Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed with Tomahawk and Simcoe hops

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Masterpiece, full marks for me. On tap at biero. Aromas of grass, caramel, oak, bread, and anisette. Taste has perferct balance, with a sweet start being controlled by nice bitterness. Palate is full bodied and sirupy. Amber, cloudy, with a frothy white white head.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkel07 (5160) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
330ml bottle. Wow. Big bold orange colour with a level beige crown of foam. Looks great and smells greater with those full floral ,herby hop aromas busting out of the glass. Some citrus on the palate with a creamy velvet mouthfeel and a long strong finish. Brilliant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2013
Le vivier de ce Viven est intarissable. Cet imperial IPA est une bière, comment dire, royale... Déjà l’étiquette à la Wanted US sur papier kraft. Puis les 8 % abv affiché pour entrer dans le sérieux. Couleur très particulière entre le roux clair et l’abricot mûr. Clarté nette mais la couleur donne l’impression d’un tout léger voile, très joli d’ailleurs. Bulles pas très nombreuses, mais jolie mousse beige moyen à beaux flocons. Arômes de fraises, cerises bigarreau, pamplemousse rose et zeste d’orange. Volume doux mais structuré de la 1ère bouche, qui ouvre sur le pamplemousse accompagné de houblons fleuris/fruités du type Colombus. Arrière-bouche bien fraîche, marquée en haut du palais par une épice. 2ème bouche superbe sur des épices d’Orient, et du malt caramel qui arrive après. 3ème bouche pleine de finesse, élégance et pourtant avec une grande puissance des éléments aromatiques. Avec un côté doo wop qui est très plaisant. La longueur offre des prises de bouche de plus en plus prégnantes, de grandes saveurs, nous amenant à des impressions de grande classe. La levure est fleurie et superbe. L’alcool est comme on a dit sérieux, et remplit son rôle à merveille. La finale nous amène à regretter d’avoir encore si peu de gorgées de superbe breuvage. Tout est ici à son apothéose : arômes, saveurs, douceur … Voilà donc bien un nouveau chef d’oeuvre de ce brasseur par la Proefbrouwerij. Une bière qui va en montant, avec beaucoup d’originalité et de classe.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Robinbjork (4) - BELGIUM - APR 22, 2015 does not count
This is a beer I can drink all day. It has a perfect balance of the bitterness of the hops and fruty citrus

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
themightyjag (430) - - DEC 25, 2012
Large white head, hoppy nose. Copper colour. Taste is bitter and lingering. A great example of an IPAD.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ejk009 (2) - - MAY 31, 2014 does not count
IMO this is one of the best beers on the planet. All IPA’s should aspire to match this beer. The taste is full of citrus fruits and bitter complexities. I struggled to buy it but have now found a source through Belgian Beer Factory - most excellent supplier!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joergen_wulff (8) - Taastrup, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2016 does not count
This is a fantastic IPA. What impresses me most is the very long period the IPA from Viven fills your mouth. It is a beer to enjoy. and I look forward to sit next to the canals in Brugge and enjoy my Viven IPA in August.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (6181) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 Rerating ( former 4,4 rate ) after drinking this tons of time . I often pick it over all other beers in a bar, including new ticks ( I know, I’m a bad ticker ) since its simply one of the / if not THE best IIPA in Belgium. Pours dark amber, good white foam Smell is floral hoppy , sweet , yeasty Taste is sweet grains, with the perfect amount of hops . Bitter, but not tó extreme . Very balanced and drinkable, perfect carbo . Very nice taste, dangerously good .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Wow. The smooth character is really great. Billed as an imperial IPA. I guess it is for the alcohol content and not the overwhelming hops. Smooth honey sweetness and aroma throughout. Perfect color orange/red. Nobody makes beers like the Belgium brewers.

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