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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 90F 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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (4466) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 13, 2013
This is easily the most interesting and probably the best beer Ive had from Vivant. You read "Farmhouse" and you expect one thing, you drink this, even see this, and you have to rethink your previous understanding. Dark fruit, licorice, and plenty of tartness. Dark in appearance and rich. This was offered to me during my first stay in Grand Rapids by my hosts in 2013.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (2187) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
New release on 11/22/14. An evening in a can because everything is MAX! 9.8% ABV in Pounder will give anyone a buzz! Huge body, and flavor is intense. Clear but black color. Flavor is malt, Belgium yeast...and TART!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (1576) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, some funk, and fruit - mainly cherry. Flavor is cherry, some funk, chocolate, toffee, and roast. Smooth. This is very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A more acidic roastiness than would be desired in aroma, but plenty appreciable. Implies a powerful, potent brew. A robust, sexy appearance, even with only the rim of a head. Lacto-sour dominance of flavor. Mouth puckers strongly. Similar to Jollys Madrugada... for which I have a soft spot, though less robust and lower viscosity. In sum, one of the two best sour stouts Ive had, easily.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Limited run can. Pours deep black. Nose is coffee and granny smith apples. Taste is immidiate coffee followed by sour cherries and chocolate and hoppy bitterness, chocolate, hay, barnyard. The soir character is perfect. Amazingly played Brewery Vivant!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Can. Pours black with a small dark brown head that fades quickly and collects at the edges. Leaves some lacing. Very interesting and unique aroma. Sour black cherries, anise, coffee, light cocoa, and light burnt oak. Wow, very cool unique taste. Packed with sour black cherries but complemented nicely with coffee, anise, and cocoa. Very long, tart, dry finish, lingering sour cherry taste. Medium body, a little sticky mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this beer. I have a feeling this is a love it or hate it kinda beer. I love it when brewers take chances like this and thats why I keep buying Brewery Vivant beers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (12140) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Pint can. Poured a black color, with brown edges and an off white head. Chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, and a bit roasty. Tart cherries .... digging the tart finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1411) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2014
On draft. Pours a deep plum color with a decent cocoa-khaki head that settles to a thick ring and leaves a soapy wall of lace. Nose involves toasted malt, cherry, chocolate, some mineral character, raisin, fruitcake, and cocoa. Some sweetness, fairly tart, somewhat bitter. Full bodied, soft, velvetty, with a long warm toasty and tart finish. Very dessert-like, reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (819) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap at Bangers & Lace Chicago. Pours black with a one finger stout-like head. Aroma is of rich burnt molasses. Flavor is sweet and spicy with complex fruity malt and medium mouthfeel. A little alcohol burn along with a slightly tart finish. Definitely tart for the style but in no way is this a "sour" beer. Quite good and interesting interpretation of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Nice. Tart and cidery. Couldn't drink too much. But nice. Had at their tap room in GR.


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