9.8% ABV, Draft
Appearance: Dark brown, opaque, with a solid medium-tan head and sticky lacing.
Aroma: Mild fruit and coffee notes.
Taste: Slightly lactic on the tongue to begin, followed by tart cherry and roasted malt and coffee flavors, which hide the alcohol well.
Mouthfeel: Heavy-bodied and thick.
I listened to a lot of Pink Floyd back in the day and still consider them perhaps the greatest rock and roll band ever, so any music dork of similar persuasion can appreciate as I do the name of Brewery Vivant’s latest effort to enter distribution, Tart Side of the Moon. It’s billed as a “Dark Farmhouse Ale,” but its genesis is interesting, as it was intended to be a batch of a Belgian-style imperial stout. When the two strains of Belgian yeast used to ferment it added an unexpected tartness, the Vivant brewers decided to give it a different name and style, and voila. Don’t let that you discourage you from giving it a try; it’s one of those happy accidents.