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Brewery Vivant North French Ale

Brewery Vivant North French Ale
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A resurrection of Bière de Garde from days gone by; this ale is composed of 100% French malt and Fermented with our house Bière de Garde strain. This ale is malt-forward with our signature Vivant yeast character.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1468) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2014
16oz can. Touch of brett sourness. Little bit of funk. Metallic aftertaste. Not impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (1405) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2014
On tap at brewpub pours an orange/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of tart orange citrus and delight Belgian yeast. Taste of sweet malt, citrus, dark fruit, lightly sour. Pleasant and drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
[Tap] Brilliant bright orange pour with about an inch of dense head on top. Biscuits, bread and mild fruity notes in the aroma. Toasted breads, caramel, light fruits and some grass in the taste. Dry and tart character. Mild carbonation. A nice beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
umich03jm (2116) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Can at World of Beers. Pours copper color with a big head that fades away fairly quickly. Aromas are prunes, wood, and apples. Tastes surprisingly boring, like something’s missing. Generic dark fruit and wood mixed with a cider-y sweetness. Light sourness in the finish. Not bad but not really my kinda beer. Also got harsher to drink to warmer it got.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Sample at Vivant on 5/17/14. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt with slight esters and mild tartness. Malty flavor with influence of strawberry and raspberry before a tart fruit finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7722) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Draft. Not too sure of this dry yeast note. Thinner not what I would equate to a biere we garde.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1380) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Can split. Dark gold with a white head. Clean and cidery. A bit sour and light.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2199) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 Can: Clear, chestnut-copper color with a burnt fawn layer of foam that fades into a ring rather quickly. Complex aroma of dry wood, toasted nuts, light roast, damp prunes, baked bread, Munich-y malt sweetness, & some underlying earthy tones. Some more fruitiness in the back that’s harder to identify. Taste up front is sweet toffee glazed peanuts with a helping of dried, dark fruits right behind. Light apple, prune, woodiness, caramel, with a semi-sweet finish that almost reaches residual brown sugar territory but not quite. Rather dry, picking up a mild hint of earthy farmhouse funk in the aftertaste. Soft mouth feel, dry finish. A pretty tasty brew in a perplexing style, not bad at all.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2014
16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but is a recent release. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a small fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to nothing fairly quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, pear, apple, red grape, tart red berries, brown bread, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, pear, apple, red grape, tart red berries, brown bread, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, pear, apple, red grape, red berries, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome biere de garde style! All around great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and caramel/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5726) - Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2014
Draft to taster at Brewery Vivant. Looks good; a fairly transparent deeper golden orange with white lacing. Smells solid; tart and mildly yeasty and malty with notes of dry apple cider. Tastes like it smells, but not as robust. Average on the palate. Solid beer.


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