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Tree Bucket Double IPA - Brewery Vivant

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 248
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 36.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SupaCelt on 04-02-2012

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 248
Photo of wdberkley
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -5.1%
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 +4.5%
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 0%
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 +5.1%
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 +4.8%
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 -3.8%
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 +19.9%

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 -6.6%
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 -39.4%

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 -12.1%
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 +26.3%

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 +1%
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 -9.8%
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 -1%
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to willseph for the can.

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange-amber. Rocky off-white head drops to a chunky cap and collar in short order. Decent retention keeps a small head for the duration. Some chunky notches of lacing.

Smell: Pushes a touch of banana and soft spice along with some fruity esters. Slightly overripe apple, a ton of grapefruit rind and pith. Oily pine with a slightly dank edge. Malts are a touch bready with some.caramelized malt sweetness. A touch of cracker snap as well. Fruity and assertive without being too intense. A bit more banana as it warms.

Taste: Yeast is a bit more assertive. House yeast drops women slightly spicy esters as well as apple skin and mealy overripe apple flesh. A solid punch of grapefruit as well. Some pithy and oily pine thrown in the mix. Malt backbone is decidedly bready with some uncooked dough and lighter dry/pale malt finish. A bit of caramelized sweetness to balance the hops. As it warms it takes on a slightly spicier, ester heavy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy medium.body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

Overall: Probably won't get you over the wall.

A bit too heavy on the Belgian aspect for me, but it's a solid take on the style. The good are a nice compliment to the yeast (something that this style normally misses by a mile.)

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Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not that I condone giving money to this brewery after shaming the beer scene with their frivolous lawsuit against Tired Hands, but this can was given to me as an extra in a trade, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Poured from the can into a Vivant can glass (again, I got this before I knew what kind of people they were). Clear amber color, with a billowing inch-plus of white head, which sank to a thick ringlet, and laced the glass nicely. In the nose, fruity yeast, soapy, some sugar sweetness, notes of citrus. Vaguely Belgian-IPA-ish. Thinned-out taste somewhat reflected the aroma, estery sweetness, light citrus twang, clovey spice, bready yeast, metallic undertones, crackery malts, neutral alcohol, leaving a bland finish. Overall came off more like an off-flavored DIPA than anything else. Light-medium body, average carbonation. Worth a couple sips, but not something that I would purchase.

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into a snifter.

Nice color, gets a pretty big head if you don't mind your pour. Clings to the glass throughout. First pour smells of a lot of grapefruit, some floral hops and malt. Good taste- citrusy, malty. Very sweet, maybe a bit too much. But I like sweet, so not an issue for me. Good body, plenty of carbonation, but very smooth.

I really like this, it's a solid beer that I've purchased more than once. If you don't mind your DIPA's a little sweet, you'll like this one.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can
A - amber colored ale, frothy beige head, good lace
S - citrus, grapefruit, Belgian yeast, toasted grain, caramel
T - caramel, toasted grain, Juicy Fruit gum, yeast, pine, grapefruit
M - resinous, finishes bitter but balanced, alcohol well concealed, but is more apparent as it warms
O - again, something unique from this brewery - I appreciate that they strive to be different.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a handsome copper color with gentle white bubbles capped the beer. Sixteen ounce cans are very convenient for twelve ounce glasses.

Smell - The aroma largely follows a citric pattern with bready notes in the background.

Taste - The vanilla from the oak is the early impression. After that, citric hops, peach, sugar, and mild hops spiral into a banana finish. By far, this is Brewery Vivant's best work. This beer would be bold enough to stand up to spicy food, while subtle enough to eat with select cheeses.

Mouthfeel - On the can, it says double IPA. Trebuchet has the thickness of a DIPA, which allows the diverse fruit notes to linger.

Overall - I like this beer a lot. It is probablky my favorite Brewery Vivant aside from the price of a four pack.

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Photo of DavidRandall
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer served from a tap in a tulip shaped glass. It had a nice
medium hazed copper color with a 3/8" head of foam. Hoppy smell with a little citrus and pine. It had a surprisingly mild hop flavor to me, for a double IPA. I prefer less citrus and was not disappointed as the citrus was not the dominant flavor. Not too bitter. I had one glass prior to eating and one glass with my meal of tomato based jambalaya and the flavor of the beer did become sweeter with the meal. After finding the ABV is 9.7% I was surprised because it did not have a strong alcohol flavor.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Sturdy head, hazed brassy amber

SMELL: Dank hops, hemp seed oil, minty resin, orangey, clean estery alcohol, herbal, nutty, pineapple, mango, toasted grain

TASTE: Creamy, full bodied, very bitter, very herbal, marmalade, fallen apples, phenolic, walnut husk, very warming alcohol, peppercorn, banana skins, toasted crackers; never-ending hoppy, drying finish

It is a hard slap in the mouth, but our palates ask for more. The brewer clearly put little to no restraints on this ale, and we’re glad they didn’t. Clearly more American than Belgian, but it’s great to have the that house yeast edge to set it apart from most of the intensely hopped DIPAs out there.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of bcm75 -- thanks! No canning date, but a fairly recent brew, so no freshness concerns. My first Brewery Vivant brew.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange amber with 1 1/2 fingers of fluffy tan head, which recedes to a thick ring with sticky sheets of lacing.

S: Sweet malt accompanied by hop-derived citrus with slight pine. The enduring aroma is sweet, though, with earthy hop character as an undertone. Some sweet estery Belgian yeast character is evident. Fruitiness, almost like apple juice, is detectable.

T/M: Leads off watery and smooth with a medium mouthfeel but very little in the way of up-front flavors. Carbonation is medium -- it feels neither overdone nor wanting.The flavor profile is very subdued until midway through the sip, at which point swelling citrus and Belgian character emerges. I'd describe it as, in order, bitterness, citrus, fruity esters, maltiness, and then more bitterness and ester character on the finish. The alcohol is relatively well concealed, but I'm detecting it now that I'm halfway through the tulip trying to nail down this taste profile. It's not bad so much as it's a little unexpected and different.

O: A pretty tasty brew, but I can't comment too much on it as a Belgian Double IPA since I just don't know the style very well. It definitely has both DIPA and Belgian characteristics, so in that way they got it right. I won't be sad to never have it again, but definitely will enjoy this can.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and tropical fruit.

T - The taste starts off sweet with lots of sweet malts and tropical fruit. There is a good amount of Belgian yeast coming through midpalate. The finish some grapefruit rind bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a dry finish.

O - This was a nice Belgian IPA. This was on the sweet side and slightly expensive.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, candi sugar, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, banana, clove, caramel, candi sugar, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, banana, clove, candi sugar, caramel, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with hops over the yeast character, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, creamy, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian DIPA! All around great complexity and balance of hop, yeast ester, and malt notes; and dangerously smooth to sip on for 9.3%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Tree Bucket Double IPA from Brewery Vivant
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