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Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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

bottled
available

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with Tomahawk and Simcoe hops

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappistenbier (52) - - MAR 24, 2010
The recipe from the first kegged Bruges Beer Fest version has been slightly changed . It has become stronger towards an 8 vol% strength, which should make this IPA more leaning towards the wonderful US Double IPA style. Also, more American Simcoe hops are inserted, which gives a darker beer and more American hop characteristics. An additional bottle refermentation will give more flavours and complexity. It pours nicely dark golden orange, and slightly hazy. The foam is kinda beige with a subtle green shine. Already when nosing I notice the typical American grapefruit alike hop flavours. Fruity, fresh, citric, grapefruit, flowers. Memories of past US visits immediatly revive. Folks, this is a PERFECT US West-Coast double IPA clone! Tasting only confirms this statement. I taste citric Simcoe hops. Tomahawk also, and more US hop varieties. Very pleasant is the balance between sweet and hop bitter. Not too sweet, but in perfect harmony. Note that this hop monster is still about 124 IBU bitter! This is to be called extreme. Tasting also gives a nice carbonation tingling, great body, and satisfying depth. A beer to taste with care. 8 vol% is quite strong, and it really doesn’t feel that strong when drinking. This is because the beer is such a fruity experience all together. Only after finishing the glass for a while, the alcohol is clearly present :) The after taste is a complete hoppy citric sensation. Quite equal when finishing grapefruit. It gives a pleasant fruity citric bitter long lasting lingering.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2192) - 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 I’ve come across!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggiebob (870) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6550) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2016
33cl bottle in De Zandloper, Brugge on 26th Dec 2016. Slight haze to the golden pour, beige head that didn’t last long. Sweet malts throughout, saved only by a mild citrus trace or two from the hops. Actually my sweet tooth liked this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (649) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (3101) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsen1635 (695) - 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

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jybi (100) - FRANCE - NOV 12, 2016
Imperial IPA de chez Viven, ou la rencontre d’une recette américaine avec le savoir faire brassicole belge, l’incontournable De Proef en l’occurrence. En verre, elle présente un robe ambrée, opaque, et surmontée d’une mousse blanc cassée de 2 cm. Le nez est sur le pamplemousse, de fruits rouges avec de notes de café plus corsées. Ce sont alors deux mélodies qui vont guider la dégustation. La première apparaît lors de l’attaque, sur des notes de céréales, de fruits rouges, des touches florales et des arômes de caramel. Celle-ci est fraîche et ronde. La seconde, se laisse découvrir en deuxième bouche avec l’apparition de l’amertume. Celle-ci est franche est puissante sur des arômes de pamplemousse et de pin (utilisation de houblon Tomahawk et Simcoe). Les 8 % Abv sont très bien intégrés et la longueur excellente. Mais l’arrière bouche ne se fait pas oublier et joue toujours sa partition : céréales, fruits jaunes et caramel permettent d’arrondir la bière et de complexifier superbement les arômes. L’ensemble se complète à merveille dans une homogénéité totale. Le final, plein, long, permet une alliance remarquable des arômes pour notre plus grand plaisir. Vive la collaboration americano-belge !

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
spoonakos (40) - - NOV 8, 2016
Dark copper hazy color with small off-white head that fades in a while. Aroma: caramel, bread, little hops. Taste: lots of caramel, toffee, hops, sweet with very pleasant bitterness and a great warmth of the alcohol at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (3644) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2016

Lukt: Citrus og honning.
Utseende: Brun.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt skum.
Smak: Citrus og honning.
Hvor: Athens Beer, Athens.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (1329) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Pours a hazy amber-orange. A strong caramel malt aroma. A medium to heavy body beer with flavors of caramel, candy, fruits, and light hops. A lingering sweet candied and fruit malt aftertaste.


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