Tart Side Of The Moon
Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Wild Ale
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Dec 03, 2019
Mar 06, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: Hearty stout is kettle soured and blended for a slight tartness along side big dark chocolate notes and hints of black cherries.
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3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 03, 2019
4 by Calraven from Michigan on Jul 04, 2019
3.65 by DruC4 from Michigan on Apr 28, 2019
4 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Jan 15, 2019
3.75 by Coho11 from Ohio on Jul 22, 2018
3.8 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jun 03, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

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.

Apr 12, 2018
4.1 by Isarnan from Michigan on Apr 07, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

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.

Mar 25, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JamarcusMarinovich from California

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.

Feb 23, 2018
3.47 by mltobin from Connecticut on Feb 21, 2018
3.65 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Feb 12, 2018
4.19 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jan 24, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by lewdwig from Michigan

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.

Dec 31, 2017
4 by paulish from New York on Dec 14, 2017
3.85 by km02600 from Michigan on Nov 27, 2017
4 by Marvicsin from California on Nov 24, 2017
3.87 by lochef81 from Michigan on Sep 27, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 16, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Slack from Virginia

16 oz
No date

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.

May 14, 2017
4.17 by Mikecd234 from Michigan on Apr 03, 2017
3.84 by Kuges from Texas on Mar 27, 2017
2.86 by jmd88 from Michigan on Jan 22, 2017
3.98 by MIbeer27 from Michigan on Jan 02, 2017
3.59 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Dec 24, 2016
3.96 by RAFH from Michigan on Dec 24, 2016
3.99 by BLZR from Michigan on Dec 14, 2016
4.41 by trses335 from Illinois on Nov 30, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Barnoloid from Illinois

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.

Nov 27, 2016
4.19 by mcrawford from Michigan on Nov 21, 2016
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerSamurai34 from Texas

This one was a bit strange. It is a wild ale, but drank more like a Belgian strong ale to me. It was fairly boozy and was very dark. It had notes of dark fruit almost like a quad.

Jul 12, 2016
3.55 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts on May 31, 2016
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4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I had purchased this CAN with a number of other Brewery Vivant CANs that I had CANquired in my travels. If you are ever in the Chicagoland and CAN get to one of their locations, Binney's Liquors remains a CANQuest (TM) source nonpareil! This was a score from my most recent visit. It has been in my backlog/queue/rotation since, but today is the day!

From the CAN: "Freshly Brewed in Michi[CAN -] Special Limited Release"; "Tier 3 Single Batch Release"; "BELGIAN INSPIRED DARK FARMHOUSE ALE This hearty dark ale is fermented with our rustic Belgian yeast strain which gives the beer a farmhouse tartness followed by big dark chocolate notes, and hints of black cherries. Fermentation temperatures often climb past 90 [degrees] F which builds the distinctive flavors. No adjuncts are added to this beer - these robust layers of flavor are yeast driven. Listen to that lunatic in your head, dust off that vinyl, pour the beer into a glass and sip your way into a happy, chilled out groove."; "GLASSWARE & PAIRING A goblet or small tulip allows one to quaff the roasty aromas and fully appreciate the farmhouse qualities of this delicious beer. Stilton or blue cheese, charred steak, black cherries & chocolate cake all work magic on your palate when paired with this beer."

As you CAN imagine, I have the 2011 remaster of "Dark Side of the Moon" playing as acCANpanying music as I CANduct this review, beginning with the Crack! A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head that hung in for a while and then suddenly became wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing precisely ZERO light penetration. Nose had an intense charcoal smokiness, underlain by a leathery smell along with notes of dark chocolate; dried dark stone fruits; a subtle nuttiness & blackberries (!). Mouthfeel was unexpectedly big, full, thick & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. I was really surprised by this and it kind of gave me pause. The taste was very variegated with my initial thoughts being a Cadbury Fruit & Nut Chocolate bar, but made with Dark, rather than Milk Chocolate and then the smokiness began to set in, followed by a slight tartness, like persimmon. Wow! It was on the finish that I really began to sense the tartness, especially along my jaws, underneath my ears, at the hinge. I generally do not like Tart and/or Sour beers, but this garnered a pleasant reaction for me. The smokiness really began to permeate my sinus cavity and after a period, I could not taste much more than some and tart. Where was the alcohol? In mah feckin' haid, that's where, ye daft c**t! F**ksake, it came out of nowhere, like I had fallen asleep on the tracks, only to be awakened by the approach of a fully-loaded freight train! Oi! If several of their previous offerings had been dangerous, this was downright deadly!

Apr 30, 2016
4.08 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia on Apr 12, 2016
4 by TravisMason from Indiana on Mar 20, 2016
3.75 by suckaj from Florida on Feb 12, 2016
4.25 by GRFounder from Michigan on Dec 12, 2015
4 by BG24 from California on Nov 19, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by dar482 from New York

The beer up front hints of chocolate, roasted malts, plums, sweet dark fruits along with spicy yeast notes as the saison part of the beer comes in. The mouthfeel is medium plus and creamy. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Nov 12, 2015
3.75 by Lucoli from New York on Nov 10, 2015
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