Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial IPA
Sijsele, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed with Tomahawk and Simcoe hops

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
petibear (53) - - MAY 30, 2013
hazy brown with quite a had. of fruity aroma resembling peaches. pleasant oily palate. taste very very bitter, too bitter for me, but I can imagine very fine for somebody else. long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PlutonowyMan (588) - POLAND - JAN 18, 2017
Barwa miedziano bursztynowa. Piana jest puszysta w kolorze ecru, bardzo ?adnie koronkuje. Aromat ?ywiczno owocowy. Smak: ?ywiczny, prawie ca?kowicie zdominowa? smak, owoce s? st?umione. Goryczka to bardo mocny punkt w tym piwie, d?uga, intensywna, ?ywiczna, nie zalega i nie ?ci?ga. Alkohol schowany idealnie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (1972) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2017
33cl bottle at home from Beers of Belgium, Antwerp. Nose is fruity. Body is hazy ruby amber, head is big, cream white, creamy rocky, fully lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits, grapefruit, honey, quinine. Medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is long lasting hoppy medium to heavy bitter. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. A bit heavy, strong flavor, nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasmusOtt (2562) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle thanks to dad. Pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma of grainy malts, citrus, caramel, grapefruit and grassy hops. Taste of grassy hops, citrus, grapefruit, lemon Peel, herbs, grapefruit and grainy malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2229) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2016
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector. BB 20/01/18 Pours a deep hazy copper body, creamy white head persists. Aroma of hops bursts from the glass - pine, pineapple, cooked citrus, bitter orange marmalade, dried leafy herbs, and biscuity malt. Good weight, solid, slightly chewy & creamy with a somewhat lively typically Belgian-esque carbonation, touch boozy too. Punchy palate - resiny pine sap & grass, juicy grapefruit & bitter orange & stewed apricot, sweet pale caramel & toast-like malt - typically American affair one would say - finishes with perhaps a touch of phenolic spice & warming booze. Solid DIPA - certainly one of the more hoppy Belgians Ive come across!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggiebob (926) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Draft. It poured a cloudy gold with a thin beige head. The aroma was floral and fruity. The taste finishes with a caramel malt backbone. Nice DIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6629) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2016
33cl bottle in De Zandloper, Brugge on 26th Dec 2016. Slight haze to the golden pour, beige head that didnt last long. Sweet malts throughout, saved only by a mild citrus trace or two from the hops. Actually my sweet tooth liked this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (662) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2016
330ml bottle BB 20 Jan 18. Hazy amber with small tight yellowish head. Nice caramel, tangerine, floral and spicy notes. No harsh alcohol. Solid DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (3276) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Draft 10 oz pour at Yard House. A golden copper pour with an infinite coat of foam head and lacing. Rich malt aroma with a unique hop quality to pair. Flavor is as creamy as they get, thick body, caramel rich malt, toasty, slight spicy hops. Lingering toasty bitterness, with a small plastic hint. Fun, unique imperial IPA here. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsen1635 (721) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2016
Bottle. Hazy dark amber pour with tan head. Aroma has fresh flowers and citrus on top of malty base. Taste has a good bitter kick and comes together very nice. Fresh and lovely. Medium heavy base. High carbonation

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jybi (139) - FRANCE - NOV 12, 2016
Imperial IPA de chez Viven, ou la rencontre dune recette amricaine avec le savoir faire brassicole belge, lincontournable De Proef en loccurrence. En verre, elle prsente un robe ambre, opaque, et surmonte dune mousse blanc casse de 2 cm. Le nez est sur le pamplemousse, de fruits rouges avec de notes de caf plus corses. Ce sont alors deux mlodies qui vont guider la dgustation. La premire apparat lors de lattaque, sur des notes de crales, de fruits rouges, des touches florales et des armes de caramel. Celle-ci est frache et ronde. La seconde, se laisse dcouvrir en deuxime bouche avec lapparition de lamertume. Celle-ci est franche est puissante sur des armes de pamplemousse et de pin (utilisation de houblon Tomahawk et Simcoe). Les 8 % Abv sont trs bien intgrs et la longueur excellente. Mais larrire bouche ne se fait pas oublier et joue toujours sa partition : crales, fruits jaunes et caramel permettent darrondir la bire et de complexifier superbement les armes. Lensemble se complte merveille dans une homognit totale. Le final, plein, long, permet une alliance remarquable des armes pour notre plus grand plaisir. Vive la collaboration americano-belge !

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