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Tart Side Of The Moon - Brewery Vivant

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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jmunsters on 03-06-2013)
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Photo of Honus1


2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

OK, I love sours, I love stouts! I love sour stouts! This is not good.

Nose is sour grapes and dark fruit

Look and mouthfeel are appropriate for the style, dark, opaque, flat, no lacing

Taste is boozy on the front, sour balsamic vinegar in the middle, moving to dark fruit and then a terrible, terrible lingering aftertaste of astringent malt

Better when warm, I honestly have it a fighting chance, ferociously bad when cold.

I may spill this on purpose.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 23:17:51 | More by Honus1
Photo of taylor714914


2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Perfect beer to pair with Asian food. Why? Because it's straight soy sauce.

Appearance was almost stout like with a thin layer of head on top.
Smell was of faint tart funk and malt.
Taste was odd. Somewhere between a black ipa, a stout, and the funky aromas and esters of a farmhouse ale. Flavors moved between bitter black malt, noble hops, a touch of sweetness, a bit of tartness, and some roasted malts too.

Mouthfeel was heavy, syrupy, and not nearly dry enough for a Saison.

I Was really stoked to try this, but it didn't end up being anything I'd like to revisit soon.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 02:27:30 | More by taylor714914
Photo of Rope


3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Chimay chalice

Dark oil, definitely can't see through it. A thin tan head. Very pretty.

Sour fruit up front, but quickly over powered by roasted coffee.

I wish the taste followed the nose. The coffee taste still follows, but the sour fruit the dominating flavor. Interestingly, it reminds me a little bit of Stone's Vertical Epic 11-11-11 with a slight peppery taste at the end.

Good thick coating, small bubbles.

Very interesting beer, certainly unique, but I never need to try it again.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 04:34:32 | More by Rope
Photo of TMoney2591


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to my man Ryan for hookin' me up with this can!

I know there's an expectation for a Pink Floyd reference here, but y'all know I lean toward a Chinese Donny Osmond here... Anyway, this stuff pours a surprisingly deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises rich molasses, cocoa, light roasted malts, and a sharp spine of vinegar-coated cherry. The taste brings in more of the same, with the gulf between the thick, sweet, and roasty molasses and the sour, vinegary fruit (approaching a strong red wine at times and ripe tomatoes at others) somehow widening despite them being closer. Perhaps it's like those ideas concerning quantum-style space travel, where a huge stretch of space is simply folded under, bringing the origin and destination physically closer together while still maintaining that distance in an absolute sense. Something like that... The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky feel. Overall, the Manichean nature of this beer leaves me confused, conflicted: Sometimes the disparate flavors meld in a sort of complimentary manner, but at others they simply bicker and argue over who killed which tastebuds. I'm not sure what to think, really, but I am left with a some sort of positivity when the dust settles, so I'd say it's more than worth a shot.

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 15:16:01 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of joeseppy


3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very stoutish black with a dark walnut head. Flattens out like Lake Erie on a calm summer day with minimal to no carbonation.

Prominent aromas of a cross tween sauerkraut and tart cherry. Malty. Floral and earthy. Staying with it, I also get a smokiness and dark cocoa.

Can't say I'm not apprehensive. First I get the sourness, then get more of a dark roasted coffee and malt, back to sour. I'm not getting any fruit, wish I were.

Mouthfeel is thin with some stickiness from the malt. Sour roast lingers.

I like this better as it warms up. In simple terms, for me, a smoky sour. I thinks its worth a try to expand your horizons and have fun with different styles. Should be called 'Sour Side of the Moon'.

Serving type: can

03-13-2013 01:30:09 | More by joeseppy
Photo of homebrew311


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick silky black with high viscosity and minimal head. The nose features vague vinegar notes backed by chocolate and cherry. As the beer warms and opens up, the tart cherry character comes on stronger and pairs nicely with the deep dark chocolate notes. The taste is not nearly as tart as the nose leads on. There is a vinegar component there, but the fruity sweetness seems to really cut out any strong acidity. Chocolate plays a big role on the flavor as well and holds up the fruity notes quite nicely. Mouthfeel is thick and mildly carbonated. Honestly, with a name like Tart Side of the Moon (awesome label art btw), I was hoping for something much more sour.

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 03:49:56 | More by homebrew311
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If there were points allotted for creativity, I would give this one a 5. So go ahead, Brewery Vivant, Have a Cigar!

From the can, the beer was poured into a flute glass. It poured a near black color with a reddish tint radiating a woody dark fruit aroma. Only a slight head topped this one. In the initial taste, one gets chocolate and coffee in the front with grape skin and chocolate covered cherry toward the back. I was a little confused by the lack of fruit and sourness, though one can detect a certain level of vanilla from the aging process. The tart dark chocolate is more apparent at the finish. For a farmhouse ale, I really did not get the funk I was expecting. It seemed more like a sour laced with chocolate.

There is a Tart side of the Moon really, as a matter of fact its all tart.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 02:07:20 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a deep pitch-black color ale with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of roasted malt with tart cherry notes, some tart notes and some black chocolate. Taste is a complex and rich mix of cherry, roasted malt deep black chocolate notes with light lingering residuals sugar notes with plenty of fruits notes. Body is full with an oily texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This is a very complex mix which is not as tart as I was expecting. I could see myself drinking this once in awhile but just too powerful for regular consumption.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 17:08:35 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of finstadp


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Tartside of the Moon from Brewery Vivant was a very intriguing beer. The appearance was a very dark brown or almost black. The beer had a dark and milk chocolate aroma. The beer was very full-bodied. The flavor was very dark and tasted very similar to coffee. This beer was the only beer I have had that was similar to a Guinness and I found that very intriguing.

Serving type: can

04-24-2013 19:27:22 | More by finstadp
Photo of breakingbland


3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At 7 Monks in Traverse City, MI, March 2013. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Deep brown. The small mahogany head stayed for a while.

Aroma: Toasty cherry -- nice!

Taste: Deep coffee and chocolate with fruit (cherry?). Bright and clean sweet tartness.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel. Not much carbonation.

Overall: I'll look for this again. I liked the aroma and the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 14:55:11 | More by breakingbland
Photo of Etan


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another wild ale in a can from Vivant - this time it's an imperial stout that they soured. Pint can into a stout glass.

A: Pours out black and thick, with a nice tan head. Looks like an imperial stout.

S: Smells of roasted malt, coffee, light acetic acid, dark chocolate.

T: Heavy roasted grain, moderate vinegar and cherry tartness, cocoa, slight metallic note, charred bread.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Pretty good. The roasted malt could be toned down a bit.

Serving type: can

03-20-2013 01:39:39 | More by Etan
Photo of wyatt13


3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My dad picked up a couple cans of this a few months ago during a trip to Michigan. Poured from a pint can into my Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours a midnight black that is utterly opaque. A dark brown head fizzles away in only seconds. Oily appearance with lots of carbonation.

S - Lots of vanilla and tart cherry notes right up front. A good deal of bitter chocolate. A bit of umami.

T - Vanilla and cherry again take the lead here. A mild puckering lingers like the acidic twinge of cranberry juice. There's definitely a bit of heat here from the alcohol as well. Quite interesting.

M - Initial impression is high amounts of carbonation and thin-bodied. The puckering tartness dries out the mouth a bit.

O - A very interesting beer -- not exactly what I was imagining when I read "dark farmhouse ale" on the front of the can. To me, it was more of a stout with a good amount of tart cherries. Whatever it is, I'm glad I tried it and could see myself in the mood for this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:01:57 | More by wyatt13
Photo of superspak


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger foamy dark tan head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. No glass lacing, and some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, clove, light vinegar, funk, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, clove, toast, light pepper, light vinegar, funk, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, cherry, apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, clove, light vinegar, funk, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt and moderate tart fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian stout! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: can

10-01-2013 04:45:59 | More by superspak
Photo of Stevedore


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a Russian River stemmed glass and consumed 7/10/13. Thanks to JohnnyHopps for throwing this one in as an extra.

Aroma: Very chocolatey is what came to mind immediately. Some coffee, a little bit of cherry tartness that is covered up by the chocolate. No real indication that this beer is sour. There is some rubbing alcohol type scent in there which is unfortunate.

Colour: Beautiful. The body is dark brown, nearly black, like a glass of Coca-Cola but darker and more opaque. Not much head, not much lacing, a thin collar. It pours rather viscously, which was a nice surprise.

Flavour: This is a very interesting beer. I get a lot of chocolate up front for sure.. with a little bit of coffee. But what makes it so interesting is that it transitions to a nice cherry tartness that isn't too strong. It's there in the background of the chocolate, almost like chocolate covered cherries. It's not too sweet or too bitter, it's balanced very well.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick bodied and viscous. Not much obvious carbonation, though it certainly leaves a good fizz on the tongue. The aftertaste is basically chocolate covered cherry which is very nice. Very enjoyable to drink and there is no major indication of booziness as I drink it. The aroma is the only place where you detect it... still, it's a sipper.

Overall: Aside from the booziness in the aroma, this is a very good beer with an interesting flavour profile that is both straightforward and complex.. it all blends together well into something that my palate can easily figure out. I highly recommend this if you like your dark sours.

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 00:26:34 | More by Stevedore
Photo of mhksuccess


3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into RR goblet
it looks extremely dark almost black again this could be lighting in my house
there was no head and no lacing
smell is funky fruity (dark currants, cherry) tartness
kind of like you can smell that funky tartness
and the taste followed slight tartness and extreme funk
dark cherry
very smooth nice pretty easy to drink for almost 10% ABV
DEFINITELY PUT A " Lunatic in my head"
this maybe one of the best label plays ever
would drink this again it was definitely enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 15:44:48 | More by mhksuccess
Photo of sweemzander


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip. Thanks for the can Matt!

(A)- Pours quite pitch black in color. Produced a nice cap of effervescent brown froth that dissipated fairly quickly. Some good lacing left behind even.

(S)- A deep roasted raisin, coffee, and cocoa profile overall. An ever so slight hint of a light acidic tartness on the backend.

(T)- With the acidity comes a very nice chocolate covered tart cherry combo. Bits of raisin on the tail-end with a slight dry, almost oaky finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. It feels a touch think and syrupy, but that does go really well with the dessert-like chocolate covered cherry this has. Definitely a sipper.

(O)- If this beer was a mistake, it sure was a successful one! A good tartness meets a very rich and chocolatey deep stout/dark ale. Very intriguing and I enjoyed every sip.

Serving type: can

05-06-2013 21:00:42 | More by sweemzander
Photo of maximum12


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
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a La Chouffe tulip.

A- pours like motor oil with a 2" dark cola head. Big waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- dark fruits, some funk, big chocolate notes

T- it's like bramble without the bourbon. Huge chocolate, slightly sour raspberries and blackberries, some roast and molasses.

M- medium body and carbonation. Abv hidden very well, creamy and smooth.

O- 3/10 sourness. very enjoyable beer. Wouldn't call it a sour at all, more of a RIS with dark fruits.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 19:13:02 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can purchased at the brewery in late March. Poured in to snifter.

A - Pitch black with a thin layer of medium to dark brown head that immediately disappeared.

S - Tartness up front with a huge dark cherry aroma along with chocolate, roast and hints of toffee.

T - Tart dark cherry is the dominant flavour with chocolate, roast and some coffee notes present.

M - Medium body. Somewhat dry. Light carbonation.

Serving type: can

06-14-2013 16:15:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Justin_Neff


4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, but too thin looking to be described as motor oil-like. Dark tan fizzy head fizzles to nothing very quickly. No lacing.

S: Definitely tarty funk. Chocolate - loads of dark chocolate. Roasty chocolate. Sweetness coming across as dark fruits. The smell is really awesome.

T: Strong roast and java, backed with dark chocolate. Definitely tart, which becomes more evident with the strong sweetness of dark cherries.

M: Medium body. A bit boozy. Thinner than I think it should/could be. High carbonation.

O: I'm kinda all over the board on this one. The appearance wasn't bad, but not great. The smell was awesome and the taste was very good. The mouthfeel left a lot to be desired. Overall a nice beer, but definitely overpriced.

Serving type: can

04-25-2013 00:34:52 | More by Justin_Neff
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for giving me a can of this beer to try out!

tallboy can poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of medium brown head. Drops quickly to a ring around the glass with no cap.

Smell: roast malts, milk chocolates, black cherries. hint of lactic sour note.

Taste: This beer starts off with roasty malts and mild bitterness. The cherries are not too far away from the start of the beer and offer a mild tartness with some tannic wood and earthy qualities into the beer. Its a little bit vinegary on the back end, might even come across as a briney flavor. Finishes with an ashy bitterness that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Does feel like its almost 10% with well hidden abv. semi to moderately dry finish.

Overall: It tastes just like a soured imperial stout. Didnt get much of a farmhouse influence that was advertised to be a component of this beer and always a manstay of brewery vivants beers. But I guess that when I hear farmhouse I am thinking about brett flavors and yeasty beers most of the time. My 2nd sour beer in can! I think thats a cool little "novelity" in the craft beer world!

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 12:39:15 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of GRPunk


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- Oh so dark. I don't know why I didn't figure on near pitch body based on the name. Somehow I'm reminded of soy sauce, brown head forms at 1/2 finger and quickly drops to the lightest film. Good stick.

S- Really unassuming at first. Dark bread, some licorice, maybe a hint of light smoke? Very light, tart fruit in beginning. Maybe a little chocolate. Warmth brings things forward. A little wine-like with some vinegar qualities. A little more chocolate. Actually, downright robust by the end.

T- Rich star is bready with a little chocolate. Very tart finish, mix of tart cherries and under-ripe berries. Hint of vinegar. A little woody.

M- Lots of carbonation at first. Sticky sweetness in a lingering finish. Quite full bodied.

O- It's good. It's pricy. Maybe a little more pricy than great. Nearly 10% ABV (9.8 I believe) doesn't present itself in a negative flavor or feel, but it sure catches up with a guy on an empty stomach.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 21:37:18 | More by GRPunk
Photo of robhbest


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass from 16 oz can.

A: Pours a dark brownish black with 2 finger caramel colored head which fades quickly.

S: Rasberries, cherries, sours fruits.

T: Dark chocolate, cherries, sourness at the end with roasted malts.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Leaves the mouth wet.

O: This is a completely different beer than what I'm expecting. I think Vivant may have said the same thing too. Its sweet, bitter and sour at the same time. Interesting beer.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 20:50:01 | More by robhbest
Photo of tectactoe


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kevin for sharing one of these. Saves me having to gamble on a four-pack myself... Never know how sour-dark beers are gonna turn out, but I was excited for this one. Pours a dark and deep black color with some shimmering ruby-red peeking through and outlining the glass, only when held directly to the light. The cap is fine-bubbled, tan, and creamy, showing decent retention.

Aroma starts off with a bit roasty malts first and foremost. A mellow combination of tart and sweet outlines the edges of the roast; grapes, cherries, raspberries, apple skins. Despite the undeniable tart fruit notes, the roast never looses its mojo, though it's a softer and mellow type of roast rather than being over-the-top heavy; no real char or smoke here. Some subtle coffee notes, not getting much chocolate - maybe just a very, very small hint of cocoa powder, but I think I'm just stretching for that one. Surprisingly not as complex as I thought it would be. More so just an overlay of some fruity tartness on a body of conservatively roasted malt.

I've got a generic, medium-roast stout in one hand and a generic, tart-but-not-puckering wild ale in my other hand. I can't decide which one to drink first, so I shove both bottlenecks into my mouth and down the gullet they both go, side-by-side, flavors of two completely different monsters just attacking my palate at once. Welcome to Tart Side of the Moon. It's like a half sour / half stout, that isn't really that sour and isn't really that stout-y. Mildly tart cherry and apple skins hit first as the tartness quickly fades into more of a sweetness than anything.

It mellows out with a substantial dryness as the malts catch back up; roasted malts, coffee beans, faint cocoa. The whole thing kind of dies down into a creamy, roasted coffee coating that covers your mouth with an abbreviated cherry sweetness to it. Like using Amaretto flavored cream in your coffee. I also pick up some mild oak flavors in the finish that weren't found anywhere else. Medium bodied, thinner than expected with ample carbonation and a slick, oily mouth feel.

I'm still not too sure how I feel about sour stouts. This one wasn't bad, but it didn't blow my socks off or anything like that. It was good, but I don't know if I'd ever buy a four-pack myself. It's hard to get roasted and sour flavors to play nicely together. This beer was a solid attempt, and has kept my hope alive for advancement in the style, but it's not gonna be the one that swoons me for life. Definitely worth a try, though.

EDIT: 4/1/2013

After having had this a few more times from the can and once more on tap at Vivant, I feel compelled to bump the score up. The beer is still very enigmatic to me, completely explainable at times. Sometimes it's more sour than stout. Sometimes it's more stout than sour. But maybe that's part of the appeal. Whatever it is, something keeps bringing me back, and that's gotta count for something, right? I wonder how these will age.

EDIT: 4/29/2013

Again, every time I have this, I like it more and more. This time on tap at the Twisted Rooster. The roast was a little more subtle, allowing the tart flavors to stand out a bit more. Still never became overwhelming with tartness, though - very well balanced. Is the variation on this beer strong, or is age beginning to work its magic? I guess only some more time will tell. But I have to bump up the score a bit more. I enjoyed this last pint very much. Smell was a bit more damp and musty but the flavor was great.

Serving type: can

03-21-2013 11:40:12 | More by tectactoe
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a couple cans of Brewery Vivant's Tart Side Of The Moon a couple weeks ago for $4.09 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer on tap, I thought it was a good tart stout, I'm interested to see how the can version compares, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage First canned batch, fairly fresh. Poured from a a tall 16oz can into a Belgian Tulip.

A- I really like this can, it's a for sure upgrade from the stickerz they used in the past and the Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon theme is always a plus, I really like it and it's eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through with a finger and a half worth of dark tan head that quickly died down to a very thin ring that eventually faded away and it left hardly any lacing behind. This beer looks nice, but I wish there was a little more head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness to it that was followed by a nice tart cherry aroma with a lighter amount of funky Belgian yeast, the two aromas come together for a slightly funky tart cherry aroma with some black cherry in the background. Up next comes a nice medium vanilla aroma along with some lighter woody aromas along with a black licorice like aroma. Towards the end the dark roasted malts seems to show up with some roasted, chocolate, and light coffee aromas that seems to show up nicely in the background with the tart cherry aromas taking the lead. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I thought it was very complex and it wasn't overly funky, it sure is different, especially for a stout, but it's good.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by sour and tart cherry that impart a medium tart to flavor which to me is right under the point where it can become almost mouth puckering and there's some nice black cherry flavors in the background along with some slight apple cider vinegar taste, Up next comes some vanilla and woody flavors along with a slight bit of barnyard funk and some dark bread and black licorice. On the finish is where the roasted malts seems to really show up imparting a roasted, chocolate and coffee like flavors that carries on to the aftertaste along with just a little more tartness and a lighter amount of bitterness. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the flavors were nice and true to it's name and I thought it was very complex with a lot of different flavors going on that somehow seem to go well together.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly sticky, a little dry, on the lighter side of being full bodied and it had a lower amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a good beer, and it was a good example of what Brewery Vivant calls a Dark Farmhouse Ale, the flavors were pretty intense but not overwhelming and the flavors seem to work well with each other and it made for one complex beer. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not filling, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention and keeping me coming back for more, I think I would be happy with a pint can of this, but if I was really in the mood I think I could drink two and I think this would be a great Stout to enjoy in the summer. What I liked the most about this beer was the complexity of the aroma and the flavor it was really nice, and it kept me coming back for more. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad. but the head and lacing could have been a little more appealing. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for something tart, I bought an extra can to throw in the cellar but I know I need to go back and get some more for the warmer weather and some more to throw in the cellar to see how it develops over time, it's slightly pricey at just over $4 dollars a can, but I think it's worth every penny and I would recommend this to anyone who likes tart and slightly funky beers. All in all i was very happy with this beer and a little impressed it was just as good as it was on tap and I think it's just and overall enjoyable beer and it's very unique, it's the first Sour Stout I have actually liked. Till Brewery Vivant came around I wasn't fan of these types of beers, but since then I have developed a big interest for ales that are on the wilder side and I thankthem for helping to plant that seed. Brewery Vivant is really bringing the heat and I can't get enough of the new wilder beers they have been putting out, they are easily becomes my favorite up in coming brewery in Michigan, good job guys, you steady blow my mind with these tart and funky beer's that on paper I shouldn't like, but once I try them I really like them, Brewery Vivant is the only brewery that has had that affect on me. This beer was on accident, but it's a great example of an accident gone right,

Serving type: can

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Tart Side Of The Moon from Brewery Vivant
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.