njager246 (584) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Some chocolate and roasted malts on the aroma, a little barrel in the taste as well, not bad not great
bigtaster (796) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bwa5879 (813) - Portage, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
rumproasts (4133) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Deep brown with small head. Toasty chocolate malt. Light body and dry finish. Eh.
chinchill (2989) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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?