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Viven: Imperial India Pale Ale

For the next review let us assume that Belgium exists. With that in mind we move on to check Viven Imperial IPA, imported to Greece by Spirit Trade.

While filling our glass we are left speechless with her amazing, dark-bronze-coloured body and her rich, long lasting, yellowish, creamy foam. We bring the glass closer and we instantly smell the distinct aromas of orange, hops and a hint of what I distinguish as olive flowers. The first feeling in your mouth is a sweet sensation -something to be expected considering her high alcohol volume of 8%- followed by strong malt and hops flavours, leaving the orange as an underlying scent. The characteristic that makes her jump out of the stack is her light, spicy aftertaste, something we enjoyed a lot. With characteristics as such this is a beer perfect to accompany and highlight meat dishes cooked with a lot of spices or wild hunt.

Due to her high alcohol levels we suggest slower drinking rate. Serve her at 8 °C and enjoy responsibly.

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