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Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Porter
Sijsele, Belgium

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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brewed with American bittering hops.

Beer known as ’Viven Smoked Porter’ in the US.


yngwie's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13617) - Kristiansand, - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle. It pours a dark brown body, unclear, and topped by a creamy, minimal sized light beige head. Rather smoked aroma, ham and some old bonfire. Some cocoa and forest. Creamy, soft mouthfeel and semi-dry. Some alcohol warmth too. Ham, bonfire hints and cocoa in the flavor, nice bitterness too. Lasting roasted and bitter finish. Some yeasty hints. Certainly not a beer I’d expect from Belgium, but it’s pleasant indeed. 130516


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esox (1079) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottled. Black beer, thin mocha head. Heavy syrupy maltiness, molasses, salty licorice, a hint of tar. Hints of dark chocolate and tar, some apricot jam. Malta, smoke flavor without being too sweet, some sour fruits. Bitter finish. Medium to full body, soft texture with sticky yeastiness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
serjaymz (82) - Istanbul, TURKEY - SEP 20, 2014
Şişe, istanbul. Siyah renk, kahverengi hızlı sönen köpük.. Koku kavrulmuş aroma malt ağırlı.. Sert sayılır ama düz. Tadım yine kavrulmuş malt ve biraz da topraksılık.. Daha çık kahve espresso tınıları bekliyordum ama bulamadım.. Acılık da ön planda ve kalıcı.. Orta seviye bir Porter..

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (3635) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
A slow motion gusher. Big head, a touch too fizzy but otherwise a nice body. Tries so very hard to be elite...the smoke and roasted malt are done very very well. There’s just both a slight vegetal aroma and flavor, and it’s a touch too bitter, making it a little rough around the edges, if still quite enjoyable."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ianwelby (482) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Opaque black beer with a thick, foamy beige head. Rich, chocolate malt aroma with a hint of nuttiness.Flavour follows suit and is hearty and rich but with a sharp, tangy fruit edge which only adds to it. You get the hops more as you get through the beer. It really has a bit of everything.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1520) - FINLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown color with a thick foamy brown head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt and hops. Medium bitter taste.

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (1990) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2014
From old notes, tasted with Curtis and some friends in Nashville, probably some time near the summer of 2012, from a bottle. Pours dark brown with an average brown head that leaves thin, spotty lace. The nose is quite smokey with dark chocolate and coffee malt, and just a bit of green hops. The flavor is fairly light for such a dark beer, with the smoke omnipresent throughout the dark chocolate, coffee, and very light hint of green hops. The body is pretty light with lively carbonation and a long bitter coffee and smoked finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (3392) - Linz, AUSTRIA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle: Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, light smoke. Black color, brownish head. Flavor is also malty/roasty with less smoke, chocolate and cacao powder notes. Bitter hops in the end. Light herbal bitter hops in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Procent (101) - POLAND - SEP 7, 2014
W aromacie głównie słód karmelowy, żelazistość, lekki chmiel i wędzonka. Piana dość obfita (szczególnie jak na porter), beżowa, ładny lacing. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta, widać pływających dużo drobin (refermentacja?). W smaku palone, karmelowe, wędzone. Goryczka niska, kawowa, nasycenie dość wysokie, odczucie w ustach pełne, piwo jest delikatne, kremowe, jednak dla mnie w smaku nieco za mało intensywne. Warka do 7.01.2015r.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (515) - Linz, AUSTRIA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Black body with tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with some coffee and hints of smoke. Taste is also roasted malts, coffe hints of dreied fruits and caramel. Aftertaste is medium bitter balanced by some malt sweetness. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2014
Robust porter and, like their Imperial IPA, launched in 2009; Viven had consisted of rather unobtrusive, cliché beers up till then, but with these two, they suddenly drew a lot of - deserved - attention. Yellowish, thin, moussy head, very dark wine-red colour, almost black, clear. Aroma of smoked bacon, dates, olives, balsamic vinegar, coffee grounds, Worcestershire sauce, stewed beef, charcoal, candied plums. Rich malty taste, caramel, nutty, smoked and roasted bitterness, dry, long and complex, bitter ending further supported by a citrussy, American hoppiness. Wonderful, I wish there were more beers like this available from Belgian brewers.


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