Tart Side Of The Moon - Brewery Vivant
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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.
05-24-2013 17:08:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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.
03-30-2013 15:16:01 | More by TMoney2591
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.
10-01-2013 04:45:59 | More by superspak
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.
06-14-2013 16:15:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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.
05-06-2013 21:00:42 | More by sweemzander
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
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.
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.
03-21-2013 11:40:12 | More by tectactoe
Tart Side Of The Moon from Brewery Vivant
88 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.