1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven

Not Rated.
Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 105
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of electtodefer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

electtodefer, May 15, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Gagnonsux, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Geert
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Geert, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of reebtaerG
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

reebtaerG, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Ciocanelu, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

leitmotif, Apr 04, 2014
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 Coren
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Coren, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Danomeister
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Danomeister, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

thierrynantes, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of vheissu15
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

vheissu15, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Howdymike
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Howdymike, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev +0.5%

valianes, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of jkball01
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jkball01, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

nmann08, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of RuudJH
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange amber colour. Nice big head, good carbonation.
Smell of pine and citrus, and strong as well.
Taste very powerfull too. It's initially bitterness all over, but the malts do come through sweet, making it a nice experience.
It has a soft sweet mouthfeel, but also dry bitter finish.
Excellent beer as an IPA. This brewery (it's my third beer of them today) does have a range where you cannot go wrong. It's simple and tasty.

RuudJH, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +7%
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.

StJamesGate, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of kennymule
4/5  rDev +0.5%

kennymule, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev +0.5%

kmos27, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of SoPeL
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

SoPeL, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

BeerForMuscle, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of JLateralus21
5/5  rDev +25.6%

JLateralus21, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Synapstic
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Synapstic, Dec 15, 2013
Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.