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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4987) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2013
On tap at Churchkey during CBC week. Pours an opaque black with one ring of off white head. Nose is a nice mix of cherry, raspberry vinaigrette, chocolate, toast, brown bread. Flavor is tart and malty, soured, wood, acetic acid, vinegar, dark malt, light soured coffee. Full finish which is acetic but also dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12341) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2013
Draft. Hazy brown color, small tan head. Aroma of very roasty cocoa and chocolate. Taste is softly sour coffee. Maybe should be classified as a sour?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwoodward (567) - - APR 4, 2013
Quite dark, almost black. Deep flavor, sourish, not boozy, very interesting. Almost light body!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (597) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2013
Can from trade with umich03jm. This brewer seems to crank out some innovative stuff, so this is definitely of interest. Pours black like a stout, with a decent head and some lacing. Aroma is unusual, lightly sour, lightly roasted, a little sweet. Flavor is an interesting mix of sour ale and moderately complex stout, with maybe a hint of chocolate and cherry. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, slightly velvet, which I tend to like. Does not hint of the high ABV. Very interesting brew that I find myself totally enjoying. Very drinkable. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
Tap. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate toasted dark chocolate and soft cherry aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted dark sweet flavor with a medium dark sweet finish of moderate duration. This is an interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 30, 2013
500mL Can. Thanks Sean! Currant-y, coffee, and toast nose. This was much darker and ruddy than I expected, it’s really a sour stout and not much of a farmhouse beer. That said, it’s nice. The tartness certainly isn’t full on sour twang, letting the chocolately stout depth sing, in a way that’s ever so slightly reminiscent of Bullfrog’s Black Cherry Bomb. Underneath is a uniquely odd Vivant house character that’s a little bit metallic and I’m beginning to guess, based on the brewery’s water. I find it the most detracting aspect of the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Churchkey saison fest. Nose is fairly roasty with a little bit of dark chocolate. Flavor is dry chocolate and very mild roast with a touch of cherry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (558) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Pours pitch black with big head and lots of carbonation. Nose has sour cherries, anise very unique. Medium body, true to its name initially tart, then moves to a dark/burn malt flavor that lingers with a hint of licorice. Huge points for uniqueness and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Tap at Churchkey during Craft Brewers Conference. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a tan head. Aroma was some light tart notes, with some sweet and roast malt notes. Flavor was some dark fruits, tartness, some chocolate in there. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Tap at Churchkey for CBC thanks to nimbleprop and nmann08. Pours an opaque black, medium latte foam. Nose is sweeter chocolate cake. Taste is tart, minerally, spicy, roasty, dark chocolate. Sharp tartaric acid bite with a long sour black cherry note. Really works well as sour stout. How this is Belgian Strong Ale is beyond comprehension.

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