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Friday, May 10th 2013

Tart Side of the Moon
(Brewery Vivant)

Brewery Vivant continues to produce some absolutely amazing beers and push the boundaries of brewing creativity. Tart Side of the Moon is another example of both, a "dark farmhouse ale" that clocks in at almost 10% and is packing both heat and pucker power. To say it mildly, we're very excited to crack this open and let the ride begin. Cheers!

From the Brewery Vivant site:

"This hearty dark ale is fermented with a blend of two Belgian yeast strains which gives this beer an upfront tartness followed by hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and black cherries. Decadent and delightful, this beer is not for the faint of heart."

Here we go...


Pour - pitch black coming out of the can with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates and leaves a very calm dark sea on top with only small remants of head ringing the glass.

Aroma - vinous, black cherries, dark roast coffee grounds, and notes of alcohol that sting the nose and eyes just a bit. Very aromatic with lots of notes of dark fruits, red wine, and dark chocolate. 

Taste - one sip and the tartness is apparent. It's almost sour but immediately followed by creamy espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and blackberry flavors. Each concurrent sip brings about more red wine-like dryness and puckering sourness which is then followed and smoothed out by the flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. At close to 10% ABV this has some notes of alcohol and certainly warms you up. So many flavors, especially as this approached room temperature. Amazing stuff...


Overall - they're not kidding when they say "tart", and just like the can describes, the tartness is followed up by the flavors of coffee and chocolate. This is a unique beer that has some amazing red wine like qualities and a multitude of flavors. Tart-Sweet-Dry. Repeat. Get some if you can. 

Note - Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success, topping the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for one week. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. It has twice been remastered and re-released, and has been covered in its entirety by several other acts. It spawned two singles, "Money" and "Time". In addition to its commercial success, The Dark Side of the Moon is one of Pink Floyd's most popular albums among fans and critics, and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. - Wikipedia

Can Scale:
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Tart Side of the Moon
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Brewery: Brewery Vivant
Grand Rapids, Michigan  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 9.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: May 10th, 2013

Posted by Russ

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