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Tart Side Of The Moon - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
88
very good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 62
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmunsters on 03-06-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Sammy, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Thorpe429, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

nmann08, Mar 26, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Phyl21ca, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

spycow, Mar 31, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Knapp85, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 18, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

TMoney2591, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

largadeer, May 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

nickfl, Mar 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mendvicdog, May 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

kojevergas, Apr 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

duceswild, May 19, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

superspak, Oct 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Gonzoillini, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

brandoman63, Mar 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Zaphog, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

ShanePB, May 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

chippo33, May 13, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

aasher, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

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.

sweemzander, May 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

enelson, Mar 20, 2013
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Tart Side Of The Moon from Brewery Vivant
88 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.