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Brewery Vivant Cave Blend
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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One-year barrel aged Bretta sour ale.


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (676) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2013
On tap at the Michigan Fall Beer Fest. Should have took more notes here for the details. Pretty decent I remember.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
tap. Reddish amber with minimal head. This is amazing. Sour, but not exceedingly tart. Light sweetness, and big fruity flavors. Brett is well developed but not overwhelming. One of the best sours I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (2890) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2014
On tap in Detroit, MI
This might just be the beer of the year (at least so far). A phenomenal balance of vinegar, fruitiness, and alcohol set this one apart. Hopefully it makes appearances at festivals and a few other places on draft. If you only have time for one pint make sure it is this one.

Aroma / Appearance - A caramel base is lazy due to slow carbonation. Stark white head is a contrast worthy of a picture. The sharp sour nose is a mixture of dry vinegar, apples left to ferment along with grape skins, and spices.

Flavor / Palate - A full bodied presence is contemplative for 5.2% ABV. Yeast, green apples, white grapes, and more sweetens the palate. The finish is almost like a high quality Riesling. I think this would pair wonderfully with some small batch cheese also aged in a cave.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (613) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours an off red amber . Big lactic sour aromas with faint oak . Moderately high sour with fruity oak flavors . Ummm sour ummmm yes please . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1526) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2014 Tap: muddled & opaque, somewhere between copper & amber with a wispy beige head that doesn’t stick around for very long. Aroma is sour lemon drops, lacto yeast, dry oak, some damp, Brett-like funk, & a notable hint of bourbon-y booze in the tail end. Taste starts with tart lemon peels, a hefty helping of oak, & a big cotton/hay funk. Quite tannic, lots of oak & a touch of acidity. Dry finish, complete with light bourbon, lemon, oak, & dry funk.


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