Tart Side Of The Moon | Brewery Vivant

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3.89/5
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383 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hearty stout is kettle soured and blended for a slight tartness along side big dark chocolate notes and hints of black cherries.

Added by jmunsters on 03-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,445
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
383
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
45
Trade:
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Photo of Coho11
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from howler to tulip. Dark chocolate in color, with a finger of foam that's here and gone. Aroma of roast, baker's cocoa, dark fruit, and a little vinegar. Flavors of roast, bittersweet cocoa, dark fruits: figs, cherries, prune. Some tartness, not sour.

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Photo of Isarnan
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Relatively subdued head production; OK retention for the style. Body is dark and inviting.

Chocolate covered cherries on the nose, topped off with vinegar, molasses, and licorice. Some toffee, banana, brown sugar, and toast as well.

Flavor follows, with a surprising amount of the nose represented. Tons of char, but also thick cords of vanilla and banana lacing through chocolate, coffee, and cherries. Plenty of toffee and caramel. It really comes across as a traditional English stout, with a bit of fruit and tartness.

Surprisingly thick on the palate; quite smooth.

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Photo of JamarcusMarinovich
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wasn't sure what to expect from a 'tart imperial stout' (that's what my can says...others appear as 'Dark Farmhouse Ale'), but impressed. Doesn't strike me as 'imperial' but there is a definite tartness (although mild). Chocolate and cherry notes for sure, tastes and feels more complex than aroma. Does not come across as too malty, really a good balance between tart and heavy.

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Photo of mltobin
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lewdwig
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black from a can, grey-brown head soon dissipates. Smell like figs; taste of figs with light tartness. Tart aftertaste. Light mouth feel, very drinkable.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of km02600
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was semi-dark brown almost black in color with a finger’s worth of white foamy to fizzy head that quickly dissipated. Lace is barely there. The aroma had a nice blend of black cherries to a dark chocolate malt. A light sour grape skin trickles out underneath and some signs of grassy hops lay underneath with a settling Belgian yeastiness. The flavor brings about a nice sweet to sour to tart to semi-bitter tastes flowing into each other with a light Belgian yeasty/breadiness strolling in underneath. Blends right on into the aftertaste and slides into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionable to sipping contour over my tongue. Good carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, nicely done Belgian dark ale worthy of having again if I could get it.

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Photo of Slack
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz
No date
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Brown / deep brown in color and clear on the edges. A nice head that settles to a solid ring. Visible lacing.

Nose is sweet, a booze note, chocolate, and mild maraschino cherries.

Taste is sweet chocolate and cherry, a bit of coffee, a bit of wood, and a tart finish.

Mouthful is medium, smooth, a touch creamy. Carbonation is lowish. Finish is semi sweet.

An interesting beer. Blending the sour with a stout works well. This reminds me of Chocolate Covered Black Angel but more stout like. The balance is definitely in favor of stout and not sour. The finish is all sour though but in a mild cleansing way. Drinkable but perhaps a bit too sweet. Still recommended.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuges
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmd88
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MIbeer27
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Azpittil57
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RAFH
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BLZR
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trses335
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Barnoloid
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was described to me at a GR bar by the bartender as a 'sour stout', though i've seen it listed as a fair few other styles. As I don't get too hung up on the label so let me enjoy this as it is, and enjoy it I did.

A nice looking brown to black pour with a tan head that lingers for a minute. Yeasty notes pair well along with dried fruit here to combine for a complex and well rounded ale. Not sure of the level of tartness, I mean - this is not a sour ale by the standards that others have set. If anything the sour/tart notes complement rather than overwhelm the rest of the taste profile. So remarkably this is a balanced yet also funky blend of all of its components.

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Tart Side Of The Moon from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 383 ratings