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Viven Blond | Brouwerij Van Viven

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Viven
Belgium
viven.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by richmof on 09-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,379
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
30
pDev:
6.9%
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is pale malts, nutty and a hint of astringency. The flavor is propietary Belgian yeast, pale malts, mild fruit and a mix of slight sour and astringent in the finish.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenBreeg
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lhwjanssen
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a cloudy golden with medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-honey,spicy,white bread,slightly funky,red apple,slight lemon,peach passionfruit
T:
-apricot,peach,white bread,passionfruit,lemon,spicy
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Very good Blonde.

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Photo of monk2021
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leitmotif
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/26/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, coriander, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hop, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mattfancett
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of JavierGC
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite blond indeed, honey colored, clear and bit thin-looking, and foamy, with a cloud of persistent ivory on top. A little bakery aroma, coriander maybe, some banana and peach, fine but not much anything. Hoppy attack but malt follows quickly, with a kind of vegetal sweetness, a good dose of citrus zest. Mouthfeel is substantial but the hop-citrus magic combo cleans up well, prepares for the next sip.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jmilo64
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One more beer that was recently bought at the now defunct Bruery Provisions. 330 ml of beer to get through. On to the beer:

Close enough to be called a blonde ale with its paler orange color. The head is the highlight, with its creamy settling and inch thickness, not to mention the great whispy lacing it leaves. Belgian blonds can go in two directions; the dry and rustic route, or the sweet route. Based on the aroma, it could go either way when I taste it. The nose features notes of wildflowers, lemon peel, raw leafiness, and vague citrus.

Can it go down both roads? Viven Blond hits with a pleasant fruitiness first, along the lines of a tart peach. Otehr notes include wildflowers, leaves, apples, and a peppery bitterness. Complimenting the flavor is an impressive mouthfeel; it's medium bodied, somewhat airy, and carbonated "just right", not overcarbonated that the bubbles kill your palalte, not so soft that you don't feel it.

A pleasant Belgian ale, like many coming out of that country. Would be a good one to drink with dinner.

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Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale gold (7 EBC); the two finger head is white and airy. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing. It looks much like a Czech pils.

The powerful smell is smooth with notes of fruity/phenolic yeast. It is very sweet. Medium strong bitterness with hoppy notes of hay and dried flowers. Hints of metal, butter and alcohol.

The taste is sweet and clean with some flowers, metal and a medium bitterness that fades rather quickly. Dried apples and apricots. Light body. The aftertaste got some alcohol and a soap-like yeasty flavour. The finish is bitter with some fresh fruits.

The carbonation is strong, lots of small short-lived sharp bubbles. The liquid is light.

A very refreshing and modern blond. Enjoyable and highly Belgian.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was at room temperature but I put it in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool it down. It has been split between two small snifters. My glass got the bulk of the yeast at the bottom of the glass.

The cloudy liquid has the color of tarnished gold. The head is beautiful. It fills half the glass. It has a pure white color and looks as if it were made of large soap bubbles. Decent lacing remains as the head disappears.

The aroma is very nice. The strongest smell is the yeast; It is earthy and musty. There is a touch of sweetness from candi sugar.

It has a big flavor. There is a syrupy sweetness and earthy (and slightly peppery) yeast flavors—these two tastes dominate. There is a touch of orange peel.

It is a thick beer that leaves my lips coated as well as the inside of my mouth. There isn't much flavor to the coating, just some pale malt sweetness. Carbonation is strong and leaves my tongue tingling.

This beer may look and smell better than it tastes and feels, but it is still a very solid Belgian pale ale. I got it as part of a package, so I can't comment on the price. I am unfamiliar with this brewery, but based upon this one offering, I would try other beers they produce.

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Viven Blond from Brouwerij Van Viven
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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