Viven Blond - Brouwerij Van Viven
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Reviews by richmof:
3.93/5 rDev +4%
First of all, this is a blonde/blond and not a pale ale - can the mods please (finally) add blonde as a style of Belgian ale?
It pours a hazy golden into my Maredsous chalice with one finger head. Some lacing.
On the nose the yeasty phenols come through. I get fruits but also spice - cloves? On the palate, it has a slightly sweet fruitiness (banana, passion, pear) with a nice spice character. The hops come through at the end to give it a dry finish.
As for drinkability, I guess it depends on the person. For me, I find most Belgian blondes/blonds just too heavy (yeasty rich) to have more than one or two of. However, this is one the Belgian blondes that I have tasted that is most to my palate. Certainly one of the drier examples I have had.
PS Mods won't accept my picture even though it meets the specs but it is here: http://tinypic.com/r/2vvjqs5/7 ...otherwise, it looks like the Viven Imperial IPA except the label has blue instead of red type and says Blond instead of Imperial IPA!
09-26-2010 11:10:49 | More by richmof
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev +0.3%
Quite blond indeed, honey colored, clear and bit thin-looking, and foamy, with a cloud of persistent ivory on top. A little bakery aroma, coriander maybe, some banana and peach, fine but not much anything. Hoppy attack but malt follows quickly, with a kind of vegetal sweetness, a good dose of citrus zest. Mouthfeel is substantial but the hop-citrus magic combo cleans up well, prepares for the next sip.
06-09-2013 20:22:43 | More by ManforallSaisons
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Pale golden color, slightly foggy. White, creamy crown shows fairly well retention. Yeast, bread crust, hints of hones & spices –clove- to the nose. Smooth maltiness, herbal touches & very low citric hop notes. Medium to light body, moderate carbonation. Ripe fruits in the middle lingers into the finish. Pleasant drinkability.
06-07-2012 18:51:44 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.93/5 rDev +4%
Bought this one directly from Sijsele,
golden color in the bottle, fruit in the nose, taste is of apples, spices, hoppy and sweet, good balance. Very refreshing, dry finish. Full enough for me. Their DIPA still is the best in line, but certainly good enough for a refreshment on a hot summer night!
11-17-2010 18:36:57 | More by yapi
3.81/5 rDev +0.8%
The colour is pale gold (7 EBC); the two finger head is white and airy. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing. It looks much like a Czech pils.
The powerful smell is smooth with notes of fruity/phenolic yeast. It is very sweet. Medium strong bitterness with hoppy notes of hay and dried flowers. Hints of metal, butter and alcohol.
The taste is sweet and clean with some flowers, metal and a medium bitterness that fades rather quickly. Dried apples and apricots. Light body. The aftertaste got some alcohol and a soap-like yeasty flavour. The finish is bitter with some fresh fruits.
The carbonation is strong, lots of small short-lived sharp bubbles. The liquid is light.
A very refreshing and modern blond. Enjoyable and highly Belgian.
01-15-2013 21:53:21 | More by bark
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
This bottle was at room temperature but I put it in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool it down. It has been split between two small snifters. My glass got the bulk of the yeast at the bottom of the glass.
The cloudy liquid has the color of tarnished gold. The head is beautiful. It fills half the glass. It has a pure white color and looks as if it were made of large soap bubbles. Decent lacing remains as the head disappears.
The aroma is very nice. The strongest smell is the yeast; It is earthy and musty. There is a touch of sweetness from candi sugar.
It has a big flavor. There is a syrupy sweetness and earthy (and slightly peppery) yeast flavors—these two tastes dominate. There is a touch of orange peel.
It is a thick beer that leaves my lips coated as well as the inside of my mouth. There isn't much flavor to the coating, just some pale malt sweetness. Carbonation is strong and leaves my tongue tingling.
This beer may look and smell better than it tastes and feels, but it is still a very solid Belgian pale ale. I got it as part of a package, so I can't comment on the price. I am unfamiliar with this brewery, but based upon this one offering, I would try other beers they produce.
01-05-2013 01:02:31 | More by ToasterChef
3.91/5 rDev +3.4%
One more beer that was recently bought at the now defunct Bruery Provisions. 330 ml of beer to get through. On to the beer:
Close enough to be called a blonde ale with its paler orange color. The head is the highlight, with its creamy settling and inch thickness, not to mention the great whispy lacing it leaves. Belgian blonds can go in two directions; the dry and rustic route, or the sweet route. Based on the aroma, it could go either way when I taste it. The nose features notes of wildflowers, lemon peel, raw leafiness, and vague citrus.
Can it go down both roads? Viven Blond hits with a pleasant fruitiness first, along the lines of a tart peach. Otehr notes include wildflowers, leaves, apples, and a peppery bitterness. Complimenting the flavor is an impressive mouthfeel; it's medium bodied, somewhat airy, and carbonated "just right", not overcarbonated that the bubbles kill your palalte, not so soft that you don't feel it.
A pleasant Belgian ale, like many coming out of that country. Would be a good one to drink with dinner.
01-16-2013 07:17:20 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Nice looking bottle and it pours a pale yellow hue with beautifulcarbonation that leaves behind a frothy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is baked breads,candied fruits and tropical punch,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and very pleasant on the palette with tastes of tropical fruits,candy,raisin bread,candied figs and finishes with a nice dryness that leaves you thirsty and wanting another sip and would be ideal for a day in the hot sun or at the beach its quite refreshing.
06-17-2011 17:48:48 | More by ADZA
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
Bottle 330ml. Color unclear dark yellow with big frothy white head. Aroma malt, yeast, fruits. Taste sweet, floral, some biterness, yeast, fruits. Average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. Quite good beer.
12-04-2011 23:21:23 | More by fugitive
Viven Blond from Brouwerij Van Viven
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