Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tall boy can served in a FFF teku glass.
A: Pours a semi hazy amber color with an off yellow head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick collar and cap that leaves some sticky webbing.
S: Heavy biscuit malts and peppery yeasty up front. Light floral and bitter hops are on the finish. Sweet fruity esters are present as well with a twinge of banana.
T: The base beer is pretty malty with biscuit and cracker flavors. Peppery yeast pops up mid-palate. The finish is bitter green hops and some light floral notes.
M: Medium bodied with a nice quench and a yeasty drying finish. The carbonation is zesty and a little high.
O: This beer looked great, but the rest was pretty ho-hum. Iím a little spoiled with Live a Rich Life/Shark Pants at my disposal, but I digress. Pretty average for this relatively new style, but I applaud the effort. A little more balance between the malts and the hops and it would be much better.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 05-23-2012
ccex (868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz. can pours a hazy orange with big white head and a little lacing. Nose is that of a Belgian, rather than an American IPA: lots of spices, yeast, and pears. Aroma is the same, heavier on the fruits, spices and floral hops than on the the sweet malts, which are also present. Mouthfeel is sticky, and body is medium, with active carbonation (perhaps too much). A decent, distinctively Belgian-style IPA from a midwest brewer I had not tried before. Good but not great.
bartlebier (840) - Baden-WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vivant Flight draught. 28viii13. Potable yet underprofiled herbal IPA with some tentative Belgian yeast characteristics, but none of its complexity. Saved by traditional US hop aromas. Might benefit from more fermenting time in the tubes.
574deadzone (763) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich darker golden-orange with a thick khaki dome that laces nicely. Aroma of rich Belgian yeast, spice and cloves, with plenty of pine and citrus that compliments the yeast character very well. Taste is sweet to a point, but quite bitter afterward. Palate is lighter side of medium with zesty carbonation and an almost puckering bitter finish. Really nice beer. Showcases how great Belgian style yeast can meld with American hops.
brian60625 (701) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint from a can into a shaker glass. Mainly pine in the aroma, some bitter fruit and grain too. Red tint, no head, no lacing. Taste was piney, dry, bitter, lack of sweetness, a little spicy and citrus hops. Palate was medium bodied, minor fizz, stilled, and the citrus, bitter hops left a resinous feel on my mouth. The beer would have been better if there was more sizzle to the carbonation level, and it didnít feel so stilled and flat. Itís the first time Iíve seen Vivant distributed in the Chicago and I hope I come across their seasonal and high-end stuff soon.
Rando7 (671) - Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear dark yellow with foamy off-white head. Aroma Belgian yeasts with citrus hops, some sweet light fruits. Taste sweet malts and Belgian yeasts, spices, light fruits. Finish mostly pine and citrus hops. Palate medium body, carbonated, very slight stickiness.
I am not a big hop lover but this was pretty well balanced and a refreshing beer.
Scipio (595) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber with a medium white head. Aroma has a very Belgian appeal to it, but it is more subdued than many of that style. It contains yeast, spice, banana, pine, and caramel. The taste has much of those Belgian impressions detected in the nose, being the yeast and spices, while it goes along with pine, caramel, and grapefruit underneath. Dry and bitter with a piney yeast aftertaste. Medium bodied, sticky in texture, with active, fizzy carbonation. I wasnít so impressed by the blend of different styles here.
wmubronco1992 (562) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - part of a sample flight at the Brewery Vivant taproom. Pours a caramel color. White head. Mild hop aroma. Flavor of belgian spice. Some bitter in the finish, but I donít really get an IPA feel out of this. Maybe its just me, but I have a hard time with Belgian IPAs. I just keep asking myself "what is the point". Not a bad beer, just not my favorite. Even thought this was my least favorite of the night I will try it again as it is becoming more available by can. Maybe I will see the point sooner or later.
Vir4030 (482) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a cloudy olive amber out of a bottle with a lot of head. Nose is a smoky sweet spicy something. Maybe a bit of belgium. Itís light on it, taste too. Interesting, not bad not good.
crackedmachine (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy copper with a sizable, light-tan head that sticks around for awhile. Aroma is dominated by floral hops, with hints of pine and yeast. Flavor of biscuit, light caramel sweetness, grassy hops, slight citrus. Mildly spicy and bitter finish. Light-bodied. Somewhat sweet, a bit thin, not tremendously hoppy...but delicious, well-balanced, and very drinkable.