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Viven Smoked Porter - Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Smoked PorterViven Smoked Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mwilbur on 05-24-2012)
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-06-2012 23:56:48 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

02-17-2014 16:22:10 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Dark brown color with an off-white head. Moderate smokiness on the nose with roasted malt, a touch of toasted nuts, and some coffee. Maybe a hint of chocolate on the nose. The flavor is sort of watery. A touch salty and nutty along with the smoke. Mild meatiness. A little bit of bread flavor, too. Not really very impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 20:00:12 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-16-2014 18:46:33 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-03-2013 15:49:28 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-25-2014 03:43:38 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 23:02:19 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-06-2013 06:04:38 | More by GRG1313
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-16-2013 03:35:15 | More by mendvicdog
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 02:17:34 | More by tdm168
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 22:51:42 | More by bluejacket74
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-30-2014 19:19:44 | More by RBorsato
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 05:10:43 | More by barnzy78
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 14:13:43 | More by rfgetz
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-04-2013 18:32:42 | More by AngusOg
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Bung

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. quite a dark pour, a thin layer, pretty much just a ring of very light tan.

Aroma, dry cocoa and roast malt. Some charry smokey notes/

Taste, a faint tart plum up front, quickly goes to dark chocolate and roast malt. Some coffee and big cocoa finish. A little earthy anise. Smoked malt, if there is any, is very mild.

A little lighter in body and a slightly above average carbonation make this seem a little thin, but it coats ok. Drinks very easy as well. Alcohol is quite hidden.

Advertised as a smoke beer by the label, but really just a nice porter. Would get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:23:31 | More by Bung
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-12-2012 19:35:41 | More by ste5venla
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-20-2013 16:43:39 | More by JohnK17
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-22-2012 12:41:29 | More by GrindFatherBob
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, Rare Beer Club selections May '12
DFH Signature Glass (split between two people)

A: Pours a deep black color from the initial appearance. But then you see some reddish hues around the edges as it thins. Two full fingers of tight bubbled frothy head. Not a ton of alcohol feet as its lower ABV. There are some lacing bits.

S: Really mild smoke note. Nothing to agressive. Some chocolate hints. Maybe some char, roasted notes. Espresso. Maybe some plum.

T: Dark chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then you get some nice roasted smoke character. Mild, nothing artificial. You get lot of dark chocolate. It's very smooth for a smoked beer.

M: Medium bodied. Not quite full. Very carbonated, helps make it more drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 15:06:06 | More by inlimbo77
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-20-2014 03:20:44 | More by zonker17
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-10-2013 03:10:45 | More by smithj4
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-12-2014 12:42:31 | More by DRBiser
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beergoot

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black bodied; very thick, creamy light tan head. Nice balance of smoked malt with other malt grains; gentle. Seems nearly light in body; smooth yet sublimely rich; clean. Dark, roasted taste with complimentary beechwood smokiness; nice bitterness. Hints of chocolate and dark roasted malts.

My initial taste was pretty outstanding, yet subsequent mouthfuls paled in comparison. Still, a pretty darn good beer for overall. Nice balance, fair complexity in the flavors. A good find...

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 23:55:49 | More by beergoot
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-25-2013 06:23:08 | More by Resuin
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Viven Smoked Porter from Brouwerij Van Viven
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