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Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial IPA
Sijsele, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with Tomahawk and Simcoe hops


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappistenbier (52) - - MAR 24, 2010
The recipe from the first kegged Bruges Beer Fest version has been slightly changed . It has become stronger towards an 8 vol% strength, which should make this IPA more leaning towards the wonderful US Double IPA style. Also, more American Simcoe hops are inserted, which gives a darker beer and more American hop characteristics. An additional bottle refermentation will give more flavours and complexity. It pours nicely dark golden orange, and slightly hazy. The foam is kinda beige with a subtle green shine. Already when nosing I notice the typical American grapefruit alike hop flavours. Fruity, fresh, citric, grapefruit, flowers. Memories of past US visits immediatly revive. Folks, this is a PERFECT US West-Coast double IPA clone! Tasting only confirms this statement. I taste citric Simcoe hops. Tomahawk also, and more US hop varieties. Very pleasant is the balance between sweet and hop bitter. Not too sweet, but in perfect harmony. Note that this hop monster is still about 124 IBU bitter! This is to be called extreme. Tasting also gives a nice carbonation tingling, great body, and satisfying depth. A beer to taste with care. 8 vol% is quite strong, and it really doesn’t feel that strong when drinking. This is because the beer is such a fruity experience all together. Only after finishing the glass for a while, the alcohol is clearly present :) The after taste is a complete hoppy citric sensation. Quite equal when finishing grapefruit. It gives a pleasant fruity citric bitter long lasting lingering.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
degbert (1616) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark gold/amber with a very high, mixed-grained, cream-colored, lacy blown-insulation head. Nose is lime, lavender, rosemary, sage, toffee peanuts, and roast grain, but it’s hard picking up much through that head. Bitter on the front of the tongue, but also with a burnt-sugar or chicory overtone; the dark color of the beer’s explained in one mouthful. Tastes like hop-laced burnt sugar peanuts. Finish is long and bittersweet. I suppose if you’re into that sort of thing you’d be really happy, but it’s kind of jarring for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inoven (184) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2016
Flesje thuis gedronken. Bruin-rood helder bier. Ondanks dat dit flesje al oud is (tHTC 25jun2014) heeft het bier een stevige, beige schuimkraag. Aroma is fruitig. Smaak is echter aangenaam bitter. Smaak blijft lang hangen.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Michael27 (432) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2016
Aus der Flasche getrunken (Lieferung von einem Händler in NL). Trübes kastanienbraun mit stabiler hellbrauner Krone im Glas. In der Nase säuerliche Fruchtigkeit. Im Mund subtile Fruchtigkeit, der Alkohol dezent im Hintergrund.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CineJavi (1) - SPAIN - MAY 25, 2016 does not count
Floral, de cuerpo intenso, pero amarga y refrescante. Una delicia de trago en pinta.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaVillum (833) - Valby, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2016
Kobberfarvet og ufiltreret Imperial IPA med stor tætskummende top på 4-5 cm. En del gærrester i flasken, og toppen svinder til et par mm. Frugtrig aroma af appelsin og grapefrugt. Desuden noter af gær. Dejlig bitterpræget smag balanceret med en mindre frugtagtig sødme. Solid humlet bitterhed og ganske velsmagende. Grapefrugt og harpiks-noter. Middel til solid fyldig krop og en besk kort afslutning. Forholdsvis blødt karboneret med en olieret konsistens. Overall: Et fint belgisk bryg med masser af humle uden at være en åbenbaring. 33 cl, flaske, 8.0 % ABV, BB: 26/08/17, købt i Den Belgiske Ølbutik i Vanløse. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (4587) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2016
330ml bottle at home, from Good Spirits Company, West Nile Street, Glasgow (bb 17Jun 2017), orange, spicy aroma, orange amber with a thin lasting beige head, peppery, spicy, orange, citrus, viscous, prolonged bitter hoppy aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3992) - California, USA - APR 30, 2016
30 apr 2016, tap. Dirty orange and a bit hazy. Nose is spicy orange rind and mildly sweet. Ned body and mildly fizzy. Orange juice, some grassy hops, mildly sweet, noticeable alcohol. Honestly, it feels a bit flat and heavy. It’s kind of on the line between a Belgian strong ale and a DIPA. Still, fairly decent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (1000) - Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2016
Tap at yard house. Hazy murky orange rust color with thick foamy white head. Funky yeast nose. Sugar, yeast, funky full chewy flavor. A bit of a weird bitter sour combo, but an interesting Belgian approach to an imperial ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbea (8) - Vitoria, SPAIN - APR 24, 2016 does not count
Aroma cítrico, fuerte corona blanca y persistente. Sabor cítrico, sobre todo pomelo y resisa, para tomar con calma.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bjakk (680) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - APR 21, 2016
Brown, cloudy, nice creamy head. Malt, bread and fruit in the aroma. Raisins, caramel, sherry, with caramelly and fruity aftertaste.


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