Tropical Saison
Brewery Vivant

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,794
Ranked #37,274
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Tropical SaisonTropical Saison
Notes: pineapple & mango saison
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 86 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color with a light haziness. There’s a a quarter inch of off white on top. The aroma is of mango and faint pineapple. I’m tasting mango and pineapple in a bad candle sort of flavor. The mouth is moderately carbonated and over fruited.

Sep 19, 2020
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head excellent retention. Tons of lacing.

Aroma - Yep getting that spicy Belgian yeast right up from, I can almost say i smell the mango but no pineapple. I can tell there is some fruit there from a hint of sweetness that cuts the spice.

Taste - The taste is much different, more sweet tropical fruit I get the mango for sure on the finish. The spiciness is covered up mostly by the pineapple and mango. Lots of pineapple in the taste.

Feel - Medium bodied nice carbonation pretty clean finish.

Overall - Impressed with the taste, the nose is almost a standard Belgian ale but the taste is much more tropical. Without knowing I would not say this was a Saison from the taste.

Jul 20, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light amber color with a minimal white head that disappears quickly. Aroma of fruit. Taste is sweet, banana comes through. Good mouth feel.

May 11, 2019
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robotnewyork from Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little foam, light golden color. Fruity mango nose. Taste is light, crisp and citrusy with forward mango and pineapple. Good aftertaste.

Little bitter for Sarah. One of her lesser favorites from Brewery Vivant.

Aug 10, 2018
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight haze to this boldly golden bodied beer, with the kind of head that impresses with it's fluffy whiteness for mere seconds before a disappearance act. Nose carries more biscuit than anything else until something similar to an AAL? Finally, a little pear in the finish. Taste ropes in a bit with a strong, fruity presence, but like a sophisticated fruitiness. Certainly mango, but it's a less sweet, more rich kind of mango, as if eating the actual fruit and not a contrived candy version. Lots of depth to this as well, like seriously sinking your teeth into a big, fleshy hunk of not 100% ripe just yet mango. Not getting much pineapple though. After taste is nearly non-existent, save for a little rind taste on the tongue. It's a good beer, but I kind of think that it requires more contemplation than what I was expecting.

Aug 06, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light hazy, light gold. Foamy, short, white head that is short lived with light lace.

Smells tropical, mango, light pineapple, light yeast funk and doughy.

Tastes bready malt, light sweet fruit, hints of pineapple, light tropical. Followed by light yeast Funk, hints of floral and spice. Finish is dry with a citrus peel and yeast hint linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Jun 10, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 Pint can
Served in a Michigan Wolverines oversized stemless wine glass

This beer pours about like pineapple juice. There is a lot of sediment floating in my glass. It is topped with an inch of off white head that doesn't stick around long and leaves virtually no lacing.

The aroma is spicy Belgian yeast along with pineapple and mango.

The taste is pretty much the same as the smell. It has spicy Belgian yeast flavors complimented by the mango and pineapple juice.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a pretty refreshing beverage. I really like the addition of the pineapple and mango juice to a solid saison base. It is quite refreshing.

Nov 19, 2016
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Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first beer from brewery vivant and hopefully not my last.
The appearance is probably my favorite part of the beer. Nice hazy golden orange color with a quickly dissipating white head that left some lacing.
The aroma is nice with zesty yeast spiciness up front along with mango. Not much pineapple.
The taste is pretty similar with zesty spice and mango. Maybe some pineapple as well.
The mouthfeel is medium-light with a nice lingering palate as well. A bit of bitterness coming through as well.
Overall a decent saison but could be a little more fruit foreward.

Sep 03, 2016
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lewdwig from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden with a one-finger head which quickly dissipated. Slight funk smell then cinnamon and pineapple. Taste tropical, slightly (pleasantly) sweet. I don't really notice the hops. Light, refreshing.

Aug 14, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a faint wisp of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Dry saison yeast aroma with some spice and a bit of fruit.

T- Sweet at first with some banana and clove from the yeast but it ends dry and crisp. Not getting a lot of the fruit additive at first but it starts to come through more as it warms. The stone fruit complements the yeast quite well.

M- A bit zesty with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A nice saison that doesn't go too heavy on the fruit. Well constructed and a nice summer beverage.

Jul 23, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think a thanks to rudzud.

NIce fizzy smaller head that fades at a med pace, just a bit of lacing, very murky hazy slight sediment lemony orange color.

Nose brings lots of doughy grainy raw malts, an almost husky cracked unmalted barley gristy grassy earthy malt, big earthy farmhouse saison like funk, fruity esters, a little phenolic note, some pink grapefruit and flashes of citrus in the background, faint pineapple, but no real mango.

Taste brings sweet malt, again earthy gristy grassy malts, raw dough unmalted barley like flavors, herbal earthy and even a bit of herbal tea in there. Mild saison farmhouse funk, faint phenols and some fruity esters. But some tropical notes, lots of like fake pineapple flavors with raw pineapple as well, fake might be due to the phenolic flavors mixed in, some pink grapefruit and citrus notes, tangy, a touch of a tropical note but not sure if I would call it mango... oh wait later mostly on the finish a flash of mango comes through, with more pink grapefruit and little pineapple, more phenolic notes that almost make it seem like there's booze, and a little briny spicy hop character, the bitterness gets a bit distracting, and the saison characters also seem to clash, and weird sticky bitterness lingering that is not pleasant.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.

Overall eh, it has some decent characters, but all the different flavors all seem to clash. very little mango, the pineapple seems some real fruit and some fake flavoring, more grapefruit than anything, and the saison characters clash with the fruit, as well as the spicy hop bitterness.

Oct 01, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is clear golden with a loose head. Appealing. Nose starts tropical - pineapple, mango, guava - but veers into something vegetal, damp and a bit musty. Lacking clean yeast notes, saison spiciness. Malt gets heavy in the back. Taste amps this up with an unpleasant heaviness, cabbagey. Perhaps I should have consumed it fresher. Feel is damp and creamy, a bit coating. Usually a fan of Vivant but this one didn't do it for me.

Sep 20, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Tropical Saison for $3.39 last week at The Lager Mill. It's very hot today and I need something smooth and refreshing, so I thought I would give this one a try, lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a 16oz can into a teku.

A- The can looks good, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a nice yellow color that took on more of a golden orange hue when held to the light with a finger and half of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and it's very noticeable and pretty spicy with a good amount of spices showing up, but no single one sticks out the most. up next comes the fruits with the pineapple and mango juice blended together to make for a nice tropical fruit aroma. This beer has a good aroma, it's pretty balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same spicy aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the fruits which impart the same tropical fruit aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are just a little lighter this time. On the finish there's just a little bit of bitterness with a tropical fruit and spicy saison yeast aftertaste. THis is a good tasting beer, but I think it would be great if it was a little less sweet with a little more fruit flavors.

M- Smooth, fairly refreshing, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish the it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I expect from a saison and the added tropical fruit made it still identifiable as a saison, but it did make it a little more sweeter than it had to be. This beer has good drinkability, i could drink a couple of these, especially when it's hot out. What I like the most about this beer is the how well the fruit works with the saison base, they work well together. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness and the carbonation,.they could use a little work. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fruited saison. All in all I was happy with this beer, it didn't blow my mind or anything, but in the end it tuned out to be a pretty tasty summertime beer. It's not my favorite Vivant beer, but it is one of the better fruited saison I've had. Good job guys, I enjoyed this one, keep it up.

Aug 16, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very slightly hazy golden hue with a thin one finger head that fades slowly to leave light lacing and a thin, thin blanket.

S - Aromas of super super faint mango and even fainter pineapple. Light bitterness, saison yeast...not much else. Rather faint all around.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Tropical notes are almost nonexistent, saison yeast is subtle too. No real funk or anything like that. Tastes almost like a watery, weak APA...very odd.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, almost a bit slick though...odd.

O - Overall, not sure what to make of this one. Don't promote to be a pineapple and mango saison, and not deliver on either fronts. The only tropical bits I get are way on the finish, in the slick backend and even then it's a fleeting flavour. Next to no saison notes as well. Bit sweet on the malts too.

Serving Type: Can

Aug 15, 2015
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at hopcat grand rapids. Orange-pineapple beer. Fresh fruity aroma.Very good drinker. Light pepper finish. Yeast is in the secondary. Worth seeking out.

Aug 09, 2015
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imonhiatus from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice saisin. the fruitiness comes through in this pale straw yellow brew. mango and pineapple are both present. super easy drinking, nice smell. enjoyed very much.

Aug 08, 2015
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BeerBrose from Illinois

3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Yellow, frothy white head.

Smell: Pineapple and light fruity phenolics along with a floral hop.

Taste: Acidic, grassy, light sweet fruit and floral hop bitterness.

Feel: Medium body, lingering must.

Overall: I'd say its an average saison, the pineapple was awesome in the nose but completely lost to me in the flavor.

Aug 07, 2015
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single on a recent Michigan excursion. Label states pineapple and mango, abv. is listed at 6.5%, no visible canning date.

Look- Pours a cloudy but brilliant gold color with floaties. There is a generous thick finger of white foam.

Smell- Tropical in nature with grapefruit zest and a hint of lemon.

Taste- Very sweet up front with some grapefruit, a little mango, and lemon zest.

Feel- Super thin almost invisible mouthfeel. One of the thinnest feeling beers I've ever had.

Overall- Except for it being a tad on the sweet side for my liking, it's still dangerously drinkable for a 6.5 abv. beer. With a little tweaking, this could be a very refreshing summer beer.

Aug 02, 2015
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yeah, as others are saying, this beer is... yeah, I don't know.

$3.99 for a 16oz can of this. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A pale golden yellow color with a very slight haze to it. A very small, creamy head floats on top, and there's little lacing.

Smell: A lot of pineapple and mango with the slightest of "funk"... so slight it really sort of just gives a kind of "this beer smells old" vibe more than anything. Something strangely compelling about this beer despite that weird funk I get. I actually really like the smell of this but I'm not sure why.

Taste/feel: Okay, well, it feels a little flat on the tongue with almost no carbonation at all. There's pineapple and mango all over, with almost zero Saison-like flavors... it drinks more like a fruit-infused pale ale. There's an intense, somewhat strange sweetness all over with this beer. I can't explain it... almost like a tropical fruit glaze, or something. This beer coats my mouth in a way I can't quite pinpoint, and I like it. The Saison quality slowly becomes more apparent as the beer warms, thankfully. Regardless, as expected given the can, this beer is really all about the mango and pineapple.

I really can't explain why I like this beer so much, at least at this moment ... I could have it again in the future and just as easily hate it. I don't know what it is, but I really enjoy this beer and am drinking it way too quickly. All I can say is that you need to try this for yourself, and that I fully understand why this is a love or hate it beer.

Jul 31, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vivant Mango Pineapple Saison.

When I saw mango and pineapple together on one can I knew I had to try it. Tonight has been fairy disappointing in terms of beers I expected much more out of. So let us hope tonights finale is better.

Look - Pours a murky yellow with a two finger white head that sticks around for about a minute and shifts to cloud formations sitting on the brim of the drink. Carbonation appears to be on about medium. The head eventually turns to rings around the edges with very spotty lacing remaining. 3.5.

Smell - Well the mango and pineapple is certainly obvious. Matter of fact they consume the entire nose. But for some odd reason it doesn't smell THAT pleasant. 3.

Taste - Y'know if this had some malts to balance out the flavor and tone down the sweetness this would be a great beer. The pineapple and mango juice dominate as expected, but it is so satan damned cloyingly sweet that you almost have to choke it down. I don't pick up much in terms of a saison going on here. More like a fruity seagrams with a touch of beer flavor I guess. 3.5.

Feel - Medium, slick and sweet body with hardly any carbonation going on. Fucking hell this beer is sweet. It's hard to let it sit for too long, and it hits the stomach like a boulder. 3.

Overall - When I added this to my ' gots ' I didn't understand why the average was so low seeing as mango and pineapple are two of my favorite flavors in an IPA. But now I get it. This is an okay brew, but there is no balance. It is like drinking jungle juice and the sweetness may bother some. At $4 a pint can, I'd pass in the future. 3.

Jul 31, 2015
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emalc from Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange/gold body with noticeable suspended particles. Bright white head that quickyl dissipates with no lacing.

S - Pineapple dominates, while mango supports. Subtle biscuit/toasted malts. No noticeable hops. Low yeastiness. Faint peppery phenolics, but some medicinal phenolics arise on warming.

T - Bready and pilsner malts are quickly overtaken by tropical fruit: pineapple, mango, guava. Some light lingering bitterness in the finish. Moderate alcohol. Aftertaste has some light peppery spice and a significant fruity sweetness.

F - Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Creamier than I would expect a saison to be. Some increased carbonation and attenuation would dry this out a bit and improve the character quite a bit.

O - An interesting take on a saison, and if you're a pineapple/mango/guava lover, then you're in for a treat. I like my saisons drier and more carbonated than this, which knocks it down a bit in my view.

Jul 30, 2015
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and hazy straw yellow with a frothy white foam that leave nice spotty lace after each sip. A bouquet like array of tropical fruit and citrus hops. Layers of fruity sweetness (mango, peach, grapefruit) which is met head on by a nice balance of hops. Medium bodied and a smooth creamy finish. Overall, this beer stands out in a category I don't usually prefer and I would come back to this.

Jul 29, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very fruit forward saison. It is exactly as advertised. It is almost a combination of a fruit beer with Farmhands saison. I dig it, but I like fruited saisons. This is worth trying if you like the two fruits that used to brew this saison.

Jul 27, 2015
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates to a thin ring leaving some soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pineapple, mango, and some faint yeastiness.

T - The taste starts with a heavy sweetness of pineapple and mango. The sweetness is offset by some yeastiness and a light white pepper bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish.

O - Defiently an interesting take on a Saison. Very sweet, but a nice summer beer nonetheless.

Jul 26, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart pineapple, mango, peach, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy pineapple/mango, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart pineapple, mango, peach, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, peach, lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy pineapple/mango, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavor; with a great malt/spiciness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruited saison style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of juicy pineapple/mango, fruity/spicy yeast, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 25, 2015
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