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Tree Bucket Double IPA | Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
89
very good
47 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
271
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
32.92%
 
 
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Tree Bucket  Double IPATree Bucket  Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SupaCelt on 04-02-2012

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 271
Photo of stinewils24
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is lime green with a hint of honey lemon. The smell resembles citrus, spice, and lemon. It tastes like grapefruit and a spiced toffee. The texture is of malts and has a bitter mixture. Overall, it was okay, a bit too funky for me.

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Photo of Edith0703
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

IPA usually has the highest Hops in it, and this beer has double IPA. Therefore this beer is by far the most bitter beer I have ever tasted. Really strong flavor with smooth texture. Really hard to drink.

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Photo of mfarnick
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best double IPAs I have tried!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it and double IPAs are my favorite type of beers.
Unlike most double IPAs it is very refreshing not like others. Doesn't have that dirt taste that people can relate to double IPAs.
Slight amber and golden color
Aroma of pine and citrus along with hops
Really Well balanced taste

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Photo of HensonJ3
4.98/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Golden color. Interesting tastes of grapefruit and something pine. A little bitter but amazing beer. Hoppy and earthy flavors. Would definitely order again but watch out for the ABV

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Photo of eckk_rachel
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance : Golden, Caramel / Amber Color

Smell : Grapefruit, Cloves, Pine, Satisfying

Taste: I loved this beer! Usually double IPA is too bitter for me but I could drink more than one of these
great amount of hops and earth tones that balance this beer. Great finish

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Photo of defilli2
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has a nice caramel/amber color when poured. I smelled the hops and other citrus notes, seemed full flavored and very strong. The taste was not as strong as a double IPA normally is, very smooth to drink. Absolutely amazing, great amount of hops and earth tones. One of my favorites from Brewery Vivant.

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Photo of e_creed
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear, golden tones
Smell: fresh, citrus, grapefruit notes
Taste: grapefruit, cloves, some pepper notes, not too bitter
Feel: very well balanced without too much carbonation

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Photo of tomakara
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was very different for me, it almost had a pine taste. It was refreshing and smooth, reminded me of tropical weather, it was very sweet and easy to drink!

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tree Bucket was very refreshing, clean, and crisp with flavorful hop notes that weren't too overpowering. Even at 9% I found this beer easy to drink and definitely my favorite from Vivant.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is Belgian yeast, grapefruit and kind of odd hot funk. The flavor is grapefruit, spices, toffee, funk/Belgian funk, malts and a mix of bitter and very slight tartness in the finish. Kind of odd but grows on you.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Vivant beer I've ever had...
The 9.3% doesn't come out in the taste, it's well masked by Fruit, Melon, and even sweet Malt. Someone creamy but can still feel the carbonation. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). No apparent canning date. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a clear golden straw with about a half finger white head. The small froth cap fades away to a thin ring and some surface haze. A few wisps of lace remain clinging to the glass on the way down.

Big fruity, yeasty aromas. Orange, peach, Belgian yeast, melon and a little sugar.

Taste really elaborates on the nose. Orange, peach, caramel, bubble gum, melon, floral, banana, yeast, apple skins, bready malt and a healthy kick of alcohol. The yeast brings in additional fruity flavors that augment the base while the malts lend a pleasant sweet background.

Medium full body with moderately soft carbonation. Aftertaste is an interesting hoppy Belgian fruit syrup blend.

Brewery Vivant's Tree Bucket is a bit of a change on a Belgian IPA. It's a double IPA first and foremost with Belgian fruity yeast esters that marry well with the hops and sweet malt. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: Very clear and light in color with a thin, white head. Sweet smelling with noticeable hints of apple and pear; certainly more sweet than hoppy. Like the smell, taste is sweet and light, almost champagne like but not as carbonated. Goes down smoothly...maybe a little too smoothly for a 9%+ ABV. Clean aftertaste.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled chicken kabobs with pineapple

If you like this beer then you should also try: Tripel Karmeliet or, dare I say, a cider of some sort

Ideal time to drink this beer: The name of this beer is a play on the word "trebuchet"and it's the kind of light, refreshing brew one might drink when engaging in medieval warfare. This beer would be a fine celebration ale after storming a castle or restoring your king by battling with pikes in an open field.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Having had far more experience with American IPAs, I wasn't sure what to expect from this Belgian IPA but was pleasantly surprised. Definitely more "Belgian" than American IPA and the fruit overwhelmed the hops. I couldn't help but think about champagne while drinking this beer, but not in the crappy "Champagne of Beers" Miller High Life sort of way. At first this seemed a little 'blah', but the more I drank it the more impressed I was. Deceptively complex. Nothing over the top or crazy about it, just a solid brew - this would be a good beer to introduce to a non-craft drinker.

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Photo of mabermud
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: This has a clear, golden and amber body, with a never-ending stream of bubbles. The head appears thin and creamy. Ordinary body, but the head is forever, being fed by the endless bubbles.
Smell: I smell, malt, grass, herbs, caramel sweetness...citrus in the second row...medicinal...
Taste: Orange and citrus sweetness! Herbs/medicine, malts, easy caramels, and hop sweetness are all there. I actually like the flavors. I cannot pin point the Belgian inspiration, but she, the DIPA, definitely puts a few tasty toes forward. Short finish.
Feel: This has a medium feeling body, and despite all the bubbles rising from the deep, carbonation in the maw is medium-low, more on the lower side. A bit of nice chewiness. Tacky in the mouth.

Overall - As the alcohol kicks in, I am beginning to enjoy this more and more.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour at the brewpub. Bright copper color in tone, with a ripe citrus nose on the pour and lively carbonation/head. I'm getting some sweet onion and caramel in here, with mango in the mix. Definitely on the sweeter side of the DIPA spectrum. Solid if not spectacular.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vivant Tree Bucket DIPA.

Blah blah. One beer from these guys was good, the other beer not so much. So what does this mean? I am still holding out hope for them. Blah blah blah. Let's get to the review..

Look - Pours a crystal clear copper with a slight amber tint and a large although quickly disappearing slightly off white head due to the fact it comes in a can. Carbonation appears to be quite low, and barely even existant. Lacing isn't even a factor due to the FACT the head couldn't hold its own against a 67 pounder. 3.5.

Smell - Banana like cloves with a touch of the peel from the aformentioned fruits. The thing about Vivant is they offer a fruityness not akin to what you'd expect. It ain't all about the grapefruits and pine needles with these guys . 4.

Taste - Wowza, pulls a big turn and goes a straight up tropical route. Tons and tons and tons of mangos and pomegranate. Malts are left in the back room, and the banana is pretty mild. Fairly sweet, and borderline cloyingly so. The high ABV hit could only be felt by the finest of detectives. 4.25.

Feel - Very full bodied with a moderate amount of creaminess and just a touch of carbonation for balanced. Goes down a bit more alcoholic than I'd like, but I can't complain as it was expected. 4.25

Overall - Well the ladies and gentleman made a damn fine tropics forward DIPA. After warming a bit, the cloying sweetness is gone. Should you drink it? Yes ( insert gender distuingishable noun here ). Only complaint is I wish the alcohol were a bit more hidden. But hey, still gets a solid..4.25. outta me. Cracks the top of the list? Somewhere in top 40. maybe. Top of the top? Nah. 4.25.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by a two-inch head of foam; a nice swath of lacing hangs around as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Caramel, grapefruit and apricot; peppery yeast tones, as well

Taste: Caramel malt, clove and peppery yeast with a buttery diacetyl aspect; in the middle, the hops build with grapefruit and apricot tones, the bitterness builds, after the swallow along with more Belgian yeast phenols; the finish is fruity and sweet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Two years old, so not as hoppy as it was at the outset but still an interesting beer; a bit maltier than I prefer, to be honest

Thanks, FlandersNed, for the opportunity

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Photo of thejoe
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Brewery Vivant did an amazing job with this Belgian inspired Double IPA. For a Double IPA, it was very well balanced and not over hopped. The citrus flavors and mouthfeel tied this beer together.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and sticky, golden yellow with a sunburst of orange, rather cloudy and almost syrupy it's so thick.

Hop bomb for sure, juicy grapefruit and tropical notes overload the senses.

Uhm, hmm, thick and sticky like fruit juice. Way too malted and the sweetness is just too overpowering. Citrusy, and tropical, but not enough hop bite to cut through all of the sweet.

Mouthfeel, is sticky and syrupy, not good.

This pours beautifully and smells great, but feels and tastes like a hop juice box without any bitterness to note from the hops.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.4/5  rDev -40.1%

Pour is a bright hazed golden amber with a fair bit of white head and medium bubbles with strong retention. Nose has a fair bit of candied sugar, very stale grain, messy yeast and a touch of lemony esters. Faint grassy hay hops. Taste is similar, sweet candied sugar up front, stale grains with a metallic note, lots if sugar mid to late palate with sweet citrus punch and a grassy bitter hop finish with moderate acidity. Finish is syrupy, a bit fizzy on the throat, coats the mouth.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

A- Pours deep burnt orange with only about a finger of white head. Had a good amount of chill haze but cleared a good bit as it warmed.

S- Sweet and with a Belgian yeast character of light spice and bubblegum. Getting a bit sweet apricot and some citrus of mostly sweet grapefruit. Some of the ABV is coming out as it warms as well but the yeast and hops are doing a good job of covering it up.

T- Similar to smell, pretty sweet especially for an IPA, getting that Belgian yeast character, apricot and grapefruit, not a real big bitterness. Slight bit of lingering pine.

M- This one is like maple syrup a real sipper for me.

O- Not really a fan of this or really Belgian IPAs in general. I just don't find the yeast and a big hop profile to be very complementary. On top of that I find this too sweet and pretty expensive at around $17 for a 4pack of pint cans, I mean that's more than even marked up Heady 4packs! I wish I liked more stuff from Vivant but most of the stuff I've had from them just hasn't connected with me.

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Photo of Stoutguy33
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Absolutely fantastic. A great sweetness of tropical fruit, with a mix of citru,s and a hoppy, pine like finish. The sweetness nicely cuts the bitterness and leaves you with a perfect taste. Worth the $18 for a 4-pack. I bought 3 :)

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Photo of PintSizedLover
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice caramel orange, with a billowing inch plus head, which resolved to a clinging ring around the outside of the glass. Aromas of sweet tropical fruit, melon, wet grass and yeasty hints of raw dough. Taste mimics the aroma, with addition of some sweet caramel malt, thin cracker and underlying peppery spice. Mouthfeel is on the flat side. Faint metallic taste in the finish. ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the flavors are quite sweet.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. The crack resulted in some beer squirting out and hitting me in the forehead. Settled in the glass with a caramel/orange color and about 1.5 inches of head. Smell had lots of hops, tropical fruits. Taste is hops, grapefruit, some malts, tropical fruits, alcohol is very well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

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Tree Bucket Double IPA from Brewery Vivant
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.