North French Style Ale | Brewery Vivant

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North French Style AleNorth French Style Ale

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by StoutHunter on 04-11-2014

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of patre_tim
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown, filtered with lots of champagne sized bubbles, three fingers of beige grey head that fades fast.

S: Dark toasted malts, crème brulee, freezer burn.

T: Dark toasted malts, toffee, not really sweet but has a light sweetness. Burnt sugars, freezer burn, light sourness, sourdough as well. Slightly like ginger ale without the ginger. Leather.

M: Light body, loads of soda like carbonation. Relatively dry with a slight leather coating left on the tongue.

O: Had very few in this style, but really loving the uniqueness of this. Feels to me like it’s the real deal, and much better than the French Chi’ti I’ve had as far as having more depth of flavor. Got in Saginaw MI, May 2014, drank in Kunming, China, April 15th, 2015. Hard to believe I’ve been ‘Garde’ing this one for almost a year!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Served from tap in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House - Rolling Meadows.

Haven't had a new Vivant beer in a long time, so let's this shit, eh? It pours a clear russet-amber topped by a half-finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises dried maple syrup, light cashew, flowers, and a vein of vague sweetness I can't quite pin down. The taste immediately leads with more of the same, followed very quickly by a surprising wave of tart-ish green apple and stone fruits, which eventually fades into a mild melange of bready malts, sweet flowers, and light maple syrup. It's odd, but not entirely bad. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer continues to confound me. While I find the fruity character off-putting, it also sorta/kinda works with its circumstances. I would say my impressions were generally positive, but I'm still not sure whether or not I'll ever have another. We'll see, I guess...

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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North French Style Ale from Brewery Vivant
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