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Brewery Vivant Tart Side of the Moon

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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This dark ale is fermented with a blend of two rustic Belgian yeast strains which gives the beer an up front farmhouse tartness followed by hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and black cherries. We aged the beer for over three months to give the yeast time to work its magic and let the flavors meld together. Listen to that lunatic in your head, dust off that vinyl, pour the beer into a glass and sip your way into a happy, chilled out groove.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7302) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Delicious brew. Tangy and sour yeast. Deeeep breast and cocoa malt notes. Easy drinkjn.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8552) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Outstanding beer. Somewhat imperial stout with cherry, a little farmhouse in the finish. Very drinkable and tasty.Jet black. I cannot remember how I got this one, thanks!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Black with ruby lowlights a quickly setting brown cap. Aroma is spot on sour with cherry, sweet malt, yeast and some mild coffee. Smooth with a sweet taste that is mildly sour with chocolate, cherries, yeast and darker malts.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2046) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Aroma: Grainy Yeast, Mild Chocolate, Mild Coffee Appaearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Zero Light, Thick Brown Head, Some Lacing Taste: Mildly Tart Black Cherry, Red Plum, Milk Chocolate, Mild Yeast, Mild Coffee Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart, Mildly Drying

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1709) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 "...And if the your stout turns out to taste like sour fruit,
Just change the name to tart side of the moon..."


Tap: Black as night with some sharp, ruby edges; fine-bubbled cap, tan in color and creamy looking, shows nice retention all the way down. Aroma is a one-two combo of roast & sour. Roasted malt, sharp grapes & cherries, very light cocoa powder, raspberry, apple skin, subtle coffee beans. Mild damp cotton blanket in the back-end. Taste begins with mildly tart cherry & apple skin that hits sharp but fades into a soft sweetness; malt comes in heavy with nice roast, light coffee beans, & faint cocoa. Finish leaves your mouth coated with roasted & nutty coffee that’s got an abbreviated cherry essence... almost like Amaretto. Lightly roasty & acceptably tart, like a stout with a Sweet-tart. The more I have this, the more I like it. Very good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (697) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at Slows BBQ. Pours a nice deep color. A nice slow sipper while being refreshing and tart at the same time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2556) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2013
16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger foamy dark tan head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. No glass lacing, and some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, clove, light vinegar, funk, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, clove, toast, light pepper, light vinegar, funk, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, cherry, apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, clove, light vinegar, funk, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt and moderate tart fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian stout! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5992) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Sampled at CBC 2013. Deep amber pour with a nice khaki head. Rich aroma with sour cherries, funk, rich dark dusty chocolates, a touch of vinegar, and more. Good flavor, cherry, coffee, chocolate, lightly tart. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
Can. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a slightly roasted malty tart chocolate and caramel aroma. Roasted malty sour tart chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty sour tart chocolate finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrana (433) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Nice and roasty with very strong tart notes that are balanced with chocolate and roasted barley. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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