Viven Smoked Porter | Brouwerij Van Viven

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Viven Smoked PorterViven Smoked Porter

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Brouwerij Van Viven

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 69
Photo of mwilbur
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of BDIMike
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this at one my favorite beer stores at 18.99 sixer and immediately put in down. The guy at the counter said he had singles and highly recommended the porter. So I was like sure I giver a try. Glad I did. Smelled wonderful. Very tasty and so easy to drink. I'll go back and by a few more if still available. If you like a good smoked porter give this a try.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In Europe known as Viven Porter but i US as Smoked Porter and it is smoked!

Dark brown, almoust black, beer with a two finger high, creamy, beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Smoke, campfire, ash,roasted malt, dark chocolate, pumpernickel, vanilla, cardboard, toffee, molasses, brown sugar and dried fruit.
Taste: Dark fruit, molasses, ash, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, roasted malt, hops and dark bread.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Dry, bitter ending. Smooth. The texture is complex.

This is definitely a smoked porter! I can not understand why it's only named "porter" in Europe...? It should have the same name as in USA, "Viven Smoked Porter" !

A beatiful, tasty, creamy, soft, smoked porter! I love it!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bark brown, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing. Dark cocoa, hints of smoke and yeast esters on the nose. Flavours are much the same with the dark cocoa up front, some grassy hop notes, and a solid dose of smoke that lingers on the palette alongside some chalky cocoa notes. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness. A very solid smoked porter that I will definitely grab more of.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Picked up a bottle from the LCBO for an entirely reasonable $2.65 CDN.

Appearance- pours a dark chocolatey brown color with some amber hues directly in the light. A decent finger or so of tan head is poured with a modest retention.nsome sparkling and sticky lacing is left behind.

Smell - plenty of roast malts, some nuttiness, some smoke and some slightly burnt butterscotch and brown sugar smells.

Taste - dense and thick roasty flavor. Plenty of smoke, some ash, and hints of nuts. Intense flavours and the smoke continuously grows after repeated sips.

Mouthfeel - full and thick, a very dense beer. Finishes exceptionally dry. Drinks like a slightly bigger beer than it actually is which is something rare.

Overall - a big and bold smokey porter, those liking a full bodied beer with smoke are bound to like this. Drinks like an imperial stouts! with a thick chewy mouthfeel and enormous body. It's good but ones the limit in a night. Worth a try though.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark color, pretty tan head.

Smell is malty, smokey, chocolate, seawater, soy.

Flavor: mild, well integrated, smoky malt flavor. Little evident hops.

Moderately rich mouthfeel, fine carbonation, would prefer just a bit less.

Nice finish. Not very intense, but well integrated. Just a little hoppy bitterness finally showing through the malt and unsweetened chocolate.

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Photo of beergoot
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
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...

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Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Viven Smoked Porter from Brouwerij Van Viven
4.01 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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