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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
One of our most anticipated and highly talked about specialty releases, This hearty dark ale is fermented with our rustic Belgian yeast strain which gives the beer a farmhouse tartness followed by big dark chocolate notes, and hints of black cherries. Fermentation temperatures often climb past 90°F which builds the distinctive flavors. No adjuncts are added to this beer-- these robust layers of flavor are yeast driven. Listen to the lunatic.

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3.2
WillRunForBeer (2652) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2015
16oz can. pours coca cola black with a beige head. Aroma is burnt, roasty, a hint of cherry. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, sour cherry. I’m not sure why they thought that fermenting this at 90 degrees was a good idea.

3.7
arminjewell (9676) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Pour on tap, dark reddish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cherry, raspberry, some nice lemony tart notes into a bit of roast, some molasses, dried fruit, candied fruit and caramelized sugars. Taste was a mix of molasses, dark fruit, rum soaked raisin into some slight woody, earthy notes into a bit of tart cherry, some berry, finishing slightly sweet, slightly tart. Pretty nice.

3.6
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
[7021-20150111] 1pt can. Tart roasted dark fruit aroma. Dark brown cola body with a quick foamy tan head. Tart dark fruity plum roast flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
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4.1
Brigadier (3690) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2015
500 ml can
While a little expensive the description and name made this beer a must purchase. The outcome was nothing short of world class. If you are fortunate enough to run across a can or draft don’t wait. This beer lives up to everything that Michigan beer is capable of.

Aroma / Appearance - A fluid chocolately brown base sweeps into the shaker. Sharp beige head is dense and oily. Bittersweet chocolate and rich malts linger with a sweet dessertlike profile. Velvety smooth, it blossoms over time.

Flavor / Palate - Tangy raspberries, chocolate, and a latent sharp tang burst onto the tongue with a sharp presence. Crisp and bright, it feels a bit like someone soured an imperial stout. If Brewery Vivant were my local I’d have no qualms about drinking it regularly.

3.5
MrHangover (4568) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2015
Canned, 500ml, thnx to Secret Santa 2014/15. Pours an almost black beer with a small, creamy beige head on top. Aroma is tarty, licorice, chocolate and a faint Bretty funk note. Flavor is moderately sweet and sour, some notes of chocolate in there. Very subtle and fruity and overall good stuff.

3.2
williamstome (1876) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Very dark brown pour. Minimal, sweet aroma. Flavor is big fruit, booze, chocolate, berries, raisins, and stone fruits.

3.8
wchesser (2076) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Can from flandersned-thanks, Steve! Dark black with transparent clear ring, dark coffee crema head that fades quickly. Nose of dark burnt malts, sour dried. Dark and burnt malts, with good carbonation and sour red fruit. One of the better dark sours I’ve had.

3.8
Patrickctenchi (6595) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Can: Black, with a small, creamy, dark tan head. Smoke, chocolate, molasses aroma. Black cherry, chocolate, flavour. Thick, rich, sweet,...very fruity... Nice.

3.7
TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
16oz can poured into Trappist glass. Tart Side of the Moon pours a very dark purple to black with a pretty thin bubbly dark brown head that lasts just a little while. The aroma is molasses and dark fruit with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, bread and licorice. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

2.9
jackl (8092) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Can @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Brown pour with a small head. Sort of soupy. Bizarre nose. Roasted grain with a strong herbal character. Bakers chocolate. Taste is pretty ashy. Tannic character. Very dry finish. More cocoa. Strange.


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