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Viven Porter - Brouwerij Van Viven

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very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by Ciocanelu:
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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1.15/5  rDev -70%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -4.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +0.5%
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.

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
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 mind.it really does.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +2.1%
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.

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Viven Porter from Brouwerij Van Viven
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