Scipio (1113) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours a clear amber with a medium white head. Aroma has a very Belgian appeal to it, but it is more subdued than many of that style. It contains yeast, spice, banana, pine, and caramel. The taste has much of those Belgian impressions detected in the nose, being the yeast and spices, while it goes along with pine, caramel, and grapefruit underneath. Dry and bitter with a piney yeast aftertaste. Medium bodied, sticky in texture, with active, fizzy carbonation. I wasn’t so impressed by the blend of different styles here. brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Pint from a can into a shaker glass. Mainly pine in the aroma, some bitter fruit and grain too. Red tint, no head, no lacing. Taste was piney, dry, bitter, lack of sweetness, a little spicy and citrus hops. Palate was medium bodied, minor fizz, stilled, and the citrus, bitter hops left a resinous feel on my mouth. The beer would have been better if there was more sizzle to the carbonation level, and it didn’t feel so stilled and flat. It’s the first time I’ve seen Vivant distributed in the Chicago and I hope I come across their seasonal and high-end stuff soon. Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Pours a beautiful amber like a perfect belgian. Nose is very fruity, immidiately hit with that fruity flavor on the tongue, great belgian flavors and great long lingering bitterness at the finish, overall thier best year round beer and a great one at that. DrnkMcDermott (3104) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Draft at Standard Market, Westmont. $4 in a 10 oz Solemn Oath tulip. My first encounter with Brewery Vivant. Clear IPA style amber/orange color under a foamy head. Citrus and pine hops in the nose. I just assume that a Belgian ale has aromatic malts to it, but this seems more like the satandard English PA malt, crisp, yet sturdy enough to showcase a happy hop profile. Plenty malty as most IPAs go, and that makes a pleasant difference. ccex (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
16 oz. can pours a hazy orange with big white head and a little lacing. Nose is that of a Belgian, rather than an American IPA: lots of spices, yeast, and pears. Aroma is the same, heavier on the fruits, spices and floral hops than on the the sweet malts, which are also present. Mouthfeel is sticky, and body is medium, with active carbonation (perhaps too much). A decent, distinctively Belgian-style IPA from a midwest brewer I had not tried before. Good but not great.
Chadquest (37) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Body is a vibrant rustic golden color with a large amount of billowing carbonation.
The nose is pears and fruity yeast notes with a bit of earthy hops and citrus american hops.
bright and floral with more sweetness then bitterness all around. A light amount of citrus hops give a the only bitterness found, but the soft fruits of the belgian yeast overwhelm them.
low carbination, slightly creamy, and medium bodied. thedm (6222) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
This canned brew from a bottle shop poured a head of almost all foam finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light orange colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy and dough. The bubbly mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The sharp flavor contained notes of dough and hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4608-20120708] 16floz can. Light grainy yeast aroma has a bit of a fruit note to it. Clear, orange amber body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Sweet orange honeydew melon bitter hops flavour has a light grainy fruit finish. Medium body. Tasty, nice bitter fruit balance. (6/3/8/4/15) 3.6
tmoreau (4428) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
(Radekfest 2012, w/ jercraigs, liamt07, Radek Kliber)
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and shaker served with a clear, orange/amber hue, a healthy layer of cream colored, cakey/moussy, persistent head foam, and decent cling to the wavey lacing. The nose was light yeasty funk, citrus, light fruit, and floral hints. The flavor was similar, adding light sweetness, a moderate, grapefruity, earthy hop bitterness, medium to light body, and a consistent dryness into the finish. Slightly thin texture, but tasty nonetheless. Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a medium amber color with minimal white head. Aroma was grass and hops. Flavor was similar with a bit of sweetness as well. Not as hoppy as some hop heads would probably want. I’m not an IPA fan, but this was not bad. It was the best of the sampler brews I tried.