Viven Smoked Porter - Brouwerij Van Viven
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4.6/5 rDev +16.8%
A new smoked version of their porter... Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours an extremely dark roasted brown--to the point of no light coming through with backlighting--with 1 inch dark tan head. Fair retention with good and lasting lacing.
S: Wonderful and strong Rauchbier aroma. Wood smoke predominates with secondary notes of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of belgian yeast and citrus emerge from the background. An intoxicating smell.
T: Surprisingly, and actually pleasantly, subdued compared to the aroma. To drink something as strong as the aroma would be a task. Nice balance of wood smoke, dark roasted malt (nearly charred), grains, mildly sweet malt, espresso, dark chocolate, and a note of chalky minerals. Long, lingering, and maturing flavor profile. Good complexity.
M: Initially smooth and slightly sweet, quickly transitioning toward dry and mildly bitter (think how your mouth feels after sitting around a campfire for a couple hours), and finishing with an alternatingly chalky and creamy feel. Medium body, but the alcohol is well hidden.
D: I love how the olfactory experience is different, but complements the gustatory experience (I enjoy a good strong wood smoke aroma, but drinking that is a different matter entirely). A tremendous and special brew...although I come to expect this from anything touched by De Proef. Love the Flemish take on a smoked porter. Seek it out if you can!
05-24-2012 05:18:21 | More by mwilbur
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours a jet black color even when held to the light. There is very little carbonation, but a big thick dark tan head puffs up at the pour on sits on top of the beer throughout.
Smell is of good chocolate malts smells. I normally dislike smoky beers, but this already smells better than most I have had. A very nice smoke smell that does not overpower the other smells.
Taste is great. The smoke taste is a great undertone to the beer. The beer is dominated by strong chocolate malts and dark fruit tastes, too. The smoke enhances the beer as opposed to overpowering it.
Mouthfeel is very nice. A smooth, silky feel. A medium thickness.
Drinkability is the best I have ever had in a smoke beer of any kind. I am not a smoker and don’t get into many foods or drinks that are smoked. I really enjoyed this beer and because of the undertones of smoke, I could really drink a lot more of this beer than any other smoked porter.
06-03-2012 20:23:15 | More by BDIMike
4.19/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours nearly black except for some dark brown through out the glass when held to the light,a great looking thick beige head atop that left multiple rings of broken lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Smoke and a tinge of iron starts out the nose, a light molasses element as well to give it a little sweetness, but it's still quite dry.The smoke is on the lighter side flavor wise with some unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar flavors coming into play.As the beer warms the sweetness is magnified and it gets a little sticky but the sweetness is never to big.A really nice smoked porter,all the flavors come together really well.
03-01-2013 23:02:19 | More by oberon
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
pours an attrsctive dark brown with a moderately sized creamy khaki head.
the aroma is of smokey cocoa powder with dark roasted malt, also some dark plumminess and black cherry.
the smoke is integrated very well, it blends with the pervasive chocolate and slight fruit acidity. finishes dry with moderate bitterness
the mouthfeel is very soft and smooth with finely textured carbonation.
overall, way above average porter that really nails the nails it's smoke dimension.
06-16-2012 01:28:14 | More by kmo1030
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head that stays around a while. There's a good amount of lacing, too. The aroma is very nice, it smells like smoked meats/malt, chocolate, and some burnt/charred malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but it's not quite as smoky. It tastes like smoked malts/meat, bittersweet and milk chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some coffee. There's also a smoky and burnt/ashy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I'll have to try some of the other Viven brews now! $3.99 a bottle.
06-14-2012 22:51:42 | More by bluejacket74
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.
A - dark brown with a thin brown head that has little retention
S - roasted malts, hickory smoke
T - roasty, woody, smoky, faint chocolate
M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated
This is a pretty decent beer. It has an intense smokey aroma and flavor but it also has a solid malt character that matches nicely. It's easily drinkable and there's little palate fatigue. I'll definitely try to have this again.
06-17-2012 02:17:34 | More by tdm168
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a deep, dark, near black with creamy cap of khaki froth. Leads with moderate notes of smoke before roasted malts, chocolate and light fruityness present themselves. Smoke note muted in taste, solid malt profile with heavy roasty, avoiding char, nice fruityness blends with chocolate and coffee notes, earthy. Medum bodied, smooth with a touch of grainyness. Solid smoked porter which could use a touch more of the smoke.
07-30-2012 14:13:43 | More by rfgetz
4.04/5 rDev +2.5%
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
L - black with a tan head
S - smoked malt, molasses, faint fruit and chocolate
T - smoky, rich, fruity, chocolaty, caramel
F - medium body, sweet and sticky
O - good smoked porter. I was hoping for a more prominent Belgian aspect with yeast, but it was pretty standard as far as smoked porters go.
02-01-2014 05:10:43 | More by barnzy78
Viven Smoked Porter from Brouwerij Van Viven
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