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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hoppy Belgian Ale. This red ale is all about hops. It is an American-Belgian fusion of beer styles taking imported Belgian caramel malts and bitch slapping it with a heavy handed dose of American hops. Expect hints of mango, pineapple, and citrus to hit your nose with an assertive hop presence.

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2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (6214) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Canned 1/27/15, drunk 12/4/15.
Clear amber-auburn body is topped by a small, light beige head that recedes to a ring.
Candy corn, raspberry/cherry/apple esters and a hint of buttery caramel. Very light tropical notes lingering; obviously the bulk of the hop aromatics have long since passed. Otherwise, no alcohol and pretty simplistic. Very little yeast character in Vivants beers.
Crystal malts provide iced tea while there is some yeast interplay creating a raspberry and cherry note. Caramel and butter toffee, rather dry, with a hard texture, moderate carbonation (fizzy, loose) and a touch of pineapple and sweet lime lingering.
Not taking points off for lack of hoppiness, which I certainly wouldnt expect it to have at 10 months old (the hop character here is actually the best part of the beer). Rather, it has a very hard, nearly husky texture with no malt depth. The "Belgian character" is pretty lacking (though whats there is admittedly not offensive). Carbonation is loose, fizzy, artificial feeling.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3660) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Thanks to Charlie Nelson for this one. Pours reddish caramel with aroma of pine, caramel, bread, and some tropical fruit. Tropical fruit and caramel sweetness with bread and pine. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (2400) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2015
This beer has a lot of flavor. Potent hops. Its good, clean. Some lighter fruit flavors which compliment a little hop pine. A sweet body and finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrownALEx (451) - Portland, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Malt based aroma. Clear red pour with a thin white head. Taste is very malt forward, no real hop presence. Palate is medium bodied. Overall, a decent beer. Would probably get again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10794) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Can thanks to my mom! Pours a clear red with a slight amber hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of grain and bread supported pine and some bitter citrus. Flavor has sweet grains, light pine and citrus up front but finish has a nice sweet tropical fruit note.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13172) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2015
<snicker> Can shared at a tasting. Clear red, large foamy white head, decent retention. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, caramel. The taste is tropical fruits, citrus, caramel, mild earth. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1522) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Pours an amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast up front, with some intoxicating citrus and tropical fruit hops, with pineapple standing out. Flavor is sweet citrus and tropical fruits. Bitterness is practically non-existent. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1534) - New York, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Canned. Pours very pretty red, almost mahogany/ruby color, white/tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, with absolutely tons of mango and pineapple, heavier on the pineapple. Absolutely intoxicating aroma. Flavor is a bit more malt, caramel, but the hops are prevalent. Citrus, pine, pineapple, light citrus and mango. Really good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mfhennig (284) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2015
From a can, this pours a clear reddish brown with a pale orange head. Grapefruit aroma dominates on the pour, followed by some malt. Moderately bitter. Its a bit thin and watery, but thats just me. Overall I thought this was pretty good. This is another Belgian style beer thats changed my thinking. Got a couple more to try from them!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ineedbeer (2037) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Poured from a can dated 05/19/2015. Aroma is malty with some caramel, toasted bread and burnt sugar. Some light raisin notes. Quite a bit of overripe stone fruit and pears with some light cherry. Medium light spicy phenolics. Not very hoppy but some light floral and spicy hop notes with a touch of citrus. Pours a dark, brownish red/auburn with a medium small, moderateky thick, tan head that recedes steadily to the edges. Medium lacing and small legs. Flavor is fairly sweet with some caramel, toasted bread, toffee and nuts. Some spicy phenolics with moderately strong esters. Raisins, stone fruit, pear and red apple are all present with stone fruit and raisins fairly prevalent. Hop notes are floral and somewhat citrusy with medium light bitterness. A light woodsy note. Some lingering phenolic spice and toasted bread. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringnecy and low alcohol warmth. Overall, rather malty with a lot of esters. Perhaps too much yeast character for the malts to show through. An interesting and unique red ale, but not great.


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