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Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Porter
Sijsele, Belgium

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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brewed with American bittering hops.

Beer known as íViven Smoked Porterí in the US.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenclansman (888) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - FEB 18, 2013
very very nice porter. coffee, roasted malts, long dry after-taste

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2537) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 33cl bottle - pours a lively carbonated, light bodied black-brown with off-white to tan head. - Very easily drinkable for a roasted porter: light-medium mouthfeel (could be a bit more viscous), 7% ABV not noticeable. Upfront roasted, slightly smoked notes with some liquorice; good hop bitterness. Guinness Foreign Exportís lighter Belgian cousin?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2930) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle. Black with big tan head. Ashy roasty smokey aroma, slightly meaty woth some dark fruits. Similar taste, ashy, roasty and fruity. Harshly fizzy, over carbonated. Nice flavours

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2478) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle from BeerHive, Edinburgh [090213]
Black, big tan head dissipates to thin layer, good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, soft burnt toast, espresso, soft smoke.
Taste of roasted malts, espresso roast, soft mellow burnt toast, sweet dark rich malts, good mellow smoke.
Palate is medium carb, medium to full body, creamy rich malts, sweet dark malts counterbalance the burnt toast and smoke, very smooth texture. Finish as main flavour, good linger of mouthcoating rich dark malts with some soft burnt roast and chocolate
Overall - Very good porter, the burnt roast isnít harsh here and the smoke is nice and mellow, good rich malts.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4199) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with average, frothy tan head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, smoked pork, coffee, raisins, plums, light earthy hops, and ash. Flavor is roast malt forward with good supporting dark fruit esters, milk chocolate, light earthy hops, and light smoke; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10714) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is smoked meat and sweet wood with roast and chocolate malt, earthy and herbal hops with prunes and figs. Flavor is smoked meat and dark roast malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, sour dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8555) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2013
bottle. deep brown body, small tan head. oily black patent char in the nose with a milder sense of campfire wood/ash. medium body, somewhat oily texture, medium-low carbonation, sweet with lots of dark chocolate / coffee / roast, but combine the effervescent Belgian yeast with some burnt grain husks and chalky yeast, well, the texture and body could use some refinement.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (2674) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2014 Bottle at the Poatersgat, Dark brown with creamy golden head. Aroma is beefy, roasty, little bit of bitterness, touch of smoke, bit of vanilla. Taste is nice, roasty, creamy, spicy, bit of meatiness. Slight bitterness at end. Pretty nice. Rerate: Jan 2014 Smells of frazzles. Tastes lovely, initial smoke and meat, but finish mellows into creaminess, roast. Smooth and great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12595) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle at Cambrinus, Brugge - 02/12/12. Mid black with a forthy tan head that clears to the edge and leaves a small film after a few minutes. Nose is roast malt, liqourice, molasses, touch of chocolate. Taste comprises roast malt, chocolate, touch of coffee, leather, some liqourice. Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation - a little overcooked for my liking, roasted finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (1134) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2012
330ml bottle. Starts to gush once opened. Pours a dark brown with a lighter brown head. Aroma is disappointingly muted. Chocolate malt taste with smokey logs and light coffee notes. The smoke isnít overdone and works pretty nicely. Carbonation seems far too high though. Not bad overall but has a few issues.


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