Brewery Vivant

Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Wild Ale
3.61 | pDev: 18.28%
Feb 13, 2018
Jan 28, 2015
Notes: Oak-aged Bretta Ale w/Mango & Habaneros
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of Ozzylizard
Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
$ 14.33 (including tax)/500 mL capped bottle ($ 0.877/oz) from Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
No date, but label says 2016, stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Golden yellow, clear, slight effervescence.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, medium density with rocks, rapidly diminishing to a one mm ring fed by effervescence and a partial layer one bubble thick.
Lacing – Poor. A very thin line of bubbles is the extent of the “lacing”.
Pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Fruity. As it warms, some habanero comes through.
Flavor – 3.5 -Begins slightly sweet and fruity, morphs into some habanero heat and some just noticeable sourness at the end. Slightly sticky. Some gastric burning is present. No oak from the foeder, no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Light, watery, soft carbonation, nearly flat.
Impression and summation – 3.5 – While the body is quite attractive, the lack of lacing is disturbing. The palate is unremarkable. The aroma isn’t bad, but lacks the odd odors and funkiness associated (and expected) from fermentation with wild yeast. The flavor itself definitely leans to its habanero heritage at the expense of the expected flavors from the yeast and foeder. The gastric burn is as expected form chili beer. Calling this “a sour ale” as it does on the label borders on false advertising.
Feb 13, 2018
Rated: 2.23 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Aug 14, 2017
Photo of Benjolovesbeer
Rated by Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

2.04/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Too sweet on the mango made this brew like a juice, did not have enough habanero heat. Also nothing about it was sour.
Jul 26, 2017
Rated: 2.01 by Giggy from Michigan

Mar 11, 2017
Rated: 2.1 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Mar 11, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Dec 23, 2016
Rated: 3 by beagleyx2 from Illinois

Dec 12, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Sep 12, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Jackalope1977 from Michigan

Aug 21, 2016
Photo of TreyIsWilson
Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - Pours a hazy gold with a one finger fizzy white head. The head recedes to a thin ring leaving a good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is light habanero, mango, lemon, green apple and some light oak.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Sour mango, lemon, green apple, funky Brett and some light oak. Finishes with a lingering habanero heat.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - One of the better pepper beers I've had. The funky Brett and mango work well with the lingering habanero. Very balanced and easy drinking.
Aug 18, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jul 31, 2016
Photo of superspak
Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
500 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white 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 retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart mango, peach, apricot, pineapple, strawberry, lemon, pear, pepper, white wine, oak, cracker, bread, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, mango/habanero, oak, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart mango, peach, apricot, pineapple, strawberry, lemon, pear, pepper, white wine, oak, cracker, bread, hay, straw, light funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light fruit tartness and habanero/yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, peach, apricot, pineapple, strawberry, lemon, pear, pepper, white wine, cracker, bread, hay, straw, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, mango/habanero, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying from tart/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly acidic/tannic, and grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol; with very mild pepper heat building up through the glass. Overall this is a very nice fruited Brett wild ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, mango/habanero, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, with the balanced tartness and pepper spice. A very enjoyable offering.
Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Jul 23, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by HardyA from Michigan

Jul 13, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Jul 04, 2016
Photo of Rimbimhoot
Reviewed by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
S: sweet, sugary tropical fruit, light pepper, mango
T: Sour, habanero pepper spice, mango, light oak, bubblegum
M: Light with good carbonation
O: Very nice blend of spice, sour and sweet fruit
Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by MIbeer27 from Michigan

Sep 21, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by SABERG from Massachusetts

Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 3.1 by JasonHaviland from New Hampshire

Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Horbar from Rhode Island

Mar 27, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Mar 24, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by ncelauro from New York

Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 3.54 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 3.23 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by dental from Massachusetts

Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 4.17 by TylerKitchens from Massachusetts

Mar 22, 2015
Photo of VelvetExtract
Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
EBF sample. Orange hued and hazy. Smell isn't all too intense. Mango with some other fruitiness. I'm not detecting much from the habaneros. The flavor does bring out some heat from the habaners, though. The mango is stronger here, too. Fruity Brett notes. Body is lighter than the ABV would lead me to believe. Not exactly the most extreme or memorable beer. It isn't half bad, though.
Mar 22, 2015
Rated: 4 by MakeMineADoubleJack from North Carolina

Mar 22, 2015
Rated: 3.04 by Mike from New Hampshire

Mar 21, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by vfgccp from New York

Mar 21, 2015
Habanango from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 33 ratings