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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Black session ale with subtle notes of chocolate and some light roastiness. Fermented with out Biere de Garde yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Some chocolate and roasted malts on the aroma, a little barrel in the taste as well, not bad not great

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
The barrel aged variety. Brown with a little head, off white. Raisins on the nose, some coco. Very smooth to drink, some what unremarkable, toffee, slight funk.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bwa5879 (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Dark brown walnut pour with red/lighter brown hue and no head to speak of. Very very light scent, a little roasty, earthy malt, some indistinct sour fruit but much too light. Average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, dry tart finish. Nice roasted malt flavor that’s really woodsy, maybe pecans. Tart fruit too, perhaps creamy raspberry. One of my favorite lighter offerings from Vivant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Draft at the brewpub, Grand Rapids. Deep garnet body, thin cream head. Toasty nose with chocolate notes. Cerealy body with toasted cashews. Light-bodied. Kinda boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Tap. Deep brown with small head. Toasty chocolate malt. Light body and dry finish. Eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4271) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Served on tap at the brewpub. Not really a biere de garde, this is brewed with biere de garde yeast ("and 100% Michigan hops"). Very dark red-brown with a small head that leaves little lacing. Smells like dark roasted malts with a bit of funky yeast. Taste follows but seems a bit more complex. Still, rather simple and dark malt dominated for a Belgian style brew. Medium body with somewhat lively carbonation. O: a nice Belgian scharzbier?

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