Viven Imperial IPA | Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA
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3.98/5
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202 Ratings
Viven Imperial IPAViven Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven
Belgium
viven.be

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mdagnew on 06-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,493
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
202
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
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Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of dudecandle
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deltoro
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jhlosito75
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Imperialjake
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbunje
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of beerdealer
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of BKotch
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Griphon
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luiz0930
2.89/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of eric5bellies
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of Jentex
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cgrunin
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 202 ratings
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