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Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA

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very good

35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 140
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 19.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 06-24-2010

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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 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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/26/2016. Pours very hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, spicy yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted bread, floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of piney bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, pepper, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of citrus/tropical hops, spicy yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian DIPA style. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/tropical hops, spicy yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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 lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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."

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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 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 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 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 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 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 StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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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 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 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 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 mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a dark orange colour with a slight haze... White head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thick layer... lots of sticky clingy lacing...

Aroma - Tart fruits to the fore (lemons, limes, grapefruits, sour apples) followed by piney hops, light honey sweetness, nice toastiness, grassy notes, earthy, light biscuit malts, some traces of basil and light coriander, the faintest hint of Belgian yeastiness, some floral traces...

Taste - Strong grapefruit and pine hop bitterness, lots of citrus notes, hint of orange and some apricot, quite grassy, faint sugary sweetness, peppery, quite herbal and earthy, fairly floral, alcohol just coming through at the end..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Light body. Very refreshing and drinkable - dangerously so at 8.0%..

Overall - An excellent Belgian take on the DIPA !! Highly recommended !!

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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 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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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 reebtaerG
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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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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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.