marv3mania (195) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Light red color with an off-white head. Aroma and taste match the description to a T: a hoppy red Belgian. Nothing too special, but certainly not bad. b3shine (9143) - Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2014
Draft to taster at Brewery Vivant. Looks good; a mostly transparent amberish orange with eggshell head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; Belgian yeast, fruity hops, and caramel malt. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Enjoyable. MWashk (20) - - APR 27, 2014
Belgian yeast with hop. caramel, floral, citrus, roasty. It had a nice full flavor malrubius (3017) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 9, 2014
Thanks to Brigadier for sharing. Pale red with lasting head and lace. Fresh orangy hop and bready bubblegum yeast aroma. Fresh fruity cherry peach pineapple dry medium assertive spicy finish. Excellent. BlowOffTube (515) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
Amber pour white head. Fruity mango aroma hint of caramel. Some mango and a hint of citrus mixed with caramel. Light body with light to medium carbonation.
Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
16 ounce can
chinchill (5312) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Picked up on a trip to Michigan I was excited to see what Brewery Vivant had up their sleeves. After a few previous samples hit it out of the park I knew they were not just another run of the mill homebrewer turned professional. This did not disappoint and if it were local I would definitely buy more.
Aroma / Appearance - A cloudy orange base is decorated with a fringe of white cream. Malt, red vines, and hop forward notes erase all doubts about the intentions of this aggressive IPA.
Flavor / Palate - A sticky mouthfeel is full of almonds, red vines, and malt. Smooth from start to finish it is a good value at $2.99. I imagine the four or six pack price to be slightly cheaper. If you like Midwestern IPAs this is a prototypical example with a strong Michigan twist.
16 oz can served in an over-size glass mug. Large vessel recommended since this ale has a huge frothy tan head.
A Belgian-American fusion beer that works. The aroma shifts back and forth between yeasty-fruity wet leather and American hops. The taste seems more stable but again has the Belgian and American (hops) aspects in nice balance. Moderate complexity and mild bitterness.
Feel: lively, medium body; good carbonation. mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours a nice ruby/copper colour with a soapy head. Caramel, oranges and grass in the aroma. I don’t find it to be overly hop forward and what I’m getting is more rich malts. Quite drinkable but not amazingly so.
Can from Merchants of Wine in Dearborn, MI. 2013-12-28 nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2013
High carbonation, fruit flavors, and Belgian yeast bitter finish rounds out this solid IPA. Flavors of mango, pineapple, light malts, and bitter hopping are surrounded by a peppery finish from the Belgian yeasts. Very solid Belgian IPA. firstsip (752) - Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Great on both tap/from can. Deep red pour with seconds of tannish head. Belgian yeast with surprising dry hop character. Insert phallic jokes here (haha... insert).