Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Brewed with Tomahawk and Simcoe hops

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   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 doesnt 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2683) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Cloudy amber color with a white head that lasts. Aroma is floral with spicy hops and citrus, yeast. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness, chewy malts. Not bad but far from what I think is a great IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (6989) - Troms, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2017
Fra fat p Delirium Cafe 9 Mar 17. Mrk gyldenbrun. Hyt kritthvitt tett & stabilt skum. Tynn lacing. God aprikosaroma. Smaken variert fruktig. Mango & fersken. Balansert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nathanvc (334) - Brugge, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2017
Pours clear dark orange with a big, frothy, lasting, off-white head. The aroma contains hops, flowers, citrus, pine, pepper and spices. It tastes light citrusy sweet and medium to heavy bitter. The finish is long, dry, bitter and very spicy. Slick texture, fizzy carbonation. Well brewed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DijkBier (305) - AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle in caf n Utrecht. Pours dark amber with offwhite head; good retention. Aroma is hoppy, floral and fruity. Taste quite bitter and lightly sweet. This is nice, but also exactly what one might expect with an imperial IPA, no surprises or more character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RudiGR (20) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2017
Gekregen van een collega op 5-09-2016. En geproefd op 28-1-2017. Viven Imperial IPA is een kastanje-kleurig en helder biertje dat een amber-beige kleurig schuim produceert bij het uitschenken. Het is een normale hoeveelheid in een romig-moussige structuur en blijft sterk aan het glas kleven. Na een tijdje is het ingezakt tot een fijne gelijkmatige laag van ongeveer 5 mm. Toch tamelijk wat middelmatig grootte CO2 belletjes zien opborrellen. Er drijft wel veel gist in rond, allemaal witte vlokken. Het aroma van Viven Imperial IPA is karamelzoet, hopbitter en fruitig, abrikoos, perzik en pompelmoes. Er is ook een zweem van iets wat op vochtige dennenaalden lijkt. De smaak van Viven Imperial IPA is bitter met iets zoetig in verweven. Het hopbittere overheerst vooral, maar de zoete karamel is nog wel waar te nemen, ook komt er nu een zeer licht gerookte mout toetsje opduiken. In de mond geeft Viven Imperial IPA een volle smaak en hij is wat bitterdroog, met een volmondige textuur en normaal CO2 prikkelend. Het is een wat complex tot samentrekkend totaalgevoel dat je hiermee krijgt. De nasmaak vloeit lang uit en is vooral bitter met een zeer droge tot wrange nadronk. Dat wrange en het bittere dat alles zowat overheerst bevalt mij niet zo. Maar we waren er gefrituurde aperitiefhapjes bij aan het eten en dan merk je dat dit heel goed samengaat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2517) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2017
January 24, 2017 - on tap as part of belgian flight at Yard House. Amber pour, nicely balanced with malt/hops and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strap (863) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2017
caramel pour with a thick head. a little malty for an IPA, and the hop profile seemed too light. ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3593) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2017 Bottle brought back from Bruges. Pours hazy amber with a cream head. Nice aroma of marmalade and resin. The flavour has marmalde up front with caramel and a mildly bitter pine finish. Very drinkable. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PlutonowyMan (669) - 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 (2096) - 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.

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