caramel, roasted malts aromas. High hoppy level flavor, dry & sharp. Very refreshing & well balanced.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Wanne
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber color and an overwhelming aroma. Nice bitterness from the hops. Exotic fruit and especially grapefruit are found in the smell and the taste. The bear is bitter and yet it is very smooth to drink. Thesmooth, creamy aftertaste makes you want to take another sip. Top class beer!

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Photo of beerpirates
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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 !

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter. A cloudy brown-orange with a thin head but nice lacing. Citrus and herbal smell. Earthy and woodsy taste, with oranges and vanilla, not too bitter. Slightly tart and not overly sweet or boozy. This beer was a nice experience!

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Photo of Durge
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very unique overall. A rusty cloudy appearance with a fair off white cover and superb blanket of lacing. The head holds and the stone offers a deep caramel malt with a slightly mentholated pine hop. The flavor jumps out with more minty herbal hops and mango fruitiness. Hints of cloves and light licorice. The feel is fairly bright and crisp with medium light body but maybe a tad watery. Enjoyable as a very different take on the DIPA.

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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
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