Tree Bucket Double IPA | Brewery Vivant

very good
47 Reviews
Tree Bucket  Double IPATree Bucket  Double IPA

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SupaCelt on 04-02-2012

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Photo of Stoutguy33
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Absolutely fantastic. A great sweetness of tropical fruit, with a mix of citru,s and a hoppy, pine like finish. The sweetness nicely cuts the bitterness and leaves you with a perfect taste. Worth the $18 for a 4-pack. I bought 3 :)

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Photo of HensonJ3
4.98/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Golden color. Interesting tastes of grapefruit and something pine. A little bitter but amazing beer. Hoppy and earthy flavors. Would definitely order again but watch out for the ABV

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Photo of defilli2
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has a nice caramel/amber color when poured. I smelled the hops and other citrus notes, seemed full flavored and very strong. The taste was not as strong as a double IPA normally is, very smooth to drink. Absolutely amazing, great amount of hops and earth tones. One of my favorites from Brewery Vivant.

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Photo of mfarnick
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best double IPAs I have tried!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it and double IPAs are my favorite type of beers.
Unlike most double IPAs it is very refreshing not like others. Doesn't have that dirt taste that people can relate to double IPAs.
Slight amber and golden color
Aroma of pine and citrus along with hops
Really Well balanced taste

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Photo of eckk_rachel
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance : Golden, Caramel / Amber Color

Smell : Grapefruit, Cloves, Pine, Satisfying

Taste: I loved this beer! Usually double IPA is too bitter for me but I could drink more than one of these
great amount of hops and earth tones that balance this beer. Great finish

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Photo of thejoe
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Brewery Vivant did an amazing job with this Belgian inspired Double IPA. For a Double IPA, it was very well balanced and not over hopped. The citrus flavors and mouthfeel tied this beer together.

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Photo of Beerbud
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

this is an amzing beer from vivant.this will be known in the ipa field for years to come.i will say this is the best beer ive had from vivant and will say it is one of the best ipas ive ever had.the smell is so pleasant i couldnt wait to drink it.the taste is so smooth that it is hard to believe its 9.3% abv.its limited so be sure to find it and try before it disappears.i hope vivant keeps this the same for years to come.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

can into tulip

appearance: clear amber/dark copper, slight 1 figner white head

smell: apple, dark fruits, pear, some grapefruit, caramel, minor coriander, belgian yeast, lemon zest, earthy sweet malts

taste: Wow this is one tasty beer, never tried it until now and was blown away. Off the bat you taste that signature belgian yeast you would find in a belgian golden/strong ale, but it's quickly followed by some highly citric orange, apple, pear, some grapefruit, and lemon notes. The malt backbone pokes its head out somewhere in the middle, and is very sweet and smooth, getting some minor dark fruit notes here as well. The finish is an earthy, sweet, tropical bitterness that lingers and leaves your mouth wanting more. The alcohol is completely masked by the tropical notes and bitterness... resiny hop bitterness that's not overwhelming like some other palate wrecker's out there. Amazingly balanced, can't say anything bad about this beer, so refreshing i'm' about to drink the whole 4-pack.

mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, full bodied for a DIPA, thick feel

overall: A damn good DIPA, one of the best the state of MI has to offer. Seek this out if you like hops and well crafted beer, can't really say anything bad about this one. Might be to early to proclaim, but this easily may become one of my favorites.

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Photo of fcpsitsjaredjared
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 16oz can into russian river belgian-style stemmed glass.

a: amber in color, slight haze. huge meringuey white head. gorgeous, small bubbles, champagne-like carbonation.

s: green apple, grapefruit, touch of pine, floral, touch of sweet belgian candy sugar, smells great.

t: this is a tasty beer. starts with equally balanced light malt, earthiness, and citrusy tropical hops. finishes with a tart dryness. super easy drinking..

m: great high carbonation, mid bodied.

overall, this beer is seriously fucking delicious, possibly top 10 beers i've ever had. i knew vivant was solid but between this one and the escoffier bretta they are becoming my favorite brewery.

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Photo of DavidRandall
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer served from a tap in a tulip shaped glass. It had a nice
medium hazed copper color with a 3/8" head of foam. Hoppy smell with a little citrus and pine. It had a surprisingly mild hop flavor to me, for a double IPA. I prefer less citrus and was not disappointed as the citrus was not the dominant flavor. Not too bitter. I had one glass prior to eating and one glass with my meal of tomato based jambalaya and the flavor of the beer did become sweeter with the meal. After finding the ABV is 9.7% I was surprised because it did not have a strong alcohol flavor.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$4.29 16oz single purchased at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan. Pretty pricey, but I tend to really enjoy Vivant's stuff.

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear orange color with about two fingers of a fizzy head. The head bubbles away pretty quickly, and there's very little lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, but there's a lot of green apple aroma. The aroma is extremely fresh. The alcohol also comes through just a bit.

Taste/feel: It's excellent. Piney hops and the apple notes with alcohol hit the tongue first, then there's the green apple, then the finish has alcohol, nondescript spice, and malt. Wonderfully balanced. Juicy and sweet on the front, slightly bitter on the finish. Alcohol is traceable, but not harsh in any sense. Carbonation is pretty high, but very well welcomed, as it suits this beer well -- frankly, I generally don't care much for thick, syrupy sweet Imperial IPAs. An interesting, complex, awesome IIPA.

Excellent, excellent beer. This NEEDS to be a year-rounder for Brewery Vivant, because this is just outstanding, and a great alternative to the typical grapefruit-centric IIPAs on the market. Brilliantly crafted.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a four pack of Brewery Vivant's Trebuchet Double IPA a couple days ago for $11.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while so I was happy to see this in the cooler, I'm in the mood for something hoppy tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but it just showed up so it should be pretty fresh. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a tulip.

A- The can looks really nice, it's got a trebuchet on the can and the bright green color helps it stick out on the shelf. It poured a nice orange color that took on a some burnt orange/amber color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left tons of sticky lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, there's not a single thing wrong with it.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of hops with citrus hops sticking out the most with some nice grapefruit, mango, and pineapple aromas coming through with some grassy and piney hop aromas in the background. Up next comes some sweet and bready malt aromas that come through nicely and help bring some balance to this beer with a medium amount of Belgian yeast coming through that adds to the complexity of the aroma. I really like the aroma of this beer, the hop profile is great and the yeast and malts bring some nice balance and complexity to the aroma.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that are still dominated by all the fruity aspects that I got in the aroma with the piney and grassy hops really taking a back seat and not showing up that much. Up next comes a slight bit of alcohol that is barely warming and is followed by some bready, sweet, and maybe some caramel malt flavors with a medium amount of Belgian yeast showing up towards the finish. On the finish, there's a pretty light amount of medium bitterness with a fruity and sweet malt like aftertaste, I really liked the taste of this beer, it was pretty hoppy but the bitterness was surprisingly low with the malts and the yeast showing up just enough.

M- Pretty smooth, fairly dry, slightly sticky, fairly refreshing, on the fuller side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was really good and it worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a really good beer and a very good example of the style, this just might be the best Belgian Double IPA I've ever had, it had everything that I look for in the style with the bitterness not being to out of control and the citrus and fruity hops were showcased nicely. This beer had great drinkability, it was pretty smooth, not filling, fairly refreshing and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these without getting worn out or bored with this beer, the flavor keeps me coming back for more, it's a little dangerous how smooth this is for a 9.7% beer. What I liked the most about this beer was pretty much everything, there wasn't anything that I disliked or would change about this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that it's not in Brewery Vivant's regular lineup, I would love to be able to buy this beer year round. I would for sure buy this beer again, in fact I've already went back and got a couple more and I will buy a couple more cans if it's still around, I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Belgian IPA's. All in all i was very impressed with this beer, since it was from Brewery Vivant I expected it to be good, but they really wowed me with the hop profile, complexity and balance of this beer. Good work guys, this an awesome beer and it's up there as one of the better Brewery Vivant beers I have had.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a handsome copper color with gentle white bubbles capped the beer. Sixteen ounce cans are very convenient for twelve ounce glasses.

Smell - The aroma largely follows a citric pattern with bready notes in the background.

Taste - The vanilla from the oak is the early impression. After that, citric hops, peach, sugar, and mild hops spiral into a banana finish. By far, this is Brewery Vivant's best work. This beer would be bold enough to stand up to spicy food, while subtle enough to eat with select cheeses.

Mouthfeel - On the can, it says double IPA. Trebuchet has the thickness of a DIPA, which allows the diverse fruit notes to linger.

Overall - I like this beer a lot. It is probablky my favorite Brewery Vivant aside from the price of a four pack.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We pop the tab and pour a brew of dusky sunset orange into our Founders snifters. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of tight, creamy, eggnog colored bubbles, showing great retention. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives spicy amber and pale maltiness, zing of metallic and sticky sweet Belgian yeast, bready toast, peach and strawberry fruitiness, hot liquefied honey, sugar cookie sweetness, cotton candy, grassy, citric, and floral hop notes, massive floral perfume chemicals, alcohol, soft butters, and brown sugar with warmth. Our first impression is that the Belgian yeast is wildly robust, to the point of going above and beyond, and delivering notes of sourness and tartness that were not expected atop nicely balanced base. As we sip, the taste opens up with Belgian yeasty bite, strawberry, pineapple, and mango fruit juiciness, pale and caramel malts, lemon tea tannins, clove and black pepper spice, sweet herbal hoppiness, tinny metallics, melted plastics, and fusel booziness. The middle moves forward with sweet caramel and amber malts, brown sugar, faint buttery diacetyls, sticky mango sugar fruitiness, dried lavender, rooibos tea leafiness, bitter floral and citric hops, and soft vinegar acidity to pull us to the end. Here we get further enhancement of the biting, metallic, savory Belgian yeast, fruity tartness of cranberry, pale and wheaty malts, icy metallics, light caramels, cooked red apples, cider vinegar, clover honey, white sugar, plastic phenols, tannins, tropical Starburst candy sweetness, and lemony hop freshness. The aftertaste breathes of butterscotch caramels, vinyl, that glorious Belgian yeast, lemony tea, citric and floral hops, fiery booze, pencil woodiness, cranberry sourness, walnut, lactic creaminess, white sugar, candy corn, clover leafiness, honeysuckle, and chalky, raw, pale maltiness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is lightly coated, being left oily and satiated. This really does not transform into much dryness or astringency, but rather leaves the palate wet, lightly sticky, and happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. There is sweetness, crispiness, freshness, and agedness, in particular afforded by the inoculated Belgian yeast strain that, at times, comes across as a borderline tart zestiness that conjures up thoughts of Flanders red ales. This comes across only slightly in flavoring, but the yeast does give an exotic, bittering punch to the otherwise syrupy, sweet, and caramel-laden DIPA base laid before it. We do, however, wish the hops were a little more pronounced, which would help add freshness throughout the flavoring and lingering aftertaste. This is a fantastic local brew, pulling influence from outside the state and country, for an admixture that truly, and authentically, hits the spot.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, banana, clove, pepper, caramel, candi sugar, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, banana, clove, caramel, candi sugar, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, banana, clove, candi sugar, caramel, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with hops over the yeast character, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, creamy, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian DIPA! All around great complexity and balance of hop, yeast ester, and malt notes; and dangerously smooth to sip on for 9.3%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of sophisticated
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Dusty's Taproom in Okemos.

It poured a dark cloudy amber with thin head, left plenty of lace around the snifter. The smell? Hops in the face. Floral, citrus, not noticeably Belgian. I had forgotten it would be a Belgian ale, so the yeast flavor in the taste was a pleasant surprise for me. Citrus, pineapple, bitter hops, sugar, and a little alcohol. Medium, well-carbonated, and really pleasant. It's very hoppy and high alcohol, so not one to guzzle. Really nice, I hope to try this one again.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tree Bucket was very refreshing, clean, and crisp with flavorful hop notes that weren't too overpowering. Even at 9% I found this beer easy to drink and definitely my favorite from Vivant.

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Photo of jokemon
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an extremely well crafted DIPA. The Belgian yeast mixes very well with the hop profile of this beer, which by the way is not over the top leaving your moth a barren wasteland like some other IPA's. This may beat out Thumbprint IIPA as my favorite! Go and get some cans!!

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Photo of Edith0703
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

IPA usually has the highest Hops in it, and this beer has double IPA. Therefore this beer is by far the most bitter beer I have ever tasted. Really strong flavor with smooth texture. Really hard to drink.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour at the brewpub. Bright copper color in tone, with a ripe citrus nose on the pour and lively carbonation/head. I'm getting some sweet onion and caramel in here, with mango in the mix. Definitely on the sweeter side of the DIPA spectrum. Solid if not spectacular.

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Photo of Raime
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vivant Tree Bucket DIPA.

Blah blah. One beer from these guys was good, the other beer not so much. So what does this mean? I am still holding out hope for them. Blah blah blah. Let's get to the review..

Look - Pours a crystal clear copper with a slight amber tint and a large although quickly disappearing slightly off white head due to the fact it comes in a can. Carbonation appears to be quite low, and barely even existant. Lacing isn't even a factor due to the FACT the head couldn't hold its own against a 67 pounder. 3.5.

Smell - Banana like cloves with a touch of the peel from the aformentioned fruits. The thing about Vivant is they offer a fruityness not akin to what you'd expect. It ain't all about the grapefruits and pine needles with these guys . 4.

Taste - Wowza, pulls a big turn and goes a straight up tropical route. Tons and tons and tons of mangos and pomegranate. Malts are left in the back room, and the banana is pretty mild. Fairly sweet, and borderline cloyingly so. The high ABV hit could only be felt by the finest of detectives. 4.25.

Feel - Very full bodied with a moderate amount of creaminess and just a touch of carbonation for balanced. Goes down a bit more alcoholic than I'd like, but I can't complain as it was expected. 4.25

Overall - Well the ladies and gentleman made a damn fine tropics forward DIPA. After warming a bit, the cloying sweetness is gone. Should you drink it? Yes ( insert gender distuingishable noun here ). Only complaint is I wish the alcohol were a bit more hidden. But hey, still gets a solid..4.25. outta me. Cracks the top of the list? Somewhere in top 40. maybe. Top of the top? Nah. 4.25.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: Very clear and light in color with a thin, white head. Sweet smelling with noticeable hints of apple and pear; certainly more sweet than hoppy. Like the smell, taste is sweet and light, almost champagne like but not as carbonated. Goes down smoothly...maybe a little too smoothly for a 9%+ ABV. Clean aftertaste.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled chicken kabobs with pineapple

If you like this beer then you should also try: Tripel Karmeliet or, dare I say, a cider of some sort

Ideal time to drink this beer: The name of this beer is a play on the word "trebuchet"and it's the kind of light, refreshing brew one might drink when engaging in medieval warfare. This beer would be a fine celebration ale after storming a castle or restoring your king by battling with pikes in an open field.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) Having had far more experience with American IPAs, I wasn't sure what to expect from this Belgian IPA but was pleasantly surprised. Definitely more "Belgian" than American IPA and the fruit overwhelmed the hops. I couldn't help but think about champagne while drinking this beer, but not in the crappy "Champagne of Beers" Miller High Life sort of way. At first this seemed a little 'blah', but the more I drank it the more impressed I was. Deceptively complex. Nothing over the top or crazy about it, just a solid brew - this would be a good beer to introduce to a non-craft drinker.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a small, sticky, tan head of short duration. Sticky splatters of lacing adorn my Monk chalice as the beer is consumed with glee.

The nose has a very enjoyable fruity aroma. It is something sweet and seemingly tropical in nature which is most likely a result of the candi sugar mixing with the hop bouquet to create a sort of candied grapefruit effect that is definitely reminiscent of mango which the beer menu lists as a descriptor. The Belgian yeast is barely noticeable. Some herbal notes float in the air as well. The delicious smells from the kitchen cause some difficulty in dissecting the components of the nose, but this is definitely unique and enjoyable to smell.

The taste goes into a pronounced dryness quite rapidly when this beer is at its coldest. The earthy flavors and bitterness as well as the chalky yeast tones shine through and the sweet fruitiness of the nose is fleeting but very pleasant while present. As the beer warms the nuances in flavor really shine and the sweeter flavors flourish. This beer is quite delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium. Seems to hold an illusiom of being lighter than it is once the pronounced hop dryness and bitterness suck the palate dry.

Overall, this gets some love. I have to say that I notice that BV perhaps serves some of their beers a bit too cold off the tap. Things often start out really bland and just explode into beauty by the end. This is always expected, but a few degrees warmer would do them justice on brews like this one. It seems to take an undue amount of time for the beer to make you fall in love. Some selections can afford to be served more cold, but most of these nuanced selection need less cold. Just my opinion nobody needs, but first impressions are everything. This beer didnt become phenomenal until it was half gone and much more warm. It was served at about a 3.0 star flavor and finished at 4.0 stars. The most important thing is, it became phenomenal. Bravo...

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can
A - amber colored ale, frothy beige head, good lace
S - citrus, grapefruit, Belgian yeast, toasted grain, caramel
T - caramel, toasted grain, Juicy Fruit gum, yeast, pine, grapefruit
M - resinous, finishes bitter but balanced, alcohol well concealed, but is more apparent as it warms
O - again, something unique from this brewery - I appreciate that they strive to be different.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Vivant beer I've ever had...
The 9.3% doesn't come out in the taste, it's well masked by Fruit, Melon, and even sweet Malt. Someone creamy but can still feel the carbonation. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer.

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Tree Bucket Double IPA from Brewery Vivant
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