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Brewery Vivant Helter Spelter

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
This Belgian ale is brewed with a large percentage of spelt which is a generic relative to wheat. This grain will lend dry, tart, and earthy, character and aroma which complements our house Biere de Garde yeast strain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Too dry and cidery. Had at Brewery Vivant's tap room in Grand Rapids with Raith. Very disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (901) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours hazy yellow gold with good white head. The aroma reminds me of a german Weiss beer. Flavor is balanced with a great tartness to it, the body is very smooth. The specialty grain used seems to give it some extra spice. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Sampler flight on tap at the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a gentle golden orange hue, gentle bit of haziness, richer dark golden glow, touches of orange, some mellow summer sunset glow. A frothy white head atop dies to a filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are gentle bread, flaked wheat, and some mellow yeastiness. A touch of fruit, more bread, dough, kiss of sunflower. Dry, a bit simple. Initial is a bit fuzzy, gentle soap and florals meets a bit of bread, mellow lemon and fruit. A touch of apple, bread, and flaked wheat. Mellow dough, some gentle yeastiness, some touches of earth, gentle fruit and dryness. Middle is gentle sweetness, gentle tartness, mellow citrus and dry cereal element. Body starts to fall out. Backend is gentle dryness, sunflower, more lemon rind. A bit of tartness, decent bitter hop element starts to come on. A bit grainy, muddled. Finish is a gentle sweetness, sunflower, earthy and gentle bready, wheat, and touch of fruit. A bit non-descript. Certainly drinkable, nice earthy floral feel and lemon twist element. Ok. Nose is a bit dead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Draft at the brewpub, Grand Rapids. Translucent medium orange body, thin off-white head. Tart, sour nose, grassy with a nice tangy bite. Light body with tangy, nutty malts, much like grape nuts. Crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaser (5688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Had a draft at their brewery. Pretty fruity. Grapefruit and apricot rate but not IPA flavor. Weird

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Sample at Brewery Vivant on 3/29/13. Clear gold pour with a thin off-white head. Malty and funky nose with notes of tart fruit and tomato. Malty and somewhat tart flavor with stone fruit and tomato accents before a creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (575) - - APR 4, 2013
A little sour touch, almost cidery. Slightly sweet finish. Maybe lacking some flavor depth. Different and refreshing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13618) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Tap sample. Poured hazy golden orange with a large frothy off-white head that was fully lasting with good lacing. Solid yeast, tart fruit and earthy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and very soft carbonation. Moderate tart fruit flavor with a smooth tart long finish. Good drinkable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Tap. Deep golden orange. Tart with a strange slightly bitter base, which I think is the spelt. Not a huge fan of this one, but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Libeertas (5) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2013 does not count
Get you nose down into the chalice to appreciate the assertively sour nose. Brilliantly clear light gold/copper color with thin foam ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lightly carbonated with a few micro-bead solo-rising bubbles. Fear that it will taste like is smells subsides with mellowed tart up front that fades to an easy malty finish. Medium/dry body. Don’t let the nose scare you off, this is a nicely balanced and gentle tart beer that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome on your palette.

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