Tart Side Of The Moon - Brewery Vivant
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2.94/5 rDev -25%
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.
07-12-2013 02:27:30 | More by taylor714914
3.79/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
07-11-2013 00:26:34 | More by Stevedore
4.24/5 rDev +8.2%
From Blind Bif 8. Poured from blind 16oz can into Crooked Stave snifter
Pours black with a pretty mocha head that dissolves quickly (might have to do with fan nearby.) Was hoping for a canned double IPA. Damn you blind bif! (4)
Dark chocolate, raisins, coffee, black licorice primarily. The chocolate aroma is pretty strong. And something odd I can’t pick out cold…. (4.25)
Dark roasted malt upfront, and is that…sour? This might not work for everyone, but I’m digging it. There’s a bit of hop bitterness too, but this is unmistakably sour. I can’t tell if this is meant to be a sour stout ala Tart of Darkness or some other sour dark ale. Since it’s got to be over 8% and there’s a plethora of roasted malt, I guess by default it is. The sourness is puckering and has a fruitiness resembling cherries and grapes, but I don’t think there’s any actual fruit in here, all yeast. (4.25)
Carbonation is medium with a medium body. The body is a bit chewy for a sour, with a dry finish. Alcohol is slightly evident, but not overwhelming or overly warming. (4.25)
The aroma showcased more acetic sourness as it warmed as well, and that head might not have had anything to do with the fan after all. I don’t know of any wild stouts from cans soo…yeah. Interested to see who makes this. Reminds me a bit of Funk Metal by Jester King, but it was a nice change of pace and an intriguing blind. (4.25).
The reveal… Brewery Vivant Tart Side of the Moon. It’s a “Dark Farmhouse Ale”. At 9.8%, this sour packs a punch. I dig the can art too. I’ve heard of Brewery Vivant, but I didn’t know they canned nor that they made a sour dark ale. Cheers!
07-05-2013 14:16:21 | More by Auror
4.21/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance of a Stout. Caramel foamy head, rises with moderate speed. Brew is pitch black and thiner.
White grapes, metallic, chocolate, caramel, cherry.
Deep, dark, and roasty, full of sprite. Fresh. Woody, dry, intriguing sweetness, stinging carbonation, intelligent bitterness, grape and cherry, oak, coffee, lots of roasty (not smoked) caramel.
Very much recommended. A hit. Well done complexity. One of the best brews I've had from Brewery Vivant. Thanks abanton for the share!! Not a good summer brew, but would be killer late winter/late fall brew.
07-03-2013 03:52:26 | More by chugalug06
4.23/5 rDev +7.9%
Thanks to ROBSTARR for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a TBBC pint glass.
A: Very dark - essentially black - and opaque. Forms a thin tan head with no visible carbonation.
S: Funky, vinegary, and some chocolate and coffee roasted malts that also impart some sweetness.
T: Roasted malts, cacao and somewhat less coffee, dark fruity sweet and sour cherries. The vinegar sourness is here as well, but a touch less so than the nose would suggest; but it's still quite present, and mixes with the funk. Hints of both hop and roasted malt bitterness at the end. The hang is sweet, funky, and mildly vinous.
M: Full-bodied but a bit lighter than expected, with a nice sticky mouthfeel. Relatively low carbonation sensation, and alcohol is noticeable but not "hot".
O: Really different beer here. Whether or not this was an accident, I quite enjoyed it. I suspect some Pedio was involved in souring this beer. As a friend of mine observed, were there a style of "Flanders Stout", I'm pretty sure this would be it. Recommended for sour fans looking for something different to try. And a cool-looking can.
06-23-2013 16:24:17 | More by macrosmatic
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
Tart Side Of The Moon from Brewery Vivant
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