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Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sammy, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

nmann08, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

JAHMUR, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

MasterSki, May 15, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

mendvicdog, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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).

Halcyondays, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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."

lacqueredmouse, Aug 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DrBier, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dmorgan310, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

bark, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Evil_Pidde, May 18, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

AgentZero, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

dgilks, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

tbeckett, May 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

whartontallboy, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

dcmchew, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

TheBeerAlmanac, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jul 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Gagnonsux, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

EgadBananas, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 25, 2012
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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.