Viven Porter - Brouwerij Van Viven
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Reviews by thierrynantes:
4.11/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
03-01-2014 17:56:04 | More by thierrynantes
More User Reviews:
United Kingdom (England)
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
12-22-2012 01:49:00 | More by jazzyjeff13
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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).
06-09-2013 20:24:50 | More by ManforallSaisons
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
07-18-2011 02:55:45 | More by CrazyDavros
3.84/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-14-2014 16:46:45 | More by RuudJH
4.53/5 rDev +17.1%
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
03-05-2011 23:22:39 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.94/5 rDev +1.8%
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!
03-20-2013 17:51:16 | More by beerdrifter
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
08-26-2011 16:09:00 | More by lanbewardin
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
06-13-2014 19:19:34 | More by Intrinsic
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-29-2011 23:16:55 | More by weissbierdrinker
3.6/5 rDev -7%
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.
06-27-2014 21:15:10 | More by JaimeLondon
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
09-22-2011 23:17:16 | More by stakem
Viven Porter from Brouwerij Van Viven
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.