Brouwerij van Viven
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Porter
Sijsele, Belgium


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RATINGS: 535   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (2569) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
niquillis (2502) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2017
Keg at Den Engel, Leek. Pours black brown with a light creamy tan head. Very smooth, dark fruit, light smoke, hop finish. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jybi (239) - FRANCE - APR 12, 2017
Voici une trs belle russite de la brasserie Viven (brasserie oprante De Proef bien entendu). Mais cela est plutt rcurrent de leur part. Cette Viven Porter a tout dune grande. quilibre parfait, armes pleins, la fois subtils et de caractre, avec notamment ces armes fums trs prsents en fin de bouche (sa dnomination Smoked Porter aux Etats-Unis lui convient dailleurs merveille). En verre, cette Porter est race, dun noir total avec une mousse brune stable 3 mm dpaisseur. Le nez en impose; sur bonne intensit et une complexit intressante. Les armes de fum prdominent, mais sous ceux-l, les notes de caf, de chocolat est dalcool brler se laissent dceler et sentremlent dune fort belle faon. La premire partie de la dgustation, trs habilement, ne laisse pas les armes de fum sexprimer (sans quoi la bire aurait t trs certainement curante). Lattaque se fait sur un bel quilibre malt/houblon sur des notes de fruits rouges mrs et une pointe de chocolat. La seconde bouche marque des notes de caf plus prgnantes avec des variations autour de la cerise. Larrire bouche est quant elle pleine et suave sur des armes de fruits mrs. Le travail sur le malt est magistral. La fracheur arrive alors, avec une amertume gagnant en intensit et des armes fums allant crescendo vers un final long o le fum reste longtemps en bouche, accompagn de petites notes dpices. De la trs grande matrise brassicole! Sans faute. Tout est justement dos et lalcool ne titrant qu 7 % Abv est utilis de faon exceptionnelle. Le 5 ntait pas loin, juste un ressenti personnel, le petit petit complment dmotions me manquant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MPA (997) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 4, 2017
Bottle. Black with large beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and ashtray. Sweet flavour with mild chocolate, cocoa, smoke and a light roasted malt bitter finish. A bit too sparkly and light on the tongue for my preferences and since the Limfjords-porter is my favourite and even cheaper, I cant see myself going for this unless Im hosting a tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (7230) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 3, 2017
330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.0%. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of roast malts, smoked malts and smoked meat. The flavour is mid between dry and sweet, moderately roasty with distinct notes of smoke. Moderate bittering hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frothmeister (783) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2017
330ml bottle. Expiry 03/03/2017. Today? March 23, 2017. Oops. Its TOTALLY fine however, pouring black with dark, dark brown around the edges and a creamy mocha coloured head. On the nose, dark coffee, ash, faint smokiness, and a light woody note. Taste wise, a tiny bit of sweetness with lots of dark malt notes, dark roast coffee, and light smoke that leads into bigger roasted malt notes, light caramel, more dark coffee, with some tannic bitterness, and a faint hint of marzipan in the finish. This is all round solid. I just wish I had bought a few more to cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (6149) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2017
330ml bottle pours black in colour with a finger of light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains, chocolate and smoke. Taste is a roasted grain bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness finishing with a smoky, peat. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, a nice brew for the style. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2017
[8708-20160912] 330mL bottle. Roasted newspaper and shredded toasted peaty wood aroma. Black body with a long-lasting creamy brown head and a dotted lacing. Roasted woody paper and toasted peat moss flavour. Full body is a little rough. Good. (8/5-/7/3/15) 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (1728) - Gdask, POLAND - MAR 17, 2017
Aromat wyraźnie wędzony, lekko słodkawy. Pźniej staje się wytrawniejszy. Bardzo przyjemnie pachnie. Pojawiają się śliwki. W smaku wytrawny, czekoladowy. Są nuty kakao. Alkohol lekko grzeje podniebienie. Bardzo fajnie pachnie. W smaku jest nuta śliwek wymieszanych z suchym kakao. Świetny porter, czuć w nim wpływy De Molena.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidf93 (79) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 1, 2017
Smokey ash, coffee. Very dark brown colour with medium tan head. Soft carbonation with velvety texture. Very drinkable enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
allthough (1) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2017 does not count
Promising looks. Nice dark. First taste ashes, smoke and animal. Like smelling your clothes the morning after a night out. No body to compensate.

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