Tart Side Of The Moon | Brewery Vivant

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Tart Side Of The MoonTart Side Of The Moon
BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
381 Ratings
Tart Side Of The MoonTart Side Of The Moon
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:
#9,483
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
381
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
45
Trade:
6
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 381 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of SveNss0N
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

 2,866 characters

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of GRFounder
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BG24
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 226 characters

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

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMBSH
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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

 607 characters

Photo of jmiah22
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lurkerson
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip glass.
Very dark in color with a half inch cream colored head.
Smell has a mild fruitiness.
Taste is sweet with a sense of mild cherry and a bit of chocolate finish. Tarteness is there but not overpowering.
Feel is medium bodied.
Overall a decent dessert beer, but not something that I would drink frequently.

 349 characters

Photo of stadmo1
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erickehoe
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

 658 characters

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

Photo of fgilbert2
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rpmetzler
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Quite dark, full, and delicious. Not too tart, just tart enough.

64 characters

Photo of mattreitz49
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Segnem5
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sweffin
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tart Side Of The Moon from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 381 ratings