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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

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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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Mantooth, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

JoshTellez, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Jessenimmo, May 25, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Samuel906
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great, pours a dark copper with huge fluffy head that clings to the glass. This beer has a huge aroma too, very hoppy with caramel, lemon, honey and basil. Smells very good, crisp and clean. Taste follow suit; lots of sour fruits and hops. Citrus and apples, some banana, a little peppery spice, piney hop resin. Very dry, with some mild honey sweetness. Feels crisp and refreshing, and flavors really coat your mouth. Good carbonation. Pretty strong beer all around, strong flavors and terrific smell. Looking forward to trying some other beers from Vivien.

Samuel906, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

mtbdonn, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

mendvicdog, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

GRUUMSH, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Mattias, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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
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4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

mattcrill, Dec 23, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

beerdrifter, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

sansho, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Jetlag767, Oct 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

twbeecher, Sep 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

bpfrush, Sep 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

cwd, Sep 15, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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
Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.