Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Porter
Sijsele, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brewed with American bittering hops.

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

yngwie's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15759) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
Pours almost entirely black with minimal ruby hues. Large creamy tan head. Nose of lightly smoked chocolate, espresso, pumpernickel and alcohol. Strong whiff of smoke on the first sip.This is about as balanced a smoked beer as I’ve ever tried. Totally not in your face. It’s a bonus. Very peppery carbonation. Again... lots of chocolate and coffee, crusty bread malts, mild alcohol heat, but doesn’t really amp anything up, which is nice. Body overall seems a tad light, but this is a livelier example. Notes of roasted beef broth, charcoal, briny, roasted mushrooms/earthy vegetables. Very clean finish. Very interesting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Anthobeers (58) - - NOV 22, 2015
VIVEN Porter : en fait j’adore les porter, vu très noire, gros goût de café, pas trop forte. très bon souvenir de cette bière

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
330ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Black in colour with a thin tan head, light lacing. The aroma is lightly smoky, burnt, brown sugar, roasted malts. The flavour is moderately sweet, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. FInishes long, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (1296) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 18, 2015
0,33l bottle at home. BB 08/2016. black color, medium big coffee-colored head. smells smoke, bacon, spices, roast. nice smell. full body, rather strong carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes smoky, spices, bacon, some chocolate, light dried fruits, nuts, a bit peppery. finishes creamy with spices, bitter chocolate and some earthy notes. good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerheart65 (1130) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2015
Deep ebony black with huge creamy light brown long head. Salty licorice, coffee, nice roasted aroma, sweetish, milk chocolate. Sweet roasted velvet, medium body, long roasted finish. Really good stuff, looks great, very good palate, nice flavors, enjoyed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bastarda (257) - Freiburg, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2015
bought@Bierhandlung Freiburg; the most outstanding feature of this beer is that ordinary hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts taste like super fresh ones, when paired with it. Wow. Nose: a lot of roast, dark caramels and cruder herbs like sage. Coffee as well. This porter is quite bubbly, but in a well-done way where the bubbles create a creamy mouthfeel, also as a good counterpart to the near-harsh soy and sage edged roast dominating the taste. Slight alcohol whiffs. Nice long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1967) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
(bottle) clear very dark brown colour with a tall brown head;\aroma of roast, coffee, hint of stewed fruit; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish, creamy palate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
de_belg (14) - - OCT 31, 2015
Rokerig gecarboneerd aroma. Smaakt naar chocolade, donker fruit en koffie, beetje metallisch, caramel in de afdronk die verandert in een licht bittere lange afdronk, lekker!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oliodnb (597) - ITALY - OCT 31, 2015
33cl bottle at Cambrinus, Bruges. Pours black with two fingers of light beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, some smoked meat, light hops, some bitter coffee. Similar taste, smoked flavors not too strong, some coffee again, quite dry finish. Full body, light carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2938) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2015
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a very dark brown with good-sized mocha-coloured head. Aroma has some smokiness, coffee, a little chocolatey sweetness and leather. Flavour is roasty with a bit of smokiness that is balanced by a gentle sweetness with notes of cocoa, coffee and leather. Slick mouthfeel. Nice.

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