Tart Side Of The Moon - Brewery Vivant
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Reviews by dfillius:
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger of dark brown head that starts out dense, then fizzes away very quickly :-(. No head remains after 30 or so seconds. Typical of a sour, but still, I like more head. Opaque black liquid is perfect. Lack of head brings it down.
S: Chocolate, raspberry, citrus tartness.
T: Chocolate, slight coffee with a tart edge to it. A terrific mix of sour and RIS. The best I've had yet from Vivant. So well balanced between the sour and the sweet and the roast. No skimping on the sour notes in this one. Cherry, raspberry, and pear flavors are contributed by the souring.
M: Slight heat, but the 9.8% is well hidden. Full and diverse. Finishes bright and clean with a slight amount of bitter roast lingering.
D: Excellent. Keep the sips coming! I would order another at a bar. I might try to snatch some more of these up! Thank you Brewery Vivant!
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2013 23:34:29 | More by dfillius
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4/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to a good Michigan guy, tectactoe, for a can of this, a first for me: wild ale, canned, tallboy. What's the world coming to?
The pour is unexpectedly dark brown, rubbing up against black. The nose issues forth another surprise as loads of baker's cocoa clings to the nostrils, with just a touch of coffee/roast. Not much going on, but who objects to roasty chocolate? I'd eat it for lunch & dinner if I could.
Tart Side of the Moon comes at this whole wild thing sideways & backwards. Chocolate is still on top, but barely, as a subtle funk tries to undermine the bitter bakery goodness. Tartness sears the sweetness out of the chocolate in an interesting way, leaving behind a sweet sourness. Brushes of residual sweet sugars, roast, & dark fruit, if one pulls away the curtain, but these just add depth, & do little to dissuade the two tastes wrestling for dominance. I find myself reaching for the glass often, puzzled & pleased.
Confession time: I've let this languish in the fridge because I thought it was going to suck. Well, color me beet wrong. Applauding the unique effort, because this is a very good beer.
Serving type: can
11-23-2013 04:01:52 | More by maximum12
Tart Side Of The Moon from Brewery Vivant
88 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.