1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tart Side Of The Moon - Brewery Vivant

Not Rated.
Tart Side Of The MoonTart Side Of The Moon

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

276 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 276
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 64
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmunsters on 03-06-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 276 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Alextricity
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$4.79 pint can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Semi-hard pour into the middle of the glass didn't do much. This is just a pitch black beer with some brown/red around the edges. Not much to get excited about. I will say that I really like the label, and the name of the beer is pretty cool as well. (3.5/5)

Smell: Deep, deep roasted malt aroma on this beer straight out of the fridge. Under that is a sour funk aroma that I was looking to dominate the smell. There's also some red grape in there that gives a bit of a red wine vibe. As it warms a bit, some dark chocolate starts to shine through which works really well with the dark fruit/red grape smell. (4.25/5)

Taste/feel: My first impression is that this is that this is what I thought Tart of Darkness by The Bruery would taste like. This has a significant roasted/almost charred malt flavor first and foremost, followed by sour grape accents that I also got in the smell. Near the end it has a wine barrel sort of taste with a little tartness too. The body of this beer is about medium, and there's a moderately high carbonation to bring out some even more flavor. The ABV of this is 9.8%, and it's hidden insanely well. There's absolutely no alcohol on the nose or in the taste, and there isn't any warmth either. There's that inkling that it's at least 7%, but 10%? Phew. (4/5, 4.25/5)

While I wanted some actual roast notes in Tart of Darkness, I want some more tartness out of Tart Side of the Moon. It has more tartness than Tart of Darkness does roast (marginally), but a little more would be perfect. The price may seem high to some, but it's a 16oz can, and it's a pretty unique sour stout combination. The can recommends a charred steak with bleu cheese among other things as pairables, and I think a charred steak with some bleu would be incredible with this brew.

(4.25/5)

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of shampoo
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of JonnyRebel
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of alelover
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of deakin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of carlmoberg
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ejmw
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jemarent
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of handcrafty
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of _morandi_
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of PaulyB83
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No canned on date.
Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours jet black, maybe a slight amount of light coming through on the edges revealing a milk chocolate looking brown. One finger light brown head that dissipated quickly.

S- Nice sour fruitiness, some dark fruits, some dark roasts.

T- Similar to aroma, the sourness is light but there. Really smooth and no overpowering flavors. Very nice combo of both tart and dark. Has a really sour cherry taste to it.

M- On the light side of heavy, kinda surprised how easy this is to drink.

O- This is definitely the best beer I've had from Vivant. Was really looking forward to this beer and was glad they released to distribution as I believe it was brewery only before. Not as tart as a few other sour dark beers I've had before but really I think sometimes a heavy tartness can take away from the base beer, especially if that beer is a dark one. Here I think the tartness and roasts are right on the same level with each other and that really helps with how smooth the beer is. I'd like to pick up some more of this and see how it ages.

Photo of Poloplaya
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of JVoyager
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of EdVandenberg
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Desimoaj
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of core42
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Tart Side Of The Moon from Brewery Vivant
88 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.