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Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven visit their website

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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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

06-07-2014 18:49:04 | More by TX-Badger
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Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

04-04-2014 18:25:50 | More by leitmotif
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

02-20-2014 17:29:28 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-04-2014 21:45:34 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-19-2014 20:38:15 | More by Geert
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-16-2013 12:07:27 | More by PF15
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-06-2014 09:07:08 | More by Arriskuwonder
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

10-22-2013 17:37:46 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-25-2014 00:31:12 | More by Gagnonsux
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3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-21-2012 02:49:44 | More by bpfrush
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-20-2014 15:48:39 | More by Coren
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-28-2014 21:31:04 | More by desint
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-17-2014 16:21:50 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-15-2014 00:25:23 | More by electtodefer
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-27-2013 22:15:32 | More by Mattias
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-15-2014 14:04:21 | More by SoPeL
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-11-2014 17:27:53 | More by BeerForMuscle
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
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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3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:42:03 | More by Knapp85
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.