Viven Imperial IPA - Brouwerij Van Viven
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3.93/5 rDev -2%
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.
05-18-2013 19:45:13 | More by Evil_Pidde
3.96/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-05-2013 08:25:13 | More by Samuel906
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
01-16-2013 20:41:07 | More by bark
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
12-23-2012 19:14:11 | More by mattcrill
4.05/5 rDev +1%
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.
10-31-2012 22:57:22 | More by beerdrifter
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
08-30-2012 01:11:58 | More by RblWthACoz
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
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).
08-19-2012 05:10:08 | More by Halcyondays
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
07-08-2012 20:12:20 | More by EgadBananas
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
06-25-2012 23:42:03 | More by Knapp85
3.85/5 rDev -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.
06-09-2012 07:19:34 | More by dgilks
Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.