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Brewery Vivant Tart Side of the Moon

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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 90F which builds the distinctive flavors. No adjuncts are added to this beer-- these robust layers of flavor are yeast driven. Listen to the lunatic.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1090) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2014
On draft. Pours a deep plum color with a decent cocoa-khaki head that settles to a thick ring and leaves a soapy wall of lace. Nose involves toasted malt, cherry, chocolate, some mineral character, raisin, fruitcake, and cocoa. Some sweetness, fairly tart, somewhat bitter. Full bodied, soft, velvetty, with a long warm toasty and tart finish. Very dessert-like, reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries.

2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
craftyfarmhand (2) - - DEC 19, 2014 does not count
Not a huge fan of the aroma but the milky head and layers of flavor were a great combo of tart, coffee, coca and a clean finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4988) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
Draft - Cherry tartness and dark malts. Deep brown with a decent beige head. Vinous, chocolaty notes, sweet yeasty boozy finish. Nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Tallboy can shared at a tasting. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin fizzy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of chocolate, butter, roasted malts, mild dark fruits. The taste is nuts, chocolate, cocoa, mild citrus and dark fruits. Thin-medium bodied, the name is a bit misleading as we were expecting tartness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Pint can. Poured a black color, with brown edges and an off white head. Chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, and a bit roasty. Tart cherries .... digging the tart finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fattybladdy (616) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Black pour with thick head. Tart cherry and sour fruit standing out in the aroma. Taste of tart cherry, plum, dark chocolate with some yeasty funk. Pretty solid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1158) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
16 oz can. Pours black with a tan head. Tart chocolatey, molasses aroma. Flavor has that tart leading edge, cocoa and raisin. Its pretty tasty, though pushing up the tartness would make it really interesting. But nothing to complain about here!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Draft at crunchy's in east Lansing. Near black with a dark head. Incredibly smooth and rich. Slightly malt and tart cherries.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (3546) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Draft at brewpub. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Big roasted malt notes on the nose. Huge dark fruits and malt on the tongue. Thus feels like the undertaker turned up to 11 which is how it should be. I gotta say its nearly 10 and hides its booze really well. Nice!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is of raisins, chocolate, and toasty malt. Taste is of raisin, chocolate, and toasty malt. All the flavors are very muted. There is a very distinct alcohol bite. As it warms up, more of a cherry flavor comes out. Overall, I was very disappointed.


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