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Brewery Vivant Tart Side of the Moon

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
Can: Poured a deep pitch-black color ale with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of roasted malt with tart cherry notes, some tart notes and some black chocolate. Taste is a complex and rich mix of cherry, roasted malt deep black chocolate notes with light lingering residuals sugar notes with plenty of fruits notes. Body is full with an oily texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This is a very complex mix which is not as tart as I was expecting. I could see myself drinking this once in awhile but just too powerful for regular consumption.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A more acidic roastiness than would be desired in aroma, but plenty appreciable. Implies a powerful, potent brew. A robust, sexy appearance, even with only the rim of a head. Lacto-sour dominance of flavor. Mouth puckers strongly. Similar to Jolly’s Madrugada... for which I have a soft spot, though less robust and lower viscosity. In sum, one of the two best sour stouts I’ve had, easily.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstraw (1929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with somewhat whispy brown head (barrel-aged?) / Bold, interesting nose of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, fruit bread / Medium body, tart, soft carbonation, inky with some sweetness, with fair finish / Fruity, clean flavors of old coffee, chocolate, dark cherry, raisin, licorice / Somewhat simple.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (2804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2013
Super tart taste as the name says. A tart stout like beer. Cherry flavor. Dark pour with tan head

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
On tap @ Farmhouse. Opaque dark brown, minimal head. Strongly tart/sour nose, barrel traits, dark malts. Palate presents a perfect balance between roasty malts, lactic sourness, and sweet vanilla barrel character. Finish is very dry and tart. What Tart of Darkness should be!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
delamie6 (20) - - APR 21, 2013
This is a dark beer that tastes a lot like coffee. It is very high alcohol percentage but it is very smooth actually. Great beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (1049) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Can. Pours a deep, viscous black with small head after a very aggressive pour. Aroma is stale coffee and some slight chocolate. Similar to pouring said stale coffee on a hostess chocolate cake. Taste has sour notes within the first taste but that quickly subsides with the coffee coming on. Coffee dominates as the beer warms to the point of just being a sour coffee drink. Would not look for this again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (494) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2013
Draft. Tart, sweet; interesting combination of fruitiness and roast malt. Went very nicely with my meal.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3049) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2013
This is easily the most interesting and probably the best beer I’ve had from Vivant. You read "Farmhouse" and you expect one thing, you drink this, even see this, and you have to rethink your previous understanding. Dark fruit, licorice, and plenty of tartness. Dark in appearance and rich. This was offered to me during my first stay in Grand Rapids by my hosts in 2013.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deaconmike (391) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap at Brewery Vivant. Served in a small tulip. Appearance is deep black - cool looking beer. The tartness and presence of cherry is apparent in the aroma. Taste is heavy cherry with dark ripe fruit, raisin, licorice. The cherry taste is both overly sweet and tart for me. This is a very interesting beer , glad I tried it, but not sure I'll put this one in the regular rotation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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