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Thursday, June 7th 2012

Trebuchet Double IPA
(Brewery Vivant)


Trebuchet is very unqiue offering from the folks at Brewery Vivant. This is their take on the big, bad, double or Imperial IPA with a Belgianesque twist. One of only a few brewers taking a stab at this new hybrid style of beer. They also brew and can Triomphe, which is a Belgian-style IPA. Trebuchet is also one of five recent special Brewer's Reserve releases that this Michigan brewery has put into their specially designed cans. Look for even more in the future. 


From the Brewery Vivant site:

"Somewhere there is a Belgian Monk who's head is spinning. A Belgian brewer would never put this much hops into a beer.  However, we are not Belgian are we? We can do whatever we want.  This is an unconventional beer. Belgian candy sugar, classic Belgian yeast, and a boat load of hops, plus some dry hopping in top of that.  A very unique take on a Double IPA that will make it stand out in a crowd."

Here we go...

Pour - dark amber with some reddish hues, a bit murkey with a great looking head on top that is thick and leaves quite a bit of lacing. This looks every bit like a high volume beer.

Aroma - lots of juicy, citrusy hops come to the nose almost instantly. Some sweet tropical fruits and caramel malts follow with perhaps a bit spice.

Taste - loads of those tropical fruit flavors, lemons and oranges, a bit of a spicy twang and a big malty sweet backbone gathering all the loose parts together. Love the citrusy hops and the yeasty spiciness. This is big and brash and definitely a unique spin on a relatively new style - a bigger, bolder Belgian IPA for sure. The scariest part is that this beer doesn't taste one bit like it should be tipping the scales at close to 10% alcohol. It's very smooth, not astringent whatsoever, and balanced. 


Overall - we loved it. Sure, it defies whatever boundaries people choose to put on styles but who cares. American brewers pretty much threw the style guidelines away long ago which has given rise to so many amazing beers its practically ridiculous. Brewery Vivant is brewing some amazing beers and are one of many small breweries to keep an eye on in the years to come. Cheers!

Note - the trebuchet was a popular war machine during the Middle Ages. It was the ultimate weapon to fire projectiles fast and far in the times before gun powder. The design is fairly simple, its a catapult with a counterweight that amplifies the speed of a swinging arm loaded with the missile. According to Wikipedia, the largest currently-functioning trebuchet in the world is a 22-ton machine at Warwick Castle in England. Based on historical designs, it stands 18 metres tall (59 ft) and throws missiles typically 80 lbs up to 300 meters.


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Trebuchet Double IPA
Style: Belgian Double/Imperial India Pale Ale
Brewery: Brewery Vivant
Grand Rapids, Michigan  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 9.7%
IBUs: ???
Date: June 7th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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