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Viven Imperial IPA | Brouwerij Van Viven

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3.98/5
Very Good
201 Ratings
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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:
#5,336
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
201
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by richmof:
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4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as good an IPA as I've drunk and certainly as good as other Belgian beers that are brewed in an IPA style. Interestingly, it is a Belgian beer that actually uses the name IPA (traditionally Belgian brewers have avoided hat-tips to anglo-saxon beer culture).

Pours a deep amber into my Brasserie de la Senne tulip with a creamy two fingered head that laces nicely.

So good on the nose I almost wanted to inhale the whole beer. Added to the typical earthy, herby IPA smells is a deep caramel - yum.

On the palate it opens up with the fruity citrusiness of the amarillo hops coming through - not just limes but also orange peel. It also has a nice herby, earthy hoppiness that you would expect from an IPA. The caramel from the nose doesn't seem to follow through though.

It has a nice, balanced effervescence and is (as other reviewers have said) dangerously drinkable at 8%.

Well done Viven. I can't wait to try the porter, which is supposed to be excellent. The blonde is also very good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of charlieos
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this while in london in September of 2010 at a restaurant.

It's basically a Belgian (yep) clone of an American west coast double IPA. Boy howdy did they get it right. Amazing hop bouquet. Strong, full citrus flavor. Smelling it was as fun as tasting it.

Very well balanced. It's pretty weighty, at 8%, but it wasn't cloyingly sweet or thick. Whoever's responsible for this, congrats.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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

33cl bottle. Dark copper pour, hazy and with a lot of sedimentation visible. Tall off-white head. Notes of pineapple, passion fruit, copper, caramel and sugar, yeast, subtle farmhouse funk and some pine resin. Medium body and carbonation with a hop bitter finish.

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Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2012. Acquired from a Belgian webshop quite a while ago.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Plenty of yeast sediment in the bottle. A hazy coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a large head of orange-white foam with a creamy texture; it remains for a few minutes before subsiding to a frothy surface layer. Aroma of spicy hops with notes of citrus and subtle pine, underpinned by sweet grainy malt and fruity Belgian yeast. Hints of banana and a whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of sharp, tangy hops with a fruity yeast character and a restrained bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, mild pine, caramel malt, banana and fruity yeast esters. An astringent hint of solvent/alcohol in the background, followed by a piny bitterness and a faint sour quality. Quite dry. Mouthfeel is smooth and spicy, with decent body. A tad undercarbonated. Pretty astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of spicy hops, caramel malt, fruity yeast and bitter pine.

Quality - probably the best Belgian IPA I've tried so far. Plenty of aromatic hops and a nice bitter finish, while the fruity yeast stays in the background. The malt is understated but pleasant. The biggest issue I've had with other Belgian IPAs is that the yeast and hop notes seem to clash badly. Great - well worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of kwkdmk
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Yard House in Atlanta.
Clear, orange amber body with a very good head and good lacing.

Aroma is hoppy and fruity with citrus, other but fainter tropical fruits, and caramel.

The flavor is also fruity but not hoppy by American IPA standards. Drinks like an AmericanPale Ale that's loaded with caramel malt and made with some Belgian yeast. Not a bad thing.blends

Feel medium plus body with medium ight carbonation.

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

Photo of simoen
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 WickedBeer
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 mattfancett
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Rabae6
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Danomeister
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Viven Imperial IPA from Brouwerij Van Viven
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 201 ratings
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