Viven Porter - Brouwerij Van Viven

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Pennywise on 11-06-2010

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012. Acquired ages ago from a Belgian webshop and stored in my garage.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A very deep brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass; no light penetrates it. Yields a large head of creamy light brown foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a frothy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of intense roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, bitter coffee, cocoa, molasses, mild smokiness, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A mildly warming whiff of alcohol in the background. Rich and delicious.

Tastes like a sack-full of roasted malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, roasted coffee, cocoa, molasses, subtle phenolics, mild spice, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A hint of vanilla and booze in the background, followed by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, though a tad insubstantial for the style and strength. Pretty astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, coffee and stewed hops.

Fantastic - a big, black beast of a beer. More stout than porter, with tons of roasted malt character and the full profile that accompanies it. The aroma and flavour are superb. The only minor weakness is the body, which is a shade too thin. If you are a fan of dark beers then this is a must-try brew; don't hesitate to grab it if you have the chance.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly fresh bottle poured very dark, tobacco brown rather than black. Big tan rocky head with big bubbles. Coffee, toffee, yeasty smells, some cherry, some basement, but overall restrained. Chicory coffee flavor, more toffee, toast, a bit of something herbaceous, balanced nicely with a bitter through-line. Quite a leggy-feeling beer but nice effervescence to liven up the mouth, coating but not cloying. A nicely belged example of the substyle (not English porter but the Belgian take on it).

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a towering dark tan/liqourice coloured moussey head.
Nose shows cocoa, roasted coffee and BBQ smoke. Pretty intense.
Similarly roasty flavours, lots more coffee and smoke. Underneath is some sweet caramel. Finishes with a powerful roasty bitterness.
Carbonation is too high.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a fine one finger khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt; peppery and lightly smoky, mild chocolate and a bit of coffee. Flavor is smoky dark toasted malt, slightly peaty, milk chocolate, faint coffee. Throughout the taste, light fruit flavors surface through the darker malt, typical of Belgian yeasts in porters and stouts. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice smoky Belgain porter (the style listing here isn't quite fitting), with a moderate level of complexity and nice interplay between the light fruit notes of the yeast with the smoky malt. Very enjoyable.

Photo of RuudJH
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought at my local store.
Eager to try this as there's not many porters available here.
Very dark brown, with beige head.
Smell of caramel and raisins. Roasted nuts and coffee.
Taste is a lot of roasted grains. Also ash.
But it's very balanced still. It's got sweet and bitter. Maybe it could be more complex, but the flavour is good, and the alcohol is well covered.
Overall it's a good drinkable porter, from what i can judge.

4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pure black in your glass headed with a creamy consistent foam, light brown colored. thick layer till the end, slow lacing on sides, if diss¡pated just gentle twist your half-pint glass... here it comes!
Your nose will be fulfilled with toast coffees, chocolate & dry fruits aromas while your mouth will feel a dry bitternes well balanced with the dry fruited taste. Look for a licorice flavour too. Even being a heavy one you´ll receive a refreshing finish.
a 0,33 ml bottle forces you to get more than one.
if porter style it´s not your favourite, Viven´ll gotcha...changing up your really does.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of beerdrifter
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark brown, almost black pour with one finger beige head with decent retention and great lacing. Really roasty, smokey nose with hints of cocoa and chocolate. The taste is dominated by the smokey malt as well along with hints of cocoa, espresso, burnt toast, leather, dark fruits, and some subtle sweet nuttiness. The mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than most Porters, but I really liked the body and it had a nice dry and almost spicy finish. Overall, another great offering from Viven. I can see why it's called Smoked Porter in the US. Very smokey, but not overdone. Can't wait to cook with it!

Photo of Wanne
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is dark brown, almost black with a beige head. Aroma of smoked sausage, which really annoyed me. Taste of coffee and roasted/smoked malts. Little low on flavor actually. Didn't like it very much, but this doesn't mean that it was poorly made. Just not my kind of beer.

Photo of lanbewardin
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black pour with a tan head that provides some lacing going down

Smell is coffee/chocolatish roasted malts. some dark fruits. some booze

Taste is roasted malts again, dark, dark chocolate,roasted bitterness on the finish. Maybe some fruit on the start, not sure what. Stout like flavoring, am i drinking a pannepot?! Tastes bigger than 7%.

Its a great beer, one of my favorites to try lately.

Photo of Intrinsic
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As far as porters go, this one ain't bad. It pours almost completely opaque with a brown head that lasts long. The smell is dominated by smoke, and so is the taste - so much so that I can't give it many points for complexity. However, it finishes bitter and dry, which is always a good thing. Overall, not a bad porter.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a thick tan head that fades leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smell is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and ink

Turns to fluff and foam once you take a sip, very belgian like. Nice bitter chocolate notes, roasted malts, burnt sweet flavors maybe some caramel, very dry lingering peppery finish. Kind of chewy.

Overall it's a very solid beer, a good example of the style.

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice belgian porter os a deep brown - almost black - color and a browny foam with some medium bubbles.
Smell and taste are the usual of porters... roasted malts, some coffe, some tones of bread and grains and some dark chocolates (the highlight ons this one). Unfortunately the level of bitterness is a bit low.
Body is nice and balanecs the 7.0 % of ABV, carbonation is high and some times gives an acid tone on the taste.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/26/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, molasses, toast, dark bread, light char, light dark fruit, light pepper, and roast/smoke/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, molasses, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light pepper, light char, and roast/smoke/yeast earthiness. Light roast bitterness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, molasses, toast, dark bread, light char, light dark fruit/pepper, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian influenced smoked porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle with a best before date of 11/12/12 poured into a pint glass. This brew appears dark brown in color as it enters the glass and resides much darker almost black in color with nearly 3 fingers of creamy tan head atop. The head retains very well and as it slowly fades leaves thick patches of lace sticking to the glass. When held to the light, a bit of ruby clarity is seen through the edges.

The smell of this brew is pleasantly roasty smelling like charred grain, chocolate, coffee and a bit of a citrus hop element. A little bit of earth and mineral component brings up the back of the nose. A swirl brings forth a light sulfur component before going back to a citrus element that is lightly reminiscent of freshly roasted coffee beans.

The taste is a full on assault of burnt grains tasting of char, bitter earth, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. The bitterness seemingly comes from nothing but the level of roast from the grain. Through the middle is a bit of a citrus hop component that breaks up the heavy roasted quality. The aftertaste goes back and forth between baker's chocolate, char-like roasted grain and a faint mineral aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The 7% abv is well integrated and only starts to come forward with a warmth down the back of the throat. All and all this was a very pleasant experience that had a full on assault of roasted character. Very well done, this brew is all about the roast.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : black color with tan foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : roasted and coffee aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malt, chocolate and wood flavors, leading to a dry roasted finish.
Overall : a nice beer in the English style Porter.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: Best by 2014-02-15
Glass: Tulip

Viven's porter is a black malt heavy, stout-like porter that features significant burnt toast flavor and phenolics from the yeast used. The aroma is complex, though too mild, while the flavor is overwhelmed by the burned toast and phenolics. This is a fairly simple beer that I've replicated by accident on my own for a fraction of the cost, should I ever want this flavor combination again. Not one I'd return to again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of dark beige to light tan colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is slightly above average, the foam lasting a bit over one minute, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a large, thin island atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with a thick wash around the entirety of the inner glass, puncuated with occasional dots and lines. Body is a very dark brown to black color, with light bringing out no change. Beer's body is opaque, so carbonation only visible along edges of the glass, where it appears numerous and quite active.

Aroma is rather mild, of light charred toast, cocoa, a bit of Belgian yeast phenolics, and old coffee beans.

Overall flavor is of light base malt sweetness with charred toast and yeast phenolics being most predominant, with some cocoa and old coffee in the background throughout. Front of palate tastes light base malt sweetness with some charred toast and vanilla. Mid-palate experiences moderate yeast phenolics, charred toast with hints of cocoa and old coffee beans, and light base malt sweetness. Back of palate continues with flavors of light base malt sweetness, notable charred toast and yeast phenolics, and hints of cocoa, coffee beans, and vanilla. Aftertaste of yeast phenolics, light burnt toast, faint coffee beans and vanilla.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is mostly foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth (1/10). This is appropriate for a 7% ABV porter, rendering is soft and moderately sippable. Closes semi-dry, with medium to medium-high stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

Viven Porter from Brouwerij Van Viven
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.