Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven
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2.93/5 rDev -26.9%
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.
05-24-2011 00:02:13 | More by tbeckett
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
06-05-2011 23:19:11 | More by AgentZero
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
07-25-2011 08:34:20 | More by CrazyDavros
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
06-25-2012 23:42:03 | More by Knapp85
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
05-15-2011 21:25:22 | More by MasterSki
3.85/5 rDev -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.
06-09-2012 07:19:34 | More by dgilks
Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.