superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can into tulip, no canning date. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a nice 3 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clings to the glass; with decent carbonation streaming up. Aromas of grapefruit, orange, caramel, pine, herbal, bread, and yeasty spices. Nice and well balanced aromas, but on the weak side. Taste of big grapefruit, caramel, pine, herbal, biscuit, orange, and yeast spices. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, bread, and yeast spices. Great balance of hop flavors, bitterness, and Belgian character; with a hop character being a little more pronounced. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Drinks fairly easily at 6.5%; with only a slight alcohol warming after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian IPA. Has the Belgian character without going over the top; and still retaining good hop flavor. I really enjoyed this one.
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Standard Market, Westmont. $4 in a 10 oz Solemn Oath tulip. My first encounter with Brewery Vivant. Clear IPA style amber/orange color under a foamy head. Citrus and pine hops in the nose. I just assume that a Belgian ale has aromatic malts to it, but this seems more like the satandard English PA malt, crisp, yet sturdy enough to showcase a happy hop profile. Plenty malty as most IPAs go, and that makes a pleasant difference.
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can brought back to me from Sicilianoís. This is a pretty decent hoppy Belgian because the hops save it. The aroma doesnít promise much, but the flavor has ample citrusy bitterness to mask some of that sticky,clove-like yeast. I actually preferred drinking these from the can as the aroma is merely sweet and a little like a basement, so I was okay not smelling it every time I took a sip. I thought this beer is better than the score warrants, but not so passionately that Iím annoyed by the low markings.
tmoreau (2576) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and shaker served with a clear, orange/amber hue, a healthy layer of cream colored, cakey/moussy, persistent head foam, and decent cling to the wavey lacing. The nose was light yeasty funk, citrus, light fruit, and floral hints. The flavor was similar, adding light sweetness, a moderate, grapefruity, earthy hop bitterness, medium to light body, and a consistent dryness into the finish. Slightly thin texture, but tasty nonetheless.
MrBunn (2509) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big can! Pours a very clear mandarin with a sudsy head. Aromas are very faint... a little bit of barnyard funk, silo/grain dust and herbs. After the beer sits for a couple of minutes, I take another sniff and get blasted with resin and pine, but then itís gone again. Iím pretty sure there is some sort of voodoo magic protecting this beer from my nose... First sip reveals that the dark magic might be affecting my palate as well. About all I get from it is a tingly hops sensation on the back of the tongue in the late aftertaste. The second sip reveals a bit more complexity, but the flavors (and aromas) seem to be playing hide and seek with me. A little bit of citrus (orange), a little bit of grass, some sweet and a little edge of tartness is about as descriptive as I can be (oh, with that tingly hops finish.) Interesting stuff, but it seems to vex me a bit.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Deep golden color with a small and somewhat fizzy head. Nose is not particularly hoppy, but more focused on Belgian yeasty notes. Taste is more hoppy and includes citrus rind and grassy notes. Spicy white pepper notes imparted by the yeast in the finish. Lively carbonation. Not bad, but flavors seemed to be more muted compared to other beers in this style.
italianjohn (2375) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden orange pour thin white head light sticky lacing .... aroma is sweet sugary and of funky and citrusy hops ..... taste is fruity and sweet with a citrusy, grassy and fruity belgian yeast slight spicy .... finish is dry and spicy .... not bad not great average and tasty abv is hidden well
cbfobes (2348) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery, pours a clear dark orange amber with a off white head, the aroma has a decent amount of hops and some belgian yeast, the flavor has some citrus on the front end with the belgian yeast coming through in the finish, pretty well balanced, not bad.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at vivant. Hazy reddish orange body with medium white head. Aroma of spicy, soapy hops, bitterness and some citrus rind. Flavor of light grapefruit and grass, lightly sweetened malt, and a touch of orange.
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz can
A: spicy yeast and alcohol, toasty malts, American hops that are not well defined-muddled
T: spicy, malty more bready then toasty, again with muddled American hops
Overall the beer is worth a taste, nothing really wrong with it. A nice balance between the malts, yeast, and the bitterness.