Viven Imperial IPA
Brouwerij Van Viven

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Brouwerij Van Viven
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,074
Ranked #12,217
3.98 | pDev: 9.3%
Aug 21, 2021
Jun 24, 2010
Very Good
Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA
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4.18 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Aug 21, 2021
3.96 by HopBelT from Belgium on May 27, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared bottle at local tasting. ABV 8.0%. Amber colour, moderate head, slightly off-white. Distinctly hoppy aroma and flavour, grapefruity and piney notes. Very "American", good stuff.

Apr 21, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Mid amber, somewhat cloudy, pours with 10mm crumpled duvet-like head that's leaving lacing down the sides of the glass.
S- Bready and light conifer aromatics
T- Quite bright/vibrant yet with a pungency that yes you know this is about it's 8% ABV
F- On the dryer side, this should not feel over-rich to anyone (and no way sweet), it's somewhat on the dryer/hoppier side of things but no way a challenge to non IPA mega-fans.
O- It's very nice. A bit hoppier than I usually choose but it does it in a balanced and classy way. No shouting or un-balance here. 'Imperial IPA' + from Belgium, brewed well for adults (no unscripted drama going on) and that's what's in the glass.
330ml bottle BB: 28/11/21 Bought from TremblingMadness/York as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Jan 28, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by tardarius_prime from Liberia

Very nice, solid imperial. Great balance of fruit and hop. Extremely satisfying.

Aug 24, 2020
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Slightly hazy red/amber color, three finger beige head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Yeast, malts, hops. Smells nice.

T: Yeast, malts, hops, bitter. Has the Belgian touch. Good.

F: Medium bodied, quite smooth, lots of flavor.

O: Very decent Belgian-style DIPA.

Apr 29, 2020
3.76 by Eltrandos from France on Aug 17, 2019
4 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana on Jul 30, 2019
4 by iftcoach from Germany on Dec 11, 2018
4 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 11, 2018
3.44 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Sep 06, 2018
4.25 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Aug 09, 2018
4.31 by benlhoest from Belgium on Jul 11, 2018
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3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Ah, the approach to Christmas. I haven't anyone to celebrate it with & school had its last day on 21 December, so I have over two weeks free to drink & review beers. It sounds nice until you realize that I am paid per diem, so if I am not working, I am not getting paid. 8=( It makes it easier to drink beer, though.

From the bottle: "The art of Flemish brewing - L'art de brassage flamand - Vlaamse brouwkunst".

I am always amused by what comes out of a Belgian bottle & it begins with a Pop! of the cap. I was extremely gentle with my pour since the Belgians pride themselves on playing with their yeast & who knows what might be lurking in this mystery bottle. Once sufficiently decanted, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised nearly three fingers of foamy, rocky, light-tan head that threatened to overrise the lip of the glass before suddenly exhaling and falling away, leaving a mess of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose did not smell like a DIPA! Instead, it smelled like a stack of musty newspapers discovered in the attic after the death of a loved one. Still, I love the unexpectedness that often accompanies a Belgian beer. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, very light for this style. The taste reminded me of a fruitcake with a slightly tart fruitiness and a pronounced breadiness. How odd! Finish was dry, thanks to the action of the yeast, but there was no way that I would have identified this as a DIPA had it not been for the label. This was a strange little duck, IMHO. YMMV.

Dec 23, 2017
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Sep 09, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by josanguapo from Spain

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Playing A Foretold Affair. Very pleasant floral notes, with caramel. Abv well hidden. Nice feel. Its only downside is the lots of foam it generates

Aug 30, 2017
4.23 by dudecandle from New York on Aug 20, 2017
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3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz bottle. Has a dark chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head and some floaties. Smell is of dark fruits. Taste is dark fruits, malts, some pine, alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not really what I consider a DIPA, but a pretty good beer.

Aug 08, 2017
4 by valkyre65 from Texas on May 05, 2017
3.63 by Deltoro from Florida on Apr 28, 2017
4.13 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia on Mar 30, 2017
3.92 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania on Mar 25, 2017
3.5 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Mar 12, 2017
4.47 by Imperialjake from North Carolina on Feb 27, 2017
3.99 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Feb 26, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by mbunje from California

Preface: I am a west coast IPA kinda guy. Though Inlike Blondes and Trippels.

This smelled very true: Belgian mealtimes and hops.

But after that, the biscuity malt and sweetness was too much. The Hops were not upfront enough and there was no bitterness.

I admire the attempt, but this came off as a stale (Hops have died) double IPA. Not distinctly Belgian and not distinctly IPA.

Feb 23, 2017
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4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by beerdealer from Denmark

A beer, that brings out the best of Belgium brewing culture and combines it with the best of American beer culture. This Imperial IPA has great taste as well as a very good look. It starts with an interesting label, and continues with a great look, when you fill your Viven glass.

This great feeling from the start is even better if you visit the brewery, where the café area supplement the look of the labels - this is a complete brewery - from brewing to drinking the beer in the great surroundings in Sijsele.

When you put your nose over the glass, you know that you have found a great IPA - Enjoy it - Feel how you can have the best of Belgium as well as the best of America.

Feb 22, 2017
4.06 by BKotch from Texas on Feb 21, 2017
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3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jzlyo from Iowa

Aroma is biscuit malts, spices and pine/citrus. The flavor is citrus/fruit, malts, slightly dirty in the middle, grapefruit and a spicy/warming alcohol finish.

Feb 20, 2017
4.06 by Griphon from Florida on Feb 13, 2017
4.6 by evanwoertz from California on Feb 13, 2017
3.75 by Scott_McCool from Florida on Feb 03, 2017
2.89 by Luiz0930 from California on Jan 20, 2017
4.34 by eric5bellies from Australia on Dec 09, 2016
3.75 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on Dec 07, 2016
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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25
by Weisenbeer from Ohio

On tap at the Yard House in Cincinnati. Its an Imperial from Belgium. That is all that needs to be said. All the expected qualities are here. Enjoy!

Oct 29, 2016
3.52 by Jentex from Texas on Oct 15, 2016
3.84 by cgrunin from Texas on Oct 15, 2016
4.06 by zotzot from Vermont on Oct 02, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Tap at yard house in San Jose

Big creamy rich head, thick and frothy fades slowly, nice lacing, murky mahogany orange brown color.

Nose nice sweet Belgian candy malt, candi sugar, mild toasted biscuit and fig date fruit, mild grassy floral hop and touch of citrus.

Taste brings more of the sweet candy malt, toasted brown Belgian malt, sweet brown sugar and candi sugar, touch biscuit, mild baking spices and fruity esters, fig, candied dates, then some grassy spicy hops, not super bitter, little fruity hop and hint of citrus on the back end. Finish little sticky, just a hint of booze warmth, lingering candi sugar but drier, fair bitterness, bit more grassy and orange zest hop.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, very little booze warmth.

Overall quite nice, great Belgian ale flavors with hops that actually blended quite well.

Sep 22, 2016
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