Brouwerij Van Viven – Smoked Porter – 4 out of 7

Viven Smoked Porter

This beer comes in an 11.2oz bottle for $3 or $4 which is a bit steep, but I’m willing to pay for quality. One thing that I did not want to pay for was the 50 million little floaty thingies all swirling around in my glass. I even have a technique called ‘no blubs’ that is proven to reduce floaty thingies from getting in my beer (which is yeast, I hope), however, when you’re dealing with 50 million, even the most steady hands are a futile remedy. Once poured, I picked up the glass and held it right up against at my eye and looked directly at the sun. Nothing but a thin red line of light was able to make it through. George Hamilton made an appearance with his tan head. (It’s always nice to see him.) The smell held notes of peat and ash which isn’t the most highly sought after, but it could be handled better, and those notes made their way directly into the taste. The floaties bothered me. I drank all the floaties. I’ll remain vigilant with the hopes of finding this on tap, Viven needs a different delivery system. Overall Happiness 4 out of 7.

Brewer Brouwerij Van Viven
Beer Name Smoked Porter
Brewer’s Description Vlaamse brouwkunst – L’art de brassage flammand. Viven Smoked Porter allows almost no light to pass, save for a ruby glow at the edges. This wonderfully dark beer is draped with a fluffy, dark tan head that lovingly clings to the glass as it very slowly melts away. The nose provides a multicultural beery experience. Several building at Viven have been baptised. Blasphemy? Sacrilege? Divine intervention? Yes.
Food Pairings Barbecue, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Beef, Smoked Meat, Game, Grilled Meat, Salmon
Brewer Location Lochristi, Belgium
Alcohol content by volume 7.2%
IBU (International Bitterness Units)  ?
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 6.5
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 4
Sausage detection? Y or N No
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 4.5
Overall Happiness Rating: 1-7 (low – high) 4

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