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Viven Imperial IPA | Brouwerij Van Viven

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3.98/5
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201 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:
#5,328
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
201
pDev:
9.55%
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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +13.1%
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 -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lobina
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarryMyers
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of rand
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Small Bar SD, into a chalice.

One of the more unusual looking IPA's you'll come across - mahogany-leather and completely opaque, with almost no head or lacing.

And because of a nearly complete lack of carbonation, the nose is subdued. You've really got to get in there and suck it in to parse the aromas. Sweetbread malts at the front of the bouquet, nutty with tones of honey. Hops are floral, wet. None of the dank, citrusy aspects typical of stateside pales are present, but the brew has a generally pleasant bouquet.

On the palate, the homage to American IPA's comes through, with hop-forward, slightly bitter flavors. Floral, lemony and candied, with subtle hints of spice and oak.

Medium complexion with almost no carbonation, like cask ale

One of the more unique IPA's I've had. Reminds me of a chef tasting something in which they haven't a clue as to the actual ingredients, but able to replicate through their own creative path.

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Photo of stevebrown
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huffs
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Yard House-Springfield . Ending an evening of VA tastings with a Belgian. Saved for last. Murky medium amber pour, with soft off white head. Sweetish nose recalls honey and jelly. Taste is oft and welcoming, sweet, minor bitterness, honey, preserves. Silky smooth and creamy. Just what the doctor ordered. Fare thee well, Virginia.

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Photo of ManUtdSooner
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vgarneth
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Durge
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very unique overall. A rusty cloudy appearance with a fair off white cover and superb blanket of lacing. The head holds and the stone offers a deep caramel malt with a slightly mentholated pine hop. The flavor jumps out with more minty herbal hops and mango fruitiness. Hints of cloves and light licorice. The feel is fairly bright and crisp with medium light body but maybe a tad watery. Enjoyable as a very different take on the DIPA.

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Photo of richj1970
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marcos_Graziano001
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EMV
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Yard House, Las Vegas. Poured into a goblet.

L: Pours a hazy dark golden color. Two fingers of off-white head... sticky lacing.

S: Toasted malts and herbal hops. Slightly spicy. Citrus notes.

T/F: Great big malts up front... faintly toasted, and giving way to a very smooth hop profile. Citrus and spice... complex, and just awesome as it started to warm. Medium carbonation.... and finishes dry.

O: This is an awesome beer... and the best way I can describe it is the Belgian take on Stone's 'Arrogant Bastard', and to me it drank more like a hoppy strong ale than an IPA. Similar flavor profile to 'Bastard' but smoother. Loved this one.

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

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