Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Porter
Sijsele, Belgium


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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brewed with American bittering hops.

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

Abijen's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (2197) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, - OCT 5, 2013
Pours a pitch black beer with a creamy tan head. Smells very roasty and burn. Also coffee and chocolate. I like it. Tasyes chocolate, roasted and coffee. Average carbo, thin body and a sticky texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2251) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
330 mL bottle. Looks good - nice foamy, sticky head. Roasty aroma, with, I believe, some grassy hops in there as well. Tastes great, though. The smoke is just perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (854) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle from LCBO. Pours broken dreams dark with a thick mushy tan cap. Beautiful to behold in the glass. Interesting brew: smoked malts, deep espresso, a shiver of tamari sauce, hints of chocolate. This is the beer I have been dreaming of for weeks: dark, mysterious, not too sugary, a nice sipper as the weekend crumbles into a Monday. Recommended if you can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1370) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Pitch black pour. Has a real coffee grounds flavour and aroma. With a big profile and length having a nice warming finish. Complex. Could age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (616) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
Black pour with burgundy highlights under a one ginger khaki head that recedes slowly and clings to the glass. Nose is roasted malt with lots of smoke, molasses, chocolate and espresso with hints of dark fruit. Light sweet molasses with a more dominant chocolate bitterness along with smoke and some light ash. Mouth is medium- creamy with soft carbonation and a quite dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1568) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
Extremely good deeply malty brew with smoke, molasses and a whiff of soya sauce and funk. Some fruit and roast here, but basically a perfect malt profile is the rock star in this Jack White-a-thon of a beer. Smell it. Smell it good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kita (1598) - Koper, SLOVENIA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle, 0.33l. Pours pitch black color with large soapy light brown head and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and mild ash. Taste starts with rich roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, follows by refreshing licorice and mild spicy warming mouthfeel with moderate bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy texture and average carbonation in palate. Strong, solid and efficient...

   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 (61) - - 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 (1303) - 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.

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