Tart Side Of The Moon | Brewery Vivant

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Tart Side Of The MoonTart Side Of The Moon

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jmunsters on 03-06-2013

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 365
Photo of Rifugium
1.66/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a can into an Else Wear stem glass.

Dark brown-black pour, looked almost like a stout. Ample head, good retention. Funky, syrupy fruit in the nose, acetic. Blehh...taste was pretty bad, an oxidized mess, dark coffee roastiness, stale fruits, vinegar, used tea bags, medicine, wet cardboard. Massively off, and no tartness whatsoever. Tasted like a bad fruit beer mixed with a bad porter. No real comment to make on the mouthfeel, other than "undrinkable." I'm just glad this was a small sample.

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Photo of Honus1
2.47/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

OK, I love sours, I love stouts! I love sour stouts! This is not good.

Nose is sour grapes and dark fruit

Look and mouthfeel are appropriate for the style, dark, opaque, flat, no lacing

Taste is boozy on the front, sour balsamic vinegar in the middle, moving to dark fruit and then a terrible, terrible lingering aftertaste of astringent malt

Better when warm, I honestly have it a fighting chance, ferociously bad when cold.

I may spill this on purpose.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Perfect beer to pair with Asian food. Why? Because it's straight soy sauce.

Appearance was almost stout like with a thin layer of head on top.
Smell was of faint tart funk and malt.
Taste was odd. Somewhere between a black ipa, a stout, and the funky aromas and esters of a farmhouse ale. Flavors moved between bitter black malt, noble hops, a touch of sweetness, a bit of tartness, and some roasted malts too.

Mouthfeel was heavy, syrupy, and not nearly dry enough for a Saison.

I Was really stoked to try this, but it didn't end up being anything I'd like to revisit soon.

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Photo of erickehoe
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This particular can was bought in February of 2013 and stuck in a cellar for 2.5 years. Poured black with a 1/4 inch maroon head which quickly bubbled away into nothing. Smelled great: sweet, dark fruits like plums and dates. The taste and feel were lacking, however, especially when compared to having it fresh. No carbonation or hops to speak of really. While the front end sweetness and dried fruits and yeast and what not are all there, it lacks any real dynamism in terms of dryness or bubbly carbonation typically found in beers of this style. I'll go easy on BV since I loved this beer when it originally came out. Just couldn't cut it in the cellar.

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Photo of pants678
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, off-white head.

Subdued roasted malt, chalky.

Equal parts sour, saison and stout. Chocolate, not coffee--the label says black cherries, I'm good with that. I'd prefer it be more stout leaning. Couldn't do this one regularly, still an interesting sipper.

Stout's viscosity.

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Photo of Rope
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Chimay chalice

Dark oil, definitely can't see through it. A thin tan head. Very pretty.

Sour fruit up front, but quickly over powered by roasted coffee.

I wish the taste followed the nose. The coffee taste still follows, but the sour fruit the dominating flavor. Interestingly, it reminds me a little bit of Stone's Vertical Epic 11-11-11 with a slight peppery taste at the end.

Good thick coating, small bubbles.

Very interesting beer, certainly unique, but I never need to try it again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours a dark, creamy looking brown, almost black, with a one inch head, and a lot of lacing.

This one has a slightly off-putting metallic aroma to it. This metallic aroma kind of overshadows the other aromas, which are admittedly good- including tart cherry and chocolate. Unfortunately these aromas seem slightly muted.

The taste has the same problem. I'm not sure if there were any canning issues, but this definitely has a sort of metallic issue to it. It makes everything else seem kind of muted- the "tart" side of the moon here is pretty weak, not much tart cherry or acidity at all. There's a little bit of funk behind some lightly roasted malt, and a good amount of chocolate.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

I had much higher expectations for this one, unfortunately it didn't live up to them.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue that I have kept for almost 2 years now. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with a half finger of thin mocha foam that quickly disappears. Looks like a cola with a few bubbles at the edge but no lace whatsoever.

Smells of tart dark fruit, vinegar and mild roast with hints of cocoa in the background.

Full, robust flavors. Dark fruit, balsamic, roasted grains, cocoa, oxidation, vague tartness and a hint of alcohol. It rounds out almost like any aged imperial stout with those soft dark fruits, smooth roasted grains and mild oxidation. I've even had some aged stouts that have taken on a similar (but not quite as strong) tart and vinegar quality.

There is a pleasant creamy feel to its medium body but the carbonation has fallen flat. That tart fruit continues playing on the tongue in the aftertaste along with roastiness and faint cocoa.

Tart Side of the Moon (at least this aged can) is pretty good stuff. I enjoyed the well aged stout with the addition of a nice tart kick.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to my man Ryan for hookin' me up with this can!

I know there's an expectation for a Pink Floyd reference here, but y'all know I lean toward a Chinese Donny Osmond here... Anyway, this stuff pours a surprisingly deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises rich molasses, cocoa, light roasted malts, and a sharp spine of vinegar-coated cherry. The taste brings in more of the same, with the gulf between the thick, sweet, and roasty molasses and the sour, vinegary fruit (approaching a strong red wine at times and ripe tomatoes at others) somehow widening despite them being closer. Perhaps it's like those ideas concerning quantum-style space travel, where a huge stretch of space is simply folded under, bringing the origin and destination physically closer together while still maintaining that distance in an absolute sense. Something like that... The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky feel. Overall, the Manichean nature of this beer leaves me confused, conflicted: Sometimes the disparate flavors meld in a sort of complimentary manner, but at others they simply bicker and argue over who killed which tastebuds. I'm not sure what to think, really, but I am left with a some sort of positivity when the dust settles, so I'd say it's more than worth a shot.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very stoutish black with a dark walnut head. Flattens out like Lake Erie on a calm summer day with minimal to no carbonation.

Prominent aromas of a cross tween sauerkraut and tart cherry. Malty. Floral and earthy. Staying with it, I also get a smokiness and dark cocoa.

Can't say I'm not apprehensive. First I get the sourness, then get more of a dark roasted coffee and malt, back to sour. I'm not getting any fruit, wish I were.

Mouthfeel is thin with some stickiness from the malt. Sour roast lingers.

I like this better as it warms up. In simple terms, for me, a smoky sour. I thinks its worth a try to expand your horizons and have fun with different styles. Should be called 'Sour Side of the Moon'.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 Pint can
Served in a goblet per directions on the can

L - It is black. No light is getting through this beer. It is topped with a modest mocha head that quickly disappears. There are minute traces of lacing.

S - I notice a tart smell. It is fruity. Cherry comes to mind.

T - The taste is somewhat unique. Dark, tart fruit intermingle with roasted malt. The Belgian yeast comes through with some spice as well. Alcohol is noticeable at times.

F - Full

O - It starts out great with the cherry and roasted malt flavors. The finish is a bit lacking for me. The spiciness of the yeast comes in and changes the flavor, cleansing my palate of what I crave. It is almost like a saison finish to a dark, tart beer. It is an interesting experience, but at $17 a four pack, I will probably not purchase again, unless it is on tap somewhere (I have seen it at Slow's).

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Photo of Stevedore
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a Russian River stemmed glass and consumed 7/10/13. Thanks to JohnnyHopps for throwing this one in as an extra.

Aroma: Very chocolatey is what came to mind immediately. Some coffee, a little bit of cherry tartness that is covered up by the chocolate. No real indication that this beer is sour. There is some rubbing alcohol type scent in there which is unfortunate.

Colour: Beautiful. The body is dark brown, nearly black, like a glass of Coca-Cola but darker and more opaque. Not much head, not much lacing, a thin collar. It pours rather viscously, which was a nice surprise.

Flavour: This is a very interesting beer. I get a lot of chocolate up front for sure.. with a little bit of coffee. But what makes it so interesting is that it transitions to a nice cherry tartness that isn't too strong. It's there in the background of the chocolate, almost like chocolate covered cherries. It's not too sweet or too bitter, it's balanced very well.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick bodied and viscous. Not much obvious carbonation, though it certainly leaves a good fizz on the tongue. The aftertaste is basically chocolate covered cherry which is very nice. Very enjoyable to drink and there is no major indication of booziness as I drink it. The aroma is the only place where you detect it... still, it's a sipper.

Overall: Aside from the booziness in the aroma, this is a very good beer with an interesting flavour profile that is both straightforward and complex.. it all blends together well into something that my palate can easily figure out. I highly recommend this if you like your dark sours.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick silky black with high viscosity and minimal head. The nose features vague vinegar notes backed by chocolate and cherry. As the beer warms and opens up, the tart cherry character comes on stronger and pairs nicely with the deep dark chocolate notes. The taste is not nearly as tart as the nose leads on. There is a vinegar component there, but the fruity sweetness seems to really cut out any strong acidity. Chocolate plays a big role on the flavor as well and holds up the fruity notes quite nicely. Mouthfeel is thick and mildly carbonated. Honestly, with a name like Tart Side of the Moon (awesome label art btw), I was hoping for something much more sour.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If there were points allotted for creativity, I would give this one a 5. So go ahead, Brewery Vivant, Have a Cigar!

From the can, the beer was poured into a flute glass. It poured a near black color with a reddish tint radiating a woody dark fruit aroma. Only a slight head topped this one. In the initial taste, one gets chocolate and coffee in the front with grape skin and chocolate covered cherry toward the back. I was a little confused by the lack of fruit and sourness, though one can detect a certain level of vanilla from the aging process. The tart dark chocolate is more apparent at the finish. For a farmhouse ale, I really did not get the funk I was expecting. It seemed more like a sour laced with chocolate.

There is a Tart side of the Moon really, as a matter of fact its all tart.

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Photo of finstadp
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Tartside of the Moon from Brewery Vivant was a very intriguing beer. The appearance was a very dark brown or almost black. The beer had a dark and milk chocolate aroma. The beer was very full-bodied. The flavor was very dark and tasted very similar to coffee. This beer was the only beer I have had that was similar to a Guinness and I found that very intriguing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a deep pitch-black color ale with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of roasted malt with tart cherry notes, some tart notes and some black chocolate. Taste is a complex and rich mix of cherry, roasted malt deep black chocolate notes with light lingering residuals sugar notes with plenty of fruits notes. Body is full with an oily texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This is a very complex mix which is not as tart as I was expecting. I could see myself drinking this once in awhile but just too powerful for regular consumption.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At 7 Monks in Traverse City, MI, March 2013. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Deep brown. The small mahogany head stayed for a while.

Aroma: Toasty cherry -- nice!

Taste: Deep coffee and chocolate with fruit (cherry?). Bright and clean sweet tartness.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel. Not much carbonation.

Overall: I'll look for this again. I liked the aroma and the tartness.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights; the head is rather modest but leaves some dotty lacing around

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, charcoal, cherry; limited tart tones

Taste: Unlike in the aroma, the tart cherry flavor pops right off the bat, with chocolate and coffee developing underneath; in the middle, the charcoal adds another aspect for a moment, but the finish brings a return to the chocolate and tart cherry elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer from 2013 that has held up nicely

Thanks, FlandersNed, for the opportunity

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Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another wild ale in a can from Vivant - this time it's an imperial stout that they soured. Pint can into a stout glass.

A: Pours out black and thick, with a nice tan head. Looks like an imperial stout.

S: Smells of roasted malt, coffee, light acetic acid, dark chocolate.

T: Heavy roasted grain, moderate vinegar and cherry tartness, cocoa, slight metallic note, charred bread.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Pretty good. The roasted malt could be toned down a bit.

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Photo of superspak
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger foamy dark tan head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. No glass lacing, and some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, clove, light vinegar, funk, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, clove, toast, light pepper, light vinegar, funk, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, cherry, apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, clove, light vinegar, funk, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt and moderate tart fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian stout! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of wyatt13
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My dad picked up a couple cans of this a few months ago during a trip to Michigan. Poured from a pint can into my Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours a midnight black that is utterly opaque. A dark brown head fizzles away in only seconds. Oily appearance with lots of carbonation.

S - Lots of vanilla and tart cherry notes right up front. A good deal of bitter chocolate. A bit of umami.

T - Vanilla and cherry again take the lead here. A mild puckering lingers like the acidic twinge of cranberry juice. There's definitely a bit of heat here from the alcohol as well. Quite interesting.

M - Initial impression is high amounts of carbonation and thin-bodied. The puckering tartness dries out the mouth a bit.

O - A very interesting beer -- not exactly what I was imagining when I read "dark farmhouse ale" on the front of the can. To me, it was more of a stout with a good amount of tart cherries. Whatever it is, I'm glad I tried it and could see myself in the mood for this beer again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes quickly leaving so very thin lacing.

S - Aroma is tart cherries, dark chocolate, and light roasted malts.

T - The flavor is tart cherries and dark chocolate. There is some roasted malts throughout. There is some light Belgian yeast in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - Tart Side of the Moon is one tasty beer. The tart cherries and dark chocolate really play of each other nicely.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip. Thanks for the can Matt!

(A)- Pours quite pitch black in color. Produced a nice cap of effervescent brown froth that dissipated fairly quickly. Some good lacing left behind even.

(S)- A deep roasted raisin, coffee, and cocoa profile overall. An ever so slight hint of a light acidic tartness on the backend.

(T)- With the acidity comes a very nice chocolate covered tart cherry combo. Bits of raisin on the tail-end with a slight dry, almost oaky finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. It feels a touch think and syrupy, but that does go really well with the dessert-like chocolate covered cherry this has. Definitely a sipper.

(O)- If this beer was a mistake, it sure was a successful one! A good tartness meets a very rich and chocolatey deep stout/dark ale. Very intriguing and I enjoyed every sip.

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Photo of mhksuccess
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into RR goblet
it looks extremely dark almost black again this could be lighting in my house
there was no head and no lacing
smell is funky fruity (dark currants, cherry) tartness
kind of like you can smell that funky tartness
and the taste followed slight tartness and extreme funk
dark cherry
very smooth nice pretty easy to drink for almost 10% ABV
DEFINITELY PUT A " Lunatic in my head"
this maybe one of the best label plays ever
would drink this again it was definitely enjoyable

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