Viven Imperial IPA | Brouwerij Van Viven

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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
Ratings:
197
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
46
For Trade:
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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deltoro
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jhlosito75
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Imperialjake
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbunje
3.4/5  rDev -15%
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 +22.5%
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 +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
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 +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luiz0930
2.89/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of eric5bellies
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of zotzot
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MoohMooh
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark amber, unfiltered, with a thick head, lots of lacing. It changes a lot as it warms up: smell goes from woody and cellary, with alcohol and a hint of banana, to a more classic citrusy smell -- although there's also coffee in there to spice things up. Taste is sweet chocolatey malts and bread; hops are a bit subdued and mostly in the aftertaste. It's quite bitter and spicy. Body is dry and light, with medium carbonation -- it's extremely drinkable.

A surprising brew -- very different from what you'd expect from a double IPA, it uses malt much more than hops.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lobina
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
4 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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