Pumpkin Tart
Brewery Vivant

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,389
Ranked #27,087
3.82 | pDev: 9.69%
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Belgian brewers are inspired by their local agriculture. Living in the midst of a rich agricultural heritage our Vivant brewers find it quite natural to be inspired in this same way. A Michigan autumn heralds color tours, corn mazes and bountiful pumpkin harvests (4th in the nation, last we checked!). This rustic beer is fermented with real pumpkin and a hint of Fall spices. Our farmhouse yeast yields a delightful tartness that sets this pumpkin beer apart.
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired at the Grand Rapids brewery.
Pours a burnt orange bronze/amber with slight haze and a finger plus of off white head.
Aroma up front pumpkin pie, clove, cinnamon, spices but with a touch of farmhouse funk.
Taste is sharp yet sweetly spicy - pumpkin pie with a funky tart (not sour) twist -almost a bit of tart raspberry character.
Medium full mouthfeel - sweet and tart and deliciously pumpkin pie in a glass.

Sep 20, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/red color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of pumpkin, cream and cinnamon. Creamy mouth feel. Pumpkin, cinnamon and cream comes through in the taste. Sweet. A good pumpkin beer.

Sep 14, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned fall 2016; drank 1/6/17 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque dull orange/red rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge eggshell head; a thick curtain of lace.

Pumpkin, cream & mild cinnamon notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Pumpkin, cinnamon & cream flavors up front; faint tart bite on the finish.

Sweet but nicely balanced; a unique take on pumpkin beer. I'm pleasantly surprised...

Jul 30, 2019
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can- Pours hazy orange with a medium sized head with decent retention. Aroma is tart, creamy, nutmeg and cinnamon, pie style aroma and very pleasing. The taste is pumpkin pie, mildly tart but melds well with the beer as a whole, spices and malt blend well. Tasty

Dec 23, 2018
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Giggy from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great pumpkin beer with a twist of lemon. Enjoyed the uniqueness of this one. Beautiful copper color with a slight white head. Great pumpkin and spice flavors with a little lemon/citrus on the finish.

Sep 18, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Caramel orange with moderate carbonation, and all small bubbles. Pretty cloudy, with a finger of yellowish head.

Pumpkin spices, cardamon, allspice, and pumpkin flesh as well. Big vegetal pumpkin, and spices, anything else is muted.

Okay, I was expecting this one to be sour based on the name. Its sweet, like a little 'pie' tart, not a sour 'tart.' Pumpkin all the way with the spices again, cardamon, allspice, and ginger. Roasted pumpkin in there as well, and a caramelized taste like caramelized sugar in creme brulee.

Medium body with a solid, chewy quality, and moderate to light, soothing carbonation.

Enjoying this one on American Thanksgiving, here in Thailand. Bought this in Kalamazoo and brought it all the way here. Aside from the surprise twist in what I'd expected to be a tart beer, its a really well done pumpkin ale and I'm not disappointed. Nov 24th, 2016.

Nov 24, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had purchased this CAN with a number of other Brewery Vivant CANs that I had CANquired in my travels. If you are ever in the Chicagoland and CAN get to one of their locations, Binney's Liquors remains a CANQuest (TM) source nonpareil! This was a score from my most recent visit. It has been in my backlog/queue/rotation since, but today is the day!

From the CAN: "Belgian tradition. Local mission."; "Tier 2 Brewer's Reserve"; "PUMPKIN ALE Belgian brewers are inspired by their local agriculture. Living in the midst of a rich agricultural heritage our Vivant brewers find it quite natural to be inspired in the same way. A Michi[CAN] autumn heralds color tours, corn mazes and bountiful pumpkin harvests. This rustic beer is fermented with real pumpkin and a hint of Fall spices. Our farmhouse yeast yields a delightful tartness that sets this pumpkin beer apart."; "GLASSWARE & PAIRING Reach for your chalice to properly experience the Autumn aromas present. Rich pheasant, venison, or other game give an added depth to this pale amber ale. Pair with a slice of sweet pumpkin pie for dessert."; "A MICHIGAN MADE BEER".

The Crack! unveiled a full 1 PINT CAN & so a gentle Glug was in order to keep things under CANtrol. I then CANducted an in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head that quickly fell and reverted to wisps. Color was a lightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose smelled strongly of pumpkin spices with just a faint lemony tartness underneath. Mouthfeel was medium with a surprising amount of carbonation, given the lack of head and head retention. The taste marked it as one of the better pumpkin ales that I have tried. It was spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg, but the light tartness gave it a depth not normally experienced in the style. Instead of being sweet and cloying from malt, this used the aforementioned "farmhouse yeast" to good results, drying it even further than the spices would have on their own. I prefer dry beers and the finish was very dry, but with a spicy taste that was very evocative of pumpkin pie. This is a great entry in a not-so-great style.

Apr 30, 2016
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hardysf from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, burnt, Orange. The white head dissipates quickly. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice, some malt, and Belgian yeast. Also a bit of a fruity ester that isn't entirely pleasant. The taste is of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and two row malt. The yeast is present as well as a touch of booze. No off taste.

Dec 06, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours copper colored with burnt orange highlights. It was topped, briefly, with an inch of beige head that left no lacing.

Pumpkin and Belgian yeast are readily apparent in the aroma.

I get roasted pumpkin up front. Then Belgian characteristics come through adding spiciness to the flavor.

Moderate body with some prickly carbonation

It tastes like a pumpkin flavored Belgian ale. I don't get any tartness though. I was a little disappointed in that aspect, but otherwise it is a tasty beverage.

Oct 31, 2015
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a mahogany brown with burnt orange undertones, with a an off white almost gray head. Some spotty lace after each sip.

S - Wow, the nose on this brew reminds me of Thanksgiving morning growing up. Nostalgia - would wake up to smell some fresh baked pumpkin pie, and then proceed to get ready to watch the Lions get their dicks kicked in, but I digress.... Pumpkin spice, nutmeg, malts, egg nog.

T - Spices take center stage - pumpkin, nutmeg met with an even keel malt backbone. Medium bodied and smooth and rich mouth feel.

O - yet another really strong offering from BV. This stands out in the pumpkin flavored brews - not really sure how this is a farm house ale, but if you pair this against any in the pumpkin genre this is matched only by DFH Punkin...Really solid

Oct 29, 2015
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 1 pint can poured into a tulip. No canned on date, but this about 2 months old at this point.

A: Pours a surprising dark red/copper color. Takes on a slight orange hue when held up to the light. Almost no head even with a strong pour.

S: Faint allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Some pumpkin pie crust and sweetness at the back. Definitely get the Belgian yeast note here as well, but not too strong. Think less "fresh pumpkin" and more "stale pumpkin pie".

T: Subtle cinnamon, nutmeg, clove up front. Finish is a mix of pumpkin candy and Belgian yeast. Almost no tartness to this. Very light and thin flavor here, underwhelming.

M: Very thin and watery. Almost no carbonation. No tartness or bitterness. 7.0% ABV is hidden well though.

O: When I heard Vivant was gonna take their crack at the pumpkin ale, I got really excited. In a market with a million renditions of this style, a mix-up, whether it's a sour, a Belgian or an IPA, is a fresh approach. BV's version with a Belgian-yeast strain suits them well, but falls very short here. The title "tart" is very misleading as this is not tart at all. The pumpkin is very buried and even the spices don't pop. The Belgian yeast strain does not work well either, and lends a rather gamey, meaty taste to the finish. There's ways to do this style, and this isn't one of them.

Recommendation: In a huge market of pumpkin beers, avoid this one. If you specifically want a tart pumpkin ale, check out La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin. That's a great beer that uses pumpkin well in the style.

Oct 28, 2015
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip
(A)- Pours a deep copper orange color. Good white froth and lacing
(S)- Good pumpkin and spice: cinnamon and nutmeg. The belgian biscuit-like yeast works well with this
(T)- I like what their belgian yeast does to the beers profile. It adds a nice depth to the pumpkin and spices
(M)- The only complaint it is is not necessarily tart, but a really solid pumpkin beer profile
(O)- Alot of pumpkin beers get lost in the sea of how many are made each year, but this one stands out for me with the difference of the belgian backbone

Sep 07, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml (1 pint) can, with no apparent canned on or freshness date present. Acquired a four pack of this stuff from the local Binny's. My first beer from Brewery Vivant, and my first encounter with what identifies itself as a Belgian style or tart pumpkin ale.

Poured into my Coca-Cola goblet, per the can's instructions.

A - It pours a burnt sienna orange / caramel body with a little over a finger of frothy beige head that settles to a ring. Semi-murky with some lazy carbonation bubbles visible in the glass. Looks good for what it is.

S - The aroma is of herbal spice rack notes, lots of cola, and an earthy / tart yeast presence. Slight vegetal / gourd presence is noticeable only when you really look for it.

T - Creamy, earthy, & herbal above all else. Earthy gourd / pumpkin presence is noticeable, but not dominant. The crisp earthy yeast steals the show here. Floral coriander, spicy cinnamon & nutmeg. A very nice and interesting flavor combination here.

M - The feel is extremely smooth & creamy, with good carbonation, and just the right amount of crispness from the yeast presence. Light nutmeg / cinnamon-esque type spicing is noticeable.

Overall, a unique take on the pumpkin beer from Brewery Vivant. Definitely has me intrigued to try more from this brewery.

Brewery Vivant Pumpkin Tart -----4/5.

Nov 27, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

I was dismayed at not being able to find a single can while cat-sitting recently (and didn't feel like investing in a 4-pack), but, luckily, Firkin's got me covered. Yet again. This stuff pours a clear midnight amber topped by over a finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises slightly muted pumpkin pie spices and a vague citrus-style tartness in the background that gives a strange impression of pumpkins. Think bygone pumpkins from your past that just won't let you forget them. ...Something like that... The taste generally brings in more of the same, though now the tartness, bolstered by a slight vinegar-y backbone, holds sway over the already kinda muted spices. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather fluid feel. Overall, a very enjoyable sour pumpkin beer, something I can more easily see drinking than others in the style (La Parcela and the like).

Nov 23, 2014
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber in color with a rich red orange hue. Head is off white fluffy and retains nicely. Smell has a large pumpkin and spice aroma forward with loads of nutmeg clove cinnamon and a hint of cardamom. Light Belgian yeast comes in near the finish with a very faint tart smell. Taste follows nose with pumpkin and the same spices dominating the front half with moderate sweetness. Belgian yeast is less detectable in the finish and tart aspect is almost not detectable through the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied sweet, sticky, and slightly dry. Nice pumpkin ale, personally I would have liked it much more tart though.

Nov 21, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/30/2014. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, golden raisin, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, brown sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice flavors; with good strength. Taste of big pumpkin, golden raisin, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, brown sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, raisin, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style pumpkin ale. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, bready malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Oct 30, 2014
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GRPunk from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- The sticker looks to be layer over a Big Red Coq can. 1-finger khaki head quickly drops to a sparse film. The body is ruby red when held to light, otherwise an orange-brown that is rich and rather clean. Moderate carbonation.

S- Tart funk at first (granny Smith apple and some vinegar). Pumpkin and spice come out with another whiff. A little sweet alcohol with warmth.

T- As the aroma suggests. It's a true mix of a traditional pumpkin ale and a funky, Belgian sour. Tart green apple mixes really nicely with pie spices. Some smooth alcohol characteristics when it warms to room temp.

M- Medium-full body, light carbonation. Light spice bite, maybe a product of the ABV as well (little tingle). Slightly chalky.

O- The play between pumpkin ale and sour makes for a very drinkable fall beer. I'd buy it again.

Oct 20, 2014
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Pumpkin Tart last week for $3.29 at The Lager Mill. This was the new beer that I was most excited to try from when VIvant released their 2014 lineup and I can't wait to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a chalice.

A- The can looks really nice, it's got a nice design to it and it goes great with the beer, I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a hazy amber color that took on more of a ruby amber color when held to the light with a fingers and a half worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I thought the head retention and lacing could have been better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin being the first to show up and it imparts a natural and meaty pumpkin aroma that goes right into the spices with all the typical pumpkin pie spices showing up with not one single one sticking out the most and they don't seem to be too overpowering. Up next comes a creamy malt aroma that's followed by a light amount of signature Vivant Farmhouse yeast with just a slight funky and tart aroma to it. This beer had a good aroma, the pumpkin and spices were nice and the light farmhouse yeast aspect made it unique.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a just a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin still being the first to show up and it imparts a nice natural and meaty pumpkin flavor that leads right into the spices which impart the same pumpkin pie spices that they did in the aroma, but this time it's the nutmeg that seems to stick out the most, but it's not overpowering. Up next comes the yeast which seems to stick out a little more than it did in the aroma especially when it warms up a little and it imparts some light funky and light tart flavors. On the finish there's not bitterness with just a slight bit of tartness with a pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice like aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, the balance was good and no aspect was too overpowering.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good and unique example of the style, the pumpkin and spices were just where I want them to be for a Pumpkin Ale and that funky farmhouse yeast showed up just enough to be noticeable and make this beer pretty unique for the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, a little dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I wouldn't mind drinking a couple pints of this especially on a nice cool fall night by the bonfire. What I like the most about this beer was the balance of the spices, they were just where they needed to be without dominating this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the funky and tart yeast didn't show up just a little more, I think it would be even more unique if the funky yeast was more apparent. I would buy this beer again and I hope they release it again next year. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes Pumpkin Ales, I think the yeast is restrained enough to the point where it won't scare people off that aren't too into Farmhouse Ales. All in all I was happy with this beer, i didn't fully know what to expect with this beer, but in the end it came together to make for a pretty good Pumpkin Ale with just a little bit of that Vivant twist to it and I appreciated that. It's not my favorite Vivant beer, but it is one of the better Pumpkin Ales I've had and so far it's the most unique Pumpkin Ale I've had. Good job guys, this was one tasty fall seasonal, keep up the hard and creative work.

Oct 17, 2014
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

A- Deep burnt orange, medium haziness, small slight khaki head that dissipated.

S- Typical pumpkin pie spice with a nice burnt sugar note. As it warmed I got maybe a slight yeasty tart, funkiness.

T- Similar to aroma, the funky, tart is only really noticeable when it warms up. Not overwhelming with the spices. Some of that malt sweetness is coming through.

M- Medium, a bit of a lower carbonation to it.

O- A pretty good pumpkin beer, which I admit is not my favorite style. The very light tartness brings something new without detracting.

Oct 15, 2014
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange with a two-finger off-white foamy head. The head dissapates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S - Aromas off nutmeg, corriander, pumpkin, and Belgian yeast.

T - The flavor follows the aroma with lots of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice. The Belgian yeast is present throughout giving the beer a light funkiness. The finish has a mellow sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - This was a welcome take on the usual pumpkin beer. The belgian yeast adds just enough funkiness to keep things interesting. Would definetly drink again.

Oct 15, 2014
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Vogie from Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Served into a chalice. Seems a little extravagant for a Pumpkin Ale but why not. Pours an Amberish color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Faint hints of pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust, and funky yeast. Taste follows the noise with a delicate blend of pumpkin pie spices and crusty breadiness throughout with a slightly dry finish. A great balance going on here, not too sweet nor too dull. Mouthfeel was light with a decent amount of carbonation. I didn't pick up on any tart flavors but I'm ok with that because it allows the spices to shine a little more.

Overall this was an outstanding Pumpkin Ale. Even though its in the saison/sour category I would consider this more of a pumpkin beer. I've only had New Hollands Ichabod and Southern Tiers Pumpking and I have to say that this was the best of the three. Good mid-fall brew.


Oct 05, 2014
Pumpkin Tart from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 105 ratings