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Brewery Vivant Tart Side of the Moon



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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
One of our most anticipated and highly talked about specialty releases, This hearty dark ale is fermented with our rustic Belgian yeast strain which gives the beer a farmhouse tartness followed by big dark chocolate notes, and hints of black cherries. Fermentation temperatures often climb past 90°F which builds the distinctive flavors. No adjuncts are added to this beer-- these robust layers of flavor are yeast driven. Listen to the lunatic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6675) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2016
16 ounce can. Very dark pour. Chocolate notes with some cherry. No real funk or tartness, which is fine, but different from what I expected. Not sure why it’s called Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1296) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2016
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is sour funk, cherry, dark fruit. I like it a lot. But the flavor is Belgian esters, dark fruit. Less sour funk. More sweet. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Can:   Black, moderate foamy beige head, little to no lacing.   Roasted malt and somewhat citrusy hop nose.   Warming up front, tart, roasty, a bit lemony, with a citrusy hop background.   Seems fairly tart as it is creating that salivary response that very tart or sour ales tend to do.   It kinda reminds me of a very tart or sour Black IPA.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Tart roasty finish.   I suppose its a little musty, but also shows some campfire and ash.   Interesting beer overall, its like a tart Black IPA, with a bit of mustiness.   Certainly unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6399) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2015
This poured a darker brown to black with a beige head. Aroma was of chocolate, dark fruit, roast, and metal. Flavor similar, disappointing given the name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Deep brown color. No tartness whatsoever. Funk on top of roast. Not bad. Thanks BJ!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (6303) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2015
16 oz can thanks to Willrunforbeer. Dark brown color, fast dying head. Aroma starts with a good amount of roasty hints, mild Berry type hint and light smoke.

Flavor is an odd mix of smoke, with a sour grain base. Lacto bacteria type notes. Yeah, I guess the 90 plus degree fermentation really did some off the wall stuff to this brew. Personally I really don’t enjoy this brewery yeast strain. Just my taste, hard for me to enjoy this. I got to go against the grain here... Just not good at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WillRunForBeer (2342) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2015
16oz can. pours coca cola black with a beige head. Aroma is burnt, roasty, a hint of cherry. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, sour cherry. I’m not sure why they thought that fermenting this at 90 degrees was a good idea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Pour on tap, dark reddish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cherry, raspberry, some nice lemony tart notes into a bit of roast, some molasses, dried fruit, candied fruit and caramelized sugars. Taste was a mix of molasses, dark fruit, rum soaked raisin into some slight woody, earthy notes into a bit of tart cherry, some berry, finishing slightly sweet, slightly tart. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
[7021-20150111] 1pt can. Tart roasted dark fruit aroma. Dark brown cola body with a quick foamy tan head. Tart dark fruity plum roast flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(c/o mds)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2015
500 ml can
While a little expensive the description and name made this beer a must purchase. The outcome was nothing short of world class. If you are fortunate enough to run across a can or draft don’t wait. This beer lives up to everything that Michigan beer is capable of.

Aroma / Appearance - A fluid chocolately brown base sweeps into the shaker. Sharp beige head is dense and oily. Bittersweet chocolate and rich malts linger with a sweet dessertlike profile. Velvety smooth, it blossoms over time.

Flavor / Palate - Tangy raspberries, chocolate, and a latent sharp tang burst onto the tongue with a sharp presence. Crisp and bright, it feels a bit like someone soured an imperial stout. If Brewery Vivant were my local I’d have no qualms about drinking it regularly.

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