Viven Bruin
Brouwerij Van Viven

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Brouwerij Van Viven
Belgian Dark Ale
Ranked #37
Ranked #24,182
3.56 | pDev: 7.3%
Nov 17, 2023
Nov 06, 2011
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Bottle at The Situation, served in a trappist glass. Brown colour, medium head and retention, average lacing. Aroma of cocoa, raisins, red fruits, licorice. Medium body, creamy texture, strong carbonation. Sweet finish. Taste follows the aroma. Pretty good, maybe too much carbonation.
Nov 17, 2023
Rated: 3.62 by HopBelT from Belgium

May 27, 2021
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a murky dark-brown color with a medium top off beige head that dissolves quickly. Aroma is bread, toffee, caramel, raisins, dates and spices.
The taste is sweet and malty. Notes of bread, caramel and dried fruits in the flavour. It then transits to more spice notes before it finishes of with some slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with medium carbonation and a medium body.
As a belgian dark ale is good , but nothing very exciting about it.
Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 3.53 by jhodgert from Canada (QC)

Aug 24, 2018
Rated: 3.24 by desint from Belgium

Apr 13, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

May 18, 2017
Rated: 4 by YvesB from Belgium

Mar 17, 2016
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
-pours a hazy ruby-brown with a small to medium,foamy,beige head
-no carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus plums,caramel,cherries and a slight acidity
-finishes dry
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
-slight alcohol warmth
-Belgian Yeast character less pronounced
The Beer was at the end of its BBD,so the low carbonation (for a Belgian Beer) maybe because of that.
Good overall.
Nov 16, 2015
Rated: 4 by Arthuros from France

Oct 17, 2015
Rated: 3.7 by Ivixor from Greece

Aug 07, 2015
Rated: 3.44 by leitmotif from Romania

Apr 04, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Apr 04, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by BeerTruck from Portugal

Jan 13, 2015
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Reviewed by dcmchew from Romania

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
7.5 abv.
Pours dark mahogany with a finger of foam, that disappears in a minute, leaving a thin lace and some floating traces.
Nice dark fruit and caramel combo in the smell, sticky sweet and just a bit boozy. Lots of raisin, fig, some cherry, date, some toffee, candi sugar, butterscotch, light chocolate, with a "festive" kind of spiciness.
Not as sweet as the nose predicted. Starts with dark bread and a light dark fruit zing, a bit acidic, with cherry, dark raisin, dried fig, dusted with a bit of candi sugar. Burnt sugar with bread crust and some cocoa powder, nut, cinnamon, faint licorice, faint nutmeg (in fewer words, Christmas-y spices). Finishes a bit earthy, yeasty, with a low to mild bitterness.
Medium to heavy body, medium carbonation. Aftertaste has some cocoa powder,bit of booze, yeasts and dark bread.
Not a sweet Belgian dark, pretty dense and straightforward, but with decent flavours. The well-handled alcohol also helps, compensating the lack of complexity.
Oct 30, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by mattfancett from England

Sep 03, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by parintele from Romania

Jul 25, 2014
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a decent fizzy head that fades quickly, very little lacing, murky brown sugar chestnut colored.

Nose has a bold aroma, chestnuts, brown sugar and caramel candies, nutty toffee, tons of sweets!, a faint fruitiness to it, with a touch of dates.

Taste starts with the fruity flavors, dates, candy covered raisins, figs and nuts, then sweet brown sugar, candi sugar, toffee, molasses, etc. no real booze which is surprising, although it wants ot, juicy center with sweetness held in check. Finish is dry actually, not really sticky either, lingering brown sugar covered raisins, dates, etc, but of reddish brown.

Mouth is med bod, the dry finish doesn't get syrupy, nice carb, etc.

Overall a nice bruin, good fruits and sweets, without getting too sweet or boozy, nice finish, not too syrupy, tasty beer that doesn't overpower.
Jun 14, 2013
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Reviewed by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
A: Pours clear copper with an enormous tan compact lovely head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Smell holds yeast and spice, but a bit artificial and detergent-like from the alcohol. Dark, roasted malts, sweet.

T: Sweet and cherry-kernel-bitter. Dark roasted malts. lots of red forest berries. Spices and yeast.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter. Body is smooth and medium, while carbonation is medium strong and smooth.

O: Not bad, but nothing very special. The best part is the cherry-kernel-like bitterness.
May 18, 2013
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
The colour is red-brown (30 EBC), the three finger head is airy and uneven. It leaves lots of lacing while sinking down.

The smell got distinct notes of alcohol, caramel and spicy yeast. Red berries, dried appels and toffee.

The taste got stronger bitter-hoppy flavours than expected. Noticeable warming alcohol. Toffee and caramel, but not much sweetness. Some herbs and spices. Medium body. The aftertastes got notes of ripe bananas, clean alcohol, dried red berries and hints of chloride and Christmas spices. The finish got quite a lot of alcohol and caramel.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles sharp and short-lived. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A bit sharp and edgy with a little too much alcohol.
Jan 14, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by samEBC from Belgium

Sep 09, 2012
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