Viven Porter / Viven Smoked Porter
Brouwerij Van Viven

Viven Porter / Viven Smoked PorterViven Porter / Viven Smoked Porter
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Brouwerij Van Viven
Porter - Smoked
Ranked #17
Ranked #15,835
3.91 | pDev: 9.97%
Feb 18, 2022
Nov 06, 2010
Very Good
Viven Porter / Viven Smoked PorterViven Porter / Viven Smoked Porter
Notes: Viven porter is a rather bitter porter with nice roasted flavours. Viven porter is an art of brewing. The Porter has a very enjoyable aftertaste and makes many friends.
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4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 18, 2022
4.08 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Aug 18, 2021
Photo of Jack_14
3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Jack_14 from Italy

On the nose notes of roasting and light smoked / toasted
Black, impenetrable.
Abundant fluffy foam hat.
In the mouth, medium / full body, main notes of roasted coffee beans followed by hints of dark chocolate, licorice and a slight hint of leather.
Classic metal tip that is sometimes more intrusive, sometimes less ... but it's always there.
Dry, bitter finish.
Pleasant toasted notes remain on the tongue.

May 17, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.0%. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of roast malts, smoked malts and smoked meat. The flavour is mid between dry and sweet, moderately roasty with distinct notes of smoke. Moderate bittering hops.

Apr 21, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

#1768 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Black to the eye tho held to the light it's a clear ultra-deep ruby red. It's poured clear though I see there is very minor sediment left in the bottle. 3mm quite deep tan fine-bubble head. ps @ +10mins holds well.
S- Clearly smokey, roasty/toasty/smokey log fireplaces.
T- The Smell^ carries right over, log fireplaces. Then notably hoppy-dry, as the smoke+charring linger.
F- It is quite surprising how it lacks richness, well for a 7.0% I think you anticipate at least a bit, but it's not noticably present (to me) here. This seems to be a side-casualty of a beer with a very pungent flavour, even at a solid 7%ABV.
O- Coincidentally this is the 3rd new beer to me tonight, of 3 total, and all of them have been of pungent taste variously over-shadowing any richness... or even 'balancing fullness' on the palate. It's a pleasant beer and certainly something a bit away from the ordinary but I'm rather craving something with just a bit of malty richness/reward for my palate...
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> Bottle refermented.
330ml bottle BB: 12/03/2022 Bought from BeersOfEurope/King's Lynn as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Apr 21, 2021
3.85 by DvdP from Netherlands on Oct 11, 2020
4 by freewill35 from Indiana on Sep 30, 2020
3.68 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 28, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bruno74200 from France

Easily drinkable. Balanced with a nice alcalinity, nice smokiness, some chocolate character.
Vivid carbonation. A bit of yeastie presence which rounds up the whole things with esters.
A well made english style porter.

Dec 11, 2019
3.83 by einman from Minnesota on Jul 07, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

11.2oz brown bottle. Best by date stamped on label is '19/08/16'. Label says 'Brewed and bottled for Brouwerij van Viven by Brouwerij De Proef.'.
Black colored body with garnet back lit highlights. Two fingers of tan head, settles back after several minutes to a thick cap and high ring. Leaves behind a good webbing of lacing.
Aroma of smoked roasted malts, with some char (smells like smoked meat). Also expresses some old coffee and dark chocolate, with some floral hops.
Taste of smoked roasted malts, with lots of char. Some later flavors of dark coffee and dark chocolate. Floral hops float above.
Mouth feel is thin, but somewhat coating. Good carbonation. Has neither sweetness nor heavy bitterness.
This beer is very smoky, but this is not noted on the label. The body is thin but the beer is "heavy".

Mar 27, 2019
3.79 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
3.84 by BelgianBeerChef from Romania on Nov 20, 2018
4.39 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Jul 06, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduce to large patch of slightly mottled medium thick film surrounded by a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted, charred, smoked, and caramel malts with a hint of dark fruit sweetness (plum + fig + cherry). Light aromas of cocoa + slightly stale coffee. Hints of earthy + herbal hops aromas.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted, charred, smoked, and caramel malts with a hint of dark fruit sweetness (plum + fig + cherry). That is followed by moderate flavors of cocoa + slightly stale coffee. Hints of earthy + herbal hop flavors. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which lingers through the finish along with light to moderate amounts of smoked malts.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a pretty intensely smoky porter which makes it a little tougher to drink - definitely a slow sipper. Alcohol is well hidden.

Jul 04, 2018
4.5 by dudecandle from New York on Aug 20, 2017
3.76 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 13, 2017
3 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on Jul 09, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

11.2oz bottle, part of some rather dear 4-packs currently inhabiting Alberta's 'finer' bottleshop shelves of late.

This beer pours a very solid black abyss, with the barest of amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some nice frilly and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, roasted big game, roasted dark orchard stone fruit, roasted coffee, roasted milk, and sure, roasted leafy, earthy, and musty green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, smoked fish/beef/pork - take yer fuckin' pick - bittersweet cocoa powder, day-old cafe-au-lait, more free-range ashiness, a subtle smoked fruitiness, and some tame earthy, weedy, and scorched grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its basically supportive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a bit of char worming its way into my various palates, as such. It finishes off-dry, the smoke, caramel, and coffee esters fussing about the end of the world, or something.

Overall, this is certainly one hell of a smoky offering, for one that absolutely does not mention it on the label - I can't imagine what the 'actual' Viven Smoked Porter is like. Lots of ashy and charred notes abounding here, but not wholly to the detriment of the offering, what with the caramel, cocoa, and coffee rejoinders. Good, sure, but get a better import agent, already.

Mar 15, 2017
3.92 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Feb 23, 2017
4.18 by nightgardener from France on Feb 02, 2017
3.67 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Dec 23, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MoohMooh from France

Pours jet black, with a two finger creamy tan head. The foam takes a while to recede to a thin ring and leaves very pretty lacing.
Smell is smokey (almost reminiscent of cured meat somehow), a bit on the crisp side; pretty sweet, with coffee, chocolate and alcohol dominating.
Taste is smokey as well, with lots of coffee and some bitterness, but less sweet than you'd think from the smell. A warm note of chocolate in the end. It's a little spicy too, and there's just a touch of hops. It's got a nice medium body that gets fuller as it warms, medium carbonation.

This is great. It's not really a beer you can gulp down in five minutes, but you have to leave it time to warm up a bit anyway.

Sep 10, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by EmperorBevis from England

Pours a jet black body with spotty off white head
Aroma off campfire coffee and treacle
Slightly smoky just ever so slightly sweet burnt wood and light spice
Easy drinking but by no means thin
Good stuff

Aug 28, 2016
3.81 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Aug 23, 2016
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Pours jet black with a one finger, tan head that dissipates quickly.
Smells of baking chocolate and slight smoke.
Wonderful chocolate malt taste that rolls off silky smooth. A slight bite of hop, nice spice and smoke that comes together well. Very good yeast qualities.
All comes together well to create a great mouthfeel. I'm glad I grabbed this one.

Aug 10, 2016
4.03 by jsmith313 from Texas on Aug 08, 2016
3.82 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jun 13, 2016
4.09 by HopBelT from Belgium on May 29, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by peensteen from Canada (ON)

Jet black with 1.5 fingers of tan head, some lace. Smell is toasty with anise and chocolate, some smoke and to a lesser extent coffee comes through. Taste start of well roasted with chocolate and black liquorice, herbal and spicy points as well as molasses and smoke. Medium carbonation, light-medium body. Not bad, quite drinkable but not a favourite.

Apr 05, 2016
4 by christinelovesbeer from District of Columbia on Mar 24, 2016
3.94 by DaPan from Canada (ON) on Mar 20, 2016
4.01 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Mar 18, 2016
4.6 by YvesB from Belgium on Mar 17, 2016
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 13, 2016
3.84 by Richie71 from Ireland on Mar 11, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Chris_r2112 from Canada (ON)

Look: Straight black with a massive creamy head. Literally no light gets through.

Smell: Coffee, overly sweet, almost artificial chocolate. Not too complex. However, not bad.

Taste: Delicious, velvety milk chocolate, coffee, slight smoke. I was expecting much less based on the aroma, but this one is nice.

Feel: Oh so creamy. Medium-heavy body, light-medium carbonation.

Overall: This one is a little rough around the edges, but it is definitely solid. I didn't have a great first impression of this beer due to its overly sweet, almost artificial aroma. The taste surprised me though, and overall this turned out to be a very good brew.

Mar 10, 2016
4.14 by Antyk from Belgium on Feb 23, 2016
Viven Porter / Viven Smoked Porter from Brouwerij Van Viven
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 194 ratings