Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Sijsele, Belgium


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed with English Golding hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (5171) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2014
330ml bottle. Minimally cloudy, orangey, deep golden colour with average to huge, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Malty, minimally fruity, and floral yeasty aroma, a touch of apricot. Taste is slightly fruity, minimally sweet bready malty, minimally spicy yeasty. Not bad, but slightly cautious, lacking intensity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
33cl Bottle at The Red Rose Cafe, Brugge on 22nd Sep 2013. Very un-Belgian in taste, those English Golding hops asserting themselves I suppose? Poured a misty copper colour with a thin head covering. Lacked oomph in both the aroma and taste: some yeast and fruit notes but not enough to excite my taste buds (it was drank after on-tap stronger beers though). Mr Average in all aspects and a little disappointing to be honest, almost bland in fact.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2011
0.33 l bottle from Alko. Deep golden color. Honeyish malty aroma with restrained peppery spiciness and some yeastiness. Taste is much dryer than aroma suggests with dull herbal bitterness upfront. Some yeast and metal in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (4950) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2012
Great looking 33cl bottle @ home. Orange golden colour with a big white head that lasts quite well. Smells yeasty, quite sharp, orange peel, malty and some hoppyness. Tastes malty mostly, some bitterness, not as sharp as it smells, slightly fruity and a quite nice bitter and hoppy aftertaste. Great carbo, soft mouthfeel and thin to medium body. Could be a bit stronger, but it’s probably not the aim of this brew. Gets better with every sip. I don’t understand why it scores so low on ratebeer actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (4788) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2011
33cl bottle from Alko. Poured hazy amber with a creamy looking white head. Nice lasting lacing. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and quite spicy. Flavor is sour at first, very dry ,spicy and fruity. Dry bitter finish. All in all quite drinkable but not something I will buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2015
Poured medium amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit and light Belgian yeast. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet berries, caramel malt and light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4771) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2014
Pours blonde , ok white head . Scent is bit hoppy . Taste is surprisingly bitter . Hoppy aroma in the back ( hallertau style ) very much taste , at low abv . I like it !

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jfb (4762) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2012
(bottle) pours a clear deep golden-amber colour with a frothy white head. aroma of powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon deodorant wipes, quite flowery, with notes of gooseberries and light milk chocolate, very reminiscent of freshly cleaned portable toilets. flavour is mostly floral hops, with a hint of caramel, straciatella and a light bitter finish. light to medium-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
Flaske 0,33l delt med Rune på Bierbrasserie Cambrinus i Brugge 4 Mai 11. Gylden. Lavt skum. Svakt søt fruktig aroma & smak. Litt mye kullsyre. Kjedelig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2010
(Bottled) Hazy and pale, nice head. Caramel, grassy hops, lightly fruity and yeasty, slightly stuffy. Like British Bitter with some Belgian Ale character. Bitter-hoppy finish. Slightly harsh and stuffy, but not hopeless. I don’t think trying British styles is the way to renew the Belgian art of brewing. 3634

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