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Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with Tomahawk and Simcoe hops

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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Masterpiece, full marks for me. On tap at biero. Aromas of grass, caramel, oak, bread, and anisette. Taste has perferct balance, with a sweet start being controlled by nice bitterness. Palate is full bodied and sirupy. Amber, cloudy, with a frothy white white head.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkel07 (5742) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
330ml bottle. Wow. Big bold orange colour with a level beige crown of foam. Looks great and smells greater with those full floral ,herby hop aromas busting out of the glass. Some citrus on the palate with a creamy velvet mouthfeel and a long strong finish. Brilliant.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1862) - BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2013
Le vivier de ce Viven est intarissable. Cet imperial IPA est une bire, comment dire, royale... Dj ltiquette la Wanted US sur papier kraft. Puis les 8 % abv affich pour entrer dans le srieux. Couleur trs particulire entre le roux clair et labricot mr. Clart nette mais la couleur donne limpression dun tout lger voile, trs joli dailleurs. Bulles pas trs nombreuses, mais jolie mousse beige moyen beaux flocons. Armes de fraises, cerises bigarreau, pamplemousse rose et zeste dorange. Volume doux mais structur de la 1re bouche, qui ouvre sur le pamplemousse accompagn de houblons fleuris/fruits du type Colombus. Arrire-bouche bien frache, marque en haut du palais par une pice. 2me bouche superbe sur des pices dOrient, et du malt caramel qui arrive aprs. 3me bouche pleine de finesse, lgance et pourtant avec une grande puissance des lments aromatiques. Avec un ct doo wop qui est trs plaisant. La longueur offre des prises de bouche de plus en plus prgnantes, de grandes saveurs, nous amenant des impressions de grande classe. La levure est fleurie et superbe. Lalcool est comme on a dit srieux, et remplit son rle merveille. La finale nous amne regretter davoir encore si peu de gorges de superbe breuvage. Tout est ici son apothose: armes, saveurs, douceur Voil donc bien un nouveau chef doeuvre de ce brasseur par la Proefbrouwerij. Une bire qui va en montant, avec beaucoup doriginalit et de classe.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Robinbjork (4) - BELGIUM - APR 22, 2015 does not count
This is a beer I can drink all day. It has a perfect balance of the bitterness of the hops and fruty citrus

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
themightyjag (532) - - DEC 25, 2012
Large white head, hoppy nose. Copper colour. Taste is bitter and lingering. A great example of an IPAD.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ejk009 (2) - - MAY 31, 2014 does not count
IMO this is one of the best beers on the planet. All IPAs should aspire to match this beer. The taste is full of citrus fruits and bitter complexities. I struggled to buy it but have now found a source through Belgian Beer Factory - most excellent supplier!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joergen_wulff (8) - Taastrup, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2016 does not count
This is a fantastic IPA. What impresses me most is the very long period the IPA from Viven fills your mouth. It is a beer to enjoy. and I look forward to sit next to the canals in Brugge and enjoy my Viven IPA in August.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jybi (262) - 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 !

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (7702) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 Rerating ( former 4,4 rate ) after drinking this tons of time . I often pick it over all other beers in a bar, including new ticks ( I know, Im a bad ticker ) since its simply one of the / if not THE best IIPA in Belgium. Pours dark amber, good white foam Smell is floral hoppy , sweet , yeasty Taste is sweet grains, with the perfect amount of hops . Bitter, but not t extreme . Very balanced and drinkable, perfect carbo . Very nice taste, dangerously good .


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