Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Wild Ale
4.16 | pDev: 7.69%
Aug 02, 2020
Aug 23, 2014
Red Wine Barrel Aged Sour Ale
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Rated: 4.91 by MacStinson from Michigan

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 22, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by drstalker from Illinois

Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

May 13, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by ogman from Pennsylvania

Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by detpizzaboi from Michigan

Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a bright gold color with a foamy head that disappears quickly. Aroma of citrus. Taste is crisp and sour. Higher than normal AND but the alcohol isn't overpowering.
Jan 25, 2019
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Reviewed by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - 1-finger bright white head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - wine, oak, vinegar, citrus.

T - lots of vinegar and wine, with wood/oak following. A little orange, some funk. Moderately tart and only mildly sour. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-light body with appropriate carb.

O - really digging these Vivant sours.
Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by Mikecd234 from Michigan

Nov 22, 2018
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Reviewed by kemoarps from New York

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the bottomless box of Michigan plus goodness from @FlintB during NBS BIF#007.
Beautiful crisp clear golden body. Like a really clean apple juice. Nice little snow white head. Tight and settles in to just some whisps pretty easily.

Nose is kind of sweet and gives away the wine barrel aging really nicely. Buttery oak is in there for sure. Tart sits behind those rounder edges.

Flavour follows up with that really well. Definitely big buttery oak but also hedged with a nice tart balance. Some red wine character and a gentle citrus that's really not super prevalent. Knowing that peppercorns were involved I can find their influence on the finish and aftertaste, but I likely would not have picked it out on its own accord.
Tight effervescent carbonation. Super oaky throughout. Personally I like some oak, but get a little overwhelmed with too much of it (I find this in white wines a lot). I think this straddles that line, but if you're into oak this is going to be a big positive. HOLY SHIT THIS IS 11.5%??!? I could easily believe half of that. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well.
Even though this is aged in red wine barrels, I think this will appeal moreso to fans of white wines... big chardonnays and the like, largely because of the oak.
It's really well made and quite enjoyable. Thanks Brian!
Oct 13, 2018
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Reviewed by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured a hazed golden orange with minimal white head.
Smells of tart citrus, some funk, oak, and red wine.
Taste has the acidic citrus bite, the oak is prominent.
Medium bodied with minimal traces of alcohol.
Overall a good choice.
Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Jun 10, 2018
Rated: 4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Feb 27, 2018
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Reviewed by BenHoppy from Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Probably Vivant's finest. A nice wild yeast sour that is mildly kettled with tastes of soaked buttery oak wood along with flavors of orange peel and grapefruit. A slow sipper that is truly delicious. A must try for anyone that likes sours.
Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by jmich24 from Michigan

Oct 05, 2017
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Aug 18, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by jhavs from New York

Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by jakea from Wisconsin

Jul 21, 2017
Paris from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 94 ratings