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Tart Side Of The Moon - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
88
very good

213 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 62
Gots: 19 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-05-2014 02:06:38 | More by Sammy
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

03-30-2013 12:42:28 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-26-2013 21:58:29 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-31-2013 17:02:43 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

12-15-2013 20:19:16 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

05-18-2013 23:53:59 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -23.5%

05-19-2013 18:49:31 | More by largadeer
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-27-2013 03:19:35 | More by nickfl
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-20-2013 19:09:15 | More by mendvicdog
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

04-04-2013 20:41:31 | More by kojevergas
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-13-2013 06:31:35 | More by zestar
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-19-2013 15:30:50 | More by duceswild
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superspak

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-25-2013 02:08:24 | More by brandoman63
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

03-19-2013 01:02:12 | More by Gonzoillini
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-15-2013 03:06:08 | More by Zaphog
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

05-22-2013 12:13:28 | More by ShanePB
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-19-2013 16:41:46 | More by iL0VEbeer
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2%

05-13-2013 23:55:59 | More by chippo33
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aasher

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-01-2013 04:18:49 | More by aasher
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%
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
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maximum12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%
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
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Tart Side Of The Moon from Brewery Vivant
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