Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Porter
Sijsele, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brewed with American bittering hops.

Beer known as Viven Smoked Porter in the US.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappistenbier (52) - - MAR 24, 2010
Viven Porter, a SMOKED Porter at 7.0 vol%. This is the first commercially available smoked porter made inside Belgium! A revelation! Notice the care thats been taken for the image. Black lettered labels and capped with a black crown cork. This beer pours completely black ! The foam is creamy and brown colored. Folks, thats already a sign of quality ! Now, this is stunning folks ! I already had this beer at the Bruges Beer Fest, and was already surprised by it. This time, some bottle conditioning has even done some more complexity. Nosing immediatly gives roasty and smokey accents, and this in perfect harmony with - again - fruity yeasty flavours. Tasting gives a very thick beer. Wow, what a dense liquid. I taste sweetness, smokey malt flavours, tobacco, fruits (plums-raisins-dried fruit), roasty malts, coffee. Again, an amazing brew this is from Dirk Naudts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nutjes (530) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2017
33cl-fles van bij Bierhalle Deconinck te Vichte. U: Zwart met donkerbruine schuimkraag. G: Drop, gerookte mout en wat chocolade. S: Moutbitter met wat zoet toetsen. Gerookt, koffie, geroosterde mout en wat chocolade. M: Volmondig met medium carbonatie. Licht sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1960) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 13, 2017
Smutty but very good. Loaded with sweet peat and wood and smoke. Maybe a touch on the sweet side to be proper but excellent drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slautar (574) - Gdask, POLAND - JAN 8, 2017
KRIEK Belgian Pub & Cafe, 06.01.2017. W aromacie paloność i delikatne wędzenie. W smaku wytrawne, palone, z wyraźnymi choć nienachalnymi nutami wędzenia. Ciut za mało ciałka, ciut za mało głębi. W sumie niezłe ale bez chęci na powtrkę.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (2123) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle from The Bottle Lab, Leek. Pours a deep brown colour with a foamy mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, peat, some chocolate, slight coffee and subtle sour cherry. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some smoke, slight charcoal, a little dark fruit and subtle liquorice. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A dry, roasted bitterness in the finish. A dry, bitter porter with roastiness and smoke dominating. Subtle chocolate and fruit tones too. A very well made porter. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (3000) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - DEC 21, 2016
33cl bottle. Appearance is dark with medium brown head. Taste is medium. Body is medium. Carbonation is somewhat medium. I think it would win if it was a little bit lower. Aroma is smoke, roasted, chocolate, nutty, fruity, liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (3525) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2016
Bottle in a bar in Bruges. Mahogany with a big frothy beige head. Earthy malt aroma. The taste is chocolate with very light spice and a little smoked bacon. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBHansen (841) - Kge, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2016
Bottle@ Friends/chef. Appearance: pours clear black with good beige soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, chocolate, liquorice, light smoke and some cherry fruity notes. palette: strong roasted malty aroma with some yeasty notes, average carbonation, medium body, average to notable sweetness, balanced by a medium to notable bitterness, average to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice tasteful porter with some yeast character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humpah (188) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2016
0,33l bottle from Belgiuminabox. Pours black colour with not much head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, coffee, peat. A bit bitter taste, quite roasted and smoky. Well-made porter, no gimmicks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanCrusher (1022) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle 0,33L. Birthday gift from Gregor. Black color with average big, frothy, long lasting, light brown head. Aroma of smoked malt, charcoal, dark chocolate and tar. Taste starts light bitter with dark chocolate, while finish is light to medium bitter with already mentioned dark chocolate and tar. Maybe it doesnt sound delicious from my description, but believe me, it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6629) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2016
33cl bottle in Beers Yesterdays World a bar within an antique shop (Brugge) on 27th Nov 2016. Black pour, tanned topping. Malts rule this dry, semi-smoky brew, some hop action in there too. Hints of dark chocolate and ground coffee grains in the flavour. Decent.

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